April 02, 2015
From the Providence Journal: "Innocence Project lawyer the last to testify" by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Apr. 1, 2015 — Testimony concluded Tuesday in Raymond D. "Beaver" Tempest Jr.'s bid to overturn his conviction for murdering a 22-year-old Woonsocket woman in 1982.
Betty Anne Waters [RWU Law '98], the Rhode Island lawyer who pursued his innocence claim with a legal team from the New England Innocence Project, was the final witness to take the stand in the...
April 02, 2015
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "High incarceration rates prompt RWU forum speakers to call justice system 'broken'" by Paul Davis, Journal Staff Writer
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Bristol, R.I., Mar. 27, 2015: The American criminal justice system is broken, said speakers at a Friday forum on mass incarceration at Roger Williams University.
March 31, 2015
From the WOONSOCKET CALL: "Teens get tips on social media savvy," by Russ Olivo.
WOONSOCKET, March 30, 2015 – As the youngsters take their seats at computer stations in an office-like cubicle on Main Street, Arwa Noorali asks if they’ve checked their privacy settings on Facebook lately.
One boy twists around in his chair with a quizzical expression on his face that seems to say, “What’s a privacy setting?”
Noorali isn’t particularly surprised. In the age of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram...
March 24, 2015
From WPRO AM 630: "Gene speaks with Dean Yelnosky about the pension settlement and new concerns about the bar exam."
Dean Michael Yelnosky speaks to WPRO AM 630's Gene Valicenti about the purpose and effectiveness of bar exams in determining fitness to practice law. New concerns about the efficacy of bar exams were raised by the New York Times in a recent article, "Bar Exam, the Standard to Become a Lawyer, Comes Under Fire."
For full interview, click here.
March 19, 2015
From Turn to 10, WJAR: "Digging Deeper: Billions of dollars hinge on pension settlement" by Bill Rappleye, NBC 10 Political ReporterNews, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New EnglandPROVIDENCE, March 18, 2015: The pension reform lawsuit will impact not just former state workers and teachers. The outcome will affect all Rhode Islanders. [...]The astronomical costs of the stakes in this case could very well affect any judicial action, said Michael Yelnosky, dean of the Roger Williams School...
March 16, 2015
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Roger Williams University law school students swap R&R for public service: Alternative Spring Break provides hands-on legal experience," by Tracee M. Herbaugh, Journal Staff Writer
[...] Alternative Spring Break has now become a tradition at the Roger Williams [University] School of Law. In its eight years of existence, the program has grown in size and scope, offering 17 service projects that range from working in a solicitor’s office to...
February 19, 2015
From WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR: "Can Murder Charges For Selling Drugs Stop Overdose Deaths?" by Kristin Gourlay
February 18, 2015: A Providence man has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge for selling the illicit drug fentanyl - a potent painkiller sometimes laced in heroin - that led to a woman’s overdose death. It’s the first time Rhode Island prosecutors have brought murder charges in connection with an overdose death. But the trend is taking hold nationwide.
More and more prosecutors across...
February 05, 2015
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Bills that would define traffic obstruction as a crime draw opposition" by Jennifer Bogdan, Journal State House Bureau
February 04, 2015: Two bills drafted in response to the protest that brought traffic to a halt on Route 95 in November drew a wealth of backlash Wednesday as many suggested the laws would hamper freedom of speech and impose possibly unintended consequences on panhandlers and jaywalkers.
[...] Five protesters were arrested and charged with...
January 26, 2015
From the Providence Journal: "Freedom for ‘opinions that we loathe’" by Edward Fitzpatrick
January 24, 2015: [...] Here in the United States, we adhere (more so than most countries) to a notion that [Oliver Wendell] Holmes, a former U.S. Supreme Court justice, articulated in one of his dissents: “If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought — not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom...
January 23, 2015
From Reuters: “PLO faces U.S. civil trial over terror attacks in Israel” by Jonathan Stempel
NEW YORK Sun Jan 11, 2015 (Reuters) - More than a decade after a series of shootings and bombings in the Jerusalem area, a trial is slated this week in New York to determine whether the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority should pay up to $1 billion to victims.
[…] Last month, Judge Daniels rejected the PLO's bid to throw out the lawsuit seeking $1 billion - a sum the plaintiffs...
January 19, 2015
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: “Could BP, Feds settle in massive 2010 oil spill civil case?” by Jennifer Larino
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 16, 2015 - BP faces a top fine of $13.7 billion for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, down from a possible $18 billion after a federal judge ruled Thursday that the spill was smaller than the federal government had estimated. […]
But could the latest ruling push both sides into settlement talks?
"Lawyers are intrinsically conservative,"...
January 16, 2015
Dozens of lawyers will return to a New Orleans federal courtroom Tuesday (Jan. 20) to begin the final leg of arguments over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill -- its cause, its impact, and, ultimately, its price tag in pollution fines. [...]
BP reports it has set aside $43 billion to cover spill costs, including more than $25 billion for litigation and claims.
"If nothing else the legal expense that was plowed into this will be a cautionary tale for deepwater exploration in places like the Gulf and...
January 12, 2015
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Ruling for North Kingstown keeps firefighters on 24-hour shift" by Patrick Anderson
Dean Yelnosky delves deeper into the decision in the January 15, 2015, edition of the North East Independent of North Kingstown, RI.
PROVIDENCE, R.I., January 09, 2015 — The state Supreme Court on Friday ruled North Kingstown can make its firefighters work 24-hour shifts despite union opposition. [...]
Michael Yelnosky, dean of Roger Williams Law School and a labor law...
January 08, 2015
From WPRI: "Tsarnaev, Hernandez trials will be very different" by Dan McGowan, WPRI.com Reporter
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 8, 2015 (WPRI) – They’re taking place simultaneously in Massachusetts, but the trials of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez are going to play out in different ways over the next several months.
So what won’t the two trials have in common?
WPRI.com asked former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Robert Corrente...
January 06, 2015
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "New Providence Mayor Elorza sworn in at midnight Sunday in private ceremony" by Kate Bramson
PROVIDENCE, R.I., January 5, 2015 — [On Monday, Jan. 5, 2015,] Jorge O. Elorza was sworn in as Providence’s 38th mayor [...]
Elorza, 38, a former Housing Court Judge and professor at the Roger Williams University School of Law, is the son of Guatemalan immigrants who worked in factories and was raised in the city’s West End. He graduated from Classical High School before...