Judge Judith Colenback Savage joined Roger Williams University School of Law in 2014 as Distinguished Jurist in Residence. In spring 2015, she will teach Criminal Procedure: Adjudication and The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness, a Perspectives course based on the book by the same title. She will also be advising students on their careers and assisting them with legal research and writing. During her residency at RWU, Judge Savage will be hosting a symposium on mass incarceration on March 26 and 27, 2015.
Prior to joining the RWU faculty, Judge Savage served on the Rhode Island Superior Court from 1993 until her retirement in 2013. Previously, Judge Savage served as Executive Counsel to Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun and practiced at Edwards & Angell. She is a co-editor of A Practical Guide to Evidence in Rhode Island.
A Practical Guide to Evidence in Rhode Island (Boston, MA : MCLE New England, 2011, with 2017 supplement)(editor with Stephen M. Prignano)
Let Us Live with All the People, 21 Roger Williams University Law Review 219 (2016)
Hon. Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Federal Lawyer, September, 2014, at 48
LAW.682Criminal Procedure: AdjudicationClick to Open
This course is an analysis of selected and evolving criminal justice issues arising under the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The course covers the criminal justice process from the prosecutor’s decision to charge the suspect to sentencing, including pre-trial proceedings and trial. Within this context, emphasis is placed on the workings of the advocacy system, prosecution and defense functions.
Course DegreeJuris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law
LSM.856The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color BlindnessClick to Open
This course will meet for six weeks.
This course will ask students to take a hard look at crime and punishment in the United States in the age of mass incarceration. The phenomenon of mass incarceration commonly refers to the historic increase in the prison population in this country over the past 40 years, unexplained by the crime rate and in stark contrast to the incarceration rates of other countries, that has had a disproportionate impact on certain racial, ethnic and social classes (particularly younger African American men living in neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage). A critical examination of Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, will guide us in exploring the phenomenon of mass incarceration, its historical context, causes and consequences, and the future of crime and punishment in America. The course will be taught by Justice Judith C. Savage, Rhode Island Superior Court (ret.).