2019 Annual Meeting

07/03/2019 -This year’s hard-working Annual Meeting Committee, chaired by Bar member Patrick Guida, produced a diverse and enriching program. Supporting this effort, many Bar members and the Bar staff worked with the Committee to ensure a seamless presentation of workshops and social events. As a result, the Annual Meeting provided nearly 1,500 attendees with a diverse range of interesting and informative seminars over the two days. The Meeting offered Bar members outstanding opportunities to learn, to improve their practice, recognize and honor Bar award winners, socialize with colleagues, and fulfill annual CLE requirements.

New 2019-2020 Rhode Island Bar Association President David N. Bazar was sworn-in by Rhode Island Supreme Court Associate Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg.

Thursday Plenary speaker and humorist Loretta LaRoche had the ballroom filled with laughter (and even a little singing) as she entertained attendees.

Executive Committee member Christopher S. Gontarz, Esq. and RI Family Court Associate Justice John E. McCann III shared a laugh at the Friday Annual Luncheon.

Speakers Preston Halperin, Esq. and Cannabis Regulator for the State of Rhode Island Norman Birenbaum discussed the current state of marijuana law, both federally and in RI, during their Marijuana Law Update session.

The distinguished panelists (l-r) Hon. Francis Flaherty, Hon. Francis J. Darigan, Jr. (ret.), Hon. Sandra A. Lanni, Professor Jared Goldstein, law student Luis Rivera, Lara E. Montecalvo, Esq., Thomas M. Dickinson, Esq., and Lauren E. Jones, Esq. gave attendees updates on both civil and criminal case law.

Panelists Matthew B. DiMario, Esq., Rebecca F. Briggs, Esq., and Dana M. Horton, Esq. presented Beyond Our Borders: Service of Out-of-State Subpoenas and Depositions in RI State and Federal Court.

Elizabeth Segovis, Esq., Peri Ann Aptaker, Esq., T. Keith Fogg, Esq., and Gregory Porcaro, CPA, discussed the new tax act and its effects in their workshop, The Impact of the Tax Cuts and JOBS Act of 2018 on Low and Middle-Income Taxpayers.

During their session, An Exploration of Uncommon Entity Structures in RI, presenters Marcus Howell, Esq., Amy T.M. Oakley, Esq., Theodore B. Howell, Esq., and Maureen Ewing offered an analysis of lesser-adopted entity types in RI, and discussed ways to avoid common lawyer filing errors.

Panelists Eric M. Shorr, Dena M. Castricone, CIPP-US, CIPM, Deborah A. George, Esq., and Cindy Lepore, CLCS, CGS discussed how to protect your law firm and clients in their workshop, The Latest on Cyber Threats & Cyber Liability Insurance.

Presenters Patricia Antonelli, Esq., Chip Palmer, Jr., Esq., and Richard J. Land, Esq. gave attendees a review of RI statutory and case law on civil and criminal usury interest rates at their Usury in Rhode Island: Commerical and Consumer Issues workshop.

During the Superior Court Business Calendar- Basics & Beyond presentation, panelists Hon. Brian P. Stern, Harmony Conti Bodurtha, Esq., Richard J. Land, Esq., and Andre S. Digou, Esq. (not pictured) reviewed the newly entered administrative order and comments from the Justice regarding form, preferences, and practice tips.

Many attendees were eager to hear from the RI Attorney General Peter F. Neronha, Esq. along with John A. Tarantino, Esq., Victoria M. Almeida, Esq., and David D. Curtin, Esq., at their session, Meet Rhode Island’s New Attorney General.

At the Family Law Update, presenters Vincent A. DiMonte, Esq., Joanna M. Achille, Esq., Stephen M. Prignano, Esq., and Jane F. Howlett, Esq. discussed important changes to family law cases and administrative orders.

Musician Mike Messer and Jack Marshall, Esq. closed out the Meeting Friday afternoon with their lively session, Ethics Rocks Extreme!.

Jared D. Correia, Esq. discussed how to take the next step in developing your virtual law firm in his session, Surprise! You’re Already Running a Virtual Law Firm, So You Might as Well Make the Most of it.

Chief Magistrate of the RI Traffic Tribunal Domenic A. DiSandro III and Magistrate Joseph A. Abbate reviewed case law updates, trends on appeal and other changes during their session Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal Update.

David Morowitz, Esq. presented Summation, discussing methods and tips for effective preparation and presentation.

Bree Buchanan, JD, along with moderator Nicholas Trott Long, Esq. (not pictured) discussed the unique difficulties facing our profession and the ethical requirements for doing so at their workshop, Getting Your Bounce Back: Using Resiliency to Preserve Your Fitness to Practice.

Hon. John E. Martinelli, David D. Curtin, Esq., John J. Paterra II, Esq., and Harry J. Hoopis, Esq. shared their experiences, challenges, and war stories at the always popular Golden Nuggets session.

Attendees learned about new ABA Advance Care Planning guidelines at the session Are You Up to Date with Helping Clients Talk About Healthcare Wishes? with presenters Harriet Warshaw and Maureen G. Glynn, Esq.

Presenters Steven M. Richard, Esq., Jonathan Cook, Esq., and Janet Elie Faulkner, Esq. discussed the new Title IX regulations at their workshop Campus Sexual Misconduct Proceedings: The Litigation and Regulatory Playing Field.

Hon. Cristine L. McBurney, Hon. Paula M. Cuculo, and Hon. Christine J. Engustian reviewed decisions, legislation, and developments in probate court practice at their session Current Developments in Estates, Guardianships & Trusts.

Avi Nevel, Miriam A. Ross, Esq., and Oded Kadosh, Esq. discussed advising clients of various elements of start-up businesses in their presentation, Start-Ups 101: Legal Strategies and Experiences from Israel, the Startup Nation.

Michael M. Goldberg, Esq., Rhiannon S. Huffman, Esq., Gail M. Valuk, Esq., and Lauren E. Jones, Esq. presented the always popular Rhode Island State Court E-Filing Current Developments and Future Plans workshop.

The panelists Nicholas Trott Long, Esq., Stacie Collier, Esq., Cassandra L. Feeney, Esq., and Charlene Elva Pratt, Esq. discussed a pertinent topic at their session, Developing a Plan for Lawyer Well-Being.

The Dos and Don’ts of Medical Depositions were discussed by Hon. Keith A. Cardoza, Jr., Hon. Susan Pepin Fay, Christopher Chihlas, M.D., John F. Cascione, Esq., and Jeffrey M. Liptrot, Esq.

Outgoing President Carolyn R. Barone, Esq. was presented with flowers and a plaque as a thank you for all of her excellent work during her presidency.