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  • September 19, 2017 | News & Features
    On September 19, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a package of criminal justice reform bills. Governor Raimondo has said she will sign them into law. Earlier this year, RWU Law Dean Michael Yelnosky had the opportunity to sit down with the Governor to talk about that legislation, and the role RWU Law played in helping to educate the community about the issues.  They also chatted more broadly about the role of RWU Law, about the way in which the Governor’s legal training impacts the...
  • December 19, 2016 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., December 19, 2016: RWU School of Law will honor three outstanding legal luminaries and a public interest legal organization as Champions for Justice in recognition of their “impact and accomplishments” in supporting the school’s social justice programs. A special awards dinner will precede the law school’s annual Public Interest Auction at the Omni Providence Hotel on Friday, January 27, 2017. The event will “shine a light on RWU Law students and alumni, celebrating their...
  • December 01, 2016 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “Police try to gauge the Trump Effect in R.I.” by Amanda Milkovits, Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I., Saturday,  Nov 26, 2016 — […] This is the reality of policing in Rhode Island, where the immigrant population has increased, where people of color make up more than a quarter of the population and where police officers are called to serve a diverse community. Even as violent protests have erupted nationally over officer-involved slayings of black people,...
  • November 14, 2016 | News & Features
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It started as just a hobby for Zared “Ziggy” Goldfarb, transforming a fridge full of farmer’s market produce into pickled medleys of cucumbers and hot peppers, sauerkraut or kimchi. He’d gift the stuff to friends and family. At his wedding, the table centerpieces featured jumbo jars of pickles for guests to snack on throughout the celebration. His wedding party favors? Homemade pickles and jams, of course. But when he was laid off from his longtime career in public...
  • November 04, 2016 | News & Features
    By Professor Peter S. Margulies My scholarship and advocacy were recently cited by the en banc D.C. Circuit in an important decision on military commissions, Bahlul v. United States, 2016 U.S. App. Lexis 18852 (Oct. 20, 2016) (upholding the conspiracy conviction of a former aide to Osama bin Laden who played a supporting role in preparations for 9/11); see decision here. The full court voted 6-3 to uphold the conviction; my work played a significant part in the decision. Judge Patricia Millett...
  • October 21, 2016 | News & Features
    Marine debris will be the focus of the Tenth Marine Law Symposium, to be held at RWU Law on Friday, November 4, with a featured keynote by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. For a registration fee of just $50, this comprehensive conference is approved for six (6) Rhode Island MCLE credits (with zero legal ethics credits). Register here. “We are bringing together national and local environmental leaders working on innovative ways to address marine debris,” said Julia Wyman, director of RWU Law’s Marine...
  • July 28, 2016 | News & Features
    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
    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...