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Posted by David Logan
07/16/2014 at 01:53 PM
When I left Wake Forest for the deanship at Roger Williams in 2003, I signed a contract for 3 years, hoped to survive for 5 (the typical deanship lasts 4+ years, about the same as NFL coaches), and have now finished my 11th year. During that time I have had the pleasure to work with an excellent faculty (highly credentialed and prolific scholars, but who make teaching their first priority), an amazing staff (also dedicated to student success), and our more than 2,000 alums, who are making their way not just in Southern New England, but across the country. I also worked closely with the top...
Posted by David Logan
07/11/2014 at 09:48 AM
The annual breakfast meeting for the RWU Law Alumni Association was special this year, as law faculty, staff, alums, judges, and practitioners gathered to wrap up our 20th anniversary, thank outgoing and incoming leaders of the Law Alumni Association, and hearing my last speech as Dean, and the first speech from the new Dean, Michael Yelnosky. Here are some pics from that fun morning. Patrick Smock '06, Director of Diversity Deborah Johnson, Esme Devault '06, RI Chief Justice Paul Suttell and Dean Logan (in a Mighty Quahogs shirt) New Law Alumni President Kim Ahern '09, Secretary/Treasurer...
Posted by David Logan
07/01/2014 at 02:46 PM
Almost 200 folks showed up for the annual fundraiser for the RWU Law Pro Bono Collaborative, our unique way to provide much needed representation to low-income Rhode Islanders. This year’s event was special, as we recognized the philanthropy of Mark Mandell, whose support was essential to getting the PBC not just surviving but thriving. A special shout-out to the Host Committee: Richard Ratcliffe; Chair; Ratcliffe Harten Burke & Galamaga Robert Corrente; Burns & Levinson Reverend Mary Margaret Earl; McAuley House Mitchell R. Edwards; Hinckley Allen & Snyder Linn Foster Freedman;...
Posted by David Logan
06/26/2014 at 12:56 PM
We just learned about four recent graduates who are doing remarkable things locally, regionally, and nationally, while proving once again the versatility of a JD from Roger Williams Law… Shannah Kurland '13 has won a coverted Soros Justice Fellowship to establish a project that documents police misconduct and provides legal support to people challenging abusive police practices in Providence. http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/press-releases/open-society-foundations-award-fellowships-14-visionaries-working-reform-criminal           ...
Posted by David Logan
06/18/2014 at 11:26 AM
Posted by David Logan
06/12/2014 at 10:11 AM
With the wail of bagpipes, the Commencement procession begins Professor Bruce Kogan, winner of the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award Chairman of the Board Mark Mandell on living a meaningful life in the law Trustee Jerry Lavine hoods Honorary Degree Recipient Judge Robert Krause Director Robin Steinberg hoods Honorary Degree Recipient Robert Barge Professor of the Year Emily Sack hoods Honorary Degree Recipient Chief Judge Judith Kaye Judge Kaye on the future of legal education Her red shoes! Class Valedictorian Sam Clarke Proud families! A proud dean with graduate Leticia...
Posted by David Logan
06/05/2014 at 04:40 PM
Commencement 2014 was our chance to say congratulations and so long to the terrific class of 2014, award honorary degrees to two outstanding judges and one excellent lawyer, and wrap up the celebration of our twentieth anniversary. This first installment focuses on back stage preparations for the big event; later installments will focus on the actual ceremony and the after party. Professor Emeritus Bob Kent and a favorite former student, Nicole Dulude Benjamin '06 The Dean Team:  Professors Andrew Horwitz; David Zlotnick; Diana Hassel; Michael Yelnosky and Bruce Kogan Super Judges Ed...
Posted by David Logan
06/03/2014 at 10:02 AM
The CED Clinic had a very busy and exciting second semester! The students represented fourteen clients throughout Rhode Island, held a brief advice legal clinic at the Center for Women and Enterprise, and conducted a two-hour informational session to Johnson and Wales University students on legal basics for entrepreneurs. The Clinic forged ties with community organizations, including signing on as a member of a network that won a $28,500 planning grant to carry out a worker cooperative incubation project in Central Falls. Students worked on a variety of issues. They counseled clients on...
Posted by David Logan
05/28/2014 at 04:38 PM
Each spring, in the week before Commencement, we host a fancy reception for the graduating class at the Glen Manor mansion in nearby Portsmouth. This year was especially fun, as we said goodbye to an absolutely top shelf SBA president Steve Sokolov and a terrific group of future leaders in the bench and bar. The graduates also bestowed "Best Teacher Awards" on Emily Sack and Andy Spacone, and "Staff Person of the Year" on Barbara Supsky. I was also tickled to receive a spot-on personal bobblehead for my collection and a copy of the 20th anniversary issue of the RWU Law Review. Last, but...
Posted by David Logan
05/22/2014 at 11:27 AM
With the end of the academic year looming, student groups have elected the leaders for the 2014-15 academic year. Here they are: Student Bar Association: Anthony Sinapi Roger Williams Law Review: Meghan Kruger Moot Court: Danielle Dufault American Bar Association Law Student Division: Michael Muehe American Civil Liberties Union Student Chapter: Jason MacKeen Asian Pacific American Law Student Association: Jasmine Dobosiewicz Association for Public Interest Law: Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez Black Law Students Association: Tiffany Friend Christian Law Students: Jennifer Kehew Criminal Law Society:...