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Open Door Speaker Series: Brand Protection as a Coordinated IP Strategy
MAR
02
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bay View Room | Bristol Campus
New York City Info Session for Prospective Students
MAR
09
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Ainsworth Midtown, 45 E 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016
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MAR
09
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ainsworth Midtown
Accepted Students Day
MAR
25
10:00 am - 11:00 am
RWU Law Main Campus, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
School of Law Commencement
MAY
19
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI

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  • August 27, 2015 | News & Features
    The challenges are staggering. Roughly a third of Providence public school students are “chronically absent,” demonstrate disruptive behavior, and/or struggle with math and reading – all symptoms indicating a higher risk of dropout before graduation. But the tide has dramatically begun to turn thanks to a deepening collaboration between the City of Providence and City Year Providence, part of the national nonprofit AmeriCorps program. One of 27 such initiatives nationwide, City Year Providence...
  • August 24, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., August 24, 2015 – Judge Edward C. Clifton has joined the faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law, where he will collaborate with students to conduct research on racial and ethnic fairness in the courts. Judge Clifton, who retired from the Rhode Island Superior Court in June after more than two decades on the bench, has also served as a judge on the Providence Municipal Court and the Rhode Island District Court. At RWU Law, his title is Distinguished Jurist in Residence...
  • January 24, 2012 |
    From the ABA Journal: "Unknown Knowns: Torture Suits Against Rumsfeld May Revive a 40-Year-Old Liability Case" by Leslie A. Gordon Feb 1, 2012 - Asked in 2002 whether there was any evidence that Iraq had supplied terrorists with weapons of mass destruction, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld famously opined: “As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are...
  • January 21, 2012 |
    From GOLOCALPROV: "Cranston Prayer Controversy: What will it Cost?" by Patricia Resende CRANSTON, R.I., January 21, 2012 - The debate over whether to remove a prayer banner from the auditorium at Cranston West High School has sparked controversy, and one factor in that debate is just how much time and money taxpayers and officials are willing to spend to prove their point. The lawsuit was brought by the Rhode Island Local Affiliate of American Civil Liberties Union against the Cranston School...
  • 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...
  • August 08, 2011 |
    From BLOOMBERG: "Artificial-Knee Suits Targeting Zimmer Now Haunt Lawyers" by Alex Nussbaum and David Voreacos The story was also picked up by the ABA JOURNAL, Indianapolis Business Journal, and others. August 8, 2011: Zimmer Holdings Inc. (ZMH), facing 78 product-liability lawsuits over its NexGen Flex artificial knees, has a rare strategy to defend the product: target lawyers representing the patients. Attorney Brett Emison, who wrote a blog post about failures in NexGen knees, got a letter...
  • July 19, 2011 |
    From the NATIONAL REVIEW: "A Liberal Reads the Great Conservative Works" by Carl T. Bogus, Professor of Law July 18, 2011: Do you have a liberal friend who is reasonably intelligent and open-minded? Have you ever fantasized about giving your friend a reading list full of the iconic conservative works? Would he enjoy reading them, learn anything from them, be affected by them? Consider me a surrogate for your friend. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, and, in the course of researching a biography...
  • March 24, 2011 |
    South County Independent: "Proposed changes too late to affect Woodmansee case" by Liz Boardman/Independent Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, March 24, 2011 - Attorney General Peter Kilmartin [RWU Law '98] said proposed legislation changing the "good time" statute for prison inmates would not keep child killer Michael Woodmansee behind bars, but involuntary commitment to a mental health facility might keep him off the streets. In 1983, Woodmansee agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to 40 years, plus...
  • March 19, 2011 |
    Providence Sunday Journal: "Earned prison good time was not part of plea bargain when Woodmansee got 40 years in 1983" by Tom Mooney, Journal Staff Writer March 20, 2011: On the day she would recommend a plea bargain for child-killer Michael Woodmansee, then-prosecutor Susan E. McGuirl wanted the state’s reasoning placed on the record. The decision, she said, resulted from two months of discussions and “soul searching” with the parents of Woodmansee’s victims, 5-year-old Jason Foreman and Dale...
  • June 18, 2010 |
    "'Betty is my real-life hero,' Hilary Swank says of her justice-seeking biopic role in Conviction." - US Magazine, Sept. 27, 2010 Read the Dean's Blog on RWU Law's Special Advance Screening of Conviction on Oct. 25! For more photos of the event, visit RWU's Flickr page. View WJAR NBC 10's Story on the movie's RWU Law Connection! Get the full, true-life story in RWU Law's Amicus Magazine Read the New York Times feature. Read the USA TODAY feature. See CNN's Larry King Live focus...