Senator M. Teresa Paiva-Weed

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Senator M. Teresa Paiva-WeedAdjunct Professor of LawAttorney at Law

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Senator M. Teresa Paiva-Weed was elected by her colleagues in January 2009 as the first female President of the Rhode Island Senate. She has served as a member of the Rhode Island Senate since 1992 and was the Senate Majority Leader from 2004 until 2009. Prior to becoming President of the Senate, she practiced law for 15 years with the firm of Moore, Virgadamo & Lynch.

Courses Taught

LSM.856 (Honors Course)Voice of the Child: Guardians in Family Court

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Course Description

This course taught by Adjunct Professor Teresa Paiva Weed will review the role of the Guardian ad Litem in both domestic cases as well as child abuse and neglect cases. The class will include an overview of the law and its practical application in a variety of custody disputes, including religious and education disagreements and relocation issues.

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Course Degree

Juris Doctor
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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.


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.


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


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.