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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...

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David Logan's Archive for September 2010

Posted by David Logan
09/29/2010 at 11:00 PM
RWU Law is proud to have an institutional climate that is LGBT friendly. From openly gay faculty and staff, to active involvement in LGBT programs around the country (Assistant Dean Michael Boylen chairs the LSAC LGBT Subcommittee), to a large, and active student group, the Alliance, we are dedicated to this important aspect of diversity in word and deed. And this commitment is borne out by our perfect score in an empirical comparison of law schools developed by the Law School Admission Council. The most recent manifestation of this institutional commitment was the role of RWU folks at...
Posted by David Logan
09/22/2010 at 11:00 PM
There are many ways to measure whether a law faculty is respected; publishing articles in the leading academic journals is a traditional way, as is filing amicus briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States.  Increasingly, serving as a “public intellectual” is another, being asked to provide commentary on the issues of the day, and while some of us appear in the traditional media (international, like the Financial Times, nationally, like the New York Times, or locally, like the Providence Journal or Providence Business News), the RWU law faculty is actively engaged in the burgeoning...
Posted by David Logan
09/20/2010 at 11:00 PM
The RWU Law community eagerly anticipates the release of Conviction, a major Hollywood film about our own Betty Anne Waters (’98), and her remarkable - and successful - effort to free her brother, wrongly convicted of homicide. Betty Anne came to Roger Williams with this singular purpose, and was in the vanguard of the efforts of the then fledgling Innocence Project to use DNA evidence for exoneration. There is a star-studded cast led by Hilary Swank, who has won 2 Oscars for Best Actress, playing Betty Anne.  Watch the interview of Betty Anne and Hilary at the recent screening of the...
Posted by David Logan
09/17/2010 at 10:36 AM
On August 15th, the School of Law welcomed 198 new students to our beautiful campus.  The Class of 2013 arrived from 25 states (from places as far away as Utah and California) ready to tackle the challenges of a Roger Williams legal education.  We are proud that this group is the most diverse class in the School of Law’s history. Orientation kicked off with remarks from Paul Suttell, the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, who also administered the Oath of Professionalism.  The students spent the next two days learning about the rigors of law school as well as the...
Posted by David Logan
09/14/2010 at 11:00 PM
The dozen federal Courts of Appeal are a step below the Supreme Court of the United States, and Roger Williams Law has a close relationship with the First Circuit, the highest court in New England. We are especially proud of our affiliation with one of the best-known and respected appellate judges in the country, Judge Bruce Selya.  Judge Selya teaches a very popular course, “The Lessons of Litigation,” regularly has our top students extern in his chambers, and is an important leader on the School of Law Board of Directors. We also have an excellent relationship with the newest member of...
Posted by David Logan
09/07/2010 at 09:31 AM
The summer proved to be a learning experience for three RWU Law students, Stephen Deering '11, Thomas Hajj '11, and Raquel Thomas '12, as they completed judicial internships with Judge Dennis Curran of the Massachusetts Superior Court.   The students assisted the judge with the management of the civil trial session, helped draft judicial opinions, and worked on an article on court management.  The students had the unique opportunity of  having lunch every Friday with the judge, where they discussed a broad array of trial tactics including cross-...
Posted by David Logan
09/02/2010 at 09:26 AM
The weather was perfect for the 11th RWU Law Alumni Association Golf Tournament (thankfully it was not scheduled for the rainy and cold following day), and more than 100 folks knocked little white balls around the Cranston Country Club for a good cause: every dollar raised goes to deserving 2Ls who display academic excellence. As usual, alum Anthony Leone '97 oversaw the entire effort, ably assisted this year by alums Sally McDonald '09 (Anthony’s Co-Chair), plus Committee Members Adam Resmini '09, Cindy Salazar (3L) and Nick Pereira (3L). Chelsie Horne did a magnificent job keeping the...