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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
05/04/2010 at 01:05 PM
The RWU Law community enjoys a steady stream of terrific speakers, and this is especially the case in our signature programming areas, Marine/Environmental Law, Public Interest Law, and International Law. A late semester speaker touched on all three areas: Barry Hill is currently the Senior Counsel for Environmental Governance at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of International Affairs. Jackie Rolleri, President of the Environmental Law Society; Susan Farady, Director, Marine Affairs Institute; University President Dr. Roy Nirschel; Barry Hill; Dean David Logan Prior...
Posted by David Logan
05/04/2010 at 10:00 AM
For the second consecutive year, the RWU Quahogs advanced to the quarterfinals of the 27th annual University of Virginia Law Softball Invitational.  In the opening game, in front of a cast of thousands, or at least 200, the Quahogs lost on a walkoff homerun against UVA Blue 10-9, overcoming a UVA 1st inning that featured five straight home runs.  According to pitcher and co-captain Bobby Self, "I knew what I was doing."  The rest of pod play featured a 33-0 win over Penn and a defeat of NYU 24-1.  In the playoffs, the team beat Vermont 18-2 and then...
Posted by David Logan
04/30/2010 at 12:00 AM
The Feinstein Institute for Legal Service is the hub of public interest activities at RWUSOL, and it has been an eventful spring semester. The APIL Auction was held on February 26th, and it turned out to be a smashing success. Students, faculty, staff, judges and lawyers mingled at the elegant Federal Reserve in Providence. The event raised over $17,000 to support students who will work at public interest jobs this summer. Auction proceeds supplement the $50,000 provided by the Law School and University President Roy Nirschel for these valuable, hands-on experiences. Last year, 28 students...
Posted by David Logan
04/26/2010 at 09:57 AM
The Diversity Symposium Dinner is a unique program that brings lawyers, judges, law profs, and law students together with minority high school and college students for an evening of discussion on important legal issues.  The event is a key part of out “pipeline efforts,” exposing young people from underrepresented populations to the possibility of a career in the law.  Last week’s program, our 7th, was sold out, with the largest number of high school attendees ever.  Many thanks to Lydia Hanhardt, our Director of Diversity, and Lorraine Lalli, our Dean of Students, for...
Posted by David Logan
04/19/2010 at 12:00 AM
One of the most important decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States so far this term is Padilla v. Kentucky, in which the Supreme Court ruled, 7-2, that a criminal defense attorney’s failure to advise a client about the immigration consequences of a guilty plea constitutes ineffective assistance of counsel.  The Court reasoned that as our immigration laws have imposed increasingly harsh consequences for criminal convictions, defense counsel cannot hide behind the notion that deportation is merely a “collateral” consequence of a criminal conviction; rather, defense...
Posted by David Logan
04/13/2010 at 12:00 AM
It is generally recognized that there are two student organizations that represent the pinnacle of accomplishment for law students, the law review and the moot court board.  Both of these venerable institutions use rigorous screening to select membership from students in their second year, and then there is another round of vetting for selecting the leadership.  Another key group, one that represents all students, is the Student Bar Association (SBA).  Below is the “management” for the Roger Williams University Law Review, the Roger Williams Moot Court Board, and the...
Posted by David Logan
04/09/2010 at 08:21 AM
The spring portion of the Women Who Lead series wrapped up for the year with two outstanding programs. The first, entitled “Law Graduates Making a Difference,” focused on women who have achieved much, despite being relatively early in their legal careers. The panelists were: Kim Ahern (‘09) who has already made her mark as a community activist, and who was an Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention; Leah Donaldson (‘07), a litigator at the leading firm Motley Rice and President-elect of the RI Women’s Bar Association; Betty Anne Waters (‘98), whose pioneering work with DNA is...
Posted by David Logan
04/05/2010 at 10:00 AM
RWU Law is deeply embedded in the social fabric of Rhode Island, and its faculty, students, and alums play a variety of important roles in shaping its future.  For example, the January issue of Providence Monthly ran its “10 People Who Can Change the City” feature, and once again a member of the RWU Law family was featured…Kim Ahern (’09).  Kim was a hugely successful student: Editor-in-Chief of the Roger Williams Law Review and President of the Alliance, the student group focused on LGBT issues.  She also found the time to actively campaign for Barack Obama and got to serve as...
Posted by David Logan
03/31/2010 at 10:00 AM
3L Ron Rose (Manlius, NY) and 2L J.P. Pruett (Harrisonburg, Va.) knew they had their work cut out for them; a team from mighty Duke stood between them and the championship in the twelfth annual Wechsler Moot Court Competition, the only national event to focus on substantive Criminal Law. Sponsored by the University of Buffalo Law School, this year’s competition involved issues arising under a Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Among the law schools represented were the University of Georgia, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Maryland, the University of Kansas...
Posted by David Logan
03/23/2010 at 12:00 AM
On Tuesday, February 23, the Roger Williams University School of Law conducted its second United States Supreme Court swearing-in ceremony. A dozen grads from our earliest years (an applicant must have been admitted to practice for a period of at least three years in order to qualify) had a remarkable experience.  A number of them got together the night before at a reception hosted by the D.C. Chapter of our Law Alumni Association, and had a chance to catch up with some of their many classmates who are working in the area, as well as chatting with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse,...