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16th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit

Orientation

16th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit
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8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Incoming Student Orientation
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Various Locations
Incoming Student Orientation
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8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Various Locations

Dean’s Blog

07/16/2014
When I left Wake Forest for the deanship at Roger Williams in 2003, I signed a contract for 3 years, hoped to survive for 5 (the typical deanship lasts 4+ years, about the same as NFL coaches), and...

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  • June 16, 2014
    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 dean...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • November 16, 2012
    FROM ecoRI: "R.I. Coast at Center of Marine Climate Crisis" by TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff BRISTOL, Nov. 16, 2012 — For coastal planners and managers, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is about responding to an immediate crisis while keeping a commitment to long-term planning — a challenge complicated by the politically charged issue of climate change. This predicament was at center stage this week at the Marine Science Symposium hosted by Roger Williams University, where scientists, lawyers...
  • November 16, 2012
    From the Cape Cod Times: "Scientists: Record temps will alter landscape" by Doug Fraser BRISTOL, R.I., November 16, 2012 — Given the Katrina-like devastation after Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York and New Jersey, it was no surprise Thursday when panelists at a global warming symposium were told that water temperatures in the Northeast for the first half of 2012 were the warmest in more than 150 years of record keeping. The region experienced record heat on land in 2012, and water...
  • 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...
  • September 21, 2011
    From offshore wind energy to fisheries management, from admiralty law to piracy and international trade, formerly esoteric Marine Law issues are appearing more and more frequently in the public debate – in national and international political circles, among corporate and industry leaders; even around office water coolers. As the conversation evolves, lawyers, policymakers and the public are seeking a deeper understanding of these vital areas, and RWU Law is – as Providence Business News...
  • July 22, 2011
    From SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING: "NOAA approves Rhode Island plan for offshore energy development, job creation and ocean stewardship" by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration July 22, 2011: NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D. joined Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and other national and state leaders today to recognize the pioneering Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP). This new, innovative ocean...
  • April 05, 2011
    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico brought some of the costliest and most complex litigation to the U.S. justice system to date. To better understand the legal ramifications and legacy of the BP oil crisis, Roger Williams University School of Law offers three scholars to provide expert analysis and commentary as the story continues to unfold. To arrange an interview, contact Michael Bowden at (401) 254-3881 or Ruth Bazinet at (401) 254-3805. David A. Logan Dean, Roger...
  • January 27, 2011
    Slate, for its column, Explainer: Answers to your questions about the news, turned to Susan Farady, director of RWU Law's Marine Affairs Institute, for background on "One Fish, Two Fish, Who Regulates You, Fish? Is federal salmon oversight as complicated as President Obama claims?" by Brian Palmer Jan. 26, 2011: President Obama cracked wise about the complexity of federal fish regulations during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. "The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while...
  • September 13, 2010
    The "FOCUS: LAW" section of the Sept 13, 2010 edition of Providence Business News quotes RWU Law's Marine Affairs Institute director Susan Farady in an article titled, "Deepwater wind farm attracts a crowd ... of lawyers" by Staff Writer Chris Barrett: Sept. 13, 2010: The uncharted waters surrounding what could become the first offshore wind farm in North America has left a bevy of attorneys navigating legal minefields that could still sink the proposal by Deepwater Wind, if not significantly...
  • September 04, 2010
    USA TODAY interviewed RWU Law's Susan Farady, Director of the Marine Law Institute and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program, for a story, "Gulf platform explodes in flames; 13 rescued," by Alan Levin and Julie Schmit, which ran in (and was teased on the front page of) the newspaper's special Labor Day Weekend edition: September 3, 2010: An offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that exploded Thursday did not leak a significant amount of oil into the water, the Coast Guard said. All 13 rig...
  • August 12, 2010
    The Financial Times of London published an article today titled, "Spill claims to test limits of BP’s liability" by legal correspondent Michael Peel" 12 August 2010: A swathe of Gulf of Mexico oil disaster lawsuits sent to a New Orleans court could have a multibillion-dollar impact on BP’s finances and a wider effect on the offshore US energy industry, law experts claimed on Wednesday. Judge Carl Barbier is likely to have to make a series of crucial early rulings over areas such as document...