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JAN
16
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Keynote Address by Paulette Brown
JAN
20
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
School of Law Appellate Courtroom 283
Champions for Justice Dinner and Public Interest Auction
JAN
30
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Providence Biltmore Hotel
Behind Closed Doors
FEB
11
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Appellate Courtroom - Room 283
Washington, DC Law Alumni Reception
FEB
24
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Marriott Washington at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, DC

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12/15/2014
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The annual Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception was held on Wednesday, December 3rd in Providence.  It is always a great event with over one hundred alumni, lawyers, professors and Judges...

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  • August 22, 2014 | In the Media
    From THE TODAY SHOW/NBC News: "Chelsea Manning Says Military Still Denying Gender Treatment" by Tracy Connor August 22, 2014: A year after requesting gender-reassignment treatment, convicted national-security leaker Chelsea Manning says the military has given her nothing but "lip service." In an exclusive statement to NBC News, the former Army private once known as Bradley Manning said life in the military lockup at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has restricted her ability to express her gender...
  • August 21, 2014 | News & Features
    Professor Coombs' Aug. 22 statement, and video of a 2013 appearance on The Today Show. Listen to an Aug. 23 interview with Professor Coombs from Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News. For WPRI television coverage, click here. Read Associated Press media coverage from San Francisco to Houston to Fall River. BRISTOL, R.I., August 21, 2014 – As its Fall 2014 semester begins, Roger Williams University School of Law has welcomed renowned WikiLeaks defense lawyer David Coombs to...
  • October 04, 2013 |
    From the Providence Phoenix: "WikiLeaks: The Rhode Island Connection: Pfc. Manning's lawyer takes a local audience inside the courtroom" by Philip Eil For Associated Press and other coverage of Coombs' visit, click here.  BRISTOL, R.I., October 3, 2013: [...] The federal prosecution of Private First Bradley Manning touches all of those subjects [...] But a Rhode Island connection? Actually, there’s one of those, too. Manning’s lead defense attorney, Lieutenant Colonel David E....
  • September 26, 2013 |
    From THE GUARDIAN (UK): "Chelsea Manning awaits diagnosis in prison before possible hormone therapy" by Michelle R. Smith and David Dishneau, Associated Press See ABC News coverage of Coomb's RWU Law appearance. See Ed Fitzpatrick's column in the Providence Journal. See in-depth coverage in the Providence Phoenix. See Fall River Herald News coverage of the event.   BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 25, 2013: The lawyer who defended Chelsea Manning against charges of leaking classified...
  • September 23, 2013 |
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Manning’s Providence-based lawyer warns of chilling effect on whistleblowers" by Edward Fitzpatrick September 22, 2013: The 35-year sentence imposed on the Army private who gave secret U.S. documents to WikiLeaks will have a chilling effect on whistleblowers and the journalists who rely on them to hold the government accountable. That’s one of the conclusions reached by David E. Coombs, the Providence-based lawyer who represented Pvt. Chelsea E. Manning (formerly...
  • June 11, 2013 |
    From REUTERS: "WikiLeaks trial is high-profile case for low-profile lawyer" by Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters), June 7, 2013 - When Private First Class Bradley Manning was seeking a civilian defense attorney to bolster his government-appointed legal team in 2010, he considered a number of lawyers experienced in courts-martial. [...] Eventually, Manning settled on a low-profile choice: David Coombs, a Providence, Rhode Island, attorney who had been in private practice for only a year after more...
  • December 21, 2011 |
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Local ties for WikiLeaks defense: Adjunct Roger Williams School of Law professor is part of defense team for accused soldier" by Katie Mulvaney BRISTOL, Dec. 21, 2011 –– A defense lawyer in the case of an Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking a trove of classified military information to Wiki-Leaks website has ties to Rhode Island’s first and only law school. David E. Coombs, a lawyer who specializes in court-martial defense, taught trial advocacy and...
  • December 19, 2011 |
    From National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday: "Soldier's Hearing Weighs Harm From Wikileaks" by Carrie Johnson Military prosecutors say Army Pvt. Bradley Manning downloaded troves of secret documents from a computer station in Baghdad and passed them to Wikileaks. If investigators recommend that Manning face court martial, it could land him in prison for the rest of his life. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports. December 17, 2011: SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Army Private Bradley Manning turns 24 years...
  • March 03, 2011 |
    The Los Angeles Times cited RWU Law Professor Jon Shelburne and Adjunct Professor David Coombs in its story, "Soldier in WikiLeaks case charged with aiding the enemy" by David S. Cloud of the Times' Washington Bureau. The story has been picked up by the Chicago Tribune, the Hartford Courant and other outlets. To read the Associated Press' story featuring Shelburne, click here. To read the National Journal's story featuring Shelburne, click here. Professor Shelburne has also been interviewed for...
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