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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
09/13/2013 at 12:30 PM
As a young law school, it is especially gratifying to see how our graduates are making their mark in the profession.  One measure of this evolution is how many of our alums write for the Rhode Island Bar Journal, the official publication of the RI Bar Association, and the most recent issue has a whopping three articles from RWU Law grads. “Pot or Not: State or Federal Government Regulation and (De) Criminalization of Marijuana?” (by Katherine Godin‘08) “Cold War Cancer: Texas Instruments and the Energy Employees Compensation Program,” (by Jenna Wims Hashway’11) “Lunch with Legends,”...
Posted by David Logan
09/10/2013 at 11:51 AM
One of the many RWU law faculty working on cutting edge issues is Zoe Argento, and her latest work, on social networks, is, guess what - lighting up the Internet. Here is an abstract of her article from the most recent issue of the University of Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review: Who has the superior right to a social network account? This is the question in a growing number of disputes between employers and workers over social network accounts. The problem has no clear legal precedent. Although the disputes implicate rights under trademark, copyright, and privacy law,...
Posted by David Logan
09/05/2013 at 05:19 PM
Justice Elena Kagan came to Rhode Island to join in two important celebrations: the 250th anniversary of the oldest synagogue in the United States - Touro Synagogue and the 350th anniversary of the Royal Charter for the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and the Roger Williams Law community was out in force for both events, as well as an invitation-only reception at the Federal Courthouse in Providence. The Touro event was built around the reading of George Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, historically significant because it was the first...
Posted by David Logan
08/30/2013 at 03:36 PM
RWU Law is very proud of its students who are affiliated with the U.S. armed forces, one of the highest callings in our democracy, and two received special recognition over the summer. Matt Sinnot chose to hold his formal promotion to First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in the law school building, in front of proud parents, faculty, staff, and classmates (who went through their own “boot camp” with him - the first year of law school!).  Matt is a founding member of one of our newest and most active student groups, the Military Law Society.  3L Brandy Disbennett won...
Posted by David Logan
08/27/2013 at 03:46 PM
In what is becoming annual recognition of the impact our grads are having on the community, the Providence Business News once again profiled a number of our terrific alums.  The publication requires that the person be less than 40 years old and have demonstrated “career success” and a "commitment to making a difference on a local, national or international scale.” Here are the 2013 honorees: Jessica Cleary’00, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD Jessica focuses her practice on veterans’ rights. She represents veterans in pursuit of their VA disability benefits before the Department of...
Posted by David Logan
08/23/2013 at 02:36 PM
Believe it or not, the new school year is up and running – and we have already welcomed a terrific batch of future RWU lawyers.  There are 115 students in the Class of 2016, equally balanced between men and women. Their average age is 25. They are notably diverse, with 25% hailing from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession, and they speak many languages including Spanish, French, Arabic, Urdu, Cantonese, and Hindi. Their professional backgrounds are also diverse, including folks who have worked as: the Chief of Staff to the Providence City...
Posted by David Logan
08/20/2013 at 04:56 PM
The RWU Law community officially kicked off its 20th Anniversary year at the annual Law Alumni Association (LAA) breakfast held in conjunction with the Rhode Island Bar Association's annual meeting.  The breakfast brought together judges, lawyers, alumni, faculty, and staff to reflect on the school's milestone anniversary. Deborah Pannullo’97 and Professor Michael Yelnosky Professor and President Emeritus Anthony Santoro with Stephen Bernardo’98 At the gathering, the LAA scholarship recipients were announced. The 2013 winners are Michael Hartley’15 and Meghan Kruger’15. Michael...
Posted by David Logan
08/19/2013 at 02:07 PM
One of the stars of our faculty, Michael Yelnosky, is making quite a name for his empirical work on the judicial selection process.  His initial focus was the state level, and a conference he organized critiqued the ways judges have been selected in Rhode Island, reaching some interesting, indeed controversial conclusions. http://law.rwu.edu/story/professor-yelnosky-leads-judicial-selection-forum Now he has turned his focus to the federal level, with an op-ed in the Washington Post that shed light on the lack of diversity on the all-important ABA panel that pre-screens all nominees for...
Posted by David Logan
08/15/2013 at 03:16 PM
The last issue of the RWU Law magazine contained a picture of my bobblehead collection and offered a prize to the entrant with who identified the largest number. Here is the picture and below that is the answer key.   1.     Mick Jagger2.     Elwood Blues (“The Blues Brothers”)/ Dan Akroyd3.     Jake Blues (“The Blues Brothers”)/John Belushi4.     Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg5.     Peter Griffin (“Family Guy”)6.     Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci7.     Grandpa Munster/ Al Lewis8....
Posted by David Logan
08/09/2013 at 04:54 PM
Marek Bute '05 was named one of the U.S.’s Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40 by the National LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Bar Association, an affiliate of the ABA.  (LGBT Attorneys Full Listing here) Marek is an associate at Snell & Wilmer, Las Vegas, Nevada. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, construction, foreclosure and collection, insurance, and sports and entertainment. Marek is local counsel for Lambda Legal and co-counsel for O’Melveney & Meyers on the landmark Nevada Marriage Equality case Sevcik v. Sandoval, challenging Nevada’s ban on same-sex...