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Patricia A. Rapoza

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Patricia A. Rapoza, Attorney at Law
Adjunct Professor
Contact Information
(401) 921-4436

"In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn." Phil Collins

Ms. Rapoza is a graduate of St. Mary's Academy Bay View in East Providence, Rhode Island as well as Providence College, and Suffolk University Law School in Boston.  She is a member and Treasurer of the Kent County Bar Association and a Former Member of the Edward P. Gallogly Family Court Inn of Courts.

Ms. Rapoza is a Rhode Island native.  Although she did not have the opportunity to attend Roger Williams University, she has been impressed with the University since becoming an Adjunct Professor in 2009.  Ms. Rapoza truly appreciates and understands busy schedules of the continuing education students - as she attended law school at night and worked a full time job during the day.  She admits that this was a challenge, but that experience helped to build character to manage a full life while remaining committed to one's education.

Ms. Rapoza hopes that she has touched the lives of her students at SCS as much as they have touched hers.  The educational experience is so different than when she was in school.  She is impressed with the knowledge, ability, sincerity and drive the students have demonstrated.

Ms. Rapoza is married with a full time law practice.  She has been an attorney since 1989 and is grateful to have been given the opportunity to share her experiences with the students at Roger Williams.  She hopes that she is able to help the students build a knowledge and understanding of the law.  The students she has worked with continue to educate her based upon their own experiences - whether they are in the military and stationed overseas or students here in the States, all who have varied backgrounds and experiences.

“I look forward to beginning a new role here at the University as an Adjunct Advisor to the students of the Paralegal Studies Program in the spring of 2013.”