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Connor Criswell (Editorial Staff) is originally from Sacramento, California. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Theater with an Emphasis in Directing. After undergrad, he worked several years as the Financial Coordinator at Monterey Bay Orthodontics in Monterey, California. At RWU Law, Connor is the 2018-19 SBA Corresponding Secretary, a member of the Honors Program, a Student Ambassador, and a Teaching Assistant for Professor Allen’s Criminal Law class. He worked as a Legal Scholar for the RI Department of Health this past summer, and he plans to pursue a career in Civil or Criminal Litigation upon graduation. In his free time, Connor enjoys exploring the outdoors and going fishing when the weather permits, and he also loves staying indoors to play guitar or poker.

 

 

 

 

Giles 2Colleen Giles (Editorial Staff) is from Rumford, Rhode Island. She graduated from Roger Williams University in 2012 with a major in Psychology and a minor in American Studies. Prior to attending law school, Colleen interned with the R.I. Senate Policy Office, the R.I. Commission for Human Rights and the R.I. Office of the Attorney General. At RWU Law, Colleen is a member of the Honors Program and has served as the Treasurer of the Women’s Law Society. Colleen is the Law School Student Leader for the Legal Navigators Partnership in which she manages the legal challenges of individuals experiencing homelessness. Colleen received the Gary L. Bahr Memorial Scholarship for achieving the highest combined average in Contracts and Torts. During her 1L summer, Colleen interned for the Honorable William E. Carnes in Providence County Superior Court. During her 2L year, Colleen was a research assistant for Professor Colleen Murphy and a teaching assistant for Professor Peter Margulies. Colleen works as a law clerk at Mandell Boisclair and Mandell in Providence, Rhode Island. During her 3L year, Colleen will extern for Chief Justice Paul Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. When she is not pursuing justice, Colleen spends her time volunteering at her daughter’s school and serving her community. After law school, Colleen will work as an associate attorney at Mandell, Boisclair & Mandell.

 

 

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Amy Greer (Editorial Staff) grew up primarily in Amherst, Massachusetts, and has lived in Providence, Rhode Island since 2006, where she has worked in public libraries and nonprofits. She graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts and went on to receive Master’s degrees in both Theater and Performance Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and Library Science from Simmons College. In 2015, Amy received her PhD from Simmons College with a focus on race and policy in the United States. At RWU Law, Amy has served as a teaching and research assistant for Professor Teitz, Professor Hashway, and Professor Goldstein. During her two law school summers, Amy was a criminal defense intern at Still She Rises: A Project of the Bronx Defenders in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a capital habeas intern in the Northern District of Texas Federal Public Defender’s Capital Habeas Unit. Following law school, Amy would like to practice as a capital habeas attorney.

 

 

 

 

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Andrew Howayeck (Editorial Staff) was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts. In 2017, Andrew graduated from Stonehill College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minored in Entrepreneurship. In the Fall of 2016, Andrew relocated to Los Angeles to intern for Heroes and Villains Entertainment, a literary management company whose notable clients include: Ransom Riggs, Michael Markowitz, Warren Lieberstein, Barbara Curry, and Marissa Jo Cerar—where he evaluated client and prospective client material. Since the summer following his 1L year, Andrew has worked as a legal intern at Liberty Utilities in Fall River, MA where he supports the Senior Corporate Counsel. During the fall semester of his 3L year, Andrew will be a judicial extern for the Honorable Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. In addition to being a member of the Law Review, Andrew is also a member of Moot Court and the Trial Team. Andrew is an avid snowboarder, tennis player, boater, Disney enthusiast, and Parrothead. After graduation, Andrew plans to practice civil litigation and, eventually, found  his own law firm.

 

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Xay Khamsyvoravong (Editorial Staff) is from Providence, Rhode Island. He is a double graduate of Brown University earning a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Masters in Public Affairs.  Xay began his career in the public sector as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Rhode Island General Treasurer, serving as a senior advisor throughout the 2008 market meltdown.  In 2011, Xay took a position with Morgan Stanley’s public finance group in New York City. Today, Xay is Head of Government Lending for Webster Bank, providing capital solutions for public infrastructure in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic and has executed nearly $2 billion in financings. Civically, Xay serves as the Chairman of Providence Water and is a member of the board of directors for Grow Smart Rhode Island. In addition to his private sector and civic work, Xay has managed two statewide campaigns and has worked on a number of state and federal campaigns across the country.  Xay is a past recipient of Providence Monthly’s Top 10 to Watch, Providence Business News’ 40 under 40, undergraduate fellowships from Yale Law School’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Fund and Harvard Law School’s Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, and the McKenna Thompson RI State Internship Award for his work with the Rhode Island Attorney General.

 

 

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Crystal Peralta (Editorial Staff)  is from West Warwick, Rhode Island.  She graduated from Suffolk University in 2015, as a double-major, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government and Philosophy.  At law school, Crystal is the President of the Moot Court Board, on the Senior Editorial Staff of the Roger Williams University Law Review, a Research Assistant for Professor Susan B. Heyman, and the former Administrative Vice President of the Student Bar Association.  In the summer following her first year of law school, Crystal interned for the Honorable Patricia A. Sullivan in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.  During her second year of law school, Crystal served as a judicial extern for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, was awarded the Honorable Walter R. Stone 2L Diversity Fellowship by Adler Pollock and Sheehan P.C. (“AP&S”), and argued before the Justices of the Rhode Island Supreme Court before winning the 2018 Esther Clark Moot Court Competition.  This past summer, Crystal worked as a Summer Associate at AP&S.  During her 3L year, she will participate in the Immigration Clinic and compete in the New York City Bar National Moot Court Competition.

 

 

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Mary Poirier (Editorial Staff) is from North Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated summa cum laude in 2012 from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and double minors in Legal Studies and Sociology. During her undergraduate degree and for a short period after graduating, Mary worked in advertising sales for local radio stations. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Mary is a member of the Honors Program and served as the Vice President of the Intellectual Property Law Association. During the summer of her 1L year, Mary was a legal intern at Adler Pollock & Sheehan, P.C., where she worked in the Intellectual Property Department. Mary remained with Adler Pollock & Sheehan during her 2L year, was a Summer Associate during her 2L summer, and currently remains with the firm’s Intellectual Property Department during her 3L year. After law school, Mary hopes to pursue a career in Intellectual Property Litigation.

 

 

 

 

RochelleRebecca Rochelle (Editorial Staff) is from Austin, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Rebecca is a member of the Honors Program, The OWLS (Older, Wiser Law Students), and The Tax and Business Law Society. During her 2L year, she was a Teaching Assistant for Torts I, and is currently the Teaching Assistant for Evidence. Rebecca participated in Alternative Spring Break where she interned for the Colorado Public Defenders in Salida, Colorado and the West Palm Beach Public Defenders during her 1L and 2L years, respectively. After her 1L year, Rebecca studied abroad in Granada, Spain, followed by an internship at the Santa Fe Conservation Trust in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After completion of her 2L year, Rebecca worked for Sharpe Law Group, PLLC in Dallas, Texas, where she wrote a plea in abatement, attended probate hearings, drafted and amended trust instruments and wills, and performed research. After taking the Texas Bar Exam in July 2020, Rebecca plans to attend graduate school for an LLM in estate tax, hopefully at NYU. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys playing with her dog, Buddy, cooking, spin class, and spending time outdoors.