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08/17/2017
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Each year, I have the pleasure of welcoming the newest group of law students to Roger Williams University School of Law and introducing them to their classmates.  My staff and I read and...

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  • News & Features
    August 14, 2017
    Students: The racism, anti-Semitism, and other hatred on display in Charlottesville this weekend is a threat to this country’s central commitment to equality and to the rule of law that supports that commitment.  The law school shares that commitment.  I want you to know that while the law school is fully committed as well to the First Amendment, the violence that occurred in Charlottesville was in no way protected First Amendment activity.   As many of you know, at this law...
  • News & Features
    July 19, 2017
    David H. Gibbs will become the Director of Business Law Programs and the Corporate Counsel Externship at RWU Law later this month. David has both extensive practice experience and experience teaching at two law schools. Gibbs is a graduate of Tufts University and UC Berkeley Law.  From 1978 until 2003 he was an associate and then a partner at Nixon Peabody in Boston, and from 2004 to 2013 he was a partner at Bowditch & Dewey, also in Boston.  His practice focused on business law...
  • News & Features
    June 02, 2017
    The ABA recently released the employment data reported to it by all American law schools for the graduating classes of 2016.  Above the Law, a news website about the law, legal education, and lawyers, has reported on several studies of that ABA employment data.  One of those studies ranked American law schools by the percentage of graduates who secured state court clerkships because these are some of the most sought after jobs among law school graduates.  They are valuable...
  • News & Features
    May 17, 2017
    By Edward Fitzpatrick BRISTOL, R.I. – As Pfc. Bradley E. Manning’s lead trial attorney, David E. Coombs kept telling his client: Trust the system, trust the system. That rationale seemed sound. During the 2013 trial, Coombs planned to have Manning accept responsibility for disclosing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic files and reports to WikiLeaks. He planned to emphasize that the former Army intelligence analyst never intended to harm the country or to aid the enemy....
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    May 09, 2017
    May 8, 2017: One of the many surprises of the 2016 presidential election was the support that the “religious right” or “evangelicals” gave to Donald Trump, a candidate with a well-documented and, indeed, audacious disrespect for traditional family values, especially the sanctity of marriage. Observers ascribe that support to Trump’s often-made promise to appoint conservatives to the Supreme Court of the United States, which could roll back abortion rights and the long-standing recognition of a...
  • News & Features
    April 24, 2017
    RWU Law topped UCLA's Cyber Crimes Moot Court Competition, held this Saturday, April 22 in Los Angeles! Big congratulations to 3L's  "We had a great time, and appreciate all of the time and effort that everyone put into the competition," said event organizer and UCLA 3L Alyssa Shauer, 2017 managing editor of UCLA Law Review. The winner's circle: Overall Champions: Team 8, Katherine Berling & Amanda Jacober, RWU Law Overall Runners Up: Team 5, Jordan Eyal & Brenda...
  • News & Features
    April 19, 2017
    BRISTOL, R.I., April 19, 2017 – A groundbreaking Harvard Law professor and onetime clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall will keynote the 2017 Commencement exercises at Roger Williams University School of Law, when some 119 graduates will be awarded their J.D. degrees. The processional will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 19, on RWU’s main athletic field at the law school’s Bristol campus at One Old Ferry Road. Professor David B. Wilkins of Harvard Law School, one of three...
  • News & Features
    April 13, 2017
    BRISTOL, R.I., April 13, 2017 ­­– Two Roger Williams University School of Law professors wrote an amicus brief that the ACLU of Rhode Island filed Wednesday to support Governor Raimondo’s petition for release of the 38 Studios grand jury records. Professor Jared A. Goldstein and Professor Andrew Horwitz argued that while grand jury records are usually secret, the 38 Studios case – in which the state provided a $75-million loan guarantee for Curt Schillings’ ill-fated video-game venture...
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    April 04, 2017
    April 4, 2017:  As the nation grapples with proposed travel bans and refugee restrictions, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof will visit Roger Williams University, urging us to remember the times when fear drove Americans to revile newcomers and reject those seeking refuge. It's easy to forget, he says, that the United States once interned Japanese-Americans, turned away Anne Frank's family and subjected Irish Catholics to brutal mistreatment. At the same time, we should keep in...
  • News & Features
    April 04, 2017
    April 4th, 2017: One thing you can say for Donald Trump’s presidency: He sure keeps lawyers busy. Within weeks of taking office, he suddenly rolled out immigration rules that banned entrance to travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, creating chaos and great anxiety at many airports. But that action was immediately challenged by state attorneys general and held unconstitutional by federal judges. And it brought hundreds of pro bono lawyers to airports across the country to help...
  • News & Features
    March 28, 2017
    Tweets and leaks. “Fake news” and “alternative facts.” The President of the United States and the “Enemy of the American People.”On a daily basis, the press and the president are locked in a bitter, high-stakes battle. In "The Press & The President," a panel of experts from Roger Williams University, the press and the Republican Party will delve into what it all means for reporters and politicians, the public and our democracy. They’ll go in-depth on issues touched upon in the RWU 1st...
  • News & Features
    March 16, 2017
    BRISTOL, R.I., March 10, 2017 ­­– As part of Roger Williams University School of Law’s Alternative Spring Break program, 61 law students are providing free legal services to impoverished communities in 17 locations ranging from the Bronx to Haiti. On the program’s first international trip, three RWU law students will offer know-your-rights presentations at the YWCA in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, talking to young women about domestic violence situations and addressing privacy issues related...
  • News & Features
    February 21, 2017
    BRISTOL, R.I., Feb. 15, 2017 – A groundbreaking exhibit titled “Do Lord Remember Me: The Black Church in Rhode Island” will open at Roger Williams University on Tuesday, Feb. 28, and will feature a powerful performance by actor Joe Wilson Jr., plus a panel discussion. From Feb. 28 through March 6, RWU and RWU Law will host the traveling exhibit in the second-floor atrium of the School of Law building on the university’s Bristol campus. The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday, from...
  • News & Features
    February 17, 2017
    RWU Law Professor Peter Margulies writes: In the wake of Edward Snowden’s disclosures, the United States administration faced a daunting series of challenges on surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy. Congress was reluctant to enact comprehensive legislation. Moreover, Snowden’s revelations had triggered an international trust deficit. To deal with these challenges, the executive branch under President Barack Obama resorted to two alternatives: soft law and agency discretion. Soft law entails...
  • News & Features
    January 30, 2017
    Jared A. Goldstein, RWU professor of law who teaches constitutional law and a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney, has contributed the following essay to the RWU First Amendment Blog. Professor Goldstein is available for interviews: President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday, Jan. 27, that violates the bedrock principles upon which Roger Williams founded Rhode Island. I’ve always been proud to work at a university named for Roger Williams, whose commitment to religious...