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Santoro Lecture Series Endowment

On Friday, October 27 we will recognize Professor Santoro's monumental contributions to the law school and the broader RWU community by dedicating the Professor Anthony J. Santoro Classroom, followed by a reception including alumni, faculty, staff and friends.

Prior to the dedication and reception, we will host the Anthony J. Santoro Business Law Lecture at the law school. This year’s lecture, entitled: Business Lawyering: The Skill of a Lifetime, will feature a panel of RWU Law alumni whose careers were profoundly shaped by Tony’s teaching and mentorship.

Finally, following the dedication, alumni and friends are invited to gather at Aidan’s in downtown Bristol to celebrate Alumni Night.

Santoro Lecture
Panelists’ Bios

Law School
October 27, 2017

Cory J. Bilodeau, Esq. ’06Cory J. Bilodeau, Esq. L’06
Boston, MA

Mr. Bilodeau leads the Tax Planning Practice Group atMcClaughlin & Quinn LLC. Working with businesses, business owners, and individuals, he develops creative tax planning strategies that eliminate, minimize, and defer federal, state, and local income, estate, and gift taxes. He advises closely-held businesses and high-net-worth individuals on tax and legal aspects of business and real estate activities. He also counsels clients in developing estate plans which protect them and their loved ones through the use of sophisticated planning techniques. He represents these taxpayers (individuals and businesses) before Federal and state taxing authorities in audits, appeals, litigation, and collection actions. He is a frequent expert speaker on federal and state tax topics for tax and accounting organizations throughout New England.

Mr. Bilodeau received his BS in finance from Boston College in 1999, his JD from RWU in 2006 and his LLM from Boston University



Elizabeth ColagiovanniElizabeth Colagiovanni, Esq. ’99 L’10 

Smithfield, RI

 Ms. Colagiovanni is a lecturer of tax and business law at Bentley University, in Waltham, MA. She is also a lecturer in the graduate tax program at Boston University School of Law. She was an adjunct law professor teaching federal income tax at RWU Law for the past two years. Additionally, she runs a solo tax consulting practice, focusing on small businesses with both domestic and international tax issues.

Prior to teaching, Ms. Colagiovanni was a supervisor in international taxation at Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd., a regional accounting firm with offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Shanghai. Her areas of focus were in expatriation issues, including tax equalization calculations, as well as foreign corporate issues, including, but not limited to, subpart F and passive foreign investment companies. Prior to joining Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ms. Colagiovanni worked for Ernst & Young, LLP and McGladrey, LLP (now RSM) in Boston. While at these accounting firms she provided tax compliance and consulting for corporations, partnerships, and high net worth individuals, both domestically and internationally. Areas of focus were changes in accounting, international compliance, foreign restructuring, and offshore voluntary disclosures. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Colagiovanni spent years working as a production accountant and production coordinator in the entertainment industry for Alcon Entertainment, LLC in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bars.

Ms. Colagiovanni received her BS in biology from RWU in 1999, her MFA in film production from Loyola Marymount University in 2004, her JD from RWU in 2010 and her LLM from Boston University in 2011.

Jim CoughlanJim Coughlan, Esq. L’06
Rhinecliff, NY

Mr. Coughlan is the Comptroller for Dutchess County.He is a multi-lingual attorney with almost 25 years’ leadership and management experience in the private and public sector. As Comptroller, he is responsible for managing a $425 million annual budget; interacts daily with government agencies and promotes best business practices throughout county government.

He received his BA in humanities from Providence College in 1990 and his JD from RWU in 2006.





Corey GildartCorey E. Gildart, Esq. L’08
New York, NY

Mr. Gildart is a Director & Legal Officer at Resolution Economics, LLC where he focuses both his internal and external practices on providing risk mitigating legal solutions that combine innovative process with efficient use of industry-leading technologies. Prior to joining Resolution Economics, Mr. Gildart worked as a Director of Forensic Advisory for KPMG LLP where he enhanced regulatory response processes for Fortune 100 financial institutions and spent a year on secondment with the legal department at Goldman Sachs. He also has extensive onsite client management experience from his time with HP Enterprise, having developed and managed a hosted services team supporting all phases of the eDiscovery lifecycle for an international oil & gas company litigating a $50 Billion matter. His legal career began with Boston-based Perry, Krumsiek & Jack, LLP where he primarily managed an extensive contracts database and maintained state-specific compliance for an engineering corporation acquiring companies across the US.

Mr. Gildart attended Phillips Exeter Academy prior to obtaining his bachelor of arts in Economics from Bowdoin College. He completed his J.D. at Roger Williams University in addition to earning a certificate in international law from the University College of London, and is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and New York.


Katie AhernKatie A. Ahern, L’07
Director of the Business Start-up Clinic
Assistant Professor of Law

Katie Ahern leads the school's Business Start-up Clinic which serves nonprofit and small business clients. Students in the clinic learn substantive business lawyering skills, work directly with clients, and interact with the Rhode Island nonprofit and small business community.

Professor Ahern was previously an associate at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, where her legal practice focused in all areas of federal, state, and local tax matters affecting businesses, individuals, governmental entities, and tax-exempt organizations. Her research and analysis of client tax issues included those surrounding formation, ongoing operations, and winding up of an organization, application for tax-exempt status of an organization, ongoing tax-exempt organization requirements, tax-exempt bond issuances, and state and local tax requirements. She has regularly published and presented on a variety of tax, business, and nonprofit law concepts.

Professor Ahern also taught business-law related classes for several years at the Univeristy of Rhode Island. She currenly serves on the board of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations and has served on the board and as President of the Rhode Island Women's Bar Association. She is an active member of the Rhode Island bar and an inactive member of the Massachusetts bar. She is a 2011 recipient of the Providence Business News Forty Under 40 award and a 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Professor Ahern received her B.S. from University of Rhode Island, her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law, and her  LL.M. from Boston University School of Law.

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If you are interested in making a gift in honor of Professor Santoro's retirement, all gifts will be used to help us reach our goal of $100,000 to recognize his legacy. To make a gift, click here.