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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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Posted by David Logan
03/11/2013 at 10:32 AM
At the invitation of my congressman, Rep. David Cicilline, I travelled to Alabama for the 13th Faith in Politics Congressional Pilgrimage, an amazing opportunity because so many pivotal events transpired there exactly 50 years ago. It was a dream come true for me, especially getting to spend time with one of my heroes, Rep. John Lewis, who as a Freedom Rider and organizer of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was arrested more than 40 times, beaten many times, and who has stood for everything good about America for his 73 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lewis_(U.S....
Posted by David Logan
03/06/2013 at 11:53 AM
A trademark of a RWU Law education is the opportunity to work closely with leading lawyers and judges in a broad array of settings.  Here are just two examples from this semester…. First, Sarah Bratko (’13): This picture was taken during the Judiciary Hearing on a bill to legalize gay marriage in the Rhode Island. The Judiciary Committee eventually approved the bill and on January 24, the House passed the bill.  Governor Lincoln Chaffee testifies, Sarah is third from the right This was the second day of my public interest externship with the Speaker of the House of Reprentatives...
Posted by David Logan
03/04/2013 at 12:54 PM
Few situations present greater challenges to the legal system than trials over the sexual abuse of young children when, often by necessity, the children are witnesses in the case. Abusers take great care to keep their conduct as secret as possible, and in many instances there are no witnesses to the sexual acts except the children themselves. Even when physical evidence confirms that sexual abuse occurred, it does not always identify the perpetrator. The stakes in such cases can hardly be greater. The law has a powerful interest in convicting the guilty, who are often caretakers – parents,...
Posted by David Logan
03/01/2013 at 10:05 AM
Dean Logan is in Alabama all weekend on the 2013 Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage sponsored by the Faith & Politics Institute.  Follow @RWULaw on Twitter to hear Dean Logan's experience. Congressman John Lewis and Dean Logan at the beginning of thisweekend's events in Alabama. To learn more about the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage watch this video from last year's events:  
Posted by David Logan
02/26/2013 at 11:12 AM
One of the lingering effects of the bursting of the housing bubble has been banks deciding that a building they own is not worth fixing up, a problem especially prevalent in older, poor and working class neighborhoods.  The resulting blight, in turn, puts further downward pressure on the value, and quality of life, of the neighborhood. This troublesome topic was the focus of a segment on “Marketplace,” the National Public Radio that covers the economy last week.  http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/sometimes-even-banks-want-walk-away-home It turns out that RWU Law’s own...
Posted by David Logan
02/19/2013 at 04:40 PM
RWU Law is very proud of the pro bono activities of our students, both during the academic year and over summers.  Building on the amazing work of the “Student Hurricane network,” where law students from around the country helped the Gulf Coast rebuild its legal systems post-Hurricane Katrina, RWU Law is now active in “Alternative Spring Break;” instead of kicking back for a week of fun in mid-March, 44 of our students will be fanning out from Massachusetts to Louisiana to help non-profit organizations: Bronx Defenders  (Bronx, NY) Brooklyn Defender Services ...
Posted by David Logan
02/14/2013 at 01:37 PM
I am delighted to announce that a team of RWU Law 3Ls -- Nicholas Nybo, Will Wray, and Juliana McKittrick – placed  4th in the National Moot Court Competition, the largest, and most prestigious appellate competition in the country http://www.actl.com/Content/NavigationMenu/AboutUs/AwardsandCompetitions/NationalMootCourt/default.htm.  Over 196 teams from 131 schools compete in regionals, and after sweeping through a New England field that included Northeastern, Suffolk, Boston University, Syracuse, Boston College, Maine, Vermont, and Western New England, http://law.rwu.edu/blog/rwu-...
Posted by David Logan
02/07/2013 at 12:11 PM
For the fifth consecutive year, RWU Law alums were treated to a special professional honor: being admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.  As in years past, alums and their faculty sponsor (this year Professor Emily Sack), plus friends and family toured the stately Court building posing for pictures in front of portraits of professional heroes.  We gathered for breakfast in the West Conference Room; everyone was abuzz over this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the reality really hit when the Clerk of the Court, General William Suter, dropped by to prepare...
Posted by David Logan
02/04/2013 at 12:38 PM
For years now, RWU law has placed students in fantastic externships with the top lawyers, judges, and government and nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island.  http://law.rwu.edu/academics/institutes-programs/feinstein-institute-legal-service/curricular-programs/externships/publ; http://law.rwu.edu/academics/institutes-programs/feinstein-institute-legal-service/curricular-programs/externships/judi Now we add to this already rich array the chance to work with the top corporate lawyers in the region, in our recently launched In-House Counsel Externship Program. Through this program,...
Posted by David Logan
01/30/2013 at 03:17 PM
Here are some pics from gatherings of enthusiastic alums in Rhode Island, New York, and Washington, D.C.   Rhode Island LAA Holiday Reception Jenna Wims Hashway ’11, David Oliveira (Adjunct Professor), Professor Jorge Elorza Laura Frechette ’04, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Officer, Rob Humm ’08 (LAA President), Jillian Jagling '09 (LAA Secretary/Treasurer) Stephen Maguire '96, Nancy Voccola, Michael Voccola ’97 Adjunct Professor Anthony Leone ’97, Mark Gemma ’97 (RWU Law Board of Directors), Michael Field ’97 (RWU Law Board of Directors) Kate Kishfy ’12, John Stickney ’12, Stephen...