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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
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,...
Posted by David Logan
12/09/2011 at 09:22 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 01:15 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...
Posted by David Logan
12/01/2011 at 09:39 AM
For over a decade now, we have offered our students a unique option for summer studies: our Program in London, run by English Barrister Robert Webster, is a unique opportunity for experiential learning which places our students in the chambers of leading barristers and judges. Last year we offered options to study in China and Argentina, as part of a consortium headed by Stetson Law School.  Now I am delighted to announce that we are expanding further: RWU Law students now can opt into classes in The Hague (Netherlands) and Lausannne (Switzerland).  These new possibilities are...
Posted by David Logan
11/28/2011 at 03:41 PM
Election Day 2011 brought a double dose of good news for Roger Williams Law as two members of the family (both Class of 2005 alums) won mayoral slots in cities immediately flanking the Ocean State: to the east in Fall River, Mass., and to the south in New London, Conn. Both victories carried more than passing political impact. In Fall River, Will Flanagan ‘05 – the city’s youngest-ever mayor, elected in 2009 at age 29 – proved his success was no fluke by handily winning a second term. And in New London, Daryl Finizio ‘05 became that city's first openly gay mayor. Mayor Will Flanagan In Fall...
Posted by David Logan
11/21/2011 at 03:42 PM
After an intimate conversation with RWU Law’s student leaders, Justice Breyer returned to the Appellate Courtroom for the day’s grand finale – a revealing “Fireside Chat” (well, actually the fire code doesn’t permit a fireplace) with First Circuit Judge Bruce Selya, a valued adjunct and longtime friend of RWU Law, who facilitated the visit. Judge Selya encouraged the full-house of students, faculty, staff, and alums to think of the event as “a conversation between two old friends” – which, indeed they are. From 1980 to 1994, Breyer was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the...
Posted by David Logan
11/18/2011 at 09:45 AM
RWU law is proud of all of its graduates, but there is a special place in our heart for Betty Anne Waters (’98), whose amazing legal journey was the basis for the 2010 movie Conviction. A single Mom with a high school GED, Betty Anne went to community college, then college, and then (RWU) law school, and passed the bar with a single goal in mind: freeing her brother Kenny who was serving a life sentence for murder. Betty Anne’s passion and resourcefulness were rewarded when Kenny was freed through work with the Innocence Project. Last year Fox Searchlight released a movie on Betty Anne's...