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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
02/18/2011 at 09:53 AM
Professor Mary Holper The national media is once again turning to RWU Law for their expertise, and on a remarkably broad array of topics.  Mary Holper, the dynamic Director of our Immigration Law Clinic was spotlighted in the Washington Post, where she discussed a controversial recent decision of the Virginia Supreme Court that undercuts a pro-immigration decision by the United States Supreme Court last year. CNN.com published an op-ed penned (typed?) by one of our faculty veterans, Carl Bogus, on the hot button issue of gun control, while another leading electronic source,...
Posted by David Logan
02/15/2011 at 10:16 AM
Jason and Mark in the FGX Distribution Center   As fellow graduates of Bucknell University, I bonded with Jason Van Volkenburgh as soon as he arrived at RWU Law in August 2004.  Jason was a terrific student (I heard people say that he “opened the library in the morning and closed it at night”) who graduated near the top of his class and went to work with one of the top firms in the Northeast (Edwards & Angell, where he joined a great guy from the RWU class ahead of him, Joe Farside).  Jason dove in to transactional work and soon was offered what is the dream...
Posted by David Logan
02/11/2011 at 11:25 AM
One of the most eclectic members of the RWU Law faculty is Jared Goldstein, as his scholarship in leading law reviews has touched on invasive species, the tradeoff between national security and the welfare of whales, the habeas corpus rights of GITMO detainees, and free exercise of religion claims. Now Jared has jumped into the national debate swirling around the emergence of the Tea Party, appearing on panels and being quoted in the media. Focusing on the group’s use of arguments based on the Constitution, Jared presented his thoughts to a group of legal luminaries at the Annual Meeting of...
Posted by David Logan
02/09/2011 at 10:33 AM
RWU Law has many strengths, as any reader of this blog knows, and two are officially recognized in our Feinstein Institute for Legal Service and our Marine Affairs Institute. Both centers of excellence are staffed by superb lawyers, sponsor important programs, and provide our students with excellent, and unique, opportunities for experiential learning. Feinstein is the institutional home for our public interest and judicial externship programs, our nationally-recognized Pro Bono Collaborative, and our mandatory public service program. One of the Feinstein stars is Liz Tobin Tyler, who...
Posted by David Logan
02/04/2011 at 01:54 PM
RWU Law has a tradition of celebrating the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday with a series of events and activities consistent with his dream of inclusiveness, and 2011 was no exception. The week began with a “Day On,” where members of the RWU Law community are encouraged to celebrate the King Holiday by engaging in community services projects. This year’s service opportunity was a project with City Year, where over 400 volunteers participated in projects throughout Providence. Tuesday featured a keynote address delivered by dynamic RI lawyer, Michael Evora, who has for almost a decade...
Posted by David Logan
01/28/2011 at 02:07 PM
I am very proud of the terrific faculty we have assembled at RWU Law, and this year’s hiring cycle has again yielded gold. Next year Susan Heyman will join us to teach Business Law courses and her specialty, White Collar Crime. Susan is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cardozo Law School in NYC. Susan graduated from Brandeis summa cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa, and from Cardozo Law magna cum laude/Order of the Coif, where she won the Felix Frankfurter and Samuel Belkin Awards, and served as Executive Editor of the law review. After graduation, Susan clerked for both the Federal District...
Posted by David Logan
01/28/2011 at 12:31 PM
RWU Law Prof Michael Yelnosky has had a long interest in open government and judicial selection.  These two interests coincided recently in the decision of the office of the Rhode Island Attorney General to refuse a request by a Providence Journal reporter to review the materials submitted by candidates for judicial appointments.    Defending the position was Special Assistant Attorney General Mike Field (RWU Law ‘97), the AG’s expert on open government law, who concluded in an advisory opinion that the submissions did not constitute “public records.” Yelnosky demurred,...
Posted by David Logan
01/24/2011 at 02:44 PM
One of the great things about being the only law school in a state is the unique opportunities it presents for bringing leaders from the bench and bar to campus.  Besides the annual visit of the RI Supreme Court to hear the final rounds of our flagship (Clark) Moot Court Competition and the courses taught by a distinguished Adjunct Faculty, programs often feature leaders discussing top issues facing the state, like the symposium on judicial selection. One recent example: the top law enforcement officials in the state discussed the challenges of prosecuting white collar crime. ...
Posted by David Logan
01/19/2011 at 12:14 PM
Sargent Shriver passed away yesterday at 95 and the media has been right to lionize a life of remarkable public service, especially his visionary work founding the Peace Corps and Head Start programs. And, of course, there remains great interest in the Kennedy legacy almost two generations after “Camelot” in Washington (Sarge was married to Eunice Kennedy, JFK’s—and RFK’s--sister, and founder of the Special Olympics), which continued with the glamorous life of daughter Maria Shriver. For a number of years Sarge was a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Kampelman, my Washington DC...
Posted by David Logan
01/18/2011 at 09:24 AM
I am always glad to report fun news about our alums and today I want to provide an update on Hala Furst, who graduated last May (and who is a former Torts student of mine). Hala, who attended the University of Minnesota undergerad, was a member of our Honors Program, and who had a great run at the School of Law, including success as a moot court advocate (not surprising given her background in theater); she even had an essay published in another law school's law review. The latest on Hala: by special arrangement, she was recently sworn in to the Massachusetts bar by a federal judge in her...