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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 June 2012

Posted by David Logan
06/29/2012 at 10:34 AM
One of the great opportunities for a law student is to work in a judge’s chambers, and given the close relationships RWU Law has with dozens of state and federal judges, many of our top students get an insider’s view of the judicial process.  Two close friends of the law school are United States District Judge Jack McConnell and Superior Court Judge Dennis Curran.  Here are a couple reflections from rising 2Ls who are working with these leading jurists. The drive from Bristol, RI to Woburn, MA (near Boston) is worth it.  I cannot imagine a better view of the legal system than...
Posted by David Logan
06/26/2012 at 11:36 AM
We are proud of the commitment our students have to improving the lives of the less fortunate in our community.  I recently reported on the work of our Military Law Society for local veterans and now I want to salute the Family Law Society (also spearheaded by terrific members of the class of 2014!) for their good works on behalf of Family Service of Rhode Island; by holding a “change drive,” Laura Parker and Gloria Rispoli were able to present the organization with necessaries for a family in need.  Way to go Laura, Gloria, and the FLS! Gloria Rispoli and Laura Parker
Posted by David Logan
06/22/2012 at 12:17 PM
I am pleased to announce that Neville Bedford, RWU Law class of 2003, was honored by the Rhode Island Bar Association for his efforts representing homeless men and women. Neville won the Pro Bono Publico Award, which is presented annually for “the outstanding efforts of attorneys who have provided equal access to justice to the needy through the Volunteer Lawyer Program and Pro Bono Program for the Elderly during the past year.  Award criteria include:  case type and difficulty, the number of hours served, and the total number of cases.  Length of service through the program...
Posted by David Logan
06/19/2012 at 02:10 PM
As 2011-12 winds down and 2012-13 emerges on the immediate horizon, I am happy to announce another year of distinctive co-curricular programming is in store for the RWU Law community. First-up: a visit from another Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Last fall we were honored by a visit by Justice Stephen Breyer.  Next September it is a visit from Justice Samuel Alito. The Justice has graciously offered to spend an entire day at RWU Law, which means that there will be many opportunities to interact with a member of the High Court, and with important and perhaps path-...
Posted by David Logan
06/15/2012 at 11:16 AM
RWU’s stature as a national leader in the field of ocean and coastal law was confirmed at The Coastal Society’s 23rd biennial conference in Miami, Florida. Recent graduate and Florida native, Kristen Bonjour ‘12, attended and presented  Municipal Responses to a Changing Climate in the Coastal Zone of the Northeast and Bay of Fundy. Kristen conducted her research  as a Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow, a signature part of our Marine Affairs Institute that matches law student researchers with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and industry groups who have a marine law...
Posted by David Logan
06/12/2012 at 02:41 PM
It’s no secret that RWU Law’s faculty comprises a world-class collection of legal scholars and educators. One such standout is Associate Professor Tanya Monestier, who joined us after graduating from both Osgoode Hall, Canada’s top law school, and the University of Cambridge, with an impressive array of honors. Tanya clerked for Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada, and has also taught at Queen’s University. It was during her term as a clerk that Tanya first encountered Muscutt v. Courcelles, an Ontario Court of Appeals case that was Canada’s leading case for determining...
Posted by David Logan
06/08/2012 at 12:29 PM
This is the last of 3 blog items on the graduation of the terrific class of 2012.  The recessional ended up with another RWU Law tradition: the graduates filing past an applauding faculty, and on to an after-party full of hugs and high-5s.  Below are some of the pics from a perfect day. Way to go, Class of 2012!
Posted by David Logan
06/06/2012 at 12:44 PM
After the processional, the grads, faculty, staff, families, and friends settled in for a brisk, but meaningful ceremony. The crowd applauded the newly tenured members of the faculty (John Chung and Keeva Terry), the Teachers of the Year (John Chung and John Grasso), the Support Staff Person of the Year (Manny Tavares), and the award of a Distinguished Service Award to retiring Assistant Dean of Career Services Tony Bastone.  The audience heard from the Dean and the University President before the hooding of the two winners of Honorary Degrees, Maureen McKenna Goldberg, Associate Justice...
Posted by David Logan
06/04/2012 at 02:20 PM
This is the first of 3 blog entries on Commencement 2012… As the dignitaries and graduates gathered to be robed for the commencement procession, the air was filled with fellowship and a true sense of accomplishment.  Besides the de rigeur portraits with the Honorary Degree recipients, I had the amazing opportunity over lunch to hear iconic Federal Judge Jack Weinstein discuss his involvement with Thurgood Marshall’s legal team on Brown v. Board of Education as a young lawyer, plus to watch another RWU Law tradition, the pinning of a boutonniere on the robes of newly tenured faculty...