December 07, 2016 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., Dec. 6, 2016 – Roger Williams University on Tuesday launched a First Amendment blog, providing a timely new venue for debating, discussing and defending the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. The blog draws its inspiration from Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, who advocated for separation of church and state – a concept that’s now a cornerstone of American democracy. The blog will draw on the expertise of the faculty, staff and students at RWU...
December 01, 2016 | In the Media
From WPRO AM 630's The Gene Valicenti Show: "Gene talks with Dean Yelnosky About Flag Burning"
President-elect Donald Trump recently proposed a penalty -- including possible jail time or loss of citizenship -- for burning the American flag. But Dean Michael Yelnosky explains the two US Supreme Court rulings that protect the act under the First Amendment as a form of free speech.
Click here to hear the full interview.
December 01, 2016 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “Police try to gauge the Trump Effect in R.I.” by Amanda Milkovits, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 — […] This is the reality of policing in Rhode Island, where the immigrant population has increased, where people of color make up more than a quarter of the population and where police officers are called to serve a diverse community.
Even as violent protests have erupted nationally over officer-involved slayings of black people,...
November 04, 2016 | News & Features
By Professor Peter S. Margulies
My scholarship and advocacy were recently cited by the en banc D.C. Circuit in an important decision on military commissions, Bahlul v. United States, 2016 U.S. App. Lexis 18852 (Oct. 20, 2016) (upholding the conspiracy conviction of a former aide to Osama bin Laden who played a supporting role in preparations for 9/11); see decision here. The full court voted 6-3 to uphold the conviction; my work played a significant part in the decision.
Judge Patricia Millett...
October 21, 2016 | News & Features
Marine debris will be the focus of the Tenth Marine Law Symposium, to be held at RWU Law on Friday, November 4, with a featured keynote by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.
For a registration fee of just $50, this comprehensive conference is approved for six (6) Rhode Island MCLE credits (with zero legal ethics credits). Register here.
“We are bringing together national and local environmental leaders working on innovative ways to address marine debris,” said Julia Wyman, director of RWU Law’s Marine...
September 28, 2016 | In the Media
From TIME Magazine: "Whether the Second Amendment Applies to All Citizens Is Not a New Question" by Arica L. Coleman
Sept. 26, 2016: [...] After the American Revolution, the fear of disarmament was widespread, particularly among southern whites who feared they would be left vulnerable in a slaveholding south. As Constitutional law expert Carl T. Bogus has argued, James Madison wrote the amendment as a guarantee to his constituents in Virginia and to the south at large “that Congress could not...
September 20, 2016 | News & Features
Insider trading laws are a hot-button issue vitally important to America’s business environment.
Here’s your chance to hear a top expert in the field unravel the complexities and uncertainties surrounding current civil liability and enforcement practice surrounding insider trading laws. Focusing on the unusual historic development of this body of law – and the absence of any federal statutory framework – an experienced attorney in the field will trace changes in the government's enforcement...
September 15, 2016 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “With protesters chanting outside, Paolino announces plan for Kennedy Plaza” by Amanda Milkovits, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sep 14, 2016 — Kennedy Plaza may be the city's historic public gathering place, but there are competing visions for the people who congregate here.
Former Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., the new chairman of the Downtown Improvement District, says he has suggestions to clean up Kennedy Plaza and help the needy, including an ordinance...
September 08, 2016 | News & Features
PROVIDENCE, Sept. 8, 2016 – At a ribbon-cutting ceremony formally opening its new downtown campus, Roger Williams University showcased the school’s growing impact on the city’s social and economic fabric – from helping ex-convicts reintegrate into their communities, to delivering college credits to inner-city high school students, to keeping the lights on for poor families in medical distress. “It’s a new model – a private university with a public purpose,” said RWU President Donald J. Farish...
September 06, 2016 |
In a press conference at its new Providence Experiential Campus, Roger Williams University will showcase individuals benefiting from the school’s ever-expanding role in Providence’s social and economic fabric (whether helping ex-convicts reintegrate into their communities, delivering a semester’s worth of college credits to inner-city high school students, providing immigration assistance to the undocumented, or keeping the lights on for poor families in medical distress) and...
August 30, 2016 | In the Media
From WPRI 12's Newsmakers: "38 Studios document debate" by Tim White PROVIDENCE, August 26, 2016 – State officials have begun a formal review of whether to release any of the materials generated during the 38 Studios criminal investigation under the state’s open-records law. […] Roger Williams University School of Law Professor Niki Kuckes noted grand jury materials are rarely made public to ensure the integrity of the process. “The attorney general is taking is a very legitimate prosecutorial...
August 15, 2016 | News & Features
One hallmark of an education at RWU Law is instruction in lawyering skills. We teach students both how to think like lawyers and how to act like lawyers. We have been recognized for our innovative curriculum, and last year we joined a small group of law schools that now require a third semester of instruction in legal writing, one of the most important lawyering skills. This year we welcome two new members of the faculty who will help us continue to deliver the best legal...
August 11, 2016 | News & Features
Read and listen to Professor Kuckes on Rhode Island's NPR on 38 Studios.
Professor Kuckes quoted in an earlier Providence Journal article on 38 Studios.
Good reason for secrecy on 38 Studios
By Niki Kuckes
Aug. 9, 2016: Late last month, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and State Police Supt. Steven O'Donnell announced that they will not — for now at least — seek criminal indictments for the failed 38 Studios bond offering. Nor will they seek to make public the evidence from their four-year...
July 28, 2016 | News & Features
From The Boston Globe: "He couldn't get a visa and he couldn't get deported. So he went to law school instead." by Maria Sacchetti
Antonio Massa Viana was a star law student at Roger Williams University. He edited the law review and triumphed in the moot court competition. The Supreme Court chief justice knew his name.
He was also in the United States illegally, diving headlong into a profession where the laws were literally stacked against him. Except in Massachusetts, where in 2014...
July 22, 2016 | In the Media
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Judges feeling their way on web-based jurisdiction issue” by Pat Murphy
July 21, 2016: Lawyers investigating whether an out-of-state defendant’s operation of a website provides a basis for suing the party in local federal court will find few bright-line rules coming from decisions issued in the 1st Circuit. […]
Courts are having a difficult time coming up with a practical framework for dealing with the issue of web-based jurisdiction, said professor Tanya J....