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Info Session for Prospective Students

Friday, October 27, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm  |  RWU Law- Main Campus, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809

We invite you to attend an Info Session on Friday, October 27, 2017 at our scenic coastal main campus in Bristol, Rhode Island! You will have the opportunity to meet with a member of our Admissions staff to discuss the application process and to learn more about what makes RWU Law different from other law schools. You will also take a tour of the law school with a student ambassador and observe a real first year Criminal Law class taught by Professor Emily J. Sack.


Register Today! We hope to see you in Bristol soon.


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

Cory J. Bilodeau, Esq. ’06
Boston, MA
Elizabeth Colagiovanni, Esq. ’99 L’10 
Smithfield, RI
Jim Coughlan, Esq. ’06
Rhinecliff, NY
Corey E. Gildart, Esq. ’08
New York, NY
Katie A. Ahern, ’07
Director of the Business Start-up Clinic
Assistant Professor of Law

Cory J. Bilodeau, Esq. ’06
Elizabeth Colagiovanni, Esq. ’99 L’10 
Jim Coughlan, Esq. ’06
Corey E. Gildart, Esq. ’08
Katie A. Ahern, ’07

View Bios


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



Thursday, November 02, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm  |  School of Law - Appellate Courtroom 283

3:30 PM Doors Open
4:00 PM Performance Begins

DEFAMATION is an old-fashioned courtroom drama. The premise is a civil suit: A South Side African-American woman sues a Jewish North Shore real estate developer for defamation. The legal issue is whether or not she was falsely accused of stealing his watch and causing her financial harm.  DEFAMATION explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law with a twist: our law school audience is the jury. Through deliberations and post-show discussions, audiences engage in civil discourse that challenges pre-conceived notions. After the trial, the audience engages in a 15-minute deliberation led by the judge. The judge polls the audience twice - before the deliberation begins and at its end. The final vote ‘for the plaintiff’ or ‘for the defendant’ decides the outcome of the trial.

For more information about DEFAMATION – THE PLAY, click here.

Presented by the Office of Diversity & Outreach

Co-Sponsored by the Office of the President




CLE Program: Management of Spinal and Extremities Radiology

Thursday, November 02, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  |  Crowne Plaza, Warwick, Rhode Island

Management of Disc Pathologies and Other Spinal Abnormalities with Non-Surgical Pain Management with Strong Concentration on the Effects and Administration of Cortisone Injections. 

Presented by Roman Andrew Klufas, MD

This program will introduce the legal community to the appropriate use and interpretation of spinal and extremity imaging, particularly in the setting of accident trauma. We will review the role of various imaging modalities, including X-ray, CT, and MRI in assessing traumatic injury to the cervical, lumbar spine and large extremities. A main goal of the lecture is to assist the 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) imaging terminology to facilitate understanding the radiologist’s report and integrating image interpretation with clinical data.

5:30 pm  – 6:00 pm    Registration
6:00 pm –  7:45 pm    Program
7:45 pm –  8:00 pm    Q&A
8:00 pm –  8:30 pm    Networking Reception

Crowne Plaza
801 Greenwich Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886

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

CLE Program open to RWU Law students and the legal community.  Registration required by Monday, October 30, 2017 to RWU Law Office of Programs & Events at lawevents@rwu.edu.

Provided by Estner Injury Centers & Roger Williams University School of Law in partnership with Open MRI.



Providence Law School Fair

Saturday, November 11, 2017
11:00 am - 1:00 pm  |  RWU Law- Experiential Campus, 1 Empire Street, 4th Floor, Providence, RI 02903

Providence Skyline

Representatives from law schools across the country will be in downtown Providence on November 11th to meet with potential applicants.  This is your chance to meet with decision makers at regional and national law schools and to learn more about their unique programs.


Details and Registration


Free Practice LSAT Test

Friday, November 17, 2017
10:00 am - 1:30 pm  |  RWU Law Experiential Campus, 1 Empire Street, 4th Floor, Providence, RI 02903

RWU Law is partnering with The Princeton Review Boston to offer prospective students a LSAT Free Practice Test under test conditions on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 10:00 AM- 1:30 PM on the 4th floor of RWU Law's new Experiential Campus located at 1 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903.  Come get a sense of your strengths and weaknesses so you know how to prep for the real LSAT!


Register online to participate in the LSAT Free Practice Test.


Please contact Jolee Vacchi, Assistant Director of Admissions, at jvacchi@rwu.edu or (401) 254-4555 with any questions regarding the event.



Friday, November 17, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  |  School of Law | Appellate Courtroom 283

Professor of Law David A. Logan will be your host for the RWU School of Law Jeopardy game!

Sponsored by the Sports & Entertainment Law Society.

For event inquiries, please contact spent@g.rwu.edu.



Law Alumni Holiday Reception

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
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. 

Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Citizens Plaza Rotunda
One Citizens Plaza
Providence, Rhode Island
Catering by Cafe Nuovo

$20 per person, includes one beverage & hors d'oeuvres

The Law Alumni Association will present the 3rd annual Alumni Service Award at the reception. You may nominate alumni for the award online HERE.

Online Registration

Questions? Contact the Office of Special Events at events@rwu.edu or 401-254-3166


25th Annual Barrister's Ball

Saturday, February 24, 2018
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm  |  Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island

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 $106 has been established for the Barrister's Ball when reserved before January 27, 2018.

Reserve your overnight room today!

Check back to purchase event tickets.

Questions | Office of Programs & Events | lawevents@rwu.edu




Law Alumni United States Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
8:00 am - 12:30 pm  |  U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, DC

United States Supreme Court Bar Admission
RWU Law Alumni Swearing-in Ceremony
U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, DC

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

Dean Michael Yelnosky will invite the candidates for admission to join them 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 wait-listed. 

If you wish to participate, please indicate your intent as soon as possible via email, and no later than Friday, October 13, 2017 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 2017.

(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.

Office of Programs & Events




Law Commencement

Friday, May 18, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm  |  RWU School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island

School of Law Commencement
Friday, May 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. 

More information on the 2018 Commencement is available here

2017 Law Commencement Video