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27
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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28
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI
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AUG
09
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19
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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NOV
02
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Crowne Plaza, Warwick, Rhode Island

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  • May 26, 2017 | In the Media
    Professor Andrew Horwitz has been critical of an ordinance recently passed by the City of Cranston, Rhode Island because in his view it criminalizes homelessness.  The ordinance prohibits “stand[ing] in or enter[ing] upon a roadway for the purpose of distributing anything to the occupant of any vehicle or for the purpose of receiving anything from the occupant of any vehicle.”  In a recent post on the RWU First Amendment Blog Professor Horwitz outlines his argument that the...
  • April 04, 2017 | In the Media
    From FOX PROVIDENCE: "RWU Law Professor Opposes Cranston Panhandling Ordinance" on Dan Yorke's State of MindApril 3, 2017: Roger Williams Law Professor Andrew Horwitz joined Dan to discuss his opposition to the Cranston ordinance that restricts panhandling in the city. Professor Horwitz shares his story of a police officer issuing him an incorrect citation while protesting the ban last week.Dan Yorke State of Mind airs every weeknight at 7:30 p.m. on myRI-TV and midnight on FOX Providence. 
  • December 09, 2016 | In the Media
    From GoLocalProv: “Rhode Island Courts Could Soon Have Only One Minority Judge” by Kate Nagle December 08, 2016: Could Rhode Island — a state whose population is more than 25% minority — soon have just one judge of color on the state’s roster of 85 judges and magistrates? [See RWU Law Magazine coverage of this question.] [...] “I think you start off with the recognition that the justice system ought to reflect the people subjected to it,” said Roger Williams University Professor of Law David...
  • August 30, 2016 | In the Media
    From WPRI 12's Newsmakers: "38 Studios document debate" by Tim White PROVIDENCE, August 26, 2016 – State officials have begun a formal review of whether to release any of the materials generated during the 38 Studios criminal investigation under the state’s open-records law. […] Roger Williams University School of Law Professor Niki Kuckes noted grand jury materials are rarely made public to ensure the integrity of the process. “The attorney general is taking is a very legitimate prosecutorial...
  • July 20, 2016 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Bar: ruling on fee motions to add expense, complexity” by Sheri Qualters July 20, 2016: A recent state Supreme Court decision finding that affidavits or testimony supporting counsel fee motions should come from a Rhode Island bar member who is not part of the case brings clarity and consistency to the process but also makes it more costly and complicated, practitioners say. The Supreme Court vacated Superior Court Judge Bennett R. Gallo’s decision to award...
  • April 15, 2016 | News & Features
    See WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR on the announcement See Associated Press (AP)/WPRO on the announcement BRISTOL, R.I., APRIL 15, 2016 – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Roger Williams University School of Law’s Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on the University’s main athletic field. Perez, the former attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and...
  • April 10, 2016 | In the Media
    From Motif Magazine: "In Their Own Words: Cannabis" April 6, 2016: We received verbatim responses from two leading proponents and two leading opponents of cannabis taxation and regulation. We have not censored their responses or fact-checked their claims — we just want you to know what they’re thinking. [...] In Their Own Words: Andrew Horwitz "I don’t think there is any question that legalizing and regulating marijuana would enhance our local economy. New businesses would develop and...
  • March 14, 2016 | In the Media
    From the ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP): "Board OK'd 38 Studios settlement without knowing who'd pay" by Michelle R. Smith PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP), March 11, 2016 — Rhode Island's economic development agency says officials who approved a partial $12.5 million settlement last year in the agency's lawsuit over its $75 million deal with ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios did so without knowing where exactly the money would come from. [...] Open-government advocates criticized the decision,...
  • January 25, 2016 | News & Features
    Bristol, R.I., January 25, 2016 – At the culmination of a captivating, often emotional, frequently humorous address at RWU Law on Thursday, the speaker paused, surveyed his audience, then slowly intoned: “I am Carlton W. Reeves, District Judge of the Southern District of Mississippi, and I sit in the seat once held by William Harold Cox” (a reference to the virulently racist judge immortalized in the 1988 film “Mississippi Burning,” on a 1965 trial for the murder of three Mississippi civil...
  • January 14, 2016 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Lawsuit over fatal motorcycle crash not barred by settlement,” by Noah Schaffer. January 7, 2016: A defendant’s responses to settlement offers over claims arising from a fatal motorcycle accident included additional conditions that precluded the formation of the mutual assent necessary for a binding agreement, a Superior Court judge has found. […] The 14-page decision is Greenhalgh, et al. v. Keegan […] Professor Tanya Monestier of Roger Williams University...
  • July 31, 2015 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Immigration detainers require probable cause: qualified immunity arguments rejected" by Brandon Gee July 29, 2015:  Immigration officials could not claim qualified immunity to obtain summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff imprisoned on an immigration detainer for 24 hours despite the fact that she is a United States citizen, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has determined. The defendants, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and...
  • 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...
  • June 09, 2015 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “Summit examines ways to deliver proper treatment to R.I.'s mentally ill” by Rich Salit, Journal Staff Writer WARWICK, R.I., Jun. 8, 2015 — Recognizing that the state is falling short when it comes to caring for people with behavioral health problems — and too often imprisoning those struggling with addiction and mental illness instead of treating them — Governor Raimondo and other top state officials convened a day-long conference on Monday to discuss what's wrong...
  • February 19, 2015 | News & Features
    Roger Williams University School of Law is proud to announce that renowned criminal defense lawyer David Coombs will serve as the Joseph R. Weisberger Visiting Associate Professor of Law for the remainder of this academic year and for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Coombs – who previously taught at RWU Law as an adjunct faculty member and rejoined the faculty this year as a visitor – will coach the school’s trial team and teach subjects related to criminal law and trial advocacy.  ...
  • December 01, 2014 | News & Features
    What is Elder Law? Ask RWU Law Adjunct Professor Mark B. Heffner, who has created a new resource on the topic called the Long Term Care Planning Blog. “Counseling clients facing the prospect of $10,000 per month in nursing home and other costs is perhaps the most challenging aspect of Elder Law,” Heffner said. “Because in addition to knowing substantive law – in areas ranging from public benefits to tax planning – the Elder Law practitioner must be aware of community resources, such as...