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Posted by David Logan
02/28/2012 at 09:06 AM
The Rhode Island Supreme Court was recently the venue for oral arguments in an exciting free speech case, and in a highly unusual turn of events Associate Dean Andy Horwitz was pitted against Megan Maciasz (’08).  It was Megan’s first appearance before the Court, though she was advantaged by her previous service as law clerk to Chief Justice Paul Suttell.  Her job: defend the City of Providence’s noise ordinance, and Dean Horwitz went into battle ably assisted by 2L Andrew Fischer, who worked on the brief and consulted on strategy for the argument.  Below are Andrew’s...
Posted by David Logan
11/16/2009 at 12:00 AM
One of the highlights of fall semesters at RWU Law is the annual visit of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  The Court comes to campus to preside over the final round of our flagship internal Moot Court Competition, named after a deeply respected member of our faculty, the late Esther Clark. The case involved a sweeping youth curfew in a hypothetical town, which was challenged on the grounds that it violated both substantive due process (the right to travel) and the equal protection clause (unduly burdening a suspect class—minors).  The finalists were 2Ls Amy Broderick and John Meara...
Posted by David Logan
08/16/2009 at 11:00 PM
On July 16, 2009, Paul Suttell was sworn in as Rhode Island’s 51st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, with state and federal judges, political leaders, family and friends in attendance.  In spite of the dreary day, the atmosphere was festive, reflecting the remarkably broad array of support (a unanimous vote in the Senate) for the jurist from Little Compton, who has moved from the Family Court (where he served 1990-2003), to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (2003-09), and now to the pinnacle of the state judiciary as Chief Justice. Dean Bastone and I attended the ceremony, where...