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Talk on U.N. Convention on Law of the Sea with Rear Admiral Steven D. Poulin

Monday, December 01, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  |  Bay View Room - School of Law


Join Professor Andrew Norris, the Law of the Sea class, and the Marine Affairs Institute for a talk by Rear Admiral Steven D. Poulin, Judge Advocate General & Chief Counsel, United States Coast Guard. RADM Poulin will talk about accession to the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (“UNCLOS”). RADM Poulin was on an interagency team that briefed the Senate and Senate Staff extensively, and regularly, on the Convention leading up to the Committee’s consideration of U.S. ratification of UNCLOS.

As Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the Coast Guard, RADM Poulin is responsible for the delivery of all legal services in support of the Coast Guard’s missions, its units and its people.  He leads a dedicated group of legal professionals, including 193 military attorneys, 96 civilian attorneys and 87 legal support personnel. Prior to that, his flag assignment was as the Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, where he was responsible for external engagement with Congress, the media and other intergovernmental entities.

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


Winter Solstice

Tuesday, December 02, 2014
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  |  Bay View Room

Join the Black Law Student's Association for the Winter Solsticean opportunity for law students, faculty members, attorneys, and judges to interact and network with one another. This program is designed to give the students the opportunity to do something outside of their busy school schedule and to relax, laugh, eat some good food, and to receive some encouraging words to finish off the semester. A great way of starting off the holiday season.

The Honorable Tiffany Michele Williams is the youngest Administrative Law Judge serving in the state of New Jersey. Prior to her appointment, Judge Williams served as the Deputy Chief Counsel to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine. Among her responsibilities, she oversaw the judicial and prosecutorial nomination process, ethics, and litigation matters. Judge Williams previously served as the Chief Counsel to the Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly Joseph J. Roberts, Jr., as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and as a Senior Associate at Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti. Judge Williams began practice in Massachusetts as a law clerk in the Massachusetts Appeals Court and subsequently at the law firm of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo.

An advocate for attaining the highest educational goals, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University, as well as a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

Judge Williams has a passion for service and serves her community in numerous capacities, including as an ordained minister at the Upper Room Full Gospel Church in New Jersey. She is also the founder of a global women’s empowerment project, the “Esther Project,” and is writing an inspirational book to encourage women and girls to fulfill their destiny. 

Please contact Tiffany Friend at tfriend262@g.rwu.edu with any questions or for additional information.




Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception

Wednesday, December 03, 2014
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm  |  Citizens Plaza Rotunda

Join fellow RWU Law alumni, faculty, staff and friends for a special evening to celebrate the season.

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

$20 per person, includes a beverage ticket.

Catering by Cafe Nuovo

Citizens Plaza Rotunda ~ One Citizens Plaza ~ Providence, Rhode Island

"Toys for Tots" - Please consider bringing an unwrapped new toy for the toy drive. Toys collected will be given to needy children in the community.


Please register online by Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Questions? Please contact the Office of Law Alumni Relations at lawalumni@rwu.edu or (401) 254-4541.


Marine Affairs Advisory Board Meeting

Friday, December 12, 2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm  |  Bay View Room

Champions for Justice Dinner and Public Interest Auction

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

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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

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.