February 21, 2017 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., Feb. 15, 2017 – A groundbreaking exhibit titled “Do Lord Remember Me: The Black Church in Rhode Island” will open at Roger Williams University on Tuesday, Feb. 28, and will feature a powerful performance by actor Joe Wilson Jr., plus a panel discussion.
From Feb. 28 through March 6, RWU and RWU Law will host the traveling exhibit in the second-floor atrium of the School of Law building on the university’s Bristol campus. The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday, from...
February 17, 2017 | In the Media
From SLATE: “A Good American: How Trump’s immigration ban explicitly smears Muslims as being potentially hostile to the Constitution” by RWU Law Professor Jared A. Goldstein
Feb. 14, 2017: President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries — an order that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals kept on hold last week — does not explicitly exclude people because of their faith. Instead, the language of the order uses...
February 17, 2017 | News & Features
RWU Law Professor Peter Margulies writes:
In the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures, the United States administration faced a daunting series of challenges on surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy. Congress was reluctant to enact comprehensive legislation. Moreover, Snowden’s revelations had triggered an international trust deficit. To deal with these challenges, the executive branch under President Barack Obama resorted to two alternatives: soft law and agency discretion. Soft law entails...
January 30, 2017 | News & Features
Jared A. Goldstein, RWU professor of law who teaches constitutional law and a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney, has contributed the following essay to the RWU First Amendment Blog. Professor Goldstein is available for interviews:
President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday, Jan. 27, that violates the bedrock principles upon which Roger Williams founded Rhode Island.
I’ve always been proud to work at a university named for Roger Williams, whose commitment to religious...
January 26, 2017 | News & Features
From the National Law Journal: "Syrian Refugees to Receive Law School Scholarships" by Karen Sloan
January 25, 2017: Roger Williams University School of Law will provide two Syrian refugees with full scholarships as part of a large consortium of schools vowing to help those from the war-torn country.
The Bristol, Rhode Island, law school is the first among the Institute of International Education’s 60-campus Syria Consortium to offer a free Juris Doctor degree to Syrian refugees. Roger Williams...
January 17, 2017 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., Jan. 17, 2016 – David E. Coombs, the Chief Justice Weisberger Visiting Professor of Law at the Roger Williams University School of Law who has represented Chelsea Manning, issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision on Tuesday to commute the bulk of Manning’s sentence: “I am very thankful that the president decided to grant Chelsea’s commutation. I was shocked and overjoyed when I found out,” Coombs said. “I think anyone who was able to see...
January 14, 2017 | News & Features
Michael J. Yelnosky, Dean of the RWU School of Law and professor of law, who has studied and written extensively about labor law issues, contibuted this piece to RWU's First Amendment Blog:
In all likelihood, sometime in 2017 a new U.S. Supreme Court justice will take the bench and fill the vacancy created by the death last year of Justice Antonin Scalia. Sometime thereafter, I am confident, the court will reverse almost 40 years of precedent and rule that the First Amendment prohibits...
January 14, 2017 | In the Media
From FOX Providence's Dan Yorke State of Mind: "Co-Author of the RWU Law policy analysis of driver’s licenses for undocumented Rhode Islanders"January 12, 2017: Deborah Gonzalez, Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the Roger Williams School of Law, joined Dan Yorke to discuss the findings of “A Legal and Policy Analysis of Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Rhode Islanders.”For full story, click here.
January 13, 2017 | In the Media
FROM NBC NEWS: “Army Leaker Chelsea Manning on Obama’s ‘Short List’ for Commutation” by Cynthia McFadden, Kevin Monahan, William M. Arkin and Tracy ConnorJanuary 11, 2017: President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material, on his short list for a possible commutation, a Justice Department source told NBC News. A decision could come as soon as Wednesday for Manning, who has tried to commit suicide twice this...
January 05, 2017 | News & Features
PROVIDENCE, R.I., January 5, 2017 – Issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island would lead to safer roads and potentially better economic opportunities, according to a legal and policy analysis that the Roger Williams University School of Law and the Latino Policy Institute at RWU released on Thursday.
The analysis found that Rhode Island has the largest percentage of uninsured motorists in New England, and the state contains an estimated 30,000 undocumented...
January 03, 2017 | In the Media
FROM: Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly. “Trump win seen as sealing fate of DOL persuader rule” by Pat Murphy
December 15, 2016: […] On Nov. 16, U.S. District Court Judge Sam R. Cummings in the Southern District of Texas issued a permanent injunction stopping implementation of the DOL’s new Persuader Advice Exemption Rule. The regulation would have greatly expanded the reporting requirements of attorneys who provide advice to employers in the course of union-organizing campaigns. […]
January 03, 2017 | News & Features
David A. Logan, professor of law and former dean of RWU Law, who has studied and written extensively about First Amendment issues, contibuted this piece to RWU's First Amendment Blog:
Among President-elect Donald Trump's many ill-informed campaign statements was that he was "going to open up libel laws."
Where to begin? First, libel law was, and remains, state law. Second, while federal legislation does impact pockets of libel law (most notably, the Communications Decency Act protects websites...
December 19, 2016 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., December 19, 2016: RWU School of Law will honor three outstanding legal luminaries and a public interest legal organization as Champions for Justice in recognition of their “impact and accomplishments” in supporting the school’s social justice programs.
A special awards dinner will precede the law school’s annual Public Interest Auction at the Omni Providence Hotel on Friday, January 27, 2017. The event will “shine a light on RWU Law students and alumni, celebrating their...
December 15, 2016 | News & Features
BRISTOL, December 14, 2016 – The law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP in Providence has made a gift to Roger Williams University School of Law in support of the school’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Keynote Address and Diversity Symposium Dinner.
“Nixon Peabody looks forward to advancing its commitment to diversity in the practice of law through its exciting new partnership with the Law School,” said Andrew Prescott, managing partner of Nixon Peabody LLP’s Providence office. “The MLK Jr. Lecture and...
December 09, 2016 | In the Media
From GoLocalProv: “Rhode Island Courts Could Soon Have Only One Minority Judge” by Kate Nagle
December 08, 2016: Could Rhode Island — a state whose population is more than 25% minority — soon have just one judge of color on the state’s roster of 85 judges and magistrates? [See RWU Law Magazine coverage of this question.]
“I think you start off with the recognition that the justice system ought to reflect the people subjected to it,” said Roger Williams University Professor of Law David...