Class of 2017

3L Members

Andrew Blais is from South Kingstown, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of South Kingstown High School (2005) and the University of Rhode Island (2009). After college, Andrew worked at Flying Kites, a nonprofit operating an orphanage in Njabini, Kenya, and also in group homes for the developmentally disabled. He is also a member of the RWU Law Moot Court Board. After his 1L year, he interned for the Rhode Island Department of Health Legal Department, where he worked on issues regarding HIPAA and health privacy. In the summer of 2015, Andrew interned at Care New Englan and worked on health policy in the hospital setting. This semester, Andrew is working with the Honorable Chief Justice Frank Williams (retired) on mediations and arbitrations. After school, Andrew is interested in clerking for a judge and pursuing a career in health care, health care privacy and public health law.


Casey M. Charkowick is a native New Yorker.  He graduated from Manhattan College with a B.A. in Education in 2005.  From 2005-2013 Casey worked globally as a professional captain aboard yachts, tugboats, and sail-training vessels.  In the spring of his second year he externed with the Honorable Maureen McKenna Goldberg at the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.  He is a member of the Moot Court Board, as well as the Admiralty Moot Court Team. He is interested in maritime and admiralty law, and corporate litigation.  He currently has an externship with Textron, inc. in Providence.  Upon graduation, he hopes to obtain a judicial clerkship in Rhode Island (fingers crossed).


Sarah Driscoll grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts and graduated cum laude in 2013 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies.  In the spring of 2015, Sarah interned in the chambers of the Honorable Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan for the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.  Following her internship at the District Court, Sarah interned with the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office in Northampton, Massachusetts.  During her time with the NWDA’s Office, Sarah acted as a Rule 3:03 Student Attorney and handled bail and motion arguments in the Northampton District Court.  During the fall, Sarah will be interning in the Office of Governor Gina M. Raimondo as an intern for Executive Counsel Claire Richards


Erik Edson grew up in Raynham, Massachusetts.  He attended University of Massachusetts at Amherst, during which time he traveled to England to study politics for a semester, and ultimately graduated with a bachelors in political science in 2006.  He also played guitar in the Mount Holyoke College Big Band and Chamber Jazz Ensembles.  After graduating, he worked at a Boston-based tech start-up for six years.  During the summer after his first year at RWU Law, he was an investigative intern at the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, where he helped investigate employment and housing discrimination claims, and was also a faculty research assistant for Professor Emily J. Sack.  During the summer after his 2L year, he interned in the Appellate Division of the Rhode Island Public Defender.  During the fall of 2015, he is partaking in a judicial externship with Hon. Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan at the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.  He is currently an articles editor on RWU Law Review.  His career interests are varied: criminal law, civil litigation, public interest, historic preservation, and environmental law.  He intends to pursue a judicial clerkship after law school.  Outside of school, he enjoys making music, cycling, history, and genealogy.


Ashley Kocian is from Glastonbury, Connecticut. She graduated magna cum laude in 2013 from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Public Policy. Throughout Ashley’s education she has worked at the Kocian Law Group where she assisted in opening and managing plaintiff’s personal injury cases from start to finish.  Ashley is in the Honors Program at Roger Williams University School of Law (“RWU Law”). At RWU Law, Ashley participated in the Alternative Spring Break program, where she spent a week working with the Catholic Social Services’ Immigrant Law Education & Advocacy Project (“ILEAP”). Further, at RWU Law Ashley has been awarded the Legal Method’s Faculty Award for Best Brief in Legal Methods II. Ashley has an interest in civil litigation and personal injury; she plans to pursue a career in that field. Ashley enjoys spending time hiking with her German Shepard, Tiberius, and relaxing at home with her Maltese, Benjamin.


Rita Nerney is from North Providence, Rhode Island.  She graduated from Rhode Island College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Writing.  After graduation, she worked with students with autism as a consulting behavior technician at Pathways Strategic Teaching Center in Coventry, Rhode Island.  During her 2L spring semester at Roger Williams, she worked as an extern in the chambers of the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  This past summer, she was a summer associate in the litigation department at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West in Providence, Rhode Island.  She is currently a research assistant for Professor Colleen Brown.  She is interested in pursuing a career in education law and civil litigation.


Kelley Nobriga is from New Bedford, Massachusetts, but has lived in Bristol, Rhode Island for the past five years.  She graduated magna cum laude from Roger Williams University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and a minor in Philosophy.  While in college, Kelley interned for the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General in Newport County.  During her first summer in law school, Kelley was an intern for the Office of Corporate Counsel for the City of Fall River, MA.  She then completed an externship with Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court in spring of 2015.  Currently, Kelley works closely with in-house counsel for two Providence, RI companies.  She is the corporate counsel extern for Gilbane, Inc. while also working part-time for Nortek, Inc.  On campus, Kelley serves as Teaching Assistant for Distinguished Research Professor of Law Jared A. Goldstein.  After graduation, Kelley hopes to clerk at the trial court level.


Edward Pare is from South Kingstown, Rhode Island.   After attending Bishop Hendricken High School, he went to the University of Rhode Island where he received a B.A. in mathematics and history.  He is also on the Moot Court Board and hopes to someday be a litigator.  This past summer he worked as a Summer Law Intern for the Department of Justice’s Tax Division in Washington, D.C..  Following graduation he is interested in clerking in Rhode Island.


Thomas Peterson is from Edmonds, Washington.  He attended the United States Naval Academy where he obtained a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering.  Tom completed a twenty-two year career in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer before entering Roger Williams University School of Law in 2013.  During his career, he served on various ships culminating in a tour as the Commanding Officer of USS PORTER (DDG 78).  Additionally, while in the Navy, he attended the United States Naval War College where he graduated with highest distinction obtaining a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies.  During his 1L summer, Tom worked as a summer intern for the Honorable Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Last summer, he worked as a law clerk at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia working as a member of a trial team defending clients accused of felonies within the District of Columbia. During his final year of law school, he plans to participate in the Criminal Defense Clinic, the New York Pro Bono Scholars program, and pursue a career in public service as a public defender.


Judah Rome is originally from Somerville, MA, and now lives in Barrington, RI with his wife Jessica and two sons, Eli and Jonathan.  He graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in 1999.  This past summer Judah was a legal intern at the Providence office of Nixon Peabody LLP.  Previously, Judah was a judicial extern for the Honorable Justice Gilbert V. Indeglia at the Rhode Island Supreme Court and a judicial intern for the Honorable Patricia A. Sullivan, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Before coming to Roger Williams University School of Law, Judah spent a number of years involved in the sport of rowing, both as an athlete and coach.  Judah represented the United States at the 2003 Pan-Am games in the Dominican Republic, where he won a Bronze Medal.  After he finished his career as an athlete, Judah coached at both the high school and collegiate level.  Most recently, Judah spent six years as an assistant coach for the Brown University Men’s Crew Team, where he helped guide the team to three Ivy League championships. Judah enjoys spending time with his family, running, hiking, gardening, and cooking.


Brendan Sullivan is from Lincoln, Rhode Island.  He graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is now in the Honors Program at Roger Williams University School of Law.  Since starting law school, he has interned in the Civil Division at the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, has been a Research Assistant for Professor Teitz, and spent this past summer as a Rule 9 at the Rhode Island Public Defender.  This fall, he is externing for Justice Flaherty at the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  After law school, he hopes to clerk for a year before pursuing a career as a Public Defender.


Zachary H. Valentine grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island and attended Bishop Hendricken High School.  Zachary then moved to Newport, RI to attend Salve Regina University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  Afterwards, he immediately got a job as a Transformation Cell Biologist for a large biotechnology company.  Two years later, after coming to appreciate the intellectual property aspects behind his work, he decided to steer his career to focus on the law.  As a third-year law student, he is currently the president of the RWU Intellectual Property Law Association and works part time as a legal intern at Nortek Inc., and a corporate counsel extern at FGX International, Inc.  During his 2L year, Zachary interned as a law clerk for MetLife Auto & Home in Warwick, RI under the supervision of an assistant general counsel.   Zachary is primarily interested in intellectual property law and aspires to work in-house for a biotechnology company.