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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
04/24/2013 at 10:14 AM
One of the traditions at RWU Law is the trek south for the annual national law school softball championships, hosted by my alma mater, the University of Virginia. The Mighty Quahogs have performed well in the past http://law.rwu.edu/blog/rwu-mighty-quahogs-successful-season-ends-virginia and this year was no exception. The tournament featured teams from George Washington, Georgetown, NYU, Columbia, Rutgers (Camden and Newark), Cornell, UConn, Chicago, Fordham, Yale, Brooklyn, Harvard, Michigan, Notre Dame, Regent, Ava Maria, Florida Coastal, Seton Hall, Albany, Baltimore, American, Syracuse,...
Posted by David Logan
04/19/2013 at 08:54 AM
RWU Law has many close links to Boston.  We have alums practicing law there.  Retired faculty and one current faculty member reside there.  Current students have externships in Boston. http://law.rwu.edu/blog/want-work-general-counsel-cvs-red-sox-gtech-laun... More specifically, Professors Yelnosky and Brown actually ran in this year’s marathon (thankfully not hurt), as did 1L Ryan McCaffery (also fine). I just learned today that one of our 3Ls, Dan Marusak, who is back enrolled at RWU after a National Guard tour in Afghanistan, http://law.rwu.edu/blog/saluting-rwu-law-...
Posted by David Logan
04/17/2013 at 04:14 PM
This was the 20th year of the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition, held this time in the beautiful seaside town of Charleston, South Carolina (the Newport of the South?).  While RWU Law won the whole shooting match in 2009 (the talented trio of Amanda Argentieri, Brian Eisenhower, and Ben Sussman), this year’s RWU Law team (Chris McNally, Kyle Smith, and William Yost) also performed superbly, picking up a “Best Brief” Award and losing by a fraction of a point to Richmond in the championship round. This represents another feather in the cap for the RWU Moot Court Program...
Posted by David Logan
04/15/2013 at 08:55 AM
RWU Law is rightfully proud of the many ways in which its students can gain invaluable practical experience, and one of the most popular of these programs is our Criminal Defense Clinic, where students handle misdemeanors in RI District Court.  However, every once in a while what begins as a small case in a lower court actually makes its way to the big stage, i.e, the Supreme Court.      This happened just recently, as 3L Allison Belknap argued before the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Allison, in her third year at RWUSOL, is an accomplished member of the Moot...
Posted by David Logan
04/09/2013 at 04:31 PM
Update: The Faculty Lounge has posted an updated blog that removed school funded positions from the "full-time, long-term, bar admission required" category.  Roger Williams, like most law schools in our region, does not fund these positions, so those employment numbers did not change.  However, Yale's employment rate changed to 77% and UMASS's changed to 23% in the "full-time, long-term, bar admission required" category.  Here is the latest blog:http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/04/a-cleaner-ranking-of-schools-long-term-full-time-employment-minus-law-school-funded-jobs.html...
Posted by David Logan
04/04/2013 at 02:53 PM
March 2013 was the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, which guaranteed every citizen a constitutional right to counsel in cases involving serious criminal allegations.  Gideon is acknowledged as one of the most important decisions of the Supreme Court, and as lawyers, judges, and law students gathered at RWU Law for a program saluting Gideon, it also was an opportunity to mark the passing of Anthony Lewis, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of the iconic book about the case, Gideon’s Trumpet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gideon%27s_Trumpet The program began with me saying a few...
Posted by David Logan
04/02/2013 at 11:09 AM
One of the many terrific student groups at RWU Law is the Military Law Society (MilLaw), which recently was a prime example of how engaged students can take advantage of excellent networking opportunities, and yield amazing results.  Here’s the story…. Last fall Justice Samuel Alito visited RWU,  http://law.rwu.edu/blog/justice-alito%E2%80%99s-day-campus-v-2 and at one of the many social events 2L Tunde Adepegba struck up a conversation with Martha Ann Alito.  It turns out that Mrs. Alito grew up in a military family, and she and Tunde, the President and Founder of MilLaw, had...
Posted by David Logan
03/27/2013 at 01:49 PM
Last week saw the release of the latest edition of an empirical project that began in 2007, one that compares how frequently various law faculties place their scholarship in the top law reviews, and once again the results received favorable attention on leading blogs published by Brian Leiter (U of Chicago) http://leiterlawschool.typepad.com/leiter/2013/03/updated-study-of-per-capita-faculty-productivity.html and Paul Caron (Cincinnati) http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2013/03/publication-study.html. As is usually the case, there was some shuffling in the list (with Cardozo and Florida...
Posted by David Logan
03/25/2013 at 12:26 PM
Day 3 dawned bright and clear for the last leg of our Civil Rights pilgrimage to Alabama, ground zero for the struggle to win the right to vote for all Americans. Our goal: follow Rep. John Lewis across the same bridge where 48 years earlier Alabama police brutally attacked him and 600 peaceful marchers trying to bring national attention to the lack of voting rights for Black southerners.  On the bus, the anticipation of the annual “Bloody Sunday” march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge was palpable.  Along the road from Montgomery, Betty Mae Sykes pointed out the desolate stretch of...
Posted by David Logan
03/22/2013 at 09:57 AM
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a project of the Association for Public Interest Law and is completely student driven and organized.  This year, student leaders Marcus Swift and Tracy Harper organized ten week-long law-related public service projects.  Rather than relaxing during spring break this year, 39 students participated in public service projects at organizations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. The pro bono projects were diverse – ranging from working on capital defense cases to researching the Clean Water Act to...