Upcoming Events

Commencement

RWU Law 20th-anniversary

Commencement

RWU Law 20th-anniversary

Boston Alumni Networking Reception
APR
30
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles Street, Boston, MA
Accepted Students Day
MAY
12
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
RWU Law Ten Metacom Avenue Bristol, RI 02809
RWU School of Law Commencement
MAY
16
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bristol, Rhode Island
Law Alumni Association Annual Breakfast Meeting
JUN
19
7:45 am - 9:15 am
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence

Dean’s Blog

04/16/2014
We are glad to support the many public-interest oriented students drawn to RWU Law, and this year, once again, a talented group from all three classes journeyed to snowy New Hampshire for the 27th...

Fast Facts

Each year the Rhode Island Supreme Court presides over the final round of our Esther Clark Moot Court Competition giving the finalists a once-in-a-lifetime experience.



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  • April 04, 2014
    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
    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...
  • September 14, 2012
    Read the ABA Journal Story Read the Associated Press Story (in the Boston Globe) Read the ProJo's "Breaking News" Story See Video and Story at WPRI Channel 6 Read Story at WJAR Channel 10 See photo gallery at Salt Lake City's Deseret News 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...
  • April 14, 2012
    From the BALKINIZATION Blog: "Why Presidents Cannot Run Against the Court" by Professor Jared Goldstein, Guest Blogger   Saturday, April 14, 2012: With the prospect that the Supreme Court may strike down the Affordable Care Act, many commentators, including Marvin Ammori on this blog, have argued that President Obama should “campaign against the Court.” It is not really a plausible campaign strategy. Contrary to popular conception, Franklin Roosevelt did not campaign against the Court in...
  • February 13, 2012
    From RHODE ISLAND LAWYERS WEEKLY: "GPS ruling breaks new ground on privacy rights" by Albert Turco and Kimberly Atkins February 9th, 2012: After punting on the issue in the past, the U.S. Supreme Court has again waded into the choppy waters of privacy protection in the digital age in a case involving the warrantless use of a GPS device on a suspect’s car. But while still not ruling on the privacy issue directly, this time five justices gave a strong indication that individuals’ privacy...
  • 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...
  • October 30, 2011
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "With Justice Breyer presiding..." by Edward Fitzpatrick BRISTIL, R.I., Oct. 30, 2011 -- Pick your least favorite U.S. Supreme Court decision. Perhaps it’s Roe v. Wade, or the decisions forbidding prayer in public schools. Perhaps it’s Citizens United, or the decision that effectively handed the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush. “What we do affects a lot of people — it might affect you,” Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer said at the Roger Williams...
  • October 27, 2011
    From PAGE A1 of the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Insight from high court justice" by John Hill BRISTOL, R.I. (Oct. 27, 2011) - When some look at the job of United States Supreme Court Justice, they think how they could use the power of the high court to make new law. But Stephen G. Breyer, who has had the job for 17 years, said it's more like border patrol. The role of the court, and the Constitution, is not to tell people how to live their lives, he told two sessions of students at the Roger Williams...