Editorial Board

Sophia Weaver (Editor-in-Chief)

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Sophia WeaverSophia Weaver (Editor-in-Chief) is from Saunderstown, Rhode Island. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in 2016 with BAs in Anthropology and Gender & Women’s Studies. Her studies at URI focused on domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. Before law school she was a flower farmer and wedding florist. After her first year at Roger Williams University School of Law, she interned for the Honorable John J. McConnell, Jr., at the US District Court for the District of Rhode Island. During her second year, she served as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Logan and as a member of Moot Court, winning Best Overall Oral Advocate at the 2019 Esther Clark Moot Court Competition. After her second year, she interned with the Women’s Law Project, a public-interest legal center based in Pennsylvania.  During her final year of law school, Sophia will continue her position as Research Assistant to Professor CJ Ryan. She will also be a Teaching Assistant for Dean Goldstein’s Constitutional Law classes. Sophia is also part of the Honors Program. After she graduates, Sophia will be clerking for the Honorable Bethany Alvord at the Connecticut Appellate Court. Ultimately, Sophia hopes to pursue a career in women’s rights—specifically reproductive justice. In her free time, Sophia enjoys walking her dog, gardening, cooking, and doing yoga.

Rachel Dunham (Managing Editor) 

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Rachel DunhamRachel Dunham (Managing Editor) is from Norwich, Connecticut. She graduated from University of Rhode Island with bachelor degrees in Psychology and Gender and Women’s Studies in 2015. She conducted research on human trafficking cases in Rhode Island and was published in an academic journal. After graduating, Rachel was hired as the Assistant Coordinator of Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services at the University of Rhode Island Women’s Center. During the Summer after her 1L year, she was a judicial intern for the Honorable Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan at the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. At Roger Williams University she currently serves as the President of the International Law Society, the Student Chair of the Title IX Task Force, and is a member of the Honors Program.

Jonathan Stark-Sachs (Executive Articles Editor)

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Jonathan Stark-SachsJonathan Stark-Sachs (Executive Articles Editor) is from Manhattan, Kansas.He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emporia State University in 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in History and a Minor in Ethnic and Gender Studies. After earning his undergraduate degree, Jonathan worked at the Riley County Historical Museum and sat on the Board of Directors for the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance, a local historic preservation advocacy group. Jonathan came to Roger Williams University to pursue their unique dual degree program that couples legal studies with a Master’s in Historic Preservation. After his 1L year, Jonathan was the legal intern at The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an independent federal agency that oversees compliance with federal historic preservation regulation. After law school Jonathan plans to continue to advocate for the preservation and effective reuse of historic properties.

Philip Primeau (Executive Notes & Comments Editor) 

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Philip PrimeauPhilip Primeau (Executive Notes & Comments Editor) is from East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He graduated summa cum laude from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. Before entering law school, Philip spent six years in the e-learning industry. During his 1L summer, he worked as the research assistant to Dean Michael Yelnosky. He also worked as the research assistant to the chief litigation counsel for the Center for Immigration Studies, where he focused on the intersection of immigration, administrative, and environmental law. He currently lives in Warwick, Rhode Island, with his wife and two children.

Alyssa Lemire (Rhode Island Editor) 

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Alyssa LemireAlyssa Lemire (Rhode Island Editor) is from Burrillville, Rhode Island. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and minors in Sustainability and Public Health. After graduating, Alyssa served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Groundwork Rhode Island—a non-profit, community-based environmental organization dedicated to creating healthier and more resilient urban communities in Rhode Island. At the law school, Alyssa is a member of the Honors Program, the Secretary of the Environmental Law Society, and a Research Assistant to Professor Emily Sack. During the summer following her 1L year, Alyssa worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Chief Judge William E. Smith of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Outside of law school, Alyssa enjoys reading, hiking, and cuddling with her cat.

Ethan Armitano (Research and Development Editor)

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Ethan ArmitanoEthan Armitano (Research and Development Editor) is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2016, with a double-major Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Political Science. While at CU he was involved in the club swim team, was a member of the hiphop dance team for 3 years, serving as captain in his last year, and the student government for 3 years. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Ethan was the 1L representative for the SBA and is the 2019-2020 SBA Treasurer. During the summer after his 1L year, Ethan interned with the Rhode Island Government in the Department of Administration Legal Services.

Lauren Bizier (Notes and Comments Editor)

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Lauren BizierLauren Bizier (Notes and Comments Editor) is from Attleboro, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Roger Williams University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and a second major in Psychology. While at RWU, Lauren interned for the domestic violence advocacy center, Sojourner House in Providence. During her 2L year, Lauren interned at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, assisting attorneys in Veteran’s Disability Law. Lauren currently works as an intern in the Personal Injury Department at Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in personal injury law. 

​​​​​​​Sarah Friedman (Notes & Comments Editor)

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Sarah FriedmanSarah Friedman (Notes & Comments Editor) is from New Bedford, Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2018, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. While a student at UMass Dartmouth, she was an active member of the university’s Honors Program and after completing the program, she graduated as a Commonwealth Scholar. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Sarah is a member of the Honors Program and a Dean’s Scholar. She became interested in fair housing law after spending Alternative Spring Break volunteering for South Coast Fair Housing during her 1L year. During the summer after her 1L year, Sarah interned at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, further developing her interest in civil rights law. In the Fall and Spring semesters of her 2L year, she worked as a Sea Grant Law Fellow, researching potential equity issues that could arise out of government programs to purchase flood prone properties and the legal resources available to low-income tenants and homeowners who are displaced by flooding. Sarah’s comment entitled A Source of Hope: Looking to Massachusetts’ Fair Housing Law as a Guide for Rhode Island’s Proposed Legislation to Protect Public Assistance Recipients from Housing Discrimination, was selected for publication in Volume 25, Issue 3, of the Roger Williams University Law Review. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her two dogs. After law school, Sarah is interested in pursuing a career related to fair housing and civil rights.

Tiffany Wallace (Notes & Comments Editor)

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Tiffany WallaceTiffany Wallace (Notes & Comments Editor) is from Pelham, New Hampshire. She graduated magna cum laude from Barry University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and History, as well as a minor in Business Administration. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Tiffany is a member of the Moot Court Board and the Honors Program. During her 1L year, she completed pro-bono work by participating in the Street Law Program, where she mentored high school seniors at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys traveling, cooking, and hiking. During the summer after her 1L year, she had the opportunity to travel Italy.

Anna Kramer (Articles Editor)

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Anna KramerAnna Kramer (Articles Editor) is from Marietta, Georgia. She graduated cum laude from Auburn University. During her first year at Roger Williams University School of Law Anna taught Street Law at a local high school and worked with the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Program in Brooklyn, New York through the university’s Alternative Spring Break program. Anna spent her first summer studying international humanitarian law at the National University of Ireland, Galway through the Irish Centre for Human Rights. During her second year, Anna worked as a judicial extern to Justice William P. Robinson III of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and to Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. This summer Anna is working as an intern for Disability Rights Rhode Island. She is a member of the Street Law Leadership Team and is a research assistant to Professor Jane Rindsberg. After graduation, Anna strives to work as a public interest attorney with a focus on special education reform. In her free time, Anna enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on her Auburn Tigers.

Tyler Martin (Articles Editor)

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Tyler MartinTyler Martin (Articles Editor) is from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He graduated summa cum laude from Johnson and Wales University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Tyler is a participant in the Johnson and Wales and Roger Williams University School of Law “3+3” program, that allowed him to earn his undergraduate degree a year early. In the summer after his 2L year, Tyler worked as a summer associate at Manning Gross and Massenburg in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to Law Review, Tyler is a research assistant for Professor Tanya Monestier and is a member of the Honors Program. Tyler is also the recipient of the merit-based Professor Robert B. Kent ‘01H Memorial Scholarship and Earle Family Memorial Endowed Business Law Scholarship. After law school, Tyler plans to pursue a career in corporate law or civil litigation defense.

Lucas Sylvia (Articles Editor) 

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Lucas SylviaLucas Sylvia (Articles Editor) is originally from Rehoboth, Massachusetts, now living in Seekonk. He graduated cum laude from Stonehill College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.  While at Stonehill, Lucas was an active member in several student organizations and traveled to Washington, D.C., in the spring of 2012, for a semester to study and intern for Senator Scott Brown.  In the summer after his first year, Lucas was a judicial legal intern for Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  In addition, he is a Teaching and Research Assistant for Professors Tanya Monestier and Irina Gott.  Lucas is a member of the Honors Program, serving as an Honors Mentor and a First Generation Mentor to incoming first-year students.  In the summer after his second year, Lucas was a Summer Associate at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick working in Veterans Disability law.  In his free time, Lucas enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, and traveling to different breweries in Vermont and Maine. 

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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.


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.


Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.


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.