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 The Cutting Edge Symposium

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RWU Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Public Interest Potluck
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11
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Providence, RI
4th Annual Professor Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture Series
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24
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Omni Hotel Providence
1L Marine Affairs "Meet the Bay" Boat Trip with Save The Bay
SEP
25
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Leaves from Herreshoff Dock, Bristol
3rd Annual Law Alumni Weekend
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25
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Bristol/Providence

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The Marine Affairs Institute holds a major symposium every other year. These events draw national and international experts in their various fields to RWU Law. Students can attend these symposia for free. Past topics range from fisheries law, climate change and the legacy of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.



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  • July 06, 2015 | In the Media
    From the Providence Journal: "Scalia’s vitriol undercuts his influence" by Edward Fitzpatrick July 3, 2015:  [...] “When it comes to penning baroquely articulated vitriol, Justice Antonin Scalia may rival William Shakespeare,” Slate states, noting that his Obamacare dissent includes the terms “pure applesauce” and “jiggery-pokery” and his same-sex marriage dissent mentions “mummeries” and “judicial Putsch.” [...] When the court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex...
  • July 01, 2015 | In the Media
    From WPRO News Talk 630: "Gene talks with Dean Yelnosky about the Supreme Court's ruling on Same Sex Marriage." WPRO's Gene Valicenti talks with Dean Yelnosky about the substance and implications of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. To listen, click here.
  • June 30, 2015 | News & Features
    June 30, 2015: The Supreme Court of the United States issued a major decision in a lethal-injection case on Monday – and it cites a standout law alumnus's student Note from Roger Williams University Law Review. The student in question, Jesse Nason ’05, B.S. ’02, was valedictorian of his law class, and is now a partner with the law firm of Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum in Cranston, R.I. Prior, Jesse served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Justices of the Rhode Island Superior Court. “I am...
  • February 09, 2015 | News & Features
    Roger Williams University School of Law last week welcomed Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., 46th Solicitor General of the United States, for a “Fireside Chat” with Professor Jared Goldstein, a one-time Bristow Fellow in the Solicitor General’s Office. Professor Goldstein began the conversation by asking if those who address the Solicitor General as “General” are incorrect. “I’m not a general,” Verrilli replied. As with the term “Attorney General,” he explained, the term goes back to England in the time...
  • February 03, 2015 | News & Features
    Roger Williams University School of Law is pleased to welcome Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., 46th Solicitor General of the United States, for a “Fireside Chat” with Professor Jared Goldstein. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, in Room 283, the school’s Appellate Courtroom. Seating is limited.  RSVP required to the Office of Programs & Events at lawevents@rwu.edu or (401) 254-4659. The Solicitor General is the lawyer appointed to represent the U.S....
  • May 12, 2014 | In the Media
    From WPRI Channel 12 Newsmakers: "Yelnosky on pensions" May 11, 2014: Join WPRI's Tim White and Ted Nesi for a crisp, high-level discussion with RWU Law Dean Designate Michael Yelnosky about the current status pension reform litigation, both in Rhode Island and nationally.  For full story, click here.
  • April 04, 2014 | In the Media
    From TURN TO 10 (WJAR): "Campaign finance ruling may invalidate RI law" by Bill Rappleye APRIL 3, 2014: The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a limit on campaign donations, saying it is fundamental free speech. For candidates, it means rich people will be able to give to more candidates -- and that's Republican or Democratic. Opponents to the decision fear it will mean more influence for the wealthy, and Rhode Island may have to change its laws to match the new federal standards. The ruling by the...
  • January 23, 2014 | In the Media
    From the HUFFINGTON POST: "Sentenced To Life In Prison For A Nonviolent Crime" by Saki Knafo  For a Jan. 13 article on mandatory sentencing, also featuring Professor Zlotnick, click here. Jan. 22, 2014: ... [In] the landmark case United States v. Booker in 2005 [...] the Supreme Court struck down the provision of the sentencing law requiring judges to follow the guidelines. It’s hard to know exactly how many federal inmates besides Walker are still serving life sentences issued under...
  • 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...
  • August 08, 2013 |
    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....
  • August 05, 2013 |
    From RHODE ISLAND LAWYERS WEEKLY: "Supreme Court ruling levels playing field for developers, Gov't loses leverage" by David Frank July 25, 2013 [July 29, 2013, issue] - Land use attorneys across the state are hailing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that greatly reduces the amount of leverage municipalities can wield in granting developers permits. A 5-4 majority in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District held that the U.S. Constitution's takings clause not only applies to cases in which...
  • March 14, 2013 |
    From the Washington Post: "NRA money helped reshape gun law" by Peter Finn March 13, 2013: In 1977 ... it was ... a wacky notion: that the Constitution confers an individual right to possess a firearm. ... More than 35 years later, no one is laughing. In 2008, the Supreme Court endorsed for the first time an individual’s right to own a gun in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. ... For proponents of stricter gun control, the NRA’s encouragement of favorable legal scholarship has been a...
  • 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...
  • November 01, 2012 |
    FROM the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “High court weighs sealing of records” by Katie Mulvaney PROVIDENCE, Oct. 29, 2012: In February 2003, the state police charged Eileen Morrice with obtaining more than $500 under false pretenses. The charge — her first and only — stemmed from the state’s over-calculation of her unemployment payments. Morrice entered into an agreement with state prosecutors that April in which she admitted the extra money wasn’t rightfully hers. She pleaded no contest, agreed to pay $...
  • September 24, 2012 |
    [Read Part 1] 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...