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David Logan has served as Dean at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI since 2003. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Dean Logan clerked for a federal judge and practiced with a major Washington, D.C. law firm, where he represented Native American tribes....



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Posted by David Logan
11/08/2010 at 01:00 AM
RWU Law is proud of the accomplishments of the members of its community—whether faculty, alumni, or students.  The latest in this long and impressive line is 2L Amy Goins, recently elected to the Board of Directors of Common Cause of Rhode Island, the premiere good government organization in the Ocean State.   Amy — a graduate of Brown University — has already established a stellar reputation inside the law school, and now will make a statewide impact. Amy co-wrote on expungement of criminal records with Kristen Sherman from the leading firm of Adler Pollock & Sheehan....
Posted by David Logan
11/01/2010 at 01:08 PM
    Anne Rowan ’12 can add “Team USA” to her resume after qualifying for the national baton twirling team this summer.  Anne is a member of the competitive twirling team “Fusion” that won the United States Twirling Association’s Senior Elite competition to become a part of “Team USA.”  “Fusion” will represent the USA in the 2011 International Cup in Jacksonville, Fla., next summer against teams from across the globe.   “We hope to bring the International Twirling Cup back to the United States,” Anne said. Anne’s twirling career started when she was in second...
Posted by David Logan
10/27/2010 at 01:35 PM
While much of the state was focused on the last-minute visit of President Obama, the RWU Law community was celebrating a very special Rhode Island Advance Screening of the new Fox Searchlight motion picture “Conviction” - the amazing true story of alumna Betty Anne Waters '98 and her efforts to free her wrongfully convicted brother from prison. The film goes into wide distribution this Friday, Oct. 29. Just before the screening, RWU Law sponsored a fundraiser for The Innocence Project, the organization that helped Betty Anne (and hundreds of other families) to win freedom for...
Posted by David Logan
10/15/2010 at 02:30 PM
We have received word that RWU Law, in conjunction with Rhode Island Film and TV Office, will host an exclusive Rhode Island advance screening of the major Hollywood movie, “Conviction,” on Monday, October 25, 2010. The law school will also be holding a fundraiser that evening, with all proceeds going to the Innocence Project, who worked with Betty Anne (RWU Law 1998) to win her brother’s release from prison. We will announce more details soon, including how the limited number of available tickets will be distributed and details about the pre-screening fundraiser. Law Students: We are...
Posted by David Logan
10/15/2010 at 09:23 AM
Our Appellate Courtroom was the scene of a debate among the candidates for Rhode Island Attorney General, and it was a doozy.  Peppered with questions from a panel consisting of media legend Jim Taricani, ProJo columnist Ed Fitzpatrick, and our own Prof. Jared Goldstein, the candidates got to display both style and substance as they handled a string of hardball questions including gay marriage, immigration, local enforcement of immigration law, corruption and cronyism, and environmental law.  Perhaps the most telling moments came when they were asked whether they would reopen the...
Posted by David Logan
10/12/2010 at 12:00 AM
In 2007, a U.S. helicopter opened fire on what the crew thought to be Iraqi insurgents. In the days following the incident it was discovered that the targets were, in fact, civilians; two international journalists were among those killed. In February of this year gripping video of the attack was posted on the website WikiLeaks.org, causing the U.S. Military to issue a statement of regret and initiate a vigorous effort to identify the source of the leaks. An April, 2010 New York Times article details these events. Now, the soldier who allegedly posted the video, Army Private (PFC) Bradley...
Posted by David Logan
10/08/2010 at 10:00 AM
Law students spend many hours each day pouring over the decisions handed down by top appellate courts, but rarely get to see, first-hand, how this law is made.  That is not a problem for this crop of RWU Law students, because yesterday they could simply enter our courtroom and witness oral arguments in 5 cases docketed in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.   Very few federal courts “go on the road,” and this rare experience was supplemented by the willingness of the presiding judges to return to the courtroom at the conclusion of the arguments to field...
Posted by David Logan
10/05/2010 at 12:00 AM
Each year, Equal Justice Works gives Summer Corps Standouts awards to 10 Summer Corps members who are working on innovative projects in communities around the country. RWU Law 3L Heather O'Connor was selected as one of nine students from a pool of 400 across the country to receive an award last year and the honor went this year to David Ellison. Below is a dispatch on David’s summer. David Ellison at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN, home of the National Civil Rights Museum There I was, stuck somewhere in Tennessee after I had driven 16 hours over two days. I was on my way to Greenville,...
Posted by David Logan
09/30/2010 at 12:00 AM
RWU Law is proud to have an institutional climate that is LGBT friendly. From openly gay faculty and staff, to active involvement in LGBT programs around the country (Assistant Dean Michael Boylen chairs the LSAC LGBT Subcommittee), to a large, and active student group, the Alliance, we are dedicated to this important aspect of diversity in word and deed. And this commitment is borne out by our perfect score in an empirical comparison of law schools developed by the Law School Admission Council. The most recent manifestation of this institutional commitment was the role of RWU folks at...
Posted by David Logan
09/23/2010 at 12:00 AM
There are many ways to measure whether a law faculty is respected; publishing articles in the leading academic journals is a traditional way, as is filing amicus briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States.  Increasingly, serving as a “public intellectual” is another, being asked to provide commentary on the issues of the day, and while some of us appear in the traditional media (international, like the Financial Times, nationally, like the New York Times, or locally, like the Providence Journal or Providence Business News), the RWU law faculty is actively engaged in the burgeoning...