Upcoming Events

Santoro Series

Alumni Weekend

Santoro Series

Alumni Weekend

1L & Transfer Student Public Interest Luncheon
AUG
29
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Bay View Room
Public Interest Potluck
SEP
05
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Providence
Info Session for Prospective Students
SEP
15
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
3rd Annual Professor Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture Series
SEP
18
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Omni Hotel Providence

Fast Facts

In October of 2012, the federal Legal Services Corporation published the Report of the Pro Bono Task Force and described the Pro Bono Collaborative as "one great example of how much can be accomplished through collaboration." 



Melanie Shapiro '12

photo of Melanie ShapiroMelanie Shapiro ’12, co-founder and co-director of Citizens Against Trafficking, played a key role in the 2009 passage of a law closing a loophole that allowed indoor prostitution in Rhode Island. To convince legislators, she spent hours staking out illicit “spa-brothels,” creating a meticulous database that demonstrated the immense human cost of the earlier status quo. “When you legalize something, you legitimize it,” Melanie says. “And I could never stand behind legitimizing something so inherently dangerous to women and children. Rhode Island was part of an international legislative debate about prostitution. The whole world was watching, and this change will have policy implications throughout the world.”