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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
03/06/2017 at 02:42 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 04:33 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 12:47 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 04:14 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 05:00 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 11:24 AM
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 03:37 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 10:35 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...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
11/16/2016 at 04:15 PM
Last week – just hours after the next President of the United States of America was announced – RWU Law students, faculty and staff (joined by undergraduates and University faculty and staff) attended a performance of DEFAMATION - THE PLAY.  This is the second year that the play has been performed on campus and it was as compelling as ever – if not more so, given the timing. DEFAMATION is a gripping courtroom drama written by playwright Todd Logan, and focuses on how the issues of gender, race, class and religion intersect with the law.  The play is also a powerful teaching tool for...
Posted by David Logan
11/09/2016 at 10:36 AM
Let’s face it; students spend three years having to answer law questions asked by law faculty -- and for obvious reasons the faculty always gets the last word.  Not so in Jeopardy!, an annual face-off on NON-law information, in which teams are challenged on their knowledge of trivia about “Recent Dead Stars” (for $1000 the Answer is: “Had a drink named after him,” and the correct Question “Who was Arnold Palmer,” or “Elon Musks’s other venture than e-cars” and the correct Question is “SpaceX.”)  Indeed, the last time the Old Folks won was 2010, mostly because the class of 2014 ran...