January 30, 2015 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., Dec. 19, 2014 – In a move that will profoundly amplify the presence of Roger Williams University School of Law in downtown Providence and provide law students with enhanced access to hands-on, experiential opportunities in the capital city, Roger Williams University has agreed to lease 76,566 square feet of space at One Empire Plaza from property owner Berkeley Investments, Inc.
RWU Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky joined RWU President Donald J. Farish, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras...
January 30, 2015 | News & Features
January 30, 2015: RWU Law’s Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education today honors two outstanding legal luminaries and a legal organization as Champions for Justice in recognition of their “impact and accomplishments” in supporting the school’s public interest programs.
The special awards dinner preceded the law school’s annual Public Interest Auction at the Providence Biltmore, with both events “shining a light on RWU Law students and alumni, and celebrating their dedication...
January 26, 2015 | In the Media
From the Providence Journal: "Freedom for ‘opinions that we loathe’" by Edward Fitzpatrick
January 24, 2015: [...] Here in the United States, we adhere (more so than most countries) to a notion that [Oliver Wendell] Holmes, a former U.S. Supreme Court justice, articulated in one of his dissents: “If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought — not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom...
January 23, 2015 | In the Media
From Reuters: “PLO faces U.S. civil trial over terror attacks in Israel” by Jonathan Stempel
NEW YORK Sun Jan 11, 2015 (Reuters) - More than a decade after a series of shootings and bombings in the Jerusalem area, a trial is slated this week in New York to determine whether the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority should pay up to $1 billion to victims.
[…] Last month, Judge Daniels rejected the PLO's bid to throw out the lawsuit seeking $1 billion - a sum the plaintiffs...
January 19, 2015 | In the Media
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: “Could BP, Feds settle in massive 2010 oil spill civil case?” by Jennifer Larino
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 16, 2015 - BP faces a top fine of $13.7 billion for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, down from a possible $18 billion after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the spill was smaller than the federal government had estimated. […]
But could the latest ruling push both sides into settlement talks?
"Lawyers are intrinsically conservative,"...
January 16, 2015 | In the Media
Dozens of lawyers will return to a New Orleans federal courtroom Tuesday (Jan. 20) to begin the final leg of arguments over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill -- its cause, its impact, and, ultimately, its price tag in pollution fines. [...]
BP reports it has set aside $43 billion to cover spill costs, including more than $25 billion for litigation and claims.
"If nothing else the legal expense that was plowed into this will be a cautionary tale for deepwater exploration in places like the Gulf and...
January 16, 2015 | News & Features
A panel of top Rhode Island authorities participated Wednesday in a fascinating, thought-provoking and often emotional early-semester forum titled “Examining Justice: Ferguson, Staten Island and Beyond.”
The event drew a large audience of RWU Law students, faculty and staff, as panelists discussed the recent events in Ferguson and New York. In both cases, an unarmed African American man died at the hands of a white police officer, and a grand jury declined to bring that officer to trial....
January 12, 2015 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Ruling for North Kingstown keeps firefighters on 24-hour shift" by Patrick Anderson
Dean Yelnosky delves deeper into the decision in the January 15, 2015, edition of the North East Independent of North Kingstown, RI.
PROVIDENCE, R.I., January 09, 2015 — The state Supreme Court on Friday ruled North Kingstown can make its firefighters work 24-hour shifts despite union opposition. [...]
Michael Yelnosky, dean of Roger Williams Law School and a labor law...
January 09, 2015 | News & Features
January 9, 2015: Roger Williams University School of Law is pleased to announce that alumna Katie A. Ahern ’07, an associate at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP in Providence, will be directing the school’s Community Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) this semester.
RWU Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic focuses on teaching students to represent clients in business-related transactions, by providing legal services to nonprofit and community-based businesses in Rhode Island. Under full...
January 08, 2015 | In the Media
From WPRI: "Tsarnaev, Hernandez trials will be very different" by Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 8, 2015 (WPRI) – They’re taking place simultaneously in Massachusetts, but the trials of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez are going to play out in different ways over the next several months.
So what won’t the two trials have in common?
WPRI.com asked former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Robert Corrente...
January 06, 2015 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "New Providence Mayor Elorza sworn in at midnight Sunday in private ceremony" by Kate Bramson
PROVIDENCE, R.I., January 5, 2015 — [On Monday, Jan. 5, 2015,] Jorge O. Elorza was sworn in as Providence’s 38th mayor [...]
Elorza, 38, a former Housing Court Judge and professor at the Roger Williams University School of Law, is the son of Guatemalan immigrants who worked in factories and was raised in the city’s West End. He graduated from Classical High School before...
December 23, 2014 | In the Media
From the Providence Journal: "Holding the line" Op/Ed
December 22, 2014: At a time when the cost of a college education is becoming a growing obstacle to middle-class people, it is encouraging to see that one university is trying to open the door a little wider.
Also encouraging is the fact that this school is located right here in Rhode Island.
[...] Roger Williams may be the only private university in the country to both freeze tuition and guarantee no increases.
“They are, if not the only...
December 18, 2014 | News & Features
December 23, 2014: Roger Williams University School of Law is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of Super Lawyers’ 2014 “Top 10 Law Schools for Pro Bono Graduation Requirements.”
Super Lawyers is an attorney-rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
In an effort to provide visibility to outstanding law schools who exemplify excellence in service of others, Super Lawyers put together the Top 10 Law...
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...