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...
December 19, 2016
BRISTOL, R.I., December 19, 2016: RWU School of Law will honor three outstanding legal luminaries and a public interest legal organization as Champions for Justice in recognition of their “impact and accomplishments” in supporting the school’s social justice programs.
A special awards dinner will precede the law school’s annual Public Interest Auction at the Omni Providence Hotel on Friday, January 27, 2017. The event will “shine a light on RWU Law students and alumni, celebrating their...
December 15, 2016
BRISTOL, December 14, 2016 – The law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP in Providence has made a gift to Roger Williams University School of Law in support of the school’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Keynote Address and Diversity Symposium Dinner.
“Nixon Peabody looks forward to advancing its commitment to diversity in the practice of law through its exciting new partnership with the Law School,” said Andrew Prescott, managing partner of Nixon Peabody LLP’s Providence office. “The MLK Jr. Lecture and...
December 07, 2016
BRISTOL, R.I., Dec. 6, 2016 – Roger Williams University on Tuesday launched a First Amendment blog, providing a timely new venue for debating, discussing and defending the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. The blog draws its inspiration from Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, who advocated for separation of church and state – a concept that’s now a cornerstone of American democracy. The blog will draw on the expertise of the faculty, staff and students at RWU...
December 01, 2016
Obituary: Dick Marr, 80, coach, mentor, league official
By Marvin Pave Globe Correspondent
November 30, 2016 - Whether he was traveling across country with his family, coaching a touring private school hockey team overseas, or bringing out the best in his students and athletes, the world was Dick Marr’s classroom.
Nicknamed Lefty, Mr. Marr was a hockey and baseball coach, a dorm master and director of admissions and financial aid at Milton Academy, and former dean of students and the...
November 14, 2016
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It started as just a hobby for Zared “Ziggy” Goldfarb, transforming a fridge full of farmer’s market produce into pickled medleys of cucumbers and hot peppers, sauerkraut or kimchi.
He’d gift the stuff to friends and family. At his wedding, the table centerpieces featured jumbo jars of pickles for guests to snack on throughout the celebration. His wedding party favors? Homemade pickles and jams, of course.
But when he was laid off from his longtime career in public...
November 04, 2016
By Professor Peter S. Margulies
My scholarship and advocacy were recently cited by the en banc D.C. Circuit in an important decision on military commissions, Bahlul v. United States, 2016 U.S. App. Lexis 18852 (Oct. 20, 2016) (upholding the conspiracy conviction of a former aide to Osama bin Laden who played a supporting role in preparations for 9/11); see decision here. The full court voted 6-3 to uphold the conviction; my work played a significant part in the decision.
Judge Patricia Millett...
October 21, 2016
Marine debris will be the focus of the Tenth Marine Law Symposium, to be held at RWU Law on Friday, November 4, with a featured keynote by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.
For a registration fee of just $50, this comprehensive conference is approved for six (6) Rhode Island MCLE credits (with zero legal ethics credits). Register here.
“We are bringing together national and local environmental leaders working on innovative ways to address marine debris,” said Julia Wyman, director of RWU Law’s Marine...
September 28, 2016
Deborah Johnson, Director of Diversity and Outreach at RWU Law, has been re-elected to a second term as president of the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (MBWA) association.
Focused on the eradication of racism and sexism in the legal profession, the MBWA aims to help women of color – and particularly African-American women – advance in their careers. The group sponsors panels, community initiatives and mentorships, pairing seasoned practitioners with younger black female attorneys and...
September 20, 2016
Insider trading laws are a hot-button issue vitally important to America’s business environment.
Here’s your chance to hear a top expert in the field unravel the complexities and uncertainties surrounding current civil liability and enforcement practice surrounding insider trading laws. Focusing on the unusual historic development of this body of law – and the absence of any federal statutory framework – an experienced attorney in the field will trace changes in the government's enforcement...
September 12, 2016
BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 12, 2016 – Providence Journal political columnist Edward Fitzpatrick will become the new Director of Media and Public Relations for Roger Williams University effective Oct. 5, the school announced today.
Fitzpatrick joins the University after 28 years as a reporter, editor and columnist, including 16 years at The Providence Journal and eight years as its political columnist. He grew up in Greenville, R.I., graduated from Mount St. Charles Academy and from Syracuse...
September 08, 2016
PROVIDENCE, Sept. 8, 2016 – At a ribbon-cutting ceremony formally opening its new downtown campus, Roger Williams University showcased the school’s growing impact on the city’s social and economic fabric – from helping ex-convicts reintegrate into their communities, to delivering college credits to inner-city high school students, to keeping the lights on for poor families in medical distress. “It’s a new model – a private university with a public purpose,” said RWU President Donald J. Farish...