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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...
  • 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...
  • November 14, 2014 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Legal Luminaries Celebrate Pro Bono Collaborative" November 10, 2014: More than 150 guests attended the Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC)’s  5th Annual Cocktail Reception at One Citizens Plaza Rotunda in downtown Providence, R.I. Community leaders and prominent members of the bench and bar, as well as students, faculty, alumni from Roger Williams University School of Law all gathered to celebrate and support the PBC, which partners Rhode Island law firms and...
  • September 05, 2014 | In the Media
    NEW YORK CITY, Sept. 4, 2014: The fresh-faced lawyers included refugees from violence and persecution in Central America, as well as the grandchildren of refugees from Eastern Europe. They arrived at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Manhattan, on Thursday in similar shades of gray and black suits, poised to continue their training in a new program to help represent immigrants. Then a familiar face appeared unannounced in the courtroom, as adored by this group for...
  • August 20, 2014 | In the Media
    From WPRO's Buddy Cianci Show: "Professor Peter Margulies on Child Immigration Crisis" July 29, 2014: WPRO's Tara Granahan spoke to Professor Peter Margulies, Director of the Immigration Clinic at RWU Law, about current issues facing both Rhode Island and the nation, related to the more than 52,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. illegally over the past nine months from Central America. To listen, click here.
  • June 16, 2014 | In the Media
    From the NEWPORT MERCURY: "Law and Attraction" by Antonia N. Farzan   Michael J. Yelnosky, 53 | Dean designate It’s a challenging time to be a law school dean. Enrollment is dropping, and graduates are no longer guaranteed a high-paying job after they pass the bar. But the number of applications to Roger Williams Law School has increased, thanks in part to the fact that the law school is lowering its tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year. On July 1, Michael J. Yelnosky will become...
  • June 10, 2014 | In the Media
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "Students value transactional skills" by Patricia Daddona, PBN Staff Writer June 14, 2014: Law school is a heady experience, and by that, recent Roger Williams University Law School graduate John Clarke, of North Kingstown, means “theoretical.” Law school coursework “doesn’t necessarily translate into real-world skills,” said Clarke, after participating in the spring semester of the RWU Law School Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship Program run by Cecily Banks,...
  • April 28, 2014 | In the Media
    From the NEW YORK TIMES: "How a Gulf Settlement That BP Once Hailed Became Its Target" by Campbell Robertson and John Schwartz NEW ORLEANS, April 26, 2014 — Four years ago the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 men, spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and staining, seemingly indelibly, the image of BP, the international energy giant responsible for the well. Its reputation in free fall, the company set aside billions of dollars and saturated...
  • January 25, 2014 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., Jan. 15, 2014 – As part of a comprehensive strategy for confronting the most pressing challenges facing America’s law schools – the cost to earn a law degree; rising student debt; and the job readiness of graduates – Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish announced today that the University has expanded its signature Affordable Excellence initiative to its School of Law. Simultaneously, Farish named Michael J. Yelnosky – a founding faculty member, former associate...
  • November 06, 2013 | In the Media
    From the Providence Journal: "Impunity for sex trafficking in R.I." by Melanie Shapiro [RWU Law '12] and Donna M. Hughes November 01, 2013: [...] The police departments in Rhode Island need to initiate more investigations and make combating human trafficking a priority. [...] The officials of Rhode Island need to end the culture of impunity for the big pimps, the pimps that operate inside the state, the pimps who call themselves businessmen and have well-connected lawyers and associates. [...]...