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...
May 18, 2016 | In the Media
From THE INDY (College Hill Independent): “The Never-Ending Sentence: Rhode Island's Expungement Problem” by Jack Brook
[… ] A series of bills making their arduous way through the Rhode Island General Assembly could, if passed, provide some measure of relief for many Rhode Islanders who want to get their records with multiple charges expunged. One of the most important of these bills, House Bill 7417, would allow people with six or fewer misdemeanors to apply for a motion of expungement ten...
May 18, 2016 | In the Media
From THE INDY (a joint publication of Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design): “The Never-Ending Sentence: Rhode Island's Expungement Problem” by Jack Brook
[… ] A series of bills making their arduous way through the Rhode Island General Assembly could, if passed, provide some measure of relief for many Rhode Islanders who want to get their records with multiple charges expunged. One of the most important of these bills, House Bill 7417, would allow people with six or fewer...
May 16, 2016 | In the Media
NEWPORT, R.I., May 16, 2016 - A federal judge on Monday awarded control of the nation’s oldest synagogue, in Newport, R.I., to the congregation housed there, ruling against a New York congregation that had claimed ownership in a four-year legal fight between two of the oldest examples of America’s religious pluralism.
The Touro Synagogue in Newport, built before the Revolutionary War and with a connection to George Washington, is a landmark of American Jewish history, but its congregation,...
May 13, 2016 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., May 13, 2016 – A cool, partly sunny day on Mt. Hope Bay provided the perfect backdrop as United States Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez delivered a rousing address to the 86 graduates of the Class of 2016 during Commencement exercises here Friday.
Perez, former attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has pioneered efforts to create a living wage for...
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...