December 10, 2014 | In the Media
From Fox Providence: Professor Andrew Horwitz joined Dan Yorke's "State of Mind" discussing the role of grand juries and recent Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y. outcomes.
December 05, 2014 | In the Media
From WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR: "Judge OK's Jury Trial, Sets Date For RI Pension Overhaul Case" by Ian Donnis
A legal observer says he expects the legal dispute over a 2011 overhaul of the state pension system to be settled out of court.
Roger Williams University Law School Dean Michael Yelnosky said he’s fairly optimistic about the outlook for a settlement. “For a couple of reasons: one, they came so very close before; there continue to be lots of good reasons to settle on both sides,” said...
December 01, 2014 | News & Features
What is Elder Law? Ask RWU Law Adjunct Professor Mark B. Heffner, who has created a new resource on the topic called the Long Term Care Planning Blog.
“Counseling clients facing the prospect of $10,000 per month in nursing home and other costs is perhaps the most challenging aspect of Elder Law,” Heffner said. “Because in addition to knowing substantive law – in areas ranging from public benefits to tax planning – the Elder Law practitioner must be aware of community resources, such as...
December 01, 2014 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “Trial would have value in Ferguson” by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal Columnist
November 30, 2014: When it comes to race and justice in the United States, it seems we never fail to fail. […]
Usually, prosecutors “present evidence selectively in a way that is designed to achieve their goal,” Roger Williams University School of Law professor Andrew Horwitz said. But in this case, the prosecutor presented all the evidence to the grand jury, including contradictory...
November 28, 2014 | In the Media
From Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: “Canadian co. subject to state’s jurisdiction” by Pat Murphy
November 20, 2014: A Canadian company was subject to personal jurisdiction in Massachusetts even though its direct contacts with the state essentially consisted of emails and phone calls to the plaintiff in the breach of contract suit, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided. […]
Tanya J. Monestier, a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island, said the...
November 25, 2014 | News & Features
Between 1986 and 2006, a sort of revolution occurred in Rhode Island: even as a dispiriting series of scandals shook the state’s corrupt political culture, activists, media and public disgust prompted an updraft of investigation and reform that ultimately changed Rhode Island for the better.
One of the premier activists of the period was Philip West, former Executive Director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, who has just penned a monumental insider’s account of the period, titled "Secrets...
November 25, 2014 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “Urban Debate League, Roger Williams Law School program offers high school students a glimpse into legal profession” by Linda Borg, Journal Staff Writer
BRISTOL, R.I., November 22, 2014 — […] a new partnership between the Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Urban Debate League […] trains high school students in classical debate in the hopes that they will see college and law school as within their grasp.
On Saturday, 50 students from...
November 19, 2014 | News & Features
Bristol, RI, November 19, 2014 – Advancing its critical mission to diversify the legal pipeline, Roger Williams University School of Law has teamed up with the Rhode Island Urban Debate League (RIUDL) to help the state’s urban students build the skills they need to succeed.
Preliminary rounds of the policy debate tournament will be judged by local attorneys and current law school students, and the final round will be judged by a panel of Rhode Island judges that includes Hon. Rossi Harris, Hon...
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 17, 2014 | News & Features
CRANSTON, R.I., November 17, 2014 -- Contracts. Patents and copyrights. Real Estate leases. Litigation. Those are just some of the areas in which Roger Williams University School of Law students will receive valuable clinical experience as part of a new externship program between the law school and Alex and Ani, one of America’s fastest growing lifestyle brands.
Beginning in Spring of 2015, Alex and Ani will join 13 other companies in Southern New England that are offering RWU Law students the...
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...