Michaela Bland (Senior Editorial Staff) is from Rochester, New York. She graduated magna cum laude in 2016 from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and two minors in Counseling and Anthropology. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Michaela is a member of the Honors Program, the event coordinator for the Association of Public Interest Lawyers, and a member of Moot Court. During the summer after her 1L year, Michaela was a legal intern at The Arc of the United States, where she worked on disability law issues that intersected with The Arc’s program work on criminal justice and special education. During her second year, Michaela interned at Adler, Cohen, Harvey, Wakeman & Guekguezian working on special education law. Michaela spent the summer following her second year in New York City serving as a Law Clerk at Disability Rights Advocates. In her third year, Michaela will extern at the Rhode Island Center for Justice and continue to intern at Adler, Cohen, Harvey, Wakeman & Guekguezian. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in disability law.
Ryan Cummins (Senior Editorial Staff) was born in Ohio. He attended Saint Anselm College as an undergraduate majoring in Natural Science, and ran on the Cross Country and Marathon teams. He taught Biology and Physics to 9th graders for four years before attending Roger Williams School of Law. Following his 1L year, Ryan interned with a private criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts, and intends to work in criminal defense after graduation. Outside of law school, Ryan enjoys brewing his own beer, reading (especially non-fiction), and playing trivia.
Koye Idowu (Senior Editorial Staff) is from Cranston, Rhode Island. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. In the summer after his first year of law school, Koye served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. During his second year, he served as a teaching assistant for Professor Colleen Murphy and as a research assistant to Professor John Chung. Following his second year, Koye was a summer associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York. In his third year, Koye will serve as a teaching assistant for Professor Andrew Spacone. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in corporate law.
Krystal Medeiros (Senior Editorial Staff) is from Warwick, Rhode Island. She graduated from Rhode Island College, magna cum laude, with her bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies. Prior to law school, she was a paralegal and worked in areas including social security disability law and civil litigation. Most recently, she was a judicial intern for Justice William P. Robinson III of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and a law clerk for MetLife, Inc. She is a member of the Honor’s Program and a student partner for the Pro Bono Collaborative Expungement Clinic. During the summer following her second year, Krystal continued in her capacity as an associate at the Law Office of Thomas J. McAndrew and Associates.
Tyler Pare (Senior Editorial Staff) is from South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2016 where he majored in Integrated Studies in the Great Books and minored in History and Latin. Before starting law school, Tyler interned in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office and for Judge Haiganush Bedrosian, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Family Court (now retired). During law school, Tyler was a law clerk at Harrison Law Associates, which specializes in racial discrimination in employment. During the spring of his second year, Tyler was a judicial extern for Justice Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. In the summer following his second year, he served as a law clerk to MetLife Auto & Home. After graduation, Tyler hope to obtain a judicial clerkship and then pursue a career in general litigation in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Kaelyn Phelps (Senior Editorial Staff) is from Griswold, Connecticut. She graduated summa cum laude from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and Journalism and a minor in Political Science in 2017 as part of the University’s Legal Studies 3+3 Program. In addition to Law Review, Kaelyn is a member of the Honors Program and Trial Team. She also works as a Research Assistant for Professor Sack and participates as a Student Ambassador. During the summer after her 1L year, Kaelyn interned with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit where she confirmed her passion for criminal law. During the summer after her 2L year, she began interning with McKinnon & Harwood, a small, diverse litigation firm located in Pawtucket, RI. She will continue interning with McKinnon & Harwood throughout her 3L year. After graduation, Kaelyn seeks to pursue a career as a litigation attorney. In her “free” time, she enjoys taking her dog on hikes along the Bay.
Andrew W. Plocica (Senior Editorial Staff) is from Tiverton, Rhode Island. He graduated from Roger Williams University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While at Roger Williams, Andrew was an active member in several organizations and contributed a weekly political column to the student newspaper. He then worked as a warehouse manager for a marble, granite, and floor covering company. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Andrew is a member of the RWU Law Honors Program. Following his second year, he worked as a summer law clerk at Gunning & Lafazia, Inc. In his free time, Andrew works as a bartender and browses Reddit. Following graduation, Andrew hopes to pass the bar exam, obtain a judicial clerkship, and ultimately pursue a practice in corporate law.
Alexander L. Ried (Senior Editorial Staff) was born and raised in Fall River, Massachusetts. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2016 with a B.A. in History, where he also earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. At RWU Law, Alex is a member of the Moot Court Board, the Honors Program, and worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Gott during his 2L year. Alex also interned with the Honorable Justice William P. Robinson, III of the Rhode Island Supreme Court during his 2L year. He worked as a summer law clerk at McCarter & English, LLP in their Boston office following his 1L year. Following his second year, Alex returned returning to McCarter as a summer associate in the Intellectual Property practice group. He plans to pursue a career in Intellectual Property litigation upon graduating from RWU Law. In his free time, Alex enjoys relaxing at the beach, playing tennis, and a good game of pickup basketball whenever he gets the chance.
Brenna Riley (Senior Editorial Staff) is from Fall River, Massachusetts. She graduated in 2016 from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. While at Miami, she was very involved in her Sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and served as a leader for the President’s Coalition for Sexual Assault Education and Prevention. At Roger Williams University School of Law, she is a Research Assistant for Professor Sack. She is also a member of the RWU Law Honors Program and the RWU Moot Court Board. During the summers following both her 1L and 2L years, Brenna worked as a summer associate at Pierce Atwood, LLP in their Providence office. For her 3L year, Brenna looks forward to serving as a judicial extern for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in intellectual property law or commercial litigation.
John Souza (Senior Editorial Staff) is from Somerset, Massachusetts. He graduated from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, he immediately enlisted in the United States Marine Corp where he served a five-year enlistment as a rifleman. After his end of active service date, John entered Roger Williams University School of Law. During his first year, John completed over 100 hours of Pro-Bono work by volunteering at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program during the school year and interning at Rhode Island Legal Services and the Law Office of Helen C. Valiquette during the summer. This past summer, John was a summer associate at the law office of Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick. During his third year, John will participate in the Corporate Counsel Externship in the fall and Business Start-up Clinic in the spring. After graduation, John hopes to pursue a career in transactional law. In his free time, John enjoys photography, playing guitar, riding his motorcycle, and traveling.