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STRONG SUPPORTERS: Autumn Guillotte, left, organizer at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO; David Molina-Hernandez, organizer at Fueza El Laboral; and Kristy Eiland, volunteer, show their support for Starbucks Corp. employees at a Warwick store off Route 2 to form a union prior to the employees’ vote in early June.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS


Rank and file revival: New kind of labor movement hits R.I.

Starbucks customers swinging through the drive-thru on a June morning in Warwick were greeted by something many weren’t expecting: a group of baristas and...

RWU Law professor: Employers should prepare for overturning of Roe v....

PROVIDENCE – Though abortion access is expected to remain stable in Rhode Island, now is a good time for employers to reinforce reproductive health...
TEST CRITIC: Eric J. Mitnick, dean of the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth, stands outside the Licht Judicial Complex in Providence. Mitnick is among the legal observers who believe the bar exam should be changed to better test the skills would-be attorneys will need to practice law. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will bar exam undergo more change in future?

A year after Rhode Island lowered its passing score for the bar examination, the effect on pass rates remains murky. In March 2021, the R.I....

RWU School of Law receives $250K to develop new scholarship program

BRISTOL – The Roger Williams University School of Law recently received a $250,000 gift from local trial lawyer Mark S. Mandell to be put...
A SPOT ON THE BENCH: William J. Trezvant was one of two people of color sworn in as state judges in January, but some argue Rhode Island hasn’t done nearly enough to diversify the judiciary. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Jury still out on effort to diversify R.I. judiciary

William J. Trezvant grew up surrounded by Black lawyers and judges, thanks to his dad’s leadership of the Newport chapter of the NAACP. Those early...
WEAYONNOH NELSON-DAVIES has been named the new executive director of The Economic Progress Institute in Providence. / COURTESY THE ECONOMIC PROGRESS INSTITUTE

Economic Progress Institute names Nelson-Davies new executive director

PROVIDENCE – Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, who served as managing attorney at Massachusetts-based nonprofit Community Legal Aid, has been named The Economic Progress Institute’s new executive...
SUPPORT GROUP: In addition to being Roger Williams University School of Law’s director of diversity and outreach, Ralph Tavares Jr., center and seated, is the board president of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals Inc., which works with local leaders to bring more voices and perspectives in their own work. Also pictured, from left, are DAIP board member Malida Khim, project manager Katie Neves and board member Kevin Martins.  PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Tavares: ‘Find the folks that don’t fit’

PBN Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2021 Diversity Champion: Ralph Tavares Jr. Ralph Tavares Jr. has spent much of his professional career helping people of all racial,...

RWU School of Law to hold second annual RBG contest for...

BRISTOL – The Roger Williams University School of Law is inviting K-12 students across Rhode Island to submit essays and drawings on how they...

Tavares among 13 honorees for PBN’s 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Awards...

PROVIDENCE – Ralph Tavares Jr., the director of diversity and outreach for Roger Williams University School of Law, is among 13 honorees – 12...
LAB VISIT: Roger Williams University President Ioannis Miaoulis visits with Emma Place, left, and Alicia Schickle, who are examining the Northern Star Coral being raised in the university’s wet lab. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

AN ENGINEER’S ATTITUDE: At RWU, Miaoulis revels in opportunities to solve...

(Editor’s note: This is the second installment in an occasional series of interviews with the state’s new wave of higher education leaders. You can...
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