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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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:
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...
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...
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...