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11/14/2017
By David Coombs
[RWU Law Professor, veteran and military law expert David Coombs offered the following remarks during Veterans Day observances at Roger Williams University on November 10. The address has been...

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  • News & Features
    November 21, 2017
    When President Trump announced in early September that he was putting an end to DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which granted temporary deportation relief and work authorization to some 800,000 eligible individuals brought to the United States as undocumented immigrants at a young age – he unwittingly sparked a focused resistance among immigration advocates that never existed before. In Rhode Island – home to more than 1,200 DACA recipients (known as “DREAMers”) – the...
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    October 30, 2017
    Roger Williams University School of Law has dedicated Appellate Courtroom, naming one of the law school’s most impressive spaces in honor of one of Rhode Island’s most impressive and well-respected judges, and a long-time friend and supporter of the school. Judge Selya has served on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 1986, assuming senior status in 2006. He has been recognized nationally for his work and is renowned for his judicial writing. The Boston Globe dubbed him “The...
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    October 10, 2017
    BRISTOL, R.I., October 10, 2017 ­­– Diana Hassel, law professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Roger Williams University School of Law, just wrote a piece for the RWU First Amendment blog titled “Is the Wall Between Church and State Crumbling?” The text follows: The First Amendment provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  This clause has been understood to both keep religion out of...
  • News & Features
    September 21, 2017
    Linda Tappa ’17 stood among onion fields in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, surveying rows of green shoots sprouting from the earth as workers hustled along, pulling bulbs to fill their barrels before sundown. As she watched the astounding bustle, a small farm owner explained his concerns about being successful on his own and how much pressure there is on the little guy to grow huge crops in order to be competitive among the big farms that are more emblematic of Texas. He was just one of a handful...
  • News & Features
    September 19, 2017
    On September 19, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a package of criminal justice reform bills. Governor Raimondo has said she will sign them into law. Earlier this year, RWU Law Dean Michael Yelnosky had the opportunity to sit down with the Governor to talk about that legislation, and the role RWU Law played in helping to educate the community about the issues.  They also chatted more broadly about the role of RWU Law, about the way in which the Governor’s legal training impacts the...
  • News & Features
    September 18, 2017
    BRISTOL, R.I. – As Pfc. Bradley E. Manning’s lead trial attorney, RWU Law Professor David E. Coombs kept telling his client: Trust the system, trust the system. That rationale seemed sound. During the 2013 trial, Coombs planned to have Manning accept responsibility for disclosing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic files and reports to WikiLeaks. He planned to emphasize that the former Army intelligence analyst never intended to harm the country or to aid the...
  • News & Features
    August 31, 2017
    BRISTOL, R.I., August 31, 2017 ­­– U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will visit the Roger Williams University School of Law on Jan. 30. Justice Ginsburg will take part in a “fireside chat” with 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Senior Judge Bruce M. Selya at 10:30 a.m. in Room 283 – the appellate courtroom that will be named for Selya in October. “What Rhode Island can look forward to is a visit from a woman who is both a thought leader in this country – a historic figure...
  • News & Features
    August 14, 2017
    Students: The racism, anti-Semitism, and other hatred on display in Charlottesville this weekend is a threat to this country’s central commitment to equality and to the rule of law that supports that commitment.  The law school shares that commitment.  I want you to know that while the law school is fully committed as well to the First Amendment, the violence that occurred in Charlottesville was in no way protected First Amendment activity.   As many of you know, at this law...
  • News & Features
    July 19, 2017
    David H. Gibbs will become the Director of Business Law Programs and the Corporate Counsel Externship at RWU Law later this month. David has both extensive practice experience and experience teaching at two law schools. Gibbs is a graduate of Tufts University and UC Berkeley Law.  From 1978 until 2003 he was an associate and then a partner at Nixon Peabody in Boston, and from 2004 to 2013 he was a partner at Bowditch & Dewey, also in Boston.  His practice focused on business law...
  • News & Features
    June 02, 2017
    The ABA recently released the employment data reported to it by all American law schools for the graduating classes of 2016.  Above the Law, a news website about the law, legal education, and lawyers, has reported on several studies of that ABA employment data.  One of those studies ranked American law schools by the percentage of graduates who secured state court clerkships because these are some of the most sought after jobs among law school graduates.  They are valuable...
  • News & Features
    May 17, 2017
    By Edward Fitzpatrick BRISTOL, R.I. – As Pfc. Bradley E. Manning’s lead trial attorney, David E. Coombs kept telling his client: Trust the system, trust the system. That rationale seemed sound. During the 2013 trial, Coombs planned to have Manning accept responsibility for disclosing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic files and reports to WikiLeaks. He planned to emphasize that the former Army intelligence analyst never intended to harm the country or to aid the enemy....
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    May 09, 2017
    May 8, 2017: One of the many surprises of the 2016 presidential election was the support that the “religious right” or “evangelicals” gave to Donald Trump, a candidate with a well-documented and, indeed, audacious disrespect for traditional family values, especially the sanctity of marriage. Observers ascribe that support to Trump’s often-made promise to appoint conservatives to the Supreme Court of the United States, which could roll back abortion rights and the long-standing recognition of a...
  • News & Features
    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...
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    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...
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    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...