April 24, 2017
RWU Law topped UCLA's Cyber Crimes Moot Court Competition, held this Saturday, April 22 in Los Angeles! Big congratulations to 3L's
"We had a great time, and appreciate all of the time and effort that everyone put into the competition," said event organizer and UCLA 3L Alyssa Shauer, 2017 managing editor of UCLA Law Review.
The winner's circle:
Overall Champions: Team 8, Katherine Berling & Amanda Jacober, RWU Law
Overall Runners Up: Team 5, Jordan Eyal & Brenda...
April 19, 2017
BRISTOL, R.I., April 19, 2017 – A groundbreaking Harvard Law professor and onetime clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall will keynote the 2017 Commencement exercises at Roger Williams University School of Law, when some 119 graduates will be awarded their J.D. degrees. The processional will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 19, on RWU’s main athletic field at the law school’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road.
Professor David B. Wilkins of Harvard Law School, one of three...
April 13, 2017
BRISTOL, R.I., April 13, 2017 – Two Roger Williams University School of Law professors wrote an amicus brief that the ACLU of Rhode Island filed Wednesday to support Governor Raimondo’s petition for release of the 38 Studios grand jury records.
Professor Jared A. Goldstein and Professor Andrew Horwitz argued that while grand jury records are usually secret, the 38 Studios case – in which the state provided a $75-million loan guarantee for Curt Schillings’ ill-fated video-game venture...
April 04, 2017
April 4, 2017: As the nation grapples with proposed travel bans and refugee restrictions, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof will visit Roger Williams University, urging us to remember the times when fear drove Americans to revile newcomers and reject those seeking refuge.
It's easy to forget, he says, that the United States once interned Japanese-Americans, turned away Anne Frank's family and subjected Irish Catholics to brutal mistreatment. At the same time, we should keep in...
April 04, 2017
April 4th, 2017: One thing you can say for Donald Trump’s presidency: He sure keeps lawyers busy.
Within weeks of taking office, he suddenly rolled out immigration rules that banned entrance to travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, creating chaos and great anxiety at many airports. But that action was immediately challenged by state attorneys general and held unconstitutional by federal judges. And it brought hundreds of pro bono lawyers to airports across the country to help...
March 28, 2017
Tweets and leaks. “Fake news” and “alternative facts.” The President of the United States and the “Enemy of the American People.”On a daily basis, the press and the president are locked in a bitter, high-stakes battle.
In "The Press & The President," a panel of experts from Roger Williams University, the press and the Republican Party will delve into what it all means for reporters and politicians, the public and our democracy.
They’ll go in-depth on issues touched upon in the RWU 1st...
March 16, 2017
BRISTOL, R.I., March 10, 2017 – As part of Roger Williams University School of Law’s Alternative Spring Break program, 61 law students are providing free legal services to impoverished communities in 17 locations ranging from the Bronx to Haiti.
On the program’s first international trip, three RWU law students will offer know-your-rights presentations at the YWCA in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, talking to young women about domestic violence situations and addressing privacy issues related...
February 21, 2017
BRISTOL, R.I., Feb. 15, 2017 – A groundbreaking exhibit titled “Do Lord Remember Me: The Black Church in Rhode Island” will open at Roger Williams University on Tuesday, Feb. 28, and will feature a powerful performance by actor Joe Wilson Jr., plus a panel discussion.
From Feb. 28 through March 6, RWU and RWU Law will host the traveling exhibit in the second-floor atrium of the School of Law building on the university’s Bristol campus. The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday, from...
February 17, 2017
RWU Law Professor Peter Margulies writes:
In the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures, the United States administration faced a daunting series of challenges on surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy. Congress was reluctant to enact comprehensive legislation. Moreover, Snowden’s revelations had triggered an international trust deficit. To deal with these challenges, the executive branch under President Barack Obama resorted to two alternatives: soft law and agency discretion. Soft law entails...
January 30, 2017
Jared A. Goldstein, RWU professor of law who teaches constitutional law and a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney, has contributed the following essay to the RWU First Amendment Blog. Professor Goldstein is available for interviews:
President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday, Jan. 27, that violates the bedrock principles upon which Roger Williams founded Rhode Island.
I’ve always been proud to work at a university named for Roger Williams, whose commitment to religious...
January 26, 2017
From the National Law Journal: "Syrian Refugees to Receive Law School Scholarships" by Karen Sloan
January 25, 2017: Roger Williams University School of Law will provide two Syrian refugees with full scholarships as part of a large consortium of schools vowing to help those from the war-torn country.
The Bristol, Rhode Island, law school is the first among the Institute of International Education’s 60-campus Syria Consortium to offer a free Juris Doctor degree to Syrian refugees. Roger Williams...
January 17, 2017
BRISTOL, R.I., Jan. 17, 2016 – David E. Coombs, the Chief Justice Weisberger Visiting Professor of Law at the Roger Williams University School of Law who has represented Chelsea Manning, issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s decision on Tuesday to commute the bulk of Manning’s sentence: “I am very thankful that the president decided to grant Chelsea’s commutation. I was shocked and overjoyed when I found out,” Coombs said. “I think anyone who was able to see...
January 14, 2017
Michael J. Yelnosky, Dean of the RWU School of Law and professor of law, who has studied and written extensively about labor law issues, contibuted this piece to RWU's First Amendment Blog:
In all likelihood, sometime in 2017 a new U.S. Supreme Court justice will take the bench and fill the vacancy created by the death last year of Justice Antonin Scalia. Sometime thereafter, I am confident, the court will reverse almost 40 years of precedent and rule that the First Amendment prohibits...
January 05, 2017
PROVIDENCE, R.I., January 5, 2017 – Issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island would lead to safer roads and potentially better economic opportunities, according to a legal and policy analysis that the Roger Williams University School of Law and the Latino Policy Institute at RWU released on Thursday.
The analysis found that Rhode Island has the largest percentage of uninsured motorists in New England, and the state contains an estimated 30,000 undocumented...
January 03, 2017
David A. Logan, professor of law and former dean of RWU Law, who has studied and written extensively about First Amendment issues, contibuted this piece to RWU's First Amendment Blog:
Among President-elect Donald Trump's many ill-informed campaign statements was that he was "going to open up libel laws."
Where to begin? First, libel law was, and remains, state law. Second, while federal legislation does impact pockets of libel law (most notably, the Communications Decency Act protects websites...