Upcoming Events

Information Session

Information Session

Talk on U.N. Convention on Law of the Sea with Rear Admiral Steven D. Poulin
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bay View Room - School of Law
Winter Solstice
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bay View Room
Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Citizens Plaza Rotunda
Marine Affairs Advisory Board Meeting
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bay View Room
Champions for Justice Dinner and Public Interest Auction
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Providence Biltmore Hotel


By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
As the shortest day of the year approaches, it can be uplifting to recall the long, bright days of summer. Just months ago, across practice settings and across the country, many of our students used...

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  • November 19, 2014 | News & Features
    Bristol, RI, November 19, 2014 – Advancing its critical mission to diversify the legal pipeline, Roger Williams University School of Law has teamed up with the Rhode Island Urban Debate League (RIUDL) to help the state’s urban students build the skills they need to succeed. Preliminary rounds of the policy debate tournament will be judged by local attorneys and current law school students, and the final round will be judged by a panel of Rhode Island judges that includes Hon. Rossi Harris, Hon...
  • November 17, 2014 | News & Features
    Court was in session at Roger Williams University School of Law recently – for real – when the Honorable John “Jack” McConnell, Jr., of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island heard arguments on two Motions for Summary Judgment earlier this month. The event also included Q & A sessions with the judge and lawyers. Around 175 students (including all 1L Civil Procedure sections), faculty and staff members packed the appellate courtroom to hear the arguments in what...
  • November 17, 2014 | News & Features
    CRANSTON, R.I., November 17, 2014 -- Contracts. Patents and copyrights. Real Estate leases. Litigation. Those are just some of the areas in which Roger Williams University School of Law students will receive valuable clinical experience as part of a new externship program between the law school and Alex and Ani, one of America’s fastest growing lifestyle brands. Beginning in Spring of 2015, Alex and Ani will join 13 other companies in Southern New England that are offering RWU Law students the...
  • November 14, 2014 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Legal Luminaries Celebrate Pro Bono Collaborative" November 10, 2014: More than 150 guests attended the Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC)’s  5th Annual Cocktail Reception at One Citizens Plaza Rotunda in downtown Providence, R.I. Community leaders and prominent members of the bench and bar, as well as students, faculty, alumni from Roger Williams University School of Law all gathered to celebrate and support the PBC, which partners Rhode Island law firms and...
  • November 07, 2014 | News & Features
    Election Day 2014 was cause for pride at Roger Williams University School of Law, which saw several of its own win important offices – Professor Jorge O. Elorza became mayor-elect of Providence, Rhode Island’s capital and largest city; and alumnus Peter F. Kilmartin ’98 won a second term as the state’s attorney general.  “We could not be more proud of Peter and Jorge,” said RWU Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky. “They are the embodiment of one of RWU Law’s core values – public service. General...
  • November 07, 2014 | News & Features
    Between 1986 and 2006, a series of scandals shook a Rhode Island's political culture had tolerated corruption for far too long. At the same time, however, the frequency and intensity of these scandals prompted an updraft of investigation and reform that changed Rhode Island for the better. These transformative years will be discussed by a panel of experts this Thursday in an important presentation, "Secrets & Scandals: Reforming Rhode Island, 1986-2006." Panelists include:   ...
  • October 30, 2014 | News & Features
    You never know who you’ll run into at the School of Law – prominent lawyers, top judges, policymakers from all levels of government.  Earlier this month, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) slipped in without fanfare or entourage to enjoy lunch and candid conversation with a few dozen RWU Law students. “I always knew I was interested in politics,” he said. Growing up in Narragansett, Cicilline became interested in public service for the first time, regularly asking his parents to drop him...
  • October 29, 2014 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Bench, bar grappling with deficits in court experience" by Pat Murphy. Oct. 23, 2014: The phenomenon of the “vanishing trial” has lawyers and law firms scrambling to find innovative ways to develop and hone those essential courtroom skills. The problem is measurable, according to Niki Kuckes, a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law. “Forty years ago, maybe 10 percent of civil cases went to trial,” Kuckes said. “Now, only about 1 percent of civil...
  • October 22, 2014 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyer Weekly: "A Quick Word With ... Michael J. Yelnosky: Law school dean aims to give young lawyers leg up" by Pat Murphy October 16, 2014: On Oct. 2, Roger Williams University School of Law announced that it will extend its Affordable Excellence program — an 18-percent tuition reduction first implemented for the current academic year — through 2015-2016, translating to a savings of approximately $30,426 over the course of three years. The school also will maintain this year...
  • October 20, 2014 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., October 20, 2014 – As America’s legal profession shines a spotlight on the importance of making quality legal services available to the neediest populations, Roger Williams University School of Law is celebrating the man whose passion and generosity established a solid financial foundation for its innovative Pro Bono Collaborative program. Originally launched in January 2006 with support from the Rhode Island Foundation, the Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC) at RWU Law was in need of...
  • October 01, 2014 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., Oct. 2, 2014 – With the number of first-year students up 24 percent since last fall – despite an admissions climate characterized by sharply shrinking enrollments at law schools across the country – Roger Williams University School of Law has pledged to continue its Affordable Excellence initiative to confront increasing costs, rising debt and the job-readiness of graduates, among the most pressing challenges facing legal education today. For RWU Law students, the continuation of...
  • September 29, 2014 | In the Media
    From WPRO: "Dean Yelnosky on Attorney General Eric Holder," by Steve Klamkin, WPRO Saturday Morning News Sept. 27, 2014: Dean Michael J. Yelnosky speaks with WPRO's Steve Klamkin about Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation, his legacy and his possible successors. To listen to the full interview, click here.
  • September 26, 2014 | In the Media
    From TIME Magazine: "WikiLeaks Source Chelsea Manning Sues Govt Over Hormone Treatment Request" by Denver Nicks Sept. 23, 2014: Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth military prison for leaking classified government documents to WikiLeaks, has sued U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel over the government’s refusal to pay for gender reassignment treatment. “The government continues to deny Ms. Manning’s access to necessary medical treatment for gender dysphoria,...
  • September 25, 2014 | News & Features
    Roger Williams University School of Law has joined with the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association to launch the “Litigation Academy,” an innovative project designed to help lawyers who are new to federal litigation practice.  The purpose of this program is to create a low-cost, high-quality forum for teaching less-experienced litigators the skills needed to successfully litigate cases.  The project...
  • September 24, 2014 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 24, 2014 – The Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC) at Roger Williams University School of Law is featured on the inaugural website of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), launched this week. AALS membership, an honor awarded to RWU Law in 2006, is a key measure of law school quality.  Earlier this year, the AALS contacted its member schools, requesting brief descriptions of innovative programming for possible inclusion on the organization’s first-ever website...