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Attorney General Summit


18th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU Law, Bristol, RI
LSAT Free Practice Test
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
RWU Law-- Appellate Courtroom (Room 283), 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Incoming Student Orientation
All Day
RWU School of Law
Public Interest Potluck
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Law School Bistro


By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
Last Sunday, when the scope of the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando began to emerge, I sent the following email to the student body: Tragically, once again Americans are mourning the loss of...

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  • News & Features
    June 23, 2016
    http://www.vox.com/2016/6/23/12012644/gay-immigrant-orlando From VOX: “America is a haven for gay immigrants like me. Don’t let Orlando change that” by Luis F. Mancheno June 23, 2016: I came to this country fleeing persecution for being gay, for being too femme, a faggot, a "maricón." I came to the United States hoping to find safety, away from all of the violence and hate I lived with in Ecuador. On the day of the Orlando shooting, I was reminded that the United States is still not that...
  • News & Features
    June 05, 2016
    PROVIDENCE, April 5, 2016: Roger Williams University School of Law on Monday formally showcased its new experiential campus in downtown Providence, which is slated to open in May and be fully operational for the start of the Fall Semester. Designed to provide law students with enhanced access to hands-on, experiential opportunities in the capital city, the facility at One Empire Plaza will replace RWU Law’s existing Metro Center at 150 Washington Street, more than doubling RWU Law’s footprint...
  • News & Features
    May 25, 2016
    When lower-income victims of domestic violence escape their abusive relationships, they can often face a secondary barrage of battles – legal proceedings involving divorce, visitation and custody – without adequate funds or professional resources. What can be done?           Enter Brook Ashley ’08, who has committed her professional life to the fight to end violence against women. In February, she launched a new program committed to expanding...
  • News & Features
    May 13, 2016
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 13, 2016 – A cool, partly sunny day on Mt. Hope Bay provided the perfect backdrop as United States Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez delivered a rousing address to the 86 graduates of the Class of 2016 during Commencement exercises here Friday. Perez, former attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has pioneered efforts to create a living wage for...
  • News & Features
    April 15, 2016
    See WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR on the announcement See Associated Press (AP)/WPRO on the announcement BRISTOL, R.I., APRIL 15, 2016 – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Roger Williams University School of Law’s Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on the University’s main athletic field. Perez, the former attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and...
  • News & Features
    April 07, 2016
      I know my own mind. I am not a prejudiced person. I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way. But are you really sure? Join Harvard psychologist Mahzarin R. Banaji as she challenges our self-perceptions, and explores the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality Banaji will discuss her work in an intriguing lecture, “Blindspot: Hidden...
  • News & Features
    March 23, 2016
    In a guest column for the American Constitution Society (ACS), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Professor David A. Logan of Roger Williams University School of Law ask, "Could a New Supreme Court Justice Help Restore Fundamental Civil Liberties?" March 22, 2016: President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States, if confirmed, is an opportunity to restore important civil liberties that have been eroded over three decades of dominance by five...
  • News & Features
    March 14, 2016
    Professor Jared Goldstein is this week'a guest columnist for JURIST, discussing the implications of President Obama's proposal to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay. March 12, 2016: Last month President Obama announced his latest plan to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay. Under the proposal the government will continue to look for countries to take in three dozen detainees who have been cleared for transfer, while the remaining 55 detainees would be moved to a federal facility in the United...
  • News & Features
    March 07, 2016
    BRISTOL, R.I., March 7, 2016: This weekend, Roger Williams University School of Law’s Admiralty Moot Court Team traveled to the other “city by the bay” to finish second among 26 schools in the 23rd Annual Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition. The competition was held March 3-5, 2016, in San Francisco, at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with top honors going to defending champions Louisiana State University (LSU). The final score was close: 87.2184 for...
  • News & Features
    February 15, 2016
    This story by Michael M. Bowden originally appeared in the Summer 2008 edition of Amicus Magazine, predecessor publication to RWU Law Magazine. It is reproduced here in observance of Justice Scalia’s passing on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. A TRUE ORIGINAL(IST)It started at breakfast. After being glowingly introduced to assembled members of the Rhode Island bench and bar, Justice Antonin Scalia, the iconic conservative anchor of the U.S. Supreme Court for the past two decades, paused, surveyed the...
  • News & Features
    February 15, 2016
    After a successful term at Yale Law School, RWU Law Professor Niki Kuckes won a coveted clerkship with Antonin Scalia, then a judge on the highly influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 2012, she shared some memories of that time with RWU Law Magazine: I clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for Judge Antonin Scalia, prior to his elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court. The issues before that court often involved administrative...
  • News & Features
    January 29, 2016
    BRISTOL, R.I., January 29, 2016: RWU Law’s Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education today honors two outstanding legal luminaries and a legal organization as Champions for Justice in recognition of their “impact and accomplishments” in supporting the school’s public interest programs. The special awards dinner will begin at 6 p.m., preceding the law school’s annual Public Interest Auction at the Omni Providence Hotel, with both events “shining a light on RWU Law students and...
  • News & Features
    January 25, 2016
    Bristol, R.I., January 25, 2016 – At the culmination of a captivating, often emotional, frequently humorous address at RWU Law on Thursday, the speaker paused, surveyed his audience, then slowly intoned: “I am Carlton W. Reeves, District Judge of the Southern District of Mississippi, and I sit in the seat once held by William Harold Cox” (a reference to the virulently racist judge immortalized in the 1988 film “Mississippi Burning,” on a 1965 trial for the murder of three Mississippi civil...
  • News & Features
    January 15, 2016
    PROVIDENCE, Jan. 15, 2016: Professor Emily Sack has joined the board of Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, an advocacy organization working to eliminate gender bias in the state.   WFRI's acting board chair Daria Kreher recently announced the appointment of Sack together with those of two other "community leaders with widely varying backgrounds," Beverly Wiley and David Vanech. “The Board of Directors serves as the critical foundation for our organization," Kreher said. "With their business and...
  • News & Features
    November 24, 2015
    Arash Heidarian ’05 recently returned to RWU Law to celebrate his ten-year reunion at the Third Annual Law Alumni Weekend. “I have a lot of great memories here,” says Heidarian. “I think the school gave me a really solid basis to build and develop my own career.” Now an in-house corporate counsel with Amazon.com, Heidarian juggles the fast pace of working for the largest internet-based retailer in the United States. Between compliance counseling, launching products and establishing new...