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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
03/23/2012 at 08:36 AM
Another Batch of RWU Law Alums admitted to the Bar of SCOTUS, Hears “Stolen Valor” Argument Alums gathered in Washington, D.C. for our annual cocktail reception, and it was great to see so many of our graduates thriving in the Nation’s Capital, in an amazing array of work settings, from partnerships in intellectual property firms to staff lawyers at the Department of Homeland Security.  Devon Cipperly’09, Maureen Wagner’10, Tom Shaffer’98 (RWU Law Director of Admissions)   Justin Pruett’11, Deborah Johnson (RWU Law Director of Diversity & Outreach)  Katherine James-...
Posted by David Logan
03/19/2012 at 11:27 AM
It was clear, even as a 1L, that Maureen Wagner '10 was going to be an alum to watch. Deeply - and proudly - conservative, Maureen helped the RWU Law chapter of the Federalist Society bring remarkable speakers to campus.  Now, as Deputy Director of the Federalist Society in Washington, D.C., she is spearheading her organization’s effort to raise the profile of the issue of judicial selection at the state level and educate the public on what is in many states (and the federal government, not to mention Rhode Island) the “least democratic branch.”  Now her major project...
Posted by David Logan
03/06/2012 at 03:12 PM
A few weeks ago, I was delighted to learn that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has appointed a current RWU Law student, José F. Batista ’14, to the city’s Charter Review Commission. It’s an important and prestigious appointment: the nine-member Commission, which convenes only every 10 years, is charged with reviewing Providence's Home Rule Charter, or City Constitution, and making recommendations for any changes. The immediate past chairman is R. Kelly Sheridan, a partner at the leading firm Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Pierce in Providence. Jose (on the cover of the current edition of...
Posted by David Logan
03/02/2012 at 09:19 AM
RWU Law is committed to both scholarly excellence and outstanding classroom teaching, and we are always glad to have empirical validation of these critical aspects of a quality legal education. Our students glowing comments about their faculty appear in the current Princeton Review of Top Law Schools (like “professors really have made a difference in my life” and “there are more than a few shining stars”) are now bolstered by a summary of student evaluations from fall semester classes. Students are asked a number of questions including a rating of overall teaching...
Posted by David Logan
03/01/2012 at 01:53 PM
Prof. Carl Bogus’ recent biography of conservative icon William F. Buckley, Jr. has been widely reviewed in the national media. Below are links to the reviews, both in print and on tv and radio.  My favorite: the masterful one-sentence review appearing in the NY Times Sunday magazine of February 26: “How liberals should write about conservatives.” Congratulations Carl!  CSPAN NPR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED  WASHINGTON TIMES LIBRARY JOURNAL PUBLISHERS WEEKLY NEW YORK TIMES SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE WASHINGTON POST UNIVERSITY BOOKMAN NEW REPUBLIC MINNEAPOLIS...
Posted by David Logan
02/28/2012 at 09:06 AM
The Rhode Island Supreme Court was recently the venue for oral arguments in an exciting free speech case, and in a highly unusual turn of events Associate Dean Andy Horwitz was pitted against Megan Maciasz (’08).  It was Megan’s first appearance before the Court, though she was advantaged by her previous service as law clerk to Chief Justice Paul Suttell.  Her job: defend the City of Providence’s noise ordinance, and Dean Horwitz went into battle ably assisted by 2L Andrew Fischer, who worked on the brief and consulted on strategy for the argument.  Below are Andrew’s...
Posted by David Logan
02/23/2012 at 04:46 PM
Prof. Jorge Elorza and I are active in Latino Dollars for Scholars, the Rhode Island chapter of a national effort to provide stipends for Latinos attending college.  I had the honor of delivering the keynote address at this year’s awards banquet, and it was a great opportunity to address so many bright and ambitious young people, plus their families, friends, and supporters in the community.  I spoke on the need to improve the representation of all people of color in the legal profession, and the efforts we have made at Roger Williams Law to target the best and brightest Latinos,...
Posted by David Logan
02/17/2012 at 08:55 AM
In the span of 8 years, the Association for Public Interest Law (APIL) Auction has gone from 75 folks in jeans and sweatshirts, sitting in folding chairs in the SOL atrium, to more than 400 spiffy attendees in one of Rhode Island’s most revered venues, the ballroom on the top of the Biltmore Hotel in Providence.  And what a night it was, where students, faculty, staff, alums and many of our supporters in the legal community came out to mingle and bid on 100’s of wonderful items and packages, from north to south (vacations in a ski chalet in Vermont and a trip to Disney World),...
Posted by David Logan
02/14/2012 at 09:06 AM
One of the most interesting cases of the current term of the Supreme Court of the United States is U.S. v. Jones, which held that placing a GPS tracker on the car of a drug suspect violated the Constitution.  The Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly turned to experts, including our own expert on criminal procedure, Emily Sack, to discuss this fascinating intersection of technology and the law. GPS ruling breaks new ground on privacy rightsby Albert Turco and Kimberly AtkinsFebruary 9th, 2012 After punting on the issue in the past, the U.S. Supreme Court has again waded into the choppy waters of...
Posted by David Logan
02/10/2012 at 09:20 AM
RWU Law students have a remarkably broad array of practical experiences in the summer, but none could match the work that Raquel Thomas ('12), Jared Ballin ('13), Stephen R. Deering ('11), and  Katie McCann ('12) did with Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court Dennis Curran in the summer of 2011.  Besides the opportunity to observe a broad range of matters in court and chambers, Judge Curran tasked them with helping prepare "An Honorable Salary?", a study of judicial compensation in the Bay State.  Building on the requirement in Article XXIX of the Massachusetts...