Faculty News

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez
    Perez to Deliver Commencement Address
    U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 13.
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
    Goldstein on Fossil Fuel Fraud Liability
    Sen. Whitehouse says fossil fuel companies should be sued for misleading Americans about environmental harm caused by carbon pollution. Could it really work?
  • Marijuana
    Horwitz on Legalizing Marijuana
    Professor Andrew Horwitz outlines why legalizing marijuana in Rhode Island is a good idea; Attorney General Peter Kilmartin '98 argues why it might not be.


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.