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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
08/08/2012 at 03:29 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 03:31 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 11:49 AM
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 09:50 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...
Posted by David Logan
07/17/2012 at 10:01 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 08:43 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 02:02 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 02:18 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 10:34 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 11:36 AM
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