RWU Law had a 86% pass rate for the July 2012 Massachusetts Bar for all first-time test takers, above the state average. Massachusetts is the state with the largest number of our graduates sitting for the exam and is our reporting state for the American Bar Association.
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...
From NATIONAL JURIST: "Roger Williams opens experiential center, guarantees hands-on training"
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BRISTOL, R.I., August 8, 2013: Roger Williams University School of Law has introduced a new experiential learning center, and an explicit guarantee that students will get hands-on training while in school.
The Feinstein Center for Pro Bono and Experiential Education will be the school’s flagship for coordinating experiential learning...
PROVIDENCE, August 7, 2013 – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has accepted his invitation to participate in a “Charter Forum” which will highlight the role of Rhode Island’s 1663 Colonial Charter in shaping American jurisprudence. The event will take place on August 20, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Chace Auditorium, Trinity Repertory Theatre, 201 Washington St., Providence. The event is sponsored by Roger Williams University School of Law....
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...
From GoLocalProv: "Boston Bombings Investigation: RI Legal Experts Weigh In" by Kate Nagle, GoLocalProv News Contributor
April 22, 2013: [...] Following the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, [...] there were calls from some in the political community to try Dzhokhar as an enemy combatant. As such, he could be subject to trial by military tribunal.
[...] Roger Williams University Professor of Law Jared A. Goldstein, who was one of the first civilian lawyers allowed into the Guantanamo Bay prison when...
From the Providence Journal: "POLITICAL SCENE: Hemond now a leading lobbyist" by Katherine Gregg, Philip Marcelo and Randal Edgar, Journal State House Bureau
March 25, 2013: Fresh off House Speaker Gordon D. Fox’s reelection campaign, political consultant Nick Hemond [RWU Law '12] has surfaced as one of the busiest — and best paid — lobbyists at the Rhode Island State House.
[...] Hemond was admitted to the Rhode Island Bar on Nov. 27, 2012.
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From the Common Cause Rhode Island Report: "Meet Board President, Amy Goins ['12]"
Winter 2013: We are pleased to announce that our Governing Board elected Amy Goins [RWU Law '12] as President of the Board of Common Cause Rhode Island in November 2012.
Amy is a lifelong Rhode Islander and her election as President comes one year after her election as Secretary of the Board and two years after she joined the Board in 2010. Amy is a graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law and...
From the Providence Journal: "Same-sex bill does protect churches" by LEAH J. DONALDSON '07
March 12, 2013: In a Feb. 21 Commentary piece, Robin Fretwell Wilson, a law professor at Washington & Lee University, criticized the Rhode Island House for passing a marriage-equality bill (H.B. 5015) that she claimed fails to provide the same exemptions for religious organizations as “every other state” that lets loving and committed gay couples marry. I respectfully disagree [...]
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From Narragansett Bay Journal: "Climate Change Adaptation: Efforts on the Ground. What Will the Future Bring?" by Julia Wyman
Julia Wyman is a staff attorney and adjunct professor at the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law/Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program.
Spring 2013: Climate change is impacting the world in tremendous ways: drought, wildfires, increased air and water temperatures, and decreased biodiversity are just a few examples.
Some of the areas that...
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...
From BLOOMBERG LAW: "Is the New York 50 Hour Requirement Changing the Future of Law Student Pro Bono?" by Liz Tobin Tyler and David S. Udell
Law students have long been key players in important pro bono legal assistance efforts. They engage in a range of access to justice activities―working with mentoring attorneys on pro bono cases, staffing court pro se assistance programs, providing community legal education, and more. But the announcement last spring by the New York Court of Appeals of a 50...
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BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 14, 2012 – After a busy morning, Justice Alito sat down for lunch with RWU Law’s faculty, where Professor Colleen Murphy asked him about the similarities between the law and religion, namely in the importance each institution gives to tradition and ritual.
Justice Alito said tradition and ritual work best when politics are kept out of the mix, and raised the example of the 2010 State of the Union address, in which he was shown on camera mouthing disagreement...
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BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 14, 2012 – Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, spent the day at RWU Law Friday, meeting with students, teaching a Constitutional Law class and participating in a “fireside chat” with the...
From R.I. LAWYERS WEEKLY: "Legal luminaries gather to support pro bono project" by R.I. Lawyers Weekly Staff
June 18, 2012: The Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law held its third annual cocktail reception, “Only in Rhode Island,” at One Citizens Plaza in Providence. More than 100 members of the bench, bar, faculty, staff, alumni and students came together to celebrate and raise funds for the PBC, which provides legal services to low-income Ocean State citizens....
According to The Associated Press, America's newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen.
A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early...