Joey Spadoni is a rising 3L at the University of Massachusetts School of Law and feels so fortunate to be able to serve the school as the Notes Editor for the 2021-2022 academic year. Joey is passionate about writing, having worked in communications before attending law school, and enjoys both legal and creative writing endeavors. He completed an independent legal research project during the spring 2021 semester and has honed his legal research and writing skills during two legal internships over the past summers. In addition to his Notes Editor responsibilities, Joey will serve as the teaching assistant for the Law Review Note Writing course and is excited to work with the rising associate editors on their legal notes. Joey worked as a Contract law teaching assistant during the 2020-2021 academic year and served as an Academic Fellow during the fall semester of 2020. When he is not at law school, Joey enjoys photography and outdoor activities.
William Jennings is a rising 3L at UMass Law, and is the current Tech Editor of the Umass Law Review. Before going to law school, William attended UMass Amherst for his undergraduate education, studying political science. Between college and law school, William also worked for several years as a legal researcher and contracts administrator.
William has an interest in tax law, and recently served as an intern with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the experience he gained in that internship serving as the basis for his thesis paper “Point of Steal: The Burden of Proof in Tax Fraud Cases and Point of Sale Systems.” As a member of the law review e-board, it is William’s job to maintain and manage the law review’s website and social media presence.
Matthew R. Stevens ’21 is a 3L student and Staff Editor of the UMass Law Review. Matthew grew up in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and completed his BA in History at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Throughout his time in highschool, college, and part of law school, Matthew worked in the retail industry for 8 years. During his time at law school, Matthew shifted to the legal field where he served as a law clerk at Lang, Xifaras & Bullard for 3 years, as well as being a Torts Teaching Assistant for Professor Cleary. Matthew is a recipient of both the Commonwealth Fellows Scholarship and the Hoff Law Scholarship.
Matthew used his education in history and law to write about the developing legal systems of England and the Holy Roman Empire and their effect on witch-hunting intensity in early modern Europe, and how principles from this period can be applied to concepts like federalism and centralism in the United States. You can read more about Matthew’s work here. Matthew deeply enjoys any type of scholarship, and hopes to continue writing and return to the world of academia down the road by becoming a law professor.
Thomas Brennan ’21 is a full-time day student and Lead Editor for the UMass Law Review. Tom was born and raised in a small town in Northeast Connecticut before attending Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2015. Tom graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice and a minor in Arabic. After graduation, Tom returned to his home town of Pomfret and worked for three years as a Clerk at the Superior Court in Danielson, Connecticut. In 2018, Tom decided to attend law school, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, and brother. Tom currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wonderful Fiancé. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. After graduation, Tom plans on working in private practice in Eastern Connecticut with his father and brother. Tom’s research and writing for UMass Law Review focused on the ethical and legal issues regarding the hidden and persuasive techniques employed by social media companies to increase user engagement.
Spencer K. Schneider, UMass Law Review’s Technology Editor recently had his article published in the National Lawyers Guild Review. Check out his abstract below and click here to read the full article!
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS: THE STATUTORY SCHEMES THAT TURN TRAFFIC TICKETS INTO FINANCIAL CRISES
Forty-three states have, or previously had, some version of a driver’s license suspension program. These programs are shown to have disastrous financial effects on the lives of those who cannot afford the fines inherent in them. Challenges to such license suspension schemes have been brought throughout the United States but have been largely unsuccessful. Where relief ultimately may be found is in state legislatures or city governments. When those bodies discover that, although these programs are in fact valid and constitutional, many of them have such detrimental and long-term impacts on so many citizens, they ultimately result in more harm than good. This realization has led many states to experiment with changes to, or repeals of, their driver’s license suspension programs with varying success. However, many states still rely on the fines levied by these programs and there is a legitimate argument that the programs are imposed to keep dangerous drivers off the street. Ultimately, this is an issue that arose from legislation and, despite finding its way into the court system, must be solved with legislation.