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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
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...
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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...
Posted by David Logan
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...
Posted by David Logan
08/25/2011 at 02:02 PM
RWU Law has always prided itself on the extraordinary credentials and accomplishments of its faculty – in the classroom, in scholarly journals, and in “boots on the ground” practice settings. Professor Louise Ellen Teitz at The Hague, Netherlands, during a June 2011diplomatic conference. So it was a great pleasure to learn that Professor Louise Ellen Teitz – a founding member of the RWU Law faculty and a “tough but loveable” favorite in the building – has been appointed First Secretary at the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.  In this...
Posted by David Logan
08/22/2011 at 02:54 PM
With RWU Law students returning to Bristol for the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, the School of Law is once again echoing with energetic conversation and debate. But earlier this month, the debate got an unusually early start as the School of Law hosted the 13th Annual Open Government Summit. On its face, the summit – attended by some 300+ state and municipal officials, law enforcers, lawyers and others – was a fascinating legal conversation on when government records should be public versus confidential, when meetings should be open versus closed, and the various conflicts of interest...
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08/16/2011 at 12:40 PM
Roger Williams lawyers featured prominently in two key “Under 40” listings issued in recent days:  Dena M. Castricone '02, Murtha Cullina LLP Dena was named one of the U.S.’s Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40 by the National LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Bar Association, an affiliate of the ABA. Dena is a litigation associate in the New Haven, Conn., office of Murtha Cullina LLP, working primarily in the areas of construction, employment and business litigation.  Prior to joining Murtha, Dena served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court....
Posted by David Logan
08/09/2011 at 08:30 AM
I am delighted to announce that Carolina Academic Press has published Poverty, Health and Law: Readings and Cases for Medical-Legal Partnership.  The lead editor of this path-breaking new book, Liz Tobin Tyler, is the Director of Public Service and Community Partnerships at Roger Williams Law. Liz’s book grew out of her teaching of “Poverty, Health and Law: The Medical-Legal Partnership.” Co-taught with Dr. Pat Flanagan of Brown University Medical School, the course focuses on the many social determinants of health, and partners students from Brown Medical School and RWU Law students....