September 28, 2016 | News & Features
Deborah Johnson, Director of Diversity and Outreach at RWU Law, has been re-elected to a second term as president of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (MBWA) association.
Focused on the eradication of racism and sexism in the legal profession, the MBWA aims to help women of color – and particularly African-American women – advance in their careers. The group sponsors panels, community initiatives and mentorships, pairing seasoned practitioners with younger black female attorneys and...
September 28, 2016 | In the Media
From TIME Magazine: "Whether the Second Amendment Applies to All Citizens Is Not a New Question" by Arica L. Coleman
Sept. 26, 2016: [...] After the American Revolution, the fear of disarmament was widespread, particularly among southern whites who feared they would be left vulnerable in a slaveholding south. As Constitutional law expert Carl T. Bogus has argued, James Madison wrote the amendment as a guarantee to his constituents in Virginia and to the south at large “that Congress could not...
September 20, 2016 | News & Features
Insider trading laws are a hot-button issue vitally important to America’s business environment.
Here’s your chance to hear a top expert in the field unravel the complexities and uncertainties surrounding current civil liability and enforcement practice surrounding insider trading laws. Focusing on the unusual historic development of this body of law – and the absence of any federal statutory framework – an experienced attorney in the field will trace changes in the government's enforcement...
September 15, 2016 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “With protesters chanting outside, Paolino announces plan for Kennedy Plaza” by Amanda Milkovits, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sep 14, 2016 — Kennedy Plaza may be the city's historic public gathering place, but there are competing visions for the people who congregate here.
Former Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., the new chairman of the Downtown Improvement District, says he has suggestions to clean up Kennedy Plaza and help the needy, including an ordinance...
September 12, 2016 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 12, 2016 – Providence Journal political columnist Edward Fitzpatrick will become the new Director of Media and Public Relations for Roger Williams University effective Oct. 5, the school announced today.
Fitzpatrick joins the University after 28 years as a reporter, editor and columnist, including 16 years at The Providence Journal and eight years as its political columnist. He grew up in Greenville, R.I., graduated from Mount St. Charles Academy and from Syracuse...
September 08, 2016 | News & Features
PROVIDENCE, Sept. 8, 2016 – At a ribbon-cutting ceremony formally opening its new downtown campus, Roger Williams University showcased the school’s growing impact on the city’s social and economic fabric – from helping ex-convicts reintegrate into their communities, to delivering college credits to inner-city high school students, to keeping the lights on for poor families in medical distress. “It’s a new model – a private university with a public purpose,” said RWU President Donald J. Farish...
August 30, 2016 | In the Media
From WPRI 12's Newsmakers: "38 Studios document debate" by Tim White PROVIDENCE, August 26, 2016 – State officials have begun a formal review of whether to release any of the materials generated during the 38 Studios criminal investigation under the state’s open-records law. […] Roger Williams University School of Law Professor Niki Kuckes noted grand jury materials are rarely made public to ensure the integrity of the process. “The attorney general is taking is a very legitimate prosecutorial...
August 12, 2016 | News & Features
Read and listen to Professor Kuckes on Rhode Island's NPR on 38 Studios.
Professor Kuckes quoted in an earlier Providence Journal article on 38 Studios.
Good reason for secrecy on 38 Studios
By Niki Kuckes
Aug. 9, 2016: Late last month, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and State Police Supt. Steven O'Donnell announced that they will not — for now at least — seek criminal indictments for the failed 38 Studios bond offering. Nor will they seek to make public the evidence from their four-year...
July 22, 2016 | In the Media
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Judges feeling their way on web-based jurisdiction issue” by Pat Murphy
July 21, 2016: Lawyers investigating whether an out-of-state defendant’s operation of a website provides a basis for suing the party in local federal court will find few bright-line rules coming from decisions issued in the 1st Circuit. […]
Courts are having a difficult time coming up with a practical framework for dealing with the issue of web-based jurisdiction, said professor Tanya J....
July 20, 2016 | News & Features
From RWU Law Magazine: “From Hate to Hope” by Jill Rodriguez ’05
As he hunted through nearly a century’s worth of ownership records and auction catalogues to establish a recovery claim for a 19th century painting of a German peasant girl, Glenn Friedemann’s thoughts kept returning to his father and grandfather.
This wasn’t just a case of returning a possession stolen by the Nazis (some 70 years earlier at the time) to its rightful owner, the Max Stern Estate. It was nothing less than...
July 20, 2016 | In the Media
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Bar: ruling on fee motions to add expense, complexity” by Sheri Qualters
July 20, 2016: A recent state Supreme Court decision finding that affidavits or testimony supporting counsel fee motions should come from a Rhode Island bar member who is not part of the case brings clarity and consistency to the process but also makes it more costly and complicated, practitioners say.
The Supreme Court vacated Superior Court Judge Bennett R. Gallo’s decision to award...
July 15, 2016 | In the Media
From Wallethub: “Should Marijuana Be Legal?” by John S Kiernan
July 15, 2016: Call it a sign of society’s moral erosion, an act of economic desperation or folks finally coming to their senses, but a record-high number of Americans – 61% – now support marijuana legalization […] Not everyone is ready to climb aboard Puff the Magic Dragon just yet, however. […]
With that in mind and much of the pot problem still unsolved, we turned to a panel of 26 leading experts in the fields of economics,...
July 14, 2016 | In the Media
From the Providence Journal: “In case of Ginsburg vs. Trump, justice overstepped her bounds“ by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal Columnist
July 14, 2016: While her criticism is meritorious, the Notorious RBG’s feud with the Vainglorious DJT puts her in a position that might prove precarious if Donald J. Trump ends up victorious.
[…] Michael J. Yelnosky, dean of the Roger Williams University School of Law, said no law or rule prohibits Ginsburg from saying what she said. But, he said, “I think she...
July 08, 2016 | In the Media
From The New Yorker: "The Jailhouse Lawyer Derrick Hamilton’s Role in the Reversal of a Murder Conviction" by Jennifer Gonnerman
Derrick Hamilton never went to law school, but prisoners across New York State have heard about his formidable legal skills, which he acquired while he was wrongly imprisoned for murder for more than two decades, reading law books and fighting to get himself and other inmates set free.
[...] last year when Hamilton went to visit a client at Shawangunk...
July 07, 2016 | News & Features
From RWU Law Magazine: "Seeking a Balance" by Michael M. Bowden
Should Rhode Island’s racial and ethnic diversity be reflected in the makeup of its judiciary?
Almost everyone agrees that it should.
Diversity on the state’s bench, advocates say, is both a symbolic and a practical ideal – as essential to fairness and justice (and perhaps as importantly, the public perception of fairness and justice) as a police force that reflects the diversity of the neighborhoods it serves. After all,...