Faculty News

  • 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.
  • Travel Ban
    AP: Margulies on New Travel Ban
    Professor Peter Margulies weighs in on how President Trump's revamped travel ban might attract new legal challenges — and how they might fare.

Jenna Wims Hashway

Jenna Wims Hashway
Professor of Legal Practice

J.D., Roger Williams University
B.A., Hofstra University


Professor Hashway teaches Legal Practice. In these foundational courses, her students learn the critical skills of research, analysis, writing, oral advocacy, and professionalism. She is also an alumna of the RWU School of Law, where she was both Valedictorian of her class and Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Professor Hashway served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Arthur N. Votolato in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island; the Honorable Paul A. Suttell, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson, Circuit Judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She has also taught Law of Torts and Law of Contracts at the undergraduate level.

Selected Publications


Clause Without Effect: Unenforceable Usury Savings Clauses, Rhode Island Bar Journal, November/December 2014, at 5

Cold War Cancer: Texas Instruments and the Energy Employees Compensation Program, Rhode Island Bar Journal, September/October 2013, at 23

Litigation Loansharks: A History of Litigation Lending and a Proposal to Bring Litigation Advances Within the Protection of Usury Laws, 17 Roger Williams University Law Review 750 (2012)

Litigation Financing: Preying on Plaintiffs, Rhode Island Bar Journal, March/April 2011, at 5 (with John Barylick)