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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.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Professor Logan clerked for a federal...

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RWU Alum and Prof Square Off over Access to Public Records

Posted by David Logan on 01/28/2011 at 12:31 PM

Michael YelnoskyRWU Law Prof Michael Yelnosky has had a long interest in open government and judicial selection.  These two interests coincided recently in the decision of the office of the Rhode Island photo of Michael FieldAttorney General to refuse a request by a Providence Journal reporter to review the materials submitted by candidates for judicial appointments.    Defending the position was Special Assistant Attorney General Mike Field (RWU Law ‘97), the AG’s expert on open government law, who concluded in an advisory opinion that the submissions did not constitute “public records.” Yelnosky demurred, commenting that though the AG’s position was “reasonable,” secrecy about the background of candidates for a life tenured job was bad public policy and he (and other experts interviewed) urged amendment to state law to shine more light on this important aspect of government.  Read more details in the ProJo coverage of the dispute.