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Our Pro Bono Collaborative mobilizes Rhode Island law firms, law students and community organizations to provide desperately needed legal assistance for the underserved residents of the state.  The unique program includes 10 major law firms, over 20 community-based organizations and several dozen law students.

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Public Interest LRAP

Dean David A. Logan and the Feinstein Institute for Legal Service are delighted to announce the creation of our new Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Program.  Thanks to the generosity of Roger Williams University, and Jack and Sara McConnell, we began our program for the graduates of 2008, and are excited to continue the program. Applications are now available:

We want to thank our alumni in public interest who paved the way for this important program.  Many public interest student leaders and alumni worked hard to make this program a reality, and without their commitment, dedication, and advocacy, this program would not exist.  In recognition of these outstanding alumni efforts, Dean Logan has created an annual “Public Service Alumni Award” which will be presented at our annual Feinstein Reception in Providence each April.

There are also exciting changes happening on the national front.  The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, signed into law in 2008, created a new public service loan forgiveness program.  This program will provide cancellation of debt for graduates who work for 10 years in the public interest.  Our program is intended to help alumni who may not necessarily work continuously in the public sector for ten years.  Equal Justice Works has the most comprehensive website with updates, information, and guidance about the new law.  Equal Justice Works provides frequent webinars about public interest loan forgiveness – including other federal initiatives – so please spend an hour learning the most up-to-date information.