Upcoming Events

marine law symposium


marine law symposium


The People's Fight for Water, Power & Light
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One Empire Plaza, Providence, RI - Room 434
Professor Robert B. Kent '01H Law Library Student Lounge Dedication
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
RWU Law Library - Bristol Campus
Jeopardy! | RWU Law
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
School of Law | Appellate Courtroom 283
Marine Law Symposium
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI
LSAT Free Practice Test
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
RWU Law Experiential Campus, 1 Empire Street, 4th Floor, Providence, RI 02903


By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
Less than two years ago, RWU Law hosted a day-long symposium on the issue of mass incarceration, an event attended by approximately 350 judges, lawyers, law students, and others.  It was a...

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  • 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 |
    WHAT:  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 12, 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....
  • July 20, 2016 | News & Features
    From RWU Law Magazine: “From Hate to Hope” by Jill Rodriguez ’05 As he hunted through nearly a century’s worth of ownership records and auction catalogues to establish a recovery claim for a 19th century painting of a German peasant girl, Glenn Friedemann’s thoughts kept returning to his father and grandfather. This wasn’t just a case of returning a possession stolen by the Nazis (some 70 years earlier at the time) to its rightful owner, the Max Stern Estate. It was nothing less than...
  • July 20, 2016 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Bar: ruling on fee motions to add expense, complexity” by Sheri Qualters July 20, 2016: A recent state Supreme Court decision finding that affidavits or testimony supporting counsel fee motions should come from a Rhode Island bar member who is not part of the case brings clarity and consistency to the process but also makes it more costly and complicated, practitioners say. The Supreme Court vacated Superior Court Judge Bennett R. Gallo’s decision to award...
  • July 15, 2016 | In the Media
    From Wallethub: “Should Marijuana Be Legal?” by John S Kiernan July 15, 2016: Call it a sign of society’s moral erosion, an act of economic desperation or folks finally coming to their senses, but a record-high number of Americans – 61% – now support marijuana legalization […] Not everyone is ready to climb aboard Puff the Magic Dragon just yet, however. […] With that in mind and much of the pot problem still unsolved, we turned to a panel of 26 leading experts in the fields of economics,...
  • July 14, 2016 | In the Media
    From the Providence Journal: “In case of Ginsburg vs. Trump, justice overstepped her bounds“ by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal Columnist July 14, 2016: While her criticism is meritorious, the Notorious RBG’s feud with the Vainglorious DJT puts her in a position that might prove precarious if Donald J. Trump ends up victorious. […] Michael J. Yelnosky, dean of the Roger Williams University School of Law, said no law or rule prohibits Ginsburg from saying what she said. But, he said, “I think she...