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Open Door Speaker Series: "How to Manage a Corporate Client's Crisis”

Thursday, September 08, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm  |  RWU School of Law, Bristol | Room 262

5:00 PM Lecture – Law 262
6:00 PM Reception – Bay View Room

Should lawyers manage a corporate crisis or should they be part of the team managing the crisis? Does your client even recognize that it is in a crisis situation which cannot be solved through normal business procedure? Do you? Are lawyers ideal candidates to lead the crisis management team or effort? What would your role as a lawyer be if your client were Volkswagen facing the emissions scandal, or Chipotle facing the e-coli outbreak, or Toshiba facing the accounting scandal?

Lawyers can play an important role advising a client in a crisis situation, but a lot of other internal business people and external stakeholders can play an even more important role, from the board of directors and senior management, to insurance companies and customers, to plaintiffs lawyers, to the media and to regulators. How do you respond swiftly but effectively?  How can you help preserve the client's brand as well as protect its balance sheet from significant litigation or government enforcement proceedings or both? Defining the crisis, understanding the facts, understanding your role as a lawyer, strategizing a path forward, and knowing how to communicate are the keys to counseling a client through a crisis. Mr. Spacone's talk will immerse you in these lessons in the context of a lawyer representing an airline manufacturing company after a deadly crash of one of its passenger planes, which may involve a systemic defect, which could materially threaten future revenues and result in significant legal liability. 

As senior in-house counsel and crisis manager for an international Fortune 300 company, Andrew C. Spacone was front and center in these types of crises, and he has led teams in developing a formal crisis management plan and training for lawyers and other internal stakeholders.  Come see if you're prepared for a crisis!

Andrew C. Spacone, Esq is an adjunct professor at the Roger Williams University School of Law where he teaches mergers & acquisitions, securities regulation and bank regulation.  Professor Spacone spent eight years in private practice between the Buffalo, NY law firm of Jaeckle, Fleichman & Mugeland and the Providence, RI law firm of Adler, Pollok & Sheehan, from which he recently retired.  He spent 30 years of his legal career, however, as in-house counsel at Textron Inc. in Providence. Textron is a worldwide Fortune 200 company with operations in the aircraft, defense and industrial products business sectors, among others. When Professor Spacone retired from Textron in 2011, his position was Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary and head of Textron’s litigation department.  While at Textron, he developed and implemented Textron's crisis management program as part of a three-person team and was Textron’s first crisis manager, a position he held for thirteen years until his retirement. Andrew was involved in several crisis situations, which, fortunately, he and Textron pretty much emerged from more or less unscathed.

RSVP to the Office of Programs & Events at lawevents@rwu.edu



Info Session for Prospective Students

Friday, September 09, 2016
9:30 am - 1:00 pm  |  RWU Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809

We invite you to visit Roger Williams University School of Law (Bristol--Main Campus) at our September 9th Info Session!  Come learn about our Affordable Excellence Initiative and Clinical Guarantee.  You will have the opportunity to attend a real first year Torts class taught by Professor David Logan, meet with an admissions representative, and take a tour of the law school.

To register for the Info Session, please RSVP here.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at (401) 254-4555 or admissions@rwu.edu.  We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful, seaside Bristol campus soon!


Roger on the Block

Saturday, September 10, 2016
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm  |  One Empire Street, Providence

RWU, RWU Law, RWU School of Continuing Studies and RWU School of Justice Studies Present:

Roger on the Block
One Empire Street

Between Washington Street & Westminster Street --- Providence

Saturday, September 10, 2016
1:00 - 5:00 PM

Additional event details.



Surviving the Storm 2016: Employee Benefit Compliance & Employment Law Update

Thursday, September 15, 2016
8:00 am - 12:30 pm  |  RWU School of Law, Providence Campus

8:00 - 9:00 AM     Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
9:00 - 12:30 PM   Seminar

Roger Williams University School of Law
One Empire Plaza - 4th Floor
Providence, RI  02903

Join us for this complimentary seminar co-sponsored by Roger Williams University School of Law, Marsh & McLennan Agency, and Pierce Atwood LLP!

A continental breakfast will be provided.


George Thompson
Director of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs
Marsh & McLennan Agency

Brooks R. Magratten
Pierce Atwood LLP

Mark A. Pogue
Pierce Atwood LLP

Kelli Viera
Managing Director
Marsh & McLennan Agency

Cecily Banks
Professor of Experiential Education
Roger Williams University School of Law

The speakers will address:

  • ACA compliance, employer mandated fundamentals, and employee benefit plan design strategies in light of 2016 developments and changes under the Affordable Care Act
  • ERISA developments that impact employee benefit plans
  • Recent cutting edge employment law issues for employers
  • The RWU Law Corporate Counsel Externship Program

Who Should Attend:
The content being discussed is geared toward Corporate Counsel, Compliance Officers, and Vice Presidents and Directors of Human Resources.

This event qualifies towards HR Credits and is approved for four (4) Rhode Island CLE credits including zero ethics credits.

Click Here for more information on the seminar and guest speakers!






Public Interest Potluck

Friday, September 16, 2016
12:00 am - 12:00 am  |  Law School Bistro

Friends, food & fun! 

Hosted by The Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education and the Association of Public Interest Law , the Public Interest Potluck is one of our favorite events—a wonderful evening filled with fun, food, and friends—and a perfect opportunity to relax and mingle with your public interest-minded cohorts. 


Professor Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture

Thursday, September 22, 2016
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm  |  Omni Hotel Providence

Enforcing Insider Trading Laws: The Changing Landscape

RWU School of Law is pleased to present Stephen L. Cohen, former Associate Director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Enforcement Division, as the guest speaker for the Professor Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Omni Hotel Providence.

From 2004 through June 2016, Mr. Cohen was at the forefront of the SEC's domestic and international enforcement efforts, including investigations of insider trading violations.  In the wake of the most recent wave of insider trading enforcement cases, he has worked first-hand with the policies and the court decisions that continue to shape today's standards of civil liability and enforcement.  From this vantage point, Mr. Cohen's talk will explore the complexities and uncertainties surrounding current liability.  He will focus on the unusual historic development of insider trading law and the absence of any federal statutory framework; evolving changes in the government's enforcement focus; and a relatively recent trend of hacking cases that strain the limits of the law.

5:00 pm     Registration
5:30 pm     Lecture
6:30 pm     Reception

Omni Hotel Providence
One West Exchange Street
Providence, Rhode Island

This lecture is approved for one (1) Rhode Island CLE credit, no ethics credit.

We would like to thank all of our generous donors for making this endowed lecture series possible, with sincere appreciation to the following individuals for their leadership support:  Brian C. Ali, Esq. '06, William A. Flanagan '05, Mr. Mario J. Gabelli '92H, Kevin W. Lewis, Esq. '08, John A. Pagliarini Jr., Esq. '99, Kevin P. Sullivan, Esq. '08, Jason B. Van Volkenburgh, Esq. '07.

A special thank you to the following corporate donors:

  • Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
  • Hunter Douglas
  • Hinckley Allen

Alumni, faculty and friends who wish to support The Professor Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture Series Endowment can make a secure online gift at: http://law.rwu.edu/give/santoro-lecture-series-endowment.

Directions to the Omni Hotel Providence.

RSVP to the Office of Programs & Events by September 19 at 401-254-4659 or email lawevents@rwu.edu.


Law Alumni Weekend

Saturday, September 24, 2016
12:00 am - 12:00 am  |  Providence, Rhode Island


Saturday, September 24, 2016

10 Year Reunion Barbeque

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RWU Law, Bristol
Front Lawn Area (rain location: Law Bistro)
$12/per person
$6/child (ages 4-12)
Children 3 and under (free)

Alumni Weekend Reception

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
The Dorrance, Providence
(Mezzanine Level, private reception area)
$20/per person 
Hors d'oeuvres  & (1) drink ticket

WaterFire Providence
Lighting at 6:38 p.m.
Festivities until 12:30 a.m.
Visit http://waterfire.org for more details

Sunday, September 25, 2016
17th Annual Law Alumni Association Scholarship Golf Tournament*
12:00 p.m. Registration & Lunch
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Metacomet Country Club, E. Providence
*Registration is separate for the golf tournament.
Please visit: http://lawalumni.rwu.edu/laagolf2016


Omni Hotel, Providence
    $199/room per night (reservations must be made by August 22 for guaranteed rate/availability)

    Under Roger Williams University School of Law - Law Alumni Weekend.

For general alumni questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (401) 254-4541.
For registration questions, please contact the Office of Special Events at (401) 254-3322.


17th Annual Law Alumni Association Scholarship Golf Tournament

Sunday, September 25, 2016
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm  |  Metacoment Country Club, East Providence, RI


Sunday, September 25, 2016

12:00 noon Registration & Lunch 
1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start 

Following Tournament Play – Reception, Dinner, Prizes & Silent Auction 

All net proceeds benefit the RWU Law Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.


RWU Law Alumni Player Rate: $150 
Non-Alumni Player Rate: $175 
RWU Law Alumni Foursome Rate: $600 (Alumni Early Bird Foursome Registration Fee: $560 ((must be paid in full)) by August 19, 2016.
Firm/Corporate Foursome Rate: $1,000 (includes tee sign)
RWU Law Student Player Rate: $125

Tee Sign Sponsorship: $150
Longest Drive Contest Sponsor - $250
Closest to the Pin Contest Sponsor - $250

Sponsorship Opportunities Available - please contact Chris Santilli, Corporate Relations Officer, (401) 254-3258 or csantilli@rwu.edu 

Title Sponsorship - $7,500 (includes two foursomes & tee sign)
Dinner Sponsorship - $5,000 (includes foursome & tee sign)
Reception Sponsorship - $2,500 (includes foursome & tee sign)
Lunch Sponsorship - $2,000 (includes foursome & tee sign)
Golf Ball Sponsor - $1,250 (includes foursome & tee sign)
Gift Bag Sponsor - $1,250 (includes foursome & tee sign)

Club Policies:  Metacomet Country Club is a soft-spike facility. Dress code policy states that golfers must wear a collared or mock-styled golf shirt, no t-shirts, no denim and if wearing shorts, they must be of suitable length. 

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations received in writing prior to September 16, 2016 will be issued a check refund less a $25 processing fee. Cancellations after September 16, 2016 will not be issued a refund. 

Jamie Bachant '12 & Donald Epifano '09
LAA Tournament Co-Chairs

Anthony Leone '97
Honorary Co-Chair


Marine Affairs Coffee & Conversation - "Marine Law Opportunities"

Monday, September 26, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  |  Room 244

Join Profs. Julia Wyman and Read Porter with students who will discuss their summer internships.  A great opportunity to explore where you may want to intern and to find out more information about the various work the students handled.  Profs. Wyman and Porter will discuss other internships and answer any questions you may have.

Please RSVP to marineaffairs@rwu.edu if you plan on attending.

Contact cferris@rwu.edu with any questions.




Jeopardy! | RWU Law

Friday, October 28, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  |  School of Law | Appellate Courtroom 283


Professor of Law David A. Logan will be your host for the RWU School of Law Jeopardy game!

Sponsored by the Sports & Entertainment Law Society.

For event inquiries, please contact spent@g.rwu.edu.




U.S. Supreme Court Bar Admission - RWU Law Alumni Swearing-In Ceremony

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm  |  U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, DC

The Roger Williams University School of Law announces its eighth United States Supreme Court swearing-in ceremony.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dean Michael J. Yelnosky will invite the candidates for admission to join him for breakfast the morning of the swearing-in ceremony.  The breakfast will be held at 8:00 AM at the Supreme Court of the United States.  Supreme Court oral arguments will take place after the ceremony.

Space is limited to twelve (12) attorney admissions.  Alumni must be a member in good standing of the highest court of their jurisdiction for the past three years.  Priority of acceptance into this program will be given to RWU Law graduates in order of receiving their email intent.  A wait list will be taken once the twelve spaces are filled.  You are allowed only one guest inside the courtroom.  This program is now waitlisted. If you wish to participate, please indicate your intent via email to lawevents@rwu.edu.

Once you receive the confirmation from the School of Law, you must follow the steps below to complete the application process.

The following criteria must be met for admission of U.S. Supreme Court Bar:

(1)  Be a member in good standing of the highest court of your jurisdiction for a period of at least 
       three years immediately before October 2016.

(2)  Present a certificate of good standing from that court.

(3)  Be sponsored by two current members of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar.

(4)  Pay the $200 fee.

(5)  Complete the Supreme Court of the United States Application for Admission to Practice Form.

For complete admission information and forms, visit the U.S. Supreme Court Bar Admission website at http://www.supremecourt.gov/.






24th Annual Barrister's Ball

Saturday, February 25, 2017
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm  |  Omni Providence Hotel

Sponsored by the Student Bar Association

6:30 PM  Meet & Greet
7:30 PM  Dinner & Dancing

Omni Providence Hotel
One West Exchange Street
Providence, Rhode Island

A special overnight room rate of $103 has been established for the Barrister's Ball when reserved before January 28, 2017.

Reserve your overnight room today!

Check back to purchase event tickets.

Questions | Office of Programs & Events | lawevents@rwu.edu