May 19, 2013
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "For Russell, legal strategy will be complex: Lawyers who have worked on similar cases discuss what might be next for suspect’s widow" by Tracy Breton and Karen Lee Ziner, Journal Staff Writers
May 19, 2013: Whether or not Katherine Russell knew anything about her dead husband’s involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings, she still faces formidable legal challenges as federal authorities continue their intensive international investigation. [...]
“As a general...
May 18, 2013
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Dees challenges grads on tough issues: Civil-rights lawyer says securing human rights close to home will advance us globally" by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer
BRISTOL, May 18, 2013: — Civil-rights lawyer Morris Dees gave the 164 graduates of Roger Williams University School of Law a lofty charge Friday.
“You hold the keys to the gates of justice,” said Dees, cofounder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center. [...]
He challenged them not...
May 17, 2013
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BRISTOL, R.I., May 17, 2013 – Under sunny blue skies, Morris Dees – a preeminent civil rights attorney and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center – addressed the 164 graduates of the Class of 2013 during Commencement exercises Friday.
“After 53 years of law practice, I can tell you that I am so proud to be a lawyer,” he told the graduates. “America is a nation of laws, and lawyers led the way long before we were a country. … We know that lawyers wrote...
May 16, 2013
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May 16, 2013
BRISTOL, R.I., May 1, 2013 – As Roger Williams University School of Law prepares to kick off its 20th Anniversary year, Morris Dees – a preeminent civil rights attorney and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center – will address the Class of 2013 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises on Friday, May 17.
The law school ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 17, on the University’s main athletic field. The School of Law will also present an honorary degree to...
May 16, 2013
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "AP phone log seizure is echo of Nixon era" by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal Political Columnist
[...] Granted, there are distinctions between what’s happening now and what happened under President Nixon. “But still, it’s government power,” said David A. Logan, dean of the Roger Williams University School of Law. “And that is why you need a free press.”
[...] Logan, who has written and spoken about First Amendment issues, said, “It’s a troubling pattern for those who...
May 09, 2013
From WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR: "The Legal Strategy Facing Wife of Boston Bombing Suspect" by Flo Jonic
Katherine Russell, the North Kingstown native who is the widow of suspected marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has added a new person to her legal team, someone with expertise handling cases involving terrorism. Her original lawyers come from a small Providence firm called DeLuca and Weizenbaum.
They specialize in medical malpractice. Rhode Island Public Radio's...
May 06, 2013
From WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR: "Bonus Q+A: Elorza on Trying to Put Vacant Buildings to New Use" by Ian Donnis
Roger Williams University Law School professor Jorge Elorza, a Housing Court judge in Providence, joins us on Bonus Q+A to talk about housing, economic development, Latino politics, and his own future plans.
To listen, click here.
May 05, 2013
From the Associated Press: "Feds pressure widow, pals in bomb case" by Bridget Murphy and Michelle R. Smith
BOSTON (AP), May 4, 2013 - Every time the widow of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev leaves her parents' house, federal agents watching the residence follow her in unmarked vehicles.
Federal authorities are placing intense pressure on what they know to be the inner circle of the two bombing suspects, arresting three college buddies of surviving brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev...
May 03, 2013
Bristol, R.I., May 3, 2013 – In a year of milestone anniversary celebrations and an ever-expanding focus on serving individuals and communities across the State of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University and the Roger Williams University School of Law have signed on to sponsor a full lighting of WaterFire Providence on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 28.
WaterFire Providence – artist Barnaby Evans’s unique flame-inspired cultural installation, which has attracted more than 10 million visitors...
April 23, 2013
From GoLocalProv: "Boston Bombings Investigation: RI Legal Experts Weigh In" by Kate Nagle, GoLocalProv News Contributor
April 22, 2013: [...] Following the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, [...] there were calls from some in the political community to try Dzhokhar as an enemy combatant. As such, he could be subject to trial by military tribunal.
[...] Roger Williams University Professor of Law Jared A. Goldstein, who was one of the first civilian lawyers allowed into the Guantanamo Bay prison when...
April 19, 2013
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: “Sprawling BP oil spill trial closes chapter three years after deadly disaster” by Richard Thompson, NOLA.com
NEW ORLEANS, April 19, 2013: Almost three years to the day after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig caught fire and exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, the first phase of the sprawling BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill trial came to a low-key close.
When court adjourned Wednesday (April 17), U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier Jr. had heard eight weeks of...
April 03, 2013
From the Providence Journal: “The Truth-O-Meter Says: False”
April 3, 2013: Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin says U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage could nullify any Rhode Island votes on the issue. […] So we started making inquiries.
"There is absolutely no chance that the Supreme Court will nullify a Rhode Island law adopting same-sex marriage, either by referendum or by action of the General Assembly," said Jared Goldstein, professor of law at Roger Williams...
March 26, 2013
From the Providence Journal: "50 years later, ‘Gideon’ story still resonates" by Edward Fitzpatrick
Anthony Lewis, author of the seminal "Gideon's Trumpet" (1964) -- the indispensable study of the lankmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963) -- died Monday, just a week after the 50th anniversary of the case with which he is forever associated. The Providence Journal's Ed Fitzpatrick turned to RWU Law for a remembrance:
David A. Logan, dean of the Roger...
March 25, 2013
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “R.I. weighs choices on legal menu” by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE (March 24, 2013) — Paying for some of the best legal representation in Rhode Island can run $650 an hour or more, placing top-of-the-line legal services beyond the reach of most people. […]
“Every time you appear in court, the cash register rings. … I think you have a lot of people frozen out of legal services,” said Peter S. Margulies, a professor at Roger Williams University...