April 15, 2016 | News & Features
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BRISTOL, R.I., APRIL 15, 2016 – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Roger Williams University School of Law’s Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on the University’s main athletic field.
Perez, the former attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and...
April 12, 2016 | In the Media
From the Providence Journal: "Climate-change battle heats up between Whitehouse, Wall Street Journal" by Edward Fitzpatrick
"Oh, it is on! U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, the Rhode Island Democrat who is the Senate's leading voice on climate change, is locked in a bitter brawl with the Wall Street Journal editorial page over his proposal to sue fossil fuel companies for fraud. [...]
But Roger Williams University law Prof. Jared A. Goldstein — who teaches constitutional and environmental...
April 10, 2016 | In the Media
From Motif Magazine: "In Their Own Words: Cannabis" April 6, 2016: We received verbatim responses from two leading proponents and two leading opponents of cannabis taxation and regulation. We have not censored their responses or fact-checked their claims — we just want you to know what they’re thinking. [...]
In Their Own Words: Andrew Horwitz "I don’t think there is any question that legalizing and regulating marijuana would enhance our local economy. New businesses would develop and...
April 07, 2016 | News & Features
I know my own mind.
I am not a prejudiced person.
I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.
But are you really sure?
Join Harvard psychologist Mahzarin R. Banaji as she challenges our self-perceptions, and explores the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality
Banaji will discuss her work in an intriguing lecture, “Blindspot: Hidden...
April 05, 2016 | News & Features
PROVIDENCE, April 5, 2016: Roger Williams University School of Law on Monday formally showcased its new experiential campus in downtown Providence, which is slated to open in May and be fully operational for the start of the Fall Semester.
Designed to provide law students with enhanced access to hands-on, experiential opportunities in the capital city, the facility at One Empire Plaza will replace RWU Law’s existing Metro Center at 150 Washington Street, more than doubling RWU Law’s footprint...
March 23, 2016 | News & Features
In a guest column for the American Constitution Society (ACS), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Professor David A. Logan of Roger Williams University School of Law ask, "Could a New Supreme Court Justice Help Restore Fundamental Civil Liberties?"
March 22, 2016: President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States, if confirmed, is an opportunity to restore important civil liberties that have been eroded over three decades of dominance by five...
March 14, 2016 | In the Media
From the ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP): "Board OK'd 38 Studios settlement without knowing who'd pay" by Michelle R. Smith
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP), March 11, 2016 — Rhode Island's economic development agency says officials who approved a partial $12.5 million settlement last year in the agency's lawsuit over its $75 million deal with ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios did so without knowing where exactly the money would come from. [...]
Open-government advocates criticized the decision,...
March 14, 2016 | News & Features
Professor Jared Goldstein is this week'a guest columnist for JURIST, discussing the implications of President Obama's proposal to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay.
March 12, 2016: Last month President Obama announced his latest plan to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay. Under the proposal the government will continue to look for countries to take in three dozen detainees who have been cleared for transfer, while the remaining 55 detainees would be moved to a federal facility in the United...
March 12, 2016 | In the Media
From The Observer: "Meet Ken Feinberg, the Master of Disasters" by Ross Barkan • 03/09/16 11:08am When disaster strikes, Ken Feinberg writes the checks.
March 9, 2016: On a frigid February afternoon, Kenneth Feinberg, one of the singular figures in American legal history, pondered the concept of fate. “Lighting can strike. I mean, I don’t think I plan more than two weeks ahead, I’ll tell you that,” said Mr. Feinberg, munching on salted nuts in the bar of the Carlyle Hotel. “I...
March 07, 2016 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., March 7, 2016: This weekend, Roger Williams University School of Law’s Admiralty Moot Court Team traveled to the other “city by the bay” to finish second among 26 schools in the 23rd Annual Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition.
The competition was held March 3-5, 2016, in San Francisco, at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with top honors going to defending champions Louisiana State University (LSU). The final score was close: 87.2184 for...
February 24, 2016 | In the Media
From WPRO AM 630: "John Loughlin talks with Dean Yelnosky about the passing of Justice Scalia."
February 18, 2016 | In the Media
From Turn to 10 News (NBC): "Fight over gunman's locked iPhone could have big impact" by Cierra PutmanRWU Law Professor Peter Margulies (and RWU Professor Doug White) talk about the implications of the Apple Inc vs. FBI standoff.
February 15, 2016 | News & Features
This story by Michael M. Bowden originally appeared in the Summer 2008 edition of Amicus Magazine, predecessor publication to RWU Law Magazine. It is reproduced here in observance of Justice Scalia’s passing on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.
A TRUE ORIGINAL(IST)It started at breakfast. After being glowingly introduced to assembled members of the Rhode Island bench and bar, Justice Antonin Scalia, the iconic conservative anchor of the U.S. Supreme Court for the past two decades, paused, surveyed the...
February 15, 2016 | News & Features
After a successful term at Yale Law School, RWU Law Professor Niki Kuckes won a coveted clerkship with Antonin Scalia, then a judge on the highly influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 2012, she shared some memories of that time with RWU Law Magazine:
I clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for Judge Antonin Scalia, prior to his elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court. The issues before that court often involved administrative...
February 12, 2016 | In the Media
From JD Supra Business Advisor: "Privacy Tip #21 – It’s a new year — time to get a free copy of your credit report" by Linn Freedman, Robinson+Cole Data Privacy
February 12, 2016: I am fortunate to teach the Privacy Law class at Roger Williams University School of Law on Tuesday afternoons. Yesterday, we discussed all of the laws relating to the financial services industry. OK, not the most exciting content, but it included the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA).
Enacted in 2008,...