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05/08/2017
By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
On May 19th, the members of the Class of 2017 will cross the stage and receive their diplomas from President Farish. That short crossing tells little of the rich stories of how graduates arrived at...

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  • April 04, 2017 | In the Media
    From FOX PROVIDENCE: "RWU Law Professor Opposes Cranston Panhandling Ordinance" on Dan Yorke's State of MindApril 3, 2017: Roger Williams Law Professor Andrew Horwitz joined Dan to discuss his opposition to the Cranston ordinance that restricts panhandling in the city. Professor Horwitz shares his story of a police officer issuing him an incorrect citation while protesting the ban last week.Dan Yorke State of Mind airs every weeknight at 7:30 p.m. on myRI-TV and midnight on FOX Providence. 
  • December 19, 2016 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., December 19, 2016: RWU School of Law will honor three outstanding legal luminaries and a public interest legal organization as Champions for Justice in recognition of their “impact and accomplishments” in supporting the school’s social justice programs. A special awards dinner will precede the law school’s annual Public Interest Auction at the Omni Providence Hotel on Friday, January 27, 2017. The event will “shine a light on RWU Law students and alumni, celebrating their...
  • December 09, 2016 | In the Media
    From GoLocalProv: “Rhode Island Courts Could Soon Have Only One Minority Judge” by Kate Nagle December 08, 2016: Could Rhode Island — a state whose population is more than 25% minority — soon have just one judge of color on the state’s roster of 85 judges and magistrates? [See RWU Law Magazine coverage of this question.] [...] “I think you start off with the recognition that the justice system ought to reflect the people subjected to it,” said Roger Williams University Professor of Law David...
  • November 04, 2016 | News & Features
    By Professor Peter S. Margulies My scholarship and advocacy were recently cited by the en banc D.C. Circuit in an important decision on military commissions, Bahlul v. United States, 2016 U.S. App. Lexis 18852 (Oct. 20, 2016) (upholding the conspiracy conviction of a former aide to Osama bin Laden who played a supporting role in preparations for 9/11); see decision here. The full court voted 6-3 to uphold the conviction; my work played a significant part in the decision. Judge Patricia Millett...
  • September 28, 2016 | News & Features
    Deborah Johnson, Director of Diversity and Outreach at RWU Law, has been re-elected to a second term as president of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (MBWA) association. Focused on the eradication of racism and sexism in the legal profession, the MBWA aims to help women of color – and particularly African-American women – advance in their careers. The group sponsors panels, community initiatives and mentorships, pairing seasoned practitioners with younger black female attorneys and...
  • July 20, 2016 | News & Features
    From RWU Law Magazine: “From Hate to Hope” by Jill Rodriguez ’05 As he hunted through nearly a century’s worth of ownership records and auction catalogues to establish a recovery claim for a 19th century painting of a German peasant girl, Glenn Friedemann’s thoughts kept returning to his father and grandfather. This wasn’t just a case of returning a possession stolen by the Nazis (some 70 years earlier at the time) to its rightful owner, the Max Stern Estate. It was nothing less than...
  • July 15, 2016 | In the Media
    From Wallethub: “Should Marijuana Be Legal?” by John S Kiernan July 15, 2016: Call it a sign of society’s moral erosion, an act of economic desperation or folks finally coming to their senses, but a record-high number of Americans – 61% – now support marijuana legalization […] Not everyone is ready to climb aboard Puff the Magic Dragon just yet, however. […] With that in mind and much of the pot problem still unsolved, we turned to a panel of 26 leading experts in the fields of economics,...
  • July 14, 2016 | In the Media
    From the Providence Journal: “In case of Ginsburg vs. Trump, justice overstepped her bounds“ by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal Columnist July 14, 2016: While her criticism is meritorious, the Notorious RBG’s feud with the Vainglorious DJT puts her in a position that might prove precarious if Donald J. Trump ends up victorious. […] Michael J. Yelnosky, dean of the Roger Williams University School of Law, said no law or rule prohibits Ginsburg from saying what she said. But, he said, “I think she...
  • April 10, 2016 | In the Media
    From Motif Magazine: "In Their Own Words: Cannabis" April 6, 2016: We received verbatim responses from two leading proponents and two leading opponents of cannabis taxation and regulation. We have not censored their responses or fact-checked their claims — we just want you to know what they’re thinking. [...] In Their Own Words: Andrew Horwitz "I don’t think there is any question that legalizing and regulating marijuana would enhance our local economy. New businesses would develop and...
  • April 07, 2016 | News & Features
      I know my own mind. I am not a prejudiced person. I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way. But are you really sure? Join Harvard psychologist Mahzarin R. Banaji as she challenges our self-perceptions, and explores the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality Banaji will discuss her work in an intriguing lecture, “Blindspot: Hidden...
  • January 21, 2016 | In the Media
    From the Providence Journal: “Mississippi judge speaks up in face of racial hatred” by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal columnist Jan. 21, 2016: U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves didn’t just consult the applicable federal guidelines when sentencing the three young white men who admitted they were hunting black people when they beat, ran over and killed a man in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2011. Rather, Reeves delivered a searing speech, placing their deeds in historical context, pointing to how far...
  • January 07, 2016 | In the Media
    From Oregon Public Broadcasting (NPR): "The Latest On The Armed Occupation In Burns" by Julie Sabatier, OPB Jan. 6, 2016: Self-described militiamen have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Building in Burns, Oregon. We’ll get the latest on this developing story. GUESTS: Amanda Peacher: Reporter for OPB News Jared Goldstein: Law professor at Roger Williams University School of Law Amelia Templeton: Reporter for OPB News Daryl Johnson: Former analyst at the Department of Homeland...
  • 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...
  • November 15, 2015 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly:  “Liability, insurance issues abound as drone use soars: limits of tort law to be tested by new technology” by Pat Murphy November 4, 2015: The proliferation of drones may well present a range of novel liability questions that lawyers and judges haven’t had to answer since the automobile began populating the nation’s roadways in the 1920s and ’30s. […] The statistics bear out the impression that the friendly skies are not as safe as they once were....
  • October 29, 2015 | News & Features
    Deborah Johnson, Director of Diversity and Outreach at RWU Law, has been elected president of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (MBWA) association. Focused on the eradication of racism and sexism in the legal profession, the MBWA aims to help women of color – and particularly African-American women – advance in their careers. The group sponsors panels, community initiatives and mentorships, pairing seasoned practitioners with younger black female attorneys and law students. Under Johnson'...