Upcoming Events

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


By Mikéla Almeida
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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Each year, the Marine Affairs Institute takes RWU Law students on an educational cruise on Narragansett Bay. This trip helps first year students  better understand many of the marine and maritime issues affecting Rhode Island and New England.

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  • October 27, 2015 | News & Features
    THIS FRIDAY: Congressman David Cicilline keynotes an important conference on the continuing crusade for LGBT rights. BRISTOL, R.I., October 27, 2015: Now that the issue of marriage equality has been definitively settled by the Supreme Court of the United States, some believe that the fight for LGBTQ equality rights has been fought and won.  However, important legal challenges remain, including issues of family law, trusts and estates, housing, employment, education and other civil...
  • October 13, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., October 8, 2015:  Ready or not, the Age of Cybersecurity is upon us. Each day brings new stories exposing the vulnerabilities of our online world: the massive recent hack of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; almost daily data breaches at well-known companies such as Target and Anthem; Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the National Security Agency; the pros and cons of end-to-end encryption and dangers of the Internet “going dark.” How can we maintain the benefits of...
  • 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...
  • August 20, 2013 |
    For further coverage, visit: The ABA Journal The Huffington Post The Associated Press (picked up by Miami Herald, Denver Post, and many other outlets) The Providence Journal Slate PROVIDENCE, August 20, 2013 – Justice Elena Kagan of the U.S Supreme Court talked about digital technology, religious tolerance and women in the law in a wide-ranging conversation sponsored by Roger Williams University School of Law and hosted by Governor Lincoln Chafee, who introduced the event. Justice Kagan –...
  • June 19, 2013 |
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "RWU’s collaborative gathers to fund legal aid" by PBN Staff PROVIDENCE, June 18, 2013: More than 100 members of the legal community, along with students, faculty, staff and alumni of Roger Williams University School of Law, recently gathered for the third annual Pro Bono Collaborative Cocktail Reception. As a reminder of the group’s unique nature, this year’s reception was themed “Only in Rhode Island.” The yearly event raises funds to provide legal services...
  • June 18, 2013 |
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Cyber-war threatens U.S. security" by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer Also read Paul Rosenweig's LAWFARE Blog on the conference here. BRISTOL, R.I., June 18, 2013 — There’s a new battlefield looming — with unclear boundaries and a dearth of governing laws. It’s the Internet, and governments, companies and citizens are grappling with how best to limit risks. “We are in a cyber-war,” Timothy H. Edgar told about 50 people attending a cyber-security conference...
  • June 03, 2013 |
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Four-day institute to explore cybersecurity issues" by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, June 3, 2013 — President Obama warned of grave national threats in his State of the Union address –– dangers that included not only al-Qaida and nuclear weapons landing in the wrong hands, but the crippling potential of cyber attacks. [...] The vast subject of cybersecurity will be explored by a host of experts at a four-day institute this month at Roger Williams...
  • May 16, 2013 |
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 1, 2013 – As Roger Williams University School of Law prepares to kick off its 20th Anniversary year,  Morris Dees – a preeminent civil rights attorney and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center – will address the Class of 2013 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises on Friday, May 17. The law school ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 17, on the University’s main athletic field. The School of Law will also present an honorary degree to...
  • May 03, 2013 |
    Bristol, R.I., May 3, 2013 – In a year of milestone anniversary celebrations and an ever-expanding focus on serving individuals and communities across the State of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University and the Roger Williams University School of Law have signed on to sponsor a full lighting of WaterFire Providence on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 28. WaterFire Providence – artist Barnaby Evans’s unique flame-inspired cultural installation, which has attracted more than 10 million visitors...
  • March 12, 2013 |
    From Narragansett Bay Journal: "Climate Change Adaptation: Efforts on the Ground. What Will the Future Bring?" by Julia Wyman Julia Wyman is a staff attorney and adjunct professor at the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law/Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program. Spring 2013: Climate change is impacting the world in tremendous ways: drought, wildfires, increased air and water temperatures, and decreased biodiversity are just a few examples. Some of the areas that...
  • October 02, 2012 |
    BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 28, 2012: It’s hard to imagine a more topical speaker than Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., to kick off RWU Law’s new Professor Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture Series. The question is: exactly what topic? With Fahrenkopf, you can take your pick. Want to talk about the paralyzing ideological standoff in Congress? Fahrenkopf is former chair of the Republican National Committee (1983 to 1989), and retains a “let’s find common ground” demeanor reminiscent of those...
  • June 01, 2012 |
    PROVIDENCE, June 1, 2012 – The best and brightest of the Rhode Island legal profession gathered Thursday night to support the state’s most vulnerable populations. Held at the Rotunda at One Citizen’s Plaza in Providence, the 3rd Annual Pro Bono Collaborative Cocktail Reception brought together well over 100 luminaries of the bench and bar, faculty, staff, alumni and students to raise funds to support this unique vehicle for providing legal services to low-income citizens of the Ocean State....
  • May 18, 2012 |
    RWU Law Celebrates Commencement 2012!   See photos here! (More to come soon!)   Bristol, R.I. May 18, 2012: Roger Williams University School of Law’s 17th Commencement took place Friday under clear blue skies, as 183 new law school graduates were awarded juris doctor degrees before a crowd of nearly 2,000. Some highlights of the day: •    Renowned jurist and judicial reformer, the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein, delivered the keynote and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of...
  • March 13, 2012 |
    From WPRI, Channel 12:  Senator Jack Reed at RWU Law 3/12/2012 5:31:38 PM ANCHOR: U.S. Senator Jack Reed is pushing for a Regional Ocean Planning Policy in the Northeast -- much like the one Rhode Island has already put in place. This morning, Senator Jack Reed was in Bristol, promoting the benefits of that collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law. He says Rhode island's Ocean Management Plan has been an extroadinarily effective tool, and is now recognized as the national...
  • August 18, 2011 |
     Brian Ali '06 and Professor Anthony J. Santo October 17, 2011 (Updated): When Brian Ali ’06 is at work, he’s not in a courtroom – but on the trading floor in the heart of Wall Street, where he is vice president of Asian Equity at Deutsche Bank. While most of his colleagues arrived in the Financial District via business schools and MBAs, Brian was almost unique in approaching corporate finance as an attorney – a strategy he says Professor Anthony Santoro helped him...