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Welcome to the LAA for New Graduates Post-Bar Exam Reception
JUL
27
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Birch Bar (Westin Boston Waterfront)
19th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit
JUL
28
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI
Incoming Student Orientation
AUG
09
All Day
RWU School of Law
18th Annual LAA Scholarship Golf Tournament
AUG
19
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Swansea Country Club, Swansea, MA

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  • January 26, 2017 | News & Features
    From the National Law Journal: "Syrian Refugees to Receive Law School Scholarships" by Karen Sloan January 25, 2017: Roger Williams University School of Law will provide two Syrian refugees with full scholarships as part of a large consortium of schools vowing to help those from the war-torn country. The Bristol, Rhode Island, law school is the first among the Institute of International Education’s 60-campus Syria Consortium to offer a free Juris Doctor degree to Syrian refugees. Roger Williams...
  • January 14, 2017 | In the Media
    From FOX Providence's Dan Yorke State of Mind: "Co-Author of the RWU Law policy analysis of driver’s licenses for undocumented Rhode Islanders"January 12, 2017: Deborah Gonzalez, Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the Roger Williams School of Law, joined Dan Yorke to discuss the findings of “A Legal and Policy Analysis of Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Rhode Islanders.”For full story, click here.
  • 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...
  • September 05, 2014 | In the Media
    NEW YORK CITY, Sept. 4, 2014: The fresh-faced lawyers included refugees from violence and persecution in Central America, as well as the grandchildren of refugees from Eastern Europe. They arrived at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Manhattan, on Thursday in similar shades of gray and black suits, poised to continue their training in a new program to help represent immigrants. Then a familiar face appeared unannounced in the courtroom, as adored by this group for...
  • August 20, 2014 | In the Media
    From WPRO's Buddy Cianci Show: "Professor Peter Margulies on Child Immigration Crisis" July 29, 2014: WPRO's Tara Granahan spoke to Professor Peter Margulies, Director of the Immigration Clinic at RWU Law, about current issues facing both Rhode Island and the nation, related to the more than 52,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. illegally over the past nine months from Central America. To listen, click here.
  • July 15, 2014 | In the Media
    From the HUFFINGTON POST: "Cheering for the USA From a Detention Center in Florence, Arizona" by Luis F. Mancheno, Staff Attorney, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Arizona. July 9, 2014: Through a tinted glass window I saw a group of men watching a World Cup match. Neither Belgium nor the US had scored any goals yet. "Cuidado!" ("Watch out!") yelled one of the men when one of the Belgian players got close to scoring. Everybody had their eyes glued to the television. This game...
  • March 01, 2012 |
    From the ABA JOURNAL: "Immigration Law Raises a Unique Mix of Ethics Issues for Lawyers" by G. M. Filisko March 1, 2012: Immigration law isn’t necessarily a haven for unscrupulous practitioners. But it often seems that way, say lawyers in the field. Generally, state disciplinary agencies don’t track complaints and actions against lawyers on the basis of their fields of practice. “Like every other board of professional responsibility, most of our complaints are related to criminal or domestic...
  • February 17, 2012 |
    From GoLocalProv: "RWU Law Professor Appointed to RI Foundation Board" by the GoLocalProv News Team PROVIDENCE, February 17, 2012: Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today announced his appointment of Roger Williams University School of Law Professor Jorge O. Elorza to the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Foundation. “Professor Elorza is the perfect candidate for the Rhode Island Foundation’s Board of Directors,” Governor Chafee said. “He is a true Rhode Island success story. The son of...
  • December 22, 2009 |
    Read more about our Public Interest Program BRISTOL, R.I., Dec. 22, 2009 – With a new immigration clinic, a major gift boosting its pro bono legal programs, prestigious awards from the Rhode Island Legal Services and the NAACP, a National Jurist rating as one of New England’s top two public-interest law schools, and a growing regional visibility and impact, Roger Williams University School of Law in many ways came into its own in 2009. The launch of RWU Law’s new Immigration Clinic in September...