November 25, 2014
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “Urban Debate League, Roger Williams Law School program offers high school students a glimpse into legal profession” by Linda Borg, Journal Staff Writer
BRISTOL, R.I., November 22, 2014 — […] a new partnership between the Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Urban Debate League […] trains high school students in classical debate in the hopes that they will see college and law school as within their grasp.
On Saturday, 50 students from...
November 14, 2014
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Legal Luminaries Celebrate Pro Bono Collaborative"
November 10, 2014: More than 150 guests attended the Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC)’s 5th Annual Cocktail Reception at One Citizens Plaza Rotunda in downtown Providence, R.I. Community leaders and prominent members of the bench and bar, as well as students, faculty, alumni from Roger Williams University School of Law all gathered to celebrate and support the PBC, which partners Rhode Island law firms and...
October 29, 2014
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Bench, bar grappling with deficits in court experience" by Pat Murphy.
Oct. 23, 2014: The phenomenon of the “vanishing trial” has lawyers and law firms scrambling to find innovative ways to develop and hone those essential courtroom skills.
The problem is measurable, according to Niki Kuckes, a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law.
“Forty years ago, maybe 10 percent of civil cases went to trial,” Kuckes said. “Now, only about 1 percent of civil...
October 22, 2014
From Rhode Island Lawyer Weekly: "A Quick Word With ... Michael J. Yelnosky: Law school dean aims to give young lawyers leg up" by Pat Murphy
October 16, 2014: On Oct. 2, Roger Williams University School of Law announced that it will extend its Affordable Excellence program — an 18-percent tuition reduction first implemented for the current academic year — through 2015-2016, translating to a savings of approximately $30,426 over the course of three years.
The school also will maintain this year...
September 29, 2014
From WPRO: "Dean Yelnosky on Attorney General Eric Holder," by Steve Klamkin, WPRO Saturday Morning News
Sept. 27, 2014: Dean Michael J. Yelnosky speaks with WPRO's Steve Klamkin about Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation, his legacy and his possible successors.
To listen to the full interview, click here.
September 26, 2014
From TIME Magazine: "WikiLeaks Source Chelsea Manning Sues Govt Over Hormone Treatment Request" by Denver Nicks
Sept. 23, 2014: Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth military prison for leaking classified government documents to WikiLeaks, has sued U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel over the government’s refusal to pay for gender reassignment treatment.
“The government continues to deny Ms. Manning’s access to necessary medical treatment for gender dysphoria,...
September 22, 2014
From the Providence Journal: “Providence lawyer aids detainees at N.M. ‘deportation mill’ targeted in lawsuit,” by Karen Lee Ziner
PROVIDENCE, September 23, 2014 – The women that Providence immigration lawyer Rosa Elvira Arias [RWU Law ‘09] interviewed told wrenching stories of gender-based violence — rape, gang-rape, kidnapping — that drove the women to flee their home countries and cross the U.S. border with children in tow.
Arias, of the law firm of Mills & Born, volunteered this month...
September 19, 2014
From Forbes: “Congress Is Considering A New Federal Trade Secret Law. Why?” by Eric Goldman, Contributor
September 16, 2014: Trade secrets usually don’t grab headlines the way that patents or copyrights do, but don’t let that fool you about their importance. Studies regularly show that most businesses care more about trade secrets than either copyrights or patents. In fact, trade secrets are implicated by every aspect of a company’s operations, including dealings with employees, vendors and...
September 15, 2014
From the Wall treet Journal: "Law Schools Boost Enrollment After Price Cuts," by Jennifer Smith
Read a New York Post editorial on the story.
Sept. 2, 2014: A strategy rarely employed in legal education — price-cutting — appears to be paying off for a handful of U.S. law schools.
Three institutions that trimmed tuition for some or all students are set to boost their first-year class sizes by 22% to 52% this fall compared with 2013, according to an analysis of preliminary enrollment data...
September 10, 2014
From the New Orleans Advocate: “Judge’s findings in BP civil case could presage results in criminal trial,” by Richard Thompson
See Professor Logan's comments on the BP finding in Chemistry World.
NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 09, 2014: In finding that BP acted with “gross negligence” in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, the federal judge overseeing the oil spill litigation laid much of the blame on BP’s top two supervisors onboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, both of whom face criminal charges...
September 08, 2014
From the New York Post: "College costs 101," by Post Editorial Board
September 7, 2014: It’s a man-bites-dog headline: “College Gets Cheaper.” But for law students at three American universities, that’s just what’s happened to their tuition bills.
The University of Iowa College of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law have all cut their prices for tuition. And all say they’re already seeing a return on that...
September 08, 2014
From the Providence Journal: “Activists who blocked coal barge at Brayton Point to use ‘necessity defense’ at trial, by Alex Kuffner, Journal Staff Writer
FALL RIVER, Mass., September 06, 2014: When Ken Ward and Jonathan “Jay” O’Hara go on trial here on Monday for blocking a coal shipment to Brayton Point Power Station, [...] the two environmental activists will argue that their actions were justified because of the threat posed to the planet by the burning of fossil fuels. […] It’s a novel use...
September 05, 2014
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...
September 01, 2014
From Bloomberg News: "Tanker of Kurdish Oil in Legal Fight Remains Off Texas," by Harry R. Weber and Laurel Brubaker Calkins
Aug 29, 2014: A tanker carrying 1 million barrels of disputed Kurdish oil remains off Texas, according to the vessel’s operator.
The United Kalavryta, which left Ceyhan, Turkey, on June 23 and arrived off the coast of Galveston July 26, couldn’t be detected earlier this week, with no updates from the tanker’s Automated Identification System’s transponder from early Aug....
August 29, 2014
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Lawyers denounce R.I. Superior Court Judge Lanphear’s directive to divulge plea agreements," by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, August 28, 2014: The criminal defense community expressed outrage this week over a court decision chastising two lawyers for “judge shopping” in their handling of a drug dealer’s criminal case.
Public Defender Mary S. McElroy and Andrew Horwitz, director of the criminal defense clinic at the Roger Williams University...