William J. Delaney

William J. DelaneyAdjunct Professor of LawAttorney at Law

Contact Information

wjd@dlfri.comDelaney DeMerchant & Heitke LLC

William Delaney is a partner of The Delaney Law Firm LLC, specializing in bankruptcy, creditors' rights, and insolvency law. He is also the Rhode Island Bar Association's immediate past President and is a member of the RWU School of Law Advisory Board of Directors.

Courses Taught

LAW.804Banking Law

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Course Description

This course examines the systems of federal and state commercial bank and bank-holding company regulations. Coverage ranges from the business of banking and its role to consideration of permissible activities and international banking by U.S. banks.

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Elective

Course Credits

3.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.758Legal Drafting: Commercial Leasing

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Course Description

This class will focus on lease agreements between landlords and tenants of commercial real estate, including leases for office space, for retail stores, and for industrial/manufacturing property. Almost every business will be a party to a commercial real estate lease agreement, either as landlord or tenant, at some point in the life of that business. Knowledge of commercial real estate leases is an essential skill for real estate lawyers, as well as corporate lawyers. Litigators will also need to know the fundamentals of commercial real estate leases because these agreements often result in disputes and lawsuits. This class will also explore some of the alternative uses for leases, such as leases being used as financing alternatives. Class sessions will be devoted to section-by-section analysis of leases followed by student exercises to draft and revision of these documents.

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Elective

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

Faculty Associated

William J. Delaney

LAW.651Payment Systems

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Course Description

This course covers Articles 3 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code. It surveys the legal concept of money, negotiability, usury laws, commercial paper and bank credit as a money substitute, doctrines of holder in due course, liability and discharge and paper/electronic transfers. Consideration is given also to letters of credit and documents of title.

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Elective

Course Credits

2.0

Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law

LAW.653Secured Transactions

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Course Description

This course surveys Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and focuses on financing and creation of a security interest in personal property and fixtures.

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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.