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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
01/13/2014 at 05:35 PM
When Scott Gunst ‘12 first arrived at RWU Law, he was like many of our marine affairs students: he had a unique maritime background and a drive to take advantage of all that RWU Law offers in marine affairs. From a family of mariners, and with 10 years of his own professional maritime experience, Scott used his time here to sample from our rich maritime curriculum. He also took advantage of the unique opportunity to be a Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow, where he researched legal issues associated with hydroelectric power in Rhode Island, and the issues faced by Maine fishermen who want to...
Posted by David Logan
01/08/2014 at 12:54 PM
Law students from the RWU International Law Society travelled to NYC late last semester for an opportunity to network and learn from leaders in the field. They were delighted to encounter our own Professor Louise Ellen Teitz, who is wrapping up her tour as a diplomat as the First Secretary at The Hague Conference on Private International Law in The Hague, The Netherlands (http://law.rwu.edu/louise-ellen-teitz). Here are some reflections from one of the attendees, 2L Jocelyn Valenzuela, and below that some pictures from the weekend. International Law Weekend in NY was a great opportunity for...
Posted by David Logan
12/20/2013 at 12:45 PM
As we reach the end of a remarkable fall semester of programming—including not one but two visits from Justices from the United States Supreme Court  http://law.rwu.edu/blog/justice-sandra-day-o%E2%80%99connor-and-rwu-law and http://law.rwu.edu/blog/justice-kagan-rhode-island-0 - we now pivot to an exciting lineup of programming for the coming spring. Leading off: the keynote speaker for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. week of commemorations is a talk by the newest member of the highest court in New York State, the Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Justice on the NY Court of Appeals...
Posted by David Logan
12/17/2013 at 04:48 PM
The annual Law Alumni Holiday Party in Providence was especially fun this year because of the addition of two noteworthy events, the receipt of a gift from the leading regional law firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan and the awarding of our annual Alumni Public Service Award. The close connection between Adler Pollock & Sheehan and RWU Law is manifest in the terrific alums who practice there (pictured below). We also saluted Hans Bremer (‘08) on his outstanding pro bono work in practice, no surprise given his dedication to helping the underserved during his law school years. We also...
Posted by David Logan
12/11/2013 at 03:12 PM
The Mediation Clinic has continued its tradition of providing free mediation services to low income couples seeking to end their marriages but avoid litigation. Six couples, each with minor children, came to the Bar Association building in Providence, where nine law students in the Mediation Clinic helped the parties develop co-parenting plans, divide their assets and debts, and determine other important issues such as child support and health insurance. Each couple left with a Mediated Memorandum of Understanding and other necessary paperwork. Next step: the RI Bar Association can now...
Posted by David Logan
12/06/2013 at 12:43 PM
One of the great opportunities for RWU Law students is their chance to develop lawyering skills under the close watch of leading trial judges. This year is no exception as Superior Court Justice Stephen Nugent presided over the final trial at the end of a semester of instruction from fellow Justice Dan Procaccini, in his courtroom! 3Ls Leticia Tavares, Angelo Catanzariti, Sharlene Rossi, and Marcus Swift were the student advocates. Judge P’s bottom line: “Both Justice Nugent and I were very impressed with the professionalism, preparation and passion displayed by these students. They are a...
Posted by David Logan
12/03/2013 at 12:07 PM
In June we were saddened to learn of the death of David Rice, who was a valued member of the RWU law faculty from 1997-2012. David was a multi-talented man, who had the rare ability to keep reinventing himself professionally. After a distinguished career at Columbia Law School and a plum clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, David held tenured positions at Boston University and Rutgers-Camden, before coming to Roger Williams. David’s academic specialty was Commercial Law, but he also helped adapt the Uniform Commercial Code to the world of electronic...
Posted by David Logan
11/26/2013 at 05:34 PM
Going into 2013, RWU law students already had a rich array of experiential learning opportunities, but we have recently added two very popular options: our Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship program (where students do transactional work at leading regional employers (like the Boston Red Sox, Textron, and CVS) http://law.rwu.edu/blog/want-work-general-counsel-cvs-red-sox-gtech-launching-our-new-house-counsel-externship-program and our Community Economic Development Clinic. The Clinic is directed by Professor Gowri Krishna, who ran a similar clinic at Fordham and Michigan Law Schools. The...
Posted by David Logan
11/25/2013 at 12:14 PM
I am pleased to announce that one of the young stars of the RWU Law faculty, Michael Burger, has received recognition for his excellent writing. Michael was recently awarded the Penny Pether Award for Law and Language Scholarship for his article "Environmental Law/Environmental Literature" in the leading journal Ecology Law Review. The award was presented at West Coast Rhetoric Scholarship Workshop at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. It should be no surprise that Michael would be recognized for his excellent writing: in addition to his exceptional academic performance at Columbia Law School, and...
Posted by David Logan
11/22/2013 at 12:06 PM
One of the most active student groups on campus is the Military Law Society (MILLAW), and two recent events underscored their high visibility in the building. The first was a career panel, cosponsored by MILLAW, the Maritime Law Society, and our Office of Career Development, which brought to campus military lawyers from the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.  Joining the panel was a representative from the Department of the Navy’s Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS). Students were exposed to the different areas of law that each branch focuses on and...