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RWU SOL Holiday Reception 2015

RWU SOL Holiday Reception 2015

Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Citizens Plaza Rotunda, Providence, Rhode Island
Public Interst Potluck
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Law School Bistro
Champions for Justice
6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Omni Providence Hotel


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The Esther Clark Moot Court Competition is an intra-school appellate advocacy competition for new Moot Court Board members. Every fall brings an intense and engaging event – not only for the...

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Out of 29 total state clerkship opportunities in Rhode Island, RWU Law grads hold 18 of those positions for the 2012-2013 term. This includes 8 of 11 clerkships with the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

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  • November 01, 2015 | News & Features
    See coverage from: The Associated Press The Providence Journal Rhode Island Public Radio AM 630 WPRO WPRI CBS 12 Eyewitness News WLNE ABC 6 Providence  Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly 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...
  • November 14, 2014 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Legal Luminaries Celebrate Pro Bono Collaborative" November 10, 2014: More than 150 guests attended the Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC)’s  5th Annual Cocktail Reception at One Citizens Plaza Rotunda in downtown Providence, R.I. Community leaders and prominent members of the bench and bar, as well as students, faculty, alumni from Roger Williams University School of Law all gathered to celebrate and support the PBC, which partners Rhode Island law firms and...
  • November 07, 2014 | News & Features
    Election Day 2014 was cause for pride at Roger Williams University School of Law, which saw several of its own win important offices – Professor Jorge O. Elorza became mayor-elect of Providence, Rhode Island’s capital and largest city; and alumnus Peter F. Kilmartin ’98 won a second term as the state’s attorney general.  “We could not be more proud of Peter and Jorge,” said RWU Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky. “They are the embodiment of one of RWU Law’s core values – public service. General...
  • October 20, 2014 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., October 20, 2014 – As America’s legal profession shines a spotlight on the importance of making quality legal services available to the neediest populations, Roger Williams University School of Law is celebrating the man whose passion and generosity established a solid financial foundation for its innovative Pro Bono Collaborative program. Originally launched in January 2006 with support from the Rhode Island Foundation, the Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC) at RWU Law was in need of...
  • July 15, 2014 | In the Media
    From the HUFFINGTON POST: "Cheering for the USA From a Detention Center in Florence, Arizona" by Luis F. Mancheno, Staff Attorney, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Arizona. July 9, 2014: Through a tinted glass window I saw a group of men watching a World Cup match. Neither Belgium nor the US had scored any goals yet. "Cuidado!" ("Watch out!") yelled one of the men when one of the Belgian players got close to scoring. Everybody had their eyes glued to the television. This game...
  • June 16, 2014 | In the Media
    From the NEWPORT MERCURY: "Law and Attraction" by Antonia N. Farzan   Michael J. Yelnosky, 53 | Dean designate It’s a challenging time to be a law school dean. Enrollment is dropping, and graduates are no longer guaranteed a high-paying job after they pass the bar. But the number of applications to Roger Williams Law School has increased, thanks in part to the fact that the law school is lowering its tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year. On July 1, Michael J. Yelnosky will become...
  • May 27, 2014 | In the Media
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 27, 2014 – The Pro Bono Collaborative will pay tribute Thursday to prominent Rhode Island attorney Mark Mandell, Esq., a transformative supporter of the program. The tribute will take place as part of the Pro Bono Collaborative’s 5th Annual Cocktail Reception, to be held this Thursday, May 29, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at One Citizens Plaza Rotunda in downtown Providence, R.I. The event gathers prominent members of the bench and bar with students, faculty, alumni from...
  • May 02, 2014 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Women’s Center of Rhode Island to honor 7 outstanding women" by Tatiana Pina For invitation and further information, click here. PROVIDENCE, R.I., May 01, 2014 — The Women’s Center of Rhode Island will honor seven outstanding women during its 12th annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon Friday. […] Advocacy awards will go to Eliza Vorenberg and Suzanne Harrington-Steppen, of the Feinstein Center for Pro Bono and Experiential Education at Roger Williams...
  • March 12, 2014 | News & Features
    RWU Law Ranked Among "Best Public Interest Law Schools" See the story in Providence Business News Having greatly enhanced its affordability and experiential learning opportunities, Roger Williams University School of Law is now ranked among the “best schools for public interest law,” according to the March 2014 issue of The National Jurist, a nationwide magazine for law students. In the ranking of the nation’s 25 top public interest law schools, RWU Law placed at 21, in a list that includes...