Geoffrey Aptt is a born and raised Rhode Islander. He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology at Rhode Island College. Before law school he owned, operated, and sold a private investigation company and an employee screening company. During law school he gained experience in business law and commercial litigation as a law clerk for the Law Office of Michael A. Kelly P.C., a judicial extern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond, and a corporate general counsel extern at Swarovski N.A. Ltd. He hopes to focus his career in business law and commercial litigation, but he intends to give back to the community by handling juvenile criminal matters pro bono. He is married with two children and has a third on the way that will be born after Geoffrey takes the bar exam this summer.
Ashley Brinkmann is an Articles Editor for the Roger Williams University Law Review. Ashley is from Agawam, Massachusetts. She received a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from Roger Williams University in 2011. Ashley participated in the Roger Williams University School of Law’s Mediation Clinic from August 2013 to December 2013. She interned for Szlachetka Dubay, P.C. in Chicopee, Massachusetts during the summer of 2013. Ashley interned for Judge D’Ambra of the Rhode Island Family Court during the summer of 2012. After graduation, Ashley hopes to pursue her passion in family law.
Maura J. Clancy is a native Rhode Islander. She attended Stonehill College and majored in Political Science, concentrating in Political Philosophy. Before attending Roger Williams University School of Law, she worked for ﬁve years as a case manager at a social service agency and as an intern at Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. She has also worked as a research assistant, a legal extern in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and a law clerk for a solo practitioner. During law school, she has become especially interested in public defense, human rights, and constitutional rights issues. She hopes to work as a public defender or to work in appellate practice after law school.
Samantha Clarke is from New Bedford, MA, and earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2010. She has interned for the Honorable Judge John J. McConnell at the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, spent a summer with the Federal Trade Commission at its Southeast Regional Office in Georgia, participated in the Community Economic Development Clinic at Roger Williams, and interned at Pannone, Lopes, Devereaux, & West, LLC. Sam is also currently externing with the Honorable Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson at United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. After graduation, Sam will clerk for the Honorable Justice William P. Robinson III at the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Her legal interests include community economic development and tax law, and she hopes to come back to New Bedford someday and use her law degree to support entrepreneurs who are bringing the local economy back to life.
Michael da Cruz is originally from Lawrence, New Jersey. He began his undergraduate studies at McGill University, but later went on to earn his B.A. in History from Brown University. Prior to law school, Mike clerked with a solo general practitioner in Pawtucket. During his first summer at Roger Williams, Mike interned in the Appellate Division of the Rhode Island Public Defender, and in the following year he returned to the Public Defenders, this time working in Superior Court. In addition, he has participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic. Mike is currently interning with the RI Public Defender and is assigned to District Court. Mike hopes to one day open a small community-based practice that focuses on criminal defense and civil rights work. Mike has an orchard in his backyard and enjoys making cider.
Chloe Davis is from Gainesville, Florida. She graduated from the New College of Florida, in Sarasota, with a B.A. in Political Science. New College is a small liberal arts college that focuses on developing critical thinking and writing skills, requiring all students to write a thesis to graduate. Chloe wrote a 100-page thesis on international fisheries regulation, cementing her interest in marine and legal affairs. While applying to law schools, she worked as a paralegal for two years in a small products liability firm. Currently, Chloe studies marine and environmental law at the Law School, through which she has obtained fascinating internships, such as with NOAA General Counsel’s Office for the Oceans and Coasts Section, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Attorney General’s Environmental Unit. After law school, Chloe has a clerkship with the Honorable Justice Francis X. Flaherty of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
Paige Munro Delotto is originally from the west coast, where she graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Psychology; she later moved to California where she earned a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and then a master’s and doctorate degree in industrial psychology from Alliant International University. Paige has years of work experience for Fortune 500 companies in employee selection in New York. After moving to Rhode Island, she began at Roger Williams School of Law. Since enrolling in law school, she has interned with lawyers practicing in employment law, medical malpractice, and products liability. She was most recently a law clerk at mass torts firm Motley Rice. She plans to practice in employment, disability, personal injury and medical malpractice fields.
Nicholas Denice is from West Warwick, Rhode Island and graduated from Bryant University with a Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting, summa cum laude, and a Master of Professional Accounting. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and has previously worked in public accounting. Nick is interested in business law and was recently a summer associate at Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch. He has also been a judicial intern to Hon. Brian Stern, of Rhode Island Superior Court, and Honorable Lincoln Almond, U.S. District Court for the District of R.I. Nick enjoys refereeing soccer, and politics.
Marc Fialkoff is from Setauket, New York. In 2010, he graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in political science, focusing on transportation, sustainability, and the environment. As a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, he earned a Master in Sustainable Transport Planning from the Institute of Transport Studies. Since coming to law school, he has focused his interest to maritime and transportation law. He has published articles relating to the use of ports as engines for sustainable development as well as the role of the Coast Guard in protecting the environment. He is currently a research assistant to Professor Jonathan Gutoff as well as a legal intern at Moran Shipping, focusing on maritime bankruptcy and international carriage of goods. After law school, he hopes to go on to do Ph.D. work to explore the legal intersection of transport planning and the international carriage of goods via multimodal transport.
Adam Forsblom is from Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He majored in Legal Studies and Political Science at Roger Williams University. There, he participated in the mock trial team and played intramural football. Adam is currently working in the procurement department of CVS Caremark in Cumberland, Rhode Island. In the past, he has interned with a State Representative from Massachusetts and worked with the Honorable Judge Cenerini at the Kent County Courthouse. After graduating, he hopes to start up a legal career working as in-house counsel for a reputable corporation or work defending against patent infringements. He enjoys reading, writing, going to the gym, and discussing sports-related topics with friends. He can also name all of the United States Presidents in order.
Alyse Galoski is a Smithfield, Rhode Island native. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies with a secondary major in Psychology from Roger Williams University. She is currently a legal extern in the Office of the Executive Counsel to Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and a research assistant for Professor Colleen Brown. Previously, Alyse served as a Rule 9 student attorney at the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General, a judicial extern for the Honorable Francis X. Flaherty of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and an appellate clerk at the Office of the Rhode Island Public Defender. Alyse is interested in both criminal and civil litigation.
Caitlyn Kelly is from Cream Ridge, New Jersey. She attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. During law school, she interned with the in-house counsel of a hospitality company in Newport and with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office in Trenton, New Jersey. After graduation in May, she will return to New Jersey where she will clerk for the Honorable Judge Pedro Jimenez. She hopes to later become a prosecutor.
Maxine Kutner hails from Westchester, New York. She went to Gettysburg College where she majored in Psychology and minored in Political Science. Maxine has interned with McIntyre Tate, a small firm in Providence, Rhode Island, where she did family law, probate litigation, and terrorism litigation work; Pannone Lopes Devereaux and West, a mid-size firm in Providence, where she worked on civil litigation and criminal defense cases; and with Magistrate Judge Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. After graduation, she will clerk for the Honorable Marybeth Rogers in Hudson County, New Jersey. Maxine is a proud sister of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
Asia-Sierra Millette was born and raised in Queens, New York. She graduated from Amherst College where she double majored in Sociology and Black Studies. At RWU Law, Asia is a member of the Honors Program. During her time in law school, she has interned at Orleans Public Defenders and the Bronx Defenders, volunteered at Georgia Capital Defenders, and externed for former Chief Judge Mary Lisi at the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. She is currently in her second semester in the Criminal Defense Clinic. Asia is the former president of the Black Law Students Association at RWU and is currently the Regional Director of Programming for the Northeast Black Law Students Association. After law school, she hopes to return to New York to be a public defender.
Katie Nee is from Cranston, RI. She was graduated from the University of Virginia in 2003 with a B.A. in Government. Prior to law school, Katie worked as a political consultant at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and on several political campaigns. Since starting law school, Katie has worked as a law clerk for Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. and at the firms of Deluca & Weizenbaum and Motley Rice. After graduation, Katie will join the law firm of Harrington & Vitale.
Thomas Pagliarini is from North Providence, Rhode Island. He received his B.A. from Bryant University. During law school, he interned for a corporate employment immigration firm and with in-house counsel of an international eyewear company. Additionally, he has interned with the Honorable Brian P. Stern of the Rhode Island Superior Court and the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Following graduation, Tom will serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
Jennifer Read graduated from the College of the Holy Cross where she received a B.A. in English. At RWU Law, she has worked as a faculty research assistant and currently works as a law clerk for a criminal defense attorney in Providence, RI. She has also participated in national mock trial competitions as a member of the Trial Team.
Joceline Rocha is originally from the islands of Cape Verde. She came to the United States at the age of ten. Joceline studied at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where she majored in Political Science. Before law school, Joceline served as an MLASSP AmeriCorps member. During her first year at Roger Williams, Joceline interned at Catholic Social Services working on immigration cases. In her second year, Joceline externed at the Boston Immigration Court, helping draft decisions for a pool of six judges. That summer, she interned at the appellate division of the Rhode Island Public Defender’s office. Recently, Joceline completed a semester with the RWU Immigration Clinic. Following graduation, Joceline will serve as a judicial law clerk for the Dallas Immigration Court, through the Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program and afterwards hopes to continue working in the immigration field.
Brendan Ryan has lived in Providence, RI nearly his whole life, except for the four short years that he studied English at Boston University. Brendan has interned with the Providence City Solicitor’s Department and with the Honorable Judge Brian P. Stern at the Rhode Island Superior Court, and has defended low-income tenants facing eviction as a summer fellow at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. He hopes to work in housing and land use law in the future. In his spare time, he likes playing guitar and reading.
Leticia Tavares is originally from Brazil, but has resided in southern Massachusetts most of her life. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and minored in English. During her senior year at UMass, she interned at a personal injury firm in East Providence. Later, Leticia became the Robinson & Cole, LLP and National Grid 2012 Summer Fellow. The following year, she began a yearlong externship with the Honorable Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Leticia is currently enrolled in the Criminal Defense Clinic at RWU Law. After law school, she will work in the Rhode Island Judiciary as a law clerk in the Trial Court Law Clerk Department. In 2015, Leticia will begin a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Leticia loves to travel and stay active. Her most memorable experience was living in Salamanca, Spain during a study abroad program.
Nicole Verdi is from Warwick, Rhode Island. She graduated from Roger Williams University majoring in Legal Studies and Political Science as part of the Three Plus Three Program, in which she completed her bachelor’s degree in three years and subsequently matriculated into law school. Nicole has interned at the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island with Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. and Judge William E. Smith. She has also interned at the Child Abuse Unit at the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office. Last summer, she worked as a summer associate at Adler Pollock and Sheehan P.C. Presently, she is a fellow for the Women’s Policy Institute, advocating for gender equality in Rhode Island and works as a shelter advocate at the Women’s Resource Center. After law school, she will be clerking with Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg at the Rhode Island Supreme Court and then will begin working at Adler Pollock and Sheehan P.C. in the Litigation Department. She regularly practices vinyasa yoga.
Antonio Massa Viana first moved to the U.S. from Brazil when he was 12 years old, living between both countries for a number of years before settling in the U.S. permanently for college. He received his undergraduate degree in Music Performance from Brooklyn College (CUNY). After college, Antonio worked as a music teacher and performer, as a journalist and editor for the largest Portuguese-language newspaper in the US, and as a community organizer, advocating for workers’ and immigrants’ rights. He also founded Projeto Nos Votamos (Project: We Vote) to register and organize Brazilian-American voters in Massachusetts, and assist applicants in filing for citizenship. Antonio is a published poet, author of Mosaico and Manhã de Enfeite. His non-legal writing has been featured most recently in the anthology Poets Adrift, published in 2013. He plans to continue advocating for and working with disadvantaged communities after law school.
Zoe Zhang is from Quincy, MA. She went to Boston University and majored in Economics and International Relations. She has gained a variety of legal experiences while in law school. Some of her most significant legal experience include externing for Justice Gilbert v. Indeglia at the Rhode Island Supreme Court and working as a Law Clerk for the law ﬁrm of Brainsky Levinson LLC. She was a Legal Assistant during the ﬁrst semester of the RWUSOL Community Economic Development Clinic. She also has a background in immigration law through working for the Catholic Social Services Immigration Law Education & Advocacy Project. She is currently interning with the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulations. After graduating from law school, she hopes to practice corporate or business law. Interesting fact: if she is at her apartment doing work during dinner time, she tries to time her dinner with the Big Bang Theory episodes that come on at 7pm.