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...
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...
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...
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...
January 26, 2017
From the National Law Journal: "Syrian Refugees to Receive Law School Scholarships" by Karen Sloan
January 25, 2017: Roger Williams University School of Law will provide two Syrian refugees with full scholarships as part of a large consortium of schools vowing to help those from the war-torn country.
The Bristol, Rhode Island, law school is the first among the Institute of International Education’s 60-campus Syria Consortium to offer a free Juris Doctor degree to Syrian refugees. Roger Williams...
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...