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RWU SOL Holiday Reception 2015

RWU SOL Holiday Reception 2015

Law Alumni Association Holiday Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Citizens Plaza Rotunda, Providence, Rhode Island
Public Interst Potluck
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Law School Bistro
Champions for Justice
6:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Omni Providence Hotel


By Mikéla Almeida
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Our Pro Bono Collaborative mobilizes Rhode Island law firms, law students and community organizations to provide desperately needed legal assistance for the underserved residents of the state.  The unique program includes 10 major law firms, over 20 community-based organizations and several dozen law students.

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News & Features

  • 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...
  • News & Features
    November 15, 2015
    BRISTOL, R.I., Nov. 16, 2015  – With the number of first-year students up 32 percent since the fall of 2013 – 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...
  • News & Features
    November 01, 2015
    See coverage from: The Associated Press The Providence Journal Rhode Island Public Radio AM 630 WPRO WPRI CBS 12 Eyewitness News WLNE ABC 6 Providence  Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly PROVIDENCE, Nov. 2, 2015 – An important new clinical initiative at Roger Williams University School of Law offers renewed hope to military veterans whose applications for disability benefits have been denied and who can’t afford to appeal the decision. In this unique collaboration, law students in the...
  • News & Features
    October 29, 2015
    Deborah Johnson, Director of Diversity and Outreach at RWU Law, has been elected 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 law students. Under Johnson'...
  • News & Features
    October 27, 2015
    THIS FRIDAY: Congressman David Cicilline keynotes an important conference on the continuing crusade for LGBT rights. BRISTOL, R.I., October 27, 2015: Now that the issue of marriage equality has been definitively settled by the Supreme Court of the United States, some believe that the fight for LGBTQ equality rights has been fought and won.  However, important legal challenges remain, including issues of family law, trusts and estates, housing, employment, education and other civil...
  • News & Features
    October 13, 2015
    BRISTOL, R.I., October 8, 2015:  Ready or not, the Age of Cybersecurity is upon us. Each day brings new stories exposing the vulnerabilities of our online world: the massive recent hack of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; almost daily data breaches at well-known companies such as Target and Anthem; Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the National Security Agency; the pros and cons of end-to-end encryption and dangers of the Internet “going dark.” How can we maintain the benefits of...
  • News & Features
    October 07, 2015
    PROVIDENCE, Oct. 7, 2015:  Rhode Island for Community and Justice will honor RWU Law's Professor David Logan next week at its 63rd Annual Community and Justice Awards, for his "dedication to equal justice and for making Rhode Island a more inclusive state for all." In a news release, RICJ noted that "Professor David Logan, Dean of the School of Law from 2003 to 2014, has dedicated his professional career to promoting civil rights, diversity and law in the public interest." On a local level...
  • News & Features
    September 25, 2015
    PROVIDENCE, Sept. 25, 2015: When most people think of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), they think of monitoring “indecency” on television, perhaps upholding Open Internet/Net Neutrality principles, or overseeing the spectrum that powers our wireless devices. Yet one of the agency’s most vital, least known functions involves consumer protection, according to its legal chief, Gigi Sohn, counsel to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Sohn delivered Roger Williams University Scool of Law’s...
  • News & Features
    September 24, 2015
    BRISTOL, R.I., Sept. 24, 2015: Experienced marine law attorney Julia Wyman has been named director of the Marine Affairs Institute at Roger Williams University School of Law and director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program. "It's great to be here," said Wyman, who was previously staff attorney for the MAI/RISGLP for four years and interim director for a year. She most recently served as ocean and environmental counsel for U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. "I look forward to working...
  • News & Features
    September 10, 2015
    BRISTOL, R.I., September 10, 2015 – A Master’s in Law for non-lawyers? A new program for delivering legal education is coming to Rhode Island in the form of a one-year master’s program at Roger Williams University School of Law, open to learners who seek deep exposure to law and legal methods in order to broaden their professional skill set or add value to their résumé, but do not want to be practicing attorneys. Part of RWU Law’s Master of Studies in Law (MSL) program (law.rwu.edu/MSL) will...
  • News & Features
    September 10, 2015
    PROVIDENCE, Sept. 10, 2015 — Roger Williams University School of Law and Johnson and Wales University have come up with a way to cut the time -- and cost -- required for students to earn a law degree. Under the terms of a new articulation agreement, Johnson and Wales (JWU) students who meet specific criteria will be allowed to apply for admission to the law program at Roger Williams during their third year. If accepted, they will then earn their Johnson and Wales degree by completing their...
  • News & Features
    August 27, 2015
    The challenges are staggering. Roughly a third of Providence public school students are “chronically absent,” demonstrate disruptive behavior, and/or struggle with math and reading – all symptoms indicating a higher risk of dropout before graduation. But the tide has dramatically begun to turn thanks to a deepening collaboration between the City of Providence and City Year Providence, part of the national nonprofit AmeriCorps program. One of 27 such initiatives nationwide, City Year Providence...
  • News & Features
    August 24, 2015
    BRISTOL, R.I., August 24, 2015 – Judge Edward C. Clifton has joined the faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law, where he will collaborate with students to conduct research on racial and ethnic fairness in the courts. Judge Clifton, who retired from the Rhode Island Superior Court in June after more than two decades on the bench, has also served as a judge on the Providence Municipal Court and the Rhode Island District Court. At RWU Law, his title is Distinguished Jurist in Residence...
  • News & Features
    July 22, 2015
    Alyssa Boss ’97 graduated with RWU Law’s second law school class and she hasn’t stopped learning since. As Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Care New England Health System (CNE), Boss finds challenges every day on the job in keeping up with changes in health law. “It’s just rapidly evolving,” she says. “Regulations are changing all the time.” A network of hospital buildings sits outside Boss’s Providence office. “It’s challenging, and I like challenges,” she says. “This enables...
  • News & Features
    July 10, 2015
    BRISTOL, R.I., July 9, 2015 – Some 70 years after its horrors unfolded, the Holocaust still has stories to reveal and lessons to share. The highly acclaimed international exhibit, “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich,” will be visiting Rhode Island throughout August and September. The showing – which will be installed at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol during August, and the U.S. District Court in Providence during September – is co-...