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Posted by Diana Hassel
10/13/2014 at 10:02 AM
In what has now become a familiar end of term development, the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2014 expanded the rights of corporations, in this instance to include the right to exercise religion. In a more unusual development, the female justices, joined by Justice Breyer, filed a scathing and critical dissent.  And in unusually candid comments in the media Justice Ginsburg stated that the men on the Court had a “blind spot” when it came to women and that they did not understand the ramifications of their decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. In addition to the sometimes sharp political...
Posted by David Logan
11/03/2011 at 09:39 AM
Roger Williams University School of Law got a rare and fascinating view from the top of the profession last week, when Associate Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court of the United States visited campus. In an extremely busy half day, Justice Breyer taught a Con Law II class, met with student leaders, and sat for a revealing “Fireside Chat” with First Circuit Judge Bruce Selya (a valued adjunct and longtime friend of RWU Law, who facilitated the visit). The Justice also signed books for a long queue of students, faculty, staff and alums – staying well past his scheduled departure time,...
Posted by David Logan
05/04/2011 at 10:50 AM
In recent years, the RWU Law community has had unparalleled access to the Supreme Court of the United States.  At the top of the list has to be the extended visit to campus of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and we look forward to a campus visit next year from Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.  We also sponsor an annual visit to the Court so that groups of our alums can be sworn into membership in the Supreme Court bar and another trip that allows 2Ls to study cases on the Court’s docket and the travel to DC to hear counsel deliver their oral arguments.  This year’s cases...
Posted by David Logan
09/14/2010 at 11:00 PM
The dozen federal Courts of Appeal are a step below the Supreme Court of the United States, and Roger Williams Law has a close relationship with the First Circuit, the highest court in New England. We are especially proud of our affiliation with one of the best-known and respected appellate judges in the country, Judge Bruce Selya.  Judge Selya teaches a very popular course, “The Lessons of Litigation,” regularly has our top students extern in his chambers, and is an important leader on the School of Law Board of Directors. We also have an excellent relationship with the newest member of...
Posted by David Logan
04/18/2010 at 11:00 PM
One of the most important decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States so far this term is Padilla v. Kentucky, in which the Supreme Court ruled, 7-2, that a criminal defense attorney’s failure to advise a client about the immigration consequences of a guilty plea constitutes ineffective assistance of counsel.  The Court reasoned that as our immigration laws have imposed increasingly harsh consequences for criminal convictions, defense counsel cannot hide behind the notion that deportation is merely a “collateral” consequence of a criminal conviction; rather, defense...
Posted by David Logan
03/22/2010 at 11:00 PM
On Tuesday, February 23, the Roger Williams University School of Law conducted its second United States Supreme Court swearing-in ceremony. A dozen grads from our earliest years (an applicant must have been admitted to practice for a period of at least three years in order to qualify) had a remarkable experience.  A number of them got together the night before at a reception hosted by the D.C. Chapter of our Law Alumni Association, and had a chance to catch up with some of their many classmates who are working in the area, as well as chatting with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse,...