The Mediation Clinic has continued its tradition of providing free mediation services to low income couples seeking to end their marriages but avoid litigation. Six couples, each with minor children, came to the Bar Association building in Providence, where nine law students in the Mediation Clinic helped the parties develop co-parenting plans, divide their assets and debts, and determine other important issues such as child support and health insurance. Each couple left with a Mediated Memorandum of Understanding and other necessary paperwork. Next step: the RI Bar Association can now provide a volunteer lawyer to put through the uncontested divorce and I am proud to report that alum Neville Bedford (‘03) attended the morning on behalf of the Bar Association and will be one of those volunteers. Many thanks to Professor Bruce Kogan and Clinic Administrator Margie Caranci, who not only helped families get ahead with their lives in a positive manner, but helped our students get valuable hands-on experience. Below is a picture of the group of dedicated volunteers.
Front row l-r: Margie Caranci, Allyson Entz, Jennifer Sherman, Leila Bajunaid, Amanda Lawton, Natasha Ludwig
Back row l-r: Neville Bedford '03, Ashley Brinkmann, Lesley Jackson, David Plavnick, Diana Robbins, Professor Bruce Kogan