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JUL
27
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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19th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit
JUL
28
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI
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AUG
09
All Day
RWU School of Law
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AUG
19
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Swansea Country Club, Swansea, MA

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  • July 07, 2016 | News & Features
    From RWU Law Magazine: "Seeking a Balance" by  Michael M. Bowden Should Rhode Island’s racial and ethnic diversity be reflected in the makeup of its judiciary? Almost everyone agrees that it should. Diversity on the state’s bench, advocates say, is both a symbolic and a practical ideal – as essential to fairness and justice (and perhaps as importantly, the public perception of fairness and justice) as a police force that reflects the diversity of the neighborhoods it serves. After all,...
  • December 17, 2015 | In the Media
    From The Providence Journal: "Looking for greater diversity in R.I.'s judicial pipeline" by Edward Fitzpatrick December 17. 2015: In an interview for The Providence Journal’s “Race in Rhode Island” series, Governor Raimondo vowed to appoint people of color to state judgeships during her four-year term, but noted that all 15 finalists for three current judicial vacancies are white, and she called for more “diversity in the pipeline.” Michael J. Yelnosky, dean of the Roger Williams University...
  • May 28, 2015 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Face of Justice in Ocean State" by David A. Logan In a May 17 piece (“Race in Rhode Island”), The Journal reported that minority populations in our state have increased by nearly 500 percent since 1970, while the white population decreased by nearly 12 percent. The series spotlighted some of the many challenges Rhode Island faces as we become more ethnically and racially diverse. The changing complexion of society is occurring on the national level, as well,...
  • August 16, 2013 |
    From the WASHINGTON POST: "The Bar Association panel should diversify its representation" by Michael J. Yelnosky August 15 (web) & 16 (print), 2013: Michael J. Yelnosky is a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, R.I.At its annual meeting last week, the American Bar Association (ABA) named six new lawyers to its 15-member Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which rates potential nominees for federal judicial vacancies. As it has for years, the ABA...
  • May 29, 2013 |
    FROM WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR: "Rhode Island Courts: The Insider Lollapalozza" by Scott MacKay    May 24, 2013: After the Rhode Island court scandals of the 1990s, the state changed the way judges are chosen. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why lawyers with Statehouse connections keep getting appointed to the bench despite the reforms. [...] This insider Lollapalozza keeps qualified lawyers from even applying to be judges, says Michael Yelnosky, Roger Williams...