October 20, 2014
BRISTOL, R.I., October 20, 2014 – As America’s legal profession shines a spotlight on the importance of making quality legal services available to the neediest populations, Roger Williams University School of Law is celebrating the man whose passion and generosity established a solid financial foundation for its innovative Pro Bono Collaborative program.
Originally launched in January 2006 with support from the Rhode Island Foundation, the Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC) at RWU Law was in need of...
October 02, 2014
BRISTOL, R.I., Oct. 2, 2014 – With the number of first-year students up 24 percent since last fall – despite an admissions climate characterized by sharply shrinking enrollments at law schools across the country – Roger Williams University School of Law has pledged to continue its Affordable Excellence initiative to confront increasing costs, rising debt and the job-readiness of graduates, among the most pressing challenges facing legal education today.
For RWU Law students, the continuation of...
September 25, 2014
Roger Williams University School of Law has joined with the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association to launch the “Litigation Academy,” an innovative project designed to help lawyers who are new to federal litigation practice.
The purpose of this program is to create a low-cost, high-quality forum for teaching less-experienced litigators the skills needed to successfully litigate cases. The project...
September 24, 2014
BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 24, 2014 – The Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC) at Roger Williams University School of Law is featured on the inaugural website of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), launched this week.
AALS membership, an honor awarded to RWU Law in 2006, is a key measure of law school quality. Earlier this year, the AALS contacted its member schools, requesting brief descriptions of innovative programming for possible inclusion on the organization’s first-ever website...
September 19, 2014
Read coverage of the event in Providence Business News.
PROVIDENCE, September 19, 2014: The legal profession has never been a revolutionary proposition; rather, its nature was always evolutionary – changing at a slow, even glacial pace.
Those days, legal consultant and futurist Gerry Riskin warned, are gone forever. “The glacier of the legal profession is now moving so fast you can see it,” he said. To achieve success in this new reality, lawyers must “change their mindset entirely.”
September 18, 2014
Read Professor Krishna's article in the July 2014 edition of the ABA's CED Committee Newsletter here.
PROVIDENCE, R.I., September 18, 2014 – A Roger Williams University School of Law professor has been appointed to head the American Bar Association committee tasked with improving the practice of community economic development law across the United States.
Associate Clinical Professor of Law Gowri Krishna, who also directs RWU Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic, was formally named as...
September 10, 2014
Disruptive changes in the market for legal services are transforming the profession, and lawyers who aren’t prepared will be left behind.
That’s the frightening – yet hopeful – message of lawyer, author and management consultant Gerry Riskin, who will deliver the Third Annual Professor Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture, "The Business of Law: Disruptions in the Market for Legal Services." The event will be presented by Roger Williams University School of Law at the Omni Hotel in Providence...
September 08, 2014
BRISTOL, R.I., September 8, 2014: Professor Louise Ellen Teitz – a founding faculty member at Roger Williams University School of Law and one of its most prominent practitioners internationally – has returned to full-time teaching after spending the last three years abroad as a senior U.S. diplomat.
From 2011 until earlier this year, Professor Teitz served as First Secretary at The Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands, leading that organization’s efforts on a range...
September 02, 2014
BRISTOL, R.I., September 2, 2014 – Judge Judith Colenback Savage has joined Roger Williams University School of Law as Distinguished Jurist in Residence. She will be teaching several courses throughout the 2014-2015 academic year and hosting a symposium on mass incarceration in the spring.
“Judge Savage has so much to offer our students,” said Dean Michael J. Yelnosky. “She has worked as a lawyer in private practice and in the highest levels of state government, and she had a remarkable career...
August 21, 2014
Professor Coombs' Aug. 22 statement, and video of a 2013 appearance on The Today Show.
Listen to an Aug. 23 interview with Professor Coombs from Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Saturday Morning News.
For WPRI television coverage, click here.
Read Associated Press media coverage from San Francisco to Houston to Fall River.
BRISTOL, R.I., August 21, 2014 – As its Fall 2014 semester begins, Roger Williams University School of Law has welcomed renowned WikiLeaks defense lawyer David Coombs to...
June 04, 2014
BRISTOL, R.I., June 4, 2014 – Chief Judge William E. Smith of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island has been elected chair of Roger Williams University School of Law’s Board of Directors.
Five new directors were also named: Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court; alumna Nicole Benjamin, Esq. ’06, an attorney at Adler Pollock & Sheehan in Providence; Hinna Mirza Upal, Esq. ’07, deputy general counsel of the Massachusetts Executive Office...
May 16, 2014
BRISTOL, R.I., May 16, 2014 – Under moody skies, with glimpses of sunshine alternating with a mid-ceremony rain squall, the Honorable Judith S. Kaye – retired Chief Judge for the State of New York – addressed the 169 graduates of the Class of 2014 during Commencement exercises Friday.
“Welcome to a great profession,” Judge Kaye told the assembled graduates, "one that has helped assure – over the past two-plus centuries – that this remains a land of justice and equal opportunity, dedicated to...
May 16, 2014
“In the world of law deans, David Logan is Larry Bird!”
The Honorable Bruce Selya, senior judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, hastened to add that he referred not to Dean David A. Logan’s Bird-like height, but rather to his ability to lead and inspire his team – in this case, the students, faculty, staff and alumni of RWU Law – to ever greater achievement and success. “If they ever establish a Hall of Fame for law deans,” Selya declared, “my nominee is David Logan!”
March 12, 2014
RWU Law Ranked Among "Best Public Interest Law Schools"
See the story in Providence Business News
Having greatly enhanced its affordability and experiential learning opportunities, Roger Williams University School of Law is now ranked among the “best schools for public interest law,” according to the March 2014 issue of The National Jurist, a nationwide magazine for law students.
In the ranking of the nation’s 25 top public interest law schools, RWU Law placed at 21, in a list that includes...
March 06, 2014
March 6, 2014: A group of Providence seventh graders are learning about internet safety this month with the help of RWU Law students participating in a new, national privacy education program.
The first program of its kind in Rhode Island, the initiative involves a small group of law students leading interactive sessions on internet safety with local youth at Community Preparatory School in Providence. Topics range from online privacy protection to managing a positive digital...