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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
10/22/2012 at 10:01 AM
While many Rhode Islanders choose to stay home for law school, RWU Law draws 1Ls from all over the country (typically from 30 or so states), and we always enjoy taking the newbies out on the water that surrounds our campus.  Here is a recap of this year's excursion from our terrific Marine Affairs Director, Susan Farady, followed by some pics of a stunningly beautiful day to be on the water. On Friday, October 5, members of the 1L class joined the Marine Affairs Institute (MAI) and Dean Logan on the MAI’s annual Meet the Bay boat trip with staff of Save the Bay, a Rhode Island non-profit...
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10/22/2012 at 08:57 AM
RWU Law recently hosted the inaugural Santoro Business Law Lecture http://law.rwu.edu/story/presidential-debates-politics-gambling and the RWU law community, as well as leading lawyers in RI, were treated to a day with a true American original, Frank Fahrenkopf.  Mr. Fahrenkopf has been deeply involved in politics at the highest level, beginning as the very successful head of the Republican National Committee during the Reagan presidency, and he has founded and still Co-chairs the Commission on Presidential Debates, while holding down his day job as head of the American Gaming...
Posted by David Logan
10/16/2012 at 11:44 AM
One of the great things about being the only law school in a state is that it facilitates a close relationship between the bench and bar.  Beginning on the first day of law school, when the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court administers an oath of professionalism, through the courses taught by leading judges on our Adjunct Faculty (federal judges Selya and Smith; state judges Flaherty, Healy, Fortunato, Procaccini, and Williams), to the externships in the chambers of federal judges (Selya, Thompson, Lisi, Smith, McConnell, and Almond) and state judges (Suttell, Goldberg, Flaherty,...
Posted by David Logan
10/12/2012 at 04:46 PM
We are very proud of our public interest programs, and a recent report from the Legal Services Corporation (the national organization that oversees the delivery of legal services to the poor) underscores why: we were saluted not once, but twice.  First, for our graduation requirement of 50 hours (cited along with Columbia, Penn, and Harvard) and then for our unique Pro Bono Collaborative http://law.rwu.edu/pbc, which links our law students, leading RI law firms, and community organizations that serve the poor. Here is a link to the full report.    
Posted by David Logan
10/08/2012 at 05:13 PM
The annual intramural softball tournament sponsored by the RWU Law Student Bar Association added a new twist this fall…a team of veterans from past incarnations of the elite Mighty Quahog teams that have successfully competed regionally and nationally (click here) came to town to take on teams of current RWU law students. Below is a quick summary of the day’s events from SBA President Sarah Bratko, as well as some pics from that fun day. The weather held off for us to have a fantastic day with teams coming out for the tournament, including the RWUSOL Quahogs and an entire team of alumni...
Posted by David Logan
10/02/2012 at 05:03 PM
One of the sad facts about the American criminal justice system is that despite substantial constitutional protections, innocent people are convicted of serious crimes and sentenced to long jail terms (and, most distressingly, the “ultimate sanction” — the death penalty).  The Innocence Project http://www.innocenceproject.org/ has been pushing back on this front for two decades, and the story of one of those wrongful convictions is manifest in the amazing journey of our own Betty Anne Waters (RWU Law ’98), who went to college and law school (at RWU) with the single goal of...
Posted by David Logan
09/28/2012 at 04:02 PM
One of the fun, and unofficial, traditions at RWU Law is the Potluck Dinners at the home of Laurie Barron, the crackerjack head of our Feinstein Institute for Legal Service.  Once a semester, some of the many RWU students committed to Public Interest Law gather at Laurie’s home way out in the Tiverton boonies for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship.  Here are a couple comments from attendees at the fall ’12 gathering:  The Potlucks at Laurie Barron's house are never dull! Always a great time to mingle with fellow law students and faculty members in a very informal setting....
Posted by David Logan
09/25/2012 at 04:41 PM
Public event #3 for Justice Alito was a lunch with faculty and some leading lawyers around the state, followed by a “fireside chat” with Dean Cass, and finally a VIP reception at the beautiful home of RWU President Dr. Donald Farish.  As was the case with the morning events, the Justice was insightful, candid, and very approachable. I will leave to our PR folks to summarize the Q&As so that I can add some of the highlights from my end: The Justice hanging out in my office between events, casually discussing the latest edition of Caro’s multi-volume biography of LBJ with RI Chief...
Posted by David Logan
09/25/2012 at 04:10 PM
In recent years the Roger Williams Law community has had a remarkable four members of the Supreme Court of the United States visit Rhode Island [links to Breyer, Scalia and Roberts blogs], most recently Associate Justice Samuel Alito.  The visit was organized by Ron Cass, Dean Emeritus of BU Law School, and a close friend of the Justice, and Justice Alito and his wonderful wife Martha-Ann were good sports, participating in a long list of events that enabled students, faculty, alums, and leaders of the bench and bar, to have multiple opportunities to interact with a leading jurist. ...
Posted by David Logan
09/17/2012 at 12:25 PM
You would think starting law school would be enough for any 1L, but newbie Peter Costa not only is tackling that challenge, but also running for state office this fall from District 67 (Barrington-Warren); he also attended the Republican National Convention in Tampa as an Alternate Delegate.  Below are Peter’s observations, as posted on his blog.                                       Peter at Tampa Bay Times...