Maritime Law Journal moves to Roger Williams University Law School

BRISTOL – There’s a new newspaper in town, a leading academic publication devoted to all aspects of admiralty and maritime law in the United States.

Roger Williams University Law School is the new home of the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, a periodical founded in 1969 that focuses on the laws of the sea. It has been cited by courts including the Supreme Court of the United States and foreign courts, as well as by arbitrators.

“RWU Law is an ideal home for this prominent publication,” Dean Gregory W. Bowman said in a press release. “We are a nationally recognized maritime law school that provides a strong education in this area to the next generation of lawyers and leaders through our excellent faculty, the Marine Affairs Institute, and our partnerships with the University of Rhode. Island and Rhode Island Sea Grant. “

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The journal will be administered, edited and published by the law school and students both online and in print twice a year.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the law school and the Marine Affairs Institute,” said Julia Wyman, director of the institute and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program at the law school. “The Journal is an internationally respected and professionally published journal upon which maritime experts draw for important analysis of current issues. ”

The journal will continue as a peer-reviewed publication backed by external funding, according to the university.

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It came to Roger Williams as a gift from the family of George Jay Joseph, the Washington, DC lawyer who founded the publication. Two Roger Williams University Law School alumni, Alison LaBoissonnière Boyd and Bradford Boyd, founders of ANOVA Marine Insurance Services LLC, a Florida-based marine insurance company, agreed to underwrite the newspaper’s production for five years, depending on the school.

“We were delighted to be able to help RWU Law add another element to its already strong reputation in maritime law,” said Boyd. “As a student, I chose Roger Williams because of his opportunities in maritime law, and my career has benefited greatly from that decision. Alison and I both felt that a journal focused on the business side of maritime law would be an excellent addition to RWU Law’s already significant opportunities in ocean and coastal law.

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Professors Jonathan Gutoff and Justin Kishbaugh will join Wyman as editors, with second and third year law students serving as student writers.

“Our intention is for students to be an integral part of the editorial team,” said Wyman. “This means that they will not only work with us internally, but also with professionals in the field. Essentially, the JMLC will fulfill a dual mission: to provide a vital resource for keeping maritime professionals up to date on important issues in the field while putting our students to work alongside these professionals in practice.

Gutoff said the journal offers a unique blend of scientific depth and practical know-how that RWU’s legal team is committed to upholding.

“Journal articles are held to a very high standard of writing and research, but they also tend to focus on current practical issues facing the shipping industry and the maritime bar,” he said. declared.

Gutoff said he was particularly enthusiastic as a contributor to a newspaper whose article was cited by the United States Supreme Court.

“Having this prestigious journal in-house will allow our student writers to develop their international writing and writing skills and gain invaluable professional experience even before graduating from RWU Law, which is a great opportunity that we are excited to provide to our students, ”said Kishbaugh.

The journal will be published twice a year, roughly coinciding with the spring and fall terms of law school.