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Michael J. Yelnosky became the dean of Roger Williams University School of Law on July 1, 2014.

Dean Yelnosky is a founding member of the RWU Law faculty. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for four years, and he was named Distinguished Service Professor in 2011. He has also...



Dean Yelnosky

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Michael J. Yelnosky became the dean of Roger Williams University School of Law on July 1, 2014.

Dean Yelnosky is a founding member of the RWU Law faculty. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for four years, and he was named Distinguished Service Professor in 2011. He has also taught as a visitor at Seton Hall University School of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law/IIT, and Villanova University School of Law.

Dean Yelnosky is an expert in employment and labor law, and much of his scholarship explores alternatives or adjuncts to traditional enforcement of employment discrimination laws. Another focus of his scholarship is judicial selection. He has written several articles and hosted a major symposium about Rhode Island’s merit selection system, and the major findings of his research into the role of the ABA in the federal judicial selection process were summarized in a Washington Post op-ed he wrote in 2013. He is regularly quoted in the local and national media on these and other topics, and he has published several op-ed pieces in the Providence Journal.

Before becoming dean, Yelnosky regularly taught Civil Procedure, Employment Law, Labor Law, and Employment Discrimination. He also collaborated with colleagues to teach Advanced Appellate Advocacy and with the Honorable William E. Smith, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, to teach Judicial Behavior and Social Change Litigation. Since becoming dean he has directed the Judicial Clinical Externship Program, and he designed and teaches Introduction to the Study of Law for students in the Master of Studies in Law Program.

In his previous administrative role as associate dean, Yelnosky was instrumental in leading the law school’s successful effort to gain membership in the Association of American Law Schools. He also designed and conducted annual studies of the scholarly output of the faculties of most American law schools, studies that documented the achievements of the faculty at Roger Williams and that garnered the attention of a national audience.

Dean Yelnosky graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and magna cum laude from the University of Vermont. Before he began teaching he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Edmund V. Ludwig in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and worked for two law firms: Mellon, Webster & Mellon; and Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius.

Dean Yelnosky and his wife Laurie Barron are the parents of 17-year-old twins. Yelnosky has completed eight marathons, including Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.

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