James V. Aukerman & Associates of Wakefield, recently announced that Attorney George C. Whaley, Jr. has joined the firm as an associate.
A lifelong Rhode Island resident, he grew up on the Whaley Farm in Matunuck. Whaley graduated from South Kingstown High School in 2003 and went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of Rhode Island in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing & Rhetoric. He then obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2013.
As an Associate at the firm, Whaley will be counseling clients in estate planning, organizing new businesses, zoning, subdivisions and real estate.
He has worked part time as an intern with James V. Aukerman & Associates throughout his law school career prior to joining the firm as an Associate.
During his legal studies at Roger Williams Law School, Whaley was an active participant in a number of clubs and extracurricular activities. He participated in fundraising projects for the Association for Public Interest Law, which funded alternative spring break programs where students spent their spring breaks working on pro bono cases and projects with lawyers and legal services.
In 2011, Whaley took part in one of the alternative spring break programs where he worked with South Coastal Counties Legal Services in Fall River, Mass., assisting with ensuring that displaced tenants received housing benefits.
He also studied in London, England in a Roger Williams University-sponsored study abroad program, learning the English common law that laid the foundation for the laws of the United States.
In addition, Whaley also worked as a Student Attorney in 2012 in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office at the Washington County Courthouse in Wakefield, where he interviewed witnesses and assisted prosecutors with case files, and appeared on the record in the District Court.
He was a recipient of the Thomas F. Black Jr. Memorial Scholarship in 2010, which is awarded annually by the Rhode Island Bar Foundation to two candidates who are Rhode Island law school students. While at Roger Williams Law, Whaley was a member of the Honors Program in 2011, and received an award for the highest grade in the course, "Sales under the Uniform Commercial Code" from the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction.