July 20, 2016
From RWU Law Magazine: “From Hate to Hope” by Jill Rodriguez ’05
As he hunted through nearly a century’s worth of ownership records and auction catalogues to establish a recovery claim for a 19th century painting of a German peasant girl, Glenn Friedemann’s thoughts kept returning to his father and grandfather.
This wasn’t just a case of returning a possession stolen by the Nazis (some 70 years earlier at the time) to its rightful owner, the Max Stern Estate. It was nothing less than...
July 07, 2016
From RWU Law Magazine: "Seeking a Balance" by Michael M. Bowden
Should Rhode Island’s racial and ethnic diversity be reflected in the makeup of its judiciary?
Almost everyone agrees that it should.
Diversity on the state’s bench, advocates say, is both a symbolic and a practical ideal – as essential to fairness and justice (and perhaps as importantly, the public perception of fairness and justice) as a police force that reflects the diversity of the neighborhoods it serves. After all,...
June 23, 2016
From VOX: “America is a haven for gay immigrants like me. Don’t let Orlando change that” by Luis F. Mancheno
June 23, 2016: I came to this country fleeing persecution for being gay, for being too femme, a faggot, a "maricón." I came to the United States hoping to find safety, away from all of the violence and hate I lived with in Ecuador. On the day of the Orlando shooting, I was reminded that the United States is still not that...
June 05, 2016
PROVIDENCE, April 5, 2016: Roger Williams University School of Law on Monday formally showcased its new experiential campus in downtown Providence, which is slated to open in May and be fully operational for the start of the Fall Semester.
Designed to provide law students with enhanced access to hands-on, experiential opportunities in the capital city, the facility at One Empire Plaza will replace RWU Law’s existing Metro Center at 150 Washington Street, more than doubling RWU Law’s footprint...
May 25, 2016
When lower-income victims of domestic violence escape their abusive relationships, they can often face a secondary barrage of battles – legal proceedings involving divorce, visitation and custody – without adequate funds or professional resources.
What can be done?
Enter Brook Ashley ’08, who has committed her professional life to the fight to end violence against women. In February, she launched a new program committed to expanding...
May 13, 2016
BRISTOL, R.I., May 13, 2016 – A cool, partly sunny day on Mt. Hope Bay provided the perfect backdrop as United States Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez delivered a rousing address to the 86 graduates of the Class of 2016 during Commencement exercises here Friday.
Perez, former attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has pioneered efforts to create a living wage for...
April 15, 2016
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BRISTOL, R.I., APRIL 15, 2016 – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree at Roger Williams University School of Law’s Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. on the University’s main athletic field.
Perez, the former attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice and...
April 07, 2016
I know my own mind.
I am not a prejudiced person.
I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.
But are you really sure?
Join Harvard psychologist Mahzarin R. Banaji as she challenges our self-perceptions, and explores the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality
Banaji will discuss her work in an intriguing lecture, “Blindspot: Hidden...
March 23, 2016
In a guest column for the American Constitution Society (ACS), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Professor David A. Logan of Roger Williams University School of Law ask, "Could a New Supreme Court Justice Help Restore Fundamental Civil Liberties?"
March 22, 2016: President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court of the United States, if confirmed, is an opportunity to restore important civil liberties that have been eroded over three decades of dominance by five...
March 14, 2016
Professor Jared Goldstein is this week'a guest columnist for JURIST, discussing the implications of President Obama's proposal to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay.
March 12, 2016: Last month President Obama announced his latest plan to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay. Under the proposal the government will continue to look for countries to take in three dozen detainees who have been cleared for transfer, while the remaining 55 detainees would be moved to a federal facility in the United...
March 07, 2016
BRISTOL, R.I., March 7, 2016: This weekend, Roger Williams University School of Law’s Admiralty Moot Court Team traveled to the other “city by the bay” to finish second among 26 schools in the 23rd Annual Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition.
The competition was held March 3-5, 2016, in San Francisco, at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with top honors going to defending champions Louisiana State University (LSU). The final score was close: 87.2184 for...
February 15, 2016
This story by Michael M. Bowden originally appeared in the Summer 2008 edition of Amicus Magazine, predecessor publication to RWU Law Magazine. It is reproduced here in observance of Justice Scalia’s passing on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.
A TRUE ORIGINAL(IST)It started at breakfast. After being glowingly introduced to assembled members of the Rhode Island bench and bar, Justice Antonin Scalia, the iconic conservative anchor of the U.S. Supreme Court for the past two decades, paused, surveyed the...
February 15, 2016
After a successful term at Yale Law School, RWU Law Professor Niki Kuckes won a coveted clerkship with Antonin Scalia, then a judge on the highly influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 2012, she shared some memories of that time with RWU Law Magazine:
I clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for Judge Antonin Scalia, prior to his elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court. The issues before that court often involved administrative...
January 29, 2016
BRISTOL, R.I., January 29, 2016: 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 will begin at 6 p.m., preceding the law school’s annual Public Interest Auction at the Omni Providence Hotel, with both events “shining a light on RWU Law students and...
January 25, 2016
Bristol, R.I., January 25, 2016 – At the culmination of a captivating, often emotional, frequently humorous address at RWU Law on Thursday, the speaker paused, surveyed his audience, then slowly intoned:
“I am Carlton W. Reeves, District Judge of the Southern District of Mississippi, and I sit in the seat once held by William Harold Cox” (a reference to the virulently racist judge immortalized in the 1988 film “Mississippi Burning,” on a 1965 trial for the murder of three Mississippi civil...