November 17, 2014 | News & Features
Court was in session at Roger Williams University School of Law recently – for real – when the Honorable John “Jack” McConnell, Jr., of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island heard arguments on two Motions for Summary Judgment earlier this month. The event also included Q & A sessions with the judge and lawyers.
Around 175 students (including all 1L Civil Procedure sections), faculty and staff members packed the appellate courtroom to hear the arguments in what...
November 14, 2014 | In the Media
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Legal Luminaries Celebrate Pro Bono Collaborative"
November 10, 2014: More than 150 guests attended the Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC)’s 5th Annual Cocktail Reception at One Citizens Plaza Rotunda in downtown Providence, R.I. Community leaders and prominent members of the bench and bar, as well as students, faculty, alumni from Roger Williams University School of Law all gathered to celebrate and support the PBC, which partners Rhode Island law firms and...
November 07, 2014 | News & Features
Election Day 2014 was cause for pride at Roger Williams University School of Law, which saw several of its own win important offices – Professor Jorge O. Elorza became mayor-elect of Providence, Rhode Island’s capital and largest city; and alumnus Peter F. Kilmartin ’98 won a second term as the state’s attorney general.
“We could not be more proud of Peter and Jorge,” said RWU Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky. “They are the embodiment of one of RWU Law’s core values – public service. General...
November 07, 2014 | News & Features
Between 1986 and 2006, a series of scandals shook a Rhode Island's political culture had tolerated corruption for far too long.
At the same time, however, the frequency and intensity of these scandals prompted an updraft of investigation and reform that changed Rhode Island for the better.
These transformative years will be discussed by a panel of experts this Thursday in an important presentation, "Secrets & Scandals: Reforming Rhode Island, 1986-2006." Panelists include:
October 30, 2014 | News & Features
You never know who you’ll run into at the School of Law – prominent lawyers, top judges, policymakers from all levels of government. Earlier this month, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) slipped in without fanfare or entourage to enjoy lunch and candid conversation with a few dozen RWU Law students.
“I always knew I was interested in politics,” he said. Growing up in Narragansett, Cicilline became interested in public service for the first time, regularly asking his parents to drop him...
October 29, 2014 | In the Media
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Bench, bar grappling with deficits in court experience" by Pat Murphy.
Oct. 23, 2014: The phenomenon of the “vanishing trial” has lawyers and law firms scrambling to find innovative ways to develop and hone those essential courtroom skills.
The problem is measurable, according to Niki Kuckes, a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law.
“Forty years ago, maybe 10 percent of civil cases went to trial,” Kuckes said. “Now, only about 1 percent of civil...
October 22, 2014 | In the Media
From Rhode Island Lawyer Weekly: "A Quick Word With ... Michael J. Yelnosky: Law school dean aims to give young lawyers leg up" by Pat Murphy
October 16, 2014: On Oct. 2, Roger Williams University School of Law announced that it will extend its Affordable Excellence program — an 18-percent tuition reduction first implemented for the current academic year — through 2015-2016, translating to a savings of approximately $30,426 over the course of three years.
The school also will maintain this year...
October 01, 2014 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., Oct. 2, 2014 – With the number of first-year students up 24 percent since last fall – despite an admissions climate characterized by sharply shrinking enrollments at law schools across the country – Roger Williams University School of Law has pledged to continue its Affordable Excellence initiative to confront increasing costs, rising debt and the job-readiness of graduates, among the most pressing challenges facing legal education today.
For RWU Law students, the continuation of...
September 29, 2014 | In the Media
From WPRO: "Dean Yelnosky on Attorney General Eric Holder," by Steve Klamkin, WPRO Saturday Morning News
Sept. 27, 2014: Dean Michael J. Yelnosky speaks with WPRO's Steve Klamkin about Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation, his legacy and his possible successors.
To listen to the full interview, click here.
September 26, 2014 | In the Media
From TIME Magazine: "WikiLeaks Source Chelsea Manning Sues Govt Over Hormone Treatment Request" by Denver Nicks
Sept. 23, 2014: Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth military prison for leaking classified government documents to WikiLeaks, has sued U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel over the government’s refusal to pay for gender reassignment treatment.
“The government continues to deny Ms. Manning’s access to necessary medical treatment for gender dysphoria,...
September 24, 2014 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 24, 2014 – The Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC) at Roger Williams University School of Law is featured on the inaugural website of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), launched this week.
AALS membership, an honor awarded to RWU Law in 2006, is a key measure of law school quality. Earlier this year, the AALS contacted its member schools, requesting brief descriptions of innovative programming for possible inclusion on the organization’s first-ever website...
September 19, 2014 | In the Media
From Forbes: “Congress Is Considering A New Federal Trade Secret Law. Why?” by Eric Goldman, Contributor
September 16, 2014: Trade secrets usually don’t grab headlines the way that patents or copyrights do, but don’t let that fool you about their importance. Studies regularly show that most businesses care more about trade secrets than either copyrights or patents. In fact, trade secrets are implicated by every aspect of a company’s operations, including dealings with employees, vendors and...
September 19, 2014 | News & Features
Read coverage of the event in Providence Business News.
PROVIDENCE, September 19, 2014: The legal profession has never been a revolutionary proposition; rather, its nature was always evolutionary – changing at a slow, even glacial pace.
Those days, legal consultant and futurist Gerry Riskin warned, are gone forever. “The glacier of the legal profession is now moving so fast you can see it,” he said. To achieve success in this new reality, lawyers must “change their mindset entirely.”
September 18, 2014 | News & Features
Read Professor Krishna's article in the July 2014 edition of the ABA's CED Committee Newsletter here.
PROVIDENCE, R.I., September 18, 2014 – A Roger Williams University School of Law professor has been appointed to head the American Bar Association committee tasked with improving the practice of community economic development law across the United States.
Associate Clinical Professor of Law Gowri Krishna, who also directs RWU Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic, was formally named as...
September 15, 2014 | In the Media
From the Wall treet Journal: "Law Schools Boost Enrollment After Price Cuts," by Jennifer Smith
Read a New York Post editorial on the story.
Sept. 2, 2014: A strategy rarely employed in legal education — price-cutting — appears to be paying off for a handful of U.S. law schools.
Three institutions that trimmed tuition for some or all students are set to boost their first-year class sizes by 22% to 52% this fall compared with 2013, according to an analysis of preliminary enrollment data...