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  • May 15, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 15, 2015 – A cool, sunny and breezy day on Mt. Hope Bay provided the perfect backdrop as the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland – recently retired as Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice, and the first African-American to serve on the court in its 305-year history – addressed the 115 graduates of the Class of 2015 during Commencement exercises Friday. Judge Ireland notably voted in favor of same-sex marriage as his state became the first in the nation to legalize it in 2003...
  • May 18, 2013 |
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Dees challenges grads on tough issues: Civil-rights lawyer says securing human rights close to home will advance us globally" by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer BRISTOL, May 18, 2013: — Civil-rights lawyer Morris Dees gave the 164 graduates of Roger Williams University School of Law a lofty charge Friday. “You hold the keys to the gates of justice,” said Dees, cofounder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center. [...] He challenged them not...
  • May 17, 2013 |
    See latest photos on RWU Flickr! BRISTOL, R.I., May 17, 2013 – Under sunny blue skies, Morris Dees – a preeminent civil rights attorney and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center – addressed the 164 graduates of the Class of 2013 during Commencement exercises Friday. “After 53 years of law practice, I can tell you that I am so proud to be a lawyer,” he told the graduates. “America is a nation of laws, and lawyers led the way long before we were a country. … We know that lawyers wrote...
  • May 16, 2013 |
    The School of Law’s Commencement will be available via UStream (live feed) during the ceremony at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rwu-law-commencement. Family and friends unable to be present at the ceremony will be able to tune in on that day.  Following the ceremony, the video will be archived and you will receive a link to access it at a later date.                       If you have any questions, please contact the Office of...
  • May 16, 2013 |
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 1, 2013 – As Roger Williams University School of Law prepares to kick off its 20th Anniversary year,  Morris Dees – a preeminent civil rights attorney and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center – will address the Class of 2013 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises on Friday, May 17. The law school ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 17, on the University’s main athletic field. The School of Law will also present an honorary degree to...