October 02, 2014 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., Oct. 2, 2014 – With the number of first-year students up 24 percent since last fall – despite an admissions climate characterized by sharply shrinking enrollments at law schools across the country – Roger Williams University School of Law has pledged to continue its Affordable Excellence initiative to confront increasing costs, rising debt and the job-readiness of graduates, among the most pressing challenges facing legal education today.
For RWU Law students, the continuation of...
September 29, 2014 | In the Media
From WPRO: "Dean Yelnosky on Attorney General Eric Holder," by Steve Klamkin, WPRO Saturday Morning News
Sept. 27, 2014: Dean Michael J. Yelnosky speaks with WPRO's Steve Klamkin about Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation, his legacy and his possible successors.
To listen to the full interview, click here.
September 26, 2014 | In the Media
From TIME Magazine: "WikiLeaks Source Chelsea Manning Sues Govt Over Hormone Treatment Request" by Denver Nicks
Sept. 23, 2014: Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth military prison for leaking classified government documents to WikiLeaks, has sued U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel over the government’s refusal to pay for gender reassignment treatment.
“The government continues to deny Ms. Manning’s access to necessary medical treatment for gender dysphoria,...
September 24, 2014 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 24, 2014 – The Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC) at Roger Williams University School of Law is featured on the inaugural website of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), launched this week.
AALS membership, an honor awarded to RWU Law in 2006, is a key measure of law school quality. Earlier this year, the AALS contacted its member schools, requesting brief descriptions of innovative programming for possible inclusion on the organization’s first-ever website...
September 19, 2014 | In the Media
From Forbes: “Congress Is Considering A New Federal Trade Secret Law. Why?” by Eric Goldman, Contributor
September 16, 2014: Trade secrets usually don’t grab headlines the way that patents or copyrights do, but don’t let that fool you about their importance. Studies regularly show that most businesses care more about trade secrets than either copyrights or patents. In fact, trade secrets are implicated by every aspect of a company’s operations, including dealings with employees, vendors and...
September 18, 2014 | News & Features
Read Professor Krishna's article in the July 2014 edition of the ABA's CED Committee Newsletter here.
PROVIDENCE, R.I., September 18, 2014 – A Roger Williams University School of Law professor has been appointed to head the American Bar Association committee tasked with improving the practice of community economic development law across the United States.
Associate Clinical Professor of Law Gowri Krishna, who also directs RWU Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic, was formally named as...
September 10, 2014 | In the Media
From the New Orleans Advocate: “Judge’s findings in BP civil case could presage results in criminal trial,” by Richard Thompson
See Professor Logan's comments on the BP finding in Chemistry World.
NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 09, 2014: In finding that BP acted with “gross negligence” in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, the federal judge overseeing the oil spill litigation laid much of the blame on BP’s top two supervisors onboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, both of whom face criminal charges...
September 08, 2014 | In the Media
From the Providence Journal: “Activists who blocked coal barge at Brayton Point to use ‘necessity defense’ at trial, by Alex Kuffner, Journal Staff Writer
FALL RIVER, Mass., September 06, 2014: When Ken Ward and Jonathan “Jay” O’Hara go on trial here on Monday for blocking a coal shipment to Brayton Point Power Station, [...] the two environmental activists will argue that their actions were justified because of the threat posed to the planet by the burning of fossil fuels. […] It’s a novel use...
September 08, 2014 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., September 8, 2014: Professor Louise Ellen Teitz – a founding faculty member at Roger Williams University School of Law and one of its most prominent practitioners internationally – has returned to full-time teaching after spending the last three years abroad as a senior U.S. diplomat.
From 2011 until earlier this year, Professor Teitz served as First Secretary at The Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands, leading that organization’s efforts on a range...
September 02, 2014 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., September 2, 2014 – Judge Judith Colenback Savage has joined Roger Williams University School of Law as Distinguished Jurist in Residence. She will be teaching several courses throughout the 2014-2015 academic year and hosting a symposium on mass incarceration in the spring.
“Judge Savage has so much to offer our students,” said Dean Michael J. Yelnosky. “She has worked as a lawyer in private practice and in the highest levels of state government, and she had a remarkable career...
September 01, 2014 | In the Media
From Bloomberg News: "Tanker of Kurdish Oil in Legal Fight Remains Off Texas," by Harry R. Weber and Laurel Brubaker Calkins
Aug 29, 2014: A tanker carrying 1 million barrels of disputed Kurdish oil remains off Texas, according to the vessel’s operator.
The United Kalavryta, which left Ceyhan, Turkey, on June 23 and arrived off the coast of Galveston July 26, couldn’t be detected earlier this week, with no updates from the tanker’s Automated Identification System’s transponder from early Aug....
August 29, 2014 | In the Media
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Lawyers denounce R.I. Superior Court Judge Lanphear’s directive to divulge plea agreements," by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, August 28, 2014: The criminal defense community expressed outrage this week over a court decision chastising two lawyers for “judge shopping” in their handling of a drug dealer’s criminal case.
Public Defender Mary S. McElroy and Andrew Horwitz, director of the criminal defense clinic at the Roger Williams University...
August 22, 2014 | In the Media
From THE TODAY SHOW/NBC News: "Chelsea Manning Says Military Still Denying Gender Treatment" by Tracy Connor
August 22, 2014: A year after requesting gender-reassignment treatment, convicted national-security leaker Chelsea Manning says the military has given her nothing but "lip service." In an exclusive statement to NBC News, the former Army private once known as Bradley Manning said life in the military lockup at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has restricted her ability to express her gender...
August 22, 2014 | In the Media
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Cyberstalking charge cannot survive 1st Amendment claim" by Pat Murphy
August 14, 2014: The First Amendment barred the conviction of a union leader charged with cyberstalking for sending a number of “harassing” emails to a state representative during his unsuccessful campaign for reelection in 2010, a Superior Court judge recently decided in a case of first impression.
A District Court judge had found teachers’ union executive John A. Leidecker guilty of...
August 21, 2014 | News & Features
Professor Coombs' Aug. 22 statement, and video of a 2013 appearance on The Today Show.
Listen to an Aug. 23 interview with Professor Coombs from Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News.
For WPRI television coverage, click here.
Read Associated Press media coverage from San Francisco to Houston to Fall River.
BRISTOL, R.I., August 21, 2014 – As its Fall 2014 semester begins, Roger Williams University School of Law has welcomed renowned WikiLeaks defense lawyer David Coombs to...