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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 February 2011

Posted by David Logan
02/25/2011 at 02:17 PM
I am delighted to report that we have made two key additions to the Senior Administration of the School of Law: Raquel Ortiz will be the new Assistant Dean of Library and Information Services while Deborah Johnson will be on board later this month as Director of Diversity. Raquel Ortiz The Law Library is at the heart of every law school’s teaching and research mission, so adding a talented lawyer/librarian like Raquel will enable us to continue the high level of service that has been provided since our inception.  Raquel comes to us from the Pappas Law Library at Boston...
Posted by David Logan
02/23/2011 at 02:11 PM
The public is always primed for debate about the ethics of lawyers in the criminal justice system.  Champions of efficient law enforcement sometimes feel that criminal defense attorneys attuned to zealous advocacy push the envelope into outright deception.  Criminal defense attorneys vigorously dispute this claim, and observe that law enforcement officials often engage in deception, from undercover operations to interrogators assuring an unwitting suspect of the benefits of a confession.  The SOL hosted an American Bar Association  program exploring these issues featuring...
Posted by David Logan
02/18/2011 at 10:53 AM
Professor Mary Holper The national media is once again turning to RWU Law for their expertise, and on a remarkably broad array of topics.  Mary Holper, the dynamic Director of our Immigration Law Clinic was spotlighted in the Washington Post, where she discussed a controversial recent decision of the Virginia Supreme Court that undercuts a pro-immigration decision by the United States Supreme Court last year. CNN.com published an op-ed penned (typed?) by one of our faculty veterans, Carl Bogus, on the hot button issue of gun control, while another leading electronic source,...
Posted by David Logan
02/15/2011 at 11:16 AM
Jason and Mark in the FGX Distribution Center   As fellow graduates of Bucknell University, I bonded with Jason Van Volkenburgh as soon as he arrived at RWU Law in August 2004.  Jason was a terrific student (I heard people say that he “opened the library in the morning and closed it at night”) who graduated near the top of his class and went to work with one of the top firms in the Northeast (Edwards & Angell, where he joined a great guy from the RWU class ahead of him, Joe Farside).  Jason dove in to transactional work and soon was offered what is the dream...
Posted by David Logan
02/11/2011 at 12:25 PM
One of the most eclectic members of the RWU Law faculty is Jared Goldstein, as his scholarship in leading law reviews has touched on invasive species, the tradeoff between national security and the welfare of whales, the habeas corpus rights of GITMO detainees, and free exercise of religion claims. Now Jared has jumped into the national debate swirling around the emergence of the Tea Party, appearing on panels and being quoted in the media. Focusing on the group’s use of arguments based on the Constitution, Jared presented his thoughts to a group of legal luminaries at the Annual Meeting of...
Posted by David Logan
02/09/2011 at 11:33 AM
RWU Law has many strengths, as any reader of this blog knows, and two are officially recognized in our Feinstein Institute for Legal Service and our Marine Affairs Institute. Both centers of excellence are staffed by superb lawyers, sponsor important programs, and provide our students with excellent, and unique, opportunities for experiential learning. Feinstein is the institutional home for our public interest and judicial externship programs, our nationally-recognized Pro Bono Collaborative, and our mandatory public service program. One of the Feinstein stars is Liz Tobin Tyler, who...
Posted by David Logan
02/04/2011 at 02:54 PM
RWU Law has a tradition of celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday with a series of events and activities consistent with his dream of inclusiveness, and 2011 was no exception. The week began with a “Day On,” where members of the RWU Law community are encouraged to celebrate the King Holiday by engaging in community services projects. This year’s service opportunity was a project with City Year, where over 400 volunteers participated in projects throughout Providence. Tuesday featured a keynote address delivered by dynamic RI lawyer, Michael Evora, who has for almost a decade...