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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
02/23/2012 at 04:46 PM
Prof. Jorge Elorza and I are active in Latino Dollars for Scholars, the Rhode Island chapter of a national effort to provide stipends for Latinos attending college.  I had the honor of delivering the keynote address at this year’s awards banquet, and it was a great opportunity to address so many bright and ambitious young people, plus their families, friends, and supporters in the community.  I spoke on the need to improve the representation of all people of color in the legal profession, and the efforts we have made at Roger Williams Law to target the best and brightest Latinos,...
Posted by David Logan
02/17/2012 at 08:55 AM
In the span of 8 years, the Association for Public Interest Law (APIL) Auction has gone from 75 folks in jeans and sweatshirts, sitting in folding chairs in the SOL atrium, to more than 400 spiffy attendees in one of Rhode Island’s most revered venues, the ballroom on the top of the Biltmore Hotel in Providence.  And what a night it was, where students, faculty, staff, alums and many of our supporters in the legal community came out to mingle and bid on 100’s of wonderful items and packages, from north to south (vacations in a ski chalet in Vermont and a trip to Disney World),...
Posted by David Logan
02/14/2012 at 09:06 AM
One of the most interesting cases of the current term of the Supreme Court of the United States is U.S. v. Jones, which held that placing a GPS tracker on the car of a drug suspect violated the Constitution.  The Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly turned to experts, including our own expert on criminal procedure, Emily Sack, to discuss this fascinating intersection of technology and the law. GPS ruling breaks new ground on privacy rightsby Albert Turco and Kimberly AtkinsFebruary 9th, 2012 After punting on the issue in the past, the U.S. Supreme Court has again waded into the choppy waters of...
Posted by David Logan
02/10/2012 at 09:20 AM
RWU Law students have a remarkably broad array of practical experiences in the summer, but none could match the work that Raquel Thomas ('12), Jared Ballin ('13), Stephen R. Deering ('11), and  Katie McCann ('12) did with Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court Dennis Curran in the summer of 2011.  Besides the opportunity to observe a broad range of matters in court and chambers, Judge Curran tasked them with helping prepare "An Honorable Salary?", a study of judicial compensation in the Bay State.  Building on the requirement in Article XXIX of the Massachusetts...
Posted by David Logan
02/07/2012 at 10:07 AM
The Rhode Island legal community was saddened by the death of long-time head of the Public Defender Office John Hardiman.  The School of Law recently sponsored a memorial program that featured encomiums from many of his colleagues in the trenches and Andy Horwitz, now our Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, but for many years a collaborator with John in his capacity as Director of our Criminal Defense Clinic.  Below is a summary of Andy’s thoughts, followed by some pictures from the event. Members of the School of Law community were privileged to host a tribute to the late John J....
Posted by David Logan
02/03/2012 at 08:29 AM
One of our most eclectic faculty members is Peter Margulies, whose expertise blends knowledge of Immigration Law, National Security Law, and Professional Responsibility.  Peter has written important works in all 3 areas, not least his book Laws’ Detour: Justice Displaced in the Bush; Administration (NYU Press, 2010).  More recently, Peter was quoted in “Unknown Knowns: Torture Suits Against Rumsfeld May Revive a 40-Year-Old Liability Case,” in the current ABA Journal.  Peter also participated in a panel of experts on National Security Law at the Annual Meeting of the...
Posted by Melanie Shapiro
02/02/2012 at 05:10 PM
It has been a long time since I last posted. I’m in my third year and it’s busy, busy, busy! In the fall, I returned to the Immigration Clinic and took 7 classes, while also doing my writing requirement paper. (Word of advice to first and second year students: get your writing requirement over with ASAP).    This is my last semester of law school and it feels surreal! These three years have been so short and so long at the same time. Every day has been jampacked, but when you’re busy, time flies!    So now about what I want to do with the rest of my life... The Immigration...