March 16, 2017 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., March 10, 2017 – As part of Roger Williams University School of Law’s Alternative Spring Break program, 61 law students are providing free legal services to impoverished communities in 17 locations ranging from the Bronx to Haiti.
On the program’s first international trip, three RWU law students will offer know-your-rights presentations at the YWCA in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, talking to young women about domestic violence situations and addressing privacy issues related...
March 16, 2017 | In the Media
From THE HUFFINGTON POST: "The Gay Refugee Lawyer Who Helped Fight The Muslim Ban" by Christopher Mathias, Omar Kasrawi NEW YORK, March 15, 2017 ― Luis Mancheno [RWU Law '13] remembers the moment he knew he had to get out of Ecuador. [...] First on a student visa to Willamette University in Oregon, where he learned he could claim asylum in the U.S. as a refugee fleeing persecution. (He was granted asylum in 2009.) And then to Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island on a full...
March 15, 2017 | In the Media
From WPRO 630: The Gene Valicenti Show, "Gene talks with RWU Law Dean Michael Yelnosky about the LSAT exam."For 70 years, the LSAT has been a rite of passage to legal education, a test designed to gauge students’ ability to learn the law. But its dominance could change. Beginning this fall, Harvard Law School will allow applicants to submit their scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Law School Admission Test. Dean Michael J. Yelnosky speaks with WPRO's Gene Valicenti about...
February 27, 2017 | In the Media
From the New York Times: “NY Today: Refugee, Immigrant, and Citizen” by Alexandra S. Levine
Feb. 27, 2017: When Luis Mancheno was 14 and living in Quito, Ecuador, he knew he had to learn English, and fast.
It was around that age that he realized he would eventually need to leave his evangelical family, his all-boys Catholic school and his country: He feared they would reject him for being gay.
So he holed up with the “Harry Potter” books, and he studied the movies’ English subtitles.
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. […]