Upcoming Events


RWU Law 20th-anniversary


RWU Law 20th-anniversary

Boston Alumni Networking Reception
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles Street, Boston, MA
Accepted Students Day
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
RWU Law Ten Metacom Avenue Bristol, RI 02809
RWU School of Law Commencement
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bristol, Rhode Island
Law Alumni Association Annual Breakfast Meeting
7:45 am - 9:15 am
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence

Dean’s Blog

RWU Law was an active participant in the RI Urban League’s annual Community Debate. This terrific event, hosted by Brown University, brings urban youth from around the state, pairs them with...

Fast Facts

For the Class of 2015 the average entering age was 25.  Students ages ranged from 20 to 53.

Affordable Excellence at RWU LAW



  • April 17, 2014
    From the HUFFINGTON POST:  “Supreme Court Could Make It Harder For Victims Of Hazardous Pollutants To Get Justice” by Lynne Peeples April 16, 2014: […] Later this month, the Supreme Court will consider whether a federal environmental law that sets a different clock – one that starts ticking when a victim first learns of the contamination that likely caused his or her injury – should override the state law and allow the Asheville landowners' claims to move forward. CTS Corp. v. Waldburger...
  • April 07, 2014
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Roger Williams Law students learn by helping R.I. residents with tax forms" by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 7, 2014 — Christopher Puig had written off pursuing tax law until he started volunteering this winter assisting needy Rhode Islanders in preparing their income tax returns at the East Bay Community Action Program. Now the second-year student at Roger Williams University School of Law is not so sure. His experience helping a...
  • April 07, 2014
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Urban high school students test their mettle in Community Debate event at Brown University" by Richard Salit, Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 5, 2014 — Heated arguments broke out between a large group of city kids at Brown University on Saturday — and that’s exactly what the Rhode Island Urban Debate League wanted. For the third year in a row, the league held its “Community Debate,” in which students from urban schools are paired with a college student...
  • April 04, 2014
    From TURN TO 10 (WJAR): "Campaign finance ruling may invalidate RI law" by Bill Rappleye APRIL 3, 2014: The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a limit on campaign donations, saying it is fundamental free speech. For candidates, it means rich people will be able to give to more candidates -- and that's Republican or Democratic. Opponents to the decision fear it will mean more influence for the wealthy, and Rhode Island may have to change its laws to match the new federal standards. The ruling by the...
  • March 31, 2014
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Three R.I. experts debate value of a constitutional convention" by Linda Borg, Journal Staff Writer SMITHFIELD, R.I., March 29, 2014 — [...] At Bryant University on Saturday, local experts discussed whether Rhode Island should convene a convention, and, if so, what areas of the state Constitution should be amended. The forum was sponsored by the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant, the Roger Williams University School of Law, Common Cause Rhode...
  • March 19, 2014
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Whitehouse in Providence to discuss prison-reform measure" by W. Zachary Malinowski PROVIDENCE, March 17, 2014 — Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse stopped by Olneyville on Monday morning for a roundtable discussion about his bipartisan legislation about prison reform. [...] Whitehouse met with community leaders, including Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements, Corrections Director A.T. Wall, David Logan, dean of Roger Williams University School of Law and about two dozen...
  • March 17, 2014
    From VOICE OF RUSSIA: "EPA lets BP back in the offshore game, with some strings attached" by David Kerans WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 (VR) — BP’s public relations nightmare from the colossal 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is slowly winding down, and the EPA’s decision to allow the company once again to bid for licenses to drill for oil and gas offshore in US territorial waters is another step towards normalcy. Speaking with Radio VR’s David Kerans, David A. Logan, dean of Roger Williams...
  • March 12, 2014
    RWU Law Ranked Among "Best Public Interest Law Schools" See the story in Providence Business News Having greatly enhanced its affordability and experiential learning opportunities, Roger Williams University School of Law is now ranked among the “best schools for public interest law,” according to the March 2014 issue of The National Jurist, a nationwide magazine for law students. In the ranking of the nation’s 25 top public interest law schools, RWU Law placed at 21, in a list that includes...
  • March 11, 2014
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "Pro bono help for juveniles" by Patricia Daddona, PBN Staff Writer March 10, 2014: Sleeping on the roof of a train packed with refugees, then getting imprisoned in warehouses and having to beg for food when they do get free, children seeking to cross the border into the U.S. are constantly at risk, says Providence attorney Hans Bremer [RWU Law '08]. But while traveling unaccompanied as a child or teen to the United States is dangerous, living here once they’ve...
  • March 10, 2014
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "We’re still … a well-kept secret" by Rhonda J. Miller, PBN Staff Writer Also, Professor Yelnosky was quoted in today's (March 10) Providence Journal: On proposed state law altering the at-will employment rule  On proposed procedural changes for Judicial Nominating Commission  March 10, 2014: One of the founding faculty members of Roger Williams University School of Law 20 years ago, Michael J. Yelnosky is poised to utilize his deep roots in Rhode...
  • March 04, 2014
    From the PROVDENCE JOURNAL: "New dean at Roger Williams aims to keep law school relevant" by Edward Fitzpatrick March 04, 2014: Michael J. Yelnosky, who will soon become dean of Rhode Island’s only law school, said that in some ways, law schools are like newspapers. Across the country, law school enrollment has been plunging along with newspaper circulation, and yet the need for quality legal education and quality journalism remain strong, Yelnosky said. “We just need to rethink the way we are...
  • February 25, 2014
    From PROIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: “Pension settlement leaves future benefits uncertain” by Patrick Anderson, PBN Staff Writer PROVIDENCE (Feb. 24, 2014):  The nation has watched Rhode Island’s long struggle to repair its public pension system as a possible prologue to retirement overhaul efforts across the country. The resolution, however, may leave as many questions open as answered. […] So if the pension settlement is approved, will it tilt the legal and political landscape toward future...
  • February 12, 2014
    From WRNI/Rhode Island's Public Radio: "Pension Mediation to Continue; Judge Sets September 15th Court Date" by Ian Donnis  Click here to read the Associated Press story. PROVIDENCE, Feb. 12, 2014: A news conference to unveil a pension settlement Wednesday afternoon was abruptly postponed, although closed-door mediation in the case will continue. Meanwhile, the judge overseeing the dispute has also set a trial for September 15, in the event that a settlement can’t be reached. [...]...
  • January 25, 2014
    BRISTOL, R.I., Jan. 15, 2014 – As part of a comprehensive strategy for confronting the most pressing challenges facing America’s law schools – the cost to earn a law degree; rising student debt; and the job readiness of graduates – Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish announced today that the University has expanded its signature Affordable Excellence initiative to its School of Law. Simultaneously, Farish named Michael J. Yelnosky – a founding faculty member, former associate...
  • January 24, 2014
    RWU Law Magazine, Issue 6, Winter 2013-14 In This Issue: 20 years/ 20 Traditions Getting Down to Business The Guarantee Whitehouse Teaches at RWU Law Cyber War A Model for Success The WikiLeaks Lawyer Heading to the Hellespont Righting Corporate Wrongs To read more, click here.