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12/01/2017
By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
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...

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Out of 29 total state clerkship opportunities in Rhode Island, RWU Law grads hold 18 of those positions for the 2012-2013 term. This includes 8 of 11 clerkships with the Rhode Island Supreme Court.



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  • January 08, 2018 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., January 8, 2018 – Natale A. Sicuro, the Roger Williams College president who led the name change to Roger Williams University and helped launch the School of Law, died on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Seattle after a brief illness. He was 83. Sicuro served as Roger Williams president from 1989-1993. In 1989, he initiated the Roger Williams Plan for the 90s. He appointed a blue-ribbon exploratory committee that in 1991 recommended the establishment of a law school, which had its...
  • November 21, 2017 | News & Features
    When President Trump announced in early September that he was putting an end to DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which granted temporary deportation relief and work authorization to some 800,000 eligible individuals brought to the United States as undocumented immigrants at a young age – he unwittingly sparked a focused resistance among immigration advocates that never existed before. In Rhode Island – home to more than 1,200 DACA recipients (known as “DREAMers”) – the...
  • October 30, 2017 | News & Features
    Roger Williams University School of Law has dedicated Appellate Courtroom, naming one of the law school’s most impressive spaces in honor of one of Rhode Island’s most impressive and well-respected judges, and a long-time friend and supporter of the school. Judge Selya has served on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 1986, assuming senior status in 2006. He has been recognized nationally for his work and is renowned for his judicial writing. The Boston Globe dubbed him “The...
  • October 10, 2017 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., October 10, 2017 ­­– Diana Hassel, law professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Roger Williams University School of Law, just wrote a piece for the RWU First Amendment blog titled “Is the Wall Between Church and State Crumbling?” The text follows: The First Amendment provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  This clause has been understood to both keep religion out of...
  • September 28, 2017 | In the Media
    From New England Cable News (NECN): “How a WWI-Era Shipping Law Could Be Hurting Puerto Rico’s Recovery Efforts:  Several members of Congress are calling for the act to be suspended so Puerto Rico can afford to rebuild,” by Katie Warren September 28, 2017 – On Thursday, the Trump administration announced it would temporarily waive The Jones Act for Puerto Rico at the request of its governor. The White House said the waiver could take effect immediately. Puerto Rico struggles amid mass...
  • September 27, 2017 | In the Media
    From the ASSOCIATED PRESS: “Is third time the charm for Trump’s new travel ban?” by Jill Colvin and Mark Sherman, Associated Press WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2017 — The Trump administration spent months hashing out new travel restrictions on more than a half-dozen countries, determined to avoid the chaos that accompanied President Donald Trump’s first travel ban. But critics say it’s a mystery why some countries are included and they believe Venezuela and North Korea were added to provide legal and...
  • September 21, 2017 | News & Features
    Linda Tappa ’17 stood among onion fields in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, surveying rows of green shoots sprouting from the earth as workers hustled along, pulling bulbs to fill their barrels before sundown. As she watched the astounding bustle, a small farm owner explained his concerns about being successful on his own and how much pressure there is on the little guy to grow huge crops in order to be competitive among the big farms that are more emblematic of Texas. He was just one of a handful...
  • September 19, 2017 | News & Features
    On September 19, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a package of criminal justice reform bills. Governor Raimondo has said she will sign them into law. Earlier this year, RWU Law Dean Michael Yelnosky had the opportunity to sit down with the Governor to talk about that legislation, and the role RWU Law played in helping to educate the community about the issues.  They also chatted more broadly about the role of RWU Law, about the way in which the Governor’s legal training impacts the...
  • September 18, 2017 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I. – As Pfc. Bradley E. Manning’s lead trial attorney, RWU Law Professor David E. Coombs kept telling his client: Trust the system, trust the system. That rationale seemed sound. During the 2013 trial, Coombs planned to have Manning accept responsibility for disclosing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic files and reports to WikiLeaks. He planned to emphasize that the former Army intelligence analyst never intended to harm the country or to aid the...
  • August 31, 2017 | News & Features
    BRISTOL, R.I., August 31, 2017 ­­– U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will visit the Roger Williams University School of Law on Jan. 30. Justice Ginsburg will take part in a “fireside chat” with 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Senior Judge Bruce M. Selya at 10:30 a.m. in Room 283 – the appellate courtroom that will be named for Selya in October. “What Rhode Island can look forward to is a visit from a woman who is both a thought leader in this country – a historic figure...
  • August 16, 2017 | In the Media
    From BLOOMBERG NEWS: "Big Pharma's Tobacco Moment as Star Lawyers Push Opioid Suits" by Jef Feeley and Jared S. Hopkins August 15,2017: Big Pharma is having a Big Tobacco moment as litigation over opioids attract star lawyers and a growing list of states and local governments seeking their own multibillion- dollar payout to deal with costs of a burgeoning drug epidemic. On Tuesday, South Carolina became the sixth state to sue opioid makers alleging they have created a public health crisis....
  • July 19, 2017 | News & Features
    David H. Gibbs will become the Director of Business Law Programs and the Corporate Counsel Externship at RWU Law later this month. David has both extensive practice experience and experience teaching at two law schools. Gibbs is a graduate of Tufts University and UC Berkeley Law.  From 1978 until 2003 he was an associate and then a partner at Nixon Peabody in Boston, and from 2004 to 2013 he was a partner at Bowditch & Dewey, also in Boston.  His practice focused on business law...
  • June 02, 2017 | News & Features
    The ABA recently released the employment data reported to it by all American law schools for the graduating classes of 2016.  Above the Law, a news website about the law, legal education, and lawyers, has reported on several studies of that ABA employment data.  One of those studies ranked American law schools by the percentage of graduates who secured state court clerkships because these are some of the most sought after jobs among law school graduates.  They are valuable...
  • May 26, 2017 | In the Media
    Professor Andrew Horwitz has been critical of an ordinance recently passed by the City of Cranston, Rhode Island because in his view it criminalizes homelessness.  The ordinance prohibits “stand[ing] in or enter[ing] upon a roadway for the purpose of distributing anything to the occupant of any vehicle or for the purpose of receiving anything from the occupant of any vehicle.”  In a recent post on the RWU First Amendment Blog Professor Horwitz outlines his argument that the...
  • May 17, 2017 | News & Features
    By Edward Fitzpatrick BRISTOL, R.I. – As Pfc. Bradley E. Manning’s lead trial attorney, David E. Coombs kept telling his client: Trust the system, trust the system. That rationale seemed sound. During the 2013 trial, Coombs planned to have Manning accept responsibility for disclosing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic files and reports to WikiLeaks. He planned to emphasize that the former Army intelligence analyst never intended to harm the country or to aid the enemy....