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...
July 08, 2016 | In the Media
From The New Yorker: "The Jailhouse Lawyer Derrick Hamilton’s Role in the Reversal of a Murder Conviction" by Jennifer Gonnerman
Derrick Hamilton never went to law school, but prisoners across New York State have heard about his formidable legal skills, which he acquired while he was wrongly imprisoned for murder for more than two decades, reading law books and fighting to get himself and other inmates set free.
[...] last year when Hamilton went to visit a client at Shawangunk...
July 07, 2016 | News & Features
From RWU Law Magazine: "Seeking a Balance" by Michael M. Bowden
Should Rhode Island’s racial and ethnic diversity be reflected in the makeup of its judiciary?
Almost everyone agrees that it should.
Diversity on the state’s bench, advocates say, is both a symbolic and a practical ideal – as essential to fairness and justice (and perhaps as importantly, the public perception of fairness and justice) as a police force that reflects the diversity of the neighborhoods it serves. After all,...
July 07, 2016 | In the Media
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Access to opposing expert’s background materials denied: R.I. Supreme Court rules in Sakonnet bridge case” by Sheri Qualters
June 23, 2016: The Superior Court’s Rules of Civil Procedure did not allow a litigant access to computer models and draft reports used by an opposing party’s expert witness, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has found.
The case involved design problems concerning the Sakonnet River Bridge replacement project. The plaintiff, a bridge...
June 27, 2016 | In the Media
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Warrantless access to drug database weighed: Constitutional, privacy concerns raised by bills" by Sheri Qualters
May 26, 2016: The General Assembly’s bid to stem the opioid crisis through measures that would allow law enforcement to access prescription drug database records without a warrant has incited debate about whether patient privacy or public safety concerns should govern release of the information.
The House Health, Education and Welfare Committee...
June 23, 2016 | News & Features
From VOX: “America is a haven for gay immigrants like me. Don’t let Orlando change that” by Luis F. Mancheno
June 23, 2016: I came to this country fleeing persecution for being gay, for being too femme, a faggot, a "maricón." I came to the United States hoping to find safety, away from all of the violence and hate I lived with in Ecuador. On the day of the Orlando shooting, I was reminded that the United States is still not that...
June 17, 2016 | In the Media
From the Providence Journal: “Op-Ed: R.I. improves its judicial appointments” by Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
Jun. 17, 2016: … [A] look at Gov. Gina Raimondo’s first set of nominations (eight judges, all of whom were confirmed) reveals promising signs that she is committed to two of the goals of the merit selection system – to give all talented lawyers the chance to become judges, regardless of their political connections; and to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the state’s...
June 16, 2016 | In the Media
From The Guardian, London: “Captain Cook's ship Endeavour claimed by Rhode Island as search goes on” by the Associated Press.
If the ship legendary explorer Captain James Cook used to sail around the world and claim Australia for the British is found at the bottom of Newport Harbor, Rhode Island will own it outright because of a legal maneuver it took nearly two decades ago based on an obscure, centuries-old maritime practice.
In 1999, Rhode Island went to federal court in Providence to do what...
June 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...
May 25, 2016 | News & Features
When lower-income victims of domestic violence escape their abusive relationships, they can often face a secondary barrage of battles – legal proceedings involving divorce, visitation and custody – without adequate funds or professional resources.
What can be done?
Enter Brook Ashley ’08, who has committed her professional life to the fight to end violence against women. In February, she launched a new program committed to expanding...
May 23, 2016 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Fewer seek to be judges in ‘know-a-guy’ R.I. " by Edward Fitzpatrick
The number of people applying for state judgeships is dropping in part because people think you’ve got to “know a guy” to be a judge in Rhode Island […]
On May 9, the Democratic governor [Gina Raimondo] nominated people for eight state judgeships, including new chiefs of the Family and Workers’ Compensation courts. But from a political perspective, perhaps the most interesting choice was who she...