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Rita E. Nerney

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Rita focuses her civil litigation practice on education law, employment law, insurance coverage, professional liability and general liability. In 2021, she received her foundations certification as K-12 Title IX Coordinator by the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA).

During law school, Rita served as a judicial extern to the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and completed internships with the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and the Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She also served as a research assistant to Professor Colleen A. Brown, a corporate counsel extern for the Northeast Maritime Institute, and a law student partner for the Roger Williams University Pro Bono Collaborative.


  • Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2016), Honors Program Member and Mentor, 2016 Pro Bono Collaborative Award recipient, CALI Award recipient, Articles Editor of Roger Williams University Law Review
  • Rhode Island College (B.A. in English, cum laude, 2012) Dean’s List, Honors Program Member

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • Title IX Coordinator (K-12) Foundations Certification, Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) (2021-2023)
  • Professional Excellence in the Law, Rhode Island Monthly (2019-2020)
  • Employer Alert: U.S. Department of Labor Received Over 1,800 Comments on Proposed Independent Contractor Rule, by Matthew R. Plain and Rita E. Nerney (November 6, 2020)
  • Blog: U.S. Department of Labor Proposes Rule Clarifying Employee v. Independent Contractor Status, by Matthew R. Plain and Rita E. Nerney (September 29, 2020)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Department of Education Allows States to Waive Standardized Tests – Impact on Rhode Island Schools, by Rita E. Nerney (March 24, 2020)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Education Law Dos and Don’ts for Schools, by Rita E. Nerney, Greg Vanden-Eykel, and Matthew R. Plain (March 10, 2020)
  • Education Alert: Updated Joint Guidance on Privacy and Student Health Records, by Rita E. Nerney and Matthew R. Plain (January 14, 2020)
  • The Education Reform Primer: Our History with Standardized Testing, by Rita E. Nerney (January 9, 2020)
  • Education Alert: Rhode Island Public Schools to Provide Education to Students with Disabilities Until Age 22, by Rita E. Nerney and Matthew R. Plain (November 20, 2018)
  • Legal Lowdown Podcast, Episode 9: COVID-19 Legal Update for Schools, by Rita E. Nerney (March 18, 2020)
  • Law clerk, Honorable Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court
  • Law Clerk, Rhode Island Supreme Court Trial Court Law Clerk Department
  • Member, Leadership Rhode Island’s 2021 Rho II Class
  • Vice Chair, Board of the Directors, Girls on the Run Rhode Island
  • Member, Board of Directors, Roger Williams University School of Law Alumni Association
  • Member, Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member, Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association