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Posted by Michael Bowden
09/08/2017 at 11:51 AM
How do you get from law school to City Hall (or the State House)? With a lot of passion, persistence and hard work, a group of six alumni told a sizeable audience of mostly 1Ls on Thursday. The program, titled “Running Start: Careers in Politics & Government Service,” featured five RWU Law alums who are making a difference in their communities through government service.  Organized by the law school’s Assistant Dean of Students (and Providence School Board member) Lorraine Lalli ’01 and Professor of Legal Practice Jenna Hashway ’11, the panel included: State Senator Dawn Euer ’10...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
08/28/2017 at 11:01 AM
On Friday, President Trump signed a directive precluding transgender individuals from joining the military.  The directive leaves to the Secretary of Defense the task of determining whether transgender individuals already in the military may continue to serve.  We thought this an opportune time to share an interview granted to Edward Fitzpatrick of RWU Law by Chief Justice Joseph Weisberger Visiting Assistant Professor of Law David Coombs, the lawyer who represented Chelsea Manning in the so-called “Wikileaks trial.”  Professor Coombs teaches Criminal Procedure at RWU Law and...
Posted by Michael Donnelly-Boylen
08/17/2017 at 10:33 AM
Each year, I have the pleasure of welcoming the newest group of law students to Roger Williams University School of Law and introducing them to their classmates.  My staff and I read and hear so many dynamic stories as we recruit the class and this is our turn to brag about the unique student body RWU enrolls each admissions cycle. The Class of 2020 is the most diverse class in the law school's history.  Additionally, 9% of the class was born in a foreign country (and on 5 continents) and 6% of the class served in the United States Military. Click below to hear my remarks and...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
07/10/2017 at 09:52 AM
When I talk to prospective students about RWU Law I have lots to say, but I don’t spend too much time talking about our faculty’s teaching because all law schools say they have great teachers, and this is a difficult claim for prospective students to evaluate.  For similar reasons I don’t often talk about our faculty’s research and scholarship.  Moreover, it is not immediately apparent to prospective students that they should care about whether and what faculty are writing in books or journals.  I am writing this blog to spotlight some of the important information I am...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
06/02/2017 at 10:09 AM
  As spring is finally springing and commencement is behind us, we (Tiffany Healey and Nicole Dyszlewski) wanted to take a stroll down memory lane and check in with some of the members of last year’s graduating class - the Class of 2016.  Specifically, we wanted to pick their brains to find out what types of opportunities made a difference when they transitioned into the next stages of their careers. We wanted to know how the opportunities they were presented at RWU Law impacted them. Lucky for us, our alumni are wise and willing to talk! One of the great dilemmas here at RWU Law...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
05/08/2017 at 09:43 AM
On May 19th, the members of the Class of 2017 will cross the stage and receive their diplomas from President Farish. That short crossing tells little of the rich stories of how graduates arrived at that path. Part of what is moving about commencement is that observers know each graduate’s path was unique and deeply personal.  I write to share the path of just one of the members of our remarkable Class of 2017, Maria Viveiros. Maria was born in Rhode Island.  Her mother is a Guatemalan immigrant who came to the United States to try to build a better life for her daughters. ...
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...