David A. Logan

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David A. LoganProfessor of Law

Contact Information

401-254-4501dlogan@rwu.eduOffice 212SSRN Author PageCurriculum Vitae

Education

J.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Bucknell University

David Logan served as Dean at Roger Williams School of Law from 2003 to 2014, making him one of the nation's longest-serving law deans. In 2014, he returned to full-time teaching and research.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Professor Logan clerked for a federal judge and practiced with a major Washington, D.C., law firm, representing Native American tribes. He was a faculty member at Wake Forest University School of Law from 1981 to 2003, where he won awards for his teaching of Torts, Media Law, and Professional Responsibility. His publications, focusing on the intersection of Tort law and the First Amendment, have appeared in major journals, including theMichigan Law Review and the Virginia Law Review. He has been a visiting professor at a number of law schools, most recently, Florida State College of Law.

In 2009, Rhode Island Legal Services (RILS) recognized Logan for his “dedication and commitment to equal justice in the law.” He was also honored by the NAACP for his outstanding efforts toward achieving diversity and inclusiveness in legal education. And in January 2010 he received the American Association of Law School’s Deborah L. Rhode Award for making “an outstanding contribution to increasing pro bono and public service opportunities in law school through scholarship, leadership, or service.” 

Professor Logan is a frequent commentator on legal issues, having appeared on television (Fox News,NBC Evening NewsCBS Morning News, the O’Reilly Factor and Nightline), radio (BBC RadioVoice of RussiaMorning EditionAll Things Considered and Marketplace) and many print media outlets (includingTime, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post).

He was born in New York City and grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. He earned his BA from Bucknell, his MA from Wisconsin-Madison and his JD from Virginia.  In college, he was a varsity basketball player, head deejay on the campus radio station, and a music critic for Rolling Stone.

Books 

"Protection of Personality Rights against Invasions by the Mass Media in the United States of America,”in The Protection of Personality Rights Against Invasions by the Mass Media, edited by Helmut Kozel & Alexander Warzilek (Vienna: Springer, 2005) (with Michael D. Green)

North Carolina Torts, 2d ed. (Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2004) (with Wayne A. Logan)

Articles 

Juries, Judges, and the Politics of Tort Reform, 83 University of Cincinnati Law Review 903 (2015)

When the Restatement is Not a Restatement: The Curious Case of the Flagrant Trespasser, 37 William Mitchell Law Review 1448 (2011) (symposium on the Restatement (3d) Torts)

The Perils of Glastnost, 38 University of Toledo Law Review 565 (2007)

Teaching Through Tragedy, 34 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 181 (2002)

Libel Law in the Trenches: Reflections on Current Data on Libel Litigation, 86 Virginia Law Review 503 (2001)

All Monica, All of the Time, The 24-Hour News Cycle and the Proof of Culpability in Libel Actions, 23 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review 201 (2000)

Upping the Ante: Curricular and Bar Exam Reform in Professional Responsibility, 56 Washington and Lee Law Review 1023 (1999)

Masked Media: Judges, Juries, and the Law of Surreptitious Newsgathering, 83 Iowa Law Review 161 (1997)

Of "Sloppy Journalism","Corporate Tyranny", and " Mea Culpas": The Curious Case of Moldea v. New York Times, 37 William and Mary Law Review 161 (1995)

Courses Taught

LSM.856 (Honors Course)Lawyering in an Evil System

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HONORS COURSE

This course meets for six weeks.

Course Description

The sad truth is that legal systems do not always comply with the law, whether measured by existing positive law or more general notions of natural rights. This course will consider the difficult issues facing lawyers and judges in such trying circumstances, over time and in different legal systems, and will challenge students to reflect upon how they would react if placed in similar situations. Among the topics will be lawyers practicing in racist legal systems in the United States, like Atticus Finch; lawyers under Apartheid in South Africa, like Nelson Mandela; lawyers in France and Germany during WWII; and lawyers representing “War on Terror” detainees at Guantanamo. Guest experts will be joining the conversations.
HONORS COURSE

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Seminar

Course Credits

1.0

Course Degree

Juris Doctor

Faculty Associated

David A. Logan

LAW.655Professional Responsibility

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Course Description

This course analyzes the responsibility of lawyers and judges from the perspectives of the rules and case law, the profession and the client/consumer. Topics include the historical, political, and sociological bases of legal ethics; conflicts of interests; attorney-client privilege; admission to the bar; disciplinary matters and procedures; unauthorized practice of law; attitudes toward bench and bar; professional liability; and canons of ethics and codes of professional responsibility.

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Core Course

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LSM.742Selected Issues in Tort Law

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Course Description

We will look at a number of important issues in this seminar, and where possible, supplement discussion with a video that puts the given issue in high relief. Among the topics covered will be Media Law in the Internet era (including liability for “revenge porn,” cyberstalking, the liability of reviewing sites like Yelp, and whether bloggers can assert the “reporters’ privilege”);
Tort Reform (the movie “Hot Coffee”); causation (the movie “Merchants of Doubt”);
Products Liability (the movie “The Insider”); Alternative Compensation Systems (interview with Ken Feinberg who administered 9/11 and BP compensation plans); and Medical Malpractice (the movie “The Verdict”). Students will have the option to write a major paper to satisfy the “Graduation Writing Requirement” or 4 shorter “reaction papers” to materials we cover in class. Class participation will also be part of the final grade.

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Seminar

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

David A. LoganCarl T. Bogus

LSM.856Simple Justice: The History of Brown vs. Board of Education

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This course will meet for six weeks.

Course Description

The text is the Pulitzer-Prize winning Simple Justice, by Richard Kluger. The book traces the line of cases from Plessy v. Ferguson to Brown v. Board of Education, blending constitutional and historical analysis with fascinating portraits of the lawyers (and their litigation strategy) and the judges (and their personal struggles with how to dispense justice a changing society) who were involved in the history-making journey from “separate but equal” to the death of state-sponsored racial segregation in public schools. The grade will be based on class participation and a take-home exam.

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Seminar

Course Credits

1.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

David A. Logan

LAW.616Torts I

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Course Description

This course provide an introduction to the law of liability for civil wrongs. Topics include intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, nuisance and damages.

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Core Course

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

David A. LoganCarl T. Bogus

LAW.617Torts II

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Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the law of liability for civil wrongs. Topics include intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, nuisance and damages.

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Core Course

Course Credits

2.5

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Prerequisite

LAW.616 – Torts I

Faculty Associated

Carl T. BogusDavid A. Logan
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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.