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  • News & Features
    May 27, 2015
    A young person’s passage from the sheltered years of childhood to the independence of adulthood can be traumatic for any parent. But when the child reaching 18 is mentally or physically unable to handle adult responsibilities and demands, establishing an appropriate form of guardianship can carry emotional and financial burdens of its own. One of dozens of programs coordinated through the Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law, the Bradley Hospital Guardianship...
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    May 15, 2015
    BRISTOL, R.I., May 15, 2015 – A cool, sunny and breezy day on Mt. Hope Bay provided the perfect backdrop as the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland – recently retired as Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice, and the first African-American to serve on the court in its 305-year history – addressed the 115 graduates of the Class of 2015 during Commencement exercises Friday. Judge Ireland notably voted in favor of same-sex marriage as his state became the first in the nation to legalize it in 2003...
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    April 08, 2015
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 9, 2015 – To help address the growing volume of unmet legal needs among vulnerable individuals, families and communities in Rhode Island, representatives from the Rhode Island Center for Justice and the Roger Williams University School of Law gathered with elected officials, members of the bench and bar, and allied community organizations today to formally launch the Center for Justice, a new nonprofit public interest law center. The Center for Justice’s Board of...
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    April 06, 2015
    See the Providence Journal's coverage. BRISTOL, R.I., April 6, 2015 – The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland – the recently retired Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice who was the first African-American appointed to that court in its 305-year history and who notably voted in favor of same-sex marriage as his state became the first in the nation to legalize it – will deliver the Commencement address and be awarded an honorary degree at the Roger Williams University School of Law ceremony. “...
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    March 19, 2015
    PROVIDENCE, March 18, 2015: Linn Foster Freedman, a Roger Williams University School of Law Adjunct Professor and Board of Directors member, has joined the law firm of Robinson+Cole as a partner in its Business Litigation Group. She will also chair the firm’s Privacy and Data Security Team. Freedman joins Robinson+Cole from Nixon Peabody LLP, where she the Privacy and Data Protection Group and HIPAA Compliance Team. Freedman focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal privacy...
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    March 02, 2015
    BOSTON, March 2, 2015: Burns & Levinson partner and RWU Law Adjunct Professor of Law Jerry Cohen is the recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF)’s 2015 Great Friend of Justice Award, presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary passion for justice, consistent with the Foundation’s values and mission of increasing access to justice.   “Jerry’s passionate commitment to pro bono work exemplifies the spirit and values at the heart of the Massachusetts...
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    February 19, 2015
    Roger Williams University School of Law is proud to announce that renowned criminal defense lawyer David Coombs will serve as the Joseph R. Weisberger Visiting Associate Professor of Law for the remainder of this academic year and for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Coombs – who previously taught at RWU Law as an adjunct faculty member and rejoined the faculty this year as a visitor – will coach the school’s trial team and teach subjects related to criminal law and trial advocacy.  ...
  • News & Features
    February 10, 2015
    It is with great sadness and fond memories that Roger Williams University School of Law notes the passing of an esteemed educator, scholar, colleague and friend, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law Robert Robert B. Kent, '01H., who died at his Lexington, Mass., home on February 5, 2015. He was 93 years old. Professor Kent’s accomplishments over more than 60 years in legal education are too numerous to recount. In addition to his tenure at RWU Law, he taught on the law faculties at Boston...
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    February 09, 2015
    Roger Williams University School of Law last week welcomed Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., 46th Solicitor General of the United States, for a “Fireside Chat” with Professor Jared Goldstein, a one-time Bristow Fellow in the Solicitor General’s Office. Professor Goldstein began the conversation by asking if those who address the Solicitor General as “General” are incorrect. “I’m not a general,” Verrilli replied. As with the term “Attorney General,” he explained, the term goes back to England in the time...
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    February 03, 2015
    Roger Williams University School of Law is pleased to welcome Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., 46th Solicitor General of the United States, for a “Fireside Chat” with Professor Jared Goldstein. The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, in Room 283, the school’s Appellate Courtroom. Seating is limited.  RSVP required to the Office of Programs & Events at lawevents@rwu.edu or (401) 254-4659. The Solicitor General is the lawyer appointed to represent the U.S....
  • News & Features
    January 30, 2015
    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...
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    January 30, 2015
    January 30, 2015: 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 preceded the law school’s annual Public Interest Auction at the Providence Biltmore, with both events “shining a light on RWU Law students and alumni, and celebrating their dedication...
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    January 16, 2015
    A panel of top Rhode Island authorities participated Wednesday in a fascinating, thought-provoking and often emotional early-semester forum titled “Examining Justice: Ferguson, Staten Island and Beyond.” The event drew a large audience of RWU Law students, faculty and staff, as panelists discussed the recent events in Ferguson and New York. In both cases, an unarmed African American man died at the hands of a white police officer, and a grand jury declined to bring that officer to trial....
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    January 09, 2015
    January 9, 2015: Roger Williams University School of Law is pleased to announce that alumna Katie A. Ahern ’07, an associate at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP in Providence, will be directing the school’s Community Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) this semester. RWU Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic focuses on teaching students to represent clients in business-related transactions, by providing legal services to nonprofit and community-based businesses in Rhode Island. Under full...
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    December 18, 2014
    December 23, 2014: Roger Williams University School of Law is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of Super Lawyers’ 2014 “Top 10 Law Schools for Pro Bono Graduation Requirements.” Super Lawyers is an attorney-rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. In an effort to provide visibility to outstanding law schools who exemplify excellence in service of others, Super Lawyers put together the Top 10 Law...