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Posted by David Logan
02/03/2010 at 12:00 AM
Several years ago, Associate Dean Michael Yelnosky embarked on a study that would capture one important (and objective) measure of the quality of a law school: how often its faculty published in the most prestigious law journals. Building on a methodology used by Brian Leiter to compare law schools at the top of the US News rankings, Michael focused on the other 100+ schools, many of which we were confident had strong, productive faculties. Michael counted the number of articles published in the “top 50 journals” and divided that by the number of full-time, tenure-track faculty at each school...
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/01/2010 at 01:25 PM
The beginning of the second semester is probably one of the most stressful of all. While you would think the first semester “end game” of exams would be (and don’t get me wrong, it is), finding out how you did on those exams is unnerving. Unlike being an undergrad, our grades don’t get posted until January. What I find amazing at times is that, like undergrad, students seem to have various methods (or mind-sets) of checking their grades. Some people will obsess and check them hourly even though they are posted around 4 PM (that was me in the beginning), others will only check when they know a...
Posted by David Logan
01/29/2010 at 12:00 AM
Mike Daly (2002) lent a laboring oar to the new edition of a well-known casebook, Marine and Coastal Law, which is used by undergraduate, graduate, and law professors across the country.  Mike co-authored this edition with Dennis Nixon, professor of marine affairs and associate dean for research and administration at the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island, and Susan Farady, director of our highly-regarded Marine Affairs Institute.  The team was ably assisted by the research efforts of 3L Jackson Parmenter. Mike was a terrific student at RWU, clerked...
Posted by David Logan
01/25/2010 at 12:00 AM
Peter F. Kilmartin ’98 is the Rhode Island House Representative for District 61, Pawtucket, and serves as the House Majority Whip, as well as a member of the House Committee on Corporations, House Committee on Labor, House Committee on Rules, and the Joint Committee on Highway Safety.  In the past year, Kilmartin sponsored a bill to ban texting while driving in R.I. that was passed unanimously in November 2009.  Kilmartin was a strong supporter of the bill because of a near tragic experience he had with a texting driver while on duty as a Pawtucket police officer in 1997:  “I...
Posted by David Logan
01/20/2010 at 12:00 AM
The Association of American Law Schools is the by-invitation-only organization for the best law schools in the country, and I am pleased to report that at the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting, Roger Williams was recognized for its excellent and innovative public interest programs (already ranked by National Jurist Magazine #2 in New England). The AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities awarded the prestigious Deborah Rhode Award to Dean David Logan. The award was based upon a range of programmatic accomplishments in recent years, including securing funding for the...
Posted by David Logan
01/06/2010 at 12:00 AM
Late in the fall semester, Roger Williams University School of Law hosted its Sixth Annual Legal Career Options Day, and over 150 law students had the chance to speak with almost 60 attorneys in our Atrium.  Attorneys conducted table talk and shared information about their careers and employment options with their firms and institutions.  Career Services Dean Anthony Bastone once again recruited a broad cross-section of successful attorneys, manifesting the “versatility of the J.D. degree.” Our special guests included The Honorable Paul D. Stickney, Federal Magistrate Judge in the U...
Posted by Hala Furst
12/20/2009 at 12:00 AM
You may have heard that there was a blizzard working its way up the eastern seaboard this weekend. It hit Rhode Island about 8 hours after I finished my last final for the year. While I still have a paper to write by Tuesday, it felt pretty good to watch the flakes fall from the coziness of a friend’s apartment, knowing that I was done studying for at least the next three weeks. As much as I would like to go sledding, the 9 degree wind chill suggests that Mother Nature would like me to finish that paper before I leave for home tomorrow. Not that my break will be that relaxing. Unlike first...
Posted by David Logan
12/18/2009 at 12:00 AM
When I first met Hala Furst, at an admitted student function in the spring of 2007, I was impressed by her smarts and effervescence (plus cool “real world” experiences: an actress in California, a concierge in Minneapolis, and even work with MTV). I was delighted that Hala matriculated at RWU and I had the pleasure of teaching her Torts that fall.  An especially articulate participant on class discussions (and in the informal sessions I regularly have immediately after class, when questions and insights are freshest), I was not surprised to watch her become one of our top student...
Posted by David Logan
12/16/2009 at 12:00 AM
One of the most important developments in recent decades is the tens of thousands of women who have entered the legal profession.  This year, Roger Williams University School of Law is celebrating this sea change by providing a series of programs organized around the theme “Women Who Lead.” Our kickoff event was a speech by a most accomplished women lawyer, the Honorable Margaret Marshall, Chief Justice of the oldest Supreme Court in the Americas, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Our second event focused on some of the challenges and impediments that have meant that despite...
Posted by David Logan
12/11/2009 at 12:00 AM
I am always happy to spotlight the advantages of being the only law school in the state, and here comes yet another: a top federal judge (who is also a member of our Adjunct Faculty) presided over a constitutional attack on a controversial approach to town/gown frictions.  The summary judgment hearing in University of Rhode Island Students vs. Town of Narragansett was heard in our courtroom and, to top it off, the judge and the lawyers held a Q&A session afterwards—a rare if not unique opportunity for students to get insiders’ perspective on litigation. When the bailiff cried “oyez,...