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David Logan has served as Dean at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI since 2003. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Dean Logan clerked for a federal judge and practiced with a major Washington, D.C. law firm, where he represented Native American tribes....



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Posted by David Logan
01/31/2012 at 10:16 AM
One of the hottest topics in RI is the decision of a federal judge to bar a public high school from maintaining a display in its gymnasium that is, in effect, a prayer.  The student who brought the lawsuit has been vilified, as has the judge who simply was following the Constitution.  Below is an article from the Sunday Projo that provides some historical context for the decision. What would Roger Williams have done?Edward Fitzpatrick What would Roger Williams have thought about the prayer banner at Cranston High School West? Many are raising that question amid bitter debate...
Posted by David Logan
01/24/2012 at 05:25 PM
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”  Last week we reflected on that question as the Office of Diversity and Outreach, directed by Deborah Johnson, presented the School of Law’s seventh annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.  On Monday, members of the RWU Law community and their families answered the question by joining volunteers from the Rhode Island School of Design, the Mount Hope Learning Center, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Providence, for a MLK Day of Arts and...
Posted by David Logan
01/20/2012 at 01:02 PM
I have a special place in my heart for the RWU Law class of 2006—they began as 1Ls the same year that I began as the new dean—so I was especially glad to participate in the class’s fifth year reunion.  There were actually three events on the day: a brunch and a cocktail reception, where there were lots of laughs about the ups and downs of law school life (and more than a few stories about long-time faculty stalwarts Larry Ritchie, Carl Bogus, and Louise Teitz).   I have a special place in my heart for the RWU Law class of 2006—they began as 1Ls the same year that I began as the new...
Posted by David Logan
01/17/2012 at 03:31 PM
We are excited to host a number of unique events in coming months.  Here are the highlights: This week: our annual Martin Luther King Lecture, “What Does It mean To Be a Real American: Challenging the Criminalization of Immigration,” delivered by Angela F. Chan, Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform Program A major conference on the role of the U.S. Constitution in political debate, with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and an all-star line-up of academics from across the country The Thurgood Marshall Lecture,  delivered by Martha Minow, former clerk to Justice Marshall,...
Posted by David Logan
01/10/2012 at 11:05 AM
The Roger Williams Law family gathered in the Rotunda at Citizens Plaza to celebrate the holiday season (replete with jokes about Gov. Chafee’s “holiday tree”), and as a bonus helped the U.S. Marine Corps with their “Toys for Tots” program. This was the first such event with our new President, Dr. Donald Farish (who has a law degree to go with his Phd in biology), and he enjoyed mingling with an energetic crowd of faculty, staff, alums and friends of the law school from the bench and bar.  Among the luminaries in attendance: Chief Justice of the RI Supreme Court Paul Suttell and his...
Posted by David Logan
12/22/2011 at 01:12 PM
When Princeton Review released its 2012 edition of “The Best 167 Law Schools” – an influential Zagat Guide-style review largely based on 18,000 law student interviews – Roger Williams received a very strong assessment from its students. The actual review is available in PDF for those readers who want to see it, but we thought it would be fun to also provide a more visually engaging approach: a “tag cloud,” that is a graphic representation of words from the text, weighted by frequency of use. It’s an unusual – and surprisingly informative – way of looking at RWU Law.
Posted by David Logan
12/16/2011 at 10:12 AM
As the only law school in the state, RWU Law has unique opportunities to co-sponsor events with other leading educational institutions, like our joint degree program with the University of Rhode Island Department of Marine Affairs (a signature joint J.D./M.M.A. program) and our Medical-Legal Cooperative with Brown Medical School We recently had our first co-sponsored event with the Rhode Island School of Design and the Rhode Island Association for Justice (RIAJ), a screening of the film “Hot Coffee,” which takes a very skeptical look at the “tort reform” movement.  Debunking the urban...
Posted by David Logan
12/13/2011 at 10:50 AM
I am glad to report that the latest edition of Super Lawyers magazine has identified almost 50 of our graduates as “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars.” The magazine identifies attorneys in each state who are chosen by peer review and independent research as the top practitioners; the “Rising Stars” category focuses on lawyers under age 40 or who have been practice for less than ten years. Two of our grads, Armando Batastini (Naval Academy; RWU Law ’98 ) and Mark Gemma (Boston College; RWU Law ’97) share top honors.  Besides garnering the Super rating, I just learned that as of 2/1/12,...
Posted by David Logan
12/09/2011 at 10:22 AM
The Office of Career Services recently presented two excellent programs, showcasing the remarkable array of career paths available to those with a Juris Doctor degree.  One event was a Sports Law Symposium, co-sponsored with the Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SPENT). Panelists included RWUSOL graduate Kathy Sulentic '09, who is the Assistant Director of Enforcement for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  Kathy was joined by Ed Weiss, General Counsel of Fenway Sports Group (which includes the Boston Red Sox), and prominent sports agent Dennis Coleman, a...
Posted by David Logan
12/06/2011 at 02:15 PM
We just got word that the Supreme Court of the United States has granted certiorari to hear United States v. Southern Union, a case which was litigated in the Roger Williams Law School in October, 2010.  That hearing, before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, not only featured top federal judges and litigators, but a rare opportunity for our law students to quiz the judges afterward. Now one of the cases they heard is one of the tiny % of appeals that the Supreme Court agrees to hear each term. Southern Union is not your typical environmental case, as it involved...