Alicia Bianco is a local Rhode Islander. She ventured to Washington, DC to obtain her undergraduate degree from American University in international service. Alicia is a member of moot court and an assistant editor of the Roger Williams law review. After graduation, Alicia would enjoy the opportunity to clerk for a judge. Ultimately, Alicia hopes to work in civil litigation or criminal practice. As this is her goal, she has taken advantage of numerous experiential classes, completed a judicial internship with Magistrate Judge Almond, has performed a Rule 9 internship with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office, and will take part in the defense clinic that Roger Williams offers. Further, Alicia has sought out numerous forms of legal employment in order to gain as much practical experience as possible. One day, Alicia is confident that she will end up in the courtroom as an effective litigator.
Wm. Maxwell Daley is a native Rhode Islander, hailing from Cranston, R.I. He attended Newbury College in Brookline, MA where he received a B.S. in Legal Studies. In college, he was an All-Conference athlete and an All-America candidate for Men’s Volleyball. Prior to law school, Max played professional indoor volleyball in the Caribbean. He is employed as a law clerk at Cameron & Mittleman, LLP in Providence, R.I., where he focuses on corporate law and litigation. In law school, he has served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Luis M. Matos, Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court, and, more recently, the Hon. Mary M. Lisi, United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and also works as a faculty research assistant. Max is an Articles Editor and also on the Moot Court Board. After graduation, and hopefully clerking for a year or two, he would like a career in commercial litigation or corporate law.
Mackenzie Flynn grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts. Mackenzie received her Bachelor of Science in 2009 from Northeastern University, where she studied Behavioral Neuroscience and Philosophy; she then worked as Medical Assistant for three years before entering RWU Law in 2012. In the summer after her 1L year, Mackenzie worked as research assistant for Professor Zoe Argento, interned for the legal department at Schneider Electric, and interned for Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan at the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Mackenzie spent her 2L summer working as a summer associate at Edwards Wildman Palmer’s Providence office. She plans to join Edwards Wildman’s Business Law department after graduation.
Sydney Kirsch is from Pepperell, Massachusetts. Before law school, she attended Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Criminal Justice. During her second-year at RWUSOL, Sydney was a finalist in the Esther Clark Moot Court Competition. Thereafter in the spring semester, she and her two teammates were named National Champions at the George Washington University School of Law Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition. As a third-year student, Sydney is participating in the Corporate Counsel Externship Program and is gaining transactional law experience at GTECH in Providence, Rhode Island.
Meghan Kruger is originally from Connecticut, but grew up in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. She graduated cum laude from the University of Connecticut in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in English. Following graduation, she worked for two years at Martineau Davis & Associates, a general practice firm in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, where she first assisted with administrative work, and then moved up to handling the firm’s client relations. After her first year at Roger Williams, Meghan served as a research assistant for now Dean Michael J. Yelnosky, compiling research on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and its role in selecting federal judges, which was compiled in a recent article in the Roger Williams University Law Review and an op-ed that appeared in The Washington Post. She is currently at the tail-end of a year-long externship in the chambers of the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Following graduation, Meghan will serve as a clerk for Justice Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court for the 2015-16 term. After her clerkship, Meghan hopes to pursue a career in civil litigation.
Nicole Manzo was born and raised in Rhode Island. She attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut for two years before transferring to our own Roger Williams University. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, minor in Psychology in 2012. Nicole is currently a research assistant to Professor Tanya J. Monestier and a judicial extern to Chief Judge William E. Smith on the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. This past summer she was a summer associate in the litigation department at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West in Providence, Rhode Island. She is interested in pursuing a career in civil litigation, with a special concentration in conflict of laws.
Alexsa Marino is from Middletown, Connecticut. She graduated summa cum laude from Bryant University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a double minor in Human Resources and Pre-Law. Alexsa has had the opportunity to hold several different legal positions. She has worked as a legal intern for the General Counsel of her hometown, the previous Secretary of State of Connecticut, and MetLife’s In-House Counsel. This past summer, Alexsa was the legal intern at Nixon Peabody, a prestigious firm in Providence, Rhode Island. Alexsa was the research assistant for both Dean Logan and Professor Burger. Currently, she is a legal extern at Textron, Inc. in Providence and on the Executive Board of Moot Court. Alexsa is interested in several different areas of law and is excited to see where her legal career takes her. In her spare time, you can catch Alexsa brushing up on her cooking skills as well as watching Modern Family or The Big Bang Theory.
Aaron Nadich is from Cranston, Rhode Island. He graduated from Roger Williams University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and a second major in Political Science. Aaron is currently a judicial extern for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and a research assistant for Professor Colleen A. Brown. Aaron has had the opportunity to intern for Justice William P. Robinson III of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and Associate Justice Netti C. Vogel of the Rhode Island Superior Court. In addition, this past summer, he was a Summer Associate for Shechtman Halperin Savage LLP. After graduation, Aaron will serve as a clerk for Justice Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court for the 2015-16 term.
Michael Osterberg, from Milford, Pennsylvania, graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In the summer after his 1L year, he worked at The Law Offices of Klemeyer, Farley & Bernathy in his hometown of Milford. There, he did legal research and wrote memos and briefs for the senior partners at the firm. In the summer after his 2L year, he was a Rule 303 student prosecutor in Fall River District Court for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office in Fall River, Massachusetts. There, he appeared in front of judges at the arraignment stage where he presented bail arguments and argued in bail revocation hearings. For the fall of his 3L year, he is a Rule 9 student attorney with the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General, working in the District Court Unit’s criminal division. He is interested all types of trial work, with a focus in criminal prosecution and defense.
Charlene Pratt is the Executive Notes and Comments Editor on Law Review. She is from Killingly, Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Theatre Performance from Rhode Island College. Charlene has taken advantage of the many opportunities at RWULaw in addition to Law Review and Moot Court, such as being an RA for Judge Jorge Elorza in 2013 and for Professor Burger in 2014, playing a part in many student organizations in ways ranging from coming to events to acting as President and Founder of Environmental Law Society/ Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and participating in the judicial externship and criminal defense clinic. When Charlene isn’t working hard in the field of law, she teaches yoga and children’s theatre. Charlene is looking forward to wherever life takes her after graduation but would love to pursue criminal defense law.
Matt Provencher is from New Bedford, MA, and earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011. After his first year of law school, he interned for the City Solicitor of New Bedford, and, during his second year, was a legal extern in the chambers of Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He spent his summer interning in the chambers of Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit, and currently works as a legal extern in the Office of the General Counsel of FDX International, an international eyewear company. Matt also works as a research and writing clerk for Lang, Xifaras & Bullard, a general practice firm in New Bedford, and for a public-sector labor attorney in Warwick, RI. Matt’s interests are focused on business, administrative, and constitutional law, and he hopes to work in an appellate practice.
Todd Rose was born and raised in Clifton, NJ. He graduated high school in 2001 and attended Norwich University and William Paterson University for his undergraduate studies. In 2010, Todd Rose graduated William Paterson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. He then enrolled in graduate school studying Public Policy and International Affairs, graduating with a Master’s Degree from William Paterson University in 2012. From 2002 through the present, Todd Rose has been a member of the Army National Guard, deploying three times, twice to Iraq. Todd Rose’s legal experience includes working for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, as well as working for New Jersey Legal Aid. Last summer Todd interned with the US Army JAG at III Corps, Fort Hood, TX, where he worked at Trial Defense Services and the Administrative and Civil Law Office. His legal interests include national security law, military law, maritime law, and criminal law. He aspires to continue his military career as a JAG.
Lena Thomas is originally from LaCrosse, Indiana. She attended Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts for her undergraduate degree and majored in English and Social Work. She worked in the social work field for several years prior to law school. During her law school career, she has interned with the Rhode Island Office of the Mental Health Advocate, Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services in the Office of Program Integrity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and Rhode Island Legal Services. She also volunteers with the Pro Bono Collaborative and is interested in pursuing a career in public interest or administrative law after graduation.
Dana Weiner was born in Tampa, Florida but moved to Cranston, Rhode Island in middle school. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy and certificates in Child and Family Policy as well as Markets and Management. After graduation, Dana moved to Puerto Rico where she worked at the United States Probation Office for a year prior to matriculating in law school. After her 1L year, Dana worked as the National Grid Fellow at Robinson & Cole, LLP. As a 2L, she externed with Chief Judge William E. Smith at the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. She served as a mentor at the Rhode Island Training School and was the Vice President of the Multicultural Law Students Association. Last summer, Dana was a Rule 9 at the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office in the District Court Unit. She currently continues to intern at the Office in the Juvenile Unit. Dana is the Developmental Editor of the Law Review, served on the Review’s Symposium Committee, and is a member of the Honors Program.
Melissa Wood was born and raised in Rockaway, NJ. She attended William Paterson University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Melissa’s interest in the law began while she was studying at Cambridge University during the summer of 2010. She was particularly interested in her course on comparative legal rights She has interned for U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse in his Providence, RI office, the Department of Administration in Providence working on contracts and labor relations, and for a sole practitioner in RI working on personal injury and family law. She is currently externing for Schneider Electric in the In-House Counsel Externship program. Her legal interests include labor law and contract law.