Class of 2018

2L Members

Katherine (Kat) Berling grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before law school, Kat spent several years as a performer, graduating cum laude from Lawrence University in Wisconsin with a bachelor of music in Vocal Performance a bachelor of arts in English in 2011.  Between college and law school, Kat worked at a food bank, as an administrative assistant, and at a small law firm, as a paralegal.  In the summer of her 1L year, Kat was a judicial intern for Judge John J. McConnell Jr. of the Federal District Court in Rhode Island and a research assistant for Professor Jane Rindsberg.  At RWU Law, Kat is a member of the Honors Program, the Moot Court Board, and the Multi-Cultural Students Association.  She is interested in corporate litigation and hopes to pursue a judicial clerkship after law school.

Jamison Jedziniak is from Chicopee, Massachusetts. He graduated from Western New England University (2010). 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.

Peter 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 graduation, Peter plans to pursue a career in immigration or environmental law.

Cayman Calabro is originally from Florida where she attended Stetson University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in History (2014). At Stetson she was very involved in her Sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, the University’s cheerleading team, Rho Lamda honor society and served as president of the Panhellenic council. She is currently in the Law Honors program and is a joint degree student earning her Master’s in Historic Preservation alongside her J.D. Cayman recently interned with the office of the State Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit. She is interested in Art and preservation law and the legal aspects of museum and gallery management.

Rebecca Cooper is an adrenaline junkie who enjoys traveling, laughing, Netflix, spending time with friends, and of course pursuing her law school career. Born and raised in Rhode Island, she hasn’t been able to get enough (sarcasm)— from attending the University of Rhode Island to Roger Williams Law. At URI she studied Spanish and Business, and studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain. She is also hoping to do a study abroad program at Roger Williams at a country in South America within the next two years. This past summer she interned in Charlotte, North Carolina at a Public Defender’s office where she dealt with clients facing serious felony charges. Rebecca is an aspiring Immigration and Criminal Defense Attorney who hopes to own her own private practice someday. She loves meeting new people, so never hesitate to strike up a conversation with her!

Christopher Moran is from Webster, Massachusetts and graduated cum laude in 2012 from Assumption College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in Political Science.  After college, Chris worked at Amica Mutual Insurance Company as an Adjuster.  Chris is in the Honors Program at Roger Williams University School of Law.  During the summer following his 1L year, Chris was a judicial intern for the Honorable Dennis J. Curran, Associate Justice in the Massachusetts Superior Court.  Chris is currently a research assistant to Professor Tanya Monestier.  After school, Chris is interested in clerking for a judge and ultimately pursuing a career in corporate law.

Brianne Chevalier is from Horseheads, New York. She graduated summa cum laude in 2014 from University at Albany where she majored in Political Science and was a member of the NCAA Division I Softball program. At RWU Law, Bri is in the Honors Program, is a Research Assistant, and serves as Secretary for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Bri spent last summer interning for the Chemung County Court Judge in New York.

Olivia Phetteplace grew up in Ledyard, Connecticut. She graduated magna cum laude from Siena College in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Art in English and Philosophy. During the summer after her 1L year Olivia interned for the Office of the Chief State’s attorney in Connecticut where she learned criminal law may not be her calling. Olivia’s legal interests include commercial law, real estate law, and tort law.

Caroline Dias grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island. In 2011, she graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a dual degree in International Relations and Spanish Language, and is now in the Honors Program at Roger Williams University School of Law. After her first year at RWU Law, Caroline spent the summer interning in the chambers of Judge Dennis Curran of the Massachusetts Superior Court. She is currently a research assistant for Professor Hashway and is a member of RWU Law Moot Court. After graduation, Caroline hopes to pursue a judicial clerkship.

Daniel Miller is from Toms River, New Jersey. Daniel attended Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, where he earned his A.B. in History, and was a member of the University Honors Program, which provided its own rigorous curriculum in the philosophical, cultural, religious, and classical studies. While at Seton Hall, Daniel founded the Alpha Phi Zeta chapter of Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity, was a captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team, and was a member of numerous clubs and honors societies. Daniel spent his 2015 summer interning at the Office of U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, where he drafted loan agreements and press statements, and performed research and policy analyses for the legislative reformation of internet content provider and third-party aggregate agreements, and for S. 1654–The Overdose Prevention Act, introduced in June of 2015. Currently, Daniel serves as President of the Tax and Business Law Society, the Vice-President of the RWU Law chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and is the Marshall for Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. After law school, Daniel hopes to pursue a career in tax law and politics.

Laura Pickering is from Warwick, Rhode Island. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island where she received a B.S. in business administration. Laura is in the Honors Program and is a Moot Court Board member. She has a strong interest in elder law and estate planning and continues to work with a local firm specializing in this area

Casandra Foley is from Avon, New York. She graduated from Niagara University in 2014 with a degree in Social Work. After 1L year, Casandra interned with the Legal Aid Society of Rochester in the Family Law Unit. At RWU Law, she is a member of the Honor’s Program. After law school, Casandra is interested in pursuing a career in family law.

Trevor T. Bernard grew up in Chicopee, Massachusetts and graduated summa cum laude in 2014 from the Western New England University with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society and a minor in Economics.  In the summer of 2015, Trevor interned in the Department of Administration for the State of Rhode Island, working in labor relations, assisting with the handling of State Union grievances and the collective bargaining process. Trevor also works as a research and teaching assistant to Legal Practice Professor Elizabeth Colt. Trevor’s interests lie in commercial and transactional lawyering, specifically within the financial industry, and he hopes to secure a judicial externship in the Spring of 2016.

Andrew Piombino is from Madison, Connecticut. He graduated from Boston College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and a minor in History. Shortly 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.  Andrew hopes to return to Connecticut after graduation to pursue a career in corporate law.

Joseph Galindo was born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He is currently a member of the Honors Program and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society at Roger Williams University School of Law. This past summer, Joseph interned for The Honorable Michael A. Silverstein on the Business Calendar at the Rhode Island Superior Court. He expresses a strong interest in Business and Corporate law and strives to work in this field after graduation.

Michael Riley, 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.

Brett Hargaden is from Sebring, Florida. He is a graduate of Stetson University, where he majored in Finance. Since starting law school, he has interned at the Highlands County State Attorney’s Office and is a Research Assistant for Professor Susan Heyman, Professor Emily Sack, and Professor Colleen Brown. He is also a member of the RWU Law Honors Program. After graduating, he intends to pursue a career in family law, criminal law, or maritime law. Outside of school, he enjoys offshore fishing, diving the Florida Keys, and watching college football.

Kenneth 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 focuses primarily on municipal law. Ken’s interests remain varied, but he does intend to seek a judicial clerkship upon graduation.

Clare Harmon is from Guilford, CT. She is a graduate of the Sound School, in New Haven, CT, and Roger Williams University. She received a BA in Marine Biology and Sustainability at RWU. Clare took a year off in college and worked as a legal assistant for Marasco and Nesselbush, a personal injury and social security law firm in Providence. After her 1L year, she interned for the RI Court Appointed Special Advocate, where she worked on issues in family law. She also worked and continues to work as a Sea Grant Law Fellow. Clare is currently preparing a habitat restoration plan to be executed by The Nature Conservancy in the Providence and Seekonk Rivers. Clare is interested in the Marine Affairs dual degree program. After school, she intends to pursue a career in the maritime and admiralty field.

Greg Henninger grew up in the small town of Brookfield, Connecticut. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mary Washington (UMW) in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While attending UMW, he interned for a Federal Representative on Capitol Hill and was a member of the UMW Mock Trial Team. Upon graduation he immediately entered Roger Williams University School of Law. During the summer of 2015, he interned for Rhode Island Legal Services, assisting parents in child protection cases. Greg is a proud member of the Alliance and the Intellectual Property Law Association. After graduation, Greg hopes to work in Washington D.C. with a focus on Intellectual Property. Greg enjoys reading, playing his viola, spending time with friends and family, and relaxing.

Breegan Semonelli grew up in Middletown, Rhode Island. She graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University in 2013. After graduating, she worked at a law firm in Boston for seven months before beginning at RWU Law. In the summer after her first year at RWU Law, Breegan worked as a research assistant for Professor Andrew Horwitz and interned in the chambers of Chief Judge William E. Smith of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

Christina Volpe is from North Haven, CT. She attended Roger Williams University for her undergraduate studies during which time she studied in Florence, Italy for a semester, and ultimately graduated magna cum laude in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. Christina is a member of the Honors Program here at the law school. She has a strong interest in Corporate law and aspires to work in that area after graduation.