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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
11/01/2012 at 03:27 PM
With the sting of two years of student victories, and frenzied cheering from the student section this year, a faculty team featuring vets Jared Goldstein and Richard Rose, plus newbies Zoe Argento, Colleen Brown, Andy Horwitz, and Bruce Kogan, fought valiantly, but unsuccessfully, to avoid a 3-year losing streak to student teams in Jeopardy.   The class of 2015 and the defending champions, class of 2014, were neck and neck with the old timers throughout, and all teams nailed what turned out to be a prophetic Final Jeopardy answer, with the clue “The two types of tropical cyclones...
Posted by David Logan
10/26/2012 at 02:25 PM
Roger Williams topped regional law schools on the July 2012 Connecticut Bar Exam.  This comes as no surprise, given that RWU Law grads have been passing the bar at a high level for years.  This July’s result is particularly noteworthy as 90% of RWU Law’s first-time test takers passed the CT Bar – tying Quinnipiac, slightly ahead of regional powerhouse UConn, and dramatically ahead of newcomer UMass-Dartmouth.     For a complete list of the July results visit http://www.jud.ct.gov/cbec/Stats/July12LS.pdf For a list of schools accredited by the American Bar Association go...
Posted by David Logan
10/25/2012 at 08:30 AM
As the only law school in Rhode Island, RWU Law has a close relationship with a number of important professional groups, including the Thurgood Marshall Law Society, the Latino Policy Institute, Common Cause and the Rhode Island Association for Justice, which represents lawyers who represent injured individuals. Professor Diana Hassel and I have taught in RIAJ “citizen schools” which help explain the legal system to non-lawyers, and last year we co-hosted, with RIAJ and the Rhode Island School of Design, a screening of a controversial look at our civil justice system, Hot Coffee. We are also...
Posted by David Logan
10/22/2012 at 09:01 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...
Posted by David Logan
10/22/2012 at 07:57 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 10:44 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 03:46 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 04:13 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 04:03 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 03:02 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....