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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
March 14, 2016
From the ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP): "Board OK'd 38 Studios settlement without knowing who'd pay" by Michelle R. Smith
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP), March 11, 2016 — Rhode Island's economic development agency says officials who approved a partial $12.5 million settlement last year in the agency's lawsuit over its $75 million deal with ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios did so without knowing where exactly the money would come from. [...]
Open-government advocates criticized the decision,...
March 12, 2016
From The Observer: "Meet Ken Feinberg, the Master of Disasters" by Ross Barkan • 03/09/16 11:08am When disaster strikes, Ken Feinberg writes the checks.
March 9, 2016: On a frigid February afternoon, Kenneth Feinberg, one of the singular figures in American legal history, pondered the concept of fate. “Lighting can strike. I mean, I don’t think I plan more than two weeks ahead, I’ll tell you that,” said Mr. Feinberg, munching on salted nuts in the bar of the Carlyle Hotel. “I...
February 24, 2016
From WPRO AM 630: "John Loughlin talks with Dean Yelnosky about the passing of Justice Scalia."
February 18, 2016
From Turn to 10 News (NBC): "Fight over gunman's locked iPhone could have big impact" by Cierra PutmanRWU Law Professor Peter Margulies (and RWU Professor Doug White) talk about the implications of the Apple Inc vs. FBI standoff.
February 12, 2016
From JD Supra Business Advisor: "Privacy Tip #21 – It’s a new year — time to get a free copy of your credit report" by Linn Freedman, Robinson+Cole Data Privacy
February 12, 2016: I am fortunate to teach the Privacy Law class at Roger Williams University School of Law on Tuesday afternoons. Yesterday, we discussed all of the laws relating to the financial services industry. OK, not the most exciting content, but it included the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA).
Enacted in 2008,...
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...