2L Members

Angela Amaral (she/her)

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Angela AmaralAngela Amaral graduated summa cum laude from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts in history. She is a member of RWU Law Honors Program and participated in Alternative Spring Break with the Committee for Public Counsel in Fall River in her 1L year. Prior to attending law school, Angela worked full time as a real estate paralegal and hopes to build off of that experience in her future legal career in business and property law. She is a native Rhode Islander but now lives in Fall River, Massachusetts with her husband, daughter and son.

Todd Amaral (he/him)

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Todd AmaralTodd Amaral is from Bristol, RI. He is a part-time law student, member of the Honors Program, and works full-time as a finance professional at a Rhode Island based manufacturing company. This past summer, he was a Rhode Island Sea Grant Law Fellow researching and writing about offshore wind financial incentives. He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and received his MBA from Providence College. Previously, he worked in finance, audit, and fraud prevention at a large financial institution. 

Todd is a Boston sports fan, often reads too many books at the same time, and he and his wife enjoy travelling and visiting museums together.

Danielle Brackett (she/her)

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Danielle BrackettDanielle Brackett is from the seacoast of New Hampshire. She graduated cum laude from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Human Resources Management. At RWU School of Law, Danielle is a member of the Honors Program and serves as a student leader for the Street Law Pro Bono program. The summer following 1L year, Danielle worked for a solo-practice employment law attorney in East Providence. After law school, Danielle hopes to work in higher education.

Matt Cavanagh (he/him)

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Matt CavanaghMatt is from Columbia, Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor's of Science in marketing. Matt is also a member of the Moot Court board and the Honors Program. He is currently a research assistant for professor Bogus and a teaching assistant for professor Heyman, he was also a research assistant for professor Heyman during the summer of his 1L year. Outside of school, Matt enjoys basketball, volleyball, and chess.

Andrew Blackstone Colton (he/him)

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Andrew ColtonAndrew Colton is from Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a B.A. in History and currently lives in Portsmouth, RI. Before attending law school, Andrew worked in Chicago for a national uniform rental and facility services company, where he engaged in union negotiations and helped resolve contractual disputes. The summer following his first year of law school, Andrew accepted a position as a clerk with a Detroit-based personal injury and mass-tort firm and continued to work there throughout his second year. Outside of law school, Andrew enjoys cooking, traveling throughout New England, and watching various sports, mostly enjoying the University of Michigan and Detroit teams.

Michaela Conley (she/her)

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Michaela ConleyMichaela Conley is from Middletown, RI and currently lives in Newport, RI. She graduated from the University of San Diego, with a bachelor's degree in International Relations. Prior to starting law school, Michaela worked at a law firm in Providence, RI, specializing in veteran's benefits. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Michaela is a member of the Honors Program and Association for Public Interest Law, a staff editor for Law Review, and a board member of Moot Court. Michaela is also a Contracts teaching assistant for Professor Susan Heyman and a Torts teaching assistant for Professor David Logan. After her first year of law school, Michaela was a judicial intern at the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. In her free time, Michaela loves to garden, go to concerts, and attend Boston sports games.

Rebecca Costello (she/her)

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Rebecca CostelloRebecca is from Middletown, Rhode Island. Before coming to law school, Rebecca worked as a policy analyst for the RI Department of Labor & Training specializing in paid family and sick leave, unemployment insurance, and workforce development. She graduated from American University in 2019 with a Master's in Public Administration and Policy from American University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Gender Studies. At RWU, Rebecca is a member of the Honors Program. After her 1L year, she was an intern with the Rhode Island Public Defenders.

Linda Cowen (she/her)

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Linda CowenLinda Cowen is from Coventry, Rhode Island. In 2021 she graduated summa cum laude from Roger Williams University. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Linda is a member of the Law Review, Honors Program, and the Treasurer of the Student Bar Association and Tax and Business Law Society. Linda is also a Civil Procedure teaching assistant for Professor Teitz. She participated in Alternative Spring Break volunteering for the Low Income Tax Clinic during her 1L year. The following summer, she served as a judicial intern for Judge Mary S. McElroy in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Upon graduating from law school, Linda plans to pursue an LLM in Taxation.

Evan Dandrea (he/him)

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Evan DandreaEvan Dandrea is from Lakeville, Massachusetts. He graduated summa cum laude from Roger Williams University's 3+3 program with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. Evan has routinely interned with the Office of the General Counsel for the National Association of Government Employees, beginning in the Summer of 2019 and returning each year. In tandem with his membership on the Roger Williams University Law Review, Evan is a teaching assistant for Professor David Logan's Torts I course.

Kyle Easton (he/him)

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Kyle EastonKyle Easton is originally from Winchester, Massachusetts, and currently resides in Bristol. He graduated from Hobart College with a bachelor's degree in economics and a minor in philosophy. Before attending law school, Kyle worked as a consultant in energy markets. In the summer after his 1L year, Kyle worked in health care law and hopes to pursue a career in health care law after graduation. Outside of law school Kyle enjoys skiing and sailing.

 

Logan Faucher (he/him)

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Logan FaucherLogan Faucher is from Guthrie Center, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Prior to law school, he served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Olympia submarine as a Machinist's Mate Nuclear. This past summer, he worked at an intellectual property firm in Providence. He intends to work as a patent attorney after graduation.

Madeleine Fenderson (she/her)

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Madeleine FendersonMadeleine grew up in Falmouth, Maine, and currently lives in Newport, Rhode Island. She graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science in 2018 and received her Master in Marine Affairs Degree from the University of Rhode Island in 2020. She worked at the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office in the Environment and Energy Unit before her 2L year. Madeleine is also a member of the Roger Williams School of Law Moot Court Board, the Honors Program, and is a Civil Procedure TA.

Stefanie Fischer (she/her)

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Stefanie FischerStefanie is originally from the Adirondacks in Upstate New York, but has been a Rhode Island resident for close to seven years. She graduated from the George Washington University in 2011 with a degree in American History and Journalism. Before law school, she was a professional equestrian and worked in the emerging cannabis industry. She is currently completing her Masters in Psychology through Pepperdine University. Stefanie is in the Honors Program and currently serves as a Teaching Assistant for two doctrinal classes as well as an Academic Excellence Teaching Fellow. Outside of law school, Stefanie enjoys riding her horses, cooking, and hiking and kayaking with her fiance and their dog, Baloo.

Hilary Levey Friedman (she/her)

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Hilary Levey FriedmanHilary Levey Friedman grew up in West Bloomfield, MI, but now calls Providence, RI home. She holds degrees in Sociology from Harvard College, University of Cambridge, and Princeton University. Prior to law school she taught at Brown University and wrote primarily about childhood socialization and popular culture. In law school, in addition to being on Law Review, she is a member of Moot Court, the Honors Program, and is a Presidential Scholar. Hilary has previously served as President of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Women, on the United Way RI’s Public Policy Committee, and as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate.

Tyler Haas (he/him)

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Tyler HaasTyler Haas is from Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and a minor in African Studies. He also graduated from Suffolk University with a Master's degree in Accounting. Prior to law school, Tyler worked as an assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and in multiple operational roles at PaymentWorks. Since joining Roger Williams University School of Law, Tyler has become a member of the Honors program and the Association for Public Interest Law. He is also a Teaching Assistant for Professor Colleen P. Murphy's Civil Procedure I course. During the 1L spring semester, Tyler participated in the Alternative Spring Break program as a volunteer for SouthCoast Fair Housing. In his 1L summer, he was a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Patricia A. Sullivan in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

Jax Henry (she/they)

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Jax HenryJax Henry (she/they) is from the Bronx. They graduated cum laude from CUNY Lehman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and a minor in Public Health. They completed their fieldwork as a social work intern in the Resources Room at the Department of Homeless Services and for the Office of State Senator Brad Hoylman. In May 2020, Jax began working as a public health advisor for the NYC Department of Health. There they worked on teams geared toward organizing local government’s response to communities’ emergency needs, partnered with NYC Department of Education Administrators on school’s public health response readiness, and helped provide communities with essential services and resources. Jax is currently serving as President of the American Constitution Society and will be a Teaching Assistant to the esteemed Professor Jenna Wims Hashway this Spring. They plan to pursue a career focusing on community organizing, planning, and development through economic and equitable policies aimed at supporting underserved populations.

Emily Hogan (she/her)

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Emily HoganEmily Hogan grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island. In 2020, she graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Specialization in Legal Studies. While attending CCSU, Emily was a member of the school’s Division 1 soccer team, and worked as a student programmer for the Ruthe Boyea Women’s Center. Before law school, she was a legal intern at the Law Office of Kevin Ferry in New Britain, Connecticut. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Emily participated in Alternative Spring Break volunteering for the Bronx Defenders in the Homicide Unit during her 1L year. In the summer following her 1L year, Emily served as a legal intern with the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General in the Criminal Division, specifically working in the District Court/Juvenile Court/Traffic Tribunal Unit.

Judd Krasher (he/him)

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Judd KrasherJudd, a 2L at RWU, hails from Albany, NY. Before law school, Judd served as a member of the city council in Albany, worked in both houses of the New York State Legislature, and as an election education specialist for the Albany County Board of Elections. 

Keith Lefevre (he/him)

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Keith LefevreKeith Lefevre is from Acushnet, Massachusetts before moving to Providence, RI. He graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts with a dual-major in psychology and philosophy, specializing in evolutionary psychology. At Roger Williams University Keith is part of the Honors Programs and serves as Teaching Assistant to Prof. Jenna Wims Hashway. Before returning to school, he spent 16 years working as a licensed gas-fitter in Massachusetts.

David Marks (he/him)

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David MarksDavid Marks is originally from New Rochelle, New York. He graduated from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with a BFA in Jazz Performance, Double Bass. After getting his degree he moved to San Francisco and worked as a video editor for several years. Now back on the east coast, he lives in Westport, Massachusetts. Outside of school, David loves music, movies, and getting outdoors.

Jaclyn Martin (she/her)

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Jaclyn MartinJaclyn is from Honesdale, PA. She graduated summa cum laude from Keystone College with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology, as well as a minor in Homeland Security. At RWUSOL, in addition to being a member of the Law Review, she is a BARBRI Student Ambassador. The summer after 1L year, Jaclyn served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Janine Edwards at the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas. Outside of school, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and horseback riding.

Kat McCorkle (she/her)

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Kat McCorkleKat is originally from Geneva, New York and graduated from the University of Rochester in 2016 with a double major in theatre and international relations. Before law school, she volunteered with City Year Boston, worked at a used book store, and freelanced as a stage manager. Kat is a member of the Honors Program, Moot Court, and is treasurer of the Women's Law Society. After 1L year, she interned with Judge Elizabeth Ortiz at the Rhode Island Family Court, volunteered with the Eviction Help Desk, and worked as a Sea Grant Law Fellow. After graduation, Kat hopes to work in public interest law. Kat has two cats, Maki and Mochi, and loves hiking and gardening.

Jonte' McKenzie (he/him)

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Jonte' McKenzieJonte' McKenzie is originally from Paterson, New Jersey. He spent about half of his life there until he moved to Marietta, Georgia when he was 10 years old. There, he graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Political Science and minors in Biology and Spanish. Jonte' interned at an immigration law firm in Atlanta, Georgia for about two years until he decided to attend law school at Roger Williams University School of Law. During his 1L year, he served as 1L rep for BLSA, LLSA, and MCLSA. Additionally, he participated in Alternative Spring Break, where he spent a week at Dorcas International. During his 1L summer, Jonte' worked at Save The Children as a legal intern and at Bremer Law & Associates, LLC as a law clerk. At Roger Williams School of Law, Jonte' serves as the 2L representative of LLSA, 2L representative for SBA, and the Vice President of BLSA. Jonte' also works in the Roger Williams School of Law admissions office as a Student Admissions Counselor. He is also fluent in Spanish and English. In the future, he hopes to practice civil rights law, immigration law, criminal defense. Outside of law school, Jonte' enjoys traveling, listening to music, playing tennis, learning languages, going to the gym, cooking, etc.

Pia Piscitelli (she/her)

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Pia PiscitelliPia Piscitelli is from San Diego, California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University. Pia volunteered with Street Law and at PrYSM for Alternative Winter Break during her 1L year. Pia is a Moot Court member, Vice President of the Association for Public Interest Law, and a student admissions counselor. In her spare time, she likes to read, hike, and try new coffee shops.

Melissa Richi (she/her)

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Melissa RichiMelissa Richi is from Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Prior to attending law school, Melissa spent several years as a social worker for the Department of Children and Families in Massachusetts. At Roger Williams, Melissa is President of the Association for Public Interest Law, a Research Assistant for Professor Diamond, and a Criminal Law Teaching Assistant for Professor Allen. After graduation, Melissa plans to pursue a career in criminal law or child protection. Outside of school, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family.

Amanda Rotimi (she/her)

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 Amanda RotimiAmanda is originally from and currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies, and a minor in Sociology. In the summer following her 1L year, she was a judicial intern for the Honorable Mary S. McElroy at the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. As a 2L at Roger Williams School of Law, she is a member of the Honors Program, President of Phi Alpha Delta, Historian of the Black Law Student Association and a Teaching Assistant to Professor Kuckes. Outside of law school, she loves to watch documentaries, take road trips and explore the restaurant scene in Rhode Island

Andrea I. Staehelin (she/her)

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Andrea StaehelinAndrea Staehelin grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and currently resides in Bristol, Rhode Island. In 2021, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Colorado Boulder. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Andrea is a member of the Law Review and serves as the Vice President for the Women in Law Society. Last year, she served as a 1L representative for the Latino Law Students Association. During the summer of 2022, after her 1L year, Andrea served as a judicial intern for Chief Federal Judge McConnell in the United States District Courts for the District of Rhode Island. 

Julia Stern (she/her)

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Julia SternJulia Stern is from Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in history. At Roger Williams School of Law, she is a member of the Honors Program. She is a research assistant for Professor Teitz and Professor Sack, as well as a teaching assistant for Professor Sack. Outside of school, she loves to write poetry, rock climb, and spend time with her dog Milo.

Mark Weeden (he/him)

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Mark WeedenMark Weeden is from Riverside, Rhode Island. He graduated summa cum laude in 2021 from Johnson & Wales University. Before law school, Mark was enlisted in the United States Army and later worked for one of Citizens Bank’s claims departments. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Mark is a member of the Honors Program, Military Law Society, Moot Court, and Law Review. During the summer after his 1L year, he interned for the Honorable William E. Smith at the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

Maya Maldonado-Weinstein (she/her)

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Maya Maldonado-WeinsteinMaya Maldonado-Weinstein is originally from Takoma Park, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2013 with a BA in Linguistics. Prior to law school, Maya had a career in the dental field in Boulder, Colorado. In her 1L year, she participated in the Street Law program. During the summer following her 1L year, she worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Michael J. Yelnosky and as an AmeriCorps Paralegal at the Legal Assistance of Western New York in the Regional Consumer Unit. As a 2L, Maya is a member of the Honors Program, Law Review, and Moot Court Board. She is also a Teaching Assistant for Professor Michael J. Yelnosky. Maya spends her time outside of law school engaging in social justice activism, playing the flute and piano, hiking, and gardening.

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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.