Rhode Island Bar Foundation 2019 Annual Meeting

07/03/2019 -

Michael A St. Pierre, Esq.  
Rhode Island Bar Foundation President   

Rhode Island Bar Foundation 2019 Annual Meeting 

The Rhode Island Bar Foundation held its Annual Meeting and Fellows Luncheon on June 13, 2019 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.  Foundation President Michael A. St. Pierre and the Board of Directors welcomed and thanked the Foundation Fellows who, through their professional, public and private careers, have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community and objectives of the Foundation.  President St. Pierre expressed gratitude to the members of the Board and the hard-working Foundation Committees.

During the Luncheon, the newest Foundation Fellows, as well as representatives from organizations receiving 2019 Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) grants, were recognized.  This year, $393,109 was granted for the provision of Rhode Island legal services and the administration of justice.  Attorney participation in the IOLTA program accounts for the most significant source of grant revenue.  The Foundation also recognized and honored the recipients of the 2019 Thomas F. Black, Jr., Memorial Scholarship and the recipients of the Honorable Thomas J. Caldarone, Jr., law student summer Fellowship Program.


New Bar Foundation Officers (l-r): Secretary Lauren E. Jones, Esq.; President Michael R. McElroy, Esq.; Vice President Victoria M. Almeida, Esq.; and Treasurer James A. Jackson, Esq.


The Bar Foundation Welcomed 7 New Fellows at the Annual Meeting

The Bar Foundation receives support by annual contributions though our Fellows program. Membership in the Foundation as a Fellow is a professional honor.  Fellows are selected from Rhode Island Bar Association members whose professional, public and private careers demonstrate their outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community and maintenance of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation’s objectives.
Yvette M. Boisclair
Sonja L. Deyoe
Thomas M. Dickinson
Christopher M. Lefebvre
Paul Silva
Hon. Lia N. Stuhlsatz
Nicole M. Verdi

The Honorable Thomas J. Caldarone, Jr. Fellowship Program

The RI Bar Foundation was recently honored with a generous donation from Hon. Thomas J. Caldarone Jr. which has been used to establish an endowment for summer fellowships.  Annually, a student entering their second year at Roger Williams University School of Law, will receive a stipend for an internship in a Rhode Island nonprofit organization engaged in providing legal services to persons of limited means.  As Caldarone Fellows, second year law school students have the opportunity to assist in providing crucial legal services to the public and in so doing may encourage those students to pursue public service careers.  The Rhode Island Bar Foundation is very pleased to be able to award two fellowships this year. Cory Lee will be interning at the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, and Christopher Deisenroth will be interning at the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office.


Rhode Island Bar Foundation 2019 Hon. Thomas J. Caldarone, Jr. Summer Fellowship Recipients Cory Lee (pictured left) and Christopher Deisenroth (pictured right) with Roger Williams University School of Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky (pictured middle).

Thomas F. Black, Jr., Memorial Scholarship Program

The Rhode Island Bar Foundation’s Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1989 to support and foster high legal practice standards by assisting Rhode Island residents who show promise that they will become outstanding lawyers and who need financial assistance to study law. The Scholarship is in honor of the late Thomas F. Black, Jr., a person known for his impressive ability as a lawyer and banker, his deeply rooted legal scholarship and his notable participation in civic and charitable causes.  This year, the Foundation granted two, $20,000 scholarships to first-year law students. 

Special Thank You to Scholarship Program Contributors

The Horace A. Kimball and S. Ella Kimball Foundation
The Champlin Foundation
The Nicholas J. Caldarone Foundation
Rhode Island Bar Foundation Fellows


Lenore Montanaro, Esq., 2012 Thomas F. Black, Jr. Memorial Scholar, addressed the Bar Foundation Fellows and guests.


Norman D. Baker, Jr., Trustee, the Horace A. Kimball and S. Ella Kimball Foundation; Edward Marth, Trustee, the Horace A. Kimball and S. Ella Kimball Foundation; Thomas F. Black, III, President, the Horace A. Kimball and S. Ella Kimball Foundation; and R. Kelly Sheridan, Chairperson, Scholarship Committee.


2019 Thomas F. Black, Jr., Scholarship Recipients Laura Caro Ruiz and Logan P. Duffy. Laura is attending Boston College Law School, and Logan is attending Harvard Law School.