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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
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.
Posted by David Logan
10/06/2011 at 09:31 AM
Somewhat overshadowed by media reports of the death of Apple’s Steve Jobs yesterday was word of the death of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, the courageous leader of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama.  Perhaps best known as a founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Rev. Shuttlesworth convinced Dr. Martin Luther King to make Birmingham the center of resistance to racism after the nonviolent effort sputtered in its first major campaign, in Albany Georgia.  Rev. Shuttlesworth believed that national media coverage of the brutal police response to peaceful...
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10/03/2011 at 02:56 PM
One of the most eclectic scholars on our very strong faculty is Carl Bogus, who is nationally-known for his progressive views on the history of the Second Amendment and gun control policy.  Carl makes the provocative argument that James Madison wrote the Second Amendment to assure the South that Congress could not subvert the slave system by disarming state militias, which the region relied on for slave control.  He has spoken about and debated both the constitutional and public policy aspects of gun control at law schools, colleges, and other venues across the country, appeared on...
Posted by David Logan
09/29/2011 at 03:12 PM
Jeff Smith ('13) had about the coolest possible internship last summer: working with the lawyers who represent the Boston Red Sox and affiliated businesses. Here are some of Jeff's reflections: This past summer, I had the remarkable opportunity to be one of two legal interns with the Boston Red Sox Legal Department. Growing up as a huge Red Sox Fan, this was a dream come true. Never had I entertained the possibility of intimately experiencing the ins and outs of the Red Sox. Not only was I excited for the professional opportunities, but also for the enthusiasm of home games and the...
Posted by David Logan
09/27/2011 at 01:33 PM
Roger Williams is proud of its commitment to supporting our diverse students, and this includes covering a part of the expense associated with having them attend the Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference. Here is a report on this year’s activities from Erin Wright, our terrific Assistant Director of Career Services (BA Providence College/MHR University of Oklahoma/JD Notre Dame): I was fortunate to attend the Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference again this year. The 2011 Conference took place in Hollywood and allowed law students and nearly 150 recruiters, some of the best and brightest...
Posted by David Logan
09/22/2011 at 03:29 PM
One of our signature experiential learning environments is the class Poverty, Health and Law: The Medical/Legal Collaborative and the related externship opportunity at the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership for Children.  Conceived and implemented by Liz Tobin Tyler, Director of Public Service and Community Partnerships in our Feinstein Institute of Legal Service, the class teams Brown Med and RWU Law students (plus resident physicians from Hasbro Children’s Hospital) to prepare them for two important, but often overlooked, aspects of the professions they are entering...
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09/20/2011 at 08:39 AM
I am delighted to announce that one of the world’s most prestigious  publishers, the Oxford University Press, has released “A Doubtful and Perilous Experiment: Advisory Opinions, State Constitutions, and Judicial Supremacy,” authored by Mel Topf (RWU Law 2006).  For a host of reasons, Mel is not the typical law school graduate: he got his J.D. 35 years after he earned his Ph.D.; he attended RWU (and NYU) law while holding down a tenured faculty position in the Roger Williams undergraduate college.  The bridge for this fascinating intellectual journey was his service as a...
Posted by David Logan
09/16/2011 at 10:25 AM
One of the great benefits of being the only law school in Rhode Island is the breadth and depth of support we receive from the bench, bar, and public officials.  On Monday, September 12, the School of Law community enjoyed yet another example of this integration when a remarkable gathering of lawyers spoke to a big crowd in our Appellate Courtroom on the topic, “Rights, Remedies and Terrorism: 9/11’s Challenge to the Legal System.” The senior U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, Jack Reed, gave the keynote, bringing a truly unique perspective to the subject matter.  A graduate of West...
Posted by David Logan
09/13/2011 at 07:48 AM
Prior to the 2010-11 academic year, students enrolled in the RWU Immigration Clinic focused on federal law, representing noncitizens in removal proceedings in the Boston Immigration Court and those who sought legal status before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Rhode Island. But thanks to the innovative leadership of Professor Mary Holper, who directs the clinic, our students are adding expertise in state law to their repertoire. In March of 2010, clinic students began to represent undocumented children.  Some had been subjected to physical abuse; others were...
Posted by David Logan
09/07/2011 at 03:33 PM
We recently welcomed one of the most diverse and academically talented classes in our history.  The class of 2014 hails from 30 states – as far away as Alaska.  Many grew up overseas in places like Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Trinidad, and Brazil.   Almost a quarter of the class comes from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the legal profession, a new high for RWU Law.  Not only does this class bring diversity but it brings a strong academic record.  This class has overall stronger LSAT scores than last year plus the highest undergraduate grade point averages...