Class of 2017

3L Members

DSCF1194Katherine “Kat” Berling was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. Between college and law school, Kat worked as an administrative assistant and as a paralegal.  At RWU law, Kat is a member of the Honors Program and the Moot Court Board, through which she won the Esther Clark Moot Court Competition in 2015.  She has had the opportunity to intern with the Federal District Court for the District of Rhode Island and with the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and to work as a summer associate at Hinshaw & Culbertson in Boston.  After law school, Kat will be working as a judicial clerk at the Rhode Island Supreme Court.




DSCF1156Jamison Jedziniak is from Chicopee, Massachusetts. He graduated from Western New England University (2010). He currently resides in Bristol, RI, renting a house with three other law students. After his 1L year he interned over the summer at a law office in New Bedford, MA, where he worked with attorneys dealing with civil suits. He is also a member of the RWU Law Moot Court Board. He is interested in Maritime and International Law. Jamison is also a part of Admiralty Moot Court and attended a competition in San Fransisco, California and will be attending another competition in New Orleans in March of 2017. Over the summer of 2016, he was a research assistant for Professor Teitz as well as a research assistant for the Sea Grant Fellows. He plans on continuing being a research assistant over the academic year.



DSCF1187Peter MacArthur grew up in Lewiston, Maine and graduated from Bates College in 2010. After college, Peter worked in Washington, DC at a French education and cultural center before serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA back in Maine at Pine Tree Legal Assistance. After his 1L year, he interned for the Immigration Law Education and Advocacy Project in Fall River, MA, where he worked on issues regarding asylum cases. After participating in the Alternative Spring Break program as a 2L with the Chesapeake Legal Alliance in Annapolis, MD he found his calling in environmental law. He is currently spending his summer as a Cavers Intern with the Conservation Law Foundation in Providence. After graduation, Peter plans to pursue a career in environmental law. Outside of reading and researching ocean acidification, power plants, and prairie dogs, his interests include CRISPR, the aesthetics of athletics, and TED Talks about vexillology.


DSCF1184Rebecca Cooper  grew up in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. She later went on to attend the University of Rhode Island (URI) where she studied Spanish and Business Administration. During her time at URI she spent a summer in Salamanca, Spain where she took classes and practiced her Spanish as she hopes to be fluent one day. Rebecca is also involved in the Multi-Cultural Law Students Association at RWU Law. Rebecca interned at a public defender’s office in Charlotte, North Carolina during the summer of her 1L year. She is currently interning at Catholic Social Services of Fall River for the Immigration Law, Education and Advocacy Project; in addition to drafting motions and legal briefs at Mills and Born, an immigration law firm in Providence, RI. Rebecca also has accepted a judicial internship for the fall at the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Boston, MA. She aspires to be an immigration attorney defending clients against removal proceedings, and eventually branch out to criminal and family law as well.


DSCF1190Casandra Foley is from Avon, New York. She graduated from Niagara University in 2014 with a degree in Social Work. At RWU Law, she is a member of the Honor’s Program. Casandra is interested in public interest work and has spent the last two summers interning with not-for-profits in Western New York doing a variety of legal work. She is interested continuing to pursue public interest work after graduation.






DSCF1200Andrew Piombino is from Madison, Connecticut. He graduated from Boston College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and a minor in History. After completing his undergraduate work, Andrew entered Roger Williams University School of Law, where he is currently a member of the Honors Program. In the summer after his first year at RWU Law, he took additional courses as part of an accelerated graduation track, and assisted small area firms with various projects. In the spring of his second year, Andrew worked as an extern in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. In the summer after his second year, he worked as a legal intern for Nixon Peabody, LLP in Providence, where he worked in a number of practice areas including labor and employment, commercial litigation, public finance, and health care. In the fall of his third year, Andrew is externing at Textron, Inc. in Providence. Andrew hopes to pursue a career in corporate and transactional work, with the goal of securing an in house counsel position in the future.


DSCF1157Michael Riley  is originally from Rhode Island, attended Florida Air Academy where besides being a letterman in its nationally recognized baseball program he received the Daedalian Award and the American Legion General Military Excellence Award. Following a passion for flying, he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University obtaining his private pilot license before receiving a BA in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. Michael has over twelve years of experience in real estate as a licensed real estate broker in Rhode Island and Florida. As a broker, Michael specialized in the disposition of foreclosed and distressed properties for banks and financial institutions. Following market trends, Michael began purchasing default mortgage notes, municipal tax liens, and properties for investment. In Michael’s free time, he enjoys traveling, golfing, and alpine skiing.


DSCF1179Kenneth J. Sylvia   is a native Rhode Islander.  He received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from the University of Rhode Island, having double-majored in Economics and Political Science.  While he was an undergraduate, and for several years thereafter, Ken worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in the greater Providence, Rhode Island area.  Ken is also a member of the Honors program at RWU Law, and is a recipient of the merit-based Presidential Scholarship.  Following his first year of law school, Ken accepted an internship with Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, Ltd. in Providence, Rhode Island, where he focused primarily on municipal law.  Ken also served as a judicial extern in the Rhode Island Supreme Court, during the Spring 2016 term.  Most recently, Ken was a summer associate at Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick, Ltd., a prominent veterans law form, where he focused primarily on veterans’ disability law and appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.  Ken’s interests remain varied, but he does intend to seek a                                                                          judicial clerkship upon graduation.


Breegan Semonelli   grew up in Rhode Island. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University and, after graduating, worked at a Boston law firm. In the summer after her first year at RWU Law, Breegan worked as Professor Andrew Horwitz’s research assistant and interned at the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Since January of her second year, she has worked with inside counsel at Newport Experience, a Newport-based hospitality company.


DSCF1183Christina Volpe   is from North Haven, Connecticut. She attended Roger Williams University for her undergraduate studies during which time she studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and ultimately graduated magna cum laude in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science as a Corporate Scholar. Christina is a member of the Honors Program here at the law school. She has also been working at a general practice law firm in Rhode Island and is interested in corporate law.