July 28, 2016 | In the Media
From The Boston Globe: "He couldn't get a visa and he couldn't get deported. So he went to law school instead." by Maria Sacchetti
Antonio Massa Viana was a star law student at Roger Williams University. He edited the law review and triumphed in the moot court competition. The Supreme Court chief justice knew his name.
He was also in the United States illegally, diving headlong into a profession where the laws were literally stacked against him. Except in Massachusetts, where in 2014...
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,...
June 05, 2016 | News & Features
PROVIDENCE, April 5, 2016: Roger Williams University School of Law on Monday formally showcased its new experiential campus in downtown Providence, which is slated to open in May and be fully operational for the start of the Fall Semester.
Designed to provide law students with enhanced access to hands-on, experiential opportunities in the capital city, the facility at One Empire Plaza will replace RWU Law’s existing Metro Center at 150 Washington Street, more than doubling RWU Law’s footprint...
May 13, 2016 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., May 13, 2016 – A cool, partly sunny day on Mt. Hope Bay provided the perfect backdrop as United States Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez delivered a rousing address to the 86 graduates of the Class of 2016 during Commencement exercises here Friday.
Perez, former attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has pioneered efforts to create a living wage for...
January 29, 2016 | News & Features
BRISTOL, R.I., January 29, 2016: RWU Law’s Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education today honors two outstanding legal luminaries and a legal organization as Champions for Justice in recognition of their “impact and accomplishments” in supporting the school’s public interest programs.
The special awards dinner will begin at 6 p.m., preceding the law school’s annual Public Interest Auction at the Omni Providence Hotel, with both events “shining a light on RWU Law students and...
January 27, 2016 | In the Media
From The National Law Journal: "Bellying Up To The Bar Exam Early: New York's novel pro bono program opens to out-of-state third-year law students," by Karen Sloan, NLJ
Jan. 25, 2016: Laura Rodriguez won't graduate from Roger Williams University School of Law until May, but she's spending her days studying for the bar exam instead of sitting in class.
Rodriguez is one of 11 third-year law students from seven schools outside New York who will take the February bar then spend three months working...
January 25, 2016 | News & Features
Bristol, R.I., January 25, 2016 – At the culmination of a captivating, often emotional, frequently humorous address at RWU Law on Thursday, the speaker paused, surveyed his audience, then slowly intoned:
“I am Carlton W. Reeves, District Judge of the Southern District of Mississippi, and I sit in the seat once held by William Harold Cox” (a reference to the virulently racist judge immortalized in the 1988 film “Mississippi Burning,” on a 1965 trial for the murder of three Mississippi civil...
December 10, 2015 | In the Media
From the Providence Sunday Journal: “The Jail Trap: Minorities are sent to prison and put on probation far more than whites,” by John Hill, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, Nov. 6, 2015: In the movies and on television, when the crime is solved and the wrongdoer convicted, the story ends, usually with someone headed to prison.
But in the real world, those in the criminal justice system say, it’s not the end. A whole other story starts when the convict gets out. It’s a story about not being able...
November 01, 2015 | News & Features
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PROVIDENCE, Nov. 2, 2015 – An important new clinical initiative at Roger Williams University School of Law offers renewed hope to military veterans whose applications for disability benefits have been denied and who can’t afford to appeal the decision.
In this unique collaboration, law students in the...
August 27, 2015 | News & Features
The challenges are staggering.
Roughly a third of Providence public school students are “chronically absent,” demonstrate disruptive behavior, and/or struggle with math and reading – all symptoms indicating a higher risk of dropout before graduation.
But the tide has dramatically begun to turn thanks to a deepening collaboration between the City of Providence and City Year Providence, part of the national nonprofit AmeriCorps program. One of 27 such initiatives nationwide, City Year Providence...
May 27, 2015 | News & Features
A young person’s passage from the sheltered years of childhood to the independence of adulthood can be traumatic for any parent. But when the child reaching 18 is mentally or physically unable to handle adult responsibilities and demands, establishing an appropriate form of guardianship can carry emotional and financial burdens of its own.
One of dozens of programs coordinated through the Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law, the Bradley Hospital Guardianship...
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...
January 16, 2015 | News & Features
A panel of top Rhode Island authorities participated Wednesday in a fascinating, thought-provoking and often emotional early-semester forum titled “Examining Justice: Ferguson, Staten Island and Beyond.”
The event drew a large audience of RWU Law students, faculty and staff, as panelists discussed the recent events in Ferguson and New York. In both cases, an unarmed African American man died at the hands of a white police officer, and a grand jury declined to bring that officer to trial....
January 09, 2015 | News & Features
January 9, 2015: Roger Williams University School of Law is pleased to announce that alumna Katie A. Ahern ’07, an associate at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP in Providence, will be directing the school’s Community Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) this semester.
RWU Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic focuses on teaching students to represent clients in business-related transactions, by providing legal services to nonprofit and community-based businesses in Rhode Island. Under full...
December 18, 2014 | News & Features
December 23, 2014: Roger Williams University School of Law is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of Super Lawyers’ 2014 “Top 10 Law Schools for Pro Bono Graduation Requirements.”
Super Lawyers is an attorney-rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
In an effort to provide visibility to outstanding law schools who exemplify excellence in service of others, Super Lawyers put together the Top 10 Law...