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RWU SOL Holiday Reception 2015

RWU SOL Holiday Reception 2015

Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Citizens Plaza Rotunda, Providence, Rhode Island
Public Interst Potluck
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Law School Bistro
Champions for Justice
6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Omni Providence Hotel


By Mikéla Almeida
The Esther Clark Moot Court Competition is an intra-school appellate advocacy competition for new Moot Court Board members. Every fall brings an intense and engaging event – not only for the...

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  • July 01, 2015 | In the Media
    From WPRO News Talk 630: "Gene talks with Dean Yelnosky about the Supreme Court's ruling on Same Sex Marriage." WPRO's Gene Valicenti talks with Dean Yelnosky about the substance and implications of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. To listen, click here.
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    From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:  “Could BP, Feds settle in massive 2010 oil spill civil case?” by Jennifer Larino NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 16, 2015 - BP faces a top fine of $13.7 billion for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, down from a possible $18 billion after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the spill was smaller than the federal government had estimated. […] But could the latest ruling push both sides into settlement talks? "Lawyers are intrinsically conservative,"...
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    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Lawyers denounce R.I. Superior Court Judge Lanphear’s directive to divulge plea agreements," by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, August 28, 2014: The criminal defense community expressed outrage this week over a court decision chastising two lawyers for “judge shopping” in their handling of a drug dealer’s criminal case. Public Defender Mary S. McElroy and Andrew Horwitz, director of the criminal defense clinic at the Roger Williams University...
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    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Health-care plan has R.I. roots" by Edward Fitzpatrick [...] Republicans wasted no time in suing when Mr. Obama signed the health-care bill into law in March 2010. At the time, Roger Williams University law Prof. Jared A. Goldstein said Congress “can tax for any legitimate reason, and certainly providing health care for all Americans is a legitimate reason.” [...] Goldstein, a former U.S. Justice Department appellate lawyer who teaches constitutional law, said, “...
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    From RHODE ISLAND LAWYERS WEEKLY: "GPS ruling breaks new ground on privacy rights" by Albert Turco and Kimberly Atkins February 9th, 2012: After punting on the issue in the past, the U.S. Supreme Court has again waded into the choppy waters of privacy protection in the digital age in a case involving the warrantless use of a GPS device on a suspect’s car. But while still not ruling on the privacy issue directly, this time five justices gave a strong indication that individuals’ privacy...