3L Members

Carla Aveledo (she/her)

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Photo of 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 received the William C. Clifton, Sr. Clerkship with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office and worked in the civil rights unit with a focus on election protection issues.  During her 2L summer, Carla was an intern for the Honorable John J. McConnell, Jr., at the US District Court for the District of Rhode Island.  For her final year of law school, Carla will be externing with the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Fall River, Massachusetts, serve as a Teaching Assistant for Dean Goldstein’s Constitutional Law classes, and as an Academic Excellence Teaching Fellow for Professor Thompson.  Carla's Comment, Ten Years Later, PREA Doesn’t Live Up to Its Goal: Amending The Statute to Reduce Discriminatory Violence Against Transgender Prisoners, was selected to be published in a forthcoming edition of the Roger Williams University Law Review.  Carla was also the President of the Latino Law Students Association during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Drew Bartlett (he/him)

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Photo of Drew BarletttDrew 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 served 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.

Edward Gencarelli, Jr. (he/him)

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Photo of 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.  Before coming to law school, Ed worked in the investment management industry as 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, focusing on complex multistate consumer protection and antitrust matters.  After his 2L year, Ed interned with Locke Lord LLP in the Corporate & Transactional group.  At RWU 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 (he/him)

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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 (she/her)

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Photo of 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. Shannan has worked as a Research Assistant for Professors Diana Hassel and Louise Ellen Teitz and as a Teaching Assistant for Professor James Diamond. During the summer of her 2L year she worked as an intern with the Children and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Outside of law school, Shannon enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Brendan Horan (he/him)

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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 (she/her)

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Photo of 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. 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 and Alternative Winter Break with The Death Penalty Information Center her second year. She also had the opportunity to serve as a Research Assistant to Professor Emily Sack and Professor Michael Yelnosky during her 1L summer. She also served as a Teaching Assistant for Criminal Law, Torts I & II, Professional Responsibility, Property, and Family Law. At law school, Alyssa is a member of the Honors Program, the Association for Public Interest Law, and serves as an Honors Program and First-Generation Mentor. In addition, Alyssa was a judicial extern for the Honorable Chief Justice Suttell of the R.I. Supreme Court during spring of her 2L year. Currently, she is a legal extern for Governor McKee’s Executive Counsel and a legal intern at Marasco & Nesselbush. In her very limited free time, Alyssa enjoys going on walks and spending time with her friends. After Law School, Alyssa plans to pursue a career in personal injury law and hopes to become a law professor one day.

Jill Magnus (she/her)

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Photo of Jill MagnusJill Magnus is from Middletown, RI and currently lives in Newport, RI. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island. During her 1L year, Jill taught Street Law at The MET in Newport, and she interned at the Statehouse with the Legislature and also with the Senate Policy office where she wrote legislative reports on facial recognition technology and law enforcement training and drafted a bill to ban hydraulic fracking in Rhode Island. In addition to Law Review, Jill is a member of the Roger Williams Moot Court Executive Board and serves as the Co-Chair to the Esther Clark Competition. During her 2L year, Jill won the 2020 Esther Clark Moot Court Competition at the Rhode Island Supreme Court as well as winning awards for Best Oral Advocate and Best On and Off Brief Performance. Jill was also a Street Law Mentor during her 2L year and interned at a private criminal defense firm the summer of her 2L year. In her 3L year, Jill is looking forward to serving on the Moot Court Executive Board and participating in the Judicial Externship, where she will be Federal District Court Judge Mary McElroy's extern in the fall. Also in the fall, Jill is competing in the National Moot Court Competition. In the spring of her 3L year, Jill is participating in the Corporate Counsel Externship and will be a Teaching Assistant for Professor Spacone's Business Organizations class

Ruth Nwauche (she/her)

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Photo of Ruth NwaucheRuth Nwauche is Nigerian-American and grew up in 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 extern for Chief Judge John J. McConnell, an Academic Success Teaching Fellow for Professor Thompson, and participates as a 3L Representative in the Black Law Students Association. She is also a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and the Women’s Law Society. With 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 practice consumer protection law in D.C. before transitioning into private practice and eventually working in the political arena.

Sheya Rivard (she/her)

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Photo of 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, and the summer following her 2L year, Sheya was a Judicial Intern for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. At RWU, Sheya is a Teaching Assistant for Professor Colleen Brown and a member of the Honors Program.

Chad Stroum (he/him)

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Photo of Chad StroumChad Stroum is from Swansea, Massachusetts. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Crime and Justice Studies. At UMass, he focused his study on inequality issues within prisons, including the disproportionate spending on the prison industrial complex compared to students K-12. During his first two years at Roger Williams School of Law, Chad interned for the Center For Justice in Providence Rhode Island assisting in prison litigation, fair housing, and utility rights. Chad also externed for the Honorable Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of 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 (he/him)

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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. During the summer after his 2L year and into the fall of his 3L year, Richard interned with the Rhode Island Center for Justice where he represented a client in Federal District Court Mediation and wrote several substantive legal memos. After law school, Richard hopes to obtain a judicial clerkship or public interest fellowship in Rhode Island. Richard intends to pursue a career practicing appellate law for a public interest firm and hopes to someday enter legal academia as a professor and law librarian. Outside of law school, Richard enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and caring for plants.

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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.