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Commencement

RWU Law 20th-anniversary

Commencement

RWU Law 20th-anniversary

Boston Alumni Networking Reception
APR
30
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles Street, Boston, MA
Accepted Students Day
MAY
12
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
RWU Law Ten Metacom Avenue Bristol, RI 02809
RWU School of Law Commencement
MAY
16
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bristol, Rhode Island
Law Alumni Association Annual Breakfast Meeting
JUN
19
7:45 am - 9:15 am
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence

Dean’s Blog

04/18/2014
RWU Law has a tradition of celebrating the accomplishments of graduating classes in a ceremony that begins with the wail of bagpipes, a long line of graduates, faculty, and staff processing past very...

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  • January 25, 2014
    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...
  • August 14, 2011
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Edward Fitzpatrick: Consider new prism for open-government disputes" August 14, 2011: Too often, we Rhode Islanders live in a bubble. “It’s a beautiful bubble,” said Tim White, a Channel 12 investigative reporter and New England First Amendment Coalition board member. “But we lose context. We don’t realize what it’s like elsewhere. It’s bad here when it comes to public records.” Given Rhode Island’s reputation for corruption, access to public records and meetings...
  • August 06, 2011
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "R.I. attorney general backs access to records" by Michael P. McKinney, Journal Staff Writer BRISTOL (August 6, 2011) — It was a meeting focused on such topics as open meetings in Rhode Island — then some protesters tried to open it up some more. For more than 330 attendees, a mix of state and municipal officials, law enforcers, lawyers and others, Friday’s Open-Government Summit hosted by state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin [RWU Law '98] at the waterside...