The Magazine of Roger Williams University School of Law
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Entering its 20th Anniversary year, RWU
Law can proudly look back on a legacy
of outstanding scholarship, accomplished
alumni, and profound impact on legal
debate and dialogue throughout the
state and the region. It is both a signal
achievement and an ongoing legacy –
fulfilling the promise of the school’s
founding mission as RWU Law enters its
third decade.
Events are scheduled throughout the
2013-14 academic year. The public launch
of the celebration will take place at the
Rhode Island Bar Association’s Annual
Meeting, when Dean David A. Logan
addresses the legal community, discussing
the history of Rhode Island’s first and only
law school, as well as its dynamic present
and exciting plans for the future.
The centerpiece of the celebration will
be RWU Law’s 20th Anniversary Alumni
Celebration Weekend, featuring class
reunions and a host of both educational
and recreational events, from the Law
Alumni Association Scholarship Golf
Tournament to a very special WaterFire
Providence® event sponsored by RWU
Law and the University.
Other planned events include visits
from two U.S. Supreme Court Justices –
current Associate Justice Elena Kagan,
and retired Associate Justice Sandra
Day O’Connor; a “History of RWU
Law”-themed Jeopardy tournament;
an anniversary team competing in
September’s CVS 5K road race; a Marine
Affairs Institute panel, “From Pirates
to Ocean Planning: 20 Years of Marine
Affairs”; and much more.
Watch RWU Law’s 20th Anniversary
website at
for all
the latest events and details.
On February 20, 2003, the deadliest rock
concert in U.S. history took place at a
roadhouse called The Station in West
Warwick, R.I. Mere seconds into the show,
a blaze was ignited when pyrotechnics set
off by Great White, a 1980s heavy-metal
band, lit flammable polyurethane “egg
crate” foam sound insulation on the club’s
walls. In less than ten minutes, 96 people
were dead and another 200 injured, many
grievously. The final death toll topped out
at an eerily even 100.
This spring, Providence lawyer
John Barylick published “Killer Show”
(University Press of New England), a book
many are calling the definitive account of
the tragedy. Barylick, who was a plaintiffs
lawyer in the massive Station litigation,
and his research assistant, Jenna Wims
Hashway ’11, recently visited RWU Law
for a book signing and riveting presentation
about the painstaking work involved in
preparing both the case and the book.
Barylick acknowledged that the
book “would not have been possible”
without Hashway’s meticulous efforts in
examining “thousands of documents in
order to locate all the important stuff,”
and editing his writing in ways “both
helpful and humane.”
The result is a gripping narrative that
Ralph Nader calls “more authentically
suspenseful than a Grisham novel.” Adds
Station fire survivor Victoria Eagan, “I
truly felt as though I knew all there was to
know about the fire as well as the people it
affected. I was wrong.”
A professional actress when she first
began working for Barylick, Hashway says
her experiences in researching the case
and book are “what sent me to law school.”
It was a fortuitous decision. She ended
up graduating as valedictorian of the
Class of 2011, and has since held several
prestigious judicial clerkships.
Dissecting a ‘Killer Show’
Jenna Wims Hashway ’11 helps
document a Rhode Island tragedy
“Fulfilling the Promise”
Celebrating past, present and future as RWU Law enters its third decade
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