Faculty News

  • Linda Tappa '17
    From Farm to School
    Tappa's goal? To blend public service and business law -- bringing small farmers and elementary schools together to help kids develop healthy eating habits.
  • Dean Yelnosky and Governor Raimondo
    Governor Raimondo on RWU Law
    Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo recently sat down with Dean Michael Yelnosky. to talk about law, legal education, and the increasingly vital role of RWU Law
  • Professor David Coombs representing Pfc. Bradley Manning.
    Representing Private Manning
    Pfc. Bradley E. Manning’s lead trial attorney, RWU Law Professor David E. Coombs kept telling his client: Trust the system, trust the system.


Dennis H. Esposito

Dennis H. Esposito
Director of Environmental and Land Use Externship
Adjunct Professor of Law
Contact:
401-254-4575

A nationally recognized author, legal educator and speaker, Dennis Esposito draws on 40 years experience in environmental law and regulations that created pragmatic strategies for clients. An accomplished environmental practitioner in land use development, coastal development, hazardous waste issues, and environmental litigation, he has successfully represented clients in both the public and private sectors, including serving as legal counsel for the Narragansett Bay Water Quality District Commission and Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council.

Former Chairman of the Adler Pollock & Sheehan Environmental Practice Group, a large multi-state law firm, he has worked in siting and permitting the largest marina on the East Coast and was instrumental in drafting legislation that revamped Rhode Island’s environmental and wetlands regulatory agencies. Recently, Esposito was appointed to oversee Rhode Island’s regulatory efforts to address the dual effects of sea level rise and storm-related coastal erosion.

Professor Esposito has been on the Law School’s teaching faculty since 1998 and has previously served as National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition coach and Interim Director of The Marine Affairs Institute and Rhode Island Legal Sea Grant Program and is currently the Director of the Environmental and Land Use Clinical Externship Program.