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Posted by David Logan
01/31/2012 at 09:16 AM
One of the hottest topics in RI is the decision of a federal judge to bar a public high school from maintaining a display in its gymnasium that is, in effect, a prayer.  The student who brought the lawsuit has been vilified, as has the judge who simply was following the Constitution.  Below is an article from the Sunday Projo that provides some historical context for the decision. What would Roger Williams have done?Edward Fitzpatrick What would Roger Williams have thought about the prayer banner at Cranston High School West? Many are raising that question amid bitter debate...
Posted by David Logan
01/24/2012 at 04:25 PM
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”  Last week we reflected on that question as the Office of Diversity and Outreach, directed by Deborah Johnson, presented the School of Law’s seventh annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.  On Monday, members of the RWU Law community and their families answered the question by joining volunteers from the Rhode Island School of Design, the Mount Hope Learning Center, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Providence, for a MLK Day of Arts and...
Posted by David Logan
01/20/2012 at 12:02 PM
I have a special place in my heart for the RWU Law class of 2006—they began as 1Ls the same year that I began as the new dean—so I was especially glad to participate in the class’s fifth year reunion.  There were actually three events on the day: a brunch and a cocktail reception, where there were lots of laughs about the ups and downs of law school life (and more than a few stories about long-time faculty stalwarts Larry Ritchie, Carl Bogus, and Louise Teitz).   I have a special place in my heart for the RWU Law class of 2006—they began as 1Ls the same year that I began as the new...
Posted by David Logan
01/17/2012 at 02:31 PM
We are excited to host a number of unique events in coming months.  Here are the highlights: This week: our annual Martin Luther King Lecture, “What Does It mean To Be a Real American: Challenging the Criminalization of Immigration,” delivered by Angela F. Chan, Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform Program A major conference on the role of the U.S. Constitution in political debate, with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and an all-star line-up of academics from across the country The Thurgood Marshall Lecture,  delivered by Martha Minow, former clerk to Justice Marshall,...
Posted by David Logan
01/10/2012 at 10:05 AM
The Roger Williams Law family gathered in the Rotunda at Citizens Plaza to celebrate the holiday season (replete with jokes about Gov. Chafee’s “holiday tree”), and as a bonus helped the U.S. Marine Corps with their “Toys for Tots” program. This was the first such event with our new President, Dr. Donald Farish (who has a law degree to go with his Phd in biology), and he enjoyed mingling with an energetic crowd of faculty, staff, alums and friends of the law school from the bench and bar.  Among the luminaries in attendance: Chief Justice of the RI Supreme Court Paul Suttell and his...