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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 March 2012

Posted by David Logan
03/30/2012 at 09:14 AM
Organized by our own Jared Goldstein, an expert in “popular constitutionalism” experts from around the country came to RWU Law for a fascinating conference last month.  Co-sponsored with the United States District Court for Rhode Island, a packed house and overflow rooms were treated to an all-start line-up, featuring keynote addresses by United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI, and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee), and Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. Video of Sen. Whitehouse opening remarks. U.S. Senator Sheldon...
Posted by David Logan
03/26/2012 at 01:27 PM
I am delighted to announce that a giant in legal education, Steve Calabresi, the Class of 1940 Professor of Law at Northwestern Law, will be teaching a course at RWU Law next fall.  Prof. Calabresi is an expert in Constitutional Law, with a special emphasis on executive power.  He clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, was a founder of the influential Federalist Society (where he continues to serve as Chairman of its Board of Directors), and is the author of more than 30 books and articles in the nation’s top law reviews.  Among his many provocative ideas: term limits for Supreme...
Posted by David Logan
03/23/2012 at 08:36 AM
Another Batch of RWU Law Alums admitted to the Bar of SCOTUS, Hears “Stolen Valor” Argument Alums gathered in Washington, D.C. for our annual cocktail reception, and it was great to see so many of our graduates thriving in the Nation’s Capital, in an amazing array of work settings, from partnerships in intellectual property firms to staff lawyers at the Department of Homeland Security.  Devon Cipperly’09, Maureen Wagner’10, Tom Shaffer’98 (RWU Law Director of Admissions)   Justin Pruett’11, Deborah Johnson (RWU Law Director of Diversity & Outreach)  Katherine James-...
Posted by David Logan
03/19/2012 at 11:27 AM
It was clear, even as a 1L, that Maureen Wagner '10 was going to be an alum to watch. Deeply - and proudly - conservative, Maureen helped the RWU Law chapter of the Federalist Society bring remarkable speakers to campus.  Now, as Deputy Director of the Federalist Society in Washington, D.C., she is spearheading her organization’s effort to raise the profile of the issue of judicial selection at the state level and educate the public on what is in many states (and the federal government, not to mention Rhode Island) the “least democratic branch.”  Now her major project...
Posted by David Logan
03/06/2012 at 03:12 PM
A few weeks ago, I was delighted to learn that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has appointed a current RWU Law student, José F. Batista ’14, to the city’s Charter Review Commission. It’s an important and prestigious appointment: the nine-member Commission, which convenes only every 10 years, is charged with reviewing Providence's Home Rule Charter, or City Constitution, and making recommendations for any changes. The immediate past chairman is R. Kelly Sheridan, a partner at the leading firm Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Pierce in Providence. Jose (on the cover of the current edition of...
Posted by David Logan
03/02/2012 at 09:19 AM
RWU Law is committed to both scholarly excellence and outstanding classroom teaching, and we are always glad to have empirical validation of these critical aspects of a quality legal education. Our students glowing comments about their faculty appear in the current Princeton Review of Top Law Schools (like “professors really have made a difference in my life” and “there are more than a few shining stars”) are now bolstered by a summary of student evaluations from fall semester classes. Students are asked a number of questions including a rating of overall teaching...
Posted by David Logan
03/01/2012 at 01:53 PM
Prof. Carl Bogus’ recent biography of conservative icon William F. Buckley, Jr. has been widely reviewed in the national media. Below are links to the reviews, both in print and on tv and radio.  My favorite: the masterful one-sentence review appearing in the NY Times Sunday magazine of February 26: “How liberals should write about conservatives.” Congratulations Carl!  CSPAN NPR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED  WASHINGTON TIMES LIBRARY JOURNAL PUBLISHERS WEEKLY NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE WASHINGTON POST UNIVERSITY BOOKMAN NEW REPUBLIC MINNEAPOLIS...