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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 2014

Posted by David Logan
03/31/2014 at 02:24 PM
Last week was the last session of a remarkable class available to RWU Law students: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s "The Role of the Senate in American Government". Here is how he described the course in his syllabus: “This class is designed to foster an understanding of the Senate as an institution, within its surrounding contexts of constitutional structure, political combat and human character.” Among the topical stops were separation of powers, the Senate’s unique operating features (including the filibuster, cloture, and "unanimous consent”), and regulatory capture. The Senator also...
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03/28/2014 at 08:24 AM
In March 1964, in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, the Warren Court vindicated the watchdog role of journalists in the seminal case of New York Times v. Sullivan. Fifty years later, an impressive group of lawyers, judges, academics and working journalists gathered at RWU Law to discuss the case’s enduring impact and legacy. Two panels – one focused on legal theory, the other on journalistic practice – agreed that no contemporary U.S. Supreme Court case has done more to define modern freedom of the press. Capturing the spirit of contemporary reaction to the decision, Professor...
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03/21/2014 at 03:08 PM
RWU is rightly proud of the scholarly excellence of its faculty http://law.rwu.edu/faculty/faculty-productivity-study and one of our top performers is Peter Margulies. This was proven out over Spring Break week when instead of chilling out, Peter appeared at not one, but two important programs on National Security. First up; a panel at the Federalist Society’s 2014 Annual Student Symposium - "Security vs. Freedom: Contemporary Controversies” hosted by the University of Florida. Peter addressed “Detained Suspected Terrorists: Try in Military Courts or Civilian Courts?" and was joined by...
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03/18/2014 at 01:27 PM
One of our annual traditions is a pair of alumni-centered events in Washington DC: a cocktail reception for the many alums doing cool things in the DC area and then a swearing-in ceremony for eleven alums at the Supreme Court of the United States. The reception was as usual fun and provided an opportunity for former classmates to reconnect. Then the next morning was the formality of the event in the “Marble Palace,” where we gathered for breakfast in the West Conference Room, posed for pictures with friends and family (under the watchful eyes of portraits of favorite justices), and heard...
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03/14/2014 at 11:39 AM
All right, maybe it wasn’t THE Great Debate (or even a serious proposition that was considered) but two popular members of the RWU Law faculty squared off in an evening of point and counterpoint, centered around two questions: first, should “The Law of Harry Potter” be a required law school course and second, if so, what course should it replace. Taking the affirmative side was Professor Carl Bogus, who (to my surprise) displayed an actual book that he would assign (The Law of Harry Potter, by Jeffrey E. Thomas & Franklin G. Snyder) and argued that J.K. Rowlings’ books present a coherent...
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03/10/2014 at 02:18 PM
One of the advantages of RWU Law is its proximity to the state capital Providence. Many faculty and staff commute to campus from there and a goodly number of students, especially 3Ls, choose to live there to be near their externships and part time jobs, not to mention the lively social scene associated with the many colleges located there. Just this week, the Boston Globe lauded Providence, as has the New York Times and Travel and Leisure Magazine.  
Posted by David Logan
03/07/2014 at 02:30 PM
The Marriot Hotel in Newport was once again the venue for the Barristers’ Ball, the night when everyone looks sharp and has a blast. Besides lots of fun, the SBA recognized the leading student groups with annual awards: • Outstanding Service Program of the Year o Association for Public Interest Law (Alternative Spring Break) • Outstanding Co-Sponsored Event o Jewish Law Students Association & International Law Society (Nuremberg Trials Event) • Group Team Work Award o Women’s Law Society & Family Law Society • Innovation Award o International Law Society (How...
Posted by David Logan
03/03/2014 at 11:11 AM
RWU Law has an excellent core faculty: highly credentialed (more than 80% have degrees from at least one of the following schools: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Virginia, Michigan, Chicago, Penn, NYU, and Georgetown), well-published http://law.rwu.edu/faculty/faculty-productivity-study, and very effective in the classroom http://law.rwu.edu/blog/student-satisfaction-their-rwu-law-faculty-remains-high. RWU Law students also get instruction from a very strong Adjunct Faculty, who bring their deep well of experience to upper level courses. To name just a few: legendary federal appellate...