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William J. Ferland
Adjunct Professor
Contact Information
(401) 255-5541
Areas of Expertise: 
Criminal Justice

Mr. Ferland has spent most of his adult life studying and working in the criminal justice field.  Starting as a police officer in a midsized suburban police department, he obtained his law degree and left policing to pursue a career as a state prosecutor.  While working as a state prosecutor Mr. Ferland prosecuted over thirty criminal homicide cases.  After twenty years representing the State of Rhode Island, Mr. Ferland joined the United States Justice Department and currently represents the United States in various criminal cases including Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations, Money Laundering and the Interstate Transportation of stolen goods.  Mr. Ferland enjoys helping students apply legal theory to “real life” criminal justice situations.