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Welcome to the LAA for New Graduates Post-Bar Exam Reception
JUL
27
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Birch Bar (Westin Boston Waterfront)
19th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit
JUL
28
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI
Incoming Student Orientation
AUG
09
All Day
RWU School of Law
18th Annual LAA Scholarship Golf Tournament
AUG
19
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Swansea Country Club, Swansea, MA

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07/10/2017
By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
When I talk to prospective students about RWU Law I have lots to say, but I don’t spend too much time talking about our faculty’s teaching because all law schools say they have great teachers, and...

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  • March 16, 2017 | In the Media
    From THE HUFFINGTON POST: "The Gay Refugee Lawyer Who Helped Fight The Muslim Ban" by Christopher Mathias, Omar Kasrawi NEW YORK, March 15, 2017 ― Luis Mancheno [RWU Law '13] remembers the moment he knew he had to get out of Ecuador. [...] First on a student visa to Willamette University in Oregon, where he learned he could claim asylum in the U.S. as a refugee fleeing persecution. (He was granted asylum in 2009.) And then to Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island on a full...
  • June 23, 2016 | News & Features
    http://www.vox.com/2016/6/23/12012644/gay-immigrant-orlando From VOX: “America is a haven for gay immigrants like me. Don’t let Orlando change that” by Luis F. Mancheno June 23, 2016: I came to this country fleeing persecution for being gay, for being too femme, a faggot, a "maricón." I came to the United States hoping to find safety, away from all of the violence and hate I lived with in Ecuador. On the day of the Orlando shooting, I was reminded that the United States is still not that...
  • October 27, 2015 | News & Features
    THIS FRIDAY: Congressman David Cicilline keynotes an important conference on the continuing crusade for LGBT rights. BRISTOL, R.I., October 27, 2015: Now that the issue of marriage equality has been definitively settled by the Supreme Court of the United States, some believe that the fight for LGBTQ equality rights has been fought and won.  However, important legal challenges remain, including issues of family law, trusts and estates, housing, employment, education and other civil...
  • 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.
  • April 03, 2013 |
    From the Providence Journal: “The Truth-O-Meter Says:  False” April 3, 2013: Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin says U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage could nullify any Rhode Island votes on the issue. […] So we started making inquiries. "There is absolutely no chance that the Supreme Court will nullify a Rhode Island law adopting same-sex marriage, either by referendum or by action of the General Assembly," said Jared Goldstein, professor of law at Roger Williams...
  • March 13, 2013 |
    From the Providence Journal: "Same-sex bill does protect churches" by LEAH J. DONALDSON '07 March 12, 2013: In a Feb. 21 Commentary piece, Robin Fretwell Wilson, a law professor at Washington & Lee University, criticized the Rhode Island House for passing a marriage-equality bill (H.B. 5015) that she claimed fails to provide the same exemptions for religious organizations as “every other state” that lets loving and committed gay couples marry. I respectfully disagree [...] For full story,...