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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
02/03/2016 at 06:47 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 11:34 AM
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 08:30 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 09:26 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 08:49 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 09:02 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 11:58 AM
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 09:33 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’...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/29/2014 at 09:11 AM
RWU Law has always been more affordable than most of our peer schools.  Last year we took a bold step and widened that gap considerably by reducing our tuition by 18% and freezing tuition for each year of a law student’s course of study.  We recognized what too many schools want to deny - that the job market for lawyers has softened and that reducing graduates’ debt makes it easier for them to find their way in that market. The Wall Street Journal and other national publications noticed our leadership on affordability. But there is no quick fix to the debt problem.  Thus, we...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/17/2014 at 12:33 PM
On September 18th, Gerry Riskin delivered the 3rd Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture. Riskin directed the attention of the lawyers in the packed house to the disruptive changes in law practice taking place all around them, and he made provocative predictions about truly revolutionary changes on the horizon. The Providence Business News described our decision to make disruption in the market for legal services the subject of the lecture as evidence that we are “acutely aware of the changes afoot.” In this, as in so many other ways, we are preparing our students for the future, not for...