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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...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
08/25/2014 at 09:12 AM
Roger Williams University is a leader in preparing law students for today's legal marketplace. In this video, the new Dean, Michael J. Yelnosky, talks about what makes RWU Law different.
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
08/18/2014 at 08:01 AM
In this space, which we have named trending@rwulaw, you will be able to hear the many voices that make up the RWU Law community. Beginning soon, you will find here posts from members of the faculty, staff, and student body. You will also find posts from alumni, members of our boards, and other friends and supporters of the law school. If you read these posts you will conclude, as I have, that RWU Law is not like every other law school. We are a leader in experiential education. We are a leader in training lawyers who are socially responsible. We are a leader in controlling the spiraling cost...
Posted by David Logan
07/16/2014 at 01:53 PM
When I left Wake Forest for the deanship at Roger Williams in 2003, I signed a contract for 3 years, hoped to survive for 5 (the typical deanship lasts 4+ years, about the same as NFL coaches), and have now finished my 11th year. During that time I have had the pleasure to work with an excellent faculty (highly credentialed and prolific scholars, but who make teaching their first priority), an amazing staff (also dedicated to student success), and our more than 2,000 alums, who are making their way not just in Southern New England, but across the country. I also worked closely with the top...
Posted by David Logan
07/11/2014 at 09:48 AM
The annual breakfast meeting for the RWU Law Alumni Association was special this year, as law faculty, staff, alums, judges, and practitioners gathered to wrap up our 20th anniversary, thank outgoing and incoming leaders of the Law Alumni Association, and hearing my last speech as Dean, and the first speech from the new Dean, Michael Yelnosky. Here are some pics from that fun morning. Patrick Smock '06, Director of Diversity Deborah Johnson, Esme Devault '06, RI Chief Justice Paul Suttell and Dean Logan (in a Mighty Quahogs shirt) New Law Alumni President Kim Ahern '09, Secretary/Treasurer...
Posted by David Logan
07/01/2014 at 02:46 PM
Almost 200 folks showed up for the annual fundraiser for the RWU Law Pro Bono Collaborative, our unique way to provide much needed representation to low-income Rhode Islanders. This year’s event was special, as we recognized the philanthropy of Mark Mandell, whose support was essential to getting the PBC not just surviving but thriving. A special shout-out to the Host Committee: Richard Ratcliffe; Chair; Ratcliffe Harten Burke & Galamaga Robert Corrente; Burns & Levinson Reverend Mary Margaret Earl; McAuley House Mitchell R. Edwards; Hinckley Allen & Snyder Linn Foster Freedman;...