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JAN
16
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Keynote Address by Paulette Brown
JAN
20
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
School of Law Appellate Courtroom 283
Champions for Justice Dinner and Public Interest Auction
JAN
30
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Providence Biltmore Hotel
Behind Closed Doors
FEB
11
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Appellate Courtroom - Room 283
Washington, DC Law Alumni Reception
FEB
24
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Marriott Washington at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, DC

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12/15/2014
By Kimberly Ahern
The annual Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception was held on Wednesday, December 3rd in Providence.  It is always a great event with over one hundred alumni, lawyers, professors and Judges...

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  • December 19, 2014 | 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...
  • 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...
  • March 11, 2014 | In the Media
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "Pro bono help for juveniles" by Patricia Daddona, PBN Staff Writer March 10, 2014: Sleeping on the roof of a train packed with refugees, then getting imprisoned in warehouses and having to beg for food when they do get free, children seeking to cross the border into the U.S. are constantly at risk, says Providence attorney Hans Bremer [RWU Law '08]. But while traveling unaccompanied as a child or teen to the United States is dangerous, living here once they’ve...
  • March 06, 2014 | News & Features
    March 6, 2014: A group of Providence seventh graders are learning about internet safety this month with the help of RWU Law students participating in a new, national privacy education program. The first program of its kind in Rhode Island, the initiative involves a small group of law students leading interactive sessions on internet safety with local youth at Community Preparatory School in Providence. Topics range from online privacy protection to managing a positive digital...
  • January 25, 2014 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., Jan. 15, 2014 – As part of a comprehensive strategy for confronting the most pressing challenges facing America’s law schools – the cost to earn a law degree; rising student debt; and the job readiness of graduates – Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish announced today that the University has expanded its signature Affordable Excellence initiative to its School of Law. Simultaneously, Farish named Michael J. Yelnosky – a founding faculty member, former associate...
  • November 06, 2013 | In the Media
    From the Providence Journal: "Impunity for sex trafficking in R.I." by Melanie Shapiro [RWU Law '12] and Donna M. Hughes November 01, 2013: [...] The police departments in Rhode Island need to initiate more investigations and make combating human trafficking a priority. [...] The officials of Rhode Island need to end the culture of impunity for the big pimps, the pimps that operate inside the state, the pimps who call themselves businessmen and have well-connected lawyers and associates. [...]...
  • September 17, 2013 |
    See coverage in the Providence Journal See coverage in Providence Business News See coverage by WPRO Providence, R.I., Sept. 17, 2013 – This fall, law students at Roger Williams University have a new way to give back to the community while also gaining significant practical legal experience – with the added benefit of driving sustainable nonprofit and business development along the way. RWU Law’s new Community Economic Development Clinic – which formally launched today in a ceremony at...
  • August 08, 2013 |
    PROVIDENCE, August 7, 2013 – Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has accepted his invitation to participate in a “Charter Forum” which will highlight the role of Rhode Island’s 1663 Colonial Charter in shaping American jurisprudence. The event will take place on August 20, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Chace Auditorium, Trinity Repertory Theatre, 201 Washington St., Providence. The event is sponsored by Roger Williams University School of Law....