Board of Directors

Board of Directors,

Roger Williams University School of Law 2017-2018


Kenneth E. Arnold, Esq.
Former Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Lifespan Corporation

Nicole J. Benjamin, Esq. ‘06
Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.

The Honorable Ronald A. Cass
Cass & Associates PC

The Honorable Edward C. Clifton
Associate Justice
Rhode Island Superior Court, Retired

Marc DeSisto Esq.
DeSisto Law Offices

Melissa R. DuBose Esq. ‘04
Schneider Electric

Donald Farish, Ph.D., J.D.
Roger Williams University
Ex-Officio Member

Michael W. Field, Esq. ‘97
Assistant Attorney General
Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General

The Honorable Francis X. Flaherty
Associate Justice
Rhode Island Supreme Court

Linn Foster Freedman, Esq.

Mark Gemma Esq. ‘97
Gemma Law Associates Inc.

Valerie Harrison, Esq.
Senior Advisor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Temple University

Connie Howes, Esq.
Former President & CEO
Women & Infants Hospital

Jillian Jagling '09
West Group Law PLLC
Ex-Officio Member
(President, Law Alumni Association)

Patrick Jones, Esq.
Jones Kelleher LLP

Stephen P. Maguire Esq. ‘96
Law Office of Stephen P. Maguire, Inc.

Mark Mandell, Esq.
Mandell, Schwartz & Boisclair

Howard Merten, Esq.
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Stephen Prignano, Esq.
McIntyre Tate LLP

James Ruggieri, Esq.
Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney LLP

George L. Santopietro, Esq.
Coia & Lepore, Ltd.

The Honorable Bruce M. Selya
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Stephen Shechtman, Esq.
Shechtman Halperin Savage

The Honorable William E. Smith
Chief Judge
United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island

Robin G. Steinberg, Esq.
Executive Director
The Bronx Defenders

The Honorable Patricia Sullivan
Magistrate Judge
United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island

The Honorable Paul Suttell
Chief Justice
Rhode Island Supreme Court

Hinna Mirza Upal, Esq. ‘07
Littler Mendelson P.C.

Stacey Veroni, Esq.
Assistant Attorney General
Chief of the Criminal Division
Office of the Attorney General

The Honorable Netti Vogel
Associate Justice
Rhode Island Superior Court

Ed Weiss, Esq.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & General Counsel
Fenway Sports Group

Joseph D. Whelan, Esq.
Whelan, Corrente, Flanders, Kinder & Siket LLP

Michael J. Yelnosky
Roger Williams University School of Law
Ex-Officio Member

Close Course Type Descriptions

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.