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.
Assists families served by the Medical Legal Partnership for Children at Hasbro Children’s Hospital by addressing their children’s special education legal needs.
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 law issues.
Amy Goins, Esq. and Peter Skwirz, Esq.
Provides monthly expungement legal clinics at McAuley House and represent those individuals who are eligible for expungement.
Provides legal assistance to immigrant victims of domestic violence and other crimes, in partnership with Dorcas International Institute of RI.
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.
Provides community presentations on SSI & SSDI legal issues including one-on-one consultations with individuals and families.
Provides advice and counsel on civil legal issues to inmates in the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) Medium Security Facility.
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, and the Providence Student Union.
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 Dorcas International Institute of RI.
Provides community presentations and health care directives clinics at local community organizations and agencies.
Provides community presentations regarding tax law and policy analysis regarding the implications of tax debt on obtaining drivers and other licenses, in partnership with Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.
Provides housing and employment rights education at the Crossroads Women’s Center of RI, a domestic violence shelter. 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 Dorcas International Institute of RI and RWU Law Immigration Clinic. Provides employment law advice and counsel to community-based organizations.
Projects involving multiple law firms and/or legal services organizations:
Lawyers in the Library
With law students and in partnership with the RI Center for Justice and Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. attorneys will provide monthly legal rights presentations and “mini-clinics” at the Providence Public Library on specific legal issues, including Disability benefits, Immigrant Family and Children’s Immigration Rights, Tenants’ Rights, Special Education, Elder Law/End of Life Planning, and employment rights.
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.