Aaron Weisman

Aaron Weisman Visiting Practitioner in Residence

Education

J.D., Cardozo School of Law
B.A., Brandeis University

Aaron Weisman began practicing law at a Providence boutique appellate practice, Jones and Associates. From there, he transitioned into government appellate work -- at the criminal appeals' unit of the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, where he went on to manage, for some twenty-five years, Rhode Island's appellate prosecution before the Rhode Island Supreme Court. As Chief of Rhode Island Attorney General's criminal appeals' unit, he also oversaw the State of Rhode Island's post-conviction relief practice, in both the state and federal courts. During the course of his long career with the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General, Professor Weisman was fortunate to litigate, under six Attorneys General, scores of factually and legally significant cases before the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and numerous federal matters of import -- including an appearance before the Supreme Court of the United States in a habeas corpus matter. Subsequent to Professor Weisman's state service, he was nominated by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate to be Rhode Island's United States Attorney, Rhode Island's chief federal law enforcement officer. During Professor Weisman's service as United States Attorney, from January 2019 through February of 2021, he oversaw the federal prosecution of numerous firearm, fraud, child pornography, and large scale narcotic offenses, and presided over both the federal government's defense of lawsuits brought against it, as well as the government's collection of debts owed to it. Professor Weisman is currently a partner at the Rhode Island based law firm of Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara, where he practices in both the civil and criminal space, representing the firm's varied and large client base, and learns much from his seasoned partners.

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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.