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2L 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. After school, Andrew is interested in clerking for a judge and pursuing a career in health care, health care privacy and public health law.

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.  At RWU Law, Sarah is involved with the Street Law teaching program, the Law Ambassadors, the SCOTUS Mentoring Program, and is the Treasurer for the Family Law Society.  Sarah’s legal interests include civil litigation, with a concentration in tort law, and criminal procedure.

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.  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.  His career interests are varied: criminal law, civil litigation, public interest, 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.  In the summer after her first year at RWU Law, Rita worked as a research assistant for Professor Colleen Brown and interned at the Rhode Island Department of Education.  She is currently interning with the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.  She also volunteers with the Pro Bono Collaborative.  Rita is interested in education and healthcare law and civil litigation.

Kelley Nobriga was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, concentration in Classical Languages, and a minor in Philosophy. Kelley has previously interned for the Fall River City Hall Law Department and participated in the Alternative Spring Break program where she spent a week with the Committee for Public Counsel Services. She has a strong interest in civil litigation and aspires to work in that area after graduation.

Edward Pare is a from South Kingstown, Rhode Islander.   After attending Bishop Hendricken High School, he went to the University of Rhode Island where he received a B.A. in mathematics and history. In law school he spent this past summer interning at the United States Attorney’s Office in Providence, R.I.  He is spending this fall interning for the civil division of the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General.  He is on the moot court board and hopes to someday be a litigator.  Immediately following graduation he is interested in clerking for a judge.

D. 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.  Last summer, Tom worked as a summer intern for the Honorable Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., and plans an internship with a public defender service next summer.  After graduation, he intends to either pursue a career in public interest or in the maritime and admiralty field.

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 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 hails 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 at the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office and is a Research Assistant for Professor Teitz.

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 second year law student, he is currently the president of the RWU Intellectual Property Law Association and works part-time as a legal intern at 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.