Diversity in the Rhode Island Judiciary

Posted by David Logan on 06/16/2015 at 11:38 AM

Judicial DiversityIn a May 17 piece (“Race in Rhode Island”), The Providence Journal reported that minority populations in our state have increased by nearly 500 percent since 1970, while the white population decreased by nearly 12 percent. The series spotlighted some of the many challenges Rhode Island faces as we become more ethnically and racially diverse.


Posted by Michael Yelnosky on 06/01/2015 at 09:49 AM

Monday, May 11th began a week-long celebration of the graduation of the Class of 2015, culminating in commencement exercises on Friday, May 15th.   Monday’s event was a reception for the class at the Glen Manor House in nearby Portsmouth.  It was a beautiful evening, the gardens were showing unmistakable signs of spring, and the views of the Sakonnet Passage were as breathtaking as ever. 

An Alternative Spring Break “Post-Ex”

Posted by Tom Peterson on 05/20/2015 at 10:26 AM

Bronx DefendersHaving served 22 years in the Navy before coming to law school, some habits die harder than others. One thing that we always stressed during my time in the Navy was filing a Post Exercise report – or “Post-Ex” for short – to let everyone know about what happened during an exercise and think ahead to the next time that event would be held. 

Serving the Public Interest and Serving Our Graduates

Posted by Michael Yelnosky on 05/11/2015 at 10:02 AM

The innovation continues at RWU Law. We were one of the first law schools in the country to require pro bono service for graduation. We are home to the nationally recognized Pro Bono Collaborative, which connects lawyers, community organizations, and law students to provide free legal services to indigent clients. We were one of the first law schools in the country to guarantee each student a substantial clinical experience.

Baltimore: Ignoring Problems No Longer an Option

Posted by Swapna Yeluri on 05/05/2015 at 12:00 AM

The events and destruction in Baltimore over the past week triggered a lot of difficult emotions within me. I am an attorney in the city, advocating for underprivileged youths and veterans.

Earning Academic Credits On the Job in D.C.

Posted by David Zlotnick on 04/27/2015 at 04:29 PM

D.C. Semester in Practice students Chris Puig, Michael Smitsky, Kyla Pecchia and Courtney RossRWU Law’s D.C. Semester-in-Practice Program provides an ideal opportunity for RWU Law students who are considering working in Washington D.C.

Experiential Education: Fundamental and Critical

Posted by Andy Horwitz on 04/21/2015 at 05:40 PM

An RWU Law student argues before justices of the Rhode Island Supreme CourtI joined the faculty at Roger Williams University School of Law just over 20 years ago because I saw that the school was dedicated to a very special mission.  The law school’s founders understood then what so many other schools have started to see now: that experiential education is a

Marine Affairs: Esposito Takes the Helm

Posted by Dennis Esposito on 04/14/2015 at 03:23 PM

Back to Rhode IslandAs I sit here in sunny Mexico, I ask myself: Why do I go back? 

Here’s why: I am reflecting upon my longstanding relationship with the Marine Affairs Institute...  Seventeen years and counting.  

Litigation Academy Returns

Posted by Niki Kuckes on 04/07/2015 at 04:51 PM

Litigation Academy at RWU LawForty years ago, one in ten civil cases in federal court was resolved at trial.  Today, that number is closer to one in 100. 

From 'Guinea Pig' to Immigration Lawyer

Posted by Ashley Ham Pong on 03/31/2015 at 12:46 PM

Immigration LawIt was a sunny summer day in August of 2009 as I sat in a conference room at Roger Williams University’s Providence campus, feeling somewhat like a guinea pig. I was a member of the first class of RWU Law’s Immigration Law Clinic. A few months prior, I had submitted my application and thoughtfully explained my interest in the immigration field.