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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/29/2014 at 10:11 AM
RWU Law has always been more affordable than most of our peer schools.  Last year we took a bold step and widened that gap considerably by reducing our tuition by 18% and freezing tuition for each year of a law student’s course of study.  We recognized what too many schools want to deny - that the job market for lawyers has softened and that reducing graduates’ debt makes it easier for them to find their way in that market. The Wall Street Journal and other national publications noticed our leadership on affordability. But there is no quick fix to the debt problem.  Thus, we...
Posted by Julia Wyman
10/17/2014 at 05:05 PM
It has been a busy fall at the Marine Affairs Institute!  In late September, we held our annual “Meet the Bay” trip with our 1Ls.  Save the Bay, a Rhode Island non-profit dedicated to the restoration and health of Narragansett Bay, took us on a tour of the 1Ls' home for the next three years -- Narragansett Bay.  The students helped Save the Bay staff conduct a trawl of the Bay, and learned about ocean and coastal advocacy from Baykeeper Tom Kutcher, while I talked about the programs offered at the MAI, including our joint degree program with the University of Rhode Island....
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/17/2014 at 01:33 PM
On September 18th, Gerry Riskin delivered the 3rd Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture. Riskin directed the attention of the lawyers in the packed house to the disruptive changes in law practice taking place all around them, and he made provocative predictions about truly revolutionary changes on the horizon. The Providence Business News described our decision to make disruption in the market for legal services the subject of the lecture as evidence that we are “acutely aware of the changes afoot.” In this, as in so many other ways, we are preparing our students for the future, not for...
Posted by Diana Hassel
10/13/2014 at 11:02 AM
In what has now become a familiar end of term development, the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2014 expanded the rights of corporations, in this instance to include the right to exercise religion. In a more unusual development, the female justices, joined by Justice Breyer, filed a scathing and critical dissent.  And in unusually candid comments in the media Justice Ginsburg stated that the men on the Court had a “blind spot” when it came to women and that they did not understand the ramifications of their decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. In addition to the sometimes sharp political...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
10/02/2014 at 03:53 PM
Last weekend, a group of law school alumni returned to Bristol and Providence to visit old friends and meet new ones. I attended each of the four events that made up the weekend, and at each I came away convinced that our alumni are not just great lawyers. They are great people. They are warm, kind, and generous. I am proud to be the dean of their law school. Here are some pictures from a weekend full of great moments. Aidan’s Pub, Bristol, RI – Friday evening September 26th Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Providence, RI – Saturday evening September 27th G Pub Rooftop,...
Posted by Larry Ritchie
09/26/2014 at 10:47 AM
Keeping abreast of the criminal justice and evidence areas of the law can be a time-consuming proposition for a law professor.  Of course, I regularly read the Criminal Law Reporter and other periodicals.  However, being a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel of Attorneys representing indigents in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is an effective and satisfying way to keep current while also providing a service to the most needy and also, hopefully, to the courts.  As a member of the panel, I occasionally am appointed to represent an indigent convicted of a...
Posted by Raquel Ortiz
09/22/2014 at 10:12 AM
Attorneys maintain their knowledge of the law and legal practice skills through continuing legal education. As 1Ls, law students begin to learn how to think and write like a lawyer, the foundations of the law, and basic legal research.  The library offers three instructional programs that supplement and augment first year legal research instruction, designed to help "practice make perfect" for legal research and office technology skills. Our Appy Hour series returned in the week of September 8.  In this series, students learn about mobile and office technologies useful for...
Posted by Laurie Barron
09/15/2014 at 09:58 AM
How many students, alumni, faculty and staff can fit into the neither small nor large backyard of the Barron-Yelnosky home for the Fall Public Interest Pot Luck dinner?  Turns out at least 112.  Last Friday night 53 first-year students, 28 second-year students, and assorted 3L’s (including families and children), alumni, faculty, and staff brought sumptuous food to the annual signature event hosted by the Association for Public Interest Law and the Feinstein Center for Pro Bono and Experiential Education.  Greeted in the driveway by the question “savory or sweet” students set...
Posted by Anthony Santoro
09/08/2014 at 10:59 AM
Taxation!  The mere thought is enough to strike fear into the hearts and minds of law students. Yet a hardy band of RWU grads has found that tax law can offer a promising career path. It does require some extra effort, though. In the years since I returned to full-time teaching, thirty or so of our graduates have moved on to earn LL.M.s in Taxation from some of the best graduate tax programs in the country – B.U., Villanova, Georgetown, Florida and Miami, among others.  This fall, two more RWU grads are joining that group. Applying to an LL.M program can be an anxiety-ridden...
Posted by Michael Donnelly-Boylen
09/02/2014 at 12:52 PM
On Wednesday, August 13th we welcomed the Class of 2017 to RWU Law.  This is the 13th class I have had the privilege to admit to the School of Law and each one brings its own unique character (and characters!); this class is no different.  Each year I begin the year by telling the class a little about themselves.  Here are excerpts from my welcome remarks to the Class of 2017:    I would like to welcome all of you to Roger Williams University School of Law and to Orientation 2014.  I am so glad to see the Class of 2017 has finally arrived; we’ve been waiting for...