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16th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit

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Dean’s Blog

07/16/2014
When I left Wake Forest for the deanship at Roger Williams in 2003, I signed a contract for 3 years, hoped to survive for 5 (the typical deanship lasts 4+ years, about the same as NFL coaches), and...

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  • July 15, 2014
    From the HUFFINGTON POST: "Cheering for the USA From a Detention Center in Florence, Arizona" by Luis F. Mancheno, Staff Attorney, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Arizona. July 9, 2014: Through a tinted glass window I saw a group of men watching a World Cup match. Neither Belgium nor the US had scored any goals yet. "Cuidado!" ("Watch out!") yelled one of the men when one of the Belgian players got close to scoring. Everybody had their eyes glued to the television. This game...
  • July 10, 2014
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "Chafee lawsuit pays off" by Patrick Anderson, PBN Staff Writer July 7, 2013: Another grueling June debate over whether the state should repay 38 Studios bondholders gave way to something unexpected: good news in the state’s lawsuit against architects of the failed deal. Two defendants in the case, the R.I. Economic Development Corporation’s bond counsel on 38 Studios and his law firm, agreed to pay the state $4.37 million to avoid the potential risk of a...
  • June 16, 2014
    From the NEWPORT MERCURY: "Law and Attraction" by Antonia N. Farzan Michael J. Yelnosky, 53 | Dean designate It’s a challenging time to be a law school dean. Enrollment is dropping, and graduates are no longer guaranteed a high-paying job after they pass the bar. But the number of applications to Roger Williams Law School has increased, thanks in part to the fact that the law school is lowering its tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year. On July 1, Michael J. Yelnosky will become dean...
  • June 11, 2014
    From the NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE: "Supreme Court: BP must pay claims during appeal" by Richard Thompson NEW ORLEANS, June 09, 2014: British oil giant BP will have to continue paying claims from its multibillion-dollar oil spill settlement while it tries to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to tighten the rules governing which businesses can get money. BP had asked the nation’s highest court to issue a stay on those claims while it pursued its appeal of a lower court ruling. But the court declined...
  • June 10, 2014
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "Students value transactional skills" by Patricia Daddona, PBN Staff Writer June 14, 2014: Law school is a heady experience, and by that, recent Roger Williams University Law School graduate John Clarke, of North Kingstown, means “theoretical.” Law school coursework “doesn’t necessarily translate into real-world skills,” said Clarke, after participating in the spring semester of the RWU Law School Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship Program run by Cecily Banks,...
  • June 04, 2014
    BRISTOL, R.I., June 4, 2014 – Chief Judge William E. Smith of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island has been elected chair of Roger Williams University School of Law’s Board of Directors. Five new directors were also named: Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court; alumna Nicole Benjamin, Esq. ’06, an attorney at Adler Pollock & Sheehan in Providence; Hinna Mirza Upal, Esq. ’07, deputy general counsel of the Massachusetts Executive Office...
  • May 27, 2014
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 27, 2014 – The Pro Bono Collaborative will pay tribute Thursday to prominent Rhode Island attorney Mark Mandell, Esq., a transformative supporter of the program. The tribute will take place as part of the Pro Bono Collaborative’s 5th Annual Cocktail Reception, to be held this Thursday, May 29, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at One Citizens Plaza Rotunda in downtown Providence, R.I. The event gathers prominent members of the bench and bar with students, faculty, alumni from...
  • May 22, 2014
    From the ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Payments from BP claims settlement could resume soon — or maybe not” by Richard Thompson May 21, 2014: Now that a federal appeals court in New Orleans has decided not to reconsider its stance that businesses can collect money from BP’s multibillion-dollar oil-spill settlement fund without having to show that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster actually caused their losses, some experts following the case believe it is only a matter of days before long-stalled...
  • May 22, 2014
    From the ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Payments from BP claims settlement could resume soon — or maybe not” by Richard Thompson May 21, 2014: Now that a federal appeals court in New Orleans has decided not to reconsider its stance that businesses can collect money from BP’s multibillion-dollar oil-spill settlement fund without having to show that the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster actually caused their losses, some experts following the case believe it is only a matter of days before long-stalled...
  • May 21, 2014
    From the WPRO Morning News: "European Union's Google Ruling" by Gene Valicenti May 15, 2014: The highest court in the European Union has ruled that individuals can ask Google to remove links to news articles, legal judgments and other information that comes up during a name search. WPRO's Gene Valicenti spoke to Professor Jared Goldstein of Roger Williams University School of Law about possible implications in the United States. To hear the full conversation, click here.
  • May 16, 2014
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 16, 2014 – Under moody skies, with glimpses of sunshine alternating with a mid-ceremony rain squall, the Honorable Judith S. Kaye – retired Chief Judge for the State of New York – addressed the 169 graduates of the Class of 2014 during Commencement exercises Friday. “Welcome to a great profession,” Judge Kaye told the assembled graduates, "one that has helped assure – over the past two-plus centuries – that this remains a land of justice and equal opportunity, dedicated to...
  • May 16, 2014
    “In the world of law deans, David Logan is Larry Bird!” The Honorable Bruce Selya, senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, hastened to add that he referred not to Dean David A. Logan’s Bird-like height, but rather to his ability to lead and inspire his team – in this case, the students, faculty, staff and alumni of RWU Law – to ever greater achievement and success. “If they ever establish a Hall of Fame for law deans,” Selya declared, “my nominee is David Logan!” More...
  • May 15, 2014
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "169 to graduate Friday from Roger Williams University School of Law" by Katie Mulvaney BRISTOL, R.I., May 15, 2014 — A total of 169 prospective lawyers will don robes Friday in graduating from Roger Williams University School of Law. Retired Chief Judge for the State of New York Judith S. Kaye will deliver the commencement address. ... It will be the last commencement under the leadership of outgoing Dean David A. Logan, who has led the law school for the past...
  • May 12, 2014
    From WPRI Channel 12 Newsmakers: "Yelnosky on pensions" May 11, 2014: Join WPRI's Tim White and Ted Nesi for a crisp, high-level discussion with RWU Law Dean Designate Michael Yelnosky about the current status pension reform litigation, both in Rhode Island and nationally.  For full story, click here.
  • May 02, 2014
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Women’s Center of Rhode Island to honor 7 outstanding women" by Tatiana Pina For invitation and further information, click here. PROVIDENCE, R.I., May 01, 2014 — The Women’s Center of Rhode Island will honor seven outstanding women during its 12th annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon Friday. […] Advocacy awards will go to Eliza Vorenberg and Suzanne Harrington-Steppen, of the Feinstein Center for Pro Bono and Experiential Education at Roger Williams...