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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
10/17/2013 at 04:40 PM
What a run for the RWU Law!  In the past three years, four Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States have been in RI and presenting to our students (Justices Alito, Breyer, Kagan, and most recently O’Connor), not to mention meetings in Chambers in Washington with two others (Justices Ginsberg and Sotomayor). Justice O’Connor’s visit last week was especially meaningful; she broke the last glass ceiling of the legal profession when she was appointed to the High Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and many women came up to me during her visit to say just how meaningful it was...
Posted by David Logan
10/11/2013 at 04:47 PM
The results are in and once again RWU law graduates led the pack on the Connecticut bar exam (traditionally the third most popular bar exam among our graduates). Here are the results for the schools that had more than 25 graduates take the test:   The data reveals a pattern: RWU Law performed well ahead of the pack of ABA schools, with 3 long-established schools in the middle, and the newest school, UMass, well behind the field. Congratulations to our graduates for another stellar performance, and to the faculty and staff at RWU for laying the foundation for our students’ professional...
Posted by David Logan
10/09/2013 at 04:32 PM
Most people know Jan Schlichtmann from the riveting book A Civil Action, and later a movie where John Travolta portrayed the Massachusetts trial lawyer who went bankrupt from handling a toxic tort claim against deep-pocket corporate defendants. At first glance, Schlichtmann was an unusual choice to deliver a lecture that honors RWU Law’s founding dean, Tony Santoro, who is one of his era’s best teachers of Business Law courses. But like last year’s speaker, Frank Fahrenkopf (the head of the American Gaming Association), Schlichtmann has used his legal training to pursue a...
Posted by David Logan
10/08/2013 at 11:09 AM
Every two years, the Rhode Island Federal District Court holds a conference to bring practitioners up to speed on cutting edge legal issues.  This year’s program is on Thursday, October 10 and has a special highlight: an appearance from Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States (the Justice will also be at RWU http://law.rwu.edu/event/fireside-chat-ret-united-states-supreme-court-justice-sandra-day-o%E2%80%99connor) RWU Law faculty figure prominently in the Federal Court programming: Professor Michael Yelnosky on “How Do Federal Judges...
Posted by David Logan
10/03/2013 at 04:30 PM
RWU Law continues to expand the opportunities for its students to work as a lawyer during their third year of law school, preparing them to hit the ground running after graduation.  One recent addition is our In-House Counsel Clinical Externship http://law.rwu.edu/externship, which enables a dozen students each semester to work in the legal offices of leading businesses in the region, including the Boston Red Sox and CVS. This semester we added another terrific experiential learning opportunity: our Community Economic Development Clinic, run by Professor Gowri Krishna, who came to RWU...
Posted by David Logan
09/27/2013 at 02:22 PM
The amazing run of events continues at RWU Law; with a session with Justice Elena Kagan already in the books http://law.rwu.edu/blog/justice-kagan-rhode-island-0 and a visit by iconic Justice Sandra Day O’Connor slated to be announced shortly (stay tuned!), we were treated to an event this week that garnered literally worldwide attention (including an Associated Press article that was picked up by scores of U.S. and international publications) namely, the first extended public comments from David Coombs, lead defense counsel for the soldier charged with the largest breach of secrecy in U.S....
Posted by David Logan
09/26/2013 at 09:25 AM
As the only law school in the state, RWU students learn not just from our highly-credentialed full-time faculty, but also from leading judges, like Bruce Selya from the United States Court of Appeals http://law.rwu.edu/blog/judge-selya-named-head-top-terror-court and one of the top trial lawyers in the Northeast, Mark Mandell. http://law.rwu.edu/blog/learning-litigation-tragedy-station-fire-course This spring, our students are in for a special opportunity: the chance to take a course taught by a United States Senator.  We are delighted to announce that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D.R.I...
Posted by David Logan
09/23/2013 at 02:39 PM
One of RWU Law’s great partners is the Providence City Solicitor’s Office and City Solicitor Jeffrey Padwa.  Nearly one-half of the capital city’s 22 attorneys are RWU Law graduates (link).  From civil litigation to criminal prosecution; from housing court to family court to municipal court; from legislation to open government issues to tax appeals to land use, the attorneys in the City Solicitor’s office manage an extraordinary portfolio of legal issues.  According to Solicitor Padwa, those who are interested in working in the Solicitor’s office should apply for an internship...
Posted by David Logan
09/19/2013 at 03:30 PM
Here is the recap from Laurie Barron, the Director of our Feinstein Center, about a fun annual event that brings together many of our public-interest focused students and staff from the Feinstein Center for Pro Bono and Experiential Education, followed by some pictures from the fun evening. It was a glorious night, thank goodness, for the annual Fall Public Interest Pot Luck Dinner held on Friday, September 6, because the 75 students and faculty members who attended would have been quite cozy inside the home of Laurie Barron and Michael Yelnosky. The Pot Luck, hosted each September and...
Posted by David Logan
09/16/2013 at 04:32 PM
I am pleased to announce that one of our terrific alums, Chad Edgar (’04), has won the 2013 Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention for the work he has done prosecuting tax refund fraud and identity theft at the Department of Justice, Tax Division. The award recognizes exceptional dedication and effort to prevent, investigate, and prosecute fraud, white collar crimes, and official corruption. Chad has focused on Stolen Identity Refund Fraud cases (this website has a brief description of this big, but largely below the radar problem http://www.justice.gov/tax/...