Samantha Armstrong (Assistant Editor) is originally from Clay, Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Psychology. After college, she worked in Nashville, TN at a refugee resettlement agency where she assisted refugees in finding suitable employment in the United States. After her 1L year, she interned at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island where she worked with victims of domestic violence and violent crimes to help them achieve legal status. The following summer, she worked as a Rule 9 Student Attorney at Rhode Island Legal Services where she represented clients in association with Family Court proceedings. At Roger Williams University School of Law, she worked as a Torts teaching assistant for Professor David Logan and currently works as a Constitutional Law teaching assistant for Professor Jared Goldstein. She is also a member of the Honors program and the Association for Public Interest Law. Samantha is interested in pursuing a career in public interest law, most likely in immigration, in order to provide better access to quality legal services for low-income clients.
James Bass (Assistant Editor) grew up in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2014, and began at Roger Williams Law School in 2015. James is a member of the Honors Program at Roger Williams Law, as well as the Tax and Business Law Society and Phi Alpha Delta. The summer after his first year of law school, James interned with the Honorable William Smith in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. During his 2L year and the following summer, James worked as a law clerk at Morrison Mahoney LLP. For his 3L year, James looks forward to being the Judicial Extern to the Honorable Justice Francis X. Flaherty of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. James’ practice interests include commercial litigation, medical malpractice defense, and admiralty law. In his free time James enjoys movies, hiking, and sailing on Narragansett Bay.
Sophie Bellacosa (Assistant Editor) is from Winchester, Massachusetts. She graduated from Roger Williams University in 2013 where she double majored in Legal Studies and Psychology. Sophie was a member of the RWU Sailing Team where she helped lead the team to a National Championship in 2011. Sophie was named to the All-American Team in 2012. After graduating from RWU, Sophie worked as a litigation case manager at a law firm in Boston. At RWU Law, Sophie is a member of Sports and Entertainment Law Society and is also a member of the RWU Law Honor Board. Sophie spent her summer after 2L year as a clerk at a Providence law firm. This fall Sophie is externing with the Governor’s Executive Counsel in Providence, RI. She is interested continuing to pursue public interest work after graduation.
John W. Caruolo (Assistant Editor) is a native Rhode Islander hailing from Riverside. He graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Following the completion of his undergraduate studies, John was a paralegal in the public finance section of a large Boston law firm. During the summer following his 1L year, he was a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge John J. McConnell Jr. in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Additionally, John served as a research assistant for Professor Andrew Horwitz. Following his 2L year, John was a summer associate at Riemer & Braunstein LLP. During his 3L year, John will participate in the Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship program in the fall and the Business Start-up Clinic in the spring. He is a member of the RWU Law Honors Program as well. John hopes to pursue a career in corporate and transactional law upon graduation.
Steven Davis (Assistant Editor) is from North Kingstown, Rhode Island and graduated in 2014 from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In the summer after his first year at RWU Law, Steve interned at the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, where he worked on issues involving family, housing, and immigration law. In the Fall 2017 semester, Steve will intern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. After graduation, Steven is interested in obtaining a judicial clerkship, but is open to other opportunities. In his free time, Steve enjoys golfing, researching, and watching Boston based sports teams.
Tara Gunn (Assistant Editor) is from San Antonio, Texas. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education. During her time at UNT she served as President of Kappa Delta Pi, was a member of the University Honors Program, and also served in other positions in a variety of other student organizations centering around children and family issues. Currently, Tara is a member of the Honors Program at Roger Williams University School of Law, as well as Women’s Law Society. She served as President of the Family Law Society during the 2016-2017 school year. During the summer of 2016, she interned at the Providence Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) office, which serves as guardian ad litem for children in Rhode Island’s care. During spring and summer of 2017, she interned at the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office in the Juvenile Division. After graduating she intends to pursue a career in family law.
Matthew Gustaitis (Assistant Editor) is from South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He graduated in 2013 from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts in History. During the summer following his 1L year, Matthew interned in the legal department at the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families in Providence, Rhode Island. During his time at Roger Williams University School of Law, Matthew hopes to concentrate on Family Law as well as Criminal Law, which are currently the two areas he is interested in pursuing a career in. When he is not studying or interning, Matthew enjoys spending time with friends, golfing, and going to the beach. After graduation, he hopes to practice in Rhode Island.
Molly Hamlin (Assistant Editor) is from Prineville, Oregon. She attended the University of Oregon for her undergraduate studies during which time she functioned as a teaching assistant in the human anatomy laboratory, conducted research in the social cognition laboratory, and ultimately graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. Molly then worked for Oregon Health and Science University for five years as a research associate and coordinated research and quality improvement projects with rural primary care clinics in Oregon. She is a member of the Honors Program here at the law school. She has also interned at the Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender and is interested in learning more about different kinds of law.
Connor J. Mills (Assistant Editor) grew up in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. In 2015, he graduated cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Film. After his first year, he interned for the legal department at Rhodes Pharmaceuticals L.P., a growing pharmaceutical company in Coventry, RI. During the spring semester of his second year, he was a judicial extern to the Honorable Justice Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Connor is interning with Cameron & Mittleman, LLP, a law firm in Providence, over the summer and continuing into the school year. He is also a member of the Intellectual Property Law Association as well as the Honors Program. Connor has strong interests in intellectual property, corporate law, and environmental law. After graduation, Connor plans to pursue a judicial clerkship.
Kaylin Pelletier (Assistant Editor) was born and raised in Coventry, Rhode Island. She graduated magna cum laude from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. She graduated in 2014, after successfully completing the Early Enrollment Program. During college Kaylin was a student employee as well as a member of the Collegiate Ambassador Team. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Kaylin is in the Honors Program, is a student ambassador, and serves as Justice of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International (PAD), Madison Chapter. During the summer following her 1L year, Kaylin interned for the Honorable Laureen D’Ambra of the Family Court where she assisted in the writing of a decision for a Termination of Parental Rights trial. During the summer following her 2L year, Kaylin externed with Rhode Island Legal Services and worked in consumer law, worked on the Responsible Parent Project, the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Project, as well as worked on issues regarding financial responsibility and employment. She works part-time in her home town and volunteers every week at a local soup kitchen, where she also serves on the committee planning an annual event titled, “Kid’s Day.” In her free time, Kaylin enjoys spending time with friends and family, attending country music concerts and shows, and has a slightly unhealthy obsession with hockey.
Jonathan L. Pierre (Assistant Editor) grew up in Queens, New York and graduated in 2015 from Western New England University (WNEU) with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Economics. On campus Jonathan currently works for the Roger Williams University School of Law Library. In addition, he is a student coordinator for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. After his 1L year, Jonathan worked as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Judge Clifton at the Rhode Island District Court and Justice Indeglia at the Rhode Island Supreme Court. After his 2L year, Jonathan is currently a Cavers Intern with the Conservation Law Foundation in Providence. After graduation Jonathan hopes to secure a judicial clerkship in New York or in business litigation.
Brandon Ruggieri (Assistant Editor) is from Cranston, Rhode Island. He graduated cum laude in 2015 from Stonehill College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Business. While attending Stonehill, he interned for the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General and later for the Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender. Upon graduation he immediately entered Roger Williams University School of Law, and became a receipt of the merit-based Jurisprudence Scholarship. During the summer following his first year, Brandon interned for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island. Since the end of his second year, Brandon has worked as a legal intern for the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, where he has assisted in- house counsel primarily by drafting agreements and revising corporate policies. After graduation, Brandon hopes to secure a judicial clerkship and ultimately pursue a career in corporate law. In his free time, Brandon enjoys golfing, skiing, and traveling.