January 2020 E-Newsletter

01/07/2020 -

Pro Bono Corner

Thank you to everyone who took a case(s) or joined a pro bono program during the Twelve Days of Pro Bono. Because of your generosity, 23 clients received assistance with their legal matter. 

Our public service programs still have many clients in need. If you are interested in taking a case in your area of law, please contact John Ellis (Volunteer Lawyer Program) at jellis@ribar.com, Elisa King (Elderly Pro Bono/US Armed Forces Legal Service Project) at eking@ribar.com or Susan Fontaine, Director of Public Services at sfontaine@ribar.com

Thank you for your generosity during the holiday season:

John Boyajian, Esq.
Michael A. Castner, Esq.
Rebecca F. Clarke, Esq.
Elizabeth A. Elmasian, Esq.
Richard K. Foster, Esq.
Sherry A. Goldin, Esq.
Peter M. Iascone, Esq.
Ellen L. Jordan, Esq.
Robert Kando, Esq.
Andrew Kanter, Esq.
Phillip C. Koutsogiane, Esq.
Robert H. Larder, Esq.
Felicia A. Manni-Paquette, Esq.
Lenore M. Montanaro, Esq.
Rachael K. Pierce, Esq
Timothy J. Robenhymer, Esq.
Peter J. Rotelli, Esq.
Elizabeth Peterson Santilli, Esq.
James L. Sheridan, Esq.
Gregory P. Sorbello, Esq.
Mariah L. Sugden, Esq.

5 Tips to Survive Cold & Flu Season

Many people catch the flu or the common cold between October and May. During this time, taking the right precautions reduces your chance of getting ill or making others sick. Try these tips for surviving cold and flu season to stay healthy during the colder months.

Get Enough Sleep: Lack of sleep can inhibit your immune system. Get a full night’s sleep to keep your body’s natural defenses at optimum efficiency.

Wash Your Hands:
Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer often to prevent the spread of germs.

Keep Surfaces Clean: Viruses can survive for up to 8 hours on surfaces outside of the human body, so be sure to clean diligently during cold and flu season.

Eat Healthy: Eat a nutritious diet when you’re feeling sick, especially avoid sugar which can suppress your immune system for hours after ingestion.

Take a Sick Day:
If you’re feeling under the weather, staying home is the best thing for you and your coworkers. You’ll get the extra rest your body needs to recover. At the same time, you won’t spread germs to your coworkers.

Law Day 2020: Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100

There is still time to sign up to participate in 2020 Rhode Island Law Day! This year’s topic will explore how the women’s suffrage movement forever changed America, expanding representative democracy and inspiring other popular movements for constitutional change and reform. In 2019-2020, the United States is commemorating the centennial of the transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right of citizens to vote would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. American women fought for, and won, the vote through their voice and action. Complexity and tensions over race and class remain part of the ongoing story of the Nineteenth Amendment and its legacies. To volunteer to be paired with a member of the Rhode Island Judiciary and present to a classroom this Law Day, please contact Member Services Coordinator Erin Cute at 401-421-5740 or by email at ecute@ribar.com.

2020 Rhode Island Bar Award Nominations

There are three Rhode Island Bar Association awards open for nomination in 2020. Nominations for all the awards are due no later than March 16, 2020. The three awards open for nominations are listed below. Please click each link for more information. A more detailed email will be sent out later this month.

Ralph P. Semonoff Award for Professionalism
Florence K. Murray Award
Victoria M. Almeida Servant Leader Award


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Technology Tip

It’s borderline shocking how few law firms have an effective data backup system in place; because, if you lose your clients’ data, you’re cooked. An effective data backup system requires two backups: an online, incremental backup and a physical, encrypted backup. You should also make sure to regularly test your backups, because you don’t want to try to recover sensitive data for the first time during an emergency.

This tech tip is brought to you by the Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Consultant, Jared Correia, of Red Cave Law Firm Consulting. If you need help with billing, client relations, data management, financial management, marketing, office technology, time management, disaster prevention & recovery, or any other area related to managing your practice, Red Cave Law Firm Consulting will provide Rhode Island Bar Association members with unlimited virtual consulting services (email, telephone, chat, video) FREE OF CHARGE. To get started, visit the Bar’s LPM page here, or just email Jared directly at jared@redcavelegal.com.

CLE Corner

Don't miss the CLE programs being offered this January!

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Preparing Your Client for an ICE Raid

12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 credit
RI Law Center, Cranston
Also available as a webcast!

Friday, January 24, 2020
Clearing the Record: Sealing and Expunging Criminal Convictions

12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 credit
RI Law Center, Cranston
Also available as a webcast!

Don’t forget to check out the CLE Calendar for all of our program offerings.

Sign Up for LRS Today and Kick-Start Your New Year!

Let us help you reach your 2020 goals! This year, let us be part of your business. As an incentive for new members, until February 29th ,we are offering our membership for only $25; that is less than $4 a month from March-September 2020! Whether you’re an established attorney or just starting your practice, the Lawyer Referral Service is a great tool to give back while also generating business. With over 10,000 referrals made in 2019, don’t miss out on increasing your chances of generating substantial business this year!

Click here to sign up today!

Update Your Contact Information Today!

Make sure you never miss an update from the Rhode Island Bar Association by keeping your contact information up to date! To edit your contact information, log in to the MEMBERS ONLY AREA of our website ribar.com. Once you’ve logged in using your Bar ID number and password, click the MEMBERSHIP MAINTENANCE link. From there you can edit your name, firm, phone number and email.

Please be aware that updating your information with the Bar Association DOES NOT update your information with the RI Supreme Court. Attorneys are required to manage/update their attorney registration information online using the Rhode Island Supreme Court Attorney Portal. Please click here for the Supreme Court’s instructions on updating your attorney registration information.

House of Delegates Letters of Interest

Involvement in the activities of our Bar Association is a richly rewarding experience. One way to become familiar with Bar Association activities is by serving as a member of the House of Delegates. For those interested in becoming a member of the Bar’s Executive Committee and an eventual Bar officer, House of Delegates’ membership is a necessary first step. To learn more about Rhode Island Bar Association governance, please go to the Bar’s website.

The Nominating Committee will meet soon to prepare a slate of officers and members of the 2020-2021 Rhode Island Bar Association House of Delegates. The term of office is July 1, 2020- June 30, 2021. If you have not already done so, to be considered for appointment to the House of Delegates, please send a letter of interest no later than February 14, 2020. For more information, click here.

Foundation Scholarships

The Bar Foundation intends to award two scholarships of $25,000 each to Rhode Island residents who enroll as first-year students in an American Bar Association accredited law school for the academic year beginning September 2020. The scholarship is for the first year of law school only and non-renewable. Each Scholarship award is made on the basis of demonstrated financial need, superior academic performance, community and public service, and demonstrated contacts with and commitment to the State of Rhode Island. The Scholarship Committee seeks applications from candidates without regard to race, color, religion, country of ancestral origin, handicap, age, sex, or sexual orientation.

The Rhode Island Bar Foundation Scholarship application deadline is March 27, 2020. More information and application forms are available on the Rhode Island Bar Association website: ribar.com in the Rhode Island Bar Foundation section.

Mark your Calendars!

The 2020 Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 18th and Friday, June 19th at the Rhode Island Convention Center. A detailed brochure will be available this spring!

Ada Sawyer Centennial Celebration 
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Rhodes On The Pawtuxet, Cranston
More information to come this summer!

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