Champions for Justice

A special evening that celebrates and supports the students, alumni, partners and friends whose exceptional devotion to social justice increases access to justice for all.

Read more about the highlights of this year's program

This Year's Event

Thursday, March 11, 2021
6:00 p.m. ET 
Watch the Zoom Program!

The Impact

Champions for Justice is quickly becoming a hallmark of the Rhode Island legal landscape, and we are proud to count so many as friends and supporters of the Law School. Proceeds from the evening benefit the many social justice programs within RWU Law:

Alternative Spring Break
Pro Bono Collaborative
Public Interest Clinical Externships
Public Interest Summer Stipends
RWU Law Clinics

Social Justice Program Highlights

Thank You To Our 2021 Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

              Champions Presenting Sponsor


Title Sponsors

Champions Title Sponsor 1

Champions Title Sponsor 2
 
Program Sponsors

APS

CCK

Smith-Kushmerick Family Fund - In Honor of Caitlyn Horbert

Event Sponsors

ACS Industries

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Cam Mid

Coia

Decof

Gonzalez

HCC

Hinkley

Howland, Evangelista Kohlenberg

Keches

LL

Marasco

Motley

PSH

Savage

Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch

Jenna Hashway, Esq. L’11 and John Barylick, Esq.

Trustee Lisa Raiola and Waterman Brown VII 

Champions for Justice

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Like most events taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, Champions for Justice will look and feel a bit different this year. To this end, instead of highlighting certain Champions, as we usually do, we are honoring everyone who is fighting for justice during these unprecedented and trying times. Next year we hope to return to our usual in-person format of recognizing individual and community Champions.

Champion for Justice Past Honorees

2020 Amato “Bud” DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum
2019 Robert J. McConnell, Esq., Motley Rice, LLC
2018 The Honorable Edward C. Clifton
2017 Stephen M. Prignano, Esq., McIntyre Tate, LLP
2016 The Honorable Judith Colenback Savage
2015 Linn Foster Freedman, Esq., Robinson + Cole

Alumni Public Interest Champion

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Like most events taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, Champions for Justice will look and feel a bit different this year. To this end, instead of highlighting certain Champions, as we usually do, we are honoring everyone who is fighting for justice during these unprecedented and trying times. Next year we hope to return to our usual in-person format of recognizing individual and community Champions.

Alumni Public Interest Champion Past Honorees

2020 Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, Esq. L’07, Community Legal Aid
2019 Diana deGroof, Esq. L’03, Rhode Island Legal Services
2018 Luis Mancheno, Esq. L’13, The Bronx Defenders
2017 Swapna Yeluri, Esq. L’07, Homeless Persons Representation Project
2016 Dena Castricone, Esq. ’98 L’02, Murtha Cullina, LLP
2015 Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. ’04 L’07, Gonzalez Law Offices, Inc.

Community Partner Champion

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Like most events taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, Champions for Justice will look and feel a bit different this year. To this end, instead of highlighting certain Champions, as we usually do, we are honoring everyone who is fighting for justice during these unprecedented and trying times. Next year we hope to return to our usual in-person format of recognizing individual and community Champions.

Community Partner Champion Past Honorees

2020 Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General
2019 Rhode Island Public Defender
2018 Barton Gilman, LLP
2017 Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership
2016 Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
2015 Committee for Public Counsel Services

Champions for Justice Past Honorees

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Champion for Justice

2020 Amato “Bud” DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum
2019 Robert J. McConnell, Esq., Motley Rice, LLC
2018 The Honorable Edward C. Clifton
2017 Stephen M. Prignano, Esq., McIntyre Tate, LLP
2016 The Honorable Judith Colenback Savage
2015 Linn Foster Freedman, Esq., Robinson + Cole

Alumni Public Interest Champion

2020 Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, Esq. L’07, Community Legal Aid
2019 Diana deGroof, Esq. L’03, Rhode Island Legal Services
2018 Luis Mancheno, Esq. L’13, The Bronx Defenders
2017 Swapna Yeluri, Esq. L’07, Homeless Persons Representation Project
2016 Dena Castricone, Esq. ’98 L’02, Murtha Cullina, LLP
2015 Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. ’04 L’07, Gonzalez Law Offices, Inc.

Community Partner Champion

2020 Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General
2019 Rhode Island Public Defender
2018 Barton Gilman, LLP
2017 Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership
2016 Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
2015 Committee for Public Counsel Services

Host Committee Members - 2021

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Kimberly R. Ahern, Esq. L'09, Office of the Governor
Jamie J. Bachant, Esq. L'12, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Alyssa V. Boss, Esq. L'97, Cameron & Mittleman LLP
Natasha A. Buckler, Esq. L'10, RI Dept. of the Attorney General
The Honorable Edward C. Clifton
The Honorable Angelyne E. Cooper-Bailey, Esq. L'08, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC
Michael J. Daly, Esq. L'02, Pierce Atwood LLP
Diana deGroof, Esq. L'03, Rhode Island Public Defender
John A. Dorsey, Esq. L'10, Ferrucci Russo
Joseph A. Farside Jr., Esq. L'06, Locke Lord LLP
Trustee Linn Foster Freedman, Esq., Robinson + Cole LLP
Christopher J. Fragomeni, Esq. L'15, Shechtman Halperin Savage LLP
Jamie M. Gau L'16, Law Offices of Gregory Schadone
Deborah S. Gonzalez, Esq. '04 L'07 P'18, RWU Law
Nicholas J. Hemond, Esq. L'12, Darrow Everett LLP
Gregory N. Hoffman, Esq. L'13, Barton Gilman LLP
Meghan L. Hopkins, Esq. L'15, Nixon Peabody LLP
Kara A. Humm, Esq. L'08, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Patrick T. Jones, Esq., Jones Kelleher LLP
Dadriana A. Lepore, Esq. L'10, Coia & Lepore, Ltd.
Zachary M. Mandell, Esq. L'11, Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd
Robert J. McConnell, Esq., Motley Rice LLC
Kelly N. Meara, Esq. L'11, RI Legal Services Inc.
Michael J. Moloney, Esq. L'09, Fall River Housing Authority
Valerie Morozov, Esq. L'14, RI Lottery
Adam M. Ramos, Esq. L'06, Hinckley Allen LLP
Andrew C. Rodgers, Esq. L'14, Green and Spiegel LLC
Kathryn M. Sabatini, Esq., RI Attorney General's Office
The Honorable Judith C. Savage
Trustee Arlene Violet
Joshua Xavier, Esq. L'14, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits - 2021

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We invite you to support the social justice initiatives at RWU Law through a sponsorship of the 7th Annual Champions for Justice! This special event benefits the Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education, RWU Law Clinics, and the Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law. Champions for Justice has become RWU Law’s signature event for the bench and bar, business, and academic communities, and has drawn over 400 guests each year. While we cannot hold our Champions for Justice event in person this year because of the pandemic, we are still committed to supporting these programs and the community they serve. In place of our usual reception and dinner, therefore, we will host a virtual Champions for Justice event on March 11, 2021 to support these vitally important programs. Please join us in celebrating the array of social justice initiatives at RWU Law while showcasing your firm/company, honoring the award recipients, and demonstrating your commitment to RWU Law’s public interest programming and pro bono legal service.

Champions for Justice Presenting Sponsor $10,000

This sponsorship includes recognition as the Presenting Sponsor during the evening’s virtual event, 10 tickets to the virtual event, and your logo on the Champions for Justice website, invitations, signage, and event communications.

Champions for Justice Title Sponsors $7,500

This sponsorship includes recognition during the evening’s virtual event, 8 tickets to the virtual event, and your logo on the Champions for Justice website, invitations, signage, and event communications.

Champions for Justice Program Sponsors $5,000

Demonstrate your affinity for a specific public interest program. These sponsorships support RWU Law students involved in specific public interest programs throughout the year. This sponsorship includes special recognition during the evening’s virtual event and 6 tickets to the virtual event.

As a program sponsor, you can choose to direct your sponsorship to:

  • Public Interest Summer Stipend Program
  • Alternative Spring Break Program
  • RWU Law Clinics and Public Interest Clinical Externship Program
  • Pro Bono Collaborative
Event Sponsorships $1,500

This sponsorship includes special recognition during the evening’s virtual event and two tickets to the virtual event.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lauren Tierney Swensen at lswensen@rwu.edu or 401-254-3262.

CFJ Auction Items - 2021

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You may click here to find the Champions for Justice Silent Auction.

Once you create an account, you will be able to see the auction item list.

Auction items:

Summer Cocktails with President Yannis Miaoulis & Heidi at Residence for up to 6 guests - Starting Bid: $100

Park Like the Dean - Dean Bowman's parking space for 1 month - Starting Bid: $50

Lunch with Dean Bowman for up to 5 guests - Starting Bid: $50

Dinner with Deans Bowman, Kogan, Logan, and Yelnosky for up to 6 guests - Starting Bid: $100

Networking Luncheon (virtual or in-person) for up to 2 students/alumni with Law BOD Patrick Jones, Esq. - Starting Bid: $75

Virtual (or in-person) "Day in the Life" with family law attorney Dadriana Lepore, Esq. L'10 (up to 2 students), includes lunch (delivery or in-person) - Starting Bid: $50

Be one of the lucky ten! There are ten Kaplan bar prep courses at an unbelievably discounted price (each valued at $3,499) - Starting Bid: $750

Be the lucky student to walk away with the Themis bar exam course! (Value: $1,700) - Starting Bid: $500

Alumni Chats: Virtual Career Coaching Sessions for 1-2 Students with Law BOD Collin Bailey L'08 / once a month for ONE YEAR includes GrubHub "virtual lunch" gift card - Starting Bid: $75

Wine Tasting Basket (local wine, jams, etc.) & Bar Study Basket (additional study materials, flashcards, etc.) - Starting Bid: $25

Pool party at Prof. Logan's condo: pizza & libations for up to five people (subject to public health guidelines and will occur once safe to do so) - Starting Bid: $50

Gift Basket from Hope & Main featuring local food & beverage items - Starting Bid: $25

The first rule of the Drinking Club is that you do not talk about Drinking Club. Therefore, we cannot say much. You and nine clubbers can join the exclusive “Drinking Club” for a night of drinks and wings either in-person or via Zoom (in person is subject to public health guidelines and will occur once safe to do so). Hosted by Professors Jared Goldstein, Jonathan Gutoff, Diana Hassel and Michael Yelnosky - Starting Bid: $200

Pizza and Beer/Wine gathering for four (Professor Michael Yelnosky and Laurie Barron will deliver pizza and beverages to your house) - Starting Bid: $25

Alumni Chats: Virtual Career Coaching Sessions for 1-2 students with Adam Ramos, Esq. L'06 / once a month for ONE YEAR includes GrubHub "virtual lunch" gift card - Starting Bid: $75

Alumni Chats: Virtual Career Coaching Session for 1-2 students with Zachary Mandell, Esq. L'11/ once a month for three months includes GrubHub "virtual lunch" gift card - Starting Bid: $50

Alumni Chats: Virtual Career Coaching Sessions for 1-2 students with Law BOD/Trustee Nicole Benjamin, Esq. L'06 / once a month for three months includes GrubHub "virtual lunch" gift card - Starting Bid: $50

Gift card for GrubHub or Uber Eats - Starting Bid: $25

Two MXR Boxes - high end cocktails to make at home - Starting Bid: $35

Wine and cheese board from Grapes and Gourmet - Starting Bid: $35

 

 

Close Course Type Descriptions

Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.