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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
06/17/2016 at 11:54 AM
Last Sunday, when the scope of the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando began to emerge, I sent the following email to the student body: Tragically, once again Americans are mourning the loss of life caused by a senseless act of gun violence, this time apparently directed at members of the LGBTQ community.  We mourn the loss of life and wish the hate would go away. In addition, it is important that we – as lawyers and future lawyers – remain committed to the principle of equal justice for all and put our skills to work in pursuit of a more peaceful future for all. Since then,...
Posted by Christopher Gerlica
10/27/2015 at 09:00 AM
On June 26 of this year the Supreme Court of the United States made history by legalizing marriage equality nationwide. Prior to the Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage had been governed by a patchwork of state laws. Unfortunately for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, many vital issues beyond marriage – involving family law, domestic violence, transgender rights and federal protections – are still obscured by a confusing mishmash of local laws. The Beyond Marriage Equality Symposium on October 30th is meant to address these...
Posted by David Logan
09/29/2010 at 11:00 PM
RWU Law is proud to have an institutional climate that is LGBT friendly. From openly gay faculty and staff, to active involvement in LGBT programs around the country (Assistant Dean Michael Boylen chairs the LSAC LGBT Subcommittee), to a large, and active student group, the Alliance, we are dedicated to this important aspect of diversity in word and deed. And this commitment is borne out by our perfect score in an empirical comparison of law schools developed by the Law School Admission Council. The most recent manifestation of this institutional commitment was the role of RWU folks at...
Posted by David Logan
11/03/2009 at 12:00 AM
The School of Law recently hosted an important symposium on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people in Rhode Island. The program, "A Gay and Lesbian User Guide to Rhode Island", focused on six key areas facing LGBT citizens - estate planning, marriage, healthcare navigation, eldercare and Medicaid law, anti-discrimination... The Symposium was an invaluable experience for me both professionally and personally. The Formation of Families panel was priceless. For the past three years, my wife and I have tried to have a baby. When trying to create a family, there are so many...
Posted by David Logan
08/23/2009 at 11:00 PM
Over the last 6 years RWU Law has been an active participant in shaping both the present and the future of law school admissions through service to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).  While LSAC is best known for administering the LSAT, it is a non-profit organization that governs much of the legal admissions process in the United States, Canada, and Australia (and soon India and China!).  We are proud that LSAC has appointed three of our own to prestigious posts. Michael Boylen, our Assistant Dean of Admissions, has been appointed Chair of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and...