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.

Divorce/DV, September 19th, Kent County Family Court

Client is wife and mother of couple’s 2 year old child. There is a restraining order against husband who was arrested in 2015 for domestic assault. A decision pending entry of final judgment was entered on March 24th, 2017, but the final judgment was never entered. Father’s attorney filed an ex parte on the father’s behalf for temporary custody in August. There are motions coming up on 9-19 and 10-02. Client is not sure what is being heard on those dates. She would like an attorney to help guide her through this difficult time. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at (401) 421-7758 or

Contempt of Court, Elderly Pro Bono Program

Slatersville, RI -
Client’s ex-husband was court ordered to pay client’s life/car/health insurance.   While he is still paying the health insurance, he has lowered her life insurance policy and only gives her $50.00 a month toward the car insurance. Client owns no property and is on SS.

Foreclosure Prevention, Elderly Pro Bono Program

Cranston, RI
Client hasn’t paid mortgage ($1,700.00) or property taxes in 3 years and is behind 46K on mortgage.  House is mortgaged for 200K but client says it needs work and is worth much less.  Client would like to keep home, says he fell behind when wife died.  He has never applied for loan modification.