Projects

The following is a list of active Pro Bono Collaborative projects listed by law firm. Each of our projects involves RWU Law students working under the supervision of law firm attorneys.

Community-based organizations are encouraged to propose Pro Bono Collaborative projects. To do so, complete the Pro Bono Collaborative Project Proposal Application.

Adler Cohen Harvey Wakeman & Gueguezian LLP

Assists families served by the Medical Legal Partnership for Children at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and other community based organizations by addressing their children’s special education legal needs.

Jenna Algee, Esq. and Paula Rosin, Esq.

Provide advice and counsel on civil legal issues to inmates in the Rhode Island Department of Corrections Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI) Women's Facility. 

Barton Gilman LLP

Assists parents of disabled children turning 18 by providing advice and counsel regarding their options and, where appropriate, establishing legal guardianship of their children, in partnership with Bradley Hospital’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and assists participants in an innovative federal re-entry court project called the H.O.P.E. Court by providing advice and counsel to H.O.P.E Court participants on family and housing law issues.

Amy Goins, Esq. and Peter Skwirz, Esq.

Provide monthly expungement legal clinics at McAuley House and represent those individuals who are eligible for expungement.

Locke Lord LLP

Provides legal assistance to immigrant victims of domestic violence and other crimes, in partnership with Dorcas International Institute of RI.  The law firm also provides representation in 601A waivers and assists participants in an innovative federal re-entry court project called the H.O.P.E. Court by providing advice and counsel to H.O.P.E Court participants on family law issues.

McIntyre Tate LLP

Assists participants in an innovative federal re-entry court pilot project called the H.O.P.E. Court by providing advice and counsel to H.O.P.E Court participants on family law issues. Drafted and submitted an amicus brief on behalf of members of the PBC Advisory Board in a case decided by the RI Supreme Court in June 2015 regarding limited scope representation.  The firm also submitted comments on behalf of the PBC Advisory Board in response to the RI Supreme Court’s order in the case.

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC

Provides legal advice, counsel, and assistance to non-profit organizations that serve low-income communities. Organizations served have included Bee In Motion, Women’s Center of RI, Providence Student Union, and Women's Refugee Care.

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Provides direct legal representation in Family and Probate Court to children applying for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) - a pathway to citizenship for children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by their caregivers and cannot return to their home country, in partnership with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) and Dorcas International Institute of RI.

Rampino Law Associates

Provides community presentations and health care directives clinics at local community organizations and agencies.

Whelan Kinder & Siket LLP

Provides direct legal representation in Family and Probate Court to children applying for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) - a pathway to citizenship for children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned by their caregivers and cannot return to their home country, in partnership with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Dorcas International Institute of RI and RWU Law Immigration Clinic. Provides employment law advice and counsel to community-based organizations. 

Provides legal representation in drivers' license restoration proceedings to individuals trying to get back on their feet, in partnership with Man Up, Inc., H.O.P.E. Court and Operation Stand Down, among other organizations.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Project (VITA)

Through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, law students and RWU Law alum provide tax assistance to low-income individuals and families through the East Bay Community Action Program.

Law students provide legal rights lessons and Street Law

Provides trainings, based on the national Street Law curriculum, in local high schools and middle schools. Law students focus on criminal law and privacy issues related to social media and online data collection.

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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

Elective

After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

Seminar

Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.

Clinics/Externships

Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.