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NOV
10
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol RI. 02809
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NOV
13
All Day
Providence and Bristol, Rhode Island
Secrets and Scandals: Reforming Rhode Island, 1986-2006
NOV
13
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI
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NOV
19
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bay View Room
Criminal Justice Reform with Soffiyah Elijah
NOV
19
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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10/17/2014
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  • September 02, 2014 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., September 2, 2014 – Judge Judith Colenback Savage has joined Roger Williams University School of Law as Distinguished Jurist in Residence. She will be teaching several courses throughout the 2014-2015 academic year and hosting a symposium on mass incarceration in the spring. “Judge Savage has so much to offer our students,” said Dean Michael J. Yelnosky. “She has worked as a lawyer in private practice and in the highest levels of state government, and she had a remarkable career...
  • July 10, 2014 | In the Media
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "Chafee lawsuit pays off" by Patrick Anderson, PBN Staff Writer July 7, 2014: Another grueling June debate over whether the state should repay 38 Studios bondholders gave way to something unexpected: good news in the state’s lawsuit against architects of the failed deal. Two defendants in the case, the R.I. Economic Development Corporation’s bond counsel on 38 Studios and his law firm, agreed to pay the state $4.37 million to avoid the potential risk of a...
  • 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. [...]...
  • December 30, 2013 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE SUNDAY JOURNAL: "Campaign to force WPRO’s DePetro from airwaves expands to boycott by politicians" by Edward Fitzpatrick [WPRO radio personality John DePetro landed in hot water with a union coalition after criticizing a public-employee protest of pension reform.  The union characterized his comments as anti-women, and DePetro has since apologized for his choice of words. Nonetheless, many state politicians, including Governor Lincoln Chafee, have joined...
  • December 18, 2013 | In the Media
    From the ASSOCIATED PRESS: "$1.1B California Paint Ruling May Prompt New Suits" by Paul Elias, Associated Press This AP story has been syndicated to approximately 100 media outlets worldwide. Dean Logan has also been quoted on the California case by other news organizations, including the Wall Street Journal. December 18, 2013 (AP): Paint makers could face a surge of lawsuits after a California state court judge ordered three companies to pay $1.1 billion to help government agencies...
  • October 09, 2013 |
    From the Providence Journal: "Merit selection among topics covered by retired Supreme Court Justice O'Connor in 'fireside chat' at Roger Williams law" by Associated Press with reports from Michael McKinney, Journal Staff Writer Also see: Sandra Day O'Connor on Citizens United (Associated Press) BRISTOL, R.I., October 09, 2013 (AP) -- Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is starting off a visit to Rhode Island with a talk at the state's only law school. O'Connor spoke before...
  • June 19, 2013 |
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Access to public records narrows: Confusion over open-records law, in many cases, means less information is released" by Tracy Breton, Jornal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, June 16, 2013 — Last September, at least on paper, Rhode Island was supposed to become a more transparent state. Before adjourning in 2012, the General Assembly overhauled the state’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA), making revisions that [RWU Law Board of Directors member] Michael W. Field, the...
  • June 11, 2013 |
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "'Neutral’ analyst has ties to dealmakers: Matthew Fabian had been scheduled to talk to lawmakers about defaulting on 38 Studios debt" by Philip Marcelo, Journal State House Bureau PROVIDENCE, June 6, 2013 — A “neutral” financial analyst scheduled to talk to House lawmakers Thursday about the ramifications of defaulting on the 38 Studios debt has ties to companies involved in the deal. [...] Scheduled to take place hours before the House Finance hearing, the...
  • May 29, 2013 |
    FROM WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR: "Rhode Island Courts: The Insider Lollapalozza" by Scott MacKay    May 24, 2013: After the Rhode Island court scandals of the 1990s, the state changed the way judges are chosen. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why lawyers with Statehouse connections keep getting appointed to the bench despite the reforms. [...] This insider Lollapalozza keeps qualified lawyers from even applying to be judges, says Michael Yelnosky, Roger Williams...
  • May 19, 2013 |
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "For Russell, legal strategy will be complex: Lawyers who have worked on similar cases discuss what might be next for suspect’s widow" by Tracy Breton and Karen Lee Ziner, Journal Staff Writers May 19, 2013: Whether or not Katherine Russell knew anything about her dead husband’s involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings, she still faces formidable legal challenges as federal authorities continue their intensive international investigation. [...] “As a general...
  • April 10, 2013 |
    RWU Law Offers Choice in Pursuing Law Degree Accelerated and Flexible programs let students to tailor legal education to fit their lifestyle. BRISTOL, R.I., April 10, 2013 – Roger Williams University School of Law now offers students the option to earn a three-year J.D. degree on an accelerated 2½-year track, or a more flexible four-year track. Students in the Accelerated Graduation Program can complete a J.D degree in two and one-half years, thereby saving an entire semester of living...
  • February 25, 2013 |
    From The Huffington Post: "Second Amendment Lawsuits Expose Rift At The Top Of Gun Rights Movement" by Christina Wilkie WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2013 -- In the insular world of gun rights groups, Alan Gottlieb is a man on the make. Over the past five years, his Bellevue, Wash.-based nonprofit, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), has raced to expand gun rights, building on one of the most significant court rulings in decades. Now, Gottlieb is hoping to open the legal floodgates by litigating...
  • January 28, 2013 |
    From WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR: "Could a bottle bill save glass from ending up in the landfill?" by Bradley Campbell     January 27, 2013: Right now, all the glass you put in your recycling bins ends up being treated like trash. It's due to a bill passed last year at the statehouse. Since its inception, around 13,000 tons of glass has been buried in the landfill. But the Rhode Island State Director of Clean Water Action, Jamie Rhodes [RWU Law '12], thinks there's a law that could...
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  • January 24, 2013 |
    From WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR: "What are the implications of same-sex marriage in RI?" by Elisabeth Harrison     January 24, 2012: Roger Williams University Law Professor Bela August Walker is an expert in family law and leads a number of courses covering the legal issues facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. She spoke with Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison about the issues surrounding the same-sex marriage law being debated in RI. Listen to the story...