The Moot Court Board is a prestigious organization that affords numerous opportunities to its members. Many Board members participate in national external advocacy competitions which require both writing and appellate brief and performing an oral argument.
The Board strives to bring the world of appellate advocacy to its fellow law students. In the past, Moot Court has hosted guest speakers, lecture series, and sponsored visits to local courts to observe oral arguments. In 2017, the Board hosted Appellate Advocacy Week, intended to promote awareness among 1Ls about the importance of appellate work in the court system. The Board consistently develops its outreach program that leverages the School of Law's close connection with the local appellate advocacy bar. Many RWU Law alumni support the Moot Court Board by assisting in the administration of the Esther Clark Competition and coaching external competition teams.
The Board also runs the 1L Moot Court Competition, which gives first year students the chance to develop their advocacy skills and try out for a position on the Moot Court Board.
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2021-2022 Board Members
Sarah Kravetz (President)Click to Open
Sarah Kravetz (President)
Sarah Kravetz was born in Cambridge, England, raised in Texas, and resides in Virginia. She graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and International Relations. Sarah was a journalist at the 2015 New Hampshire Primary and contributed articles and podcasts to the Boston Globe. In 2016, she also anchored and produced a contributing piece to the American University Television News broadcast on the Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, DC. Sarah also interned and externed at multiple non-profits and interned with then-Congressman Ron DeSantis. She is the newly elected President of Moot Court for 2021-2022 and President of Phi Alpha Delta-Madison Chapter at RWU Law. Sarah won the 2020 Mini-Moot Competition. Sarah was a semi-finalist in the Esther Clarke Competition and received 2nd place for Best Oral Argument. Sarah is an Academic Success Teaching Fellow and will be a Writing Center Teaching Assistant in the fall. After graduation from RWU Law, Sarah will join the US Air Force JAG Corps.
Kacey Stone (Vice President)Click to Open
Kacey Stone (Vice President)
Kacey Stone is from Farmington, Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018 with a Bachelors in English Literature with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Kacey has been a research and teaching assistant for Professor Emily Sack since the summer of her 1L year, and researches various topics including the death penalty and domestic violence. Kacey is also involved in various student organizations and serves as Treasurer for Phi Alpha Delta and Secretary for Association of Public Interest Law. This upcoming summer, Kacey will be interning at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Florida's Capital Habeas Unit. Kacey has also been accepted into the New York Pro Bono Scholars Program where she hopes to find a placement that provides criminal defense in death penalty cases.
Jill Magnus (Co-Chair of Esther Clark and External Competitions)Click to Open
Jill Magnus is from Middletown, RI and currently lives in Newport, RI. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. During her 1L year Jill taught Street Law at The MET in Newport and interned at the Statehouse with the Legislature and also with the Senate Policy office where she wrote legislative reports on facial recognition technology and law enforcement training and drafted a bill to ban hydraulic fracking in Rhode Island. During her 2L year, Jill won the 2020 Esther Clark Moot Court Competition at the Rhode Island Supreme Court as well as winning Best Oral Advocate and Best On and Off Brief Performance. In addition to Moot Court, Jill is a member of the Roger Williams Law Review's Senior Editorial Staff. Jill was also a Street Law Mentor during her 2L year. In her 3L year, Jill is looking forward to serving on the Moot Court Executive Board and participating in the Judicial Externship, where she will be Federal District Court Judge Mary McElroy's extern in the fall. Also in the fall, Jill is competing in the National Moot Court Competition. In the spring of her 3L year, Jill is participating in the Corporate Counsel Externship and will be a Teaching Assistant for Professor Spacone.
Amanda Tramonte (Co-Chair of Esther Clark and External Competitions)Click to Open
Amanda Tramonte is from Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She graduated in 2018 from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire with a Bachelors of Art in Politics and Economics. At Roger Williams, Amanda is a member of the Moot Court Executive Board, property teaching assistance for Professor Jonathan Gutoff, legal writing teaching assistant for Professor Justin Kishbaugh, secretary of the Tax and Business Law Society, VITA Pro Bono Student Leader, and enrolled in the Accelerated J.D. Program. Currently, Amanda is a judicial extern for the Honorable Richard A. Licht at the Rhode Island Superior Court. Amanda was a finalist and winner of Best Brief at the 25th Annual Esther Clark Moot Court Competition. This summer, Amanda will be a summer associate at Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. in Providence, Rhode Island as well as a Research Assistant for Professor Spacone. During the fall of her 3L year, Amanda will compete in the National Moot Court Competition and she will also be participating in the Corporate Counsel Externship as an extern at Textron.
Taylor Woehl (Chair of Communications and Finance)Click to Open
Taylor Woehl (Chair of Communications and Finance)
Taylor Woehl is from Aberdeen, South Dakota. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Crime and Justice Studies in three years from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, where she was a member of the women’s soccer team. At Roger Williams University, Taylor volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. During the summer following her first year of law school, Taylor interned for the Rhode Island State Government Internship Program where she wrote a piece of legislation that was presented to the Rhode Island General Assembly and was aimed at lowering recidivism rates in Rhode Island. Taylor was a semi-finalist and winner of Runner-up Best Brief at the 2020 Esther Clark Moot Court Competition. Additionally, Taylor looks forward to working as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Justin Kishbaugh during her 3L year.
General 3L MembersClick to Open
Giuliana David is from Middletown, Connecticut. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychological Sciences with a minor in Women Gender and Sexuality Studies. At Roger Williams University, Giuliana is a teaching fellow for academic support, a street law leader, a member of the SBA, and a student ambassador. After her first year of law school, Giuliana interned for the Rhode Island Governor’s executive legal counsel. And after her 2L year, Guiliana will be interning at the Victim's Rights Center of Connecticut. Some of Giuliana’s favorite things are meeting new people, working with kids, and catching up with her friends over a good cup of coffee.
Tresina M. Dickens is from Chicago, Illinois, and she is interested in tax and real estate law. Tresina graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 2016, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law. Before attending Roger Williams University School of Law, Tresina held multiple legal positions in intellectual property law firms. While her experiences in the intellectual property field were fruitful, she looks forward to her future in tax and real estate law. During her 2L year, she volunteered with the VITA program and is looking forward to being Rhode Island Superior Court Justice Brian Stern's summer intern. After law school, she intends to pursue a L.L.M in Tax.
Laitza Germain was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She graduated from Saint Thomas University in 2017, with a Bachelor in Business Management with a minor in Political Science. She then worked at a non-profit immigration law firm in Miami and became a Guardian Ad Litem in the 17th Judicial Circuit in Florida. In 2019, she graduated with a Masters in Business Administration at Saint Thomas University. Upon graduation, she moved to Rhode Island to attend law school at Roger Williams University School of Law. Her first year, she became the 1L Representative for both the Black Law Student Association and the Christian Law Association. In the summer following her first year of law school, Laitza interned for the Chief Judge Jack McConnel Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. In the summer of second year of law school, Laitza interned at the Legal Society's Juvenile Rights Practice Group in Brooklyn, NY. As a third year law student, Laitza serves as the President for the Black Law Student Association.
Connor Reardon is from Haddam, Connecticut. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Central Connecticut State University in 2019 with a major in Criminology and a minor in Spanish. Before coming to law school, Connor worked as an assistant for Oakley Law Offices, focusing on juvenile protection law. Aside from the Moot Court Board, he currently serves as the Parliamentarian for the Student Bar Association. Connor currently clerks for the Honorable Associate Justice Brian Stern as a judicial extern. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in criminal litigation. When not in school, he enjoys fishing, hiking, and exploring outdoors.
Jonathan Vallecilla has lived in Rhode Island since he immigrated to the United States with his mother at the age of four years old. At a young age Jonathan became passionate about politics and the law. He has an Associates Degree from the Community College of Rhode Island, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Rhode Island College. Jonathan was a 2019 New Leaders Council Fellow for the Rhode Island chapter, and has served as a Selections Committee Co-Chair for NLC RI since then. Jonathan is currently a Juris Doctor Candidate at Roger Williams University School of Law, and hopes to practice criminal defense and immigration law upon graduation and passing the Bar.
2L MembersClick to Open
Jasmin Anastacio Blackiston
Jasmin Anastacio Blackiston is from Pawtucket, RI and currently lives in East Greenwich, RI. She graduated summa cum laude from Stonehill College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Criminology. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Jasmin was a member of the Edwin Sutherland Criminology Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, Lambda Epsilon Sigma Academic Honor Society, and was the recipient of the 2020 Criminology Student of the Year Award. During her first year, Jasmin interned for the Honorable Mary S. McElroy at the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island and also with the Rhode Island Society for Human Resource Management and the Marinosci Law Group. At Roger Williams, Jasmin is the Parliamentarian of the Student Bar Association, Treasurer of the Women’s Law Society, Vice-President of the Family Law Society, a 2L Representative of the Multi-Cultural Law Student Association, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta as well as the Honor Board.
Julissa Arce is from Springfield, Massachusetts. She graduated as a 3+3 student from Roger Williams University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Law with a Core Concentration in Psychology in 2021. The summer after her first year of law school she interned at the Rhode Island Center for Justice with the Utilities and Housing teams. She is interested in many fields including corporate, contract, and real estate law. As a second-year law student, along with being a Moot Court Board Member, she is the Student Bar Association Executive Vice President. She enjoys helping others, and spending time with friends and family in her free time.
David Braga is from Fairhaven, MA. He earned a BA in History, summa cum laude, from Bridgewater State University in 2017, where he was a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program and History Honor Society. Prior to starting law school, David worked full time at a law firm in Providence, RI, specializing in veterans’ disability benefits, where he continues to work part time while in law school. In December 2020, David became accredited to represent veterans before the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. At Roger Williams University School of Law, David is a member of the Honors Program, Military Law Society, and Moot Court. David is also a Civil Procedure teaching assistant for Professor Teitz and a Contracts teaching assistant for Professor Monestier. David was the 2021 Janet D. Steiger fellow at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where he interned in the Consumer Protection Division during the Summer of 2021. David serves as an appointed member of the Town of Fairhaven Historic Commission and an elected member of the Town of Fairhaven Planning Board.
Juliette Collins is from New Bedford, Massachusetts. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Salve Regina University in 2019, where she double majored in Political Science and Administration of Justice, with a concentration in American Legal History. At Roger Williams University School of Law Juliette is the Treasurer of the Tax and Business Law Society and is interested in corporate and real estate law. Juliette has previously interned for the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General and in the summer following her 1L year, she was the judicial intern for the Honorable Kevin J. Finnerty, First Justice of the Fall River District Court.
Charlotte Cotto is from Colchester, Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with her bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Political Science. Prior to law school she was a legal assistant at the law offices of London and London and wrote for a local Connecticut magazine. Charlotte won the 2021 Mini-Moot Competition and spent her rising 2L summer working pro-bono at the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies, “the lead DoD security cooperation resource for global legal engagement and capacity-building with international defense sector officials”. Charlotte is looking to pursue a career in national security and counterterrorism as it relates to maritime law. When not in school she enjoys painting, surfing, and gardening.
Samantha DaRocha is from Berkley, Massachusetts. She graduated summa cum laude from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Science in legal studies and a Bachelor of Arts in history. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Samantha is a member of the honors program, a student ambassador, and a member of multiple student organizations. During the summer after her 1L year, Samantha worked as a research assistant for Professor Yelnosky, and will be a teaching assistant for him beginning in the fall of her 2L year. Outside of school, Samantha is also an assistant coach for a local high school's debate and mock trial teams.
Emma Maia Dinnerstein
Emma Maia Dinnerstein is originally from South Florida but has been a resident of Bristol for the past four years. She attended Clark University in Worcester, MA where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Art History. Emma's pursuit of the law comes from her background as a first-generation Portuguese-American-Jew and from growing up in a low-income community. As a 2L, Emma will be continuing at her job at the RWU Law Library and serving as President of the Women's Law Society. A fun fact about Emma is that she holds the British title of Lady!
Chris Gauthier is from Freeport, IL. He graduated from the University of Missouri–St. Louis in 2020, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. At RWU Law he is also a member of the Honors Program, and with his free time enjoys sports, hiking, and visiting new places.
Giuliana Hathaway is from Cranston, Rhode Island. She graduated magna cum laude from Central Connecticut State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and a minor in Business Management and Organization. While at Central Connecticut State University, Giuliana was a member and captain of the softball team. At Roger Williams University, Giuliana is the secretary of the Tax and Business Law Society and enrolled in the accelerated J.D. program. Also, Giuliana participated in Alternate Winter Break as a research volunteer for the Death Penalty Information Center. Following the summer of her 1L year, Giuliana interned at Superior Court for the Honorable Daniel A. Procaccini. Giuliana is interested in corporate and international law.
Avery Jackson is from Barrington, Rhode Island and currently lives in Providence. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, with minors in Art History and Gender and Women’s Studies. Prior to law school, Avery worked as a paralegal at Chisholm, Chisholm, & Kilpatrick assisting disabled veterans in their claims for benefits. After her 1L year, she interned with the Rhode Island Center for Justice in Providence, as well as Bogle, DeAscentis & Coughlin, a private practice in Fall River, MA. Outside of law school, Avery enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, and reading.
Katriina Juntunen is from Cumberland, Rhode Island. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Mason University in 2018 with a degree in Criminology, Law, and Society, and a minor in Forensic Psychology. Before law school, Katriina worked as an investigator with the Children’s Law Center in Washington D.C., where she helped Guardian ad Litem attorneys with their best interest representation of DC foster youth. Katriina is a member of the Honors Program at RWU Law and is excited to be a Street Law Leader. Last year, Katriina was a Street Law Student Teacher and a Criminal Law Society 1L representative. She also participated in Alternative Winter Break. In the summer following her first year of law school, Katriina interned for the Northern Virginia Public Defenders in Alexandria, VA. After law school, she hopes to work in public defense or family / juvenile law. When not studying, you’ll likely find her in Colt State Park getting some much needed ocean air or playing tennis.
Dalton Maldonado is from Mud Creek, Kentucky. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville. At Roger Williams University School of Law, Dalton is the President of the LGBTQ+ Alliance and Academic Success Teaching Fellow and is a member of the American Bar Association and LGBTQ Bar association. Dalton has previously interned for Congressman David Cicilline, and in the summer following 1L year, he was an intern for the Rhode Island Human Rights Commission. In 2015, Dalton was selected as one of the Out 100 Most Impactful and Influential LGBTQ+ People in America, Outsports Person of the year, and received the Fairness Award in Kentucky. Dalton is interested in Human/Civil Rights Law.
Jordan Mazer is from Powell, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. At Roger Williams University, Jordan is a research assistant for Dr. Justin Kishbaugh and the current student administrator for the Writing Center. Jordan spent her rising 2L summer assisting Dr. Kishbaugh with archival research through Harvard University and Yale University. Jordan will spend her 2L year as a student editor for the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce. After law school Jordan would like to work in higher education with a concentration in Environmental law. When not at school, Jordan enjoys spending her free time skiing and at the beach.
Brian Murphy is from Warren, Rhode Island. Brian graduated from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts in 2019 with a Bachelors in Finance. At RWU Law, Brian has participated in Alternative Winter Break, is the 2L representative for the Tax and Business Law Society and is a Teaching Assistant for Professor Jenna Wims Hashway. During the summer after his 1L year, Brian interned with the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General where he participated in an investigation into the operations of a local healthcare system. Outside of law school, Brian enjoys playing golf and cheering on Boston sports.
Penelope (Polly) Murphy is from Barrington, Rhode Island. She graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant at the Boston University Twin Project, a child development research laboratory, before moving to London, England to attend University College London. There, she graduated with a Master of Science in Developmental Psychology, Merit Distinction. Recently, she worked in Austin, Texas as a therapeutic specialist at a residential treatment center for children and teens and as a family therapist in Providence, Rhode Island for families involved with the Department of Children, Youth and Families. Polly is Vice President of the American Indian Law Student Association and Treasurer of the Family Law Society. During the summer following her first year of law school, Polly interned at the City of Providence Law Department with a focus on civil litigation and housing litigation.
Marianna Nava is from São Paulo, Brazil, and immigrated to the United States at age thirteen. Marianna graduated from Providence College in 2012, majoring in Health Sciences with a minor in Spanish. In the summer following her first year of law school, Marianna was one of the first four law students nationwide chosen to become Federal Magistrate Judges Association Fellow, where she worked for Magistrate Judge Judith Dein in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Upon graduating from law school, she plans to pursue a career as a family law and immigration attorney.
Noelle Soares is from Falling Waters, West Virginia. She is a first-generation student who graduated in 2020 from Marshall University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and minors in Psychology and Political Science. Noelle volunteered with Street Law and at PrYSM for Alternative Winter Break during her 1L year. In her 2L year she will serve as a member of the honor board and secretary for Women’s Law Society. A fun fact about Noelle is that she likes to read and hike in her free time.
Cynthia Vandermolen is from Oregon City, Oregon. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Oregon State University. Cynthia is a rising 2L, a member of the Women’s Law Society, and is a member of the American Indian Law Student Association. Cynthia is interested in practicing in International Law. Some of her favorite things are working out, reading, and hiking with friends.