January 29, 2016 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., January 29, 2016: RWU Law’s Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education today honors two outstanding legal luminaries and a legal organization as Champions for Justice in recognition of their “impact and accomplishments” in supporting the school’s public interest programs.
The special awards dinner will begin at 6 p.m., preceding the law school’s annual Public Interest Auction at the Omni Providence Hotel, with both events “shining a light on RWU Law students and...
January 27, 2016 | In the Media
From The National Law Journal: "Bellying Up To The Bar Exam Early: New York's novel pro bono program opens to out-of-state third-year law students," by Karen Sloan, NLJ
Jan. 25, 2016: Laura Rodriguez won't graduate from Roger Williams University School of Law until May, but she's spending her days studying for the bar exam instead of sitting in class.
Rodriguez is one of 11 third-year law students from seven schools outside New York who will take the February bar then spend three months working...
January 25, 2016 | News & Features
Bristol, R.I., January 25, 2016 – At the culmination of a captivating, often emotional, frequently humorous address at RWU Law on Thursday, the speaker paused, surveyed his audience, then slowly intoned:
“I am Carlton W. Reeves, District Judge of the Southern District of Mississippi, and I sit in the seat once held by William Harold Cox” (a reference to the virulently racist judge immortalized in the 1988 film “Mississippi Burning,” on a 1965 trial for the murder of three Mississippi civil...
January 21, 2016 | In the Media
From the Providence Journal: “Mississippi judge speaks up in face of racial hatred” by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal columnist
Jan. 21, 2016: U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves didn’t just consult the applicable federal guidelines when sentencing the three young white men who admitted they were hunting black people when they beat, ran over and killed a man in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2011.
Rather, Reeves delivered a searing speech, placing their deeds in historical context, pointing to how far...
January 15, 2016 | News & Features
PROVIDENCE, Jan. 15, 2016: Professor Emily Sack has joined the board of Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, an advocacy organization working to eliminate gender bias in the state.
WFRI's acting board chair Daria Kreher recently announced the appointment of Sack together with those of two other "community leaders with widely varying backgrounds," Beverly Wiley and David Vanech.
“The Board of Directors serves as the critical foundation for our organization," Kreher said. "With their business and...
January 14, 2016 | In the Media
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Lawsuit over fatal motorcycle crash not barred by settlement,” by Noah Schaffer.
January 7, 2016: A defendant’s responses to settlement offers over claims arising from a fatal motorcycle accident included additional conditions that precluded the formation of the mutual assent necessary for a binding agreement, a Superior Court judge has found. […]
The 14-page decision is Greenhalgh, et al. v. Keegan […]
Professor Tanya Monestier of Roger Williams University...
January 07, 2016 | In the Media
From Oregon Public Broadcasting (NPR): "The Latest On The Armed Occupation In Burns" by Julie Sabatier, OPB
Jan. 6, 2016: Self-described militiamen have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Building in Burns, Oregon. We’ll get the latest on this developing story.
Amanda Peacher: Reporter for OPB News
Jared Goldstein: Law professor at Roger Williams University School of Law
Amelia Templeton: Reporter for OPB News
Daryl Johnson: Former analyst at the Department of Homeland...
December 28, 2015 | In the Media
From The National Law Journal: “Feds Snag Significant Tort Wins: Massive civil, criminal fines mark 2015 cases,” by Amanda Bronstad
December 28, 2015: Mass torts were at the heart of colossal legal settlements in 2015, particularly involving the federal government.
In October, BP PLC agreed to an unprecedented $20 billion deal with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve environmental violations that stemmed from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One month earlier, the Justice...
December 22, 2015 | In the Media
From NBC News: “VW Is Latest to Enlist Ken Feinberg, the Go-To Guy for Crisis Settlements” by Martha C. White
[…] With the announcement that it had retained lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, Volkswagen of America is getting a "Wolf" of its own.
An expert in compensation and mediation who formerly served as Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy's chief of staff, Feinberg, 70, has become a legal guru for companies and organizations facing huge settlements — which is what experts say the automaker will need to...
December 17, 2015 | In the Media
From The Providence Journal: "Looking for greater diversity in R.I.'s judicial pipeline" by Edward Fitzpatrick
December 17. 2015: In an interview for The Providence Journal’s “Race in Rhode Island” series, Governor Raimondo vowed to appoint people of color to state judgeships during her four-year term, but noted that all 15 finalists for three current judicial vacancies are white, and she called for more “diversity in the pipeline.”
Michael J. Yelnosky, dean of the Roger Williams University...
December 10, 2015 | In the Media
From NBC 10 NEWS: “Investigation into RI judge lengthy, costly,” by Parker Gavigan CRANSTON, R.I., Dec. 9, 2015: The accusations against Rhode Island District Court Judge Rafael Ovalles are lengthy: sexual harassment, the mistreatment of woman, attorneys, court employees, and the public. Add to that, charges of poor performance and odd behavior, like repeatedly taking his pants off in his office while in the presence of others, as well as taking naps during the middle of the day. "I have not...
December 10, 2015 | In the Media
From the Providence Sunday Journal: “The Jail Trap: Minorities are sent to prison and put on probation far more than whites,” by John Hill, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, Nov. 6, 2015: In the movies and on television, when the crime is solved and the wrongdoer convicted, the story ends, usually with someone headed to prison.
But in the real world, those in the criminal justice system say, it’s not the end. A whole other story starts when the convict gets out. It’s a story about not being able...
November 24, 2015 | News & Features
Arash Heidarian ’05 recently returned to RWU Law to celebrate his ten-year reunion at the Third Annual Law Alumni Weekend. “I have a lot of great memories here,” says Heidarian. “I think the school gave me a really solid basis to build and develop my own career.”
Now an in-house corporate counsel with Amazon.com, Heidarian juggles the fast pace of working for the largest internet-based retailer in the United States. Between compliance counseling, launching products and establishing new...
November 15, 2015 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., Nov. 16, 2015 – With the number of first-year students up 32 percent since the fall of 2013 – 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...
November 15, 2015 | In the Media
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Liability, insurance issues abound as drone use soars: limits of tort law to be tested by new technology” by Pat Murphy
November 4, 2015: The proliferation of drones may well present a range of novel liability questions that lawyers and judges haven’t had to answer since the automobile began populating the nation’s roadways in the 1920s and ’30s. […]
The statistics bear out the impression that the friendly skies are not as safe as they once were....