February 19, 2015 | News & Features
Roger Williams University School of Law is proud to announce that renowned criminal defense lawyer David Coombs will serve as the Joseph R. Weisberger Visiting Associate Professor of Law for the remainder of this academic year and for the 2015-2016 academic year. Coombs – who previously taught at RWU Law as an adjunct faculty member and rejoined the faculty this year as a visitor – will coach the school’s trial team and teach subjects related to criminal law and trial advocacy. ...
February 19, 2015 | In the Media
From WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR: "Can Murder Charges For Selling Drugs Stop Overdose Deaths?" by Kristin Gourlay
February 18, 2015: A Providence man has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge for selling the illicit drug fentanyl - a potent painkiller sometimes laced in heroin - that led to a woman’s overdose death. It’s the first time Rhode Island prosecutors have brought murder charges in connection with an overdose death. But the trend is taking hold nationwide.
More and more prosecutors across...
February 10, 2015 | News & Features
It is with great sadness and fond memories that Roger Williams University School of Law notes the passing of an esteemed educator, scholar, colleague and friend, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law Robert Brydon Kent, H’91, who died at his Lexington, Mass., home on February 5, 2015. He was 93 years old.
Professor Kent’s accomplishments over more than 60 years in legal education are too numerous to recount. In addition to his tenure at RWU Law, he taught on the law faculties at Boston...
February 09, 2015 | News & Features
Roger Williams University School of Law last week welcomed Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., 46th Solicitor General of the United States, for a “Fireside Chat” with Professor Jared Goldstein, a one-time Bristow Fellow in the Solicitor General’s Office.
Professor Goldstein began the conversation by asking if those who address the Solicitor General as “General” are incorrect. “I’m not a general,” Verrilli replied. As with the term “Attorney General,” he explained, the term goes back to England in the time...
February 05, 2015 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Bills that would define traffic obstruction as a crime draw opposition" by Jennifer Bogdan, Journal State House Bureau
February 04, 2015: Two bills drafted in response to the protest that brought traffic to a halt on Route 95 in November drew a wealth of backlash Wednesday as many suggested the laws would hamper freedom of speech and impose possibly unintended consequences on panhandlers and jaywalkers.
[...] Five protesters were arrested and charged with...
February 03, 2015 | News & Features
Roger Williams University School of Law is pleased to welcome Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., 46th Solicitor General of the United States, for a “Fireside Chat” with Professor Jared Goldstein.
The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, in Room 283, the school’s Appellate Courtroom. Seating is limited. RSVP required to the Office of Programs & Events at email@example.com or (401) 254-4659.
The Solicitor General is the lawyer appointed to represent the U.S....
January 30, 2015 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., Dec. 19, 2014 – In a move that will profoundly amplify the presence of Roger Williams University School of Law in downtown Providence and provide law students with enhanced access to hands-on, experiential opportunities in the capital city, Roger Williams University has agreed to lease 76,566 square feet of space at One Empire Plaza from property owner Berkeley Investments, Inc.
RWU Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky joined RWU President Donald J. Farish, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras...
January 26, 2015 | In the Media
From the Providence Journal: "Freedom for ‘opinions that we loathe’" by Edward Fitzpatrick
January 24, 2015: [...] Here in the United States, we adhere (more so than most countries) to a notion that [Oliver Wendell] Holmes, a former U.S. Supreme Court justice, articulated in one of his dissents: “If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought — not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom...
January 23, 2015 | In the Media
From Reuters: “PLO faces U.S. civil trial over terror attacks in Israel” by Jonathan Stempel
NEW YORK Sun Jan 11, 2015 (Reuters) - More than a decade after a series of shootings and bombings in the Jerusalem area, a trial is slated this week in New York to determine whether the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority should pay up to $1 billion to victims.
[…] Last month, Judge Daniels rejected the PLO's bid to throw out the lawsuit seeking $1 billion - a sum the plaintiffs...
January 19, 2015 | In the Media
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: “Could BP, Feds settle in massive 2010 oil spill civil case?” by Jennifer Larino
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 16, 2015 - BP faces a top fine of $13.7 billion for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, down from a possible $18 billion after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the spill was smaller than the federal government had estimated. […]
But could the latest ruling push both sides into settlement talks?
"Lawyers are intrinsically conservative,"...
January 16, 2015 | In the Media
Dozens of lawyers will return to a New Orleans federal courtroom Tuesday (Jan. 20) to begin the final leg of arguments over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill -- its cause, its impact, and, ultimately, its price tag in pollution fines. [...]
BP reports it has set aside $43 billion to cover spill costs, including more than $25 billion for litigation and claims.
"If nothing else the legal expense that was plowed into this will be a cautionary tale for deepwater exploration in places like the Gulf and...
January 12, 2015 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Ruling for North Kingstown keeps firefighters on 24-hour shift" by Patrick Anderson
Dean Yelnosky delves deeper into the decision in the January 15, 2015, edition of the North East Independent of North Kingstown, RI.
PROVIDENCE, R.I., January 09, 2015 — The state Supreme Court on Friday ruled North Kingstown can make its firefighters work 24-hour shifts despite union opposition. [...]
Michael Yelnosky, dean of Roger Williams Law School and a labor law...
January 08, 2015 | In the Media
From WPRI: "Tsarnaev, Hernandez trials will be very different" by Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 8, 2015 (WPRI) – They’re taking place simultaneously in Massachusetts, but the trials of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez are going to play out in different ways over the next several months.
So what won’t the two trials have in common?
WPRI.com asked former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Robert Corrente...
January 06, 2015 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "New Providence Mayor Elorza sworn in at midnight Sunday in private ceremony" by Kate Bramson
PROVIDENCE, R.I., January 5, 2015 — [On Monday, Jan. 5, 2015,] Jorge O. Elorza was sworn in as Providence’s 38th mayor [...]
Elorza, 38, a former Housing Court Judge and professor at the Roger Williams University School of Law, is the son of Guatemalan immigrants who worked in factories and was raised in the city’s West End. He graduated from Classical High School before...
December 18, 2014 | News & Features
December 23, 2014: Roger Williams University School of Law is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of Super Lawyers’ 2014 “Top 10 Law Schools for Pro Bono Graduation Requirements.”
Super Lawyers is an attorney-rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
In an effort to provide visibility to outstanding law schools who exemplify excellence in service of others, Super Lawyers put together the Top 10 Law...