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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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  • 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'...
  • October 09, 2015 | In the Media
    From Sports Illustrated: "My Motto is to Get It Right" by Katherine Sulentic '09 OCTOBER 2015: Sometimes the days seem like an endless parade of airports and nondescript conference rooms. As an NCAA associate director of enforcement, I can spend well over 100 nights on the road each year visiting campuses across the country. I've been around long enough to know that many of my trips may have serious consequences for everybody involved. Those that are more routine will stay out of the...
  • October 08, 2015 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Judge keeps focus on equality, fairness in move to RWU Law" by Patrick Murphy Bristol, Oct. 1, 2015: Judge Edward C. Clifton has spent his entire professional life promoting the fair treatment of minorities in the courts and addressing problems of inequality in the legal profession. So it should come as no surprise that his focus didn’t change when he stepped down from the bench to join the faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law. [...] Clifton...
  • September 10, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., September 10, 2015 – A Master’s in Law for non-lawyers? A new program for delivering legal education is coming to Rhode Island in the form of a one-year master’s program at Roger Williams University School of Law, open to learners who seek deep exposure to law and legal methods in order to broaden their professional skill set or add value to their résumé, but do not want to be practicing attorneys. Part of RWU Law’s Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program (law.rwu.edu/MSL) will...
  • July 10, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., July 9, 2015 – Some 70 years after its horrors unfolded, the Holocaust still has stories to reveal and lessons to share. The highly acclaimed international exhibit, “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich,” will be visiting Rhode Island throughout August and September. The showing – which will be installed at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol during August, and the U.S. District Court in Providence during September – is co-...
  • July 07, 2015 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Prof helps lift ‘ghostwriting’ sanctions against attorneys" by Pat Murphy June 26, 2015:  The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently lifted sanctions against three attorneys who authored pleadings on behalf of pro se defendants in separate debt collection cases. Peter S. Margulies lent a helping hand to the court in clarifying whether the practice of ghostwriting is permissible under the state’s civil rules and rules of professional conduct. The Roger...
  • May 27, 2015 | News & Features
    A young person’s passage from the sheltered years of childhood to the independence of adulthood can be traumatic for any parent. But when the child reaching 18 is mentally or physically unable to handle adult responsibilities and demands, establishing an appropriate form of guardianship can carry emotional and financial burdens of its own. One of dozens of programs coordinated through the Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law, the Bradley Hospital Guardianship...
  • 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...
  • March 24, 2015 | In the Media
    From WPRO AM 630: "Gene speaks with Dean Yelnosky about the pension settlement and new concerns about the bar exam."   Dean Michael Yelnosky speaks to WPRO AM 630's Gene Valicenti about the purpose and effectiveness of bar exams in determining fitness to practice law. New concerns about the efficacy of bar exams were raised by the New York Times in a recent article, "Bar Exam, the Standard to Become a Lawyer, Comes Under Fire." For full interview, click here.
  • March 02, 2015 | News & Features
    BOSTON, March 2, 2015: Burns & Levinson partner and RWU Law Adjunct Professor of Law Jerry Cohen is the recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF)’s 2015 Great Friend of Justice Award, presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary passion for justice, consistent with the Foundation’s values and mission of increasing access to justice.   “Jerry’s passionate commitment to pro bono work exemplifies the spirit and values at the heart of the Massachusetts...
  • January 08, 2015 | In the Media
    From WPRI: "Tsarnaev, Hernandez trials will be very different" by Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 8, 2015 (WPRI) – They’re taking place simultaneously in Massachusetts, but the trials of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez are going to play out in different ways over the next several months. So what won’t the two trials have in common? WPRI.com asked former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Robert Corrente...
  • December 10, 2014 | In the Media
    From Fox Providence: Professor Andrew Horwitz joined Dan Yorke's "State of Mind" discussing the role of grand juries and recent Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y. outcomes.
  • December 01, 2014 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “Trial would have value in Ferguson” by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal Columnist November 30, 2014: When it comes to race and justice in the United States, it seems we never fail to fail. […] Usually, prosecutors “present evidence selectively in a way that is designed to achieve their goal,” Roger Williams University School of Law professor Andrew Horwitz said. But in this case, the prosecutor presented all the evidence to the grand jury, including contradictory...
  • November 25, 2014 | News & Features
    Between 1986 and 2006, a sort of revolution occurred in Rhode Island: even as a dispiriting series of scandals shook the state’s corrupt political culture, activists, media and public disgust prompted an updraft of investigation and reform that ultimately changed Rhode Island for the better. One of the premier activists of the period was Philip West, former Executive Director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, who has just penned a monumental insider’s account of the period, titled "Secrets...