Telephone: (401) 254-4500



Roger Williams University School of Law offers a rigorous legal education in a supportive environment, with student/faculty interaction uniquely available in a small institution.


The School of Law faculty reflects a mix of experience and interests. With 32 full-time members, there is a broad range of expertise in core areas, like criminal procedure, torts, and constitutional law, as well as more specialized areas like marine affairs and public and private international law. In addition, teaching practitioners and judges from both the state and federal bench augment the curriculum and bring valuable real-world experience to the classroom by serving as adjunct professors.


The current enrollment is 552. The school has a diverse student body drawn from across the nation: currently, 32 states are represented. For students who have demonstrated exceptional ability and achievement before coming to law school, Roger Williams University School of Law offers an Honors Program - tailored to broaden and deepen the law school intellectual experience.


The School of Law actively promotes public service and the administration of justice in Rhode Island. As the only law school in the state, Roger Williams is an integral partner with the bench, bar, and community, in improving the quality of life in the state.


Created in 1996, the Marine Affairs Institute is a focal point for the research and study of legal policy issues surrounding the use of the oceans and coastal zones. With emphasis on Maritime law and practice; environmental and coastal law; and the international law of the sea, the Institute provides a forum for discussion and research through a lecture series, a biennial symposium, faculty exchanges, scholarly publications, and unique opportunities for students to serve as Sea Grant Legal Fellows. The Marine Law Summer Program offers students an opportunity to focus on Marine law courses in two three-week sessions.


Through the Legal Clinics, law students provide legal service to individuals and organizations in the community who lack representation. Each student is supervised by a nationally-known clinical professor. The clinics are housed in facilities at the University Metropolitan Center for Education and Law in Providence and on the Bristol campus.


The programs coordinated by The Feinstein Institute for Legal Service are a key aspect of a legal education. Each student must perform 50 hours of law-related public service prior to graduation. Students may fulfill this pro bono requirement in a variety of ways, although many students work in the Institute’s Pro Bono Collaborative, a unique partnership designed to bring together Rhode Island’s law firms, law students, and community-based organizations. PBC projects include affordable housing, special education, domestic violence and an ever-expanding array of other subject areas. The Feinstein Institute also offers Public Interest and Judicial Externships for academic credit, Public Interest Scholarships, summer stipends, a Public Interest Speakers series, and a new Loan Repayment Assistance Program.


The School of Law offers two joint degrees in conjunction with the University of Rhode Island: J.D./Master of Marine Affairs and J.D./Master of Science in Labor Relations and Human Resources. In addition, a third joint degree program is offered in conjunction with the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies: J.D./Master of Criminal Justice.


The School of Law has two distinctive summer abroad programs. The first is offered in conjunction with the Inns of Court in London, England, and provides instruction on the English legal system and an internship in the chambers of either a London Barrister or Judge. The program in Lisbon is the only ABA-accredited summer program in Portugal and offers courses in various subjects, some of which enroll law students from a wide range of European law schools.


The School of Law is located on a beautiful waterfront campus in historic Bristol 25 minutes from Providence, Rhode Island’s legal center, and just over one hour from Boston.


The four-level law building, designed exclusively for the study of law, contains the latest technology in legal education. In addition to the law library, the law building contains class and seminar rooms, trial advocacy and appellate moot court rooms, career services, registrar and bursar, student activities center, bookstore, mail and copy centers, and complete food service. Just steps away from The School of Law is the University’s stunning Recreation Center.


The Law Library is an excellent research facility designed to meet the needs of students, faculty, bench, and bar. The collection contains over 300,000 volumes in print and microform and 3,500 serial subscriptions. In addition, the library subscribes to over 40 online databases in addition to LexisNexis and Westlaw. Electronic resources can be accessed from three separate computer labs or from personal computers. Wireless internet access is also available.


Roger Williams University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.


Dean: David A. Logan (401) 254-4502

President: Dr. Roy J. Nirschel (401) 254-3201

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: David M. Zlotnick (401) 254-4614

Associate Dean for Library and Information Services:

Gail I. Winson (401) 254-4530

Assistant Dean, Admissions: Michael Boylen (401) 254-4515

Executive Director, Alumni, Programs and Events:

Chelsie Horne (401) 254-4652

Assistant Dean, Career Services: Anthony Bastone (401) 254-4651

Financial Aid: Denise Rousseau (401) 254-4510

Director, Marine Affairs Institute: Susan Farady (401) 254-4613

Executive Director, Feinstein Institute for Legal Service:

Laurie Barron (401) 254-4600

Assistant Dean, Business Services: Kathy Massa (401) 254-4506

Director of Student Finance and Records: Linda Vieira (401) 254-4660

Assistant Dean of Students: Lorraine N. Lalli (401) 254-4593




DAVID A. LOGAN, (Law Professor), born New York, N.Y., November 25, 1949; admitted to bar, 1978, District of Columbia; 1983, North Carolina. Education: Bucknell University (B.A., 1971); University of Wisconsin (M.A., 1972); University of Virginia (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Torts, Professional Responsibility, Media Law. Email: dlogan @


CECILY VENABLE BANKS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1989, Virginia; 1996, Rhode Island; 1998, Massachusetts. Education: Sweet Briar College (B.A., 1985); University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Legal Writing, Drafting. Email:cbanks @


CARL T. BOGUS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1973, Pennsylvania. Education: Syracuse University (A.B., 1970; J.D., 1972). COURSES:Torts, Products Liability, Antitrust, Evidence. Email:cbogus @


COURTNEY M. CAHILL, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2001, New York. Education: Barnard College, Columbia University (B.A., 1993); Princeton University (Ph.D., 1999); Yale Law School (J.D., 2001). COURSES:Sexual Orientation. Email: ccahill @


JOHN J. CHUNG, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, Massachusetts and California. Education: Washington University (B.A., 1982); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Contracts, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, International Law. Email: jchung @


ELIZABETH COLT, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1985, Georgia; 1990, Rhode Island; 1992, Massachusetts. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1980); Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1985). COURSES:Legal Writing, Trial Practice. Email: ecolt @


EDWARD J. EBERLE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1983, Massachusetts; 1984, Minnesota; 1986, Rhode Island. Education: Columbia University (B.A., cum laude, 1978); Northwestern University (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, International Business Transactions. Email:eeberle @


JORGE O. ELORZA, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2003, Rhode Island. Education: University of Rhode Island (B.S., 1998); Harvard Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES: Property, Fair Housing, Advanced Constitutional Law. Email: jelorza @


JARED GOLDSTEIN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1995, Missouri; 2002, District of Columbia. Education: Vassar College (B.A., 1990); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, International Environmental Law. Email:jgoldstein @


JONATHAN M. GUTOFF, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1990, New York. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1983); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1987). COURSES:Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Admiralty, Federal Courts. Email: jgutoff @


DIANA HASSEL, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1986, New York; 1996, Rhode Island. Education: Mt. Holyoke College (B.A., 1979); Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 1985). COURSES:Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Sexual Orientation and the Law. Email:dhassel @


MARY P. HOLPER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2003, Virginia. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1998); Boston College Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES:Immigration Clinic. Email:mholper @


ANDREW HORWITZ, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1987, Massachusetts and New York; 1996, Rhode Island. Education: Haverford College (B.A., 1983); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Criminal Defense Clinic, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure. Email:ahorwitz @


BRUCE I. KOGAN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1970, Pennsylvania. Education: Syracuse University (B.A., 1967); Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1970); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1972). COURSES:Alternative Dispute Resolution, Estate Planning, Property, Federal Income Tax, Mediation Clinic. Email: bkogan @


STEVEN H. KROPP, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1981, Massachusetts; 1983, New Hampshire. Education: University of Massachusetts (B.A., 1977); Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1981); Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 1992). COURSES: Arbitration, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Labor Law, Contracts, Torts. Email:skropp @


NIKI KUCKES, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, District of Columbia. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1981); Yale Law School (J.D., 1985). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Copyright. Email:nkuckes @


TIM KUHNER, (Law Professor), Education: Bowdoin College (A.B., 1998); Duke University School of Law (J.D., LL.M., 2004). COURSES: Torts, International Law, International Human Rights. Email:tkuhner @


PETER MARGULIES, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1981, New York; 1994, Florida; 2001, Rhode Island. Education: Colgate University (B.A., 1978); Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 1981). COURSES:Immigration Law, National Security Law, Professional Responsibility. Email:pmargulies @


KATHLEEN MILLER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1989, Ohio. Education: University of Pittsburgh (B.A., 1970; M.A., 1980); Ohio Northern University School of Law (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Legal Writing. Email:kmiller @


TANYA MONESTIER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2006, New York. Educa tion: York University (B.A., 1999); Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., 2002); Cambridge University (LLM., 2004). COURSES: Contracts I, Commercial Law. Email: tmonstier @


COLLEEN P. MURPHY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1986, Massachusetts; 1997, Rhode Island. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1983); Yale Law School (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Remedies, Civil Procedure. Email:cmurphy @


GEORGE C. NNONA, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1991, Nigeria; 2000, New York. Education: Obafemi Awolowo University (LL.B., 1988); University of Lagos (LL.M., 1991); Harvard Law School (S.J.D., 2002). COURSES:Business Organization, Securities Regulation, International Business Transactions. Email: gnnona @


DAVID A. RICE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1965, New York; 1972, Massachusetts. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.B.A., 1962); Columbia University School of Law (LL.B., 1965). COURSES: Commercial Law, Intellectual Property. Email:drice @


JANE E. RINDSBERG, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1987, Ohio; 2002, Rhode Island. Education: Hamilton College (B.A., 1984); Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Legal Writing, Interviewing and Counseling, Employment Law. Email:jrindsberg @


LARRY J. RITCHIE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1967, South Carolina; 1968, District of Columbia; 1981, Maryland. Education: University of South Carolina (A.B., 1965; J.D., 1967); Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M., 1971). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Torts, Evidence. Email:lritchie @


EMILY J. SACK, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1992, New York. Education: Swarthmore College (B.A., 1980); Columbia University (M.A., 1983; M.Phil., 1984); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Domestic Violence, Family Law, Criminal Procedure. Email:esack @


ELLEN M. SAIDEMAN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1983, New York; 1994, Florida; 2001, Rhode Island. Education: Barnard College (B.A., 1979); Columbia Law School (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Legal Methods. Email:esaidman @


ANTHONY J. SANTORO, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1967, Massachusetts. Education: Boston College (A.B., 1964); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1967; LL.M., 1968). COURSES:Business Planning, Federal Income Taxation. Email: asantoro @


JON SHELBURNE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1991, Texas. Education: University of Dallas (B.A., 1985); Texas Tech School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES:Trial Advocacy, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law. Email:jshelburne @


LOUISE ELLEN TEITZ, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1981, Texas; 1989, Pennsylvania; 1991, District of Columbia. Education: Yale College (B.A., 1974); Southern Methodist University (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Civil Procedure, International Litigation, Conflicts of Law. Email:lteitz @


KEEVA L. TERRY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1998, New Jersey; 1999, New York, Maryland; 2001, District of Columbia. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1990); University of Michigan (M.B.A., 1992); Columbia University (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Contracts, Taxation. Email:kterry @


GAIL I. WINSON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1979, Florida; 1980, California. Education: Moravian College (B.A., 1966); Drexel University (M.S., 1971); University of Florida (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Advanced Legal Research, International Law Research. Email:gwinson @


MICHAEL J. YELNOSKY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1987, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Vermont (B.S., 1982); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Employment Law, Civil Procedure, Labor Law. Email: myelnosky @


DAVID M. ZLOTNICK, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1987, New York; 1988, District of Columbia; 1995, Florida; 2005, Rhode Island. Education: State University of New York at Binghamton (B.A., 1982); Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Criminal Defense Clinic, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy. Email:dzlotnick @