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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
09/07/2012 at 12:02 PM
Among the crazes of the last decade is poker, fueled by the ease (and promise of riches) from online playing and fan interest form TV coverage taking advantage of “pocket cams” that allowed observers to see players’ “hole cards.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poker As it turns out, Roger Williams University has a number of interesting connections to gaming. First, RWU undergrad alum Susan Bedusa produced a well-regarded documentary “All In: The Poker Movie,” which traces the meteoric rise of poker’s popularity, with the 6 entrants in the first “Main Event” of the World Series...
Posted by David Logan
08/31/2012 at 12:02 PM
Over the decades, the most prestigious accomplishment in law school is membership on the Law Review.  Staffers are selected in a highly competitive process that considers both 1L grades and performance on a writing exercise.  The 2L members assist with editorial work for the journal and write a “note,” while 3L members oversee the actual production of the law review issues, including the all-important task of selecting articles for publication.  Many law reviews, like ours, dedicate entire issues to single topics, and feature the top academics in their...
Posted by David Logan
08/27/2012 at 05:23 PM
Yesterday was the 92nd anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, cultimating 70 years of struggle by woman suffragists. Here is the text: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex" and "Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." This is a good moment to pause for a moment to reflect on the progress that women have made not just in our larger society, but also in the legal profession. (The Supreme Court of the United...
Posted by David Logan
08/24/2012 at 05:04 PM
Orientation is when the newbies are introduced to law school and the legal profession.  At RWU we mark the end of this transition period by taking a class photo (with, and without shades) and then a picnic by the bay.  Here are some pics from that fun day.              
Posted by David Logan
08/22/2012 at 08:34 AM
The academic year officially begins with orientation for the new group of 1Ls. The class of 2015 is drawn from more than 100 undergraduate institutions, including Duke, Dartmouth, BC, UTEP, Pepperdine, Gettysburg, Rowan, Smith, and SUNY-Maritime, but the top feeder schools are close to home: U Conn, Providence College, RI College, the U of Rhode Island, and Roger Williams. In the mix are a firefighter, a freelance writer, a park ranger, a logger, an environmental officer on cruise ships, a social worker, the steersman on a tugboat, a sailing race coach, a professional figure...
Posted by David Logan
08/14/2012 at 01:03 PM
One of the top junior members of the RWU Law faculty is Zoe Argento, and I am pleased to report that her recent presentation at a young scholars conference at Stanford Law School was one of only eight spotlighted on the influential blog GigaOm (out of 130).  Zoe’s topic was “Who Owns Social Media,” and you can read a summary of all the top presentations here. Like all her RWU Law colleagues, Zoe has sterling academic credentials: (magna cum laude from Harvard College, Order of the Coif from Boston College Law), plus a federal clerkship (Chief Federal Judge Mary Lisi) and then a...
Posted by David Logan
08/08/2012 at 04:29 PM
I just got an update from one of our most eclectic graduates, Spencer Maguire….  Spencer has served in the Marines in Iraq, worked in politics in D.C., and is now stationed in Africa with the U.S. Department of State. Below is an email I recently received, as well as some amazing pics. Getting into the Foreign Service is one of those dreams that I always had but didn't pursue for a long time. Though I am a fairly confident person, I didn't think in a million years I'd get in.  I am fortunate that at some point I decided to give the FS test a try.  It worked out for me and now I...
Posted by David Logan
08/01/2012 at 04:31 PM
One of the strengths of a Roger Williams legal education is the support our students and graduates have in the legal community, and one manifestation of this is leading lawyers and judges who have recently joined our Board of Directors: * Mark Gemma, from Gemma Law Associates (RWU Law ‘97)* Patrick Jones, from Cooley Manion Jones* Howard Merten, from Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP* Stephen Prignano, from Edwards Wildman Palmer * James Ruggieri, from Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney * William Smith, United States District Judge* Denise Squillante, immediate past President of the...
Posted by David Logan
07/27/2012 at 12:49 PM
At RWU Law, we have a vigorous public interest program.  This summer, 35 students were awarded summer stipends that enabled them to work in public interest jobs all over the world.  The School of Law funds these stipends with money from the operating budget, and another chunk raised through our Public Interest Auction (Save the date for next year! February 15, 2013). From Kathmandu to Los Angeles, and New Orleans to the Pentagon (and of course Rhode Island and Massachusetts!), our students pursued their dreams literally all over the globe.  What follows is a...
Posted by David Logan
07/23/2012 at 10:50 AM
I am delighted to announce that the University has granted tenure to two of our outstanding junior faculty, John Chung and Keeva Terry. Both have impeccable academic credentials (John-Wash U and Harvard; Keeva-Harvard, Michigan, and Columbia) and in just a few years they began winning “Teacher of the Year Awards” from a student body who already were learning from excellent teachers. More good news: Emily Sack will serve as our Distinguished Research Professor for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. Emily is a nationally-recognized expert in domestic violence issues, who has published...