Moot Court

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.

If you have any questions about the Moot Court Board, please email

2018-2019 Board Members

2018-2019 Executive Board

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2018-2019 Moot Court Executive Board
From left to right: Allison Regan, Caitlin Isherwood, Kelsey Peck, Emily Heisler, Ryan Ing.

Kelsey D. Peck (President)

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kpeck.jpgKelsey D. Peck (President) is from Vail, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University, where she was a member of the SU Cheerleading program. Prior to law school, Kelsey worked as the Director of Business Development for Columbia Pacific Finance. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Kelsey is a Teaching Assistant to Professor Peter Margulies and a member of the Tax and Business Law Society. After her first year of law school, Kelsey interned with Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney LLP and the Rhode Island Attorney General's Appellate Division. During her 2L year, Kelsey was a judicial extern to the Honorable William E. Smith in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. After law school, Kelsey will work as an associate for Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, LLP.

Ryan C. Ing (Vice President)

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rcing.jpgRyan C. Ing (Vice President) is from Stratford, Connecticut. He graduated from Roger Williams University in 2015, as a double major, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Legal Studies. During his gap year, in between undergraduate and law school, Ryan worked for Upserve, under CEO Angus Davis. The summer following his first year of law school, he interned at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, in Boston, Massachusetts. The next summer Ryan was hired in the litigation department as a summer associate at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara (PLDO). At the conclusion of summer, Ryan earned the opportunity to continue his employment with PLDO throughout his final school year. Currently, Ryan is participating in the Criminal Defense Clinic as a Rule 9 Student Attorney and in the spring semester will participate in the Corporate Counsel Externship program.

Caitlin C. Isherwood (Chair of Communications and Records)

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cisherwood.jpgCaitlin C. Isherwood (Chair of Communications and Records) is from Warwick, Rhode Island. She graduated from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut in 2015 with a Bachelor in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. While in undergrad she interned with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office and realized she had a passion for seeking justice and started to pursue her dream to become a prosecutor. During the summer after her 1L year she interned in Rhode Island Superior Court with the Honorable Judge Matos on the Criminal Daily Calendar. After her 2L year she interned for the Rhode Island Attorney General as a Rule 9 Student Attorney in District Court and Superior Court in Kent County. After graduation, Caitlin hopes to become a criminal prosecutor and become a member of the Rhode Island National Guard.

Emily V. Heisler (Chair of External Competitions & Finance and Development)

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eheisler.jpgEmily V. Heisler (Chair of External Competitions & Finance and Development) is from Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. She graduated early from Kutztown University in 2015, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. The summer after college, she interned for the District Attorney’s Office in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. While there, she attended court proceedings for Bill Cosby’s trial. The summer after her first year of law school, she interned at the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General on the Domestic Violence Unit. Throughout her second year, Emily returned to the RI Attorney General’s office to work as a Rule 9 Student Attorney in District and Superior Court in Providence. During her 3L year, Emily is participating in the Judicial Clinical Externship Program and is working for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Allison K. Regan (Chair of the Esther Clark Moot Court Competition)

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aregan.jpgAllison K. Regan (Chair of the Esther Clark Moot Court Competition) is from Sykesville, Maryland.  She graduated from Towson University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and American Civilization and a focus in Women’s Studies.  During the spring semester of her 2L year, Allison was a judicial extern for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  Concurrently, and thereafter throughout her 2L summer, Allison interned for the Community College of Rhode Island’s Director of Institutional Equity & Title IX Coordinator, conducting extensive regulatory research with a particular focus on federal anti-discrimination laws.  Additionally, Allison is currently externing at Swarovski, N.A. through RWU’s Corporate Counsel Externship program.  After graduation, Allison will clerk for the New Hampshire Superior Court from 2019-2021.

General 3L Members

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  • Michaela Bland
  • Ryan Cummins
  • Stephanie Diorio
  • Ryan Gallagher
  • Jeanette Garcia
  • Katherine Landis
  • Dylan Marshall
  • Kathrine Morin
  • Samantha Regan
  • Alexander Ried
  • Brenna Riley

General 2L Members

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  • Angelica Bovis
  • Leah Boisclair
  • Zachary Carlson
  • Jared Chance
  • Meredith Cockman
  • Flavio DaCosta
  • Caitlyn Forrester-Johnson
  • Garrett Gee
  • Brendan Goff
  • Caitlyn Horbert
  • Andrew Howayeck
  • John Iannone
  • Megan Kittler
  • Rachel Levithan
  • Crystal Peralta
  • James Scacco
  • Emily Tomczyk
  • Luis Vargas


2018-2019 2L Members of the RWU Law Moot Court Board
General 2L Members.  Not pictured:  Andrew Howayeck, Brendan Goff, and Emily Tomczyk
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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.