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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Keynote Speaker: Don Graves, Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Counselor to Vice President Biden

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  |  RWU Law – Appellate Courtroom 283

Don Graves
Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Counselor to Vice President Biden

Don Graves has 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 issues including ways to create jobs, opportunity, and a wider path to the middle class – and his Traveling Chief of Staff. In addition, Mr. Graves oversaw the staff of the Vice President’s Cancer Moonshot effort. He had previously been appointed by the President as Executive Director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness at the White House, and he led the Administration's efforts in the city of Detroit, working with city, state, business, non-profit and community stakeholders as that city worked through its bankruptcy and began its recovery. He was also the U.S. Federal representative to the G7 Task Force on Social Impact Investment

Mr. Graves previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business, Community Development and Housing Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  In this role, he managed a portfolio of policy issues including business and small business finance and development, housing finance, community and economic development, capital access, job creation and issues related to underserved communities.  In addition, he oversaw the multi-billion dollar Small Business Lending Fund and State Small Business Credit Initiative, as well as the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund.  Prior to that, he was a partner with Graves, Horton, Askew & Johns, LLC, and the Director of Public Policy for the Business Roundtable.

Mr. Graves holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Williams College, and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he received the Dean’s Award.  He is a fellow of the National Association of Public Administration. He served as volunteer Chief Executive Officer of Progress Through Business, a national nonprofit focused on economic development, supporting lower-income employees and sustainability. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Community Reinvestment Fund, on the Board of Directors of the Center on Business and Poverty, and on the Advisory Boards of Wall Street Without Walls and the Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Small Business Network.


Generously supported by Nixon Peabody, LLP



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Champions for Justice

Friday, January 27, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm  |  Omni Providence Hotel

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. 

Friday, January 27, 2017
Omni Providence Hotel
One West Exchange Street

Champions for Justice Reception
6:00 p.m.

Dinner, Awards & Auction
6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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2017 Champion for Justice ~ Stephen M. Prignano, Esq.
Alumni Public Interest Champion ~ Swapna Yeluri, Esq. L'07
Community Partner Champion ~ Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership
Pro Bono Collaborative Champion ~ Patrick T. Jones, Esq.

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We look forward to an exciting evening!


Providence Experiential Campus Open House

Monday, January 30, 2017
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm  |  RWU Law Experiential Campus, 1 Empire Street, 4th Floor, Providence, RI 02903

Providence Experiential Campus Open House

Please join us on Monday evening, January 30th for our Providence Experiential Campus Open House.  Check-in will be at 5:15 PM, and the program will begin at 5:30.  You will have the opportunity to hear from current students about how they utilize the Providence campus through clinics, externships, and coursework, as well as get a chance to tour the Providence facility.


To register for this event, please RSVP here.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at (401) 254-4555 or at  We hope to see you in Providence on January 30th!


’It’s Just a Building’ – The Role of a Lawyer in Real Estate Development

Thursday, February 16, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm  |  RWU Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol - Room 262

Featuring Guest Speaker Michael A. Voccola '97

Corporate Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Procaccianti Companies, Inc.

Far too few people understand and appreciate the complexities of real estate development and the critical role that a lawyer plays in bringing together the diverse aspects involved.  Major developers around the world depend on qualified and knowledgeable lawyers to pull together aspects of land use, zoning, variances, lease negotiations, financing and more.  A good lawyer, with proper latitude, is the ringmaster among engineers, architects, bankers, tenants and others and brings a true “value-add” to the deal.  This interactive OPEN DOOR event will guide you through The Role of a Lawyer in Real Estate Development when “It’s Just a Building.”  Michael A. Voccola, Corporate Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Procaccianti Companies, Inc. and RWU Law alum (1997), lives this complex role as counsel for the second largest privately-owned hotel owner and operator in the United States.  Come prepared to engage with a fascinating deal: You will receive a simple list of facts in advance of the event.

Speaker followed by light refreshments in the Bay View Room.

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Washington, DC Area Info Session for Prospective Students

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm  |  Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel

We invite you to our DC Area Info Session.  Come learn about our Affordable Excellence Initiative and Clinical Guarantee.  You will have the opportunity to meet with an admissions representative and mingle with Dean Michael J. Yelnosky and RWU Law alumni at an Alumni Reception following the Info Session.


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  We look forward to meeting you in DC!


RWU Law Alumni Reception

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm  |  Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel

Dupont Circle hotel exterior DC

Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Hors d'oeuvres & Cash Bar



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

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






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!

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