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Posted by Tom Shaffer
09/27/2016 at 01:14 PM
This semester, we have a number of pioneering students at RWU Law: the first participants in our new one-year master's program called the Master of Studies in Law, or MSL. The program is open to learners who seek deep exposure to law and legal methods in order to broaden their professional skill set or add value to their résumé – but who do not want to be practicing attorneys. Anyone who works (or would like to work) regularly with lawyers, or with laws and regulations, can benefit from the MSL program.  The course of study provides students with a foundational understanding of law...
Posted by Niki Kuckes
09/20/2016 at 03:40 PM
A video just released by the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island highlights the role of the Roger Williams University School of Law as a founding partner in an innovative new program known as the Litigation Academy.  The Litigation Academy provides high quality, affordable trial skills training to new law graduates and others.  Training sessions actually take place inside the federal courthouse, with constructive feedback by federal and state judges, experienced trial lawyers, and law school professors.  Witnesses are played by professional actors from...
Posted by Cecily Banks
09/16/2016 at 09:45 AM
A valuable business lawyer must know more than law; the lawyer must know how the law affects a client’s business performance and strategic objectives, at any given stage in the business’s trajectory. This axiom is at the heart of the latest charge to law schools: to teach business generally to law students who will represent business entities, either in the conference rooms or in the courtrooms.   As any trusted legal advisor and competent legal problem-solver knows, the value of legal advice depends entirely on a deep understanding of...
Posted by Michael Bowden
08/31/2016 at 04:40 PM
Here’s your chance to help Roger Williams University make history! On Saturday, September 10, from 1 to 5:00 p.m., RWU Law will be joining the rest of the University – on particular the School of Continuing Studies and the School of Justice Studies – to host a block party celebrating the official opening of our new Experiential Campus at One Empire Street in Providence. In what is quickly becoming an iconic corner of the city, we’ll gather with partners and neighbors (including Trinity Rep, AS220, the Providence Public Library, Housing Works RI, the Latino Policy Institute, the Rhode Island...
Posted by Linn Freedman
08/23/2016 at 03:53 PM
I have the privilege of teaching the Privacy Law class at RWU Law. It is a required course for the school's Joint Masters in Cybersecurity/Juris Doctor program, which is, to my knowledge, the only joint program offered by a university and law school in the U.S. A recent statistic states that only about 25% of law schools in the country offer a Privacy Law class, let alone any substantive classes in cybersecurity. Based upon my practice and experience, such offerings should be a high priority for educators from grade school through advanced degree programs. Why? Because based on several...
Posted by Michael Donnelly-Boylen
08/15/2016 at 02:22 PM
On August 10th, I had the pleasure of introducing members of the Class of 2019 to one another. It's always the highlight of my year. Click below to learn more about the talented cohort we have attracted to RWU Law this year:
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
08/12/2016 at 11:40 AM
One hallmark of an education at RWU Law is instruction in lawyering skills.  We teach students both how to think like lawyers and how to act like lawyers.  We have been recognized for our innovative curriculum, and last year we joined a small group of law schools that now require a third semester of instruction in legal writing, one of the most important lawyering skills. This year we welcome two new members of the faculty who will help us continue to deliver the best legal writing instruction to our students.  We are not just saying it, we are putting our money where our mouth...
Posted by Netti Vogel
07/19/2016 at 09:21 PM
Later this month, Democrats will meet in Philadelphia to nominate a woman as the party’s candidate for president.  Unrelated to political partisanship, this historic event highlights the dramatic changes undergone by women in our society — changes I have witnessed and experienced firsthand.  Coincidentally, Hillary Clinton and I were born the same year, in the same city and raised a stone’s throw away from each other, although we did not know each other.  We were children of the 1950s, teens of the 1960s, and feminist activists of the 1970s.  We grew up in a male-dominated...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
07/08/2016 at 05:01 PM
A note I sent to the student body of RWU Law today: Good Afternoon Sadly, communities across the country continue to be ravaged by the use of deadly force by police officers against people of color.  The recent instances in Louisiana and Minnesota are all the more disturbing because the shootings or their aftermath were captured on video. I went numb last night as I watched Philando Castile bleeding to death in the passenger seat of a car driven by his girlfriend, who said the couple, with a child in the back seat, had been pulled over for a broken tail light. Mr. Castile’s name joins...
Posted by David Logan
07/07/2016 at 10:39 AM
One of the great things about RWU Law is the initiative that our students display by reaching out to the world outside of law school.  One such example was a basketball tournament featuring teams of law students and  teams of police officers.        Conceived and organized by Arwa Noorali ’16, the indefatigable President of the Criminal Law Society, the goal was to have fun while raising money in memory of police officers killed in the line of duty.  Working with the New England branch of “COPS” (Concerns of Police Survivors), and named in honor of Sgt....