David Logan has served as Dean at Roger Williams School of Law since 2003. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Dean Logan clerked for a federal judge and practiced with a major Washington, D.C., law firm, representing Native American tribes. He was a faculty member at Wake Forest University School of Law from 1981 to 2003, where he won awards for his teaching of Torts, Media Law, and Professional Responsibility. His publications, focusing on the intersection of Tort law and the First Amendment, have appeared in major journals, including the Michigan Law Review and the Virginia Law Review.
In 2009, Rhode Island Legal Services (RILS) recognized the dean for his “dedication and commitment to equal justice in the law.” He was also honored by the NAACP for his outstanding efforts toward achieving diversity and inclusiveness in legal education. And in January 2010 he received the American Association of Law School’s Deborah L. Rhode Award for making “an outstanding contribution to increasing pro bono and public service opportunities in law school through scholarship, leadership, or service.”
Dean Logan is a frequent commentator on legal issues, having appeared on television (The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, NBC Evening News and Nightline), radio (BBC Radio, Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace) and print media (Time, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post).
He was born in New York City and grew up in the D.C. area. He earned his BA from Bucknell, his MA from Wisconsin-Madison and his JD from Virginia. In college, he was a varsity basketball player, head deejay on the campus radio station, and a music critic for Rolling Stone.