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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
01/20/2010 at 01:00 AM
The Association of American Law Schools is the by-invitation-only organization for the best law schools in the country, and I am pleased to report that at the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting, Roger Williams was recognized for its excellent and innovative public interest programs (already ranked by National Jurist Magazine #2 in New England). The AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities awarded the prestigious Deborah Rhode Award to Dean David Logan. The award was based upon a range of programmatic accomplishments in recent years, including securing funding for the...
Posted by David Logan
01/06/2010 at 01:00 AM
Late in the fall semester, Roger Williams University School of Law hosted its Sixth Annual Legal Career Options Day, and over 150 law students had the chance to speak with almost 60 attorneys in our Atrium.  Attorneys conducted table talk and shared information about their careers and employment options with their firms and institutions.  Career Services Dean Anthony Bastone once again recruited a broad cross-section of successful attorneys, manifesting the “versatility of the J.D. degree.” Our special guests included The Honorable Paul D. Stickney, Federal Magistrate Judge in the U...
Posted by David Logan
12/18/2009 at 01:00 AM
When I first met Hala Furst, at an admitted student function in the spring of 2007, I was impressed by her smarts and effervescence (plus cool “real world” experiences: an actress in California, a concierge in Minneapolis, and even work with MTV). I was delighted that Hala matriculated at RWU and I had the pleasure of teaching her Torts that fall.  An especially articulate participant on class discussions (and in the informal sessions I regularly have immediately after class, when questions and insights are freshest), I was not surprised to watch her become one of our top student...
Posted by David Logan
12/16/2009 at 01:00 AM
One of the most important developments in recent decades is the tens of thousands of women who have entered the legal profession.  This year, Roger Williams University School of Law is celebrating this sea change by providing a series of programs organized around the theme “Women Who Lead.” Our kickoff event was a speech by a most accomplished women lawyer, the Honorable Margaret Marshall, Chief Justice of the oldest Supreme Court in the Americas, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Our second event focused on some of the challenges and impediments that have meant that despite...
Posted by David Logan
12/11/2009 at 01:00 AM
I am always happy to spotlight the advantages of being the only law school in the state, and here comes yet another: a top federal judge (who is also a member of our Adjunct Faculty) presided over a constitutional attack on a controversial approach to town/gown frictions.  The summary judgment hearing in University of Rhode Island Students vs. Town of Narragansett was heard in our courtroom and, to top it off, the judge and the lawyers held a Q&A session afterwards—a rare if not unique opportunity for students to get insiders’ perspective on litigation. When the bailiff cried “oyez,...
Posted by David Logan
12/08/2009 at 01:00 AM
I am glad to report that two members of the RWU Law faculty are playing important roles in continuing fallout from the reaction to the 9/11 attacks and the resulting challenge to both the civilian and military justice systems. Professor Jon Shelburne manages to find time in his busy academic schedule (besides teaching core courses, Jon is our Coordinator of External Forensic Competitions), and is now in trial at Camp Pendleton, defending a Marine officer in a court martial that alleges dereliction of duty for failing to adequately investigate allegations that soldiers he commanded had...
Posted by David Logan
12/04/2009 at 01:00 AM
Lawyers are understandably interested in how judges are selected.  There is much attention given to appointments to the federal bench, like the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court and current nomination of Rogeriee Thompson to an open seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, but in many states there is controversy about the process for selecting judges, and RI is no exception.  Due to scandals that forced the resignation of two consecutive Chief Justices, Rhode Island voters approved a “merit selection system” in 1994. RWU Law...
Posted by David Logan
12/01/2009 at 01:00 AM
The School of Law recently welcomed the Honorable Margaret H. Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, launching our Women Who Lead series, with an address on “Our American Constitutions: Models for the 21st Century.” Born in South Africa, Chief Justice Marshall attended law school in the U.S. and has had a distinguished career, culminating with appointment to her current position a decade ago. She is only the second woman to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court in its more than 300-year history and is the first Chief Justice. In November 2003, she handed down...
Posted by David Logan
11/23/2009 at 01:00 AM
In recent years Massachusetts has become the bar exam of choice for our most of our graduates (surpassing RI), and as a result Mass is now our “reporting state” for the American Bar Association.  The July 2009 results reinforce how well our graduates perform when compared to all takers (which in Mass includes almost 400 graduates of Harvard, Boston College, and Boston University). Besides beating the state rate for all takers by almost 4%, we ran the table by easily topping the state average in the two key categories involving first-time takers (data relied upon by the ABA to measure the...
Posted by David Logan
11/20/2009 at 01:00 AM
For the fifth consecutive year, a leading Rhode Island law firm hosted a cocktail reception for members of the RWU Law Review and our Honors Program.  Past hosts were Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, LLP, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, and Brown Rudnick.  This year the setting was special: a warm fall night, with the crowd spilling out onto the patio adjoining the offices of Shectman Halpern Savage, LLP.  The firm, one of the fastest growing in the state, renovated an old industrial building and turned it into a stunning work space, complete with...