January 27, 2016
From The National Law Journal: "Bellying Up To The Bar Exam Early: New York's novel pro bono program opens to out-of-state third-year law students," by Karen Sloan, NLJ
Jan. 25, 2016: Laura Rodriguez won't graduate from Roger Williams University School of Law until May, but she's spending her days studying for the bar exam instead of sitting in class.
Rodriguez is one of 11 third-year law students from seven schools outside New York who will take the February bar then spend three months working...
January 21, 2016
From the Providence Journal: “Mississippi judge speaks up in face of racial hatred” by Edward Fitzpatrick, Journal columnist
Jan. 21, 2016: U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves didn’t just consult the applicable federal guidelines when sentencing the three young white men who admitted they were hunting black people when they beat, ran over and killed a man in Jackson, Mississippi, in 2011.
Rather, Reeves delivered a searing speech, placing their deeds in historical context, pointing to how far...
January 14, 2016
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Lawsuit over fatal motorcycle crash not barred by settlement,” by Noah Schaffer.
January 7, 2016: A defendant’s responses to settlement offers over claims arising from a fatal motorcycle accident included additional conditions that precluded the formation of the mutual assent necessary for a binding agreement, a Superior Court judge has found. […]
The 14-page decision is Greenhalgh, et al. v. Keegan […]
Professor Tanya Monestier of Roger Williams University...
January 07, 2016
From Oregon Public Broadcasting (NPR): "The Latest On The Armed Occupation In Burns" by Julie Sabatier, OPB
Jan. 6, 2016: Self-described militiamen have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Building in Burns, Oregon. We’ll get the latest on this developing story.
Amanda Peacher: Reporter for OPB News
Jared Goldstein: Law professor at Roger Williams University School of Law
Amelia Templeton: Reporter for OPB News
Daryl Johnson: Former analyst at the Department of Homeland...
December 28, 2015
From The National Law Journal: “Feds Snag Significant Tort Wins: Massive civil, criminal fines mark 2015 cases,” by Amanda Bronstad
December 28, 2015: Mass torts were at the heart of colossal legal settlements in 2015, particularly involving the federal government.
In October, BP PLC agreed to an unprecedented $20 billion deal with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve environmental violations that stemmed from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One month earlier, the Justice...
December 22, 2015
From NBC News: “VW Is Latest to Enlist Ken Feinberg, the Go-To Guy for Crisis Settlements” by Martha C. White
[…] With the announcement that it had retained lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, Volkswagen of America is getting a "Wolf" of its own.
An expert in compensation and mediation who formerly served as Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy's chief of staff, Feinberg, 70, has become a legal guru for companies and organizations facing huge settlements — which is what experts say the automaker will need to...
December 17, 2015
From The Providence Journal: "Looking for greater diversity in R.I.'s judicial pipeline" by Edward Fitzpatrick
December 17. 2015: In an interview for The Providence Journal’s “Race in Rhode Island” series, Governor Raimondo vowed to appoint people of color to state judgeships during her four-year term, but noted that all 15 finalists for three current judicial vacancies are white, and she called for more “diversity in the pipeline.”
Michael J. Yelnosky, dean of the Roger Williams University...
December 10, 2015
From NBC 10 NEWS: “Investigation into RI judge lengthy, costly,” by Parker Gavigan CRANSTON, R.I., Dec. 9, 2015: The accusations against Rhode Island District Court Judge Rafael Ovalles are lengthy: sexual harassment, the mistreatment of woman, attorneys, court employees, and the public. Add to that, charges of poor performance and odd behavior, like repeatedly taking his pants off in his office while in the presence of others, as well as taking naps during the middle of the day. "I have not...
December 10, 2015
From the Providence Sunday Journal: “The Jail Trap: Minorities are sent to prison and put on probation far more than whites,” by John Hill, Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE, Nov. 6, 2015: In the movies and on television, when the crime is solved and the wrongdoer convicted, the story ends, usually with someone headed to prison.
But in the real world, those in the criminal justice system say, it’s not the end. A whole other story starts when the convict gets out. It’s a story about not being able...
November 15, 2015
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: “Liability, insurance issues abound as drone use soars: limits of tort law to be tested by new technology” by Pat Murphy
November 4, 2015: The proliferation of drones may well present a range of novel liability questions that lawyers and judges haven’t had to answer since the automobile began populating the nation’s roadways in the 1920s and ’30s. […]
The statistics bear out the impression that the friendly skies are not as safe as they once were....
October 17, 2015
From RHODE ISLAND LAWYERS WEEKLY: "Dean: new MSL program poses no threat to lawyers" by Pat Murphy
October 16, 2015: Next fall, students who have no intention of ever becoming practicing attorneys will begin receiving legal training at Roger Williams University School of Law.
RWU will become one of only a dozen or so law schools across the country that offer an advanced degree in legal studies for non-lawyers. Dean Michael J. Yelnosky sees the school’s Master of Studies in Law Program as...
October 12, 2015
From RHODE ISLAND LAWYERS WEEKLY: "Suit vs. Kansas employer can proceed in 1st Circuit" by Pat Murphy
October 9, 2015: A federal court in Massachusetts could exercise personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state employer sued for breach of an employment contract by a sales representative hired to work out of his Wayland home, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided.
The employer argued that jurisdiction could not be exercised under Massachusetts’ long-arm statute, nor was it consistent...
October 09, 2015
From Sports Illustrated: "My Motto is to Get It Right" by Katherine Sulentic '09
OCTOBER 2015: Sometimes the days seem like an endless parade of airports and nondescript conference rooms. As an NCAA associate director of enforcement, I can spend well over 100 nights on the road each year visiting campuses across the country. I've been around long enough to know that many of my trips may have serious consequences for everybody involved. Those that are more routine will stay out of the...
October 08, 2015
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Judge keeps focus on equality, fairness in move to RWU Law" by Patrick Murphy
Bristol, Oct. 1, 2015: Judge Edward C. Clifton has spent his entire professional life promoting the fair treatment of minorities in the courts and addressing problems of inequality in the legal profession.
So it should come as no surprise that his focus didn’t change when he stepped down from the bench to join the faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law. [...]
September 30, 2015
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Franchisor may be vicariously liable for sexual harassment" by Pat Murphy
September 24, 2015: The out-of-state franchisor of a donut shop chain may be vicariously liable for the sexual harassment of a local franchisee’s employee by an agent hired to conduct customer service reviews at individual stores, a Providence Superior Court judge has ruled.
The defendant franchisor, Massachusetts-based Honey Dew Associates, Inc., argued that the Rhode Island Civil...