Bruce I. Kogan

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Bruce I. KoganProfessor Emeritus

Contact Information

401-254-4699bkogan@rwu.eduCurriculum Vitae

Education

LL.M., Georgetown University
J.D., Dickinson
B.A., Syracuse University

As an instructor of Dispute Resolution, Professor Bruce Kogan and his students work with the Rhode Island court system by providing alternatives to litigation.  In addition to Dispute Resolution, Professor Kogan teaches Property and Trusts and Estates.

Active in the Rhode Island legal community, Professor Kogan serves as one of the co-founders for the first non-profit organization for mediators in the state, The Rhode Island Mediators Association.  He also serves as an advisory board member at the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island and is active with the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution.  Professor Kogan served as an appellate attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and then practiced law for almost ten years in Pennsylvania with the law firm Kogan & Smigel.  His practice concentrated on taxation, business and estate planning, for-profit and non-profit corporations, and real estate.  He is a founding member of Roger Williams Law faculty, and has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean. 

Professor Kogan earned his B.A. from Syracuse University, his J.D. cum laude from Dickinson School of Law, and his LL.M. from Georgetown University. 

Books

“Disciplinary Issues and Ethics for Divorce and Family Lawyers,” in A Practical Guide to Divorce in Rhode Island, edited by Sandra H. Smith and Deborah Miller Tate (Boston: MCLE New England, 2009)

Articles

Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger's Page of History, 6 Roger Williams University Law Review 501 (2001) (with Cheryl L. Robertson)

The Asthmatic Worker and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 82 Medicine and Health Rhode Island 259 (1999)

The Taxation of Prizes and Awards ‑ Tax Policy Winners and Losers, 63 Washington Law Review 257 (1988)

The Price Is Right ‑ Or Else:  Congress' Efforts To Eliminate Tax Cheating In Appraisals Of Value, 5 Virginia Tax Review 59 (1985)

Courses Taught

LAW.705Family & Divorce Mediation

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Course Description

This upper level legal skills development course is intended to provide the student with an understanding of the contexts in which family conflict arises, the various legal and practical issues in play when families disintegrate, and with in-depth training in the skills that a mediator might employ to help the divorcing parties resolve their differences. The course exposes the student to relevant factors and normative approaches used by courts in dividing property, determining child support, custody, visitation, and spousal support among other issues, while recognizing that parties in mediation are empowered to reach their own agreements with the aid of the mediator. Role playing exercises are used to integrate theory with practice.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Bruce I. Kogan

LAW.796.A (4 Credits)Judicial Clinical Externship Program

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Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Students are assigned to selected judges in Rhode Island and federal trial and appellate courts. The student externs conduct legal research, prepare memoranda of law, observe trial and appellate proceedings, participate in discussions with the court, and perform the duties of a judicial law clerk under the supervision of the assigned judge and a faculty member. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the judge's chambers and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: Judicial Process and Ethics.
4 Credits - 180 hours (approx. 2 days/week for 14 weeks)

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Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

4.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

LAW.796.B (6 Credits)Judicial Clinical Externship Program

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Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

Students are assigned to selected judges in Rhode Island and federal trial and appellate courts. The student externs conduct legal research, prepare memoranda of law, observe trial and appellate proceedings, participate in discussions with the court, and perform the duties of a judicial law clerk under the supervision of the assigned judge and a faculty member. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the judge's chambers and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: Judicial Process and Ethics.
6 Credits - 270 hours (approx. 3 days/week for 14 weeks)

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Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

6.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

LAW.796.C (8 Credits)Judicial Clinical Externship Program

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SUMMER ONLY

Course Description

Students are assigned to selected judges in Rhode Island and federal trial and appellate courts. The student externs conduct legal research, prepare memoranda of law, observe trial and appellate proceedings, participate in discussions with the court, and perform the duties of a judicial law clerk under the supervision of the assigned judge and a faculty member. The program requires the devotion of substantial amounts of time both in and out of the judge's chambers and must be taken in conjunction with Seminar: Judicial Process and Ethics.
8 Credits- 360 hours (approx. 5 days/week for 10 weeks) SUMMER ONLY

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Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

8.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

LAW.862Mediation Clinic

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Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education

Course Description

In this clinic, students mediate disputes arising in the local East Bay Rhode Island communities under the supervision of a faculty clinic director. The law students will be trained in advanced mediation and other practical conflict resolution skills and then will 1) assist disputing parties to achieve mutually agreeable settlements by serving as mediators, and 2) provide conflict resolution educational workshops in the community. The course in Mediation, Family and Divorce Mediation or a similar experience acceptable to the instructor is a prerequisite.

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Clinic/Externship

Course Credits

8.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

Prerequisite

LAW.733 – Mediation LAW.705 – Family & Divorce Mediation

Faculty Associated

Bruce I. Kogan

LAW.736Negotiation

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Course Description

Over 90% of civil and criminal cases never get before a jury. They are resolved by other means, often by a negotiated settlement. Business transactions, for their part, are most often created through negotiation. As law schools place more emphasis on the skills required to be an effective lawyer, this Negotiation course is a hands-on exploration of preventing or solving conflict or variances in agreement whether the discordancy is a transaction or litigation. We will discuss theory only as it relates to a fuller understanding of the practical aspects of techniques, strategies and tactics as well as the ethical restraints and responsibilities of the lawyer. Students will negotiate weekly with a wide variety of fact patterns followed by a review and critical analysis of what was done and what might have been done more effectively.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

Jay MillerBruce I. Kogan

LAW.622Property

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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the law of property, both real and personal. Real property concepts are emphasized. Topics include historical development, common law principles, gifts, estates in land, licenses, easements, restrictive covenants, future interests, contracts for the sale of land, conveyancing, mortgages, the recording system and possessory rights. Land-use regulation will be introduced if time permits.

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Core Course

Course Credits

5.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.749Wills & Trusts

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This course is intended to prepare a student to advise clients about ordering their personal and financial affairs to more effectively provide for themselves and the people about whom they care. Various dispositive mechanisms inter vivos testamentary and in trust, will be covered, as well as devices to appoint health care and financial proxies. The course will also address the ethical and professional responsibilities of lawyers representing clients in this area.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law
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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.