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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
11/10/2011 at 08:48 AM
While the Roger Williams Law community is focused on teaching and learning the law, it is good to take a moment to look outside our institution, indeed outside of our state and nation on this Veterans’ Day to recognize the bravery of armed forces personnel, past and present.  A special shout out to Lt. Dan Marusak, who is in the Army National Guard, currently  deployed in Afghanistan.  I am proud to say that Dan was  in my Torts class, and like everyone in the RWU Law community, we salute his sacrifice, far from our idyllic campus.  Below is an email from Dan and some...
Posted by David Logan
11/08/2011 at 04:07 PM
After delivering his Con Law class, Justice Stephen Breyer adjourned to the Bay View Room to meet student leaders. The vibe was decidedly informal, as the pics below show. Asked how he prepared for cases, Breyer described SCOTUS’s “cert. pool” – the mechanism by which the Court manages the massive influx of petitions for certiorari – now over 8,000 a year. Under this system, the Justices’ law clerks are randomly assigned a portion of the petitions and they evaluate them via a memo sent to the Justices participating in the pool (currently all except Justice Alito). Discussing judicial ethics...
Posted by David Logan
11/03/2011 at 09:39 AM
Roger Williams University School of Law got a rare and fascinating view from the top of the profession last week, when Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States visited campus. In an extremely busy half day, Justice Breyer taught a Con Law II class, met with student leaders, and sat for a revealing “Fireside Chat” with First Circuit Judge Bruce Selya (a valued adjunct and longtime friend of RWU Law, who facilitated the visit). The Justice also signed books for a long queue of students, faculty, staff and alums – staying well past his scheduled departure time,...
Posted by David Logan
10/28/2011 at 08:58 AM
Out of the tragedy at the Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I.– the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history– came the first litigation under a new federal statute, the Multiparty, Multiforum Trial Jurisdiction Act, which allows the consolidation of mass torts that have parties in more than one state in a single federal court.  Leading the array of talented lawyers representing the hundreds of plaintiffs and their families was Mark Mandell, a top litigator who–among many other honors– has served as president of the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) and who has numerous million...
Posted by David Logan
10/25/2011 at 02:24 PM
On October 13th, RWU Law students, staff, and faculty participated in an on-line conversation among law schools, public service lawyers, and Attorney General Eric Holder about the need to secure access to justice for all Americans. Sponsored by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the U.S. Department of Justice, the program honored 16 exemplar public service “Champions of Change” at the White House while law students from across the nation watched through a live-feed from the White House website. The program was geared toward getting thousands of “future agents of legal change...
Posted by David Logan
10/21/2011 at 08:50 AM
Several years ago, I was surveying the boring, generic art that adorned the public spaces in much of the law school, and recognized that our second floor atrium could be a great place to display good art.  After talking with various folks, I decided to work out an arrangement with the Bristol Art Museum, which would provide 2-3 exhibits a year of local artists in an array of media. Now in year 4 of the arrangement, we are taking another innovative step, linking the work of a talented Rhode Island photographer, Seth Jacobson, with accompanying poems from our staff Writing Specialist, Kim...
Posted by David Logan
10/18/2011 at 08:14 AM
It was a sunny autumn afternoon on Narragansett Bay, perfect for members of the class of 2014 to get to know a little more about their new coastal home.  Hosted by the Marine Affairs Institute, the annual 1L boat trip gave students interested in marine affairs a chance to learn about marine issues facing Narragansett Bay from the staff of the leading non-profit conservation group Save the Bay aboard the Aletta Morris.  Along with Institute Director Susan Farady, Professor Michael Burger and 3L’s Colin Lynch and Kristen Bonjour, almost two dozen 1Ls cruised under the Mount Hope...
Posted by David Logan
10/14/2011 at 10:16 AM
One of the longest-running sagas in Rhode Island politics is the  “Plunder Dome” investigation, which led to the imprisonment of former  Providence Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci and his Director of Administration Frank Corrente.  (A member of the RWU Law Adjunct Faculty, Assistant United States Attorney Richard Rose, handled the successful federal prosecutions.) A different side of Richard Rose is feautred in (WPRI) Walt Buteaus' Street Stories. Both Cianci and Corrente served substantial federal sentences but unlike Cianci, Corrente has doggedly maintained a right to a...
Posted by David Logan
10/10/2011 at 08:00 AM
In a dominating performance, a team of 1Ls - Brendan Schlander, Michael da Cruz, Nick Denice, Marc Fialkoff, James Glisson, and Samantha Clarke - cruised to victory over teams representing the 2L class, the 3L class, and the faculty in the 7th Annual Student/Faculty Jeopardy Game last week.  Despite the return to action of faculty Jeopardy stalwarts John Chung and Richard Rose (plus the efforts of teammates Tanya Monestier, Larry Ritchie, Andy Horwitz, and Linn Freedman) the 1L team took an early lead and cruised to an easy victory by more than $10,000. The 1L team was urged on by almost...
Posted by David Logan
10/07/2011 at 10:15 AM
A record turnout appeared at an annual event, the Public Interest Potluck, held at the Tiverton home of Professor Michael Yelnosky and Laurie Barron, Executive Director of our Feinstein Institute for Public Service.  More than 40 students showed up for dinner and conversation, and we were particularly pleased with the strong showing of the class of 2014. Here are some pics from that fun evening.