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  • May 27, 2015 | News & Features
    A young person’s passage from the sheltered years of childhood to the independence of adulthood can be traumatic for any parent. But when the child reaching 18 is mentally or physically unable to handle adult responsibilities and demands, establishing an appropriate form of guardianship can carry emotional and financial burdens of its own. One of dozens of programs coordinated through the Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law, the Bradley Hospital Guardianship...
  • March 16, 2015 | In the Media
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:  "Roger Williams University law school students swap R&R for public service: Alternative Spring Break provides hands-on legal experience," by Tracee M. Herbaugh, Journal Staff Writer [...] Alternative Spring Break has now become a tradition at the Roger Williams [University] School of Law. In its eight years of existence, the program has grown in size and scope, offering 17 service projects that range from working in a solicitor’s office to...
  • March 02, 2015 | News & Features
    BOSTON, March 2, 2015: Burns & Levinson partner and RWU Law Adjunct Professor of Law Jerry Cohen is the recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF)’s 2015 Great Friend of Justice Award, presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary passion for justice, consistent with the Foundation’s values and mission of increasing access to justice.   “Jerry’s passionate commitment to pro bono work exemplifies the spirit and values at the heart of the Massachusetts...
  • November 14, 2014 | In the Media
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Legal Luminaries Celebrate Pro Bono Collaborative" November 10, 2014: More than 150 guests attended the Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC)’s  5th Annual Cocktail Reception at One Citizens Plaza Rotunda in downtown Providence, R.I. Community leaders and prominent members of the bench and bar, as well as students, faculty, alumni from Roger Williams University School of Law all gathered to celebrate and support the PBC, which partners Rhode Island law firms and...
  • June 19, 2013 |
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "RWU’s collaborative gathers to fund legal aid" by PBN Staff PROVIDENCE, June 18, 2013: More than 100 members of the legal community, along with students, faculty, staff and alumni of Roger Williams University School of Law, recently gathered for the third annual Pro Bono Collaborative Cocktail Reception. As a reminder of the group’s unique nature, this year’s reception was themed “Only in Rhode Island.” The yearly event raises funds to provide legal services...
  • January 14, 2013 |
    From BLOOMBERG LAW: "Is the New York 50 Hour Requirement Changing the Future of Law Student Pro Bono?" by Liz Tobin Tyler and David S. Udell Law students have long been key players in important pro bono legal assistance efforts. They engage in a range of access to justice activities―working with mentoring attorneys on pro bono cases, staffing court pro se assistance programs, providing community legal education, and more. But the announcement last spring by the New York Court of Appeals of a 50...
  • June 20, 2012 |
    From R.I. LAWYERS WEEKLY: "Legal luminaries gather to support pro bono project" by R.I. Lawyers Weekly Staff June 18, 2012: The Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law held its third annual cocktail reception, “Only in Rhode Island,” at One Citizens Plaza in Providence. More than 100 members of the bench, bar, faculty, staff, alumni and students came together to celebrate and raise funds for the PBC, which provides legal services to low-income Ocean State citizens....
  • November 28, 2011 |
    From the PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "RWU, lawyers expand pro bono aid" by Denise Perreault, PBN Staff Writer Nov. 28, 2011: Few people will work for free, especially if a person spent thousands of dollars and an unknown amount of hard work to obtain a professional degree such as that required to practice law. But lawyers, more than many other professionals, do offer services free of charge in the form of work commonly called “pro bono,” aimed at helping indigent members of society deal with...
  • October 20, 2011 |
    Bristol, R.I., Oct. 20, 2011: Business lawyers have resources. Low-income communities have legal needs. The Pro Bono Collaborative (PBC) at Roger Williams University School of Law brings them together to serve poor and underserved communities throughout the region. Tapping into the expertise of transactional lawyers to serve the greater community is a national model and part of the successes being celebrated Oct. 23 – 29 as part of the National Pro Bono Celebration sponsored by the ABA Standing...
  • October 12, 2011 |
    Building on the extraordinary success of the annual National Pro Bono Celebrations in 2009 and 2010 , the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is sponsoring the Celebration again this year October 23 through 29, 2011. See what's happening at RWU School of Law and around the country, visit the ABA's website: http://www.probono.net/celebrateprobono/
  • October 01, 2011 |
    Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP (formerly Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP) has signed on to assist the Grand Divas kinship caregivers in understanding their options with respect to wills and related instruments.  Grand Divas is an organization of kinship caregivers who have taken on the daunting job of raising their children’s children.  Many of their members are elderly and concerned about how the children they’re caring for will be provided for in the event of their death.  An...
  • September 23, 2011 |
    On Tuesday evenings at Fuerza Laborale in Central Falls, attorney Amy Retsinas, Esq,. a Skadden Fellow at Rhode Island Legal Services Inc., and two law students, John Reyes and Alexandra Hudd, are providing advice and counsel to low-income workers who are the victims of wage theft.  Project launch meeting in September 2011 at Fuerza Laboral's office.Pictured left to right: Josie Shagwert, Executive Director of Fuerza Laboral,Amy Retsinas Romero, Esq. RILS Staff Attorney, John Reyes RWU...
  • September 10, 2011 |
    The Pro Bono Collaborative is thrilled to welcome the law firm of Burns & Levinson LLP. The law firm will be working on two new projects: The OpenDoors Non-Profit Project and the Year Up Criminal Law and Employment Project. Burns & Levinson LLP will be providing OpenDoors with advice and counsel relating to a newly purchased building that will act as the organization's main office and provide 19 units of permanent supportive housing. The law firm will also provide presentations to Year...
  • August 15, 2011 |
    Taylor Duane Barton & Gilman LLP will be helping Singing Out Against Hunger (SOAH), a Tiverton-based organization that raises money for local anti-hunger initiatives, primarily through an annual concert series.  The law firm and third year law student, Nels Schnobrich, will assist the organization in establishing their 501(c)(3) status. Project launch meeting in August 2011. Pictured left to right: Michelle Angell, Ceileidh Siegel,Jane Bitto, Heather Kilmartin, Esq. and Tim Groves,...
  • December 22, 2009 |
    Read more about our Public Interest Program BRISTOL, R.I., Dec. 22, 2009 – With a new immigration clinic, a major gift boosting its pro bono legal programs, prestigious awards from the Rhode Island Legal Services and the NAACP, a National Jurist rating as one of New England’s top two public-interest law schools, and a growing regional visibility and impact, Roger Williams University School of Law in many ways came into its own in 2009. The launch of RWU Law’s new Immigration Clinic in September...