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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
07/17/2012 at 11:01 AM
This week’s Sunday Times devoted its feature “36 Hours” to the capital city of RWU’s home state, Providence. Quite correctly, the article points to the influence of arts and universities in making Providence “like Portland, Ore., or Austin, Tex.,… many times more creative and cosmopolitan than its modest population” would suggest.  It has “exceptional food, compelling art and architecture, a thriving gay scene and an inordinate number of very smart people. Yet the city remains unpretentious and affordable.” Providence is only a half hour from our Bristol campus, and many law students,...
Posted by David Logan
07/13/2012 at 09:43 AM
Over 100 luminaries of Rhode Island’s bench and bar joined by RWU faculty, staff, alumni and students gathered to raise funds for the Pro Bono Collaborative at the Rotunda at One Citizen’s Plaza in Providence.  The PBC leverages the historically underutilized resources of the state’s larger, more prominent law firms by connecting them with community organizations and our law students, to help maximize the efficient delivery of legal aid. What began as a pilot project has expanded into a program that engages approximately 25 students per year, working with law firms to provide...
Posted by David Logan
07/09/2012 at 03:02 PM
I am pleased to announce that RWU Law alum Robert Coulter ’08, was named one of “40 under Forty” winners by the Providence Business News.  This award acknowledges the achievements of young professionals based on their “career success and community involvement.” Rob is a graduate of the Naval Academy who came to RWU Law after earning two Masters Degrees from the University of Chicago, and he continued his stellar academic career by graduating #1 in his law class. Rob is an associate at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, working in the firm’s private equity and venture capital practice group...
Posted by David Logan
07/03/2012 at 03:18 PM
Another year, and another cohort of lucky RWU Law students who get an insider’s view of the English legal system by attending our unique summer program in London. Unlike most foreign programs, which are classroom-based and focus on doctrine, the RWU Law program gets our students into the chambers of some of London’s top law firms and judges for what is quaintly called “a mini-pupilage.” This provides an intimate insiders’ view of a legal system that provided the basis for the U.S. judiciary.  Led by the irrepressible Barrister Bobby Webster, those who enroll for the maximum number...
Posted by David Logan
06/29/2012 at 11:34 AM
One of the great opportunities for a law student is to work in a judge’s chambers, and given the close relationships RWU Law has with dozens of state and federal judges, many of our top students get an insider’s view of the judicial process.  Two close friends of the law school are United States District Judge Jack McConnell and Superior Court Judge Dennis Curran.  Here are a couple reflections from rising 2Ls who are working with these leading jurists. The drive from Bristol, RI to Woburn, MA (near Boston) is worth it.  I cannot imagine a better view of the legal system than...
Posted by David Logan
06/26/2012 at 12:36 PM
We are proud of the commitment our students have to improving the lives of the less fortunate in our community.  I recently reported on the work of our Military Law Society for local veterans and now I want to salute the Family Law Society (also spearheaded by terrific members of the class of 2014!) for their good works on behalf of Family Service of Rhode Island; by holding a “change drive,” Laura Parker and Gloria Rispoli were able to present the organization with necessaries for a family in need.  Way to go Laura, Gloria, and the FLS! Gloria Rispoli and Laura Parker
Posted by David Logan
06/22/2012 at 01:17 PM
I am pleased to announce that Neville Bedford, RWU Law class of 2003, was honored by the Rhode Island Bar Association for his efforts representing homeless men and women. Neville won the Pro Bono Publico Award, which is presented annually for “the outstanding efforts of attorneys who have provided equal access to justice to the needy through the Volunteer Lawyer Program and Pro Bono Program for the Elderly during the past year.  Award criteria include:  case type and difficulty, the number of hours served, and the total number of cases.  Length of service through the program...
Posted by David Logan
06/19/2012 at 03:10 PM
As 2011-12 winds down and 2012-13 emerges on the immediate horizon, I am happy to announce another year of distinctive co-curricular programming is in store for the RWU Law community. First-up: a visit from another Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Last fall we were honored by a visit by Justice Stephen Breyer.  Next September it is a visit from Justice Samuel Alito. The Justice has graciously offered to spend an entire day at RWU Law, which means that there will be many opportunities to interact with a member of the High Court, and with important and perhaps path-...
Posted by David Logan
06/15/2012 at 12:16 PM
RWU’s stature as a national leader in the field of ocean and coastal law was confirmed at The Coastal Society’s 23rd biennial conference in Miami, Florida. Recent graduate and Florida native, Kristen Bonjour ‘12, attended and presented  Municipal Responses to a Changing Climate in the Coastal Zone of the Northeast and Bay of Fundy. Kristen conducted her research  as a Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow, a signature part of our Marine Affairs Institute that matches law student researchers with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and industry groups who have a marine law...
Posted by David Logan
06/12/2012 at 03:41 PM
It’s no secret that RWU Law’s faculty comprises a world-class collection of legal scholars and educators. One such standout is Associate Professor Tanya Monestier, who joined us after graduating from both Osgoode Hall, Canada’s top law school, and the University of Cambridge, with an impressive array of honors. Tanya clerked for Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada, and has also taught at Queen’s University. It was during her term as a clerk that Tanya first encountered Muscutt v. Courcelles, an Ontario Court of Appeals case that was Canada’s leading case for determining...