Bar Association 2016-2017 Officer Profiles
Armando E. Batastini, Esq., President
Armando E. Batastini, Esq. is President of the Rhode Island Bar Association. He is a partner in the Providence office of Nixon Peabody LLP and a commercial and real estate litigator. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he served as an officer in the United States Navy, and is an Operation Desert Storm veteran. He received his law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law, magna cum laude, and served as judicial law clerk for Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association Executive Committee and House of Delegates, and a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. He has served on several standing Bar committees, and actively participates in the Volunteer Lawyer Program, Lawyers for the Elderly, and the Armed Forces Legal Services Project. He is the recipient of the Bar Association 2008 Pro Bono Publico Award. He and his wife Kara reside in Harmony, Rhode Island with their son Lucien.
Linda Rekas Sloan, Esq., President-Elect
Linda Rekas Sloan, Esq. is President-Elect of the Rhode Island Bar Association. She is the Assistant Vice President of Business Development and Counsel in the Rhode Island office of the Fidelity National Title Group which includes Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. She is also a principal at the firm of Linda Rekas Sloan, LLC, concentrating her practice in the area of receiverships and serving on the panel of state court-appointed receivers. She graduated from Providence College, magna cum laude, and earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association Executive Committee and House of Delegates, chaired the Bar’s 2010 Annual Meeting Committee, and chaired and served on several of the Bar’s standing committees. She was a member of the Bar’s Strategic Planning Committee which developed a five-year plan to guide the Association. She is a Rhode Island Bar Foundation Fellow and a New England Bar Association Board member. She is admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and before the United States District Courts for the Districts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. She was an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University School of Law and at Providence College. She has been a member of the Pawtuxet Valley Rotary Club since 1999 and served as a board member on many other non-profit organizations. She is also currently serving an elected office as a West Greenwich Town Council member.
Carolyn R. Barone, Esq., Treasurer
Carolyn R. Barone, Esq. is Treasurer of the Rhode Island Bar Association. She has been associated with Kirshenbaum Law Associates throughout her legal career. A partner of the firm since 1987, her law practice is concentrated in all aspects of family law. She has been honored through peer recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters and designated a Top Attorney in the state of Rhode Island. She has been on the faculty of many seminars devoted to family law and lectured on domestic relations practice for the Rhode Island Bar Association and the National Business Institute. She is a contributing author to A Practical Guide to Divorce in Rhode Island, First Ed., published by MCLE, Inc., 2009, on the topic of Business Valuations. She graduated magna cum laude from Bryant University and cum laude from New England Law/Boston. She is authorized to practice law in the State of Rhode Island, including the Federal District Court, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. She is on the Bar Association’s Executive Committee, a member of the Association’s House of Delegates, and sits on the Public Service Involvement Committee. Attorney Barone is a long-standing participant in the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Program and has received both the Pro Bono Publico Award and the Continuing Service Award.
David N. Bazar, Esq., Secretary
David N. Bazar, Esq. is Secretary of the Rhode Island Bar Association. He is the senior partner of Bazar & Associates in East Providence. He is a graduate of the Providence Country Day School and Trinity College. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association Executive Committee and the House of Delegates, and he is a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. He served as Editor In Chief of the Rhode Island Bar Journal and on several standing Bar committees. He actively participates in the Bar’s Volunteer Lawyer Program, Lawyers for the Elderly, and the US Armed Forces Legal Services Project. He is the recipient of the Rhode Island Bar Association’s 1987 Pro Bono Publico Award and the Bar’s 1998 Continuing Service Award. David and his wife Susan reside in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.