Editorial Board

Hannah Devoe (Editor-in-Chief, she/her)

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Photo of Hannah DevoeHannah Devoe is from New London, New Hampshire. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2019 with a BA in Government & Politics and a minor in History. While at UMD, she studied abroad in Tübingen, Germany with a focus in Economics and Politics, which sparked her passion for traveling and studying international law. After graduating from Maryland, Hannah spent the summer interning for the Honorable Judge James Gleason at the New Hampshire Circuit Court, District Division. During her time in law school, Hannah has served as a Teaching Assistant for Professors Monestier and Spacone and was a member of the Street Law Leadership Team. After her second year, Hannah worked at Bentley Systems, Inc. as an Immigration and Employment intern. Hannah is currently externing at the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies in Newport, RI. After Graduation, Hannah strives to work in the international sector as a transactional lawyer and hopes to live abroad at some point in her career.  In her free time, Hannah enjoys traveling, visiting museums, reading, and spending time with close friends and family.

Kirsten Roy (Managing Editor, she/her) 

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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. Prior to attending law school, Kirsten worked as a paralegal at Hoopis and Hoopis in Warwick, Rhode Island. At the law school, Kirsten is a member of the honors program and mentors first-year students. During her second year, Kirsten worked as a teaching assistant for Professor Tara Allen's criminal law course. The summer following her second year, Kirsten interned at the Federal Public Defender's Office in Providence, Rhode Island. During her final year of law school, Kirsten is working as a Rule 9 Student Attorney at the Immigration Clinic and will serve as a judicial extern her final semester. After law school, Kirsten plans to pursue a career in federal criminal defense or immigration law. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys spending time with her friends and family or hiking, traveling, and doing yoga.

Jordan Sasa (Executive Articles Editor, he/him)

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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 has served 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.

Amanda Reis (Executive Notes & Comments Editor, she/her) 

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Amanda ReisAmanda Reis is from Everett, Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from Salve Regina University in 2018, earning a B.S. 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 RWU Law, she volunteered as an income tax preparer in the VITA/TCE program and worked with the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society of Brooklyn, NY through the Alternative Spring Break program. The summer following her 1L year and throughout her 2L year, she was a legal intern for an immigration firm in Providence, RI, working predominantly with asylum cases. She spent the winter break of her second year researching a novel issue for The Honorable Jacqueline Deane of the Kings County Family Court in Brooklyn, NY. Currently, Amanda is a judicial extern for Justice William P. Robinson III of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and a legal intern for the litigation division at FM Global. She is a member of the Honors Program. Upon graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in public defense.

Madison Picard (Rhode Island Editor, she/her) 

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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, a 3L representative for the Women's Law Society, and a Teaching and Research Assistant for Professor Monestier. Madison is currently completing a semester in practice at CPCS in Springfield, Massachusetts. After she graduates, Madison will be clerking for the Honorable Joan Alexander at the Connecticut Appellate Court.  

Rebekkah Stoeckler (Research and Development Editor, she/her)

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Photo of Rebekkah StoecklerRebekkah Stoeckler is from Fairview, North Carolina.  In 2014, she graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, in Kings Point, New York, where she majored in Maritime Operations and Technology.  Before coming to law school, Rebekkah navigated and lead crews of 900ft vessels on the Mississippi River and the Inland Waterways.  In law school, she interned with the Honorable Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson at the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Honorable Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan at the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.  Rebekkah also served as research assistant to Professor Louise Ellen Teitz and as an intern for Providence-based law firm, Cameron & Mittleman, LLC.  In addition to Law Review, Rebekkah competed in the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition, is a member of the Honors Program, and participated in various other affinity clubs at Roger Williams University School of Law.  After graduation, Rebekkah will be clerking with the Honorable Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and then looks forward to beginning her career as a civil litigator. 

Samantha Ferrucci (Notes and Comments Editor, she/her)

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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. During her 2L year, Sam worked 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 served as a Research Assistant for Professor CJ Ryan and a Torts Teaching Assistant for Professor John Barylick and Michael Yelnosky, she was the President of the Tax & Business Law Society, and she also served as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance pro bono student leader. The summer going into her 3L year, Sam worked as a Summer Associate at Pierce Atwood. During 3L year, Sam plans to work part time at a business litigation firm in Providence. Outside of law school, Sam enjoys boxing workouts and is an avid equestrian.

Madalyn McGunagle (Notes & Comments Editor, she/her)

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Photo of Madalyn McGunagleMadalyn McGunagle is from Cranston, Rhode Island. She graduated from American University in Washington, DC in December 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 and spent a semester studying abroad in Rome. 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 alternates between black raspberry chip frozen yogurt and peanut butter cup. This past summer, Madalyn interned again for the American Library Association, this time researching the intersection of copyright law and library interests. At RWU, Madalyn is 3L rep for SBA and a member of the Honors Program. In her free time, Madalyn likes to go running, paddleboarding, and taking her dog to the beach.

Brooke Pearsons (Notes & Comments Editor, she/her)

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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. During her time at Roger Williams, Brooke was a founding member of a student group focused on educating the campus and local communities on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. 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.  During her 2L summer, Brooke worked as a Law Clerk at Wynn & Wynn, PC in Raynham, MA. As a 3L, Brooke will be participating in the Judicial Externship and Corporate Counsel Externship Programs. Brooke is also a member of the Honors Program, the Women's Law Society, and the Tax and Business Law Society

Ryan Coyne (Articles Editor, he/him)

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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 is an active member of the Criminal Law Society and was the Co-Coordinator for Alternative Spring Break for the 2020-21 school year. Over the summer of 2020, he interned with the Honorable Judge Felipe L. Restrepo of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 2021, he was a Summer Associate at Marasco & Nesselbush LLP, and currently still works part-time as a Legal Intern.

Lindsay Koso (Articles Editor, she/her)

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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 served as the Secretary of the Roger Williams chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and worked as a Legal Intern at the Law Office of Ondine Galvez Sniffin. In the summer after her second year, Lindsay worked for law firm Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen, specializing in California Tribal and American Indian Law. Lindsay is part of the Honors Program and a Presidential Scholar. Once she graduates, Lindsay wants to work in the field of American Indian Law, specifically in repatriation, cultural resources and sacred sites protection, and self-determination. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys playing the ukulele, cooking, and horror movies.

Thomas Wall (Articles Editor, he/him) 

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Photo of Thomas WallThomas Wall is from Acushnet, Massachusetts. After graduating from Boston University in 2000 with a BA in Philosophy, he moved to New York City where he worked as a customer service manager for The New York Health & Racquet Club and met his husband, Lawrence. Tom is interested in family law and tribal law and is currently interning for the Catawba Nation in South Carolina. He is a member of the Honors program and the Alliance. In his free time, Tom enjoys gardening and exploring the South Coast region's many land preserves.

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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.