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GREGORY W. BOWMAN, dean of the Roger Williams University School of Law, says the new Institute for Race and Law house programs to better train new attorneys on perspectives of system inequities and improve racial justice. / PBN FILE PHOTO / RUPERT WHITELEY

RWU School of Law to launch Institute for Race and Law

BRISTOL – Close to three years after introducing a new required course for law students on racial issues and the U.S. law, Roger Williams...
THE U.S. SUPREME Court will hear a pair of cases, one of which involves a Narragansett fishing company, that could impact the Chevron deference, a 1980s precedent that federal courts defer to an federal agency's interpretation of ambiguous statutes it oversees. / AP FILE PHOTO/STEPHENIE SCARBROUGH

U.S. Supreme Court to hear key case involving R.I. fishing company

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a pair of cases that have been combined, one of which involves a Narragansett fishing company,...

R.I. to receive $56.3M in opioid lawsuit settlements with CVS, Walgreens,...

PROVIDENCE – Another significant lump sum of money will come through Rhode Island as part of the latest set of opioid settlements with national...
A BETTER FUTURE: In 1978, Jonathan Houston founded Justice Assistance, a nonprofit that helps former convicted individuals find employment and education after being released from prison. 
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Jonathan Houston, Justice Assistance founder and CEO

PBN Leaders & Achievers 2023 Jonathan Houston Justice Assistance Founder and CEO THE LATE FORMER U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno once recognized Jonathan Houston as “the foremost...
SAM PANARELLA has been named the new dean of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School of Law. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH

UMass Law names Panarella new dean

DARTMOUTH – A tenured law professor at the University of Montana will head eastward to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School of Law. UMass...

Providence woman charged with practicing dentistry illegally

PROVIDENCE – A 57-year-old city woman has been charged with practicing dentistry without a license, U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island Peter F. Neronha announced...

Christmas Tree Shops filing for bankruptcy

PROVIDENCE – A long-time Massachusetts and Rhode Island retailer is reportedly set to file bankruptcy. Christmas Tree Shops Inc., a Massachusetts-based business that been around...

Elmhurst rehab and health care center settles ADA complaint for $30K

PROVIDENCE – The Elmhurst Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center on Wednesday agreed to pay $30,000 to settle an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint by Disability...
THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES Union of Rhode Island announced that former Narragansett High School student Michael Blanchette was awarded a $75,000 settlement from the school district over a lawsuit alleging an unlawful arrest by a student resource officer.

ACLU: Former Narragansett High School student receives $75K settlement over ‘unlawful’...

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island Inc. announced Monday that a three-year legal battle in federal court over an alleged...
INSPIRED TO HELP: Saikon Gbehan Isijola, owner of the Law Office of Saikon Gbehan LLC in Providence, launched the business in 2010 to represent and advocate for people from “communities that are disadvantaged, disenfranchised or under-resourced.”
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

She’s motivated to balance the scales of justice for people of...

(Editor’s note: This is the 31st installment in a monthly series ­speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
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