Faculty News

  • Defending the Defenseless
    Brook Ashley ’08 spearheads a new program expanding access to legal services for domestic violence victims who can’t afford lawyers.
  • Judicial selection
    Yelnosky on Judicial Selection
    Dean Michael Yelnosky in the ProJo, on the governor's efforts to change perceptions that you’ve got to “know a guy” to be a judge in Rhode Island.
  • Horwitz, Vorenberg on Expungement
    Prof. Andrew Horwitz and Director of Pro Bono & Community Partnerships Eliza Vorenberg on how expungement helps those with minor criminal records get a fresh start.


Michael Donnelly-Boylen

Michael Donnelly-Boylen
Assistant Dean, Admissions

B.A., University of Notre DameM.S., Suffolk University

Michael Donnelly-Boylen brings nearly two decades of legal education experience to his position as Assistant Dean of Admissions at Roger Williams University School of Law.  He has become a leader on issues relating to the inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population in legal education. 

Dean Donnelly-Boylen joined RWU Law in 2002 and was promoted to Assistant Dean in 2005.   He has chaired the Law School Admissions Council’s (LSAC) LGBT Issues Subcommittee.  He has also been a member of LSAC’s Diversity Committee assisting with many of LSAC’s diversity initiatives as well as LSAC's Test Development and Research Committee which oversees the LSAT.   In 2009, he served as a trainer for LSAC’s New Admission Personnel and Faculty Member Workshop.  He has spoken at numerous conferences for organizations like the Pre-Law Advisor National Conference, the ACCESS Group, the Law School Admissions Council, the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors, and the National Black Pre-Law Conference.

Dean Donnelly-Boylen began his career in legal education in 1995 at Suffolk University Law School working in both admissions and career services. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame and a M.S. in political science from Suffolk University.