Mayor James Diossa today thanked two Roger Williams University law school students, Thomas Travers and Christopher Moran, who just spent a full-time week in the Central Falls' Law Department as part of the law school's "Alternative Spring Break" program. Students in the program dedicate their spring break to serving the public interest.
Travers is currently a 2L at Roger Williams University Law after graduating from Stonehill College. He is currently on active duty in the U.S. Army, after serving two tours in Afghanistan and Kuwait. Travers worked under the supervision of City Solicitor Matt Jerzyk ('08) on a project researching and analyzing the city's licensing and regulatory structures for businesses in the City. His week included meetings with economic development experts, a visit to the State House Library, the Senate, the House (including meeting the Speaker of the House) and culminated in drafting a city ordinance and a state statute.
Moran is currently a 1L at Roger Williams University Law after graduating from Assumption College. Moran worked under the supervision of Assistant City Solicitor and Executive Director of the Central Falls Nuisance Task Force, Robert Weber ('12) on several complex real estate projects with the goal of abating public nuisances. The project involved researching tax sale and foreclosure notice requirements, legal strategies on how to quiet title for affordable housing projects, site visits to abandoned properties with city inspectors, and drafting a proposal for assigning street names and numbers to new developments in the City.
"I was thrilled to welcome Tom and Chris' energy and enthusiasm to City Hall this week," said Mayor Diossa. "They provided smart analysis and innovative strategic thinking on two priority issues for the city right now: growing our economy and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods by tackling abandoned and nuisance properties. It was great to have them contribute to the Central Falls' comeback!"
From Left to Right: Christopher Moran, Mayor James Diossa, Thomas Travers