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.

Judith Savage

Judith Savage
Distinguished Jurist in Residence

B.A., Wellesley College
J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law


Judge Judith Colenback Savage joined Roger Williams University School of Law in 2014 as Distinguished Jurist in Residence. In spring 2015, she will teach Criminal Procedure: Adjudication and The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness, a Perspectives course based on the book by the same title. She will also be advising students on their careers and assisting them with legal research and writing. During her residency at RWU, Judge Savage will be hosting a symposium on mass incarceration on March 26 and 27, 2015.

Prior to joining the RWU faculty, Judge Savage served on the Rhode Island Superior Court from 1993 until her retirement in 2013.  Previously, Judge Savage served as Executive Counsel to Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun and practiced at Edwards & Angell.  She is a co-editor of A Practical Guide to Evidence in Rhode Island.