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16th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit

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16th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit

Orientation

16th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit
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8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU Law School, Bristol, RI
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Law Clinics - Metro Center - 150 Washington St., Providence, RI
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07/16/2014
When I left Wake Forest for the deanship at Roger Williams in 2003, I signed a contract for 3 years, hoped to survive for 5 (the typical deanship lasts 4+ years, about the same as NFL coaches), and...

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  • May 12, 2014
    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
    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
    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...