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Attorney General Summit


Attorney General Summit


18th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU Law, Bristol, RI
LSAT Free Practice Test
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
RWU Law-- Appellate Courtroom (Room 283), 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Incoming Student Orientation
All Day
RWU School of Law
Public Interest Potluck
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Law School Bistro
Surviving the Storm 2016: Employee Benefit Compliance & Employment Law Update
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
RWU School of Law, Providence Campus


By Judge Netti Vogel
Later this month, Democrats will meet in Philadelphia to nominate a woman as the party’s candidate for president.  Unrelated to political partisanship, this historic event highlights the...

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In The Media

  • In the Media
    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....
  • In the Media
    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...
  • In the Media
    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,...
  • In the Media
    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...
  • In the Media
    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...
  • In the Media
    July 07, 2016
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Access to opposing expert’s background materials denied: R.I. Supreme Court rules in Sakonnet bridge case” by Sheri Qualters June 23, 2016: The Superior Court’s Rules of Civil Procedure did not allow a litigant access to computer models and draft reports used by an opposing party’s expert witness, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has found. The case involved design problems concerning the Sakonnet River Bridge replacement project. The plaintiff, a bridge...
  • In the Media
    June 27, 2016
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Warrantless access to drug database weighed: Constitutional, privacy concerns raised by bills" by Sheri Qualters May 26, 2016: The General Assembly’s bid to stem the opioid crisis through measures that would allow law enforcement to access prescription drug database records without a warrant has incited debate about whether patient privacy or public safety concerns should govern release of the information. The House Health, Education and Welfare Committee...
  • In the Media
    June 17, 2016
    From the Providence Journal:  “Op-Ed: R.I. improves its judicial appointments” by Dean Michael J. Yelnosky Jun. 17, 2016:  … [A] look at Gov. Gina Raimondo’s first set of nominations (eight judges, all of whom were confirmed) reveals promising signs that she is committed to two of the goals of the merit selection system – to give all talented lawyers the chance to become judges, regardless of their political connections; and to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the state’s...
  • In the Media
    June 16, 2016
    From The Guardian, London: “Captain Cook's ship Endeavour claimed by Rhode Island as search goes on” by the Associated Press. If the ship legendary explorer Captain James Cook used to sail around the world and claim Australia for the British is found at the bottom of Newport Harbor, Rhode Island will own it outright because of a legal maneuver it took nearly two decades ago based on an obscure, centuries-old maritime practice. In 1999, Rhode Island went to federal court in Providence to do what...
  • In the Media
    May 23, 2016
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Fewer seek to be judges in ‘know-a-guy’ R.I. " by Edward Fitzpatrick The number of people applying for state judgeships is dropping in part because people think you’ve got to “know a guy” to be a judge in Rhode Island […] On May 9, the Democratic governor [Gina Raimondo] nominated people for eight state judgeships, including new chiefs of the Family and Workers’ Compensation courts. But from a political perspective, perhaps the most interesting choice was who she...
  • In the Media
    May 18, 2016
    From THE INDY (College Hill Independent): “The Never-Ending Sentence: Rhode Island's Expungement Problem” by Jack Brook [… ] A series of bills making their arduous way through the Rhode Island General Assembly could, if passed, provide some measure of relief for many Rhode Islanders who want to get their records with multiple charges expunged. One of the most important of these bills, House Bill 7417, would allow people with six or fewer misdemeanors to apply for a motion of expungement ten...
  • In the Media
    May 18, 2016
    From THE INDY (a joint publication of Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design): “The Never-Ending Sentence: Rhode Island's Expungement Problem” by Jack Brook [… ] A series of bills making their arduous way through the Rhode Island General Assembly could, if passed, provide some measure of relief for many Rhode Islanders who want to get their records with multiple charges expunged. One of the most important of these bills, House Bill 7417, would allow people with six or fewer...
  • In the Media
    May 16, 2016
    NEWPORT, R.I., May 16, 2016 - A federal judge on Monday awarded control of the nation’s oldest synagogue, in Newport, R.I., to the congregation housed there, ruling against a New York congregation that had claimed ownership in a four-year legal fight between two of the oldest examples of America’s religious pluralism. The Touro Synagogue in Newport, built before the Revolutionary War and with a connection to George Washington, is a landmark of American Jewish history, but its congregation,...
  • In the Media
    April 12, 2016
    From the Providence Journal: "Climate-change battle heats up between Whitehouse, Wall Street Journal" by Edward Fitzpatrick "Oh, it is on! U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, the Rhode Island Democrat who is the Senate's leading voice on climate change, is locked in a bitter brawl with the Wall Street Journal editorial page over his proposal to sue fossil fuel companies for fraud. [...] But Roger Williams University law Prof. Jared A. Goldstein — who teaches constitutional and environmental...
  • In the Media
    April 10, 2016
    From Motif Magazine: "In Their Own Words: Cannabis" April 6, 2016: We received verbatim responses from two leading proponents and two leading opponents of cannabis taxation and regulation. We have not censored their responses or fact-checked their claims — we just want you to know what they’re thinking. [...] In Their Own Words: Andrew Horwitz "I don’t think there is any question that legalizing and regulating marijuana would enhance our local economy. New businesses would develop and...