Board of Directors

Roger Williams University School of Law 2023-2024

(Effective January 25, 2024)

The Honorable Brian Stern, Chair
Associate Judge
Rhode Island Superior Court

Nicole J. Benjamin, Esq. ’06, Vice-Chair
Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.

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

Hinna Mirza Upal, Esq. ’07, Secretary
Littler Mendelson P.C.

Collin Bailey, Esq. ’08
Chief Transformation Officer
Hudson Bay Company

Alyssa V. Boss, Esq. ’97
General Counsel
University of Rhode Island

Gregory W. Bowman
Dean and Professor of Law
Roger Williams University School of Law
Ex-Officio Member

Marek P. Bute, ’05
Senior Manager, Business Contracts 
Amazon Web Services

Marc DeSisto, Esq.
DeSisto Law Offices

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

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

Mark Gemma, Esq. ’97
Gemma Law Associates Inc.

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.

Zachary Mandell, Esq. ’11
Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell

Howard Merten, Esq.
Managing Partner
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Ioannis "Yannis" Miaoulis
Roger Williams University
Ex-Officio Member

Stephen Prignano, Esq.
McIntyre Tate LLP

Michael P. Robinson, Esq. ’00
Savage Law Partners 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

Ondine Galvez Sniffin, Esq.
Law Offices of Ondine Galvez Sniffin

Katherine Sulentic, Esq. ’09
Associate Director of Enforcement
NCAA Academic Integrity Unit

The Honorable Paul A. Suttell
Chief Justice
Rhode Island Supreme Court

The Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit




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.