President's Message May/June 2015



We Are On the Move!

Bruce W. McIntyre, Esq.
President, Rhode Island Bar Association

Michael A. St. Pierre, Esq.
President, Rhode Island Bar Foundation
   
Dear Colleagues:

In a break from tradition, the President’s message in this issue of the Rhode Island Bar Journal comes from both of us. Our reason is that, through an extraordinarily successful partnership between the Bar Association and the Bar Foundation, we now have a brand new Rhode Island Law Center!

Our new, stand-alone, signature building furthers our shared goal of making your lives better by combining the best member and public services with the best value. By moving from our current location in Providence, to our new, 10,000 square foot building on a 1.3-acre site in Cranston, we have significantly lowered our long-term financial liabilities and secured many excellent features directly benefiting you.

These include, but are not limited to:
•    Operational cost savings stabilizing expenditures, reducing pressure on Association dues, and allowing enhanced long-term planning
•    Well-designed interior spaces with advanced technology facilitating improved member use and networking
•    Expanded exterior space providing immediately adjacent parking and greater meeting and event flexibility
•    Handy highway proximity outside the congested city allowing simplified and convenient  access with reduced traffic–related issues

Beyond this, the new Rhode Island Law Center, at 41 Sharpe Drive, is located in a vibrant professional business park with the Rhode Island Certified Public Accountants Association headquarters across the street and Swarovski America’s administrative offices and WJAR Channel 10’s broadcast studios nearby. The new building also offers modern facilities, better handicapped access, and close proximity to the Kent County Courthouse, State Offices, Garden City, Chapel Hill and the Warwick-area malls.

We anticipate our move to the new Law Center will take place this Spring, and we will provide you with regular updates regarding our progress and timing. We are grateful to all the Bar member volunteers who made this move a reality, and we will be sharing the details of their wonderfully generous contributions in the near future.