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.

Domestic Violence

The client is a victim of domestic violence. Her husband was arrested on February 20th for domestic assault. She was able to obtain a restraining order on February 26th. She has been married for 2 years, but would now like to file for divorce. There are neither children nor assets. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at 401 421 7758 or Thank you very much.

Cranston, Collections/ID Theft – US Armed Forces Legal Services

The client was solicited by Barclay Bank with a 2% interest credit card rate and transferred her BOA credit card to them. Upon receiving further clarification, and a card from Barclay Bank (which included checks), the client realized that her interest rate would actually be 9% and called them to cancel the card. At the time of the call, the client was told to send the card and checks back to the attention of a particular individual. Upon receipt, someone within Barclay then fraudulently cashed a check for 18K (the client has a copy of check.) The client has filed a complaint with the AG/CFP Bureau, but continues to get collection calls from Barclay. The client is a Korean War Veteran widow. If you are interested in learning more about and/or taking this case through the US Armed Forces Legal Services Project, please contact Elisa King, Program Coordinator at (401) 521-5040 or via email at