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Admissions Info Session
JAN
16
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Keynote Address by Paulette Brown
JAN
20
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
School of Law Appellate Courtroom 283
Champions for Justice Dinner and Public Interest Auction
JAN
30
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Providence Biltmore Hotel
Behind Closed Doors
FEB
11
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Appellate Courtroom - Room 283
Washington, DC Law Alumni Reception
FEB
24
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Marriott Washington at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, DC

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12/15/2014
By Kimberly Ahern
The annual Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception was held on Wednesday, December 3rd in Providence.  It is always a great event with over one hundred alumni, lawyers, professors and Judges...

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Out of 29 total state clerkship opportunities in Rhode Island, RWU Law grads hold 18 of those positions for the 2012-2013 term. This includes 8 of 11 clerkships with the Rhode Island Supreme Court.



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  • News & Features
    December 19, 2014
    BRISTOL, R.I., Dec. 19, 2014 – In a move that will profoundly amplify the presence of Roger Williams University School of Law in downtown Providence and provide law students with enhanced access to hands-on, experiential opportunities in the capital city, Roger Williams University has agreed to lease 76,566 square feet of space at One Empire Plaza from property owner Berkeley Investments, Inc. RWU Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky joined RWU President Donald J. Farish, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras...
  • News & Features
    December 01, 2014
    What is Elder Law? Ask RWU Law Adjunct Professor Mark B. Heffner, who has created a new resource on the topic called the Long Term Care Planning Blog. “Counseling clients facing the prospect of $10,000 per month in nursing home and other costs is perhaps the most challenging aspect of Elder Law,” Heffner said. “Because in addition to knowing substantive law – in areas ranging from public benefits to tax planning – the Elder Law practitioner must be aware of community resources, such as...
  • News & Features
    November 25, 2014
    Between 1986 and 2006, a sort of revolution occurred in Rhode Island: even as a dispiriting series of scandals shook the state’s corrupt political culture, activists, media and public disgust prompted an updraft of investigation and reform that ultimately changed Rhode Island for the better. One of the premier activists of the period was Philip West, former Executive Director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, who has just penned a monumental insider’s account of the period, titled "Secrets...
  • News & Features
    November 19, 2014
    Bristol, RI, November 19, 2014 – Advancing its critical mission to diversify the legal pipeline, Roger Williams University School of Law has teamed up with the Rhode Island Urban Debate League (RIUDL) to help the state’s urban students build the skills they need to succeed. Preliminary rounds of the policy debate tournament will be judged by local attorneys and current law school students, and the final round will be judged by a panel of Rhode Island judges that includes Hon. Rossi Harris, Hon...
  • News & Features
    November 17, 2014
    Court was in session at Roger Williams University School of Law recently – for real – when the Honorable John “Jack” McConnell, Jr., of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island heard arguments on two Motions for Summary Judgment earlier this month. The event also included Q & A sessions with the judge and lawyers. Around 175 students (including all 1L Civil Procedure sections), faculty and staff members packed the appellate courtroom to hear the arguments in what...
  • News & Features
    November 17, 2014
    CRANSTON, R.I., November 17, 2014 -- Contracts. Patents and copyrights. Real Estate leases. Litigation. Those are just some of the areas in which Roger Williams University School of Law students will receive valuable clinical experience as part of a new externship program between the law school and Alex and Ani, one of America’s fastest growing lifestyle brands. Beginning in Spring of 2015, Alex and Ani will join 13 other companies in Southern New England that are offering RWU Law students the...
  • News & Features
    November 07, 2014
    Election Day 2014 was cause for pride at Roger Williams University School of Law, which saw several of its own win important offices – Professor Jorge O. Elorza became mayor-elect of Providence, Rhode Island’s capital and largest city; and alumnus Peter F. Kilmartin ’98 won a second term as the state’s attorney general.  “We could not be more proud of Peter and Jorge,” said RWU Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky. “They are the embodiment of one of RWU Law’s core values – public service. General...
  • News & Features
    November 07, 2014
    Between 1986 and 2006, a series of scandals shook a Rhode Island's political culture had tolerated corruption for far too long. At the same time, however, the frequency and intensity of these scandals prompted an updraft of investigation and reform that changed Rhode Island for the better. These transformative years will be discussed by a panel of experts this Thursday in an important presentation, "Secrets & Scandals: Reforming Rhode Island, 1986-2006." Panelists include:   ...
  • News & Features
    October 30, 2014
    You never know who you’ll run into at the School of Law – prominent lawyers, top judges, policymakers from all levels of government.  Earlier this month, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) slipped in without fanfare or entourage to enjoy lunch and candid conversation with a few dozen RWU Law students. “I always knew I was interested in politics,” he said. Growing up in Narragansett, Cicilline became interested in public service for the first time, regularly asking his parents to drop him...
  • News & Features
    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...
  • News & Features
    October 01, 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...
  • News & Features
    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...
  • News & Features
    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...
  • News & Features
    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.” Riskin...
  • News & Features
    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...