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  • February 19, 2015 | News & Features
    Roger Williams University School of Law is proud to announce that renowned criminal defense lawyer David Coombs will serve as the Joseph R. Weisberger Visiting Associate Professor of Law for the remainder of this academic year and for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Coombs – who previously taught at RWU Law as an adjunct faculty member and rejoined the faculty this year as a visitor – will coach the school’s trial team and teach subjects related to criminal law and trial advocacy.  ...
  • August 22, 2014 | In the Media
    From THE TODAY SHOW/NBC News: "Chelsea Manning Says Military Still Denying Gender Treatment" by Tracy Connor August 22, 2014: A year after requesting gender-reassignment treatment, convicted national-security leaker Chelsea Manning says the military has given her nothing but "lip service." In an exclusive statement to NBC News, the former Army private once known as Bradley Manning said life in the military lockup at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has restricted her ability to express her gender...
  • August 21, 2014 | News & Features
    Professor Coombs' Aug. 22 statement, and video of a 2013 appearance on The Today Show. Listen to an Aug. 23 interview with Professor Coombs from Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News. For WPRI television coverage, click here. Read Associated Press media coverage from San Francisco to Houston to Fall River. BRISTOL, R.I., August 21, 2014 – As its Fall 2014 semester begins, Roger Williams University School of Law has welcomed renowned WikiLeaks defense lawyer David Coombs to...
  • June 11, 2013 |
    From REUTERS: "WikiLeaks trial is high-profile case for low-profile lawyer" by Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters), June 7, 2013 - When Private First Class Bradley Manning was seeking a civilian defense attorney to bolster his government-appointed legal team in 2010, he considered a number of lawyers experienced in courts-martial. [...] Eventually, Manning settled on a low-profile choice: David Coombs, a Providence, Rhode Island, attorney who had been in private practice for only a year after more...