The Moot Court Board is a prestigious organization that affords numerous opportunities to its members. Many Board members participate in national external advocacy competitions which require both writing and appellate brief and performing an oral argument.
The Board strives to bring the world of appellate advocacy to its fellow law students. In the past, Moot Court has hosted guest speakers, lecture series, and sponsored visits to local courts to observe oral arguments. In 2017, the Board hosted Appellate Advocacy Week, intended to promote awareness among 1Ls about the importance of appellate work in the court system. The Board consistently develops its outreach program that leverages the School of Law's close connection with the local appellate advocacy bar. Many RWU Law alumni support the Moot Court Board by assisting in the administration of the Esther Clark Competition and coaching external competition teams.
The Board also runs the 1L Moot Court Competition, which gives first year students the chance to develop their advocacy skills and try out for a position on the Moot Court Board.
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2020-2021 Board Members
Nora Wells (President)Click to Open
Nora Wells (President)
Nora Wells is from Mansfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of New England in 2018 with a BS in Marine Science with a concentration in Marine Biology and a minor in Applied Mathematics. In addition to Moot Court President, Nora has participated in Alternative Spring Break and is a member of the Environmental Law Society.
After her 1L year, Nora worked for the Earth Law Center as an Ocean Rights Project intern and traveled to Iceland. Nora is currently an extern at the Conservative Law Foundation and is working as part of the organization’s Zero Waste Project. This summer, Nora plans to travel to Washington D.C. to join the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the General Counsel’s Office of Oceans and Coasts. In her 3L year, Nora will begin classes at the University of Rhode Island for her Master of Marine Affairs as part of the university’s joint degree program.
Michael dePascale (Vice President)Click to Open
Michael dePascale, Jr. (Vice President)
Michael dePascale, Jr. is from Plainville, Connecticut. He attended Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island from 2015-2018, graduating summa cum laude and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. In the summer following his first year of law school, Michael interned at Assalone & Associates, LLC and continued as an intern there throughout the fall fall semester of his second year . Michael then externed for the Honorable Francis X. Flaherty of the Rhode Island Supreme Court in the spring semester of his second year of law school. In the summer after his second year, Michael was hired as a law clerk at Cameron & Mittleman LLP in Providence and he will continue to work there throughout his third year of law school. After graduation, Michael intends to pursue a career in civil litigation.
Anthony Milone (Chair of Communications and Records)Click to Open
Anthony Milone is from Old Tappan, New Jersey. He attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT where he played linebacker for the school’s Division I-AA football program and graduated with a BS in finance and business economics (dual-major). Thereafter, Anthony decided to take a gap-year prior to attending law school and worked for his father at Cross County Savings Bank in Queens, NY as a Compliance and Information Security Analyst.
Anthony formed the Justinian (Italian-American) Law Society during his 1L year and affiliated the organization with the state chapter Justinian Law Society of Rhode Island for networking purposes. Moreover, Anthony participated in Alternative Spring Break at the Bronx Defenders office, where he observed counsel in family court in-take hearings, trials, and more.
After his 1L year, Anthony worked as a summer legal intern at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office in the office’s trial bureau where he handled his own caseload of misdemeanors from the conversion stage to the trial stage. During his 2L year, Anthony competed in the Esther Clarke Moot Court Competition, worked as a property teaching assistant for Professor Gutoff, and also worked as a part-time law clerk for Cellai Law Offices, P.C. in Braintree, MA. Moreover, Anthony, through the Justinian Law Society, co-sponsored a “Gala” event with the Justinian Law Society of Rhode Island, where the state chapter donated $30,000.00 to RWU Law for scholarship funding.
After his 2L year, Anthony will be working for his father at Cross County Savings Bank on the bank’s internal audit committee. In his 3L year, Anthony will be working as a student attorney in the RWU Law Criminal Defense Clinic as well as preparing for the bar exam. After graduation, Anthony plans on working for either the Brooklyn or Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor and then later transition into criminal defense/white collar crime defense.
Nicholas Salatino (Chair of External Competitions)Click to Open
Nick Salatino is from Parkton, MD. He graduated Franklin & Marshall College in 2018, with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. At law school, Nick is the Chair of External Competitions on the Moot Court Executive Board, a member of the Criminal Law Society and the Association for Public Interest Law, an Esther Clark Moot Court Competition Quarter-Finalist, and a former Academic Success Teaching Fellow for Professor Kathryn Thompson. In the summer following his first year of law school, Nick interned at the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office in the Brockton District Court. In the summer following his second year of law school, Nick interned for the Honorable Justice Anna Barbara Hantz Marconi of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. During the fall semester of his 3L year, he participated in the Prosecution & Government Clinic where he externed as an SJC Rule 3:03 student practitioner at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston. In his free time, Nick enjoys running, traveling, and fishing. After graduation, Nick plans to pursue a career as a prosecutor.
Jessica Insurriaga (Chair of Finance and Development)Click to Open
Jessica Insurriaga (Chair of Finance and Development) Jessica Insurriaga is from El Paso, Texas. She graduated from the University of the Southwest in 2007, majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology.
At RWU Law, Jessica served as a Street Law Pro Bono Leader, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee Representative, Student Ambassador, and Vice-Justice of Phi Alpha Delta. During her second year of law school, Jessica interned with the Law Office of John Grasso and during the summer she interned with the Committee for Public Counsel Services as a Rule 3:03 student attorney. In her third year of law school, Jessica served as a Rule 9 student attorney in the Criminal Defense Clinic. She will also serve as a Rule 9 student attorney at the Rhode Island Public Defenders office in her final semester. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, running, reading, and playing soccer. After graduation, Jessica aspires to pursue a career a public defender.
Erin Ferry (Chair of the Esther Clark Moot Court Competition)Click to Open
Erin Ferry (Chair of the Esther Clark Moot Court Competition)
I grew up in Cranston, RI. After graduating from Loyola University Maryland in 2013, I lived in both Oregon and Alaska working at a public defender's office as well as a prisoner reentry center. While at Roger Williams, I interned with the Prisoner's Rights Office of the Vermont Defender General during my first summer, and with the New Hampshire Public Defender during my second summer. My hope is to become a public defender!
General 2L MembersClick to Open
Giuliana David is from Middletown, Connecticut. She earned a bachelors degree in Psychological Sciences with a minor in Women Gender and Sexuality Studies. At Roger Williams University, Giuliana is a teaching fellow for academic support, a street law leader, a member of the SBA, and a student ambassador. After her first year of law school Giuliana interned for the Rhode Island Governor’s executive legal counsel. Some of Giuliana’s favorite things are meeting new people, working with kids, and catching up with her friends over a good cup of coffee.
Tresina M. Dickens is from Chicago, Illinois, and she is interested in tax and real estate law. Tresina graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 2016, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law. Before attending Roger Williams University School of Law, Tresina held multiple legal positions in intellectual property law firms. While her experiences in the intellectual property field were fruitful, she looks forward to her future in tax and real estate law. This upcoming spring she will volunteer with the VITA program, and after law school she intends to pursue a L.L.M in Tax.
Laitza C. Germain is from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She graduated from Saint Thomas University in 2017, with a Bachelor in Business Management with a minor in Political Science. She then worked at a non-profit immigration law firm in Miami. In 2019, she graduated with a Masters in Business Administration. Upon graduation, she entered law school at Roger Williams University School of Law. Her first year, she became the 1L Representative for both the Black Law Student Association and the Christian Law Association. In the summer following her first year of law school, Laitza interned for the Chief Judge Jack McConnel Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. As a second year law student, Laitza currently serves as a the Secretary for the Black Law Student Association.
Sarah Kravetz was born in Cambridge, England, raised in Texas, and resides in Virginia. She graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and International Relations. Sarah was a journalist at the 2015 New Hampshire Primary and contributed articles and podcasts to the Boston Globe. In 2016, she also anchored and produced a contributing piece to the American University Television News broadcast on the Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, DC. Sarah also interned and externed at multiple non-profits and interned with then-Congressman Ron DeSantis. She is the President of Phi Alpha Delta-Madison Chapter at RWU Law. Sarah won the 2020 Mini-Moot Competition and finished as a semi-finalist in the Esther Clarke Competition. After graduation from RWU Law, Sarah will join the US Air Force JAG Corps.
Jill Magnus is from Middletown, RI. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island. During her 1L year Jill taught Street Law at a The MET in Newport and interned at the Statehouse with the Legislature and also with the Senate Policy office. During her 2L year, Jill won the Esther Clark Moot Court Competition at the Rhode Island Supreme Court in 2020. Jill also won Best Oral Advocate and Best On and Off Brief Performance. In addition to being on the Moot Court board, Jill is a member of the Law Review editorial staff at RWUSOL and in the dual degree Cybersecurity Master’s program. In Jill’s free time, she enjoys travelling, organizing, upcycling old furniture, and going to the beach.
My name is Connor Reardon, I am from Haddam, Connecticut. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Central Connecticut State University in 2019 with a major in Criminology and a minor in Spanish. Before coming to law school, I worked as an assistant for Oakley Law Offices, focusing on juvenile protection law. Aside from Moot Court Board, I currently serve as the Parliamentarian for Student Bar Association. In the Spring semester, I will be participating in the Judicial Externship Clinic. After graduation, I plan to pursue a career in criminal litigation. When not in school, I enjoy fishing, hiking, and exploring outdoors.
Kacey A. Stone is from Farmington, Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018 with a Major in English Literature and a Minor in Human Development and Family Studies. The summer of her 1L year, Kacey was a research assistant for Professor Emily Sack and researched various topics including domestic violence and the death penalty. In her 2L year, she has continued to be a research assistant, and took on the role of Professor Sack’s teaching assistant for her Criminal Law class. Kacey has also participated in the Street Law Program, and serves on the e-boards for Phi Alpha Delta and Association for Public Interest Law. Additionally, Kacey is looking forward to interning with the Federal Public Defender’s for the District of Northern Florida in the Capital Habeas Unit during the summer of 2021, and participating in the Criminal Defense Clinic in her 3L year.
Amanda is a 2L from Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Economics. Prior to law school, Amanda was a paralegal at Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. in the litigation department. After her first year of law school, Amanda worked as a labor relations legal intern for the Rhode Island Department of Administration. At Roger Williams, Amanda currently serves as a member of the Moot Court Board, where she was a finalist and winner of Best Overall Brief at the 2020 Esther Clark Moot Court Competition, Secretary of the Tax and Business Law Society, Feinstein Center Pro Bono Student Leader for the VITA program, and enrolled in the Accelerated JD Program. Amanda currently works as a legal assistant at Adler Pollock & Sheehan, and will serve as a judicial extern for the Honorable Richard A. Licht in the Rhode Island Superior Court for the spring 2021 semester.
Jonathan Vallecilla has lived in Rhode Island since he immigrated to the United States with his mother at the age of four years old. At a young age Jonathan became passionate about politics and the law. He has an Associates Degree from the Community College of Rhode Island, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Rhode Island College. Jonathan was a 2019 New Leaders Council Fellow for the Rhode Island chapter, and has served as a Selections Committee Co-Chair for NLC RI since then. Jonathan is currently a Juris Doctor Candidate at Roger Williams University School of Law, and hopes to practice criminal defense and immigration law upon graduation and passing the Bar.
Taylor K. Woehl is from Aberdeen, South Dakota. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Crime and Justice Studies in three years from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, where she was a member of the women’s soccer team. At Roger Williams University, Taylor volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. In the summer following her first year of law school, Taylor interned for the Rhode Island State Government where she wrote a piece of legislation to be presented to the Rhode Island General Assembly that was aimed at lowering recidivism rates in Rhode Island.
General 3L MembersClick to Open
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