Upcoming Events

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Champions for Justice
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Omni Providence Hotel
Info Session for Prospective Students (2/16/18)
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
RWU Law- Main Campus, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809
25th Annual Barrister's Ball
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island
RWU Law Alumni Reception
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel
Law Alumni United States Supreme Court Swearing-In Ceremony
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, DC


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Each year the Rhode Island Supreme Court presides over the final round of our Esther Clark Moot Court Competition giving the finalists a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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video 2008 Commencement

RWU Grad

Friday, May 16, 2008
Culminating an extraordinary "Supreme Semester" of events, in which its students met no fewer than three U.S. Supreme Court justices along with many other constitutional experts, the Roger Williams University School of Law will welcome Linda Greenhouse, Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times since 1978, as keynote speaker and honorary law degree recipient at its Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 16.

video 7th Annual National Constitutional Moot Court Competition

February 8-9, 2008
Regent University School of Law on 2/8-9/08.

On February 8-9, 2007, a team from RWU Law won the 2008 National Constitutional Moot Court Competition held at Regent University, beating out students from many other law schools including William & Mary and Villanova. Congratulations to the oralists, Aaron M. Frey, Tyler J. Smith, and team member on the brief, Teresa Giusti.

The Culture of Same-Sex Marriage in New England
Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3


The RWU Law LGBT Alliance recently hosted a symposium entitled “The Culture of Same-Sex Marriage in New England.” This event brought to our campus college students, law students, academics, practicing attorneys, and activists to discuss the rich array of issues surrounding same-sex marriage.  In attendance were over 80 people from across New England. 

The keynote address was delivered by David Wilson, a plaintiff in the path breaking Goodrich v. Dept. of Public Health litigation, and board member of Mass Equality and the Human Rights Campaign.  Following the keynote were two impressive panels moderated by experts in the area, our own Professors Diana Hassel and Courtney Cahill.  The panels advanced, and critiqued, the arguments regarding same-sex marriage and the arguments for and against civil unions.

video Second Amendment Debate

Prof Carl Bogus

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Roger Williams University School of Law hosted a debate on the meaning of the Second Amendment featuring two nationally known experts, Harvard Law Professor Mark Tushnet and Roger Williams Law Professor Carl Bogus.

Professor Mark Tushnet is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He has authored 18 books, most recently Out of Range: Why the Constitution Can't End the Battle Over Guns, in which he critiques the traditional "individual rights vs. collective rights" debate. Professor Tushnet argues that the Second Amendment reflects our sense of ourselves as a people, and that the answer to the debate will not be found in a "holy writ," but in our values and our vision of the nation. He signed copies of Out of Range following the debate.

Professor Carl Bogus is a national expert on the meaning and history of the Second Amendment. He is the author of several articles including, "What Does the Second Amendment Restrict? A Collective Rights Analysis and The Hidden History of the Second Amendment." Bogus is the editor of the book, The Second Amendment in Law and History: Historians and Scholars on the Right to Bear Arms. He argues that historical studies and legal precedent both demonstrate a Second Amendment guarantee of a collective right to bear arms, but only within an established militia.

The debate came one month before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in District of Columbia v. Heller, the first Supreme Court review of the Second Amendment since United States v. Miller in 1939. This event is being co-sponsored by the Roger Williams University School of Law chapters of the American Constitution Society and the American Civil Liberties Union.

video Supreme Injustices

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Nan Aron, president and founder of Alliance for Justice, a national association of public interest and civil rights organizations, serving as the country's voice for a fair and independent judiciary. Her notable accomplishments include helping to defeat Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court in 1987 and supporting the nomination of Roger Gregory, the first African-American judge in the Fourth Circuit, in 2001.

Ronald Cass, president of Cass & Associates, and chairman of the Center for the Rule of Law, an independent, non-profit center of international scholars analyzing rule of law issues. He served Presidents Reagan and Bush as Vice-Chairman and Commissioner of the U. S. International Trade Commission. He is Dean Emeritus of Boston University School of Law, and serves on the Roger Williams Law Board of Directors.

video U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Visit

Monday, September 17, 2007
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse visited Roger Williams University School of Law to present "Why We Need an Independent Department of Justice".

Senator Whitehouse focused on his work on the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating White House interference with the independence of the Department of Justice. Roger Williams University School of Law professors David Zlotnick, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Jared Goldstein, who worked in the Office of Solicitor General and the Environmental and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice, joined the discussion

video 2007 Commencement

Friday, May 18, 2007
Recipients of honorary Doctor of Law degrees for Commencement 2007 were the Hon. Shirley S. Abrahamson, Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and Walter R. Stone, Esq., a senior partner at the law firm of Adler, Pollock & Sheehan.  

video Symposium - Genuine Tort Reform
Featuring Nationally Prominent Scholars
Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4

April 20, 2007
For decades, the term “tort reform” has been used by those who wish to curtail the civil justice system. We asked eight of the nation’s most prominent scholars to suggest proposals for improving the tort and civil justice systems. In addition, two other prominent scholars joined members of the Roger Williams faculty to discuss the proposals.

video Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture Series
Documenting Injustice: Katrina, Class, and
Visual Legal Advocacy

Thursday, April 6, 2006
School of Law Appellate Courtroom
Featured speaker: Regina Austin, William A.
Schnader Professor of Law, University of
Pennsylvania Law School
Sponsored by Hinckley Allen Snyder LLP