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...
August 31, 2015
From the Providence Journal: “Exhibit in Bristol and Providence examines fate of Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany” by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer
Listen to Professor David Logan discuss the exhibit with Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News.
Read more about Professor Logan's story in the Christian Science Monitor.
BRISTOL, R.I., Aug. 29, 2015 — When Adolf Hitler assumed power in Germany in 1933, one of the first segments of society he took aim at were those trained as...
July 30, 2015
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Immigration detainers require probable cause: qualified immunity arguments rejected" by Brandon Gee
July 29, 2015: Immigration officials could not claim qualified immunity to obtain summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff imprisoned on an immigration detainer for 24 hours despite the fact that she is a United States citizen, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has determined.
The defendants, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and...
July 26, 2015
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Ruling seen as must-read for defense, prosecution: ‘Brady’ rules reexamined in Tempest verdict reversal" by Pat Murphy
July 23, 2015: Judge Daniel A. Procaccini made headlines across the nation earlier this month when he vacated the 1992 murder conviction of Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr.
While the ultimate fate of Tempest remains uncertain given the state’s intention to appeal the decision, the Providence Superior Court judge’s 79-page opinion in...
July 19, 2015
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Probation tops defense bar’s wish list for governor’s panel" by Pat Murphy
July 17, 2015: Defense attorneys are hopeful that an overhaul of the state’s probation system will be one of the primary outcomes of a process started earlier this month with Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s formation of a panel to study and recommend criminal justice reforms.
The governor issued an executive order establishing the Justice Reinvestment Working Group on July 7. The...
July 13, 2015
From the Washington Post: "Christie hires campaign manager and appoints senior staff" by Philip Rucker
Morristown, N.J., July 3, 2015: Gov. Chris Christie has hired a seasoned Republican strategist to manage his nascent presidential campaign and has recruited other veteran operatives to round out a senior staff that also will include the top advisers who charted his rise in New Jersey.
Ken McKay [RWU Law '96], a well-regarded operative who previously has served as chief of staff at the...
July 07, 2015
From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Prof helps lift ‘ghostwriting’ sanctions against attorneys" by Pat Murphy
June 26, 2015: The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently lifted sanctions against three attorneys who authored pleadings on behalf of pro se defendants in separate debt collection cases.
Peter S. Margulies lent a helping hand to the court in clarifying whether the practice of ghostwriting is permissible under the state’s civil rules and rules of professional conduct.
July 06, 2015
From the Providence Journal: "Scalia’s vitriol undercuts his influence" by Edward Fitzpatrick
July 3, 2015: [...] “When it comes to penning baroquely articulated vitriol, Justice Antonin Scalia may rival William Shakespeare,” Slate states, noting that his Obamacare dissent includes the terms “pure applesauce” and “jiggery-pokery” and his same-sex marriage dissent mentions “mummeries” and “judicial Putsch.” [...]
When the court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex...
July 02, 2015
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: “BP settlement ‘predictable’ end to historic legal battle, experts say” by Jennifer Larino, the Times-Picayune.
NEW ORLEANS, July 02, 2015: BP has agreed to pay $18.7 billion to settle federal, state and local government claims related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The deal – the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history – closes the book on years of ongoing litigation and opens a pathway for billions of dollars to flow into coastal...
July 01, 2015
From WPRO News Talk 630: "Gene talks with Dean Yelnosky about the Supreme Court's ruling on Same Sex Marriage."
WPRO's Gene Valicenti talks with Dean Yelnosky about the substance and implications of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
To listen, click here.