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David Logan served as Dean at Roger Williams School of Law from 2003 to 2014, making him one of the nation's longest-serving law deans. In 2014, he returned to full-time teaching and research.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Professor Logan clerked for a federal...



Professor David Logan's Archive for April 2010

Posted by David Logan
04/30/2010 at 12:00 AM
The Feinstein Institute for Legal Service is the hub of public interest activities at RWUSOL, and it has been an eventful spring semester. The APIL Auction was held on February 26th, and it turned out to be a smashing success. Students, faculty, staff, judges and lawyers mingled at the elegant Federal Reserve in Providence. The event raised over $17,000 to support students who will work at public interest jobs this summer. Auction proceeds supplement the $50,000 provided by the Law School and University President Roy Nirschel for these valuable, hands-on experiences. Last year, 28 students...
Posted by David Logan
04/26/2010 at 09:57 AM
The Diversity Symposium Dinner is a unique program that brings lawyers, judges, law profs, and law students together with minority high school and college students for an evening of discussion on important legal issues.  The event is a key part of out “pipeline efforts,” exposing young people from underrepresented populations to the possibility of a career in the law.  Last week’s program, our 7th, was sold out, with the largest number of high school attendees ever.  Many thanks to Lydia Hanhardt, our Director of Diversity, and Lorraine Lalli, our Dean of Students, for...
Posted by David Logan
04/19/2010 at 12:00 AM
One of the most important decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States so far this term is Padilla v. Kentucky, in which the Supreme Court ruled, 7-2, that a criminal defense attorney’s failure to advise a client about the immigration consequences of a guilty plea constitutes ineffective assistance of counsel.  The Court reasoned that as our immigration laws have imposed increasingly harsh consequences for criminal convictions, defense counsel cannot hide behind the notion that deportation is merely a “collateral” consequence of a criminal conviction; rather, defense...
Posted by David Logan
04/13/2010 at 12:00 AM
It is generally recognized that there are two student organizations that represent the pinnacle of accomplishment for law students, the law review and the moot court board.  Both of these venerable institutions use rigorous screening to select membership from students in their second year, and then there is another round of vetting for selecting the leadership.  Another key group, one that represents all students, is the Student Bar Association (SBA).  Below is the “management” for the Roger Williams University Law Review, the Roger Williams Moot Court Board, and the...
Posted by David Logan
04/09/2010 at 08:21 AM
The spring portion of the Women Who Lead series wrapped up for the year with two outstanding programs. The first, entitled “Law Graduates Making a Difference,” focused on women who have achieved much, despite being relatively early in their legal careers. The panelists were: Kim Ahern (‘09) who has already made her mark as a community activist, and who was an Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention; Leah Donaldson (‘07), a litigator at the leading firm Motley Rice and President-elect of the RI Women’s Bar Association; Betty Anne Waters (‘98), whose pioneering work with DNA is...
Posted by David Logan
04/05/2010 at 10:00 AM
RWU Law is deeply embedded in the social fabric of Rhode Island, and its faculty, students, and alums play a variety of important roles in shaping its future.  For example, the January issue of Providence Monthly ran its “10 People Who Can Change the City” feature, and once again a member of the RWU Law family was featured…Kim Ahern (’09).  Kim was a hugely successful student: Editor-in-Chief of the Roger Williams Law Review and President of the Alliance, the student group focused on LGBT issues.  She also found the time to actively campaign for Barack Obama and got to serve as...