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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
01/10/2011 at 12:48 PM
Matt Jerzyk (class of 2008) arrived at RWU with impressive academic credentials (a magna cum laude graduate of Brown) and a track record of leadership in progressive politics: he had advised the Governor's Commission on Race, Police and Community Relations, co-authored legislation creating a police civilian review board in Providence, and was the founding executive director of Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, a labor and community coalition with over forty organizational members. Matt was a terrific student at RWU Law (by chance, he was assigned to my Torts class and boy did he display smarts...
Posted by David Logan
12/21/2010 at 02:20 PM
The numbers are in and – I am very pleased to report – the news is very good indeed: 2010 was another banner year for bar-pass results.  Nearly 85 percent of our May graduates sat for the bar in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, or some combination thereof. Of those, 89 percent passed in at least one state.  In Massachusetts – which is by far the number-one state in which our students sit for the bar exam – our May graduates enjoyed a 92 percent pass rate. That’s a top-shelf number that puts us solidly in the company of Boston University and Boston College Law. The...
Posted by David Logan
12/21/2010 at 10:46 AM
I am sad to announce the death of a close friend of the School of Law, Joe Fernandez. Joe was well-known in the RI legal community as the City Solicitor under Providence Mayor David Cicilline and most recently as a candidate for RI Attorney General. Joe also ran President Obama’s primary and general election efforts in Rhode Island (Joe was a classmate at Harvard Law School). Besides the impressive professional resume, he was well-known in the Roger Williams community for providing our upper-level students with valuable hands on legal experience as externs in his Solicitor’s Office. But it...
Posted by David Logan
12/16/2010 at 01:00 AM
A key indicator of a law school’s ability to produce excellent boots-on-the-ground lawyers is its student performances in moot court competitions – intramural, regional and beyond. So it’s my happy privilege to report some stellar performances in that area. On November 21, a team of three RWU Law students – 3Ls Amy Broderick, Robert Cavanaugh, and John Meara – advanced to the finals of the Northeast Regional Tournament of the National Moot Court Competition, the largest forensic event in the country. The RWU Law team beat Vermont and Syracuse to advance to the semi-finals, where they pulled...
Posted by David Logan
12/09/2010 at 01:00 AM
  Roger Williams Law has built a faculty that is nationally recognized for placing articles in top law reviews and that is sought out by the national media for their expertise on the issues of the day. But just as important, we have assembled a group of lawyers who excel in the classroom, and there is none more talented, and committed to her students, than Keeva Terry. Keeva has a stellar academic record (BA Harvard, MBA Michigan, JD Columbia) plus practice experience at a top-shelf Wall Street firm (Skadden), but it is her excellence as a teacher that has won her acclaim from our...
Posted by David Logan
12/03/2010 at 02:47 PM
Providence Business News laid it out in an article published this past summer: “Roger Williams University School of Law has quietly become a national leader in the field of marine law.” Any doubters need only have sat in on a session or two of the extraordinary meeting of minds that comprised the Marine Affairs Institute’s 8th Marine Law Symposium entitled “Taking Stock:  The Magnuson-Stevens Act Revisited,” held here last month. For those of you new to the field of marine law – and despite the field’s burgeoning importance, even many top attorneys are still unfamiliar with it – the...
Posted by David Logan
11/23/2010 at 01:00 AM
The 6th annual Student/Faculty Jeopardy game was one for the record books. The lead changed hands after almost every question, with 1Ls dominating Jeopardy, and the Faculty team coming on strong in Double Jeopardy, but a strong finish—and some bold playing—led to a victory by the 3Ls, marking just the second time that students have topped their elders. Here is a recap from 3L Captain Ed Stravato: This win was 3 years in the making, and truly a full team effort. We came close to winning the past 2 years, but we played way too conservatively. This being our last chance to beat the faculty, we...
Posted by David Logan
11/19/2010 at 01:00 AM
RWU Law is very proud of the public service spirit of our faculty and staff, as well as the ways in which our students get valuable practical skills training so they can hit the ground running after graduating and passing the bar.  On example that blends these two aspects of our program is work with a "Mediation Blitz," under the auspices of the RI Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program. The Director of our Mediation Clinic, Professor Bruce Kogan took the lead in helping his students provide free mediation services to eight limited income couples who wished to end their marriages with...
Posted by David Logan
11/15/2010 at 01:00 AM
Another three outstanding alumni were recently recognized in Providence Business News' 40 Under Forty. Honorees were selected from over 125 entries. Hear what our accomplished and interesting law alumni had to say in honor of this achievement. I am honored to be recognized by Providence Business News for this award and am inspired by the great work all of the recipients are doing for our community. I remain grateful for the my experience at RWU Law and know that the schools’ commitment to public service has played a critical role in my personal life and professional career. Class of 2003...
Posted by David Logan
11/08/2010 at 04:04 PM
RWU Law Congratulates AG-Elect Peter Kilmartin in the Providence Sunday Journal of Nov. 7, 2010 As RWU Law begins wrapping up its second decade, we’re seeing more and more indicators of our institution’s profound impact on the legal culture and social fabric of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. But the School of Law arrived at a truly significant landmark last Tuesday when alum Peter F. Kilmartin ’98 – the Democrat in the field – won a five-way race to become the next Attorney General of the State of Rhode Island. RWU Law can boast alums serving as judges, as mayors of...