February 17, 2017
From SLATE: “A Good American: How Trump’s immigration ban explicitly smears Muslims as being potentially hostile to the Constitution” by RWU Law Professor Jared A. Goldstein
Feb. 14, 2017: President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries — an order that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals kept on hold last week — does not explicitly exclude people because of their faith. Instead, the language of the order uses...
January 14, 2017
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.
January 13, 2017
FROM NBC NEWS: “Army Leaker Chelsea Manning on Obama’s ‘Short List’ for Commutation” by Cynthia McFadden, Kevin Monahan, William M. Arkin and Tracy ConnorJanuary 11, 2017: President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material, on his short list for a possible commutation, a Justice Department source told NBC News. A decision could come as soon as Wednesday for Manning, who has tried to commit suicide twice this...
January 03, 2017
FROM: Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly. “Trump win seen as sealing fate of DOL persuader rule” by Pat Murphy
December 15, 2016: […] On Nov. 16, U.S. District Court Judge Sam R. Cummings in the Southern District of Texas issued a permanent injunction stopping implementation of the DOL’s new Persuader Advice Exemption Rule. The regulation would have greatly expanded the reporting requirements of attorneys who provide advice to employers in the course of union-organizing campaigns. […]
December 09, 2016
From GoLocalProv: “Rhode Island Courts Could Soon Have Only One Minority Judge” by Kate Nagle
December 08, 2016: Could Rhode Island — a state whose population is more than 25% minority — soon have just one judge of color on the state’s roster of 85 judges and magistrates? [See RWU Law Magazine coverage of this question.]
“I think you start off with the recognition that the justice system ought to reflect the people subjected to it,” said Roger Williams University Professor of Law David...
December 01, 2016
From WPRO AM 630's The Gene Valicenti Show: "Gene talks with Dean Yelnosky About Flag Burning"
President-elect Donald Trump recently proposed a penalty -- including possible jail time or loss of citizenship -- for burning the American flag. But Dean Michael Yelnosky explains the two US Supreme Court rulings that protect the act under the First Amendment as a form of free speech.
Click here to hear the full interview.
December 01, 2016
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “Police try to gauge the Trump Effect in R.I.” by Amanda Milkovits, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 — […] This is the reality of policing in Rhode Island, where the immigrant population has increased, where people of color make up more than a quarter of the population and where police officers are called to serve a diverse community.
Even as violent protests have erupted nationally over officer-involved slayings of black people,...
September 28, 2016
From TIME Magazine: "Whether the Second Amendment Applies to All Citizens Is Not a New Question" by Arica L. Coleman
Sept. 26, 2016: [...] After the American Revolution, the fear of disarmament was widespread, particularly among southern whites who feared they would be left vulnerable in a slaveholding south. As Constitutional law expert Carl T. Bogus has argued, James Madison wrote the amendment as a guarantee to his constituents in Virginia and to the south at large “that Congress could not...
September 15, 2016
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “With protesters chanting outside, Paolino announces plan for Kennedy Plaza” by Amanda Milkovits, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sep 14, 2016 — Kennedy Plaza may be the city's historic public gathering place, but there are competing visions for the people who congregate here.
Former Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., the new chairman of the Downtown Improvement District, says he has suggestions to clean up Kennedy Plaza and help the needy, including an ordinance...
August 30, 2016
From WPRI 12's Newsmakers: "38 Studios document debate" by Tim White PROVIDENCE, August 26, 2016 – State officials have begun a formal review of whether to release any of the materials generated during the 38 Studios criminal investigation under the state’s open-records law. […] Roger Williams University School of Law Professor Niki Kuckes noted grand jury materials are rarely made public to ensure the integrity of the process. “The attorney general is taking is a very legitimate prosecutorial...
July 22, 2016
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Judges feeling their way on web-based jurisdiction issue” by Pat Murphy
July 21, 2016: Lawyers investigating whether an out-of-state defendant’s operation of a website provides a basis for suing the party in local federal court will find few bright-line rules coming from decisions issued in the 1st Circuit. […]
Courts are having a difficult time coming up with a practical framework for dealing with the issue of web-based jurisdiction, said professor Tanya J....
July 20, 2016
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Bar: ruling on fee motions to add expense, complexity” by Sheri Qualters
July 20, 2016: A recent state Supreme Court decision finding that affidavits or testimony supporting counsel fee motions should come from a Rhode Island bar member who is not part of the case brings clarity and consistency to the process but also makes it more costly and complicated, practitioners say.
The Supreme Court vacated Superior Court Judge Bennett R. Gallo’s decision to award...
July 15, 2016
From Wallethub: “Should Marijuana Be Legal?” by John S Kiernan
July 15, 2016: Call it a sign of society’s moral erosion, an act of economic desperation or folks finally coming to their senses, but a record-high number of Americans – 61% – now support marijuana legalization […] Not everyone is ready to climb aboard Puff the Magic Dragon just yet, however. […]
With that in mind and much of the pot problem still unsolved, we turned to a panel of 26 leading experts in the fields of economics,...
July 14, 2016
From the Providence Journal: “In case of Ginsburg vs. Trump, justice overstepped her bounds“ by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal Columnist
July 14, 2016: While her criticism is meritorious, the Notorious RBG’s feud with the Vainglorious DJT puts her in a position that might prove precarious if Donald J. Trump ends up victorious.
[…] Michael J. Yelnosky, dean of the Roger Williams University School of Law, said no law or rule prohibits Ginsburg from saying what she said. But, he said, “I think she...
July 08, 2016
From The New Yorker: "The Jailhouse Lawyer Derrick Hamilton’s Role in the Reversal of a Murder Conviction" by Jennifer Gonnerman
Derrick Hamilton never went to law school, but prisoners across New York State have heard about his formidable legal skills, which he acquired while he was wrongly imprisoned for murder for more than two decades, reading law books and fighting to get himself and other inmates set free.
[...] last year when Hamilton went to visit a client at Shawangunk...