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In addition to our projects that fit within substantive legal issue categories, the PBC worked on the

following non-traditional access to justice projects.

Limited Scope Representation

• Stephen Prignano, Esq. and two RWU Law students researched, drafted and submitted an amicus brief to the

RI Supreme Court on behalf of the PBC Advisory Board regarding limited scope representation and its role in

increasing access to justice.

• Stephen Prignano, Esq. and two RWU Law students researched, drafted and submitted comments to the RI

Supreme Court on behalf of the PBC Advisory Board in response to the Court’s request regarding implementation

of limited scope representation in Rhode Island.

Liberian Truth & Reconciliation Commission

• In 2010, attorneys from Locke Lord LLP and Dechert, and RWU Law students took statements from Liberian

refugees living in Rhode Island, documenting their experiences in Liberia during the civil wars and the political

turmoil that occurred from 1979 through 2003. These statements were submitted to the Liberian Truth &

Reconciliation Commission.

RI Center for Justice Development Project

• RWU Law students, under the supervision of Miriam Weizenbaum of DeLuca & Weizenbaum Ltd., researched issues

essential to the establishment of the RI Center for Justice. The Center brings together new lawyers, supervising legal

staff, community groups, mentoring attorneys, and law students to make legal protection a reality where need is

greatest, including housing, immigration, workers’ rights, and education.

Working to Expand Access to Justice –

Special Projects

PRO BONO HOURS

Special Projects

Attorney Hours:

282

RWU Law Student Hours:

140

four-fifths of low-income

people have no access to a lawyer

when they need one.