Faculty News

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    Manning Lead Counsel on Commutation
    Chelsea Manning's longtime counsel, RWU Law Professor David Coombs, is "shocked and overjoyed" by President Obama's decision to commute sentence .
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    Dean Michael Yelnosky discusses why a Trump Supreme Court is likely to overturn 40 years of precedent on public sector collective bargaining agreements.
  • Gonzales: Licenses for the Undocumented?
    Deborah Gonzalez, Director of RWU Law's Immigration Law Clinic, joined Dan Yorke to discuss report on driver’s licenses for undocumented Rhode Islanders.


The Honorable Stephen Erickson

The Honorable Stephen Erickson
Adjunct Professor of Law
Associate Judge, Rhode Island District Court (Retired)

The Honorable Stephen Erickson served as an Associate Judge of the Rhode Island District Court from 1990 until his retirement in 2010. While on the bench he organized and implemented the first mental health diversion program in the Rhode Island judiciary; that program has been responsible for diverting hundreds of mentally ill individuals from the regular process of the criminal justice system. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he served four terms as a Rhode Island State Representative and later served as the Director of Legislative Affairs in the Office of the Governor of Rhode Island.