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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
02/07/2012 at 10:07 AM
The Rhode Island legal community was saddened by the death of long-time head of the Public Defender Office John Hardiman.  The School of Law recently sponsored a memorial program that featured encomiums from many of his colleagues in the trenches and Andy Horwitz, now our Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, but for many years a collaborator with John in his capacity as Director of our Criminal Defense Clinic.  Below is a summary of Andy’s thoughts, followed by some pictures from the event. Members of the School of Law community were privileged to host a tribute to the late John J....
Posted by David Logan
02/03/2012 at 08:29 AM
One of our most eclectic faculty members is Peter Margulies, whose expertise blends knowledge of Immigration Law, National Security Law, and Professional Responsibility.  Peter has written important works in all 3 areas, not least his book Laws’ Detour: Justice Displaced in the Bush; Administration (NYU Press, 2010).  More recently, Peter was quoted in “Unknown Knowns: Torture Suits Against Rumsfeld May Revive a 40-Year-Old Liability Case,” in the current ABA Journal.  Peter also participated in a panel of experts on National Security Law at the Annual Meeting of the...
Posted by David Logan
01/31/2012 at 09:16 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 04:25 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 12:02 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 02:31 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 10:05 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 12:12 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 09:12 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 09:50 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,...