2L Group

2L Members

MaxMax Beermann is from Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Villanova University in 2016 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. Max was member of the Villanova Baseball Team where he earned honors as First-Team All Big East in his senior season. Upon graduation, he immediately entered Roger Williams University School of Law where he is the President of the Tax & Business Law Society, works as a research assistant for Professor Colleen Brown, and is a volunteer coach for the RWU Baseball Team. After his 1L year, he interned in the Civil Division at the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General in Providence, RI. After graduation, Max plans to pursue a career in corporate law.

 

MichaelaMichaela Bland 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. 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. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in disability law.

 

 

PatrickPatrick Burns is from Barrington, Rhode Island. He graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2016. While at Fordham, he worked as a Resident Assistant and served as a Student Resource Person for the university’s Board of Trustees. He also worked as an intern with the Providence County Superior Court, the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, and the Rhode Island Public Defender. At RWU Law, Patrick is a member of the Honors Program and a student ambassador. He spent the summer after his first year as an intern at DeSisto Law, a civil defense firm in Providence, where he worked on civil rights and personal injury cases.

 

CapraroCamille C. Capraro is from Providence, Rhode Island.  She graduated magna cum laude in 2016 from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science.  While attending Rhode Island College, she interned with the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office.  Upon graduation, she immediately entered Roger Williams University School of Law and received a merit-based Jurisprudence Scholarship. Camille is a member of the Honors Program, a Research Assistant for Professor Irina Gott, and the Treasurer of the Criminal Law Society.  After her 1L year, Camille interned with the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk’s Department, where she conducted legal research, prepared legal memoranda, and assisted in writing draft decisions. She also bartended part-time. After graduation, Camille hopes to clerk for a judge, and then pursue a career in criminal defense litigation in Rhode Island.

 

Ryan

Ryan Cummins 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.

 

 

Adam

Adam Fague is from Harmony, Rhode Island. He graduated cum laude from Rhode Island College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During college, Adam studied abroad in London and Paris. After graduating, he interned with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office in the Domestic Violence; Sexual Assault Unit. During the summer after 1L year, he interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island. After graduation, he hopes to obtain a judicial clerkship and become a state prosecutor. In his free time, Adam likes playing guitar and fishing.

 

 

David Fitzpatrick

David Fitzpatrick is from North Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Institutions and a minor in History. David has extensive experience in the golf industry from his time working at Newport National Golf Club and Louisquisset Golf Club. At Roger Williams University School of Law, he is a member of the Honors Program, and is a Student Ambassador for the Admissions office. After his 1L year, he interned with the Honorable Brian P. Stern in Rhode Island Superior Court in Kent County, and worked for Dean Michael Yelnosky as a research assistant. This year David will work as a research assistant for Professor Olivia Milonas. After graduation, he hopes to practice civil and commercial litigation.

 

Koye

Koye Idowu 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. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Koye is a member of the Honors Program and a Teaching Assistant for Professor Colleen Murphy. 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. Following his second year, Koye will work as a summer associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in corporate law.

 

Brody

Brody Karn is from Poughkeepsie, New York. He graduated from Penn State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. While at State, Brody was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and organized an annual philanthropic event to benefit pediatric cancer research. Upon graduating from college, Brody performed in numerous Broadway national touring productions and regional shows.  This summer, he interned for the Honorable Daniel A. Procaccini in Superior Court of Providence County.  After law school, Brody plans to return to New York with hopes of serving as production counsel for Broadway shows.

 

 

Steve

Stephen D. Lapatin is from Cranston, Rhode Island.  He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was a member of the URI Baseball Team.  Prior to law school, Stephen interned at Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. and worked for the City of Providence, where he served as the Legislative Liaison to the Rhode Island General Assembly.  At Roger Williams University School of Law, Stephen is a member of the Honors Program, Student Chair of the Honor Board, and a Research Assistant to Professor Niki Kuckes.  After his 1L year, Stephen was a Judicial Intern to the Honorable John J. McConnell, Jr. in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.  Stephen is interested in litigation, corporate law, real estate law, and government relations.

 

Mackenzie

Mackenzie C. McBurney is a native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island and member of the class of 2019. Mackenzie is a member of the Honors Program and currently serves as a teaching assistant for Professor David Logan. She most recently completed a summer internship at Mandell, Schwartz & Boisclair in Providence, RI. Upon graduation, Mackenzie hopes to obtain a judicial clerkship and then pursue a career in civil litigation. Mackenzie completed her undergraduate studies at Fairfield University, earning her B.A. in Communications and Politics. She plans to follow in the proud tradition of her family as a third-generation lawyer and public servant, serving the community of Rhode Island.

 

Krystal

Krystal Medeiros is a Rhode Island native — she grew up in Warwick and currently resides in Coventry. Following high school, she obtained her Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies, and complemented her studies by interning with various divisions of the federal government, including the Office of Disability Adjudication & Review and the Office of Senator Jack Reed. Thereafter, she was a paralegal at Green & Greenberg, a social security disability firm located in Providence, Rhode Island. While attending Rhode Island College to complete her Bachelor’s Degree, she was the litigation paralegal and office manager for the Law Office of Thomas J. McAndrew & Associates, a boutique law firm located in Providence dedicated to commercial litigation and employment law. In 2016, Krystal graduated from Rhode Island College magna cum laude and commenced her first year of law school. This past summer she worked as a law clerk for MetLife, Inc., an international financial products and insurance company. Currently, she is a member of the Honors Program and a law clerk for Attorney Thomas J. McAndrew. Her professional experiences have shaped her interest in employment and corporate law and she intends to pursue a career in those fields after graduation. Aside from her professional pursuits, Krystal is an avid yoga practitioner and a 200-Hour certified yoga teacher.

 

Katie M

Kathrine Morin is from South Kingstown, Rhode Island.  She graduated in 2015 from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations. At Cornell, she was a member of the Women’s Varsity Swimming and Diving team where she was a member of the 2013 Ivy League Championship Team.  After graduation, Katie spent one year as a member of Textron’s Human Resource Leadership Develop Program. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Katie is a Research Assistant for Dean Michael Yelnosky. She is also a member of the RWU Law Honors Program, RWU Moot Court Team, and RWU Tax and Business Law Society. After her first year of law school, Katie interned with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in their Labor Relations department. After graduation, Katie hopes to pursue a career in labor and employment law.

 

Jill

Jillian Nobis grew up in Carmel, Indiana and graduated magna cum laude in 2016 from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and a minor in Fashion Business. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Jill is a member of the Honors Program and a research assistant for Professor Tanya Monestier. During the summer following her 1L year, Jill interned for the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General in the Environmental Unit. After law school, she hopes to secure a judicial clerkship.

 

 

 

Tyler P

Tyler Pare 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 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. In addition, Tyler worked for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. After graduation, Tyler hopes to clerk for a judge and then pursue his interest in criminal defense for the indigent.

 

Kaelyn

Kaelyn Phelps 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. While at RWU she was a Student Advocate and wrote her Journalism thesis paper on criminal interrogations. Kaelyn is also a published author on iBooks after working on a collaborative multimedia project, entitled Project Pacem, where she wrote about Nuclear Deterrence Theory. At Roger Williams University School Law, Kaelyn is a member of the Honors Program, a Student Ambassador, and a research assistant for Professor Sack. During the Summer of 2017, she interned with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit where she confirmed her passion for criminal law.

 

Andrew

Andrew Plocica 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 a member of several clubs and contributed a weekly political column to the student newspaper. Afterwards, he worked as a warehouse manager for a marble, granite, and floor covering company. When he is not studying, Andrew works as a bartender and browses Reddit. Following graduation, Andrew hopes to pass the bar exam and practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

 

 

Jessie

Jessie M. Reniere is from Smithfield, Rhode Island. She graduated from Middlebury College in 2011, majoring in International Studies with a focus on Political Science and Italian. For five years after college, she worked as a Government Relations Representative at IGT (formerly known as GTECH Corporation). At RWU, Jessie is a member of the Honors Program. The summer after her first year of law school, she interned for the Honorable John J. McConnell, Jr. in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. She also worked as a research assistant for Professor Louise Ellen Teitz and Professor Susan Heyman. During her second year, Jessie will continue to serve as a research assistant to Professor Teitz.

 

Alex R

Alexander L. Ried 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. At RWU Law, Alex is a member of the Moot Court Board, the Honors Program, and works as a Research Assistant for Professor Gott. During the summer following his 1L year, he worked as a summer law clerk at McCarter & English, LLP in Boston primarily in their Intellectual Property and Information Technology practice group. Alex enjoys relaxing at the beach, bowling, and a good game of pickup basketball whenever he gets the chance.

 

 

Brenna

Brenna Riley 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 Team. During the summer following her 1L year, Brenna worked as a summer associate at Pierce Atwood, LLP in their Providence office. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in intellectual property law and is especially interested in patent law.

 

Sean

Sean Rock hails from Riverside, Rhode Island. He graduated cum laude from Rhode Island College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While at RIC, Sean studied abroad for a semester in London and Paris. Sean spent the summer following his 1L year as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jeffrey A. Lanphear and the Honorable Brian P. Stern in the Superior Court of Rhode Island. Additionally, he is a member of the RWU Law Honors Program. After graduation, Sean plans to pursue a judicial clerkship and is interested in a career in corporate law.  

 

 

John

John Souza 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. After graduation, John hopes to pursue a career in corporate law. In his free time, John enjoys photography, playing guitar, riding his motorcycle, and traveling.