Champions for Justice
A special evening that celebrates and supports the students, alumni, partners and friends whose exceptional devotion to social justice increases access to justice for all.
This Year's Event
Date: January 24, 2020
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Omni Hotel, One West Exchange Street, Providence, RI
*Business attire suggested
Champions for Justice Reception
Awards & Dinner
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Champions for Justice is quickly becoming a hallmark of the Rhode Island legal landscape, and we are proud to count so many as friends and supporters of the Law School. Proceeds from the evening benefit the many social justice programs within RWU Law:
Social Justice Program Highlights
Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits
We invite you to support the social justice initiatives at RWU Law through a sponsorship of the 6th Annual Champions for Justice! This special event benefits the Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education, RWU Law Clinics, and the Pro Bono Collaborative at Roger Williams University School of Law. Champions for Justice has become RWU Law’s signature event for the bench and bar, business, and academic communities, and it draws over 400 guests each year. Please join us in celebrating the array of social justice initiatives at RWU Law while showcasing your firm/company, honoring the award recipients, and demonstrating your commitment to RWU Law’s public interest programming and pro bono legal service.
Champions for Justice Presenting Sponsor $12,500
Be the lead sponsor of the Champions for Justice event. This sponsorship includes 10 tickets to the event, special recognition in the evening’s electronic program book, your logo and “2020 CFJ Presented by” on invitations, signage and event communications and a link to your firm’s/company’s website from the Champions for Justice event page at law.rwu.edu. Your sponsorship will also be acknowledged in a post event “Thank You” ad in the Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly.
Champions for Justice Dinner Sponsor $10,000
Sponsor the Champions for Justice dinner. This sponsorship includes eight tickets to the event, a full-page ad in the evening’s electronic program book and your logo on invitations, signage and event communications. Your sponsorship will also be acknowledged in a post event “Thank You” ad in the Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly.
Cocktail Reception Sponsor $7,500
Support the cocktail hour that precedes the dinner and awards ceremony. This sponsorship includes six tickets to the event, recognition in the evening’s electronic program book and your logo on invitations, signage and event communications. Your sponsorship will also be acknowledged in a post event “Thank You” ad in the Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly.
Dessert Reception Sponor $7,500
Support the dessert reception that will follow the dinner and awards ceremony. This sponsorship includes six tickets to the event, recognition in the evening’s electronic program book and your logo on invitations, signage and event communications. Your sponsorship will also be acknowledged in a post event “Thank You” ad in the Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly.
Public Interest Program Sponsors $5,000
Demonstrate your affinity for a specific public interest program. These sponsorships support RWU Law students involved in specific public interest programs throughout the year. This sponsorship includes six tickets to the event and recognition in the evening’s electronic program book. Your sponsorship will also be acknowledged in a post event “Thank You” ad in the Rhode Island Laywers Weekly.
As a program sponsor, you can choose to direct your sponsorship to:
- Public Interest Summer Stipend Program
- Alternative Spring Break Program
- RWU Law Clinics and Public Interest Clinical Externship Program
- Pro Bono Collaborative
Digital Presentation Sponsor $5,000
This sponsorship includes two tickets to the event, your logo on event materials, and recognition in the digital presentation credits. Your sponsorship will also be acknowledged in a post event “Thank You” ad in the Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly.
Table Sponsorships $1,500
These sponsorships include two tickets to the event and recognition in the evening’s electronic program book.
Pro Bono Collaborative Table Sponsorships $1,500
These sponsorships include two tickets to the event and recognition in the evening’s electronic program book. Your sponsorship will be specifically directed to PBC activities. You will be joined at your sponsored table by PBC partners and students.
Honoring the 2020 Champions
Amato “Bud” DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum - 2020 Champions for JusticeClick to Open
Amato “Bud” DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum for decades of pro bono service to individuals whose civil rights are in jeopardy and whose voices would not otherwise be heard and for their generous support of organizations that provide legal and other services to low-income clients in our community.
Bud and Miriam, as they are known in the legal community, have been practicing together since 1995. Before they joined forces, each had established a record of public service and community leadership, Bud in Rhode Island, and Miriam in Louisiana and Pennsylvania. Individually, and as a team, they have provided countless hours of pro bono legal service to, among others, the Rhode Island ACLU, the Providence Student Union, Occupy Providence, and the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless. In 2015 they established the Rhode Island Center for Justice, a civil legal services organization that partners with community groups to protect legal rights and ensure justice for vulnerable individuals, families, communities all in addition to running a fellowship program intended to train the next generation of poverty lawyers.
Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies - 2020 Alumni Public Interest ChampionClick to Open
Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies is a Liberian-American who escaped to the United States during a civil war. During the war, Weayonnoh decided to commit herself to serving low-income clients in marginalized communities and she has never wavered from that path. Weayonnoh started her legal career as a Bart Gordon Fellow and AmeriCorps Supervisor at South Coastal Counties Legal Services in Fall River. She then became the lead staff attorney of a medical-legal partnership at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. She subsequently moved to Community Legal Aid (CLA) where she launched a new medical-legal partnership between CLA and UMass Memorial Health Care.
Weayonnoh is now the managing attorney of CLA’s Worcester and Fitchburg offices where she manages several special projects including the Asian Outreach Project, the CORI/Reentry Project and the Veterans Legal Assistance Project. She is a Small Group Faculty and Capstone Project Mentor at Brown Medical School where she leads discussions on underserved patient populations and the social determinants of health. Weayonnoh participated in numerous social justice projects while at RWU Law, and she is a proud alumna of City Year Rhode Island.
R.I. Office of the Attorney General - 2020 Community Partner ChampionClick to Open
The Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General for its tireless efforts to protect and serve the people and interests of Rhode Island and for serving as a standard bearer for criminal and civil justice. The Office has emerged as a leading advocate for Rhode Islanders at both the state and local level—protecting access to healthcare, consumer rights, the environment, victims of the opioid crisis, and our most basic democratic principles. Unique among attorney general offices in the country, the Office holds the great responsibility of prosecuting criminal cases throughout the State. The Office’s attorneys and prosecutors, including many RWU Law graduates, take on many necessary and challenging roles in their service to the public, including counseling victims and their families, working with communities impacted by poverty and violence,and seeking justice for all Rhode Islanders.
Champions for Justice Past HonoreesClick to Open
Champion for Justice
2019 Robert J. McConnell, Esq., Motley Rice, LLC
2018 The Honorable Edward C. Clifton
2017 Stephen M. Prignano, Esq., McIntyre Tate, LLP
2016 The Honorable Judith Colenback Savage
2015 Linn Foster Freedman, Esq., Robinson + Cole
Alumni Public Interest Champion
2019 Diana deGroof, Esq. L’03, Rhode Island Legal Services
2018 Luis Mancheno, Esq. L’13, The Bronx Defenders
2017 Swapna Yeluri, Esq. L’07, Homeless Persons Representation Project
2016 Dena Castricone, Esq. ’98 L’02, Murtha Cullina, LLP
2015 Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. ’04 L’07, Gonzalez Law Offices, Inc.
Community Partner Champion
2019 Rhode Island Public Defender
2018 Barton Gilman, LLP
2017 Rhode Island Medical-Legal Partnership
2016 Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island
2015 Committee for Public Counsel Services