March 04, 2014
From the PROVDENCE JOURNAL: "New dean at Roger Williams aims to keep law school relevant" by Edward Fitzpatrick
March 04, 2014: Michael J. Yelnosky, who will soon become dean of Rhode Island’s only law school, said that in some ways, law schools are like newspapers.
Across the country, law school enrollment has been plunging along with newspaper circulation, and yet the need for quality legal education and quality journalism remain strong, Yelnosky said. “We just need to rethink the way we are...
February 25, 2014
From PROIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: “Pension settlement leaves future benefits uncertain” by Patrick Anderson, PBN Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE (Feb. 24, 2014): The nation has watched Rhode Island’s long struggle to repair its public pension system as a possible prologue to retirement overhaul efforts across the country.
The resolution, however, may leave as many questions open as answered. […] So if the pension settlement is approved, will it tilt the legal and political landscape toward future...
February 12, 2014
From WRNI/Rhode Island's Public Radio: "Pension Mediation to Continue; Judge Sets September 15th Court Date" by Ian Donnis
Click here to read the Associated Press story.
PROVIDENCE, Feb. 12, 2014: A news conference to unveil a pension settlement Wednesday afternoon was abruptly postponed, although closed-door mediation in the case will continue. Meanwhile, the judge overseeing the dispute has also set a trial for September 15, in the event that a settlement can’t be reached.
January 25, 2014
BRISTOL, R.I., Jan. 15, 2014 – As part of a comprehensive strategy for confronting the most pressing challenges facing America’s law schools – the cost to earn a law degree; rising student debt; and the job readiness of graduates – Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish announced today that the University has expanded its signature Affordable Excellence initiative to its School of Law.
Simultaneously, Farish named Michael J. Yelnosky – a founding faculty member, former associate...
January 24, 2014
RWU Law Magazine, Issue 6, Winter 2013-14
In This Issue:
20 years/ 20 Traditions
Getting Down to Business
Whitehouse Teaches at RWU Law
A Model for Success
The WikiLeaks Lawyer
Heading to the Hellespont
Righting Corporate Wrongs
To read more, click here.
January 23, 2014
From the HUFFINGTON POST: "Sentenced To Life In Prison For A Nonviolent Crime" by Saki Knafo
For a Jan. 13 article on mandatory sentencing, also featuring Professor Zlotnick, click here.
Jan. 22, 2014: ... [In] the landmark case United States v. Booker in 2005 [...] the Supreme Court struck down the provision of the sentencing law requiring judges to follow the guidelines. It’s hard to know exactly how many federal inmates besides Walker are still serving life sentences issued under...
January 23, 2014
From New Orleans' THE ADVOCATE: "BP takes aim at federal judge’s son" by Richard Thompson
NEW ORLEANS, February 10, 2014: When David Duval found himself out of a job in 2012, the former lawyer had a powerful ally in his corner: his father, U.S. District Court Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. [...]
Duval is just one example of alleged cronyism that BP has trotted out in the campaign it is waging both in court and before the public. In a series of full-page newspaper ads in the New York Times and...
December 30, 2013
From the PROVIDENCE SUNDAY JOURNAL: "Campaign to force WPRO’s DePetro from airwaves expands to boycott by politicians" by Edward Fitzpatrick
[WPRO radio personality John DePetro landed in hot water with a union coalition after criticizing a public-employee protest of pension reform. The union characterized his comments as anti-women, and DePetro has since apologized for his choice of words. Nonetheless, many state politicians, including Governor Lincoln Chafee, have joined...
December 26, 2013
From the NEW YORK TIMES Sunday Book Review: "Paperback Row" by Ishan Taylor.
December 20, 2013: BUCKLEY: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism, by Carl T. Bogus. (Bloomsbury, $20.) Bogus’s well-informed biography focuses on William F. Buckley Jr. — the polemicist, novelist, television star, political candidate, wit and bon vivant — during “the seminal period of the creation of the modern conservative movement”: from Buckley’s founding of its leading intellectual...
December 18, 2013
From the ASSOCIATED PRESS: "$1.1B California Paint Ruling May Prompt New Suits" by Paul Elias, Associated Press
This AP story has been syndicated to approximately 100 media outlets worldwide. Dean Logan has also been quoted on the California case by other news organizations, including the Wall Street Journal.
December 18, 2013 (AP): Paint makers could face a surge of lawsuits after a California state court judge ordered three companies to pay $1.1 billion to help government agencies...
November 26, 2013
From Providence Business News: "RWU clinic advising on economic development" by Patricia Daddona, PBN Staff Writer
November 25, 2013: Eager to incorporate his after-school program for Providence teens, STEAM Box, as a nonprofit, Roberto Gonzalez has discovered that getting legal advice through a university law clinic can be a good place to start.
Steve Sokolov ['14], one of four students gaining practical experience in Roger Williams University’s new Community and Economic Development...
November 11, 2013
Nov. 6, 2013: Two RWU Law Alumni scored impressive Massachusetts political wins on Election night.
Dennis Benzan '04 has been elected to the Cambridge City Council. He was the #1 vote getter on the first round.
Benzan, who has run for several public offices in the past, said he wasn’t sure what he would do if he didn’t win this time around.
Benzan, the first Latino to be elected to the council, according to his campaign, received the highest No. 1 votes of any challenger with 1,258...
October 09, 2013
From the Providence Journal: "Merit selection among topics covered by retired Supreme Court Justice O'Connor in 'fireside chat' at Roger Williams law" by Associated Press with reports from Michael McKinney, Journal Staff Writer
Sandra Day O'Connor on Citizens United (Associated Press)
BRISTOL, R.I., October 09, 2013 (AP) -- Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is starting off a visit to Rhode Island with a talk at the state's only law school.
O'Connor spoke before...
October 08, 2013
From WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR: "One Square Mile: Bristol, Home to the State's Only Law School" by Elisabeth Harrison
Bristol is home to the only law school in Rhode Island, at Roger Williams University. The law school is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. As part of Rhode Island Public Radio’s series One Square Mile looking at Bristol, education reporter Elizabeth Harrison sat down with Law School Dean, David Logan, to ask about some of the challenges the school is...
October 04, 2013
From the Providence Phoenix: "WikiLeaks: The Rhode Island Connection: Pfc. Manning's lawyer takes a local audience inside the courtroom" by Philip Eil
For Associated Press and other coverage of Coombs' visit, click here.
BRISTOL, R.I., October 3, 2013: [...] The federal prosecution of Private First Bradley Manning touches all of those subjects [...] But a Rhode Island connection? Actually, there’s one of those, too.
Manning’s lead defense attorney, Lieutenant Colonel David E....