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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
03/14/2014 at 12:39 PM
All right, maybe it wasn’t THE Great Debate (or even a serious proposition that was considered) but two popular members of the RWU Law faculty squared off in an evening of point and counterpoint, centered around two questions: first, should “The Law of Harry Potter” be a required law school course and second, if so, what course should it replace. Taking the affirmative side was Professor Carl Bogus, who (to my surprise) displayed an actual book that he would assign (The Law of Harry Potter, by Jeffrey E. Thomas & Franklin G. Snyder) and argued that J.K. Rowlings’ books present a coherent...
Posted by David Logan
03/10/2014 at 03:18 PM
One of the advantages of RWU Law is its proximity to the state capital Providence. Many faculty and staff commute to campus from there and a goodly number of students, especially 3Ls, choose to live there to be near their externships and part time jobs, not to mention the lively social scene associated with the many colleges located there. Just this week, the Boston Globe lauded Providence, as has the New York Times and Travel and Leisure Magazine.  
Posted by David Logan
03/07/2014 at 03:30 PM
The Marriot Hotel in Newport was once again the venue for the Barristers’ Ball, the night when everyone looks sharp and has a blast. Besides lots of fun, the SBA recognized the leading student groups with annual awards: • Outstanding Service Program of the Year o Association for Public Interest Law (Alternative Spring Break) • Outstanding Co-Sponsored Event o Jewish Law Students Association & International Law Society (Nuremberg Trials Event) • Group Team Work Award o Women’s Law Society & Family Law Society • Innovation Award o International Law Society (How...
Posted by David Logan
03/03/2014 at 12:11 PM
RWU Law has an excellent core faculty: highly credentialed (more than 80% have degrees from at least one of the following schools: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Virginia, Michigan, Chicago, Penn, NYU, and Georgetown), well-published http://law.rwu.edu/faculty/faculty-productivity-study, and very effective in the classroom http://law.rwu.edu/blog/student-satisfaction-their-rwu-law-faculty-remains-high. RWU Law students also get instruction from a very strong Adjunct Faculty, who bring their deep well of experience to upper level courses. To name just a few: legendary federal appellate...
Posted by David Logan
02/27/2014 at 02:42 PM
An annual tradition at RWU Law is raising funds to support the many students who work in public interest law over the summer. What began as a student-centered event a decade ago, on folding chairs, in the law school atrium, is now a fancy bash in the ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in Providence.  Almost 100 alums plus dignitaries from the bench and bar, joined faculty and staff in support of the students at Rhode Island’s only law school. The capacity crowd was LOUD, and the bidding spirited on all sorts of cool gifts and experiences, like tickets to pro sporting events, weekends at...
Posted by David Logan
02/19/2014 at 06:30 PM
With the support of the leading law firm Hinckley Allen, RWU Law sponsored the sixth Thurgood Marshall Lecture last week. (Previous speakers in the series include Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow http://law.rwu.edu/blog/harvard-law-dean-martha-minow-delivers-thurgood-marshall-memorial-lecture and Eric Holder, now US Attorney General.) This year’s talk was given by Randall Kennedy, the Klein Professor of Law at Harvard, who served as Justice Marshall’s law clerk before he joined the Harvard faculty. And what a talk it was! A dynamic speaker, he shared fascinating stories that most of the...
Posted by David Logan
02/14/2014 at 09:47 AM
It is only fitting that a team from Roger Williams University won the 2014 National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition; after all, our institutional namesake was the earliest American proponent of freedom of religion.  We sent two teams to the competition, sponsored by George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and RWU vanquished the competition, which included more than 2 dozen teams from across the country, from Utah (Brigham Young), Texas (Baylor), the Midwest (Minnesota and Notre Dame), to a slew from up and down the east coast: Florida State, GW, Georgetown,...
Posted by David Logan
02/11/2014 at 10:25 AM
In “A Study of the Newly Licensed Lawyer,” conducted by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, survey participants ranked Research Methodology as one of the most important knowledge domains. The same survey found that over 90% of new attorneys still conduct research in the books but recognize that they must also learn cost-effective online research. To help RWU Law students prepare for “research in the real world”, the RWU Law Librarians developed the Prepare for Practice program: nine librarian-led classes supplemented by four online training classes. Classes cover legal research using...
Posted by David Logan
02/04/2014 at 04:06 PM
One of the most important good government battles in modern Rhode Island history was waged successfully in the 1990s, when the Rhode Island Senate was stripped of its unilateral power to appoint life-tenured judges. The resulting “merit based system” retains a significant political component though, as the “Judicial Nominating Commission” screens and recommends, but the Governor nominates and the Senate retains the ultimate confirmation power. One of the important voices in this struggle for judicial independence is our own Professor (and Dean Designate) Michael Yelnosky, who played a key...
Posted by David Logan
01/30/2014 at 01:24 PM
For the past nine years, RWU Law has commemorated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week of activities, including a keynote speech, inspired by the life of the great civil rights leader. This year we were delighted to host the Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Judge from New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. Judge Rivera was a terrific guest, and in her formal remarks reflected on the importance of public service in general, and the role of lawyers in helping our society move closer to the vision of equality of the Declaration of Independence and Dr. King in...