Pro Bono Cases of the Month
 
Pro Bono Cases of the Month reflect one or more of the many requests for help from clients in desperate need through the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP), Elderly Program or U.S. Armed Forces Legal Services Project. VLP, funded through a grant from Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. and the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, provides pro bono legal services to qualified low-income Rhode Islanders. Participating attorneys provide legal assistance, at no charge. The client’s income must qualify under federally regulated guidelines to receive pro bono assistance, and the case must fall under one of the areas of law handled by the VLP. Clients may be responsible for filing fees, court costs and other out-of-pocket expenses.
 

Custody/Domestic Violence

Client is the mother of 3 year old child. She has a court date in Providence on May 12th. Father, who was incarcerated in 2013 for attacking client, has filed for joint custody. Client says that father has only met child once and it was not a good meeting- the child was very upset. She is opposed to joint custody and unsupervised visits. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at 401 421 7758 or jellis@ribar.com. Thank you very much.

Divorce/Domestic Violence

Client is the wife and mother of couple’s 2-year-old child. She is 21 years old and says that her marriage was arranged in Morocco, where she was married in 2012. She is a permanent resident of the U.S. There is a restraining order against her husband for domestic abuse. Client is currently out of the marital home and living in a women’s shelter. She would like full custody of the child because husband has hidden child away from her in the past. Husband also installed video cameras to control client’s movement. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at 401 421 7758 or jellis@ribar.com. Thank you very much.

North Kingstown, (2/24 Kent County) Eviction/Non-payment – Elderly Pro Bono Program

Client is being evicted for back rent he owes on trailer park lot, owes 3.7k/pays $391.00 month. Client admits that he has had a hard time keeping up but now has a roommate and would like to come to some agreement with the landlord.  Client owns no property other than the trailer and his income is social security. If you are interested in learning more about and/or taking this case through the Elderly Pro Bono Program, please contact Elisa King, Program Coordinator at (401) 521-5040 or via email at eking@ribar.com.