Faculty News

  • 1st Amendment
    RWU's News First Amendment Blog
    Inspired by RWU’s namesake, the new blog focuses on five freedoms: of religion, of speech, of the press, to assemble peaceably, to petition government
  • Flag Burning
    Yelnosky on Flag Burning
    Dean Michael Yelnosky talks about two U.S. Supreme Court rulings that protect flag-burning as a form of free speech under the First Amendment.
  • Trump Effect
    Horwitz on the 'Trump Effect'
    It's uncertain how a Trump administration will affect police-minority relationships in Rhode Island -- but national tone can impact what happens on local streets.


The Honorable Francis X. Flaherty

The Honorable Francis X. Flaherty
Adjunct Professor of Law
Rhode Island Supreme Court

The Honorable Francis X. Flaherty is an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of Rhode Island. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2003 by Governor Donald Carcieri. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Justice Flaherty served as Mayor of Warwick from 1985 until 1990, as a member of the Warwick City Council from 1979 through 1985, and as an assistant city solicitor for Warwick from 1975 through 1978.