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Respected scholar, teacher and administrator Michael J. Yelnosky became the fifth dean of Roger Williams University School of Law on July 1, 2014.

A founding member of RWU Law’s faculty, Dean Yelnosky has grown up with the law school. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for...



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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
04/26/2016 at 11:40 AM
This law school values diversity and inclusion.  Our commitment is based on three shared principles: First, we believe that the more diverse the law school community is, the more our students will grow intellectually and personally.  Race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and veteran status, for example, are not perfect proxies for the way a person thinks, but in a law school, where so many of the issues we discuss involve questions of social policy, the most meaningful discussions are those among people from different backgrounds who have different...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
03/03/2016 at 11:47 AM
On March 3, 2016 the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims became the third court to hear live arguments this year at RWU Law. Here are some photos from the event: The Court and the Lawyers Students Enjoying the Court's Q&A Session A Full House The Lawyers Relax After Argument   The Court and Lawyers Field Questions Getting Informal Advice from the Judges and Law Clerks Kasim Yarn, Rhode Island Director of Veterans Affairs                                    ...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
02/03/2016 at 07:47 AM
At RWU Law we are proud of our leadership role in legal education. We have taken unprecedented steps to make law school more affordable, we continue to develop new and exciting programs, and we deliver in the classroom.   Still, it is always nice to get some external validation, and we have been getting plenty of late. When national media outlets and professional organizations praise our people and programs it makes it easier for us to get the word out that RWU Law is different from other law schools in ways that make us the best choice for most applicants.  Recently, for...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
12/29/2015 at 12:34 PM
This year our perhaps inappropriately named “spring” semester begins on Wednesday, January 6th and ends fifteen weeks later, on Wednesday, April 27th. (We take off one week for “spring” break in early March).  Exams follow, and commencement exercises for the class of 2016 are on Friday, May 13th.   One of the signature aspects of a legal education at RWU Law is the number and quality of programs we offer during our fourteen-week semesters.  For example, in the fall semester the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held live argument at the law school ... as did...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
12/21/2015 at 09:30 AM
I know that lots of people hate Twitter, and I know many of the reasons.   Too many tweets are inane (“I am having an awesome grilled cheese for lunch”); there are too many abbreviations and symbols used on Twitter (what do @ and # mean anyway?); the 140-character limit makes it impossible to convey anything meaningful; and Twitter is accelerating the destruction of written English. Young people cannot write elegant prose, and they would not be able to recognize it if they saw it. #OMG! Nevertheless, I tweet.  Enthusiastically. Every weekday (and often on the weekend).  Prior...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/19/2015 at 10:26 AM
Alumni weekend this year ran from Thursday, September 24 to Sunday, September 27.  The kick-off event on Thursday was the latest installment in the Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture Series.  We were proud to host Gigi Sohn, Counselor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.  Her lecture was entitled, “Consumer Protection in the Broadband Era: The Role of the FCC."   Ms. Sohn discussed the many (but underappreciated) ways in which the FCC regulates to protect consumers as they increasingly interact with television, phone, and cable service....
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
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.                      Casey O’Brien ’15, Winner of the Marine Affairs Achievement Award and...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
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. We are one of a few law schools in the country with a corporate counsel externship program that places students each semester in the general counsel’s offices of major...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
12/23/2014 at 12:58 PM
On December 19th, the RWU community gathered at One Empire Street  to announce the signing of a lease that will provide the School of Law with more, better, and new space to pursue its mission.  We were joined in the celebration by Providence Mayor Angel Tavares, a long-time supporter of the School of Law, and Mayor-Elect Jorge Elorza, who was a member of our faculty for almost ten years before his election in November.  The new building will serve as the hub of our experiential education programs and permit our students to continue to provide access to justice to Rhode...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
11/17/2014 at 10:33 AM
As the shortest day of the year approaches, it can be uplifting to recall the long, bright days of summer. Just months ago, across practice settings and across the country, many of our students used the summer months to gain valuable experience, make connections, and experiment – to look for that space in the vast network of legal careers that will provide them professional and personal satisfaction. Here, three of our students share their experiences from the past summer: CHRISTINE K. CASTRO, 2L Women’s Law Project (Pittsburgh, PA) “This summer I had the opportunity to intern at the Women’...