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The People's Fight for Water, Power & Light

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  |  One Empire Plaza, Providence, RI - Room 434

Join us for a presentation and panel discussion on community based campaigns and legal advocacy to stop utility shut offs in America's low-income communities.


Professor Robert B. Kent '01H Law Library Student Lounge Dedication

Friday, October 28, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  |  RWU Law Library - Bristol Campus



Join Dean Michael J. Yelnosky and the Roger Williams University School of Law community as we dedicate the Professor Robert B. Kent '01H Law Library Student Lounge on Friday, October 28, 2016.

School of Law community as we dedicate the
Professor Robert B. Kent ‘01H Law Library Student Lounge
Friday, October 28, 2016
4:00 PM
RWU Law Library
First Floor
Ten Metacom Avenue
Bristol, Rhode Island
The first recipient of the Professor Robert B. Kent '01H Memorial Scholarship will be announced at the Dedication.
Kindly RSVP by October 26 for the Dedication
RWU Law Office of Programs & Events
Join Dean Michael J. Yelnosky and the Roger Williams University School of Law community as we dedicate the Professor Robert B. Kent ‘01H Law Library Student Lounge on Friday, October 28, 2016.

RWU Law Library - First Floor
Ten Metacom Avenue
Bristol, Rhode Island

The first recipient of the Professor Robert B. Kent '01H Memorial Scholarship will be announced at the Dedication.

Remarks followed by a reception.

Kindly RSVP by October 26, 2016
RWU Law Office of Programs & Events


Jeopardy! | RWU Law

Friday, October 28, 2016
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.




Marine Law Symposium

Friday, November 04, 2016
8:30 am - 5:30 pm  |  RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI







Legal and Policy Approaches to Reduce Marine Debris in New England   

Marine debris poses a serious threat to New England’s coastline. Every year, derelict fishing gear, plastic bottles, plastic bags, cigarettes, abandoned vessels, and other debris washes ashore in New England. This debris causes negative social, environmental, and economic impacts, such as decreased aesthetic value, harm to coastal ecosystem health, and damage to vessels and gear. These challenges create complex management problems for coastal managers and attorneys, who work to mitigate the creation of new debris and remove and manage debris that washes ashore.  

This Symposium will discuss the adequacy of U.S. law and policy to prevent the creation of new marine debris and to remove debris once it is created. The first session will include keynote presentations on the science, law, and policy of marine debris. Speakers will then examine case studies from coastal New England states to consider how each state identified a marine debris problem, took steps to address it, and how the approach could serve as a model elsewhere. Finally, a panel of attorneys will lead a facilitated discussion to identify effective legal and policy strategies to prevent and manage marine debris in New England and to frame questions for future research.   

8:30 AM

Registration and Refreshments

9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

9:30–10:00 AM

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

10:00–10:30 AM

Dr. Sandra Whitehouse,
Senior Policy Advisor, Ocean Conservancy

10:30–11:00 AM


11:00–11:30 AM

Keith Cialino
NOAA Marine Debris Program, Northeast Regional Coordinator 
NOAA Marine Debris Program in the Northeast

11:30-12:00 PM

Jonathan Stone
Executive Director, Save the Bay

12:00–1:00 PM

Carleen Lyden-Kluss
Co-Founder, Executive Director of the North America Marine Environment Protection Association ("NAMEPA"), and

Maggie Carey
Regulatory and Government Affairs Director, NAMEPA

Current Legal Status of Marine Debris Threats

Ms. Lyden-Kluss and Ms. Carey will present the adequacy of U.S. law to handle marine debris, and the role of the private sector, including the shipping industry, in reducing the disposal of harmful debris into the marine environment.  They are presenting a paper co-authored by Joan Bondareff, Of Counsel, Blank Rome LLP.

1:00-2:00 PM


2:00–4:00 PM

Panel: Case Studies 
How New England States are Struggling with Marine Debris and Developing Effective Reduction/Management Strategies 

Read Porter
Staff Attorney, Marine Affairs Institute/Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program

New Hampshire   
Cheri Patterson
Supervisor of Marine Programs, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department 
New Hampshire Memorandum of Understanding to Allow Derelict Fishing Gear Removal

Rhode Island
Dave McLaughlin
Executive Director & Co-Founder, Clean Ocean Access
Marine Trash Skimmers in Perrotti Park, Newport

Gary Powers
Deputy Legal Counsel, Department of Environmental Management;
Legal Counsel, Derelict and Abandoned Vessel and Obstruction Removal Commission

Brock Callen
Executive Director, Sail Martha's Vineyard
Zero Waste Event Management Model

Katharine Owens
Associate Professor and Director, Environmental Studies Program, University of Hartford 
From Shore to State House 

4:00–4:15 PM


4:15–5:15 PM

Moving Forward: What are Some Effective Strategies for Managing Marine Debris? 
A panel of experts will discuss future legal and policy changes to create reduced marine debris.   

Dennis Nixon
, Director and Attorney, Rhode Island Sea Grant


James Rhodes, Program Director, UPSTREAM Policy institute
Erin J. Bryant, Assistant Professor of Ocean and Coastal Policy, Sea Education Association                      

Additional panelists to be added 


5:15–5:30 PM



A Symposium dinner will be held on Thursday, November 3 at Linden Place in Bristol.  A reception will begin at 5:30 PM with dinner to follow at 6:00 PM.  Dinner tickets are $50 a person; student cost is $25 a person.  You may sign up for the dinner at the Registration link above.



Refunds for the Symposium or Symposium Dinner will be accepted in writing to lawevents@rwu.edu on or before Friday, October 28, 2016.

CLE Credits
This program has been approved for six (6) Rhode Island MCLE credits with zero legal ethics credits.

Signs for "Law School Event" will direct you to parking.
GPS Address:  10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 


Planning Committee:
Michelle Carnevale, Program Associate, 11th Hour Racing
Terra Bowling, Senior Research Counsel, National Sea Grant Law Center
Casey Charkowick, Esq. '16, Staff Attorney, Textron, Inc.
Monica Allard Cox, Communications Director, Rhode Island Sea Grant
Michael Daly, Esq., Partner, Pierce Atwood
Dennis H. Esposito, Esq., Director, RWU Law Environmental and Land Use Clinical Externship Program and Adjunct Professor, Marine Affairs Institute
Charlotte M. Ferris, Program Coordinator, Marine Affairs Institute
Jonathan Gutoff, Professor of Law, RWU Law
Brett Hargaden, Editor-in-Chief, RWU Law Review, Class of 2017
Jennifer McCann, Director, US Coastal Programs, URI Coastal Resources Center at University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island Sea Grant Extension
Christopher McNally, Esq. '13, Sayer Regan & Thayer, LLP; of Counsel, Clagett Memorial Regatta; Assistant Solicitor, Middletown, Rhode Island
Dennis Nixon, Director, Rhode Island Sea Grant, and Professor, University of Rhode Island
Patrick O’Connor, Esq. '15, Associate Attorney, Hill, Betts & Nash LLP
Read D. Porter, Staff Attorney, Marine Affairs Institute/Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program
Julia Wyman, Director, Marine Affairs Institute/Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program

Student Representatives:
Austyn Carolin, RWU Law, Class of 2017
Casey Tremper, University of Rhode Island


Please contact marineaffairs@rwu.edu or 401-254-5392 with any questions regarding this event. 






LSAT Free Practice Test

Friday, November 04, 2016
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 4, 2016 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.


RWU Law Providence Experiential Campus Celebration

Friday, November 04, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm  |  One Empire Street, Providence

RWU Law Providence Experiential Campus Celebration

Open to all alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends.

Friday, November 4
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

One Empire Street
Providence, Rhode Island
(Second Floor Reception)

Join Dean Michael J. Yelnosky and the Law Alumni Association to celebrate the NEW Providence Experiential Campus. The facility is home to RWU Law’s Criminal Defense, Immigration, Business Start Up, Veteran’s Benefits Appeal clinics, Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education and our neighbor Rhode Island Center for Justice.

Reception & Building Tours

Hors d'oeuvres & One Drink Ticket
Cash Bar to follow.

RSVP to Alumni Relations-Special Events, Heidi Dagwan at hdagwan@rwu.edu or (401) 254-3154.



Wednesday, November 09, 2016
11:30 am - 11:30 am  |  RWU Gym, Bristol Campus


11:30 AM          Doors Open - Pizza will be served
12:00 NOON     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 was caused financial harm. DEFAMATION explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class, and the law with a twist: the 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.

 RSVP to the Office of Programs & Events | lawevents@rwu.edu

 Presented by the Office of Diversity & Outreach, School of Law

 Co-Sponsored by the President's Council on Inclusive Excellence through an Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grant



Providence Law School Fair

Thursday, November 10, 2016
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm  |  The New RWU Law Experiential Education Campus, One Empire Plaza, 4th Floor, Providence, RI 02903


Representatives from  law schools across the country will be in downtown Providence on November 10th 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


Info Session for Prospective Students

Monday, November 21, 2016
8:30 am - 12:00 pm  |  RWU Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809

We invite you to visit Roger Williams University School of Law (Bristol--Main Campus) at our November 21st Info Session!  Come learn about our Affordable Excellence Initiative and Clinical Guarantee.  You will have the opportunity to attend a real first year Criminal Law class taught by Professor Emily Sack, meet with an admissions representative, and take a tour of the law school.

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!


Champions for Justice

Friday, January 27, 2017
12:00 am - 12:00 am  |  Omni Providence Hotel

Roger Williams University School of Law Charmpions for Justice Dinner & Public Interest Law Auction will be held on Friady, January 27, 2017 at the 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.  Details to be announced.


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 lawevents@rwu.edu.

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 http://www.supremecourt.gov/.






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!

Check back to purchase event tickets.

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