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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
09/21/2010 at 12:00 AM
The RWU Law community eagerly anticipates the release of Conviction, a major Hollywood film about our own Betty Anne Waters (’98), and her remarkable - and successful - effort to free her brother, wrongly convicted of homicide. Betty Anne came to Roger Williams with this singular purpose, and was in the vanguard of the efforts of the then fledgling Innocence Project to use DNA evidence for exoneration. There is a star-studded cast led by Hilary Swank, who has won 2 Oscars for Best Actress, playing Betty Anne.  Watch the interview of Betty Anne and Hilary at the recent screening of the...
Posted by David Logan
09/17/2010 at 11:36 AM
On August 15th, the School of Law welcomed 198 new students to our beautiful campus.  The Class of 2013 arrived from 25 states (from places as far away as Utah and California) ready to tackle the challenges of a Roger Williams legal education.  We are proud that this group is the most diverse class in the School of Law’s history. Orientation kicked off with remarks from Paul Suttell, the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, who also administered the Oath of Professionalism.  The students spent the next two days learning about the rigors of law school as well as the...
Posted by David Logan
09/15/2010 at 12:00 AM
The dozen federal Courts of Appeal are a step below the Supreme Court of the United States, and Roger Williams Law has a close relationship with the First Circuit, the highest court in New England. We are especially proud of our affiliation with one of the best-known and respected appellate judges in the country, Judge Bruce Selya.  Judge Selya teaches a very popular course, “The Lessons of Litigation,” regularly has our top students extern in his chambers, and is an important leader on the School of Law Board of Directors. We also have an excellent relationship with the newest member of...
Posted by David Logan
09/07/2010 at 10:31 AM
The summer proved to be a learning experience for three RWU Law students, Stephen Deering '11, Thomas Hajj '11, and Raquel Thomas '12, as they completed judicial internships with Judge Dennis Curran of the Massachusetts Superior Court.   The students assisted the judge with the management of the civil trial session, helped draft judicial opinions, and worked on an article on court management.  The students had the unique opportunity of  having lunch every Friday with the judge, where they discussed a broad array of trial tactics including cross-...
Posted by David Logan
09/02/2010 at 10:26 AM
The weather was perfect for the 11th RWU Law Alumni Association Golf Tournament (thankfully it was not scheduled for the rainy and cold following day), and more than 100 folks knocked little white balls around the Cranston Country Club for a good cause: every dollar raised goes to deserving 2Ls who display academic excellence. As usual, alum Anthony Leone '97 oversaw the entire effort, ably assisted this year by alums Sally McDonald '09 (Anthony’s Co-Chair), plus Committee Members Adam Resmini '09, Cindy Salazar (3L) and Nick Pereira (3L). Chelsie Horne did a magnificent job keeping the...
Posted by David Logan
08/30/2010 at 11:08 AM
The Providence Business News named four law firms as “Rhode Island's Best Places to Work 2010”:  Hinckley Allen & Snyder, Taylor Duane Barton & Gilman, Partridge Snow & Hahn, and Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West. The award is based on employee surveys and the criteria are innovative benefit programs, flexible work arrangements, and consistent opportunities for advancement and personal development. We are pleased to report that RWU Law School alumni are well represented in the aforementioned firms. Names and photographs of those RWU alumni and their firms are listed below...
Posted by David Logan
08/25/2010 at 12:00 AM
While the lion’s share of attention on my blog (and in the national media) is directed toward the terrific faculty we have assembled a RWU Law, our track record of successful student outcomes is the product of a team effort. Just as we have built an excellent and diverse faculty, we have built a high-performing Senior Staff. Below is a recent photo of the team (with, and without sunglasses). Back Row: Lorraine Lalli, Dean of Students; Michael Boylen, Assistant Dean of Admissions; Kathy Massa, Assistant Dean for Business Affairs; Chelsie Horne, Executive Director, Office of Alumni, Programs...
Posted by David Logan
08/22/2010 at 12:00 AM
RWU Law has built a remarkably strong faculty, and this year’s additions give us more curricular depth in two important areas, Intellectual Property (click here for earlier blog item on Zoe Argento) and Environmental Law.  We welcome Michael Burger, who we are confident will hit the ground running. Here are his stellar academic credentials: B.A., Brown University, magna cum laude M.F.A., New York University (fiction; his advisor was E.L. Doctorow) J.D., Columbia University (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of International Law) Michael also has...
Posted by David Logan
08/18/2010 at 08:56 AM
As our students return to RWU Law for the fall semester, here’s a glimpse at the summer experiences of two of our students. Melanie Shapiro ’12 spent her summer in Washington, D.C. at the Hudson Institute, “a nonpartisan policy research organization,” where she worked alongside Michael J. Horowitz, a senior fellow at the Institute. Melanie’s “inside the Beltway” stint included focus on the national stage for work she has done in Rhode Island to close sex trade loopholes. She attended congressional briefings to oppose the Smith/Maloney bill, which supports the passage of "Safe Harbor Laws,"...
Posted by David Logan
08/16/2010 at 12:00 AM
The RWU family loves to get together, whether at the annual breakfast of the Law Alumni Association (held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Bar Association) or other, more casual venues. Here are some fun pics from recent gatherings in and around Providence. Robert Pirri '97 is thanked by Margreta Vellucci '07 for his three-year term as a RWU Law Alumni Association Board of Director Nicole Dulude '06, 2010/2011 RWU Law Alumni Association President, with Margreta Vellucci '07, 2009/2010 RWU Law Alumni Association President Nicole Dulude '06, Kevin Rolando '97, Kim...