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Direct & Cross Examination Skills Program

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  |  Federal Courthouse, One Exchange Terrace, Providence



The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, in partnership with the Roger Williams University Law School and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, is proud to announce the seventh program in its Litigation Academy.  

The program will take place at the federal courthouse and will provide hands-on training and lectures spread over four days, starting Wednesday, September 27, 2017, and ending on Saturday, September 30, 2017. The program is presented jointly by the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the Roger Williams University School of Law, and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  The program provides a unique opportunity for participants to hone their skills questioning witnesses in a mock trial setting, with constructive critiques by judges and experienced trial lawyers and professional actors serving as witnesses. 

13 CLE credits will be available. The cost of the program is $375 (including course materials and lunch on Saturday). Some partial scholarships are available based on financial hardship from the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. If you would like to apply for such a scholarship, please go ahead and register and, at the same time, write separately to Richard Ratcliffe (rratcliffe@rhgllp.com) with a brief description of the nature of your law practice and a request to be considered for a scholarship.

We will begin accepting applicants into the program on Friday, August 4, 2017, continuing thereafter until the program is filled. If accepted, you will be notified by e-mail, with instructions on making payment.  Registration                               

 If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact the program chairs, Brooks Magratten (bmagratten@pierceatwood.com; 401-490-3422) or Assistant Dean Niki Kuckes (nkuckes@rwu.edu; 401-254-4505).


Borders, Bans, and New Americans: Immigration Law in the Trump Administration

Friday, October 13, 2017
8:00 am - 4:00 pm  |  RWU Law | Bristol Campus

A Roger Williams University School of Law Symposium-
Sponsored by the Roger Williams University Law Review

Borders, Bans, and New Americans: Immigration Law in the Trump Administration

8:00 AM Registration & Coffee
8:30 AM Greeting & Introduction
8:40 AM Keynote Address: Immigration and America's Cities
                by Hon. Jorge Elorza, Mayor, City of Providence

The Trump Administration has driven a renewed focus on immigration law and policy. Immigration was a signature issue for presidential candidate Trump during the 2016 campaign. Since his inauguration, immigration has rarely left the headlines. The original and revised Refugee Executive Orders pausing travel to the U.S. of refugees and nationals of six (originally seven) countries spurred litigation and political mobilization, including an order in June from the Supreme Court, which will revisit the case this October, coinciding with our conference. President Trump is also toughening border security, and has proposed substantial new expenditures for a border wall. In addition, another Executive Order has requested data on cities whose immigration enforcement policies diverge from the federal government’s approach, raising the specter of possible repercussions for federal funding. Moreover, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has changed interior enforcement policy, arresting noncitizens who were not an enforcement priority for the Obama administration. At the same time, President Trump has continued a key immigration initiative of the Obama administration, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, that offers a reprieve from removal to so-called “Dreamers”—noncitizens brought to the U.S. as children who lack a legal status but nevertheless have profound attachments to the United States.

Our conference will explore these issues with an array of distinguished speakers, including Stephen Legomsky, Washington University professor-emeritus and former Chief Counsel, Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Dep't of Homeland Security; Peter Schuck, former Yale Law School professor; Muneer Ahmad, Deputy Dean for Experiential Education at Yale Law; Josh Blackman, South Texas College of Law; Hon. Jorge Elorza, Roger Williams Law Professor & Mayor of Providence, RI; Hon. Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senate, RI (invited); Mark Noferi, Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Dep’t of Justice (invited); RWU Law alum Luis Mancheno, Clinical Fellow, Cardozo Law School, Maryellen Fullerton, Brooklyn Law School; Lenni Benson, New York Law School; and our very own Deborah Gonzalez, Director of the Roger Williams Immigration Clinic. Papers from the conference will be published in the Roger Williams Law Review. We look forward to seeing you for a day of compelling debate! 


$50 includes all symposium sessions, lunch, and Rhode Island MCLE credits. Registration.

RWU Law Class of 2017, RWU/RWU Law students, and students at area colleges may attend the symposium complimentary but registration is required by October 6, 2017.
Student Registration.

This program has been approved for seven Rhode Island MCLE Credits.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:
Symposium cancellations received by Friday, October 6, 2017 are eligible to receive a full refund less a $10 administration fee. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Cancellations are accepted via email at lawevents@rwu.edu.  Refunds will be issued via check.

Questions? RWU Law Office of Programs & Events | lawevents@rwu.edu | 401-254-4659




Professor Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture and Dedication

Friday, October 27, 2017
4:00 pm - 4:00 pm  |  RWU Law | Bristol Campus

On Friday, October 27 we will recognize Professor Santoro's monumental contributions to the law school and the broader RWU community by dedicating the Professor Anthony J. Santoro Classroom, followed by a reception including alumni, faculty, staff and friends. 

Prior to the dedication and reception, we will host the Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture at the law school. This year’s lecture, entitled: Business Lawyering: The Skill of a Lifetime, will feature a panel of RWU Law alumni whose careers were profoundly shaped by Tony’s teaching and mentorship.

Finally, following the dedication, alumni and friends are invited to gather at Aidan’s in downtown Bristol to celebrate Alumni Night.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m.
Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture at RWU Law

Friday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m
Dedication/ Retirement Reception for Professor Anthony J. Santoro LHD’16 at RWU Law
Second Floor Atrium

Friday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Law Alumni Reunion Night  
Aidan’s Restaurant & Pub
Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
Complimentary; registration required.

Online Registration

For questions, please contact Laura Kutsaftis at events@rwu.edu or 401.254.3166