Rhode Island Bar Association

The Rhode Island Bar Association’s Law Related Education (LRE) Programs are designed to help Rhode Islanders understand and appreciate the value and importance of law in their lives.


The Rhode Island Bar Association Programs:

Lawyers In The Classroom
This volunteer attorney classroom resource program is provided to Rhode Island public, independent and private, upper and middle schools. Offered throughout the year, this program connects attorneys as resources to teachers for law related education lessons. The Bar is currently collecting existing, and appropriate, LRE curriculum material and lesson plans. Participation consists of one to two initial contacts via telephone and or email and, generally, a one-hour speaking presentation followed by a question and answer period.

Speakers Bureau
Volunteer attorneys provide short speaking engagements to adult, non-profit organizations and groups interested in learning about a particular area of the law. Participation consists of one to two initial contacts via telephone and or email and, generally, a one-hour speaking presentation followed by a question and answer period.

Annual Rhode Island Law Day Program

The Rhode Island Bar Association, in partnership with the Rhode Island Judiciary, Rhode Island Department of Education, Roger Williams University School of Law, and Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association comprise the Rhode Island Law Day Committee (RILDC). The Rhode Island Law Day program includes partnering lawyers and judges with teachers in middle and upper school classrooms around the state on the day in the first week of May designated as Rhode Island Law Day. In 2011, Rhode Island Law Day is April 29th. Please contact the Rhode Island Bar Association if you would like to participate.

Lawyer/judge assignments, contact with the teachers, resource materials and follow up and public and news media relations associated with Rhode Island Law Day programming are primarily handled through the Rhode Island Bar Association. Each Law Day has a legal educational focus with related curriculum material and recommended lesson plans. Participation consists of material review, team consultation with a teacher before the school visit, and an approximately one-hour classroom or auditorium presentation.

In conjunction with Rhode Island Law Day, the RILDC administers a Statewide Essay Contest for 10th and 11th grade students. The winning essay author receives a $1,000 Scholastic Award, provided through the generosity of the Rhode Island Police Chief’s Association and Cardi’s Furniture, an internship opportunity at the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and an engraved trophy cup. The winner’s school receives a permanent plaque and the annual Law Day Essay Award Trophy to display until the next Contest.

LRE Curriculum Development
The Rhode Island Bar Association is conducting an ongoing effort to gather and file information and Bar members’ professional law-related experiences with actual cases for use in educational programs and lesson plans.

WebSite: http://www.ribar.com

How to Contact: Rhode Island Bar Association, 115 Cedar Street, Providence, RI 02903

For information on the Rhode Island Bar Association Law Related Education programs contact:
Director of Communications Frederick D. Massie via email: fmassie@ribar.com or LRE Coordinator Alison Baker via email: abaker@ribar.com or by telephone: 401-421-5740 or fax: 401-421-2703


Rhode Island Bar Association LRE Programs
Law Related Education Lending Library Resources
Rhode Island Legal/Educational Partnership, Inc. (RILEP)
Street Law
The Courtroom Information Project
Rhode Island Career Resource Network
Southern Rhode Island Collaborative