Board of Directors

Roger Williams University School of Law 2019-2020


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

Collin Bailey, Esq. '08
Vice President of the Technology Business Office
The Hudson Bay Company

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

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

Marc DeSisto Esq.
DeSisto Law Offices

The Honorable Melissa R. DuBose Esq. ‘04
Associate Judge
Rhode Island District Court

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

The Honorable Francis X. Flaherty
Vice Chair
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

Patrick Jones, Esq.
Jones Kelleher LLP

J. Scott Kilpatrick, Esq.
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick

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

Mark Mandell, Esq.
Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell, Ltd

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 William E. Smith
United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island

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.

Nicole Verdi, Esq. '14
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of Governor Gina M. Raimondo
Rhode Island Statehouse
Ex-Officio Member
(President, Law Alumni Association)

Stacey Veroni, Esq.
Assistant United States Attorney
United States Attorney's Office - District of Rhode Island

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 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.