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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
AUG
01
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU Law School, Bristol, RI
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AUG
04
All Day
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19
All Day
Law Clinics - Metro Center - 150 Washington St., Providence, RI
Public Interest Potluck
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05
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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  • May 18, 2013
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Dees challenges grads on tough issues: Civil-rights lawyer says securing human rights close to home will advance us globally" by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer BRISTOL, May 18, 2013: — Civil-rights lawyer Morris Dees gave the 164 graduates of Roger Williams University School of Law a lofty charge Friday. “You hold the keys to the gates of justice,” said Dees, cofounder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center. [...] He challenged them not...
  • March 05, 2013
    From The Faith & Politics Indstitute: "2013 Civil Rights Pilgrimage a Great Success" Read Dean Logan's Tweets from the event. See the Facebook page for the event. Read the AP story and photos of the event. Watch a USA Today video of the event. Watch a Faith & Politics video about the meaning of the event. See a group shot of the participants. SELMA, Ala., March 4, 2013: [Dean David A. Logan, as a guest of Congressman David Cicilline, joined Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Attorney...
  • February 26, 2013
    From The Voice of Russia Radio: "BP Deepwater Trial Begins" by Victoria Mashkova    WASHINGTON, Feb 25, 2013 09:10 Moscow Time: BP's trial for the Deepwater Horizon explosion begins in New Orleans today. Voice of Russia's Victoria Mashkova talks with David A. Logan, the Dean of Roger Williams University School of Law: Logan calls the Deepwater trial "one of the most complicated cases that the United States courts have ever seen." There are actions being brought against BP by...
  • 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...
  • February 25, 2013
    From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: "BP oil spill trial begins Monday in New Orleans almost three years after one of the worst spills in U.S. history" by Mark Schleifstein and Richard Thompson, Staff writers February 22, 2013, updated February 25, 2013: The long-awaited civil trial against BP and its partners in the ill-fated Macondo oil well is slated to begin Monday in federal court in New Orleans, setting the stage for a three-month proceeding to assign liability potentially worth tens of...
  • February 19, 2013
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "PolitiFact: Privacy has its limitations" by C. Eugene Emery Jr., Journal Staff Writer February 17, 2013: [...] Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy, a Democrat from Hopkinton, wants to put some limitations on how much private information you must reveal if you apply for a job or enroll in a school. [...] It was this sentence in his news release that caught our eye, particularly the reference to employer rights: “Employers and schools have no more right to this private...
  • 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...
  • January 29, 2013
    From the THOM HARTMANN PROGRAM: "The Hidden History of the 2nd Amendment" by Thom HartmannProfessor Carl T. Bogus, Professor of Law at Roger Williams University, Rhode Island, author of "The Hidden History of the 2nd Amendment", joins Thom Hartmann. For full story, click here.
  • 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...
  • January 14, 2013
    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...
  • January 05, 2013
    From the New Orleans TIMES-PICAUNE: "Unlike BP, Transocean likely off the hook for felony charges related to workers' deaths in 2010 Gulf spill Oil Rig Explosion" by Richard Thompson, NOLA.com January 04, 2013: Like their counterparts at BP, executives at Transocean Ltd. are likely breathing easier with the looming unknowns of civil and criminal fines and penalties now settled for their role in the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, legal experts and industry analysts following the...
  • January 03, 2013
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Battling abandoned property: Judge Jorge Elorza wants to hold banks accountable for foreclosed homes" by Alisha A. Pina, Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE (Jan. 3, 2013) — The courtroom is full, but no one from Deutsche Bank is present. “Where is your client?” Housing Court Judge Jorge O. Elorza sternly asks the bank’s lawyer. “Help me understand why the subpoena wasn’t honored.” [...] Besides being a judge, Elorza is a law professor at Roger Williams University...
  • December 07, 2012
    December 7, 2012 – Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger ’97H (Ret.) of the Rhode Island Supreme Court has died at the age of 92, according to Craig Berke, spokesman for the Rhode Island Judiciary. In 1991, Chief Justice Weisberger led the feasibility study that recommended establishing RWU Law. He has chaired both its Board of Directors and Advisory Board, and is the namesake of its first endowed professorship. “In coming days you will hear many accolades for Chief Justice Weisberger’s long and...
  • 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...