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Week of January 25 2015

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Date
Fri, 01/30/2015 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Location
Providence Biltmore Hotel
Body

Champions for Justice 2015 Logo

DINNER TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT! AUCTION TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!

Thank you for the overwhelming support!

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)

Sponsorships:

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

Accomodations:
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.

View the list of Auction items HERE.

REGISTER ONLINE

Location
Providence Biltmore Hotel
Body

Champions for Justice 2015 Logo

DINNER TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT! AUCTION TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!

Thank you for the overwhelming support!

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)

Sponsorships:

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

Accomodations:
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.

View the list of Auction items HERE.

REGISTER ONLINE

 
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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

DINNER TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT! AUCTION TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!

Thank you for the overwhelming support!

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)

Sponsorships:

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

Accomodations:
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.

View the list of Auction items HERE.

REGISTER ONLINE

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Conversation with U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015
10:30 am - 11:30 am  |  RWU Law Appellate Courtroom 283

Join Professor Jared Goldstein for a "Fireside Chat" with United States Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. 

Donald B. Verrilli is the 46th Solicitor General of the United States. 

He previously served as Deputy Counsel to President Obama and as an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice.  Prior to his government service, he was a partner for many years in Jenner & Block, and co-chaired the firm’s Supreme Court practice.  He handled numerous cases in the Supreme Court and the courts of appeals, including MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, which established that companies building businesses based on the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works can be liable for inducing infringement; and Wiggins v. Smith, which established principles governing the right to effective assistance of counsel at capital sentencing.

Seating is limited.  RSVP required to the Office of Programs & Events at lawevents@rwu.edu.

Contact the Office of Programs & Events with any questions at 401-254-4659.

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Master the Basics of Spinal Radiology

Wednesday, February 04, 2015
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  |  Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel

Master the Basics of Spinal Radiology
Presented by Bara Mouradi, MD, Medical Director of The Imaging Institute

The objective of this presentation is to introduce the legal community to the appropriate use and interpretation of spinal imaging, particularly in the setting of trauma. We will review the role of various imaging modalities, including X-ray, CT, and MRI in assessing traumatic injury to the cervical and lumbar spine, and in assisting the clinician and attorney in the challenging task of differentiating acute injury from pre-existing chronic disease. Particular emphasis is placed on deciphering commonly used (and sometimes misused) spinal imaging terminology to facilitate understanding the radiologist’s report and integrating image interpretation with clinical data.

5:30 p.m.  – 6:00 p.m.     Registration
6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.       Program
7:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.      Q&A
8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.       Networking Reception

Food and drink provided.

Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel
1850 Post Road
Warwick, Rhode Island

Two (2) complimentary Rhode Island M.C.L.E. credits with zero legal ethics credit are approved for this program.

Provided by Estner Injury Centers & Roger Williams University School of Law


Estner Injury Centers

CLE Program open to RWU Law students and the legal community.  Registration required by January 29 to RWU Law Office of Programs & Events at lawevents@rwu.edu

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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

Black tie optional.

Omni Providence Hotel has a special overnight room block of $99 for Saturday, February 28, 2015. Room reservations must be made by February 5, 2015 to receive the special rate.

Click HERE to register!

 

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Sounding the Alarm on Mass Incarceration - Moving Beyond the Problem and Toward Solutions

Friday, March 27, 2015
8:00 am - 4:30 pm  |  Bristol, Rhode Island

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

8:00 a.m.                    Registration
8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Symposium

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
"American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference"
Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson

Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law; and author of Just Mercy
For more information on Bryan Stevenson, please visit: www.prhspeakers.com


FEATURED SPEAKER:
"Race to Incarcerate: The Causes and Consquences of Mass Incarceration"


Marc Mauer
Marc Mauer
Executive Director of The Sentencing Project (Washington, D.C.); author of Race to Incarecerate and Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment

MASS INCARCERATION

THE UNITED STATES IS THE WORLD’S LEADING JAILER
Our country has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of its prisoners.

OUR RATE OF INCARCERATION IS HISTORIC
2.2 million Americans are incarcerated – an increase of 500% over the last 40 years.

WE IMPRISON DISPROPORTIONATELY
1 out of every 3 African-American males born today and 1 out of every 6 Latino males are likely to be incarcerated during their lifetimes.  Most prisoners are poor, undereducated, and underemployed.

THE COSTS ARE STAGGERING
The correctional system in America is an $80 billion enterprise.  The cost to our communities and individual lives is incalculable.

MASS INCARCERATION HAS NOT MADE US SAFER
Mass incarceration is the result of changes in policy, not an increase in crime.  In recent years, a number of states have successfully reduced incarceration while maintaining reductions in crime.

AND IN RHODE ISLANDWE ALSO HAVE MASS PROBATION
Over 24,000 of our citizens are on probation–--the fourth highest probation rate in the country – making it harder for them to educate themselves, obtain jobs, and acquire the full benefits of citizenship.  We also have one of the highest cost-per-offender rates in the United States.

MOVING TOWARD SOLUTIONS
The symposium will be a forum for collective conversation among those who care deeply about our criminal justice system. We will work together to examine the problems of mass incarceration and mass probation and move forward toward solutions.

Special thanks to:
Dean Michael J. Yelnosky, Roger Williams University School of Law
Hon. Judith C. Savage, Associate Justice, Rhode Island Superior Court (ret.); Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Roger Williams University School of Law (Advisor to Roger Williams University School of Law Symposium Planning Committee)
Meghan Kruger, Danielle Dufault, and Nicholas Resendes, Roger Williams University School of Law Symposium Planning Committee Co-Chairpersons
William J. Trezvant, President, Thurgood Marshall Law Society

Check back for symposium agenda and registration information.
Questions? Email: lawevents@rwu.edu

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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
 

FAQS:

Photography
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.

Regalia
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
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.

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