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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 October 2010

Posted by David Logan
10/27/2010 at 12:35 PM
While much of the state was focused on the last-minute visit of President Obama, the RWU Law community was celebrating a very special Rhode Island Advance Screening of the new Fox Searchlight motion picture “Conviction” - the amazing true story of alumna Betty Anne Waters '98 and her efforts to free her wrongfully convicted brother from prison. The film goes into wide distribution this Friday, Oct. 29. Just before the screening, RWU Law sponsored a fundraiser for The Innocence Project, the organization that helped Betty Anne (and hundreds of other families) to win freedom for...
Posted by David Logan
10/15/2010 at 01:30 PM
We have received word that RWU Law, in conjunction with Rhode Island Film and TV Office, will host an exclusive Rhode Island advance screening of the major Hollywood movie, “Conviction,” on Monday, October 25, 2010. The law school will also be holding a fundraiser that evening, with all proceeds going to the Innocence Project, who worked with Betty Anne (RWU Law 1998) to win her brother’s release from prison. We will announce more details soon, including how the limited number of available tickets will be distributed and details about the pre-screening fundraiser. Law Students: We are...
Posted by David Logan
10/15/2010 at 08:23 AM
Our Appellate Courtroom was the scene of a debate among the candidates for Rhode Island Attorney General, and it was a doozy.  Peppered with questions from a panel consisting of media legend Jim Taricani, ProJo columnist Ed Fitzpatrick, and our own Prof. Jared Goldstein, the candidates got to display both style and substance as they handled a string of hardball questions including gay marriage, immigration, local enforcement of immigration law, corruption and cronyism, and environmental law.  Perhaps the most telling moments came when they were asked whether they would reopen the...
Posted by David Logan
10/11/2010 at 11:00 PM
In 2007, a U.S. helicopter opened fire on what the crew thought to be Iraqi insurgents. In the days following the incident it was discovered that the targets were, in fact, civilians; two international journalists were among those killed. In February of this year gripping video of the attack was posted on the website WikiLeaks.org, causing the U.S. Military to issue a statement of regret and initiate a vigorous effort to identify the source of the leaks. An April, 2010 New York Times article details these events. Now, the soldier who allegedly posted the video, Army Private (PFC) Bradley...
Posted by David Logan
10/08/2010 at 09:00 AM
Law students spend many hours each day pouring over the decisions handed down by top appellate courts, but rarely get to see, first-hand, how this law is made.  That is not a problem for this crop of RWU Law students, because yesterday they could simply enter our courtroom and witness oral arguments in 5 cases docketed in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.   Very few federal courts “go on the road,” and this rare experience was supplemented by the willingness of the presiding judges to return to the courtroom at the conclusion of the arguments to field...
Posted by David Logan
10/04/2010 at 11:00 PM
Each year, Equal Justice Works gives Summer Corps Standouts awards to 10 Summer Corps members who are working on innovative projects in communities around the country. RWU Law 3L Heather O'Connor was selected as one of nine students from a pool of 400 across the country to receive an award last year and the honor went this year to David Ellison. Below is a dispatch on David’s summer. David Ellison at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN, home of the National Civil Rights Museum There I was, stuck somewhere in Tennessee after I had driven 16 hours over two days. I was on my way to Greenville,...