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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
06/08/2012 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
Posted by David Logan
05/17/2012 at 04:25 PM
The Roger Williams Law community was honored and, frankly, dazzled by the Thurgood Marshall Lecture recently delivered by Martha Minow, the 12th Dean of Harvard Law School, who not only served as a law clerk to Justice Marshall, but also has taught in class a future Justice of the SCOTUS, Elena Kagan, and a future President of the United States, Barack Obama. In a week in which the Trayvon Martin shooting dominated the headlines, and the latest challenge to affirmative action in higher education, Fisher v. Texas, was granted certiorari by the Supreme Court, Minow focused her comments on the...
Posted by David Logan
05/15/2012 at 11:47 AM
The Feinstein Institute for Legal Service recently celebrated the stellar public service of the class of 2012. The Institute’s annual reception brings together students, faculty and staff from the law school as well as some of the top lawyers and judges from across the state to thank those who mentor our students and to honor the contribution our students make to the community. Among the luminaries in attendance were Rhode Island Chief Justice Paul Suttell, Judge Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Patricia Sullivan of Edwards, Wildman, who was...
Posted by David Logan
05/10/2012 at 12:57 PM
I am pleased to acknowledge Marek Bute ’05 is serving as local counsel with Lambda Legal and co-counsel O’Melveney & Meyers on the landmark Nevada Marriage Equality case Sevcik v. Sandoval.   Lambda Legal filed a same-sex marriage equality claim in federal court, challenging the validity of the Nevada constitutional amendment limiting marriage to different-sex couples, while bestowing essentially all rights and responsibilities of a “spouse” upon same-sex couples in “domestic partnerships.” Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of...
Posted by David Logan
05/07/2012 at 11:42 AM
On April 16 and 17, seventeen students joined Professors Diana Hassel and Jared Goldstein on a visit to the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, and Congress.     On Monday morning the group heard the arguments in Christopher v. SmithKline Beechum at the Supreme Court.  The question presented was whether pharmaceutical company “detailers,” who visit physicians to encourage them to prescribe the company’s medications, are covered by the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Briefs and arguments centered on how much deference the federal courts...