2L Members

Carla Aveledo

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Carla AveledoCarla Aveledo is from Caracas, Venezuela and grew up in Jamestown, Rhode Island. She graduated cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Roger Williams University School of Law awarded Carla the Public Interest Scholar award, recognizing her commitment to public interest work. Prior to law school, Carla worked for Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, an immigration legal services non-profit, where she prepared and managed a heavy caseload and represented clients during their USCIS interviews. After her 1L year, Carla worked in the civil rights unit at the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office with a focus on election-related issues. She currently serves as the President of the Latino Law Students Association.

Drew Bartlett

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Drew BartlettDrew Bartlett is from Eliot, Maine. He graduated cum laude from the University of Maine with a B.A. in Political Science, and minors in Economics and Legal Studies. Drew served as an intern for U.S. Senator Susan Collins during undergrad. He also spent a fall interning with Pine Tree Legal Assistance, a federally funded, low-income legal aid organization in Maine. During the summer following 1L year, Drew interned at Webb Law Firm, LLC in Maine. At Roger Williams School of Law, Drew is a member of the Honors Program, Editorial Staff of the Roger Williams University Law Review, and Honor Board. Drew serves as a Research Assistant for Professor Susan Heyman, and as a Teaching Assistant for Criminal Law with Professor Tara Allen. Following law school Drew hopes to pursue a career in transactional lawyering in the Greater Boston Area.

Ryan Coyne

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Ryan Coyne is from Winchester, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Prior to attending law school, Ryan worked for the Virginia College Advising Corps as a College Adviser. He was placed at Amelia County High School, helping students in pursuit of their postsecondary goals. At RWU Law, Ryan is a member of the Honors Program, as well as the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. In addition, he serves on the executive board as Secretary for the Criminal Law Society and is the Co-Coordinator for Alternative Spring Break. Over the summer, he interned with the Honorable Judge Felipe L. Restrepo of the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Hannah Devoe

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Hannah Devoe is from New London, New Hampshire. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College park, in 2019, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics with a minor in  History. While at UMD, she studied abroad in Tübingen, Germany, for Economics and Politics. The summer before her first year of law school, Hannah interned for the Honorable Judge James Gleason at The New Hampshire Circuit Court, District Division. During her first year of law school, Hannah completed pro-bono work with the RWU Street Law Program, and is currently a member of the Street Law Leadership Team. After graduation, Hannah strives to pursue a career related to property, art, or entertainment law. In her free time, Hannah enjoys reading historical nonfiction, traveling abroad, and spending time with her friends and family.

Samantha Ferrucci

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Samantha FerrucciSamantha Ferrucci is from East Greenwich, Rhode Island and graduated from UMASS Amherst with a BA in Legal Studies in 2018. Prior to law school, Sam worked as a paralegal at a large employment-based immigration firm in Boston. During her 1L summer, Sam worked as an intern for the Honorable William E. Smith in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Currently, Sam is working as a law clerk for a firm in Providence that specializes in receivership and business litigation, which she plans to pursue after law school. At RWU, Sam is a member of the Honors Program, she serves as a Research Assistant for Professor CJ Ryan and a Torts Teaching Assistant for Professor John Barylick, she is the President of the Tax & Business Law Society, and she is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance pro bono student leader. Outside of law school, Sam enjoys boxing workouts and is an avid equestrian. 

Edward Gencarelli, Jr.

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Edward Gencarelli, Jr.Edward Gencarelli, Jr. is from Westerly, Rhode Island. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in 2017, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance. Shortly after his graduation from URI, Ed joined the Wealth Management Division within The Washington Trust Company as a Research Associate. Over the course of his two years at Washington Trust, Ed worked on matters ranging from fundamental equity research to high-net-worth trust and portfolio management, and quickly rose through the ranks to become an Associate Portfolio Manager responsible for managing $54.5MM in client assets. During the summer following his 1L year, Ed served as the 2020 Rhode Island Steiger Fellow with the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General, a position made available through the American Bar Association’s Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Program. In this role, Ed focused on complex multistate consumer protection and antitrust matters, and assisted with the implementation of a new consumer protection initiative within the Office. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Ed is a member of the Honors Program, and serves as a Research Assistant to Professor Carl T. Bogus. In rare moments of free time, Ed enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, and reading about U.S. history.

 

Jonathan Goyette

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Jonathan Goyette is the proud son of two Portuguese immigrants. He grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and he is currently a resident of Cumberland, Rhode Island. Jonathan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rhode in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Minor in History. He is a member of the Roger Williams University School of Law Honors Program, and he is serving as an Honors Mentor and as a First Generation Mentor to incoming first-year students. Additionally, Jonathan is a research assistant for Professor Andrew Horwitz. His research has focused on assisting in the creation of a database for Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal case law. In his free time, Jonathan primarily enjoys suffering the great agony that comes along with being a Manchester United supporter.

Shannon Griffin

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Shannon GriffinShannon Griffin is from Mansfield, Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from The College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government in 2019. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Shannon is a member of the Honors Program, and she participated in Alternative Spring Break where she volunteered for the Rhode Island Center for Justice. During the summer following her 1L year, Shannon worked as a research assistant for Professor Diana Hassel researching Bivens actions. Outside of law school, Shannon enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Brendan Horan

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Brendan Horan lives in Warwick, Rhode Island with his wife Jocelyn. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He has worked at Justice Assistance, a non-profit criminal justice service agency serving victims of crime in Rhode Island for the past 13 years. He is currently their Director of Marketing & Development.

Alyssa Knappins

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Alyssa KnappinsAlyssa Knappins is originally from Toledo, Ohio, but currently resides in Bristol, Rhode Island. Alyssa graduated cum laude from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in August 2019. During the summer before starting Law School, Alyssa interned at Perrysburg Municipal Court. Alyssa participated in Alternative Spring Break volunteering for The Maurice and Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice in Detroit, Michigan during her 1L year. During Alyssa’s 1L summer, Alyssa served as a Research Assistant to Professor Emily Sack and former Dean Michael Yelnosky. At the law school, Alyssa is a member of the Honors Program, President for the Association for Public Interest Law, and serves as an Honor Program and First-Generation Mentor. In addition, Alyssa serves as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Emily Sack (Criminal Law) and Professor David Logan (Torts I). Alyssa is also the recipient of the merit-based Gary L. Bahr Memorial Scholarship. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys going on walks and spending time with her friends and family. After Law School, Alyssa hopes to pursue a career in juvenile or criminal law. 

Lindsay Koso

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Lindsay KosoLindsay Koso is from Lexington, Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from Wheaton College (MA) in 2015 with BAs in Art History and Latin. Her studies at Wheaton focused on heritage management and the conservation of material culture, culminating in a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship after graduation titled Communing With The Ages: The Intersection of Art Conservation and Spirituality. Before starting law school, Lindsay worked as a collections technician, specializing in the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic objects. After her first year at Roger Williams University School of Law, she interned for the Rhode Island State Government, drafting articles concerning the registration and protection of state archaeological landmarks. During her second year, Lindsay will serve as the Secretary of the Roger Williams chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and will be working as a Legal Intern at the Law Office of Ondine Galvez Sniffin. Lindsay is part of the Honors Program and a Presidential Scholar. Once she graduates, Lindsay wants to work in the field of Federal Indian Law, specifically in repatriation, cultural resources and sacred sites protection, and self-determination. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys painting, cooking, and horror movies.

Jill Magnus

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Jill Magnus is from Middletown, RI. She graduated from summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island. During her 1L year Jill taught Street Law at a The MET in Newport and interned at the Statehouse with the Legislature and also with the Senate Policy office. In addition to Law Review, Jill is also a member of the Moot Court team at RWUSOL and the winner of the 2020 Esther Clark Moot Court Competition. She is currently in the dual degree Cybersecurity Master’s program. In Jill’s free time, she enjoys travelling, organizing, upcycling old furniture, and going to the beach.

Madalyn McGunagle

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Madalyn McGunagle is originally from Cranston, RI but now lives in Narragansett, RI. She graduated from American University in Washington, DC in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government. While at American, Madalyn interned for both Senator Jack Reed and Congressman Jim Langevin. Before attending law school, she worked at the American Library Association as a public policy associate where she helped plan a Congressional fly-in and worked on projects relating to copyright, the 2020 Census, and library federal funding. Madalyn spends the summers scooping ice cream at Brickley’s Ice Cream in Narragansett, which she will happily tell you all about. Her favorite flavor is black raspberry chip frozen yogurt. Madalyn is a member of the Honors Program. In her free time, Madalyn likes to take her dog to the beach and go running.  

Ruth Nwauche 

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Ruth NwaucheRuth Nwauche is a Nigerian-American from Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated cum laude from East Tennessee State University in 2017 with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Merchandising. After college, she worked for two years as an executive assistant for Undersecretary Janelle Chan, the former Head of the Department of Housing and Community Development in Boston, MA. After her first year at Roger Williams University School of Law, she interned remotely at AMD Law Group based in McDonough, GA and Tappa Consulting Group based in Austin, TX. In addition to being a member of the Roger Williams University Law Review, she serves as an Academic Success Teaching Fellow for Professor Thompson and participates as a 2L Representative on RWU Law’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee. She is also a member of the Black Law Students Association, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and Women’s Law Society. In the little free time she has, Ruth loves to travel, spend quality time with family and friends, dance, sing, shop, decorate her apartment, cook, and watch reality TV. After she graduates in 2022, she aspires to clerk for a federal court in D.C. before transitioning into private practice and then eventually working in the political arena.

Brooke Pearsons

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Brooke PearsonsBrooke Pearsons is from Easton, Massachusetts. She graduated summa cum laude from Roger Williams University in 2019 with a BS in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Brooke founded a student group at Roger Williams focused on educating the campus and local communities on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault by holding events and increasing access to services and information on campus. The summer following her first year of law school, Brooke served as a research assistant to Professor Brittany Raposa, continuing her undergraduate work with an emphasis on reproductive justice. Brooke is a member of the Honors Program, the Women's Law Society, and the Tax and Business Law Society. Outside of law school, Brooke enjoys hiking, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.

Madison Picard

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Madison PicardMadison Picard is from Storrs, Connecticut and graduated from UMass Amherst in 2017. At UMass she studied Legal Studies, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and received a certificate in Reproductive Justice Studies. Prior to attending law school, Madison served as an AmeriCorps Legal Advocate at Community Legal Aid in Springfield, Massachusetts. At RWU law, Madison is a member of the Honors Program and is a 2L representative for the Women's Law Society and the Association of Public Interest Law. Madison is currently an intern for the Victim Rights Law Center, an organization dedicated to assisting survivors of sexual assault with civil legal needs. 

Amanda Reis

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Amanda ReisAmanda Reis is from Everett, Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from Salve Regina University in 2018, earning a Bachelor of Science in Global Business and Economics with a minor in Sociology and Anthropology. Prior to law school, Amanda worked as a paralegal in the business immigration field. During her first year at Roger Williams University School of Law, she volunteered as an income tax preparer in the VITA/TCE program and worked with the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Program in Brooklyn, NY. Amanda is a member of the Honors Program, in which she also serves as a mentor for first-year students. In the summer after her first year, Amanda was a legal intern for an immigration firm in Providence, RI, where she also currently works, predominantly with asylum cases. Upon graduating from law school, Amanda hopes to pursue a career in public interest law.

Sheya Rivard

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Sheya RivardSheya Rivard is from Livingston, Montana and graduated from the University of Montana with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Prior to attending law school, Sheya spent several years working in the social work field, primarily in child and family mental health, in the Portland, Oregon area. During the summer of her 1L year, Sheya was a Legal Intern at the Rhode Island Center for Justice, interviewing clients and conducting research regarding landlord/tenant issues as well as special education issues. At RWU, Sheya is a Research Assistant for Professor Gonzalez, a Teaching Assistant for Professor Brown, and a member of the Honors Program.

Kirsten Roy

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Kirsten Roy is from Coventry, Rhode Island. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and minors in Philosophy and Gender Women Studies. Her studies at URI focused on social inequality; crime and delinquency; and human trafficking. Before law school Kirsten worked as a paralegal at Hoopis &; Hoopis, a family law and employment discrimination firm, in Warwick, Rhode Island. After her first year at Roger Williams University School of Law, Kirsten continued to work for Hoopis & Hoopis as a legal intern. During her second year, Kirsten is serving as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Tara Allen’s criminal law class. Kirsten is also a member of the Honors program and serves as a mentor for first-year Honors students. After law school, Kirsten plans to pursue a career in criminal defense or defending civil liberties. Outside of law school, Kirsten enjoys working out, traveling, cooking, or spending time with her two cats.

Jordan Sasa

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Jordan SasaJordan Sasa is a current resident and native of Cranston, Rhode Island. In 2017, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The George Washington University. At George Washington, Jordan was a member of the men’s club volleyball team. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Jordan is a member of the Honors Program, and serves as both a Teaching Assistant for Professor David A. Logan and as a Research Assistant for Professor CJ Ryan. After his first year of law school, Jordan served as chambers intern for the Honorable William E. Smith in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Following graduation, Jordan hopes to pursue a career in transactional lawyering in Rhode Island. He also hopes to eventually return to academia and teach first-year law students.

Rebekkah Stoeckler

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Rebekkah Stoeckler is from Fairview, North Carolina.  She graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, with a B.S. in Marine Operations and Technology.  Before coming to law school, Rebekkah was a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River and the Western Rivers.  During the summer of her 1L year, she was a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson at the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  Currently, she serves as a Research Assistant to Professor Louise Ellen Teitz and as the 2L Representative to the Maritime Law Society.  Rebekkah is also a member of the Honors Program.  Outside of law school, Rebekkah loves to ski in the winter and paddleboard in the summer.

Chad Stroum

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Chad StroumChad Stroum is from Swansea, Massachusetts. He graduated magma cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Crime and Justice Studies. At Umass, he explored the problems within and surrounding the prison industrial complex, while focusing in on the disproportionate spending on the prison industrial complex compared to students K-12. After his first year at Roger Williams School of Law, Chad interned for the Center For Justice in Providence Rhode Island. During his second year, he will continue his position at the Center for Justice, assisting in ensuring fair housing and criminal justice for vulnerable individuals, families, and communities in Rhode Island. At Roger Williams School of Law, Chad is currently a member of the honors program and student ambassadors program, which helps incoming students acclimate to the Law School’s curriculum. Outside of law school, Chad spends his free time playing guitar, hiking in Colorado, and spending time with his family

Richard Tavares

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Richard Tavares is originally from Bristol, RI. Richard graduated cum laude from Roger Williams University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Languages and Literature. In 2017, Richard earned a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to attending law school, Richard worked as a reference librarian at a public library. At RWU Law, Richard is a member of the Honors Program, completed an Alternative Spring Break project with Common Cause Rhode Island, and works as a research assistant for Professor Olivia Milonas.

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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.

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.