Editorial Board

SteveStephen D. Lapatin (Editor in Chief) is from Cranston, Rhode Island.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, where he was a member of the URI Baseball Team. Prior to law school, Stephen served as the Legislative Liaison for the City of Providence, where he advocated on behalf of the Providence City Council at the Rhode Island State House. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Stephen is a member of the Honors Program, a Dean’s Scholar, a Research Assistant to Professor Niki Kuckes, and the recipient of the merit-based Rhode Island Association for Justice – Justice Joseph R. Weisberger Scholarship. Stephen’s comment titled, Rhode Island’s Prescription Drug Database: Warrantless Searches by Law Enforcement Pass Constitutional Muster, was chosen for publication in Volume 23, Issue 3, of the Roger Williams University Law Review. After 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.  During his 2L year, Stephen was an extern to the Honorable Francis X. Flaherty in the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  Currently, Stephen is a summer associate at Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.  After law school, Stephen will clerk for the Honorable Maureen McKenna Goldberg in the Rhode Island Supreme Court for the 2019-2020 term.

 

Jessie

Jessie M. Reniere (Managing Editor) 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).  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.  Jessie is currently a summer associate at Hinckley Allen in Providence.  She continues to serve as a research assistant to Professor Teitz and she is also a member of the RWU Law Honors Program.  During her 3L year Jessie plans to participate in the Business Start-Up Clinic and the Corporate Counsel Externship Program.

 

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Kathrine Morin (Executive Articles Editor) 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 was a Research Assistant for Dean Michael Yelnosky.  She is also a member of the Honors Program, Moot Court, and the 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.  Katie is currently a summer associate at Locke Lord, LLP in the corporate practice group.  After graduation, Katie hopes to pursue a career in corporate or labor and employment law.

 

Patrick

Patrick Burns (Articles Editor) is from Barrington, Rhode Island.  He graduated magna cum laude from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2016.  While at Fordham, Patrick worked as a Resident Assistant and served as a Student Resource Person for the university’s Board of Trustees.  At RWU Law, Patrick is a member of the Honors Program and a student ambassador.  After his first year of law school, he worked as a law clerk for DeSisto Law, a civil litigation firm in Providence.  During the fall semester of his second year, he interned for Justice William P. Robinson III of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  He then returned to DeSisto Law and will continue there during his third year.

 

 

Adam

Adam J. Fague (Articles Editor) is from Harmony, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of La Salle Academy.  Adam attended Rhode Island College, majoring in Political Science and graduating cum laude. During college, he studied abroad in London and Paris.  Prior to coming to RWU Law, Adam interned in the R.I. Office of the Attorney General in the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit.  After his first year, Adam interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Providence, R.I.  During his second year, Adam served as a research assistant for David H. Gibbs, Director of Business Law Programs and the Corporate Counsel Externship at RWU Law. Adam currently serves as a Rule 9 intern for the R.I. Office of the Attorney General in the Narcotics/Forfeiture Unit.  During his third year, Adam will continue to work for the Attorney General’s office.  Following graduation, Adam hopes to obtain a judicial clerkship and then serve as a state prosecutor in Rhode Island.

 

David Fitzpatrick

David Fitzpatrick (Articles Editor) 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.  During his 2L year, David worked as a research assistant for both Professor Olivia Milonas, and Professor David Gibbs.  Currently, David is working at Geragos & Geragos in Cranston, RI, dealing primarily with business litigation and transactional work.  After law school David hopes to secure a judicial clerkship.

 

Mackenzie

Mackenzie C. McBurney (Executive Notes & Comments Editor) is a native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Fairfield University, earning her B.A. in Communications and Politics.  The summer after her first year of law school, Mackenzie completed a summer internship at Mandell, Schwartz & Boisclair in Providence.  During her second year, Mackenzie served as a teaching assistant to Professor David Logan.  In addition, Mackenzie is a member of the Honors Program.  Mackenzie is currently working at Ursillo, Teitz, and Ritch in Providence, RI.  After graduation, she plans to obtain a judicial clerkship and then follow in the proud tradition of her family as a third-generation lawyer and public servant, serving the community of Rhode Island.

 

MaxMaxwell Beermann (Notes & Comments Editor) grew up in Tampa, Florida.  He graduated from Villanova University in 2016 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English.  Max was a four-year 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 currently the President of the Tax & Business Law Society and a research assistant for Professor Colleen Brown.  Currently, Max is working as part of the in-house counsel to IDC Inc.~ The Newport Experience.  He will continue that work through the fall semester as a part of the corporate counsel externship program.  During the spring of his 3L year, he plans to participate in the Judicial Externship program.  Previously, Max served as an assistant coach to the RWU Baseball team; he interned in the Civil Division of the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General; and he interned in the Law Offices of Jennifer Gehringer Puerini where he worked on a variety of medical malpractice and personal injury issues.  Max has also earned 75+ pro bono hours as a part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).  After graduation, Max plans to pursue a career in corporate litigation.

 

Brody

Brody Karn (Notes & Comments Editor) is from the bustling metropolis of Poughkeepsie, New York.  He graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre.  Upon graduating from college, Brody performed in numerous Broadway national touring productions and regional shows.  After his first year of law school, Brody interned for the Honorable Daniel A. Procaccini in Providence County Superior Court.  Presently, Brody is a legal intern for Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc. This fall he will serve as a legal extern at Falvey Insurance Group.  Brody is also a member of the RWU Admiralty Moot Court Team and has argued at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, Washington.  Upon graduating from law school, Brody hopes to pursue a career in maritime law.

 

Sean

Sean Rock (Notes & Comments Editor) 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 first year as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jeffrey A. Lanphear and the Honorable Brian P. Stern in the Superior Court of Rhode Island.  Currently, Sean is a law clerk at Gursky Wiens, a local litigation firm specializing in labor and employment law.  During his third year, Sean will extern for Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  Additionally, Sean 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.

 

Capraro

Camille C. Capraro (Rhode Island Editor) 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.  After her 1L year, Camille interned with the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk’s Department.  Camille is currently a Rule 9 intern with the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office.  In her third year, Camille will extern for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya of United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  In addition, Camille is a member of the Honors Program, a Research Assistant for Legal Practice Professor Irina V. Gott, and the Vice President of the Criminal Law Society.  After graduation, she hopes to obtain a judicial clerkship and to pursue a career in criminal defense.

 

Jill

Jillian M. Nobis (Research & Development Editor) is from Carmel, Indiana.  She 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, Jillian is a member of the Honors Program and serves as a research assistant for Professor Tanya J. Monestier.  Jillian spent the summer after her first year as a legal intern for the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General with the Environmental Unit.  During the spring of her second year, Jillian interned for the Honorable William P. Robinson III of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  Currently, Jillian is a legal intern for Kiel James Patrick.  In the fall of her third year, Jillian will serve as an extern with the Governor’s Executive Counsel and, in the spring, she will participate in the Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship program.  After graduation, Jillian hopes to secure a judicial clerkship and to pursue a career in corporate law.