Upcoming Events

Open Door Speaker Series

 The Cutting Edge Symposium

Open Door Speaker Series

 The Cutting Edge Symposium

Info Session for Prospective Students
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
RWU Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Cybersecurity + Law Enforcement: The Cutting Edge Symposium
8:00 am - 5:15 pm
RWU Law | Bristol, Rhode Island
Marine Affairs Joint Degree Informational Meeting
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bay View Room


By Judge William E. Smith
As a result of its status as Rhode Island’s only law school, Roger Williams University School of Law has developed a close relationship with the bench and bar of the State. Similarly significant,...

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Our Pro Bono Collaborative mobilizes Rhode Island law firms, law students and community organizations to provide desperately needed legal assistance for the underserved residents of the state.  The unique program includes 10 major law firms, over 20 community-based organizations and several dozen law students.

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  • September 25, 2015 | News & Features
    PROVIDENCE, Sept. 25, 2015: When most people think of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), they think of monitoring “indecency” on television, perhaps upholding Open Internet/Net Neutrality principles, or overseeing the spectrum that powers our wireless devices. Yet one of the agency’s most vital, least known functions involves consumer protection, according to its legal chief, Gigi Sohn, counsel to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Sohn delivered Roger Williams University Scool of Law’s...
  • September 24, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 24, 2015: Experienced marine law attorney Julia Wyman has been named director of the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law and director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program. "It's great to be here," said Wyman, who was previously staff attorney for the MAI/RISGLP for four years and interim director for a year. She most recently served as ocean and environmental counsel for U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. "I look forward to working...
  • September 10, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., September 10, 2015 – A Master’s in Law for non-lawyers? A new program for delivering legal education is coming to Rhode Island in the form of a one-year master’s program at Roger Williams University School of Law, open to learners who seek deep exposure to law and legal methods in order to broaden their professional skill set or add value to their résumé, but do not want to be practicing attorneys. Part of RWU Law’s Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program (law.rwu.edu/MSL) will...
  • September 10, 2015 | News & Features
    PROVIDENCE, Sept. 10, 2015 — Roger Williams University School of Law and Johnson and Wales University have come up with a way to cut the time -- and cost -- required for students to earn a law degree. Under the terms of a new articulation agreement, Johnson and Wales (JWU) students who meet specific criteria will be allowed to apply for admission to the law program at Roger Williams during their third year. If accepted, they will then earn their Johnson and Wales degree by completing their...
  • August 31, 2015 | In the Media
    From the Providence Journal: “Exhibit in Bristol and Providence examines fate of Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany” by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer Listen to Professor David Logan discuss the exhibit with Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News. Read more about Professor Logan's story in the Christian Science Monitor. BRISTOL, R.I., Aug. 29, 2015 — When Adolf Hitler assumed power in Germany in 1933, one of the first segments of society he took aim at were those trained as...
  • August 27, 2015 | News & Features
    The challenges are staggering. Roughly a third of Providence public school students are “chronically absent,” demonstrate disruptive behavior, and/or struggle with math and reading – all symptoms indicating a higher risk of dropout before graduation. But the tide has dramatically begun to turn thanks to a deepening collaboration between the City of Providence and City Year Providence, part of the national nonprofit AmeriCorps program. One of 27 such initiatives nationwide, City Year Providence...
  • August 24, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., August 24, 2015 – Judge Edward C. Clifton has joined the faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law, where he will collaborate with students to conduct research on racial and ethnic fairness in the courts. Judge Clifton, who retired from the Rhode Island Superior Court in June after more than two decades on the bench, has also served as a judge on the Providence Municipal Court and the Rhode Island District Court. At RWU Law, his title is Distinguished Jurist in Residence...
  • July 31, 2015 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Immigration detainers require probable cause: qualified immunity arguments rejected" by Brandon Gee July 29, 2015:  Immigration officials could not claim qualified immunity to obtain summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff imprisoned on an immigration detainer for 24 hours despite the fact that she is a United States citizen, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has determined. The defendants, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and...
  • July 27, 2015 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Ruling seen as must-read for defense, prosecution: ‘Brady’ rules reexamined in Tempest verdict reversal" by Pat Murphy  July 23, 2015: Judge Daniel A. Procaccini made headlines across the nation earlier this month when he vacated the 1992 murder conviction of Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr. While the ultimate fate of Tempest remains uncertain given the state’s intention to appeal the decision, the Providence Superior Court judge’s 79-page opinion in...
  • July 22, 2015 | News & Features
    Alyssa Boss ’97 graduated with RWU Law’s second law school class and she hasn’t stopped learning since. As Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Care New England Health System (CNE), Boss finds challenges every day on the job in keeping up with changes in health law. “It’s just rapidly evolving,” she says. “Regulations are changing all the time.” A network of hospital buildings sits outside Boss’s Providence office. “It’s challenging, and I like challenges,” she says. “This enables...
  • July 20, 2015 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Probation tops defense bar’s wish list for governor’s panel" by Pat Murphy  July 17, 2015: Defense attorneys are hopeful that an overhaul of the state’s probation system will be one of the primary outcomes of a process started earlier this month with Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s formation of a panel to study and recommend criminal justice reforms. The governor issued an executive order establishing the Justice Reinvestment Working Group on July 7. The...
  • July 13, 2015 | In the Media
    From the Washington Post: "Christie hires campaign manager and appoints senior staff" by Philip Rucker Morristown, N.J., July 3, 2015: Gov. Chris Christie has hired a seasoned Republican strategist to manage his nascent presidential campaign and has recruited other veteran operatives to round out a senior staff that also will include the top advisers who charted his rise in New Jersey. Ken McKay [RWU Law '96], a well-regarded operative who previously has served as chief of staff at the...
  • July 10, 2015 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., July 9, 2015 – Some 70 years after its horrors unfolded, the Holocaust still has stories to reveal and lessons to share. The highly acclaimed international exhibit, “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich,” will be visiting Rhode Island throughout August and September. The showing – which will be installed at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol during August, and the U.S. District Court in Providence during September – is co-...
  • July 07, 2015 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Prof helps lift ‘ghostwriting’ sanctions against attorneys" by Pat Murphy June 26, 2015:  The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently lifted sanctions against three attorneys who authored pleadings on behalf of pro se defendants in separate debt collection cases. Peter S. Margulies lent a helping hand to the court in clarifying whether the practice of ghostwriting is permissible under the state’s civil rules and rules of professional conduct. The Roger...
  • July 06, 2015 | In the Media
    From the Providence Journal: "Scalia’s vitriol undercuts his influence" by Edward Fitzpatrick July 3, 2015:  [...] “When it comes to penning baroquely articulated vitriol, Justice Antonin Scalia may rival William Shakespeare,” Slate states, noting that his Obamacare dissent includes the terms “pure applesauce” and “jiggery-pokery” and his same-sex marriage dissent mentions “mummeries” and “judicial Putsch.” [...] When the court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex...