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.
 

Eviction

Client resides at Grace Church Apartments in Providence. He was assaulted by another resident in September. That resident was arrested for felony assault and a no contact order was issued. Client was upset with property management for not addressing the situation to his liking and he used a racial slur. Management then started an eviction for non-compliance against the client. Client answered the 20 day complaint on 12-5 and awaits a court date. Client feels as though he has been treated less like a victim and more like a perpetrator and would like help fighting the eviction.
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.

Child Abuse/Custody

Client is the mother of 2 children, 14 and 8 years old. The children’s father has been charged with 2nd degree child abuse. The father has a history of unstable and violent behavior. Client would like to file for full custody.
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.

VGP Guardianship, Elderly Pro Bono Program

The Volunteer Guardianship Program is looking for an attorney to put through a guardianship of a 66-year-old female who resides at Berkshire Place in Providence.  There are no known heirs at law and the guardianship is of the person only.  A guardian has already been found and the DMAT completed. 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.

VGP Guardianship, Elderly Pro Bono Program

The Volunteer Guardianship Program is looking for an attorney to put through a guardianship of a 68-year-old male who resides at Waterville Villa in East Providence.  There are no known heirs at law and the guardianship is of the person only.  A guardian has already been found and the DMAT completed.
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.