Each year, the Marine Affairs Institute takes RWU Law students on an educational cruise on Narragansett Bay. This trip helps first year students better understand many of the marine and maritime issues affecting Rhode Island and New England.
Contact an Ambassador
Admitted Students-- please feel free to reach out to one of our student ambassadors via email to ask them questions about their experience at RWU Law. The following ambassadors are available to answer your questions:
Name: Elizabeth Blank, 3L
Legal Interests: Environmental Law and Maritime Law
Elizabeth is a Rhode Island native who grew up on Aquidneck Island. She earned a degree in Biology from Boston University. After graduation, she worked as a Commercialization Analyst at a technology transfer consulting firm in Providence. At RWU Law, she is the President of the Environmental Law Society, a Sea Grant Law Fellow, and a participant in the JD/MA in Marine Affairs joint degree program. Elizabeth is also a student blogger for the RWU Law Office of Admissions. When she is not in the library, you can find her at community events or out on the water with her family.
Name: Neil Gigandet, 3L Transfer Student
Legal Interests: Bankruptcy Law
Neil is a native of Ohio. He attended Urbana University to pursue a Marketing degree. He is a transfer student to RWU Law from a law school in Cleveland. Neil plans to practice bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, and debtor defense law upon graduation. At RWU Law, he is a member of the Tax and Business Law Society and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. He is a big football and basketball sports fan, and his favorite teams are from Cleveland.
Name: Jayna Velez, 3L
Legal Interests: Immigration Law
Jayna is a first-generation American and the first person in her immediate family to attend college. She grew up in New London, CT, and graduated from UConn with a degree in International Business Management. At RWU Law, Jayna is a participant in 2 Pro Bono Collaborative projects through the Feinstein Institute for Legal Service, a member and mentor in the Multicultural Law Students Association, Diversity Program Coordinator for RWU Law Office of Diversity and Outreach. She also interned at the Immigration, Law, Education & Advocacy Project (ILEAP) for Catholic Social Services of Fall River.
Name: Elizabeth Maxwell, 2L
Legal Interests: Public Interest Law
Elizabeth grew up in Bolton, Massachusetts. She attended St. Bonaventure University and graduated with a degree in Sociology. At RWU Law, she is a member of the Women’s Law Society and the Association for Public Interest Law. Outside of the classroom, Elizabeth practices Bikram yoga and enjoys running and cooking.
Name: Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez, 2L
Legal Interests: Criminal Law, Family Law, and Contract Law
Curtis is a 10th generation Rhode Islander, who can trace his lineage back to Roger Williams. He is also a veteran of the Army. Here at RWU Law, Curtis is a member of the Honors Program, participant in the Family Law Society Mentor Program and RI Association for Justice Mentor Program, board member of the Association for Public Interest Law, and member of the Military Law Society and LGBT Alliance. This past summer, he had an internship with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office working for the Narcotics Unit.