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David Logan served as Dean at Roger Williams School of Law from 2003 to 2014, making him one of the nation's longest-serving law deans. In 2014, he returned to full-time teaching and research.

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Learnin’ and Livin’ in the Mother Country

Posted by David Logan on 07/03/2012 at 03:18 PM

Another year, and another cohort of lucky RWU Law students who get an insider’s view of the English legal system by attending our unique summer program in London. Unlike most foreign programs, which are classroom-based and focus on doctrine, the RWU Law program gets our students into the chambers of some of London’s top law firms and judges for what is quaintly called “a mini-pupilage.” This provides an intimate insiders’ view of a legal system that provided the basis for the U.S. judiciary.  Led by the irrepressible Barrister Bobby Webster, those who enroll for the maximum number of credits also gain enrichment from Prof. Emily Sack’s focus on the English criminal justice system, featuring special presentations from London's Chief of Probation, a policy expert who formally was advisor to the Prime Minister, an American professor from Stanford (who was a drug policy advisor to President Obama), and finally a site visit to a halfway house run by probationers released from prison. In short, “Legal London” is a unique educational and social experience.

Below is a summary from Nathaniel Peterson (’14) and then some pics

“Observing Barristers at work in London has both solidified and expanded the legal education I have received at RWU School of Law. English concepts in tort law and contract law are very similar, while court procedure and even court decorum is noticeably different. By watching and learning from these similarities and differences, my view of the legal world becomes multi-dimensional and of greater practical application. This creates a well-rounded and more competent student of the law. And I may even learn to love some English food beyond fish-and-chips." 

 Robert Webster, Emily Sack and Students

  Barrister Robert Webster, Professor Emily Sack and Law Students

Royal Family

 The Royal Family ~ The Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012

 Minnie Driver

Katie Zilgme, Alisha Perry, Allyson Entz and "Conviction" actress, Minnie Driver 

Regents Park

 John Reyes, Will Averova, Diana Mauro, Hillary Black and Brittany Hepp in Regents Park


The Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012 Celebration

 London Museum of Natural History

 Evan Thompson, Annie Essex, Alisha Perry, Liz McNamara, Katie Zilgme and Allyson Entz at the London Museum of Natural History

 Crown of Flowers

 Katie Zilgme, Allyson Entz and Alisha Perry ~ Queen's Jubilee Crown of flowers

 Nido Spitalfields

 Brittany Hepp, Will Avernova and Diana Mauro celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

 Barrister Robert Webster with Law Students

Barrister Robert Webster with Law Students at the Lincolns Inn

Emily Sack Barbara Thomas

Professor Emily Sack, Law Students and Probation Officer Barbara Thomas at Westbourne House