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Posted by David Logan
09/16/2013 at 04:32 PM
I am pleased to announce that one of our terrific alums, Chad Edgar (’04), has won the 2013 Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention for the work he has done prosecuting tax refund fraud and identity theft at the Department of Justice, Tax Division. The award recognizes exceptional dedication and effort to prevent, investigate, and prosecute fraud, white collar crimes, and official corruption. Chad has focused on Stolen Identity Refund Fraud cases (this website has a brief description of this big, but largely below the radar problem http://www.justice.gov/tax/...
Posted by Sam Clarke
09/16/2013 at 01:45 AM
It’s fun to be at the Y-M-C-A! When I was a kid, nothing beat summer. I got lucky because my dad worked at the local Y camp during the months he had off from teaching, so every summer I’d shoot arrows, swim in the ocean, and rack up an impressive number of mosquito bites at Camp Massasoit. (Also known as Camp Messy-Toilet, not to be confused with Camp Metacomet, or Make-You-Vomit, a subtle but important distinction not lost on a ten-year-old.) It was jarring to lose those three months of freedom to play when I started law school. Perhaps it was more jarring to walk into class 2L year still so...
Posted by David Logan
09/13/2013 at 12:30 PM
As a young law school, it is especially gratifying to see how our graduates are making their mark in the profession.  One measure of this evolution is how many of our alums write for the Rhode Island Bar Journal, the official publication of the RI Bar Association, and the most recent issue has a whopping three articles from RWU Law grads. “Pot or Not: State or Federal Government Regulation and (De) Criminalization of Marijuana?” (by Katherine Godin‘08) “Cold War Cancer: Texas Instruments and the Energy Employees Compensation Program,” (by Jenna Wims Hashway’11) “Lunch with Legends,”...
Posted by David Logan
09/10/2013 at 11:51 AM
One of the many RWU law faculty working on cutting edge issues is Zoe Argento, and her latest work, on social networks, is, guess what - lighting up the Internet. Here is an abstract of her article from the most recent issue of the University of Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review: Who has the superior right to a social network account? This is the question in a growing number of disputes between employers and workers over social network accounts. The problem has no clear legal precedent. Although the disputes implicate rights under trademark, copyright, and privacy law,...
Posted by David Logan
09/05/2013 at 05:19 PM
Justice Elena Kagan came to Rhode Island to join in two important celebrations: the 250th anniversary of the oldest synagogue in the United States - Touro Synagogue and the 350th anniversary of the Royal Charter for the colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and the Roger Williams Law community was out in force for both events, as well as an invitation-only reception at the Federal Courthouse in Providence. The Touro event was built around the reading of George Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, historically significant because it was the first...
Posted by David Logan
08/30/2013 at 03:36 PM
RWU Law is very proud of its students who are affiliated with the U.S. armed forces, one of the highest callings in our democracy, and two received special recognition over the summer. Matt Sinnot chose to hold his formal promotion to First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in the law school building, in front of proud parents, faculty, staff, and classmates (who went through their own “boot camp” with him - the first year of law school!).  Matt is a founding member of one of our newest and most active student groups, the Military Law Society.  3L Brandy Disbennett won...
Posted by David Logan
08/27/2013 at 03:46 PM
In what is becoming annual recognition of the impact our grads are having on the community, the Providence Business News once again profiled a number of our terrific alums.  The publication requires that the person be less than 40 years old and have demonstrated “career success” and a "commitment to making a difference on a local, national or international scale.” Here are the 2013 honorees: Jessica Cleary’00, Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD Jessica focuses her practice on veterans’ rights. She represents veterans in pursuit of their VA disability benefits before the Department of...
Posted by Michael Rekola
08/26/2013 at 09:36 AM
Life is one continuous story.  Or at least that’s how I perceive it. And like most stories there is always a beginning, middle, and an end (the fun part is when those arcs do not come in that order).  You see, those transitions usually happen because of the seismic events that are set off by a single drop of serendipity.    Within the past year my life has gone from middle, to end, and ultimately to a beginning.  An odd order or flux but that’s because the current trajectory of my life began in the Fall of 2010 when I accepted an offer for admission at Roger Williams...
Posted by David Logan
08/23/2013 at 02:36 PM
Believe it or not, the new school year is up and running – and we have already welcomed a terrific batch of future RWU lawyers.  There are 115 students in the Class of 2016, equally balanced between men and women. Their average age is 25. They are notably diverse, with 25% hailing from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession, and they speak many languages including Spanish, French, Arabic, Urdu, Cantonese, and Hindi. Their professional backgrounds are also diverse, including folks who have worked as: the Chief of Staff to the Providence City...
Posted by David Logan
08/20/2013 at 04:56 PM
The RWU Law community officially kicked off its 20th Anniversary year at the annual Law Alumni Association (LAA) breakfast held in conjunction with the Rhode Island Bar Association's annual meeting.  The breakfast brought together judges, lawyers, alumni, faculty, and staff to reflect on the school's milestone anniversary. Deborah Pannullo’97 and Professor Michael Yelnosky Professor and President Emeritus Anthony Santoro with Stephen Bernardo’98 At the gathering, the LAA scholarship recipients were announced. The 2013 winners are Michael Hartley’15 and Meghan Kruger’15. Michael...