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 &
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 –
PRO BONO HOURS
RWU Law Student Hours:
four-fifths of low-income
people have no access to a lawyer
when they need one.