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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 October 2013

Posted by David Logan
10/31/2013 at 09:45 AM
Last week's Student/Faculty Jeopardy faceoff saw a few firsts. The first first was the inaugural appearance of a team representing RWU alumni. The second first was having all the teams in contention, and well into positive territory, going into a thrilling Final Jeopardy. And, the most important first: the first time a team has won back-to-back trophies. Thanks to the folks from the Sports and Entertainment Law Society for the hard work necessary to pull off the event and to all the competitors, especially the team representing the class of 2015, for coming out on top for the second year in a...
Posted by David Logan
10/29/2013 at 12:02 PM
Our Office of Career Development sponsored a recent program on what it takes to land a career in Sports Law, and the paths three distinguished lawyers took to get there.  The speakers were: Donald Gralnek, Former General Counsel of Sharks Sports and Entertainment, San Jose Sharks (National Hockey League), Katherine Sulentic (RWU Law ’09), Assistant Director of Enforcement, National Collegiate Athletic Association, and Augusto “Cookie” Rojas, General Sales Manager, and PawSox Baseball Club. While in law school, Augusto Rojas decided to speak with a wrestling coach to learn more about the...
Posted by David Logan
10/23/2013 at 03:07 PM
We are proud of our long-standing affiliation with the Rhode Island Association for Justice and the closeness of that relationship was on display at the group’s recent gala. Outgoing President Anthony Leone (RWU Law ‘97) passed the baton to the new President Pat Jones, a member of the RWU Law Board of Directors (and co-chair of our 20th Anniversary Honorary Committee). Among the honorees was United States District Judge Jack McConnell ("Judicial Merit Award"), who has served as a Roger Williams University Trustee, and Congressman Jim Langevin ("Legislative Achievement Award"), who was a...
Posted by David Logan
10/21/2013 at 01:02 PM
They say “it’s a small world,” and an email I recently received proves that adage…. Luis Mancheno, RWU Law class of 2013, was just settling into his new job at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona, when he came across a proudly-displayed poster for the movie Conviction. Here’s the connection: the movie recounts the gripping story of RWU Law grad Betty Anne Waters (class of 1998, and now a globe-trotting emissary for human rights), who devoted her life (including going to law school), to freeing her wrongfully-convicted brother.  http://law.rwu.edu/story/usa-today...
Posted by David Logan
10/17/2013 at 03:40 PM
What a run for the RWU Law!  In the past three years, four Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States have been in RI and presenting to our students (Justices Alito, Breyer, Kagan, and most recently O’Connor), not to mention meetings in Chambers in Washington with two others (Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor). Justice O’Connor’s visit last week was especially meaningful; she broke the last glass ceiling of the legal profession when she was appointed to the High Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and many women came up to me during her visit to say just how meaningful it was...
Posted by David Logan
10/11/2013 at 03:47 PM
The results are in and once again RWU law graduates led the pack on the Connecticut bar exam (traditionally the third most popular bar exam among our graduates). Here are the results for the schools that had more than 25 graduates take the test:   The data reveals a pattern: RWU Law performed well ahead of the pack of ABA schools, with 3 long-established schools in the middle, and the newest school, UMass, well behind the field. Congratulations to our graduates for another stellar performance, and to the faculty and staff at RWU for laying the foundation for our students’ professional...
Posted by David Logan
10/09/2013 at 03:32 PM
Most people know Jan Schlichtmann from the riveting book A Civil Action, and later a movie where John Travolta portrayed the Massachusetts trial lawyer who went bankrupt from handling a toxic tort claim against deep-pocket corporate defendants. At first glance, Schlichtmann was an unusual choice to deliver a lecture that honors RWU Law’s founding dean, Tony Santoro, who is one of his era’s best teachers of Business Law courses. But like last year’s speaker, Frank Fahrenkopf (the head of the American Gaming Association), Schlichtmann has used his legal training to pursue a...
Posted by David Logan
10/08/2013 at 10:09 AM
Every two years, the Rhode Island Federal District Court holds a conference to bring practitioners up to speed on cutting edge legal issues.  This year’s program is on Thursday, October 10 and has a special highlight: an appearance from Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States (the Justice will also be at RWU http://law.rwu.edu/event/fireside-chat-ret-united-states-supreme-court-justice-sandra-day-o%E2%80%99connor) RWU Law faculty figure prominently in the Federal Court programming: Professor Michael Yelnosky on “How Do Federal Judges...
Posted by David Logan
10/03/2013 at 03:30 PM
RWU Law continues to expand the opportunities for its students to work as a lawyer during their third year of law school, preparing them to hit the ground running after graduation.  One recent addition is our In-House Counsel Clinical Externship http://law.rwu.edu/externship, which enables a dozen students each semester to work in the legal offices of leading businesses in the region, including the Boston Red Sox and CVS. This semester we added another terrific experiential learning opportunity: our Community Economic Development Clinic, run by Professor Gowri Krishna, who came to RWU...