The Marine Affairs Institute holds a major symposium every other year. These events draw national and international experts in their various fields to RWU Law. Students can attend these symposia for free. Past topics range from fisheries law, climate change and the legacy of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
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...
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BRISTOL, R.I., APRIL 15, 2016 – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Roger Williams University School of Law’s Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on the University’s main athletic field.
Perez, the former attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and...
I know my own mind.
I am not a prejudiced person.
I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.
But are you really sure?
Join Harvard psychologist Mahzarin R. Banaji as she challenges our self-perceptions, and explores the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality
Banaji will discuss her work in an intriguing lecture, “Blindspot: Hidden...
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...
From the Providence Journal: “Mississippi judge speaks up in face of racial hatred” by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal columnist
Jan. 21, 2016: U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves didn’t just consult the applicable federal guidelines when sentencing the three young white men who admitted they were hunting black people when they beat, ran over and killed a man in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2011.
Rather, Reeves delivered a searing speech, placing their deeds in historical context, pointing to how far...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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The Huffington Post
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The Providence Journal
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 –...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...