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05/08/2017
By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
On May 19th, the members of the Class of 2017 will cross the stage and receive their diplomas from President Farish. That short crossing tells little of the rich stories of how graduates arrived at...

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  • May 26, 2017 | In the Media
    Professor Andrew Horwitz has been critical of an ordinance recently passed by the City of Cranston, Rhode Island because in his view it criminalizes homelessness.  The ordinance prohibits “stand[ing] in or enter[ing] upon a roadway for the purpose of distributing anything to the occupant of any vehicle or for the purpose of receiving anything from the occupant of any vehicle.”  In a recent post on the RWU First Amendment Blog Professor Horwitz outlines his argument that the...
  • May 17, 2017 | News & Features
    By Edward Fitzpatrick BRISTOL, R.I. – As Pfc. Bradley E. Manning’s lead trial attorney, David E. Coombs kept telling his client: Trust the system, trust the system. That rationale seemed sound. During the 2013 trial, Coombs planned to have Manning accept responsibility for disclosing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic files and reports to WikiLeaks. He planned to emphasize that the former Army intelligence analyst never intended to harm the country or to aid the enemy....
  • May 09, 2017 | News & Features
    May 8, 2017: One of the many surprises of the 2016 presidential election was the support that the “religious right” or “evangelicals” gave to Donald Trump, a candidate with a well-documented and, indeed, audacious disrespect for traditional family values, especially the sanctity of marriage. Observers ascribe that support to Trump’s often-made promise to appoint conservatives to the Supreme Court of the United States, which could roll back abortion rights and the long-standing recognition of a...
  • April 24, 2017 | News & Features
    RWU Law topped UCLA's Cyber Crimes Moot Court Competition, held this Saturday, April 22 in Los Angeles! Big congratulations to 3L's  "We had a great time, and appreciate all of the time and effort that everyone put into the competition," said event organizer and UCLA 3L Alyssa Shauer, 2017 managing editor of UCLA Law Review. The winner's circle: Overall Champions: Team 8, Katherine Berling & Amanda Jacober, RWU Law Overall Runners Up: Team 5, Jordan Eyal & Brenda...
  • April 19, 2017 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., April 19, 2017 – A groundbreaking Harvard Law professor and onetime clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall will keynote the 2017 Commencement exercises at Roger Williams University School of Law, when some 119 graduates will be awarded their J.D. degrees. The processional will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 19, on RWU’s main athletic field at the law school’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. Professor David B. Wilkins of Harvard Law School, one of three...
  • April 13, 2017 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., April 13, 2017 ­­– Two Roger Williams University School of Law professors wrote an amicus brief that the ACLU of Rhode Island filed Wednesday to support Governor Raimondo’s petition for release of the 38 Studios grand jury records. Professor Jared A. Goldstein and Professor Andrew Horwitz argued that while grand jury records are usually secret, the 38 Studios case – in which the state provided a $75-million loan guarantee for Curt Schillings’ ill-fated video-game venture...
  • April 04, 2017 | News & Features
    April 4, 2017:  As the nation grapples with proposed travel bans and refugee restrictions, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof will visit Roger Williams University, urging us to remember the times when fear drove Americans to revile newcomers and reject those seeking refuge. It's easy to forget, he says, that the United States once interned Japanese-Americans, turned away Anne Frank's family and subjected Irish Catholics to brutal mistreatment. At the same time, we should keep in...
  • April 04, 2017 | In the Media
    From FOX PROVIDENCE: "RWU Law Professor Opposes Cranston Panhandling Ordinance" on Dan Yorke's State of MindApril 3, 2017: Roger Williams Law Professor Andrew Horwitz joined Dan to discuss his opposition to the Cranston ordinance that restricts panhandling in the city. Professor Horwitz shares his story of a police officer issuing him an incorrect citation while protesting the ban last week.Dan Yorke State of Mind airs every weeknight at 7:30 p.m. on myRI-TV and midnight on FOX Providence. 
  • April 04, 2017 | News & Features
    April 4th, 2017: One thing you can say for Donald Trump’s presidency: He sure keeps lawyers busy. Within weeks of taking office, he suddenly rolled out immigration rules that banned entrance to travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, creating chaos and great anxiety at many airports. But that action was immediately challenged by state attorneys general and held unconstitutional by federal judges. And it brought hundreds of pro bono lawyers to airports across the country to help...
  • March 28, 2017 | News & Features
    Tweets and leaks. “Fake news” and “alternative facts.” The President of the United States and the “Enemy of the American People.”On a daily basis, the press and the president are locked in a bitter, high-stakes battle. In "The Press & The President," a panel of experts from Roger Williams University, the press and the Republican Party will delve into what it all means for reporters and politicians, the public and our democracy. They’ll go in-depth on issues touched upon in the RWU 1st...
  • March 16, 2017 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., March 10, 2017 ­­– As part of Roger Williams University School of Law’s Alternative Spring Break program, 61 law students are providing free legal services to impoverished communities in 17 locations ranging from the Bronx to Haiti. On the program’s first international trip, three RWU law students will offer know-your-rights presentations at the YWCA in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, talking to young women about domestic violence situations and addressing privacy issues related...
  • March 15, 2017 | In the Media
    From WPRO 630: The Gene Valicenti Show, "Gene talks with RWU Law Dean Michael Yelnosky about the LSAT exam."For 70 years, the LSAT has been a rite of passage to legal education, a test designed to gauge students’ ability to learn the law. But its dominance could change. Beginning this fall, Harvard Law School will allow applicants to submit their scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Law School Admission Test. Dean Michael J. Yelnosky speaks with WPRO's Gene Valicenti about...
  • February 27, 2017 | In the Media
    From the New York Times: “NY Today: Refugee, Immigrant, and Citizen” by Alexandra S. Levine Feb. 27, 2017: When Luis Mancheno was 14 and living in Quito, Ecuador, he knew he had to learn English, and fast. It was around that age that he realized he would eventually need to leave his evangelical family, his all-boys Catholic school and his country: He feared they would reject him for being gay. So he holed up with the “Harry Potter” books, and he studied the movies’ English subtitles. “I was...
  • February 21, 2017 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., Feb. 15, 2017 – A groundbreaking exhibit titled “Do Lord Remember Me: The Black Church in Rhode Island” will open at Roger Williams University on Tuesday, Feb. 28, and will feature a powerful performance by actor Joe Wilson Jr., plus a panel discussion. From Feb. 28 through March 6, RWU and RWU Law will host the traveling exhibit in the second-floor atrium of the School of Law building on the university’s Bristol campus. The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday, from...
  • February 17, 2017 | In the Media
    From SLATE: “A Good American: How Trump’s immigration ban explicitly smears Muslims as being potentially hostile to the Constitution” by RWU Law Professor Jared A. Goldstein Feb. 14, 2017:  President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries — an order that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals kept on hold last week — does not explicitly exclude people because of their faith. Instead, the language of the order uses...