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06/01/2015
By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
Monday, May 11th began a week-long celebration of the graduation of the Class of 2015, culminating in commencement exercises on Friday, May 15th.   Monday’s event was a reception for the...

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  • May 27, 2015 | News & Features
    A young person’s passage from the sheltered years of childhood to the independence of adulthood can be traumatic for any parent. But when the child reaching 18 is mentally or physically unable to handle adult responsibilities and demands, establishing an appropriate form of guardianship can carry emotional and financial burdens of its own. One of dozens of programs coordinated through the Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law, the Bradley Hospital Guardianship...
  • February 09, 2015 | News & Features
    Roger Williams University School of Law last week welcomed Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., 46th Solicitor General of the United States, for a “Fireside Chat” with Professor Jared Goldstein, a one-time Bristow Fellow in the Solicitor General’s Office. Professor Goldstein began the conversation by asking if those who address the Solicitor General as “General” are incorrect. “I’m not a general,” Verrilli replied. As with the term “Attorney General,” he explained, the term goes back to England in the time...
  • December 10, 2014 | In the Media
    From Fox Providence: Professor Andrew Horwitz joined Dan Yorke's "State of Mind" discussing the role of grand juries and recent Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y. outcomes.
  • September 05, 2014 | In the Media
    NEW YORK CITY, Sept. 4, 2014: The fresh-faced lawyers included refugees from violence and persecution in Central America, as well as the grandchildren of refugees from Eastern Europe. They arrived at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Manhattan, on Thursday in similar shades of gray and black suits, poised to continue their training in a new program to help represent immigrants. Then a familiar face appeared unannounced in the courtroom, as adored by this group for...
  • June 11, 2013 |
    From REUTERS: "WikiLeaks trial is high-profile case for low-profile lawyer" by Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters), June 7, 2013 - When Private First Class Bradley Manning was seeking a civilian defense attorney to bolster his government-appointed legal team in 2010, he considered a number of lawyers experienced in courts-martial. [...] Eventually, Manning settled on a low-profile choice: David Coombs, a Providence, Rhode Island, attorney who had been in private practice for only a year after more...
  • December 21, 2011 |
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Local ties for WikiLeaks defense: Adjunct Roger Williams School of Law professor is part of defense team for accused soldier" by Katie Mulvaney BRISTOL, Dec. 21, 2011 –– A defense lawyer in the case of an Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking a trove of classified military information to Wiki-Leaks website has ties to Rhode Island’s first and only law school. David E. Coombs, a lawyer who specializes in court-martial defense, taught trial advocacy and...
  • October 20, 2011 |
    Bristol, R.I., Oct. 20, 2011: Business lawyers have resources. Low-income communities have legal needs. The Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC) at Roger Williams University School of Law brings them together to serve poor and underserved communities throughout the region. Tapping into the expertise of transactional lawyers to serve the greater community is a national model and part of the successes being celebrated Oct. 23 – 29 as part of the National Pro Bono Celebration sponsored by the ABA Standing...