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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/22/2016 at 10:44 AM
Less than two years ago, RWU Law hosted a day-long symposium on the issue of mass incarceration, an event attended by approximately 350 judges, lawyers, law students, and others.  It was a remarkable day, but two moments in particular stand out for me. Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, gave a gripping speech about the justice system from his vantage point as a lawyer representing clients in criminal cases throughout the country.  He explained that one of the reasons the United States is unresponsive to the growing inequality of wealth and the...
Posted by Brittani Mulholland
10/12/2016 at 08:11 AM
Women in Robes is an annual event sponsored by RWU Law's Women’s Law Society, and dedicated to saluting the achievement of women judges and justices in the Rhode Island judiciary. The event is truly one of the highlights of the Fall Semester because it brings RWU Law students together with so many different members of the state's unique legal community, enabling new professional relationships and connections to form and flourish. This year's Women in Robes took place on Wednesday, October 5, at the Providence Marriott in the heart of the capital city. It's the first time we've held the event...
Posted by Jillian Jagling
10/06/2016 at 08:41 AM
The Law Alumni Association (LAA) hosted another Annual Alumni Weekend at the end of September, running from Thursday, September 22 to Sunday, September 25; and it was full of events that gave alums from all class years a chance to learn something new, reconnect with one another and meet alums from all over. The weekend was kicked off by the 5th Annual Professor Santoro Business Law Lecture at the Omni Hotel in Providence.  Stephen L. Cohen, former Associate Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division, presented Enforcing Insider Trading Laws: The...
Posted by Tom Shaffer
09/27/2016 at 01:14 PM
This semester, we have a number of pioneering students at RWU Law: the first participants in our new one-year master's program called the Master of Studies in Law, or MSL. The program is open to learners who seek deep exposure to law and legal methods in order to broaden their professional skill set or add value to their résumé – but who do not want to be practicing attorneys. Anyone who works (or would like to work) regularly with lawyers, or with laws and regulations, can benefit from the MSL program.  The course of study provides students with a foundational understanding of law...
Posted by Niki Kuckes
09/20/2016 at 03:40 PM
A video just released by the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island highlights the role of the Roger Williams University School of Law as a founding partner in an innovative new program known as the Litigation Academy.  The Litigation Academy provides high quality, affordable trial skills training to new law graduates and others.  Training sessions actually take place inside the federal courthouse, with constructive feedback by federal and state judges, experienced trial lawyers, and law school professors.  Witnesses are played by professional actors from...
Posted by Cecily Banks
09/16/2016 at 09:45 AM
A valuable business lawyer must know more than law; the lawyer must know how the law affects a client’s business performance and strategic objectives, at any given stage in the business’s trajectory. This axiom is at the heart of the latest charge to law schools: to teach business generally to law students who will represent business entities, either in the conference rooms or in the courtrooms.   As any trusted legal advisor and competent legal problem-solver knows, the value of legal advice depends entirely on a deep understanding of...
Posted by Michael Bowden
08/31/2016 at 04:40 PM
Here’s your chance to help Roger Williams University make history! On Saturday, September 10, from 1 to 5:00 p.m., RWU Law will be joining the rest of the University – on particular the School of Continuing Studies and the School of Justice Studies – to host a block party celebrating the official opening of our new Experiential Campus at One Empire Street in Providence. In what is quickly becoming an iconic corner of the city, we’ll gather with partners and neighbors (including Trinity Rep, AS220, the Providence Public Library, Housing Works RI, the Latino Policy Institute, the Rhode Island...
Posted by Linn Freedman
08/23/2016 at 03:53 PM
I have the privilege of teaching the Privacy Law class at RWU Law. It is a required course for the school's Joint Masters in Cybersecurity/Juris Doctor program, which is, to my knowledge, the only joint program offered by a university and law school in the U.S. A recent statistic states that only about 25% of law schools in the country offer a Privacy Law class, let alone any substantive classes in cybersecurity. Based upon my practice and experience, such offerings should be a high priority for educators from grade school through advanced degree programs. Why? Because based on several...
Posted by Michael Donnelly-Boylen
08/15/2016 at 02:22 PM
On August 10th, I had the pleasure of introducing members of the Class of 2019 to one another. It's always the highlight of my year. Click below to learn more about the talented cohort we have attracted to RWU Law this year:
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
08/12/2016 at 11:40 AM
One hallmark of an education at RWU Law is instruction in lawyering skills.  We teach students both how to think like lawyers and how to act like lawyers.  We have been recognized for our innovative curriculum, and last year we joined a small group of law schools that now require a third semester of instruction in legal writing, one of the most important lawyering skills. This year we welcome two new members of the faculty who will help us continue to deliver the best legal writing instruction to our students.  We are not just saying it, we are putting our money where our mouth...