Faculty News

  • Judicial Diversity
    Logan on Judicial Diversity
    Professor David Logan argues that the Ocean State's current judiciary looks like the Rhode Island of past generations, not reflecting the diverse nature of the state today.
  • Closed courtroom
    Horwitz on Closed Courtroom Debate
    U.S. District Court Judge Mary Lisi's order to seal the courtroom during a plea hearing for a woman accused of sex trafficking has raised concern among legal observers.
  • Commencement 2015
    RWU Law Celebrates Commencement 2015
    RWU Law honors 115 graduates in a ceremony keynoted by pioneering jurist, the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland; also recognizing noted R.I. defense attorney Robert Mann.


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.