Providence, RI (left to right): Hon. Kristin E. Rodgers,1992; Hon.Alice B. Gibney, 1972; Hon. William R. Guglietta, 1985; M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, 1984; Hon. Bruce Q. Morin, 1970; Hon. George N. DiMuro, 1969; Hon. Fred A. Marzilli, 1979 and Dean Veryl Victoria Miles, 1980.
Rhode Island Alumni Reconnect with Law School and Each Other
June 22 - Columbus School of Law alumni gathered together at an alumni reception held at the University Club in Providence, to honor and celebrate the remarkable contributions that CUA Law graduates have made to the legal community and all of the citizens of the Ocean State.
Approximately 35 area alumni were present to mingle, reminisce and reconnect with old friends and classmates at the two-hour reception. All present were struck by the strong sense of community. Most of the attendees seemed to know each other, even if some time had passed since their last meeting.
“Our Rhode Island alumni really continue the sense of community that has always been a part of the law school,” said Columbus School of Law Dean Veryl V. Miles, who hosted the gathering. “These reunions seem to transcend time, in that they help to transfer the spirit, special energy and core values of the law school from one generation to the next.”
The reception also included a special celebration of the achievements of six alumni who number among the leading legal lights in the state. The Hon. Fred Marzilli, Class of 1979, was the inspiring force for this part of the reception. He presented awards and spoke with eloquence and pride about the significant role CUA law school alumni play in public service throughout the state of Rhode Island. The members of the alumni community honored were the following:
Hon. George N. DiMuro, Class of 1969, Special Magistrate of Family Court
Judge DiMuro’s additional service to the state of Rhode Island has also included membership on the state bar House of Delegates and the Family Court Bench Bar Committee, the Cranston City Council, the Cranston City Zoning and Planning boards, as well as the Rhode Island National Guard.
Hon. Bruce Q. Morin, Class of 1970, Workers' Compensation Judge
Judge Morin also served two terms in the Rhode Island State Senate. He currently serves as a member of the Rhode Island Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline, the Supreme Court’s Law Day Committee, a member of the Workers’ Compensation Bench/Bar Committee, a delegate to the Rhode Island Trial Judges Association, and member of the Rhode Island Bar Association. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Morin had a general law practice in Rhode Island, and he also served as defense counsel and a legal assistance officer for the JAG Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Hon. Alice B. Gibney, Class of 1972, Presiding Justice of Superior Court
Judge Gibney served as a Workers’ Compensation Court Commissioner for two years before being named to the Superior Court bench in 1984. Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk for Superior Court Judge Florence K. Murray. She has also practiced with the Providence-based firms of Anderson, Henning and Anderson and Boyer, Reynolds & DeMarco. From 1978 to 1979, she served as assistant U.S. Attorney in Rhode Island.
M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Class of 1984, President of Rhode Island Senate
Senator Paiva-Weed is the first woman in the state’s history to serve as president of the Senate. She was elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 1992 and elevated to her current position in 2009. Senator Paiva-Weed has served as Rhode Island’s first female Senate majority leader, as vice chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, as deputy chair of the finance subcommittee on Public Safety and the Environment, and as chair of the Judiciary Committee. Prior to her election to the Senate, Paiva-Weed was chairwoman of the Newport Affordable Housing Commission.
Hon. William R. Guglietta, Class of 1985, Chief Magistrate of Traffic Tribunal
Judge Guglietta was honored in 2007 for his years of service to the Rhode Island General Assembly. Judge Guglietta served as assistant attorney general in charge of the state’s narcotics unit in 1990. Three years later, he was named legal counsel for the House Finance Committee, and in 1998 he returned to the AG's office as an assistant attorney general and the state's first drug court prosecutor in charge of the policy and prevention unit. Judge Guglietta has also had prior judicial experience serving as Cranston's part-time municipal court judge. He is currently the chairman of Cranston's Planning Commission.
Hon. Kristin E. Rodgers, Class of 1992, Superior Court Judge
Upon graduation, Judge Rodgers served as a law clerk to the Hon. Florence K. Murray of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. From 1998 to 2002, she served as assistant town solicitor for the Town of East Greenwich. Judge Rodgers was a partner with Blish & Cavanagh, LLP, a law firm with a significant civil litigation practice before state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Prior to 1996, Judge Rodgers practiced law at Tillinghast Licht & Semenoff, Inc. as a litigation associate.
Dean Miles also recognized Judge Marzilli for his public service in Rhode Island, noting his appointment in 2005 to the Municipal Court for the Town of Lincoln.