Faculty News

  • Judge Bruce Selya
    Courtroom Dedicated to Judge Selya
    The law school’s signature space has been named for an old friend: the Honorable Bruce Selya, one of Rhode Island’s most influential and respected jurists.
  • Church State
    Is Wall Between Church and State Crumbling?
    Professor Diana Hassel, associate dean for academic affairs at RWU Law, has written a piece for the Roger Williams First Amendment blog.
  • Jones Act
    Gutoff, Nixon on Puerto Rico
    Amid mass power outages, food and water shortages, experts say that a 97-year-old maritime law could make recovering from the disaster more difficult.


Christopher A. D'Ovidio

Christopher A. D'Ovidio
Adjunct Professor of Law
Attorney at Law

Christopher A. D'Ovidio is the principal of D'Ovidio Law. His practice focuses on land use, zoning, environmental, municipal affairs, property law, general practice and civil litigation.

He currently serves as legal counsel for the Pawtuxet River Authority and previously served as assistant solicitor for the Town of New Shoreham, attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation, and as an environmental scientist and engineering technician for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

Mr. D’Ovidio has been an invited lecturer in various forums, including the 2010 through 2017 Rhode Island Bar Annual Meetings where he has presented on recent developments in environmental and land use law. He served on various state and local boards, committees, and commissions, addressing renewable energy, water allocation, affordable housing, water quality, land use and zoning matters.