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Posted by David Logan
06/12/2014 at 09:11 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 03:40 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 09:02 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 03:38 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 10:27 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:...
Posted by Tom Peterson
05/22/2014 at 09:39 AM
After eleven years as Dean, Dean David Logan is going to be stepping down as Dean of Roger Williams University School of Law and returning to teaching full time at the Law School.  On Thursday, May 15, 2014, the School of Law took a moment to honor Dean Logan's service as Dean in a ceremony renaming the main conference room on the second floor in his honor.  I had the chance to attend the ceremony and wanted to share some of the photos from the event.  Dean Logan was joined by his family, friends, colleagues, distinguished members of the Bench and Bar, faculty, staff and...
Posted by David Logan
05/20/2014 at 02:55 PM
It has been another great year at the Marine Affairs Institute. On Tuesday, April 15, our partners at Rhode Island Sea Grant hosted the 4th Annual Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow Colloquium. The Colloquium showcased the work of our Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellows this past year. Law Fellows are second and third year law students who work with outside organizations that have questions of marine law or policy. The Law Fellow Program is another example of RWU Law’s commitment to experiential learning. This past year twelve students worked on twenty-three different projects - ranging...
Posted by David Logan
05/16/2014 at 01:10 PM
One of our hugely successful efforts to give our upper-level students the chance to hone their lawyering skills before graduation is our Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship Program, run by one of the most dynamic members of our faculty, Professor Cecily Banks. The program places RWU Law students in the offices of select RI and Mass companies, and enables the best kind of skills training: on-the-job. From contract drafting to compliance, and from intellectual property to international negotiations, our students will be able to hit the ground running in a broad range of transactional work (...
Posted by David Logan
05/13/2014 at 03:09 PM
As we wrap up exams and head into the summer, we always take a moment to salute the pro bono accomplishments of the graduating class. Students, faculty, staff, and the many lawyers and judges who supervise our students as they get valuable on-the-job training while fulfilling our 50-hour mandatory pro bono requirement gathered in Providence to salute student dedication. There are really two parts of the program: recognition of the winners of individual awards, and the students who substantially exceed the 50 hour requirement. The award winners are: • Public Interest Award: Marcus Swift and...
Posted by Tom Peterson
05/13/2014 at 10:14 AM
First, I would like to apologize for the amount of time between my last post and this one.  It has been a hectic semester and it is amazing how fast time flies!  I finished up my last final last Thursday and I have been able to take a bit of time to relax and reflect on the past semester.  Overall, the classes were great and with finals in the rear view mirror it is a blessing.  We won’t find out our grades for another month or so, but it is just good to have them finished.  Spring came late this year and we had snow even in April, but the weather has turned beautiful...