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  • 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...
  • June 13, 2015 | In the Media
    From WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR station: Warwick resident Nicholas Rovinski sits in a jail cell accused of conspiring to support the Islamic State in Iraq. Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon spoke with Roger Williams Law School Professor Peter Margulies about the charges against Rovinski and federal anti-terrorism law. Margulies explains the FBI's case against Rovinski and says U.S. law allows a relatively wide definition of the term "conspiracy." Margulies observes that...
  • June 09, 2015 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “Summit examines ways to deliver proper treatment to R.I.'s mentally ill” by Rich Salit, Journal Staff Writer WARWICK, R.I., Jun. 8, 2015 — Recognizing that the state is falling short when it comes to caring for people with behavioral health problems — and too often imprisoning those struggling with addiction and mental illness instead of treating them — Governor Raimondo and other top state officials convened a day-long conference on Monday to discuss what's wrong...
  • June 06, 2015 | In the Media
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "Nonprofit ensures income is no barrier to justice" by Patricia Daddona PROVIDENCE, June 6, 2015 -- Misty Delgado left corporate employment to become a fellow at the Center for Justice, a new, independent nonprofit dedicated to public-interest law and helping people on low incomes get legal representation. Delgado's clients include a Hispanic man from Providence who lost his job but was denied unemployment benefits. The individual had a 10-year history with the...
  • May 28, 2015 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Face of Justice in Ocean State" by David A. Logan In a May 17 piece (“Race in Rhode Island”), The Journal reported that minority populations in our state have increased by nearly 500 percent since 1970, while the white population decreased by nearly 12 percent. The series spotlighted some of the many challenges Rhode Island faces as we become more ethnically and racially diverse. The changing complexion of society is occurring on the national level, as well,...
  • May 28, 2015 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Prosecutors, defense object to closed hearing in R.I. sex-trafficking case" by Katie Mulvaney PROVIDENCE, R.I., May 27, 2015 — Federal prosecutors have joined a defense lawyer in objecting to U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi's order closing a courtroom during a plea hearing for a woman accused of sex trafficking. [...] Andrew Horwitz, a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law, said he had only seen a courtroom closed in cases involving a child...
  • May 27, 2015 | News & Features
    A young person’s passage from the sheltered years of childhood to the independence of adulthood can be traumatic for any parent. But when the child reaching 18 is mentally or physically unable to handle adult responsibilities and demands, establishing an appropriate form of guardianship can carry emotional and financial burdens of its own. One of dozens of programs coordinated through the Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law, the Bradley Hospital Guardianship...
  • May 15, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 15, 2015 – A cool, sunny and breezy day on Mt. Hope Bay provided the perfect backdrop as the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland – recently retired as Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice, and the first African-American to serve on the court in its 305-year history – addressed the 115 graduates of the Class of 2015 during Commencement exercises Friday. Judge Ireland notably voted in favor of same-sex marriage as his state became the first in the nation to legalize it in 2003...
  • May 11, 2015 | In the Media
    From the NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL: "It's Plaintiffs' Turn to Attack BP Deal" by Amanda Bronstad May 11, 2015: Lead plaintiffs attorneys petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last month to reverse changes to the way claim amounts are calculated. Those accounting changes were put into place after that court agreed with BP PLC that the claims administrator was using an accounting method that could have paid thousands of businesses with no oil-spill losses. "What turns out to be a...
  • April 08, 2015 | News & Features
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 9, 2015 – To help address the growing volume of unmet legal needs among vulnerable individuals, families and communities in Rhode Island, representatives from the Rhode Island Center for Justice and the Roger Williams University School of Law gathered with elected officials, members of the bench and bar, and allied community organizations today to formally launch the Center for Justice, a new nonprofit public interest law center. The Center for Justice’s Board of...
  • April 06, 2015 | News & Features
    See the Providence Journal's coverage. BRISTOL, R.I., April 6, 2015 – The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland – the recently retired Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice who was the first African-American appointed to that court in its 305-year history and who notably voted in favor of same-sex marriage as his state became the first in the nation to legalize it – will deliver the Commencement address and be awarded an honorary degree at the Roger Williams University School of Law ceremony. “...
  • April 02, 2015 | In the Media
    From the Providence Journal: "Innocence Project lawyer the last to testify" by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I., Apr. 1, 2015 — Testimony concluded Tuesday in Raymond D. "Beaver" Tempest Jr.'s bid to overturn his conviction for murdering a 22-year-old Woonsocket woman in 1982. Betty Anne Waters [RWU Law '98], the Rhode Island lawyer who pursued his innocence claim with a legal team from the New England Innocence Project, was the final witness to take the stand in the...