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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
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...
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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-...
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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...
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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...
Posted by David Logan
06/08/2012 at 01:29 PM
This is the last of 3 blog items on the graduation of the terrific class of 2012.  The recessional ended up with another RWU Law tradition: the graduates filing past an applauding faculty, and on to an after-party full of hugs and high-5s.  Below are some of the pics from a perfect day. Way to go, Class of 2012!
Posted by David Logan
06/06/2012 at 01:44 PM
After the processional, the grads, faculty, staff, families, and friends settled in for a brisk, but meaningful ceremony. The crowd applauded the newly tenured members of the faculty (John Chung and Keeva Terry), the Teachers of the Year (John Chung and John Grasso), the Support Staff Person of the Year (Manny Tavares), and the award of a Distinguished Service Award to retiring Assistant Dean of Career Services Tony Bastone.  The audience heard from the Dean and the University President before the hooding of the two winners of Honorary Degrees, Maureen McKenna Goldberg, Associate Justice...
Posted by David Logan
06/04/2012 at 03:20 PM
This is the first of 3 blog entries on Commencement 2012… As the dignitaries and graduates gathered to be robed for the commencement procession, the air was filled with fellowship and a true sense of accomplishment.  Besides the de rigeur portraits with the Honorary Degree recipients, I had the amazing opportunity over lunch to hear iconic Federal Judge Jack Weinstein discuss his involvement with Thurgood Marshall’s legal team on Brown v. Board of Education as a young lawyer, plus to watch another RWU Law tradition, the pinning of a boutonniere on the robes of newly tenured faculty...
Posted by David Logan
05/31/2012 at 10:57 AM
An annual tradition at RWU Law is a bash for the graduating students at the luxurious Glen Manor estate in nearby Portsmouth. It is a chance to salute the accomplishments of the 3Ls before the formality of Commencement (which I will cover in blogs soon). Congratulations to the terrific Class of 2012! Faculty with Honors GraduatesThe Senior Staff of the Law SchoolA retirement gift for Assistant Dean Tony Bastone; an "Emergency Bow Tie Kit" The 3Ls find the perfect gift for dog-lover Bastone: a class contribution to a lab rescue programSBA President Kevin Olasanoye with Staff...
Posted by David Logan
05/30/2012 at 11:05 AM
One of our top junior faculty is Michael Burger, who joined RWU Law after a distinguished academic record (B.A. magna cum laude from Brown; honors graduate from Columbia Law School, where he was Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law); practice (Associate Counsel for New York City’s Environmental Law Division), and law teaching (at NYU). Michael is developing a national reputation for his work on climate change and most recently the cutting edge issues associated with drilling for oil in the Arctic, made feasible due to rapid ice melt. Here are some of Michael’s recent...
Posted by David Logan
05/22/2012 at 03:19 PM
The annual 1L Moot Court competition wrapped up as the spring semester wound down.  Almost 70 1Ls argued the merits of a cutting edge issue—whether the First Amendment prohibited school officials from sanctioning students debating a school-related issue on Facebook.  It was a hectic day for the Moot Court Board, but the competitors were winnowed down to the finalists, Samantha Clarke and Nick Denice, with Nick ending up #1.  Congratulations to all the competitors! The Finals Panel Nick Denice, Moot Court Board Chair Will Wray, and Samantha Clarke Moot Court Board