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Posted by Michael Yelnosky
12/01/2017 at 12:07 PM
Whenever possible, I try not to simply assert that the program at RWU Law is special.  Instead I try to give specific examples, preferably “objective” examples, or examples that do not come from my own observations.  Let me show you a few recent indicators of the quality of the program and people at RWU Law.                        This chart uses data collected by the Princeton Review for its 2018 169 Best Law Schools publication.  Students at those 169 schools...
Posted by David Coombs
11/14/2017 at 12:37 PM
[RWU Law Professor, veteran and military law expert David Coombs offered the following remarks during Veterans Day observances at Roger Williams University on November 10. The address has been slightly edited for readability in blog format.] Today we honor those who honored our country with its highest form of service.  Those who once wore the uniform of our Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard – and my personal favorite, the U.S. Army. The theme is “Service and Honor,” and our veterans certainly display both on a daily basis.  But perhaps the most enduring example of service and...
Posted by Michael Bowden
10/31/2017 at 10:29 AM
It’s one thing to honor a respected colleague and well-loved professor upon his retirement – but how to pay tribute to a man who is, in many ways, the sine qua non of the institution itself; one who is, perhaps more than any other single individual, responsible for the very existence of Roger Williams University School of Law?        At the very least, you name a classroom after him. And so last Friday evening, the former Room 262 at RWU Law was dedicated as the Professor Anthony J. Santoro Classroom, with around 100 law faculty, alumni and current...
Posted by Michael Bowden
09/08/2017 at 10:51 AM
How do you get from law school to City Hall (or the State House)? With a lot of passion, persistence and hard work, a group of six alumni told a sizeable audience of mostly 1Ls on Thursday. The program, titled “Running Start: Careers in Politics & Government Service,” featured five RWU Law alums who are making a difference in their communities through government service.  Organized by the law school’s Assistant Dean of Students (and Providence School Board member) Lorraine Lalli ’01 and Professor of Legal Practice Jenna Hashway ’11, the panel included: State Senator Dawn Euer ’10...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
08/28/2017 at 10:01 AM
On Friday, President Trump signed a directive precluding transgender individuals from joining the military.  The directive leaves to the Secretary of Defense the task of determining whether transgender individuals already in the military may continue to serve.  We thought this an opportune time to share an interview granted to Edward Fitzpatrick of RWU Law by Chief Justice Joseph Weisberger Visiting Assistant Professor of Law David Coombs, the lawyer who represented Chelsea Manning in the so-called “Wikileaks trial.”  Professor Coombs teaches Criminal Procedure at RWU Law and...
Posted by Michael Donnelly-Boylen
08/17/2017 at 09:33 AM
Each year, I have the pleasure of welcoming the newest group of law students to Roger Williams University School of Law and introducing them to their classmates.  My staff and I read and hear so many dynamic stories as we recruit the class and this is our turn to brag about the unique student body RWU enrolls each admissions cycle. The Class of 2020 is the most diverse class in the law school's history.  Additionally, 9% of the class was born in a foreign country (and on 5 continents) and 6% of the class served in the United States Military. Click below to hear my remarks and...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
07/10/2017 at 08:52 AM
When I talk to prospective students about RWU Law I have lots to say, but I don’t spend too much time talking about our faculty’s teaching because all law schools say they have great teachers, and this is a difficult claim for prospective students to evaluate.  For similar reasons I don’t often talk about our faculty’s research and scholarship.  Moreover, it is not immediately apparent to prospective students that they should care about whether and what faculty are writing in books or journals.  I am writing this blog to spotlight some of the important information I am...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
06/02/2017 at 09:09 AM
  As spring is finally springing and commencement is behind us, we (Tiffany Healey and Nicole Dyszlewski) wanted to take a stroll down memory lane and check in with some of the members of last year’s graduating class - the Class of 2016.  Specifically, we wanted to pick their brains to find out what types of opportunities made a difference when they transitioned into the next stages of their careers. We wanted to know how the opportunities they were presented at RWU Law impacted them. Lucky for us, our alumni are wise and willing to talk! One of the great dilemmas here at RWU Law...
Posted by Michael Yelnosky
05/08/2017 at 08:43 AM
On May 19th, the members of the Class of 2017 will cross the stage and receive their diplomas from President Farish. That short crossing tells little of the rich stories of how graduates arrived at that path. Part of what is moving about commencement is that observers know each graduate’s path was unique and deeply personal.  I write to share the path of just one of the members of our remarkable Class of 2017, Maria Viveiros. Maria was born in Rhode Island.  Her mother is a Guatemalan immigrant who came to the United States to try to build a better life for her daughters. ...
Posted by Raquel Ortiz
04/27/2017 at 11:46 AM
The RWU Law Library has welcomed members of the Rhode Island bench and bar to access its collections from day one in 1993.  Now, almost 24 years later, we are happy to announce a new collaboration between the law library and the Rhode Island State Law Library for the benefit of the entire legal community of Rhode Island. Starting on Wednesday March 29, attorneys, judges, law faculty, law students, and the public will be able to search the law library collections of both libraries simultaneously through the new Rhode Island Law Libraries Consortium Catalog site,