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  • May 15, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 15, 2015 – A cool, sunny and breezy day on Mt. Hope Bay provided the perfect backdrop as the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland – recently retired as Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice, and the first African-American to serve on the court in its 305-year history – addressed the 115 graduates of the Class of 2015 during Commencement exercises Friday. Judge Ireland notably voted in favor of same-sex marriage as his state became the first in the nation to legalize it in 2003...
  • May 11, 2015 | In the Media
    From the NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL: "It's Plaintiffs' Turn to Attack BP Deal" by Amanda Bronstad May 11, 2015: Lead plaintiffs attorneys petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last month to reverse changes to the way claim amounts are calculated. Those accounting changes were put into place after that court agreed with BP PLC that the claims administrator was using an accounting method that could have paid thousands of businesses with no oil-spill losses. "What turns out to be a...
  • April 06, 2015 | News & Features
    See the Providence Journal's coverage. BRISTOL, R.I., April 6, 2015 – The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland – the recently retired Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice who was the first African-American appointed to that court in its 305-year history and who notably voted in favor of same-sex marriage as his state became the first in the nation to legalize it – will deliver the Commencement address and be awarded an honorary degree at the Roger Williams University School of Law ceremony. “...
  • April 02, 2015 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "High incarceration rates prompt RWU forum speakers to call justice system 'broken'" by Paul Davis, Journal Staff Writer   Listen to WRNI (Rhode Island NPR)'s report on the symposium. Read the Brown Daily Herald's coverage of the symposium. Read RI Future's Blog on the symposium. Bristol, R.I., Mar. 27, 2015:  The American criminal justice system is broken, said speakers at a Friday forum on mass incarceration at Roger Williams University. "There are...
  • March 24, 2015 | In the Media
    From WPRO AM 630: "Gene speaks with Dean Yelnosky about the pension settlement and new concerns about the bar exam."   Dean Michael Yelnosky speaks to WPRO AM 630's Gene Valicenti about the purpose and effectiveness of bar exams in determining fitness to practice law. New concerns about the efficacy of bar exams were raised by the New York Times in a recent article, "Bar Exam, the Standard to Become a Lawyer, Comes Under Fire." For full interview, click here.
  • March 19, 2015 | News & Features
    PROVIDENCE, March 18, 2015: Linn Foster Freedman, a Roger Williams University School of Law Adjunct Professor and Board of Directors member, has joined the law firm of Robinson+Cole as a partner in its Business Litigation Group. She will also chair the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Team. Freedman joins Robinson+Cole from Nixon Peabody LLP, where she the Privacy and Data Protection Group and HIPAA Compliance Team. Freedman focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy...
  • March 19, 2015 | In the Media
    From Turn to 10, WJAR: "Digging Deeper: Billions of dollars hinge on pension settlement" by Bill Rappleye, NBC 10 Political ReporterNews, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New EnglandPROVIDENCE, March 18, 2015: The pension reform lawsuit will impact not just former state workers and teachers. The outcome will affect all Rhode Islanders. [...]The astronomical costs of the stakes in this case could very well affect any judicial action, said Michael Yelnosky, dean of the Roger Williams School...
  • March 02, 2015 | News & Features
    BOSTON, March 2, 2015: Burns & Levinson partner and RWU Law Adjunct Professor of Law Jerry Cohen is the recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF)’s 2015 Great Friend of Justice Award, presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary passion for justice, consistent with the Foundation’s values and mission of increasing access to justice.   “Jerry’s passionate commitment to pro bono work exemplifies the spirit and values at the heart of the Massachusetts...
  • February 19, 2015 | News & Features
    Roger Williams University School of Law is proud to announce that renowned criminal defense lawyer David Coombs will serve as the Joseph R. Weisberger Visiting Associate Professor of Law for the remainder of this academic year and for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Coombs – who previously taught at RWU Law as an adjunct faculty member and rejoined the faculty this year as a visitor – will coach the school’s trial team and teach subjects related to criminal law and trial advocacy.  ...
  • February 19, 2015 | In the Media
    From WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR: "Can Murder Charges For Selling Drugs Stop Overdose Deaths?" by Kristin Gourlay February 18, 2015: A Providence man has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge for selling the illicit drug fentanyl - a potent painkiller sometimes laced in heroin - that led to a woman’s overdose death. It’s the first time Rhode Island prosecutors have brought murder charges in connection with an overdose death. But the trend is taking hold nationwide. More and more prosecutors across...
  • February 10, 2015 | News & Features
    It is with great sadness and fond memories that Roger Williams University School of Law notes the passing of an esteemed educator, scholar, colleague and friend, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law Robert Robert B. Kent, '01H., who died at his Lexington, Mass., home on February 5, 2015. He was 93 years old. Professor Kent’s accomplishments over more than 60 years in legal education are too numerous to recount. In addition to his tenure at RWU Law, he taught on the law faculties at Boston...
  • February 09, 2015 | News & Features
    Roger Williams University School of Law last week welcomed Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., 46th Solicitor General of the United States, for a “Fireside Chat” with Professor Jared Goldstein, a one-time Bristow Fellow in the Solicitor General’s Office. Professor Goldstein began the conversation by asking if those who address the Solicitor General as “General” are incorrect. “I’m not a general,” Verrilli replied. As with the term “Attorney General,” he explained, the term goes back to England in the time...
  • February 05, 2015 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Bills that would define traffic obstruction as a crime draw opposition" by Jennifer Bogdan, Journal State House Bureau February 04, 2015:  Two bills drafted in response to the protest that brought traffic to a halt on Route 95 in November drew a wealth of backlash Wednesday as many suggested the laws would hamper freedom of speech and impose possibly unintended consequences on panhandlers and jaywalkers. [...] Five protesters were arrested and charged with...
  • February 03, 2015 | News & Features
    Roger Williams University School of Law is pleased to welcome Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., 46th Solicitor General of the United States, for a “Fireside Chat” with Professor Jared Goldstein. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, in Room 283, the school’s Appellate Courtroom. Seating is limited.  RSVP required to the Office of Programs & Events at lawevents@rwu.edu or (401) 254-4659. The Solicitor General is the lawyer appointed to represent the U.S....
  • 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...