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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
08/21/2010 at 11:00 PM
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 07:56 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
08/15/2010 at 11:00 PM
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...
Posted by David Logan
08/08/2010 at 11:00 PM
The headline in a recent edition of the Providence Business News (quoted above) hits it dead-on: RWU has built an excellent Marine Law program.  By focusing on all things marine—pollution, shipping, coastal development, alternative energy, (International) Law of the Sea, and even piracy—our students learn about cutting edge issues from top-shelf experts. One unique aspect of the program is the chance for our students to take courses at the oldest Marine Affairs program in the country (at the University of Rhode Island, just across the bay) and to get hands’-on learning by working on...
Posted by David Logan
08/05/2010 at 12:47 PM
Members of our faculty regularly form close bonds with their students, and remain advisors and friends long after graduation.  Case in point: Prof. Jane Rindsberg, a graduate of Duke Law School, who has to be one of the most dedicated teachers ever. Below is her report about the post-graduate success of a student that she taught years ago. On July 1, Amanda Bertrand Foster – from our class of 2004 – recently fulfilled a dream she has had since she was graduated from RWU, by becoming an Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills & Values and Civil Procedure at the law school at Nova...
Posted by David Logan
08/02/2010 at 07:25 AM
Here is a dispatch from Lydia Hanhardt, Director of our Diversity Programs: June 27 was not an ordinary day at the law school. It marked the arrival of a small, but dynamic group of high school students, joined by their teacher, to the inaugural Marine Law Experience at RWU Law. A collaboration between the Office of Diversity and Outreach and the Marine Affairs Institute, the Experience brought six young diverse people to campus to help them prepare for college, and then hopefully law school, by capitalizing on their interest in Marine Law and Policy, a center of excellence at RWU Law. All...
Posted by David Logan
07/29/2010 at 09:20 AM
Ken Amoriggi (RWU Law class of 2009) is one of our many graduates who uses an RWU legal education to effect social change. Ken is Project Coordinator for the Juvenile Justice Project, affiliated with Rhode Island for Community and Justice (RICJ), an NGO dedicated to “building community by advocacy, conflict resolution, and education.” (Full disclosure—I am on the RICJ Board of Directors.) Ken recently went to the RI State House to help roll out the Juvenile Justice Diversionary Project, an effort to attack the disproportionate rate of minorities in the juvenile justice system (a distressing...
Posted by David Logan
07/23/2010 at 12:19 PM
This summer has been especially exciting for Jacqueline Rolleri (2011) and Sarah Parker (2012), who won coveted positions with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. Jackie serves as a Legal Intern for NOAA's Office of General Counsel for International Law while Sarah secured an Environmental Fellowship through the Office of Career Services and the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; she works with Jeffrey Dillen, Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Ocean Services. Jacqueline's projects have included research pertaining to shipwrecks and...
Posted by David Logan
07/21/2010 at 06:45 AM
One of the ways that a law school projects its influence is through faculty appearances on the national stage, when they serve as what are termed “public intellectuals”—go-to sources for expertise on important legal issues. In recent weeks, three members of the RWU Law team were high visibility. Prof. Carl Bogus was cited in one of the most controversial decisions of the recently-ended term of the Supreme Court of the United States, McDonald v. City of Chicago, which extended the protections of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms to citizens of all states. Carl’s scholarship was central...
Posted by David Logan
07/16/2010 at 01:38 PM
It’s perfectly understandable why a century ago the superrich chose RI for their summer homes, because summer in RI is sublime. Much of the fun is on the water--the sailing and kayacking are world class (and RWU even provides students free kayacks for exploring Mt Hope Bay). There are also excellent beaches and even surfing. There is also alot for landlubbers, too. You can do no better than the 4th of July Parade in Bristol; the 225th took place on Monday, July 5th (some pics are below) and it was the subject of the cover story of the July 4th edition of Parade Magazine.   July is...