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...
December 23, 2014
From the Providence Journal: "Holding the line" Op/Ed
December 22, 2014: At a time when the cost of a college education is becoming a growing obstacle to middle-class people, it is encouraging to see that one university is trying to open the door a little wider.
Also encouraging is the fact that this school is located right here in Rhode Island.
[...] Roger Williams may be the only private university in the country to both freeze tuition and guarantee no increases.
“They are, if not the only...
December 10, 2014
From Fox Providence: Professor Andrew Horwitz joined Dan Yorke's "State of Mind" discussing the role of grand juries and recent Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y. outcomes.
December 05, 2014
From WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR: "Judge OK's Jury Trial, Sets Date For RI Pension Overhaul Case" by Ian Donnis
A legal observer says he expects the legal dispute over a 2011 overhaul of the state pension system to be settled out of court.
Roger Williams University Law School Dean Michael Yelnosky said he’s fairly optimistic about the outlook for a settlement. “For a couple of reasons: one, they came so very close before; there continue to be lots of good reasons to settle on both sides,” said...
December 01, 2014
From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “Trial would have value in Ferguson” by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal Columnist
November 30, 2014: When it comes to race and justice in the United States, it seems we never fail to fail. […]
Usually, prosecutors “present evidence selectively in a way that is designed to achieve their goal,” Roger Williams University School of Law professor Andrew Horwitz said. But in this case, the prosecutor presented all the evidence to the grand jury, including contradictory...
November 28, 2014
From Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: “Canadian co. subject to state’s jurisdiction” by Pat Murphy
November 20, 2014: A Canadian company was subject to personal jurisdiction in Massachusetts even though its direct contacts with the state essentially consisted of emails and phone calls to the plaintiff in the breach of contract suit, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided. […]
Tanya J. Monestier, a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island, said the...
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...