September 02, 2014 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., September 2, 2014 – Judge Judith Colenback Savage has joined Roger Williams University School of Law as Distinguished Jurist in Residence. She will be teaching several courses throughout the 2014-2015 academic year and hosting a symposium on mass incarceration in the spring.
“Judge Savage has so much to offer our students,” said Dean Michael J. Yelnosky. “She has worked as a lawyer in private practice and in the highest levels of state government, and she had a remarkable career...
September 01, 2014 | In the Media
From Bloomberg News: "Tanker of Kurdish Oil in Legal Fight Remains Off Texas," by Harry R. Weber and Laurel Brubaker Calkins
Aug 29, 2014: A tanker carrying 1 million barrels of disputed Kurdish oil remains off Texas, according to the vessel’s operator.
The United Kalavryta, which left Ceyhan, Turkey, on June 23 and arrived off the coast of Galveston July 26, couldn’t be detected earlier this week, with no updates from the tanker’s Automated Identification System’s transponder from early Aug....
August 29, 2014 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Lawyers denounce R.I. Superior Court Judge Lanphear’s directive to divulge plea agreements," by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, August 28, 2014: The criminal defense community expressed outrage this week over a court decision chastising two lawyers for “judge shopping” in their handling of a drug dealer’s criminal case.
Public Defender Mary S. McElroy and Andrew Horwitz, director of the criminal defense clinic at the Roger Williams University...
August 22, 2014 | In the Media
From THE TODAY SHOW/NBC News: "Chelsea Manning Says Military Still Denying Gender Treatment" by Tracy Connor
August 22, 2014: A year after requesting gender-reassignment treatment, convicted national-security leaker Chelsea Manning says the military has given her nothing but "lip service." In an exclusive statement to NBC News, the former Army private once known as Bradley Manning said life in the military lockup at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has restricted her ability to express her gender...
August 22, 2014 | In the Media
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Cyberstalking charge cannot survive 1st Amendment claim" by Pat Murphy
August 14, 2014: The First Amendment barred the conviction of a union leader charged with cyberstalking for sending a number of “harassing” emails to a state representative during his unsuccessful campaign for reelection in 2010, a Superior Court judge recently decided in a case of first impression.
A District Court judge had found teachers’ union executive John A. Leidecker guilty of...
August 21, 2014 | News & Features
Professor Coombs' Aug. 22 statement, and video of a 2013 appearance on The Today Show.
Listen to an Aug. 23 interview with Professor Coombs from Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News.
For WPRI television coverage, click here.
Read Associated Press media coverage from San Francisco to Houston to Fall River.
BRISTOL, R.I., August 21, 2014 – As its Fall 2014 semester begins, Roger Williams University School of Law has welcomed renowned WikiLeaks defense lawyer David Coombs to...
August 20, 2014 | In the Media
From WPRO's Buddy Cianci Show: "Professor Peter Margulies on Child Immigration Crisis"
July 29, 2014: WPRO's Tara Granahan spoke to Professor Peter Margulies, Director of the Immigration Clinic at RWU Law, about current issues facing both Rhode Island and the nation, related to the more than 52,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. illegally over the past nine months from Central America.
To listen, click here.
August 14, 2014 | In the Media
From GOLOCALPROV: "Could Providence Lawsuit Against Wall Street Giants Save City Pension Fund?" by Stephen Beale, GoLocalProv News Contributor
PROVIDENCE, August 14, 2014: From one of the world’s largest automakers to its largest stock market, Providence is taking some of the most iconic institutions of corporate America to court in a series of lawsuits that could net the city millions in winnings. [...]
A firm representing the city in two of the three lawsuits—against the Wall Street...
August 07, 2014 | In the Media
From The Times-Picayune: "4 Reasons BPs Supreme Court settlement appeal faces an uphill battle" by Jennifer Larino, Times-Picayune Reporter
August 5, 2014: BP has spent much of this year working to convince federal courts in New Orleans that a flawed interpretation of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlement deal has allowed millions of dollars in payments to go to what it says are undeserving businesses. It's been an uphill battle for the British oil giant, which...
July 15, 2014 | In the Media
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 | In the Media
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 | In the Media
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...
June 11, 2014 | In the Media
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 | In the Media
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 | News & Features
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...