BRISTOL, R.I. – Heated debates are under way across the U.S. on casinos, gaming and economic growth. From Rhode Island’s perennial conversations over the feasibility of an Indian casino, to Connecticut’s struggle with declining revenues from Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, to Massachusetts’ current plans to enter the casino arena, the topic is one of particular concern in New England.
On Thursday, Sept. 27, Roger Williams University School of Law will host one of the nation’s top experts on the casino industry for a timely discussion on the legal, political and educational issues currently affecting the gaming industry.
Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president & CEO of the American Gaming Association, will speak on “Business & Legal Issues for Gaming in the Internet Era” at 1 p.m. in RWU Law’s Appellate Courtroom (Room 283). The event is free and open to the public.
In his role as the chief executive of the AGA, Fahrenkopf is the national advocate for the commercial casino industry. A lawyer by profession, he gained national prominence during the 1980s when he served as chairman of the Republican Party for six of President Ronald Reagan’s eight years in the White House (1983 - 1989). When Fahrenkopf retired in January 1989, he had served as chairman longer than any person in the 20th century and led the party through successful presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988.
In recent years, Fahrenkopf has been a frequent commentator on political and gaming issues on such programs as Crossfire, Inside Politics, Meet The Press, Hardball, Face the Nation, The Today Show, This Week and Good Morning America.
Fahrenkopf’s visit to Roger Williams marks the inaugural event in the new Professor Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture Series, which brings leading lawyers and business professionals to RWU Law to present on important issues in the field of business law. The series recognizes Professor Santoro’s distinguished career as a legal educator, a past president of Roger Williams University and the founding dean of Roger Williams University School of Law.