2L Members

Alexus Bonilla (he/his)

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Photo of Alexus BonillaAlexus “Lex” Bonilla is originally from and currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Lex graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, as well as a minor in Philosophy. While at URI, Lex was a proud Talent Development Scholar and a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. During his time in SAE, Lex took on multiple leadership roles such as Chair of the Standards & Ethics Board and often raised money for philanthropy, helped run food drives, or helped conduct coat drives. At Roger Williams University School of Law, in addition to Law Review, Lex is also a member of the Student Bar Association, Roger Williams Law School Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, and Roger William’s Law School Honor Board. Lex also serves as a First-Generation mentor at the law school. In the summer after his 1L, Lex was blessed to intern at the Law Offices of David Ellison with Attorney David Ellison. Outside of law school, Lex is an avid sports fan and spends his free time watching sports and spending time with his friends and family. After law school, Lex hopes to give back to his community in some way and become a Rhode Island Public Defender.

David Braga (he/his)

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Photo of David BragaDavid Braga is from Fairhaven, MA. He earned a BA in History, summa cum laude, from Bridgewater State University in 2017, where he was a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program and History Honor Society. Prior to starting law school, David worked full time at a law firm in Providence, RI, specializing in veterans’ disability benefits, where he continues to work part time while in law school. In December 2020, David became accredited to represent veterans before the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. At Roger Williams University School of Law, David is a member of the Moot Court Board, Law Review, Honors Program, and Military Law Society. David is also a Civil Procedure teaching assistant for Professor Teitz and a Contracts teaching assistant for Professor Monestier. David was the 2021 Janet D. Steiger fellow at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where he interned in the Consumer Protection Division during the Summer of 2021. David serves as an appointed member of the Town of Fairhaven Historic Commission and an elected member of the Town of Fairhaven Planning Board.

Samantha DaRocha (she/her)

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Photo of Samantha DaRochaSamantha DaRocha is from Berkley, Massachusetts. She graduated summa cum laude from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Science in legal studies and a Bachelor of Arts in history. Samantha is currently a member of the RWU Law Moot Court board and in the Honors Program. She is also a teaching assistant for Professor Yelnosky, and worked as his research assistant during the summer after her 1L year. Outside of school, Samantha is also an assistant coach for a local high school's debate and mock trial teams.

Colten Erickson (he/his)

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Photo of Colten EricksonColten Erickson grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, but currently resides in Newport, Rhode Island. In 2015, he graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, with a Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation. Before attending law school, Colten sailed as a navigation officer on commercial tankers in Alaska. At Roger Williams University School of Law, he serves as a Student Editor for the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce and as a Teaching Assistant to Professor David A. Logan. He is also a member of the Honors Program. Colten participated in Alternative Winter Break volunteering for the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor during his 1L year. During the following summer, he served as a judicial intern for Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

Katie Gradowski (she/her)

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Photo of Katie GradowskiKatie Gradowski is originally from Baltimore County, Maryland.  She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2005 and pursued graduate work in literature at Columbia University from 2007 to 2009. After leaving academia, Katie co-founded and ran an alternative childcare center in Somerville MA for eight years, working as a science educator in alternative education and out of school time programs. As a 2L at Roger Williams School of Law, Katie is a member of the Honors Program, the Association for Public Interest Law, and the Environmental Law Society; her primary interest is housing and land use, as well as regulatory issues surrounding the Clean Air Act. She hopes to work as a housing attorney. Katie is a Rhode Island transplant; she lives in Providence with her husband, daughter, and dog Shiloh and is proud to call Rhode Island home.

Morgan Hedly (she/her)

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Photo of Morgan HedlyMorgan Hedly is from Somerset, Massachusetts. She graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor's degree in behavioral neuroscience. Prior to attending law school, Morgan spent several years working for a non-profit healthcare organization. At RWU, Morgan is a member of the Honors Program, as well as the Intellectual Property Law Association. In the summer following her 1L year, she was the judicial intern for the Honorable Raffi N. Yessayan, Regional Administrative Justice of the Bristol County Superior Court. Upon graduating from law school, Morgan plans to pursue a career in intellectual property law.

Katriina Juntunen (she/her)

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Photo of Katriina JuntunenKatriina Juntunen is from Cumberland, Rhode Island. She graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University in 2018 with a degree in Criminology, Law, and Society, and a minor in Forensic Psychology. Before law school, Katriina worked as an investigator with the Children’s Law Center in Washington D.C., where she helped Guardian ad Litem attorneys with their best interest representation of DC foster youth. Katriina is part of the Moot Court team and the Honors Program at RWU Law. She is also a student leader for the Street Law program. Last year, Katriina was a Street Law Student Teacher and a Criminal Law Society 1L representative. She also participated in Alternative Winter Break. In the summer following her first year of law school, Katriina interned for the Northern Virginia Public Defenders in Alexandria, VA. After law school, she hopes to work in family / juvenile law or public defense. When not studying, you’ll likely find her in Colt State Park getting some much needed ocean air or playing tennis

Matthew Lewicki (he/his)

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Photo of Matt LewickiMatt Lewicki is from New Britain, CT. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. While at UConn, Matt was an undergraduate research assistant in the Computational Atmospheric Chemistry and Exposure Lab, where he worked on a project modeling air pollution exposure on cyclists in cities across the United States. At Roger Williams University, he is a Sea Grant Law Fellow, focusing on projects concerning coastline access in Rhode Island. Outside of school, Matt enjoys hiking and photography.

 

Christopher Minicucci (he/his)

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Photo of Christopher MinicucciChristopher Minicucci is from Cranston, Rhode Island. He graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2020 earning a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology as a Sport Marketing and Management major with a minor in Business Marketing. After his first year of law school, Chris interned at the Rhode Island Family Court. At RWU Law, in addition to Law Review, Chris is a member of the Honors Program. In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, skiing, and going to concerts.

Brian Murphy (he/his)

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Photo of Brian MurphyBrian Murphy is from Warren, Rhode Island. Brian graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts in 2019 with a Bachelors in Finance. At RWU Law, Brian is a member of the Honors program, the 2L representative for the Tax and Business Law Society and is a Teaching Assistant for Professor Jenna Wims Hashway. He is also a member of Moot Court. During the summer after his 1L year, Brian interned with the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General where he was assigned to the Medicaid Fraud Unit. Outside of law school, Brian enjoys playing golf and cheering on Boston sports.

Yee Yee Myint (she/her)

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Photo of Yee Yee MyintYee Yee Myint is originally from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). She graduated from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in International Business with concentrations in Finance and Marketing. Before joining the law school, she had worked in the Financial and Healthcare sectors. The summer after her first year of law school, Yee Yee was a Federal Judicial Intern for Judge Mary S. McElroy of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Yee Yee is a member of the Honors Program and a Teaching Assistant for Professor Emily Sack. After graduation, Yee Yee plans to pursue a legal career in the Government and is interested in white collar crimes and antitrust. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and watching movies.

Arya Omshehe (he/his)

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Photo of Arya OmsheheArya Omshehe is a first-generation Iranian American from San Clemente, California. In 2019, he earned his BA from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to law school, Arya worked in consumer finance specifically to petition for deferment, forbearance, and discharge of student loan debt. During his first year at Roger Williams University School of Law, he volunteered as an income tax preparer in the VITA/TCE pro-bono program and was elected Vice President of the Multicultural Law Students Association. During his 1L summer, Arya worked as an intern for the Honorable Diane Finkle in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island. Following graduation, Arya hopes to make an impact at the intersection of financial regulations and securities law. In his free time, Arya enjoys reading sci-fi, playing hockey, and spending time with his family and friends.

Jeffrey Prystowsky (he/his)

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Photo of Jeffrey PrystowskyJeffrey Prystowsky is from Roseland, New Jersey and lives in Providence, RI with his wife and two children. He graduated from Brown University in 2006 with a dual degree in Music and History and started a band called The Low Anthem that toured internationally. In 2011, he returned to Rhode Island and helped reopen and revive the Columbus Theatre, one of only three historic 1920s era theatres left in Providence, RI. Jeffrey interned last summer for Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of RI. Next summer, he will be a Summer Associate at Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius in Boston, MA. He is currently a TA for Professor Kuckes' Civil Procedure and President of the Intellectual Property Law Association.

Candace Quinn (she/her)

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Photo of Candace QuinnCandace Quinn is from Seattle, WA. She graduated cum laude from Washington State University in 2020 with a BA in Political Science. Go Cougs! While attending Washington State University, Candace served as the Vice President of the Mock Trial Team. During her 1L year, Candace helped as an income tax preparer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, and volunteered at SouthCoast Fair Housing. Candace interned with the City of Providence Legal Department and a business law firm following her first year of law school. Outside of law school, Candace enjoys traveling and cooking.

Blair Robinson (she/her)

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Blair Robinson is from Austin, Texas. She graduated magna cum laude from the Honors College at the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and minors in National Security Studies and Leadership Studies. Blair interned with Dell Technologies and worked as a technology consultant for Accenture, LLC before attending RWU Law. At Roger Williams Law, she is a member of the Honors Program and the dual JD/MS program in Cybersecurity. Outside of law school, Blair is a competitive fencer, live music enthusiast, and mediocre baker.

Whitney Saunders (she/her)

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Photo of Whitney SaundersWhitney Saunders is originally from Ellsworth, Maine. Whitney graduated summa cum laude from Norwich University in December of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. Prior to law school Whitney worked as a full-time paralegal at a general litigation firm in Bangor, Maine.  The summer after 1L year Whitney interned at the Hancock County District Attorney's Office in Ellsworth, Maine. Whitney is still not sure what she would like to do after graduating from law school but Whitney's interested in Family Law and Tribal Law. Whitney is currently the Secretary of the Family Law Society and a mentor in the First-Generation Mentor Program for the 1Ls. In her free time Whitney likes to spend time with friends and family, try new restaurants, and watch her dad at the racetrack!

Corey Sherman (he/his)

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Photo of Corey ShermanCorey Sherman is originally from Falmouth, MA and currently lives in Destin, FL.  He graduated cum laude from Florida State University in 2019 with degrees in Finance and Risk Management & Insurance.  Before his senior year at Florida State, Corey spent the summer working for Clinton & Muzyka, P.C., a maritime firm in Boston, MA.  During the summer after his 1L year at RWU law, Corey continued to intern for Clinton & Muzyka and will continue throughout his 2L year.  While at RWU Law, Corey is also a member of the Honors Program and the Maritime Law society where he serves as the 2L representative.  After graduation, Corey plans on pursuing a career in maritime law.  His interests outside of law school include boating, running, and watching Jeopardy

Andrew Spaulding (he/his)

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Photo of Andrew SpauldingAndrew Spaulding is from Bedford, MA. He graduated cum laude from Roger Williams University in 2019, and received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, as well as a minor in Business. Prior to coming to law school, Andrew worked as a shore bird monitor, collecting data on threatened shorebirds. At Roger Williams School of Law, Andrew is a member of the Honors program and the President of the Environmental Law Society. During the summer of his 1L year, he was a Rhode Island Sea Grant Law fellow. In his free time, Andrew enjoys surfing, fishing, and cooking.

Julyssa Tavares (she/her)

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Photo of Julyssa TavaresJulyssa Tavares is from Cumberland, Rhode Island. She graduated cum laude from Roger Williams University in 2018, and received a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science with a minor in Psychology. Prior to attending law school, Julyssa worked as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault advocate in various police departments and courthouses within Massachusetts. At Roger Williams University School of Law, she serves as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Yelnosky. After her first year of law school, Julyssa served as a judicial intern for the Honorable William E. Smith in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

Victor Vieira (he/his)

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Photo of Victor VieiraVictor Vieira is from Bethel, Connecticut and is currently living in Warren, RI. He graduated summa cum laude from Seton Hall University with a B.S. in Diplomacy and International Relations. Victor also majored in Modern Languages, concentrating in Spanish and Russian, and minored in Latin American Latino Studies and Russian and Eastern European Studies. During Alternative Winter Break, he spent a week working with Catholic Social Services' Immigration Law, Education and Advocacy Program. During his 1L summer, Victor interned for former Law Review Editor-in-Chief, Antonio Massa Viana at Attorney Viana's immigration law firm based in Framingham, Massachusetts. At Roger Williams School of Law Victor is a part of the Honors Program. Victor looks forward to working in immigration law, where he can utilize his Portuguese and Spanish language skills.

Samuel Weathers (he/his)

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Photo of Samuel WeathersSamuel Weathers is from Manchester, New Hampshire. He graduated cum laude from Gettysburg College in 2018, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in Public History and Civil War Era Studies. After graduating college, Samuel worked for the United States World War One Centennial Commission as a genealogical researcher. At Roger Williams University School of Law, he is a member of the Honors Program and participated in the Alternative Winter Break Program where he volunteered for the Disability Rights Center of New Hampshire. In his free time, he enjoys music, cinema, and visiting historic sites. After graduation, Samuel hopes to practice admiralty and maritime law.

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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.