Inspired by RWU’s namesake, the new blog focuses on five freedoms: of religion, of speech, of the press, to assemble peaceably, to petition government

Upcoming Events

Welcome to the LAA for New Graduates Post-Bar Exam Reception
JUL
27
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Birch Bar (Westin Boston Waterfront)
19th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit
JUL
28
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI
Incoming Student Orientation
AUG
09
All Day
RWU School of Law
18th Annual LAA Scholarship Golf Tournament
AUG
19
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Swansea Country Club, Swansea, MA

Trending@RWULaw

07/10/2017
By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
When I talk to prospective students about RWU Law I have lots to say, but I don’t spend too much time talking about our faculty’s teaching because all law schools say they have great teachers, and...


Affordable Excellence at RWU LAW

Archives

Newsroom

RWU's News First Amendment Blog

Inspired by RWU’s namesake, the new blog focuses on five freedoms: of religion, of speech, of the press, to assemble peaceably, to petition government

Five FreedomsBRISTOL, 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, which contains the state’s only law school, a journalism program and experts on a range of First Amendment issues.

It will draw on topics that are as old as the nation, and it will draw on events as current as today’s headlines, such as U.S. Supreme Court rulings on flag burning.
 
“It is particularly appropriate that Roger Williams University would have a blog relating to the First Amendment, given the stance taken by our namesake on the need to separate civil governance from the practice of religion,” RWU President Donald J. Farish said. “Roger Williams’ ‘lively experiment’ in the 17th century was, of course, the basis of the provision in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States that protects religious freedom. But the First Amendment is so much more: Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble peaceably and freedom to petition the government for redress — all are important. And all require ongoing vigilance to ensure they are preserved and protected for generations yet to come.”
 
Readers will be able to subscribe to receive notification of new blog posts, and faculty members who write blog posts will be available for further media comment.