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 The Cutting Edge Symposium

Info Session for Prospective Students
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8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Public Interest Potluck
SEP
11
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Providence, RI
4th Annual Professor Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture Series
SEP
24
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Omni Hotel Providence
1L Marine Affairs "Meet the Bay" Boat Trip with Save The Bay
SEP
25
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Leaves from Herreshoff Dock, Bristol
3rd Annual Law Alumni Weekend
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25
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Bristol/Providence

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The Marine Affairs Institute holds a major symposium every other year. These events draw national and international experts in their various fields to RWU Law. Students can attend these symposia for free. Past topics range from fisheries law, climate change and the legacy of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.



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  • August 31, 2015 | In the Media
    From the Providence Journal: “Exhibit in Bristol and Providence examines fate of Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany” by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer Listen to Professor David Logan discuss the exhibit with Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News. BRISTOL, R.I., Aug. 29, 2015 — When Adolf Hitler assumed power in Germany in 1933, one of the first segments of society he took aim at were those trained as defenders of rights and justice — lawyers. […]   An exhibition now on...
  • August 27, 2015 | News & Features
    The challenges are staggering. Roughly a third of Providence public school students are “chronically absent,” demonstrate disruptive behavior, and/or struggle with math and reading – all symptoms indicating a higher risk of dropout before graduation. But the tide has dramatically begun to turn thanks to a deepening collaboration between the City of Providence and City Year Providence, part of the national nonprofit AmeriCorps program. One of 27 such initiatives nationwide, City Year Providence...
  • August 24, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., August 24, 2015 – Judge Edward C. Clifton has joined the faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law, where he will collaborate with students to conduct research on racial and ethnic fairness in the courts. Judge Clifton, who retired from the Rhode Island Superior Court in June after more than two decades on the bench, has also served as a judge on the Providence Municipal Court and the Rhode Island District Court. At RWU Law, his title is Distinguished Jurist in Residence...
  • July 31, 2015 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Immigration detainers require probable cause: qualified immunity arguments rejected" by Brandon Gee July 29, 2015:  Immigration officials could not claim qualified immunity to obtain summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff imprisoned on an immigration detainer for 24 hours despite the fact that she is a United States citizen, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has determined. The defendants, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and...
  • July 27, 2015 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Ruling seen as must-read for defense, prosecution: ‘Brady’ rules reexamined in Tempest verdict reversal" by Pat Murphy  July 23, 2015: Judge Daniel A. Procaccini made headlines across the nation earlier this month when he vacated the 1992 murder conviction of Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr. While the ultimate fate of Tempest remains uncertain given the state’s intention to appeal the decision, the Providence Superior Court judge’s 79-page opinion in...
  • July 22, 2015 | News & Features
    Alyssa Boss ’97 graduated with RWU Law’s second law school class and she hasn’t stopped learning since. As Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Care New England Health System (CNE), Boss finds challenges every day on the job in keeping up with changes in health law. “It’s just rapidly evolving,” she says. “Regulations are changing all the time.” A network of hospital buildings sits outside Boss’s Providence office. “It’s challenging, and I like challenges,” she says. “This enables...
  • July 20, 2015 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Probation tops defense bar’s wish list for governor’s panel" by Pat Murphy  July 17, 2015: Defense attorneys are hopeful that an overhaul of the state’s probation system will be one of the primary outcomes of a process started earlier this month with Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s formation of a panel to study and recommend criminal justice reforms. The governor issued an executive order establishing the Justice Reinvestment Working Group on July 7. The...
  • July 13, 2015 | In the Media
    From the Washington Post: "Christie hires campaign manager and appoints senior staff" by Philip Rucker Morristown, N.J., July 3, 2015: Gov. Chris Christie has hired a seasoned Republican strategist to manage his nascent presidential campaign and has recruited other veteran operatives to round out a senior staff that also will include the top advisers who charted his rise in New Jersey. Ken McKay [RWU Law '96], a well-regarded operative who previously has served as chief of staff at the...
  • July 10, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., July 9, 2015 – Some 70 years after its horrors unfolded, the Holocaust still has stories to reveal and lessons to share. The highly acclaimed international exhibit, “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich,” will be visiting Rhode Island throughout August and September. The showing – which will be installed at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol during August, and the U.S. District Court in Providence during September – is co-...
  • July 07, 2015 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Prof helps lift ‘ghostwriting’ sanctions against attorneys" by Pat Murphy June 26, 2015:  The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently lifted sanctions against three attorneys who authored pleadings on behalf of pro se defendants in separate debt collection cases. Peter S. Margulies lent a helping hand to the court in clarifying whether the practice of ghostwriting is permissible under the state’s civil rules and rules of professional conduct. The Roger...
  • July 06, 2015 | In the Media
    From the Providence Journal: "Scalia’s vitriol undercuts his influence" by Edward Fitzpatrick July 3, 2015:  [...] “When it comes to penning baroquely articulated vitriol, Justice Antonin Scalia may rival William Shakespeare,” Slate states, noting that his Obamacare dissent includes the terms “pure applesauce” and “jiggery-pokery” and his same-sex marriage dissent mentions “mummeries” and “judicial Putsch.” [...] When the court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex...
  • July 02, 2015 | In the Media
    From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: “BP settlement ‘predictable’ end to historic legal battle, experts say” by Jennifer Larino, the Times-Picayune. NEW ORLEANS, July 02, 2015: BP has agreed to pay $18.7 billion to settle federal, state and local government claims related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The deal – the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history – closes the book on years of ongoing litigation and opens a pathway for billions of dollars to flow into coastal...
  • July 01, 2015 | In the Media
    From WPRO News Talk 630: "Gene talks with Dean Yelnosky about the Supreme Court's ruling on Same Sex Marriage." WPRO's Gene Valicenti talks with Dean Yelnosky about the substance and implications of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. To listen, click here.
  • June 30, 2015 | News & Features
    June 30, 2015: The Supreme Court of the United States issued a major decision in a lethal-injection case on Monday – and it cites a standout law alumnus's student Note from Roger Williams University Law Review. The student in question, Jesse Nason ’05, B.S. ’02, was valedictorian of his law class, and is now a partner with the law firm of Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum in Cranston, R.I. Prior, Jesse served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Justices of the Rhode Island Superior Court. “I am...
  • June 16, 2015 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "State senate committee told municipalities making gains in APRA compliance in face of criticism" by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jun. 16, 2015 --  Ten months after a coalition of First Amendment advocates issued a report faulting state and local agencies for approaching the revised state open records law with indifference, "if not outright hostility," a lawyer for the attorney general’s office told state senators Monday that towns and...