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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
02/04/2014 at 03:06 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 12:24 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...
Posted by David Logan
01/24/2014 at 05:11 PM
As RWU Law celebrates its 20th anniversary http://law.rwu.edu/20th-anniversary, it is unsurprising that our graduates are taking important positions of leadership across Southern New England. From the RI Attorney General (Peter Kilmartin) and the mayors of Fall River (Will Flanagan) and New London (Daryl DiFinzio) http://law.rwu.edu/blog/class-2005-yields-pair-mayors, to Susan Pegden, the chief advisor to the Speaker of the RI House of Representatives http://law.rwu.edu/story/pegden-08-tapped-chief-counsel-slot, RWU grads are not just in the news but also influencing the lives of millions...
Posted by David Logan
01/21/2014 at 01:50 PM
One great thing about a judicial externship with the Honorable Dennis Curran from the Massachusetts Superior Court, is that RWU Law students never know what in addition to observing lawyers and trials will come their way. Last year, they helped Judge Curran prepare a major study of compensation for judges in the Commonwealth, which helped the legislature in its consideration remedial legislation http://law.rwu.edu/blog/rwu-law-students-help-important-study-judicial-compensation-massachusetts; http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/07/judicial_pay_in_massachusetts.html Then, last...
Posted by David Logan
01/17/2014 at 01:58 PM
As you probably know by now, RWU President Donald Farish this week made two major announcements that in many respects will shape the coming years at RWU Law. First, he announced that Professor Michael Yelnosky will replace me as Dean at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. In my view (and in the view of literally everyone I have spoken to) this is an inspired choice. Michael is totally ready for the job: as one of the founding members of our faculty, he has taught many of our alumni and current students, worked closely with his colleagues on the faculty and Senior Staff as the Associate Dean...
Posted by David Logan
01/13/2014 at 04:35 PM
When Scott Gunst ‘12 first arrived at RWU Law, he was like many of our marine affairs students: he had a unique maritime background and a drive to take advantage of all that RWU Law offers in marine affairs. From a family of mariners, and with 10 years of his own professional maritime experience, Scott used his time here to sample from our rich maritime curriculum. He also took advantage of the unique opportunity to be a Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow, where he researched legal issues associated with hydroelectric power in Rhode Island, and the issues faced by Maine fishermen who want to...
Posted by David Logan
01/08/2014 at 11:54 AM
Law students from the RWU International Law Society travelled to NYC late last semester for an opportunity to network and learn from leaders in the field. They were delighted to encounter our own Professor Louise Ellen Teitz, who is wrapping up her tour as a diplomat as the First Secretary at The Hague Conference on Private International Law in The Hague, The Netherlands (http://law.rwu.edu/louise-ellen-teitz). Here are some reflections from one of the attendees, 2L Jocelyn Valenzuela, and below that some pictures from the weekend. International Law Weekend in NY was a great opportunity for...
Posted by David Logan
12/20/2013 at 11:45 AM
As we reach the end of a remarkable fall semester of programming—including not one but two visits from Justices from the United States Supreme Court  http://law.rwu.edu/blog/justice-sandra-day-o%E2%80%99connor-and-rwu-law and http://law.rwu.edu/blog/justice-kagan-rhode-island-0 - we now pivot to an exciting lineup of programming for the coming spring. Leading off: the keynote speaker for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. week of commemorations is a talk by the newest member of the highest court in New York State, the Honorable Jenny Rivera, Associate Justice on the NY Court of Appeals...
Posted by David Logan
12/17/2013 at 03:48 PM
The annual Law Alumni Holiday Party in Providence was especially fun this year because of the addition of two noteworthy events, the receipt of a gift from the leading regional law firm Adler Pollock & Sheehan and the awarding of our annual Alumni Public Service Award. The close connection between Adler Pollock & Sheehan and RWU Law is manifest in the terrific alums who practice there (pictured below). We also saluted Hans Bremer (‘08) on his outstanding pro bono work in practice, no surprise given his dedication to helping the underserved during his law school years. We also...
Posted by David Logan
12/11/2013 at 02:12 PM
The Mediation Clinic has continued its tradition of providing free mediation services to low income couples seeking to end their marriages but avoid litigation. Six couples, each with minor children, came to the Bar Association building in Providence, where nine law students in the Mediation Clinic helped the parties develop co-parenting plans, divide their assets and debts, and determine other important issues such as child support and health insurance. Each couple left with a Mediated Memorandum of Understanding and other necessary paperwork. Next step: the RI Bar Association can now...