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Admissions Info Session

Friday, January 16, 2015
9:30 am - 1:30 pm  |  10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809

We invite you to visit Roger Williams University School of Law at our January 16th Info Session!  Come learn about our Affordable Excellence Initiative and Clinical Guarantee.  You will have the opportunity to attend a real first year Property Law class taught by Professor Bruce Kogan, meet with an admissions representative, and take a tour of the law school with a student ambassador.

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!


Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Keynote Address by Paulette Brown

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm  |  School of Law Appellate Courtroom 283

In honor of the contributions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
to the Civil Rights Movement, the Office of Diversity & Outreach presents:

President-elect of the American Bar Association

Paulette Brown

Paulette Brown, a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Edwards Wildman Palmer, is president-elect of the American Bar Association. Brown has held a variety of leadership positions within the ABA, including as a member of the ABA House of Delegates and a former member of the ABA Board of Governors and its Executive Committee. She has served on the Commission on Women in the Profession and was a co-author of “Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms,” and chaired the ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice (now Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice). Brown joined the ABA Young Lawyers Division in 1976.

Brown has held many positions throughout her career, including as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation.

Brown has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” and by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the “prominent women and minority attorneys in the State of New Jersey.” She has repeatedly been named as a New Jersey Super Lawyer and by US News as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation. In 2009, Brown was a recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. In 2011, she was honored with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

Brown earned her J.D. at Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. at Howard University.

Reception immediately following.

For further information:
The Office of Diversity
Roger Williams University School of Law



Champions for Justice Dinner and Public Interest Auction

Friday, January 30, 2015
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  |  Providence Biltmore Hotel

Champions for Justice 2015 Logo

Please join us for a special evening to celebrate and support the students, alumni, partners and friends whose exceptional devotion to social justice increases access to justice for all.

Honoring the 2015 CHAMPIONS......

2015 Champion for Justice ~ Linn Foster Freedman, Esq., Nixon Peabody
Alumni Public Interest Champion ~ Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. '07, Gonzalez Law Offices
Community Partner Champion ~ Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)

RECEPTION & DINNER: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Public Interest Law Auction: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices:

$75 Individual (One ticket to Dinner and Auction)
$60 Students (One ticket to Dinner and Auction)
$60 Law Alumni (Classes 2010-2014 only) (One ticket to Dinner and Auction)
$60 Public Interest Attorneys working in non-profits, government and legal services. (One ticket to Dinner and Auction)
$25 Auction Only (One ticket to Auction)


$1,000 Table Sponsor (Two tickets to Dinner and Auction)
$60 Sponsor a Law Student to attend the Dinner.

Providence Biltmore Hotel
Call 401-421-0700 and mention Roger Williams University School of Law
Reservations must be made by December 31, 2014 for the lowest rate.

Check back for a list of Auction items.



Behind Closed Doors

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm  |  Appellate Courtroom - Room 283

6:30 p.m.     Doors Open
7:00 p.m.     Performance Begins (approx. 40 mins.)
7:45 p.m.     Question & Answer session

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors is an original play written and performed by survivors of domestic violence from Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR), a task force of Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV). This performance is a true account of their experiences with domestic violence, hope and survival, and seeks to draw you into their lives to dispel the stigmas of this often misunderstood abuse.

The script was crafted by Trinity Repertory Company teaching artists Michael Williams and Francesca Montanile, who mentored the SOAR members in cultivating their performances. The play was developed over ten 90-minute sessions in which the survivors journaled, wrote poetry and told stories that were weaved into a play composed completely of their own words. The women speak both their own words and the words of their fellow survivors.  

The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the members of SOAR.

This event is free and open to the campus community.

Sponsored by the RWU Women's Law Society, the RWU School of Law Dean of Students Office, the RWU Women’s Center, The Locker Room (Men’s Initiative), and the RWU's Department of Residence Life & Housing.





Washington, DC Law Alumni Reception

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm  |  Marriott Washington at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, DC

Washington DC Law Alumni 2014

Join Dean Michael J. Yelnosky for an alumni networking reception. Connect with RWU Law alumni in the Washington, DC area.

Hors d'oeuvres & Cash Bar

RSVP by February 17, 2015 to the Office of Law Alumni Relations at lawalumni@rwu.edu or 401-254-4541.


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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
8:00 am - 12:30 pm  |  Washington, DC

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

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 a.m. 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 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 2014.

(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.

RWU Law Alumni Group Swearing-in Ceremony 2014

Members from the sixth RWU Law Alumni Group Swearing-in event for admission to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States held February 2014: Jillian Jagling'09; Sara Sprague'08; Heath Hixson'09; H. Brian Dummer'09; Scott Carlson'09; Ashley Ham Pong'10; Associate Dean Diana Hassel; Adam Ramos'06; Lt. Col. Carroll Connelley'03; Timothy Gumkowski'06; Professor of Law and Former Dean David Logan; Jared Monaco'04; and Katherine Godin'08.


22nd Annual Barrister’s Ball

Saturday, February 28, 2015
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm  |  Omni Providence Hotel

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Sponsored by the Student Bar Association

Omni Providence Hotel
One West Exchange Street
Providence, Rhode Island

6:30 p.m.      Meet & Greet
7:00 p.m.      Dinner & Dancing

Omni Providence Hotel has a special overnight room block of $99 for Saturday, February 28, 2015. Room reservations must me made by January 29, 2015 to receive the special rate.

Check back for event registration details.




School of Law Commencement

Friday, May 15, 2015
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm  |  RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI

School of Law Commencement
Friday, May 15, 2015
Bristol, Rhode Island

1:00 p.m. Ceremony
Open Seating


The Office of Programs & Events will have a professional photographer in the Field House prior to the ceremony for a class photo. The photo will be taken at 11:45 a.m. If you are not assembled at that time, you will not be included in the historic photograph. Graduates will receive a 5 x 7" print from the Office of the Dean. Additional prints may be purchased directly from Commencement Photos, Inc. at 978-851-5924. Due to safety regulations, family members and friends must remain in their seats throughout the ceremony. No guest will be permitted to stand in the aisles during the ceremony. Members of the audience using cameras may take pictures or videos from their seat.

Live Stream
The School of Law’s Commencement will be available via UStream (live feed) during the ceremony. Family and friends unable to be present at the ceremony will be able to tune in on that day. Following the ceremony, the video will be archived and you will receive a link to access it at a later date.

Graduates must get measured for their Law School regalia, consisting of a robe, hood, and tam, ordered through the University Bookstore.  Measurements will be taken in late February/early March.  Stay tuned for an announcement regarding regalia pickup dates from the bookstore. All regalia must be returned to the bookstore table following the ceremony in the Field House.

Class Rings
Class rings may be ordered online at www.balfour.com or for an appointment with the Balfour representative, contact: Peg.mead@balfour.com. The University Bookstore will provide information via email when a representative is on campus.

Parking is available at no charge. All graduates and guests should enter through the North Gate for parking. Public Safety will direct vehicles. Traffic will be heavy, please allow extra time to arrive on campus. Commencement Parking Map

General Information
Any law graduate or family member having questions relating to the School of Law Commencement, please contact the Office of Programs & Events at 401-254-4659 or lawevents@rwu.edu.