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...
August 22, 2014
From THE TODAY SHOW/NBC News: "Chelsea Manning Says Military Still Denying Gender Treatment" by Tracy Connor
August 22, 2014: A year after requesting gender-reassignment treatment, convicted national-security leaker Chelsea Manning says the military has given her nothing but "lip service." In an exclusive statement to NBC News, the former Army private once known as Bradley Manning said life in the military lockup at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has restricted her ability to express her gender...
August 22, 2014
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Cyberstalking charge cannot survive 1st Amendment claim" by Pat Murphy
August 14, 2014: The First Amendment barred the conviction of a union leader charged with cyberstalking for sending a number of “harassing” emails to a state representative during his unsuccessful campaign for reelection in 2010, a Superior Court judge recently decided in a case of first impression.
A District Court judge had found teachers’ union executive John A. Leidecker guilty of...
August 20, 2014
From WPRO's Buddy Cianci Show: "Professor Peter Margulies on Child Immigration Crisis"
July 29, 2014: WPRO's Tara Granahan spoke to Professor Peter Margulies, Director of the Immigration Clinic at RWU Law, about current issues facing both Rhode Island and the nation, related to the more than 52,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. illegally over the past nine months from Central America.
To listen, click here.
August 14, 2014
From GOLOCALPROV: "Could Providence Lawsuit Against Wall Street Giants Save City Pension Fund?" by Stephen Beale, GoLocalProv News Contributor
PROVIDENCE, August 14, 2014: From one of the world’s largest automakers to its largest stock market, Providence is taking some of the most iconic institutions of corporate America to court in a series of lawsuits that could net the city millions in winnings. [...]
A firm representing the city in two of the three lawsuits—against the Wall Street...
August 07, 2014
From The Times-Picayune: "4 Reasons BPs Supreme Court settlement appeal faces an uphill battle" by Jennifer Larino, Times-Picayune Reporter
August 5, 2014: BP has spent much of this year working to convince federal courts in New Orleans that a flawed interpretation of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlement deal has allowed millions of dollars in payments to go to what it says are undeserving businesses. It's been an uphill battle for the British oil giant, which...
July 15, 2014
From the HUFFINGTON POST: "Cheering for the USA From a Detention Center in Florence, Arizona" by Luis F. Mancheno, Staff Attorney, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Arizona.
July 9, 2014: Through a tinted glass window I saw a group of men watching a World Cup match. Neither Belgium nor the US had scored any goals yet. "Cuidado!" ("Watch out!") yelled one of the men when one of the Belgian players got close to scoring. Everybody had their eyes glued to the television. This game...
July 10, 2014
From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "Chafee lawsuit pays off" by Patrick Anderson, PBN Staff Writer
July 7, 2014: Another grueling June debate over whether the state should repay 38 Studios bondholders gave way to something unexpected: good news in the state’s lawsuit against architects of the failed deal.
Two defendants in the case, the R.I. Economic Development Corporation’s bond counsel on 38 Studios and his law firm, agreed to pay the state $4.37 million to avoid the potential risk of a...
June 16, 2014
From the NEWPORT MERCURY: "Law and Attraction" by Antonia N. Farzan
Michael J. Yelnosky, 53 | Dean designate
It’s a challenging time to be a law school dean. Enrollment is dropping, and graduates are no longer guaranteed a high-paying job after they pass the bar. But the number of applications to Roger Williams Law School has increased, thanks in part to the fact that the law school is lowering its tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year. On July 1, Michael J. Yelnosky will become...