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Posted by Raquel Ortiz
04/27/2017 at 12:46 PM
The RWU Law Library has welcomed members of the Rhode Island bench and bar to access its collections from day one in 1993.  Now, almost 24 years later, we are happy to announce a new collaboration between the law library and the Rhode Island State Law Library for the benefit of the entire legal community of Rhode Island. Starting on Wednesday March 29, attorneys, judges, law faculty, law students, and the public will be able to search the law library collections of both libraries simultaneously through the new Rhode Island Law Libraries Consortium Catalog site,
Posted by Louise Ellen Teitz
04/04/2017 at 08:18 AM
Does the Hague Service Convention permit service of process by mail? While it may seem, at first glance, to be a mundane and technical topic, the question has in fact created an almost 30-year split among circuits – one that soon may be resolved. Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon presents a straightforward question of treaty interpretation for the Supreme Court: whether the Hague Service Convention under Article 10(a) permits service of process by mail when a country (in this case Canada) has not made a declaration to the contrary. The treaty governs service between the United States and 70 other...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
03/06/2017 at 03:42 PM
On February 21st I flew from Providence to D.C. for what turned out to be an amazing twenty-four hours.  Shortly after touching down, I entered a hotel function room to meet admitted students and others interested in attending RWU Law.  I arrived to find a group of prospective students talking with members of our superb admissions and career development staff.  I was able to join those conversations and get to know, in a casual setting, some of the members of the RWU Law Class of 2020.  The next time I surveyed the room I found that the prospective students had been...
Posted by Katie Mulvaney
02/16/2017 at 05:33 PM
I have had the good fortune of covering the courts in Rhode Island for The Providence Journal since 2009. I relish the beat for both its emotional and legal elements. It keeps me engaged and learning every day, and it allows me to explore what makes people tick, for good and for bad. However, it did not take me long to realize, after enrolling in the Master of Studies in Law program at Roger Williams University School of Law last term, that, up to that point, I did not know how much I did not know about the law, though I had written about it for years. Suddenly, when embattled Rhode...
Posted by Niki Kuckes
02/07/2017 at 01:47 PM
Should a term like “the slants,” which is deeply offensive to many Asian-Americans, be granted the benefits of heightened legal protection afforded to federally registered trademarks?  Or should the Trademark Office have the power to refuse to register such a “disparaging” trademark?  This question was posed at the Supreme Court this week, when trademark law collided with the First Amendment as the Court heard arguments in In re Tam, a free speech challenge to the power of the Trademark Office to refuse federal registration for “disparaging” trademarks.  In In re Tam, a group...
Posted by Deborah Gonzalez
01/25/2017 at 05:14 PM
I marched for women's rights. I marched for immigrants’ rights. I marched for equality for all.   These were but a few reasons why I marched in the Women's March on Washington.   I was impressed by the diversity of the people who were in D.C.  They were old and young, disabled and healthy, white, yellow, and brown. They were male, female and transgender, straight and gay.  They came from far and wide -- from California, Maine, Connecticut, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Alabama, to name a few.  They rode in buses to D.C.  from just a few hours to...
Posted by Michael Bowden
01/19/2017 at 06:00 PM
RWU Law presents a rare chance to meet a counselor to a United States President and Vice President. Don Graves -- who served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and counselor to Vice President Joe Biden -- will be the keynote speaker for the school’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m. RWU Law, Appellate Courtroom, Rm. 283. Don't miss it! Don Graves served as Deputy Assistant to President Obama, as well as Counselor to Vice President Biden. He was also Biden’s Domestic and Economic Policy Director – providing advice on a range of policy...
Posted by David Logan
01/17/2017 at 12:24 PM
As we observe our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week here at RWU Law, I find myself reflecting upon a transformational experience I had four years ago when I marched with more than 250 people, including 30 members of Congress, on a Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Selma, Ala., marking the 48th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. Particularly in light of Congressman John Lewis’s recent statements about the pending Trump presidency (and President-elect Trump’s responses to those statements), the events surrounding that anniversary march seem more pertinent today than ever...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
12/22/2016 at 04:37 PM
The American Bar Association, which regulates law schools, has recently taken steps to increase the amount of “consumer information” law schools must make available to potential applicants.   I consider this a positive trend, even though reasonable minds can differ on the question of what kinds of information should be provided.  There are at least two risks involved when picking data all schools must report.  First, as the saying goes, “just because you can measure something does not make it important.”  For example, does the total number of volumes and titles in a...
Posted by Julia Wyman
12/13/2016 at 11:35 AM
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Marine Affairs Institute. To celebrate, we hosted the 10th Marine Law Symposium, Legal and Policy Approaches to Reduce Marine Debris in New England, on November 5.  We partnered with the Roger Williams Law Review to host the symposium, and highlighted the work of our students during our Welcome Dinner on November 4.    The symposium focused on a problem that poses a great threat to coastlines around the world: marine debris.  Every year, derelict fishing gear, plastic bottles, plastic bags, cigarette butts, abandoned vessels, and...