Jenna Wims Hashway

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Jenna Wims HashwayProfessor of Legal Practice

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401-254-4562jhashway@rwu.eduCurriculum Vitae


J.D., Roger Williams University
B.A., Hofstra University

Professor Hashway teaches Legal Practice. In these foundational courses, her students learn the critical skills of research, analysis, writing, oral advocacy, and professionalism. She is also an alumna of the RWU School of Law, where she was both Valedictorian of her class and Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Professor Hashway served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Arthur N. Votolato in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island; the Honorable Paul A. Suttell, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson, Circuit Judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She has also taught Law of Torts and Law of Contracts at the undergraduate level.


How to Win Land and Influence Policy: A Practical Guide to Adverse Possession in Rhode Island, Rhode Island Bar Journal, March/April, 2018, at 7

Clause Without Effect: Unenforceable Usury Savings Clauses, Rhode Island Bar Journal, November/December 2014, at 5

Cold War Cancer: Texas Instruments and the Energy Employees Compensation Program, Rhode Island Bar Journal, September/October 2013, at 23

Litigation Loansharks: A History of Litigation Lending and a Proposal to Bring Litigation Advances Within the Protection of Usury Laws, 17 Roger Williams University Law Review 750 (2012)

Litigation Financing: Preying on Plaintiffs, Rhode Island Bar Journal, March/April 2011, at 5 (with John Barylick)

Close Course Type Descriptions

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.


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.


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


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.