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Past Issues

Past issues of the Roger Williams University Law Review are available for $15 per issue.  Inquiries should be directed to

* Note: Some issues include a selection of articles in PDF version.

Vol 16 No 3 - Fall 2011

Featured Article

The Great Debate: Lessons to be Learned from an International Comparative Analysis on Same-Sex Marriage, 16 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 577 (2011).

By: Sarah K. Mazzochi, JD, Roger Williams University School of Law; LL.M, American University Washington College of Law; BA, Brown University. Member of the New York bar.

This Article was written as part of a seminar course taught by Arthur Chaskalson, former Chief Justice of South Africa and President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, during the author's LL.M studies. This Article was chosen as the first alternative paper to be presented at the Seventh Cornell Inter-University Graduate School Conference.

Vol 16 No 2 - Spring 2011

Featured Article

Restraining the (Real) Beast: Protective Orders and Other Statutory Enactments to Protect the Animal Victims of Domestic Violence in Rhode Island, 16 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 224 (2011).

By: Margreta Vellucci, Civil litigation attorney practicing in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. J.D., Roger Williams University School of Law 2007. B.A., Boston University (Psychology and Sociology) 2004.

Vol 16 No 1 - Winter 2011

Featured Article

Comparative Law Methodology & American Legal Culture: Obstacles and Opportunities, 16 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 86 (2011).

By: Colin B. Picker, Associate Professor, Law Faculty, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. A.B. Bowdoin College, J.D. Yale Law School.

This essay draws from the author's remarks on a panel that considered the issues facing new and young comparatists at the American Society of Comparative Law's Annual Conference that was held in October 2009 at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Vol 15 No 3 - Fall 2010

Featured Article

Reflections on Judicial Merit Selection, the Rhode Island Experience, and Some Modest Proposals for Reform and Improvement, 15 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 664 (2010).

By: Judge William E. Smith, District Judge, United States District Court, District of Rhode Island.

This essay is an expanded version of comments delivered at the Roger Williams University School of Law Symposium “Judicial Merit Selection in Rhode Island: Assessing the Fifteen Year Experience with Merit Selection.”

Vol 15 No 2 - Summer 2010*

Featured Article

Painting Over Long-Standing Precedent: How the Rhode Island Supreme Court Misapplied Public Nuisance Law in State v. Lead Industries Association, 15 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 437 (2010).

By:Fidelma Fitzpatrick, Partner, Motley Rice, LLP, Providence, Rhode Island. J.D., American University Law School (1994).

Ms. Fitzpatrick represented the State of Rhode Island in its historic case against the lead pigment industry, serving as trial counsel and appellate counsel. In addition to her work on behalf of the State of Rhode Island, she also represents the City and County of San Francisco in their public nuisance suit against the lead pigment manufacturers.

Vol 15 No 1 - Spring 2010*

Featured Article

Three Perspectives on Health Care Reform: National Health Care Reform, Health Care Reforms in Other States, and Implications for Health Care Reform in Rhode Island, 15 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 1 (2010).

By: Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Lindsay McAllister, William Coon.

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth H. Roberts was inaugurated as the 68th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations on January 2, 2007, making history as the first woman elected to the position. Prior to taking office, Roberts served in the Rhode Island State Senate from 1997 to 2007, distinguishing herself as a respected advocate for quality, affordable health care. As Lieutenant Governor, Roberts serves as chair of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council, the Small Business Advocacy Council, and the Emergency Management Advisory Council. Roberts graduated from Brown University in 1978 and earned an MBA in health care management from Boston University. Before serving in the Senate, Roberts worked as a business strategy consultant, policy analyst, and health care manager.

William Coon is currently a Policy Intern with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. He received his Bachelor of Science from McGill University in 2007.

Lindsay McAllister served as a legal intern with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College in 2005 and is currently in her second year at Suffolk University Law School.

Vol 14 No 3 - Summer 2009

Featured Article

Is Marine Renewable Energy a Viable Industry in the United States? Lessons Learned from the 7th Marine Law Symposium, 14 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 562 (2009).

By: Megan Higgins, Research Counsel, Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program and Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law.

Vol 14 No 2 - Spring 2009

Featured Article

David Davis: Lawyer, Judge, and Politician in the Age of Lincoln, 14 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 163 (2009).

By: William D. Bader, Member of the Connecticut Bar and author of numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of constitutional law and legal history. Attorney Bader also has co-authored The First One Hundred Eight Justices with Professor Roy M. Mersky.

Frank J. Williams, recently retired Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, founding chair of The Lincoln Forum, and Chief Judge of the Court of Military Commissions Review for tribunals to be held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Chief Justice Williams has been a leader in the Lincoln community for the past thirty years and lectures nationally on Abraham Lincoln.

Vol 14 No 1 - Winter 2009*

Featured Article

Just Choose: The Jurisprudential Necessity to Select a Single Governing Law for Mass Claims Arising from Nationally Marketed Consumer Goods and Services, 14 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 29 (2009).

By: Elizabeth J. Cabraser, a partner in the litigation firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, San Francisco/New York. She teaches seminars in class actions and complex litigation at Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). The views expressed are those of the author, derived from her experience as a plaintiffs' advocate in financial, tort, and consumer class actions over the past 30 years.

Vol 13 No 3 - Summer 2008

Featured Article

“Ubi Jus, Ibi Remedium” - Sed Non Hodie: Bandoni v. State of Rhode Island, a Ten Year Retrospective, 13 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 594 (2008).

By: Marty C. Marran

Vol 13 No 2 - Spring 2008*

Featured Article

Legislative Reform of the State Secrets Privilege, 13 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 443 (2008).

By: Robert M. Chesney, Associate Professor, Wake Forest University School of Law.

A modified version of this essay also appears as written testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in connection with a hearing held on February 13, 2008, titled “Examining the State Secrets Privilege: Preserving National Security While Protecting Accountability.”

Vol 13 No 1 - Winter 2008*

Featured Article

Incentives for Litigation or Settlement in Large Tort Cases: Responding to Insurance Company Intransigence, 13 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 189 (2008).

By: Jay M. Feinman, Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law, Camden.

The Symposium on Genuine Tort Reform of which this Article is a part was supported by a grant from the Robert L. Habush Endowment, for which I am grateful. Thanks also to the participants in the Symposium, Roger Williams University School of Law, Jordan Rand, and members of the Academy of Trial Advocacy.

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