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Current Staff

Current Staff

  • Alexander Cerbo ’21

    Editor-in-Chief

    Alexander Cerbo has been the Editor-in-Chief of Lex Brevis since May of 2019. Previously, he was a staff writer for the student newspaper from September of 2018 until his appointment as Editor-in-Chief. His role includes overseeing a multi-member staff, drafting semester budgets, communicating with faculty and staff, and making the final decision on all things related to the functioning of the student newspaper. 

    Since the beginning of his tenure as Editor-in-Chief, Cerbo has made it a point to update the newspaper’s image in an effort to attract new and talented students to join. He has overseen the institution of a new logo and substantial aesthetic changes made to Lex Brevis’ university webpage, as well as, the creation of new social media pages. He has also largely focused on increasing the amount of publications produced each year. In his first year as Editor-in-Chief, Lex Brevis produced nearly double the amount of issues as the year before. 

    Cerbo is a third-year student who is interested in practicing criminal law. He graduated in 2018 from Assumption College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminology. In addition to running Lex Brevis, Cerbo has also participated as a team leader for Just the Beginning’s Summer Legal Institute, a summer program hosted annually at Western New England for minority and underprivileged high school students to learn about the law. His future aspirations are to become a federal prosecutor.

  • Shama Thakkar ’21

    Copy Editor

    Shama Thakkar has been the Copy Editor of Lex Brevis since May 2019.

    Thakkar is a third-year law student who is interested in practicing insurance law. She graduated in 2009 from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and has worked as a paralegal since then, primarily in the insurance (regulatory/compliance areas). In addition to participating in Lex Brevis as Copy Editor, Thakkar also participates as a CASA volunteer. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to help advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children living under the foster care system and advocate for the child’s case until he/she is placed into a safe, permanent and loving home.

  • Adam Caldwell ’23

    Staff Writer

    Adam Caldwell is joining the staff of Lex Brevis in the fall of 2020 as a first year law student. Adam graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May of 2020 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and History. Before moving to western Massachusetts for college, Adam spent the first half of his childhood in New Jersey and the second half in Florida. He is not yet entirely sure of the area of law he wants to practice following his graduation from the School of Law, but he leans towards public interest fields.

    Adam enjoys the outdoors in his free time. He is an Eagle Scout and he spent three summers working as a guide for weeklong canoe trips in the wilderness on either side of the Minnesota/Ontario border. He currently lives in South Hadley, Mass. with his partner and his three-year-old cat, Bennie.

  • Chelsea Contrada ’23

    Staff Writer

    Chelsea Contrada is a staff writer who joined Lex Brevis in 2019. Chelsea is an evening student in her second year. She began her academic career at Holyoke Community College where she was the Editor in Chief of the student newspaper. She went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in English from Keene State College where she wrote for the student newspaper and edited the student literary magazine. She then earned her Master's in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Chelsea has been working in libraries since 2013 and currently works full time as a reference librarian at Springfield Technical Community College. Her interests include intellectual property and copyright. She hopes to combine these interests with her career as an academic librarian.

  • Rachel Ferreira ’23

    Staff Writer

    Rachel Ferreira had the pleasure of joining Lex Brevis as a staff writer in 2019, when she was a 1L. Rachel is a part-time evening student at Western New England University’s School of Law, and also serves as the Vice President of the Evening Student Division of the Student Bar Association. Rachel graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2017, where she received her Bachelor of Science Research in Psychology, with a double minor in Spanish and Political Science. During her time at UConn, Rachel was a founding member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and served as Vice President of Membership Recruitment. She also participated as peer educator on campus, worked as an undergraduate researcher, and was a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society. Since graduating Rachel has been working full-time and currently works for CTNext managing multiple initiatives that support entrepreneurs and innovators in the state of Connecticut.

  • Jennifer Fields ’22

    Staff Writer

    Jennifer Fields joins the Lex Brevis staff this year as a full-time 2L at Western New England with a concentration in International Law and Comparative Studies. She graduated Summa Cum Laude as Salutatorian for the Saint Leo University class of 2019, located in sunny Florida. She is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, a criminal justice honors society, and Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership honors society. She earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice with a specialization in criminalistics, which she used firsthand while working with the Florida Department of Corrections. In 2018 she lived and worked in Haifa, Israel for Beit -Ha’gefen, an Arab-Jewish community center that aids refugees and promotes co-existence. She is also a legal observer for the National Lawyers Guild and has done Pro Bono work for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and the ACLU.

  • Joshua Gasper ’21

    Staff Writer

    Joshua is a 3L student at Western New England University School of Law. He is originally from Murrieta, California where he spent most of his younger years. He attended California State University-San Bernardino where he majored in European history with a special emphasis on the Holocaust. Joshua is excited to work with Lex Brevis and create interesting legal content for his fellow law students.

  • Tyler Maute ’23

    Staff Writer

    Starting fall 2020, Tyler Maute is a new staff writer at Lex Brevis, as well as a new L1 student. His previous writing experience is primarily in research writing and technical writing. Additionally, he has previous coursework in research writing and creative writing. He looks forward to hitting the ground running, both at Lex Brevis and as a new student at Western New England.

    Maute graduated from Temple University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. While at Temple, he was active as a student research assistant. He is keeping his options open during his L1 year, but has enjoyed his previous experience with mock trial, criminal law, and torts.

  • Marisa Marturano ’23

    Staff Writer

    Marisa Marturano is ecstatic to join Lex Brevis as a staff writer this year. As a 1L student, she is excited to begin law school while contributing her thoughts and opinions to current topics of society. She has graduated with Cum Laude Latin Honors in Spring 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media, Business minor. She strives to practice corporate law upon completion of her law studies. In her free time, Marisa enjoys cooking and catching up on TV shows. Marisa is described as a caring individual and always looks forward to communicating with fellow law students.

  • Julia Napolitano ’22

    Staff Writer

    Julia Napolitano joined Lex Brevis as a staff editor during her 1L year. Julia recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Connecticut State University in 2019, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Julia is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Southern Connecticut State University's Political Science Honor Society, and Zeta Delta Epsilon Honor Society. Julia has been a full time paralegal since 2018 and has had the opportunity to work with real estate law, foreclosure law, insurance defense cases, and general civil litigation matters. In addition to being an evening student at Western New England University's School of Law, Julia currently works full time as a paralegal at a civil litigation law firm in Hartford, CT. Julia is looking forward to beginning her 2L year this Fall. 

  • Areaona Roberson ’23

    Staff Writer

    Areaona Roberson is a 1L hailing from Georgia and will be joining Lex Brevis as a Staff Writer for the 2020-2021 academic year. Western New England Law School caught her attention for its concentration in Public Interest and its small size. WNE Law’s determination for diversity, and its professionalism also drew Ms. Roberson’s interest. She has a passion for education and helping the youth. This led her to become an AmeriCorps tutor where she aided underprivileged 6th graders in Connecticut for two years. She graduated from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina with honors.