Some Reflections on the Cranston Prayer Controversy

Posted by David Logan on 01/31/2012 at 09:16 AM

One of the hottest topics in RI is the decision of a federal judge to bar a public high school from maintaining a display in its gymnasium that is, in effect, a prayer.  The student who brought the lawsuit has been vilified, as has the judge who simply was following the Constitution.  Below is an article from the Sunday Projo that provides some historical context for the decision.

What would Roger Williams have done?
Edward Fitzpatrick

What would Roger Williams have thought about the prayer banner at Cranston High School West?

Use of Student Westlaw and LexisNexis Access for an Attorney

Posted by Library Blog on 01/26/2012 at 04:26 PM

Have you used, been pressured to use, or wondered if it is okay to use your student Westlaw or LexisNexis access to conduct research on behalf of an attorney or law firm with whom you are employed?  If you are doing this, then stop.  If you have been pressured to do this, do not give in.  If you have wondered if it is okay, the answer is “NO.”    The Legal Skills Prof blog recently reported on this very

MLK Week Events Wrap Up with the “Public Interest Potluck”

Posted by David Logan on 01/24/2012 at 04:25 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”  Last week we reflected on that question as the Office of Diversity and Outreach, directed by Deborah Johnson, presented the School of Law’s seventh annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.  On Monday, members of the RWU Law community and their families answered the question by joining volunteers from the Rhode Island School of Design, the Mount Hope Learning Center, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Law Library Re$earchFe$t

Posted by Library Blog on 01/20/2012 at 03:50 PM

Knowledge + Chance to Win a Kindle Fire!


  • Explore the Law Library’s e-resources for researching environmental law, international law, and tax materials.
  • Learn how to locate Congressional materials.
  • Discover email alert services to stay informed of developments in your area of interest.
  • Uncover the Law School Helpers which are available to enhance your academic success.


Join us for the Law Library’s Re$earchFe$t on Feb. 7 – 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Main Computer Lab.

Class of 2006 Gathers to Remember

Posted by David Logan on 01/20/2012 at 12:02 PM

I have a special place in my heart for the RWU Law class of 2006—they began as 1Ls the same year that I began as the new dean—so I was especially glad to participate in the class’s fifth year reunion.

Chockablock Spring at RWU Law

Posted by David Logan on 01/17/2012 at 02:31 PM

We are excited to host a number of unique events in coming months.  Here are the highlights:

Free E-books from CALI!

Posted by Library Blog on 01/13/2012 at 09:08 AM


Not Festivus, but Definitely Festive!

Posted by David Logan on 01/10/2012 at 10:05 AM

The Roger Williams Law family gathered in the Rotunda at Citizens Plaza to celebrate the holiday season (replete with jokes about Gov. Chafee’s “holiday tree”), and as a bonus helped the U.S. Marine Corps with their “Toys for Tots” program. This was the first such event with our new President, Dr.

A "Tag Cloud" for RWU Law

Posted by David Logan on 12/22/2011 at 12:12 PM

When Princeton Review released its 2012 edition of “The Best 167 Law Schools” – an influential Zagat Guide-style review largely based on 18,000 law student interviews – Roger Williams received a very strong assessment from its students.

Controversial Documentary "Hot Coffee" Screened in Joint Event with RI School of Design

Posted by David Logan on 12/16/2011 at 09:12 AM

As the only law school in the state, RWU Law has unique opportunities to co-sponsor events with other leading educational institutions, like our joint degree program with the University of Rhode Island Department of Marine Affairs (a signature joint J.D./M.M.A. program) and our Medical-Legal Cooperative with Brown Medical School