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09/15/2014
By Laurie Barron
How many students, alumni, faculty and staff can fit into the neither small nor large backyard of the Barron-Yelnosky home for the Fall Public Interest Pot Luck dinner?  Turns out at least 112....

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  • September 19, 2014 | In the Media
    From Forbes: “Congress Is Considering A New Federal Trade Secret Law. Why?” by Eric Goldman, Contributor September 16, 2014: Trade secrets usually don’t grab headlines the way that patents or copyrights do, but don’t let that fool you about their importance. Studies regularly show that most businesses care more about trade secrets than either copyrights or patents. In fact, trade secrets are implicated by every aspect of a company’s operations, including dealings with employees, vendors and...
  • September 19, 2014 | News & Features
    PROVIDENCE, September 19, 2014: The legal profession was never been a revolutionary proposition; rather, its nature was always evolutionary – changing at a slow, even glacial pace. But those days, legal consultant and futurist Gerry Riskin warned on Thursday evening, are gone forever. “The glacier of the legal profession is now moving so fast you can see it,” he said. To achieve success in this new professional reality, lawyers must “change our mindset entirely.” Riskin was addressing a packed-...
  • September 18, 2014 | News & Features
    Read Professor Krishna's article in the July 2014 edition of the ABA's CED Committee Newsletter here. PROVIDENCE, R.I., September 18, 2014 – A Roger Williams University School of Law professor has been appointed to head the American Bar Association committee tasked with improving the practice of community economic development law across the United States. Associate Clinical Professor of Law Gowri Krishna, who also directs RWU Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic, was formally named as...
  • September 15, 2014 | In the Media
    From the Wall treet Journal: "Law Schools Boost Enrollment After Price Cuts," by Jennifer Smith Read a New York Post editorial on the story. Sept. 2, 2014:  A strategy rarely employed in legal education — price-cutting — appears to be paying off for a handful of U.S. law schools. Three institutions that trimmed tuition for some or all students are set to boost their first-year class sizes by 22% to 52% this fall compared with 2013, according to an analysis of preliminary enrollment data...
  • September 10, 2014 | News & Features
    Disruptive changes in the market for legal services are transforming the profession, and lawyers who aren’t prepared will be left behind. That’s the frightening – yet hopeful – message of lawyer, author and management consultant Gerry Riskin, who will deliver the Third Annual Professor Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture, "The Business of Law: Disruptions in the Market for Legal Services." The event will be presented by Roger Williams University School of Law at the Omni Hotel in Providence...
  • September 10, 2014 | In the Media
    From the New Orleans Advocate: “Judge’s findings in BP civil case could presage results in criminal trial,” by Richard Thompson See Professor Logan's comments on the BP finding in Chemistry World. NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 09, 2014: In finding that BP acted with “gross negligence” in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, the federal judge overseeing the oil spill litigation laid much of the blame on BP’s top two supervisors onboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, both of whom face criminal charges...
  • September 08, 2014 | In the Media
    From the New York Post: "College costs 101," by Post Editorial Board September 7, 2014: It’s a man-bites-dog headline: “College Gets Cheaper.” But for law students at three American universities, that’s just what’s happened to their tuition bills. The University of Iowa College of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law have all cut their prices for tuition. And all say they’re already seeing a return on that...
  • September 08, 2014 | In the Media
    From the Providence Journal: “Activists who blocked coal barge at Brayton Point to use ‘necessity defense’ at trial, by Alex Kuffner, Journal Staff Writer FALL RIVER, Mass., September 06, 2014: When Ken Ward and Jonathan “Jay” O’Hara go on trial here on Monday for blocking a coal shipment to Brayton Point Power Station, [...] the two environmental activists will argue that their actions were justified because of the threat posed to the planet by the burning of fossil fuels. […] It’s a novel use...
  • September 08, 2014 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., September 8, 2014: Professor Louise Ellen Teitz – a founding faculty member at Roger Williams University School of Law and one of its most prominent practitioners internationally – has returned to full-time teaching after spending the last three years abroad as a senior U.S. diplomat. From 2011 until earlier this year, Professor Teitz served as First Secretary at The Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands, leading that organization’s efforts on a range...
  • September 05, 2014 | In the Media
    NEW YORK CITY, Sept. 4, 2014: The fresh-faced lawyers included refugees from violence and persecution in Central America, as well as the grandchildren of refugees from Eastern Europe. They arrived at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Manhattan, on Thursday in similar shades of gray and black suits, poised to continue their training in a new program to help represent immigrants. Then a familiar face appeared unannounced in the courtroom, as adored by this group for...
  • September 02, 2014 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., September 2, 2014 – Judge Judith Colenback Savage has joined Roger Williams University School of Law as Distinguished Jurist in Residence. She will be teaching several courses throughout the 2014-2015 academic year and hosting a symposium on mass incarceration in the spring. “Judge Savage has so much to offer our students,” said Dean Michael J. Yelnosky. “She has worked as a lawyer in private practice and in the highest levels of state government, and she had a remarkable career...
  • September 01, 2014 | In the Media
    From Bloomberg News: "Tanker of Kurdish Oil in Legal Fight Remains Off Texas," by Harry R. Weber and Laurel Brubaker Calkins Aug 29, 2014: A tanker carrying 1 million barrels of disputed Kurdish oil remains off Texas, according to the vessel’s operator. The United Kalavryta, which left Ceyhan, Turkey, on June 23 and arrived off the coast of Galveston July 26, couldn’t be detected earlier this week, with no updates from the tanker’s Automated Identification System’s transponder from early Aug....
  • August 29, 2014 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Lawyers denounce R.I. Superior Court Judge Lanphear’s directive to divulge plea agreements," by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, August 28, 2014: The criminal defense community expressed outrage this week over a court decision chastising two lawyers for “judge shopping” in their handling of a drug dealer’s criminal case. Public Defender Mary S. McElroy and Andrew Horwitz, director of the criminal defense clinic at the Roger Williams University...
  • August 22, 2014 | In the Media
    From THE TODAY SHOW/NBC News: "Chelsea Manning Says Military Still Denying Gender Treatment" by Tracy Connor August 22, 2014: A year after requesting gender-reassignment treatment, convicted national-security leaker Chelsea Manning says the military has given her nothing but "lip service." In an exclusive statement to NBC News, the former Army private once known as Bradley Manning said life in the military lockup at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has restricted her ability to express her gender...
  • August 22, 2014 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Cyberstalking charge cannot survive 1st Amendment claim" by Pat Murphy  August 14, 2014: The First Amendment barred the conviction of a union leader charged with cyberstalking for sending a number of “harassing” emails to a state representative during his unsuccessful campaign for reelection in 2010, a Superior Court judge recently decided in a case of first impression. A District Court judge had found teachers’ union executive John A. Leidecker guilty of...