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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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  • March 19, 2015 | In the Media
    From Turn to 10, WJAR: "Digging Deeper: Billions of dollars hinge on pension settlement" by Bill Rappleye, NBC 10 Political ReporterNews, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New EnglandPROVIDENCE, March 18, 2015: The pension reform lawsuit will impact not just former state workers and teachers. The outcome will affect all Rhode Islanders. [...]The astronomical costs of the stakes in this case could very well affect any judicial action, said Michael Yelnosky, dean of the Roger Williams School...
  • May 12, 2014 | In the Media
    From WPRI Channel 12 Newsmakers: "Yelnosky on pensions" May 11, 2014: Join WPRI's Tim White and Ted Nesi for a crisp, high-level discussion with RWU Law Dean Designate Michael Yelnosky about the current status pension reform litigation, both in Rhode Island and nationally.  For full story, click here.
  • February 25, 2014 | In the Media
    From PROIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: “Pension settlement leaves future benefits uncertain” by Patrick Anderson, PBN Staff Writer PROVIDENCE (Feb. 24, 2014):  The nation has watched Rhode Island’s long struggle to repair its public pension system as a possible prologue to retirement overhaul efforts across the country. The resolution, however, may leave as many questions open as answered. […] So if the pension settlement is approved, will it tilt the legal and political landscape toward future...
  • February 12, 2014 | In the Media
    From WRNI/Rhode Island's Public Radio: "Pension Mediation to Continue; Judge Sets September 15th Court Date" by Ian Donnis  Click here to read the Associated Press story. PROVIDENCE, Feb. 12, 2014: A news conference to unveil a pension settlement Wednesday afternoon was abruptly postponed, although closed-door mediation in the case will continue. Meanwhile, the judge overseeing the dispute has also set a trial for September 15, in the event that a settlement can’t be reached. [...]...
  • February 07, 2013 |
    From COMMON GROUND: "Constitutionality of Pension Law in Question" February 1, 2013 - Reading the op-ed pages of a certain local newspaper, one might gain the impression that the constitutionality of the contested pension reform law is all but assured -- that a state legislature has the freedom to undo what it has done, even when it comes to retirement benefits for state employees. But the constitutionality of the law is far from certain, says a professor at the Roger Williams University School...
  • December 07, 2012 |
    From Rhode Island Public Radio, WRNI: "Exploring the legal options in the RI pension case" by Ian Donnis PROVIDENCE, RI December 7, 2012 - The challenge to Rhode Island landmark pension overhaul starts Friday with a hearing in Superior Court. Roger Williams University Law School professor Michael Yelnosky sat down Thursday to preview the case with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.
  • December 02, 2012 |
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Stakes high in lawsuits challenging overhaul" by Mike Stanton, Journal Staff Writer   Ed Fitzpatrick's column quotes Professor Yelnosky on pension battle. Rhode Island Public Radio, WRNI interviews Professor Yelnosky on pension reform. AP: Carly Iafrate '00 argues for retired workers in pension case. PROVIDENCE, December 2, 2012 - The vote to overhaul Rhode Island’s retirement system in November 2011 was swift, sweeping and historic. One year later, the...
  • December 05, 2011 |
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS, Focus: LAW Edition: "Courts to decide winner of R.I. pension debate" by Patrick Anderson Nov 28, 2011: Recent scenes of jubilation at the Statehouse notwithstanding, real victory in the battle over pension reform won’t be decided until a judge declares a winner. Even before lawmakers recently passed a sweeping overhaul of the state’s retirement system, lawyers and operatives on both sides of the pension issue have been honing and testing their legal arguments on...