Hon. Daniel A. Procaccini Receives 2017 Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger Judicial Excellence Award

06/20/2017 - Named in honor of its first recipient, retired Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger, this Award is given to a Rhode Island jurist for exemplifying and encouraging the highest level of competence, integrity, judicial temperament, ethical conduct and professionalism.

Hon. Daniel A. Procaccini, Associate Justice of the RI Superior Court, is honored with the 2017 Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger Judicial Excellence Award. Justice Procaccini was appointed an Associate Justice of the Superior Court by Governor Lincoln Almond on July 23, 2001. A graduate of LaSalle Academy, the University of Rhode Island, and Suffolk University Law School, Justice Procaccini started his professional career as a law clerk of the Rhode Island Superior Court from 1977 to 1978. A trial lawyer for 24 years, he was also a town solicitor for several municipalities, and legal counsel for the Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee from 1992 until 2000. He was President of the Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association from 2000 to 2001. In 2006, Justice Procaccini was inducted into the LaSalle Academy Hall of Fame. In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhode Island Legal/Educational Partnership for outstanding contributions to law related education. In 2009, Justice Procaccini received the Justinian Law Society and Distinguished Service Achievement Award and a Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Rhode Island. He is presently an adjunct faculty member at Roger Williams University School of Law teaching trial advocacy, where he was recognized as Adjunct Professor of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Justice Procaccini received the Man of the Year Award from the Italo-American Club of Rhode Island in 2016. He is a frequent speaker to various groups including the American Association of Justice, the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Rhode Island Association of Justice, the Justinian Law Society and the U.S. District Court Litigation Academy. In 2015, Justice Procaccini was the featured speaker at the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Conference.  Since his appointment to the bench, Justice Procaccini has mentored over 90 high school, college and law students. He is known by his colleagues to be everything a judge should be: even-tempered, fair, learned, well-researched, articulate, and compassionate.

According to RI Superior Court Associate Justice Joseph A. Montalbano, “Justice Procaccini does not ration justice. He is even-handed and fair, a student of the law and a teacher of the law with great admiration for the justice system, who treats the individuals with whom he interacts with courtesy and respect. In this past year, Justice Procaccini exhibited extraordinary courage, energy and tenacity in his handling of a high profile, controversial, and difficult post-conviction relief matter. This was no surprise to the members of the Bar who have appeared before him, because he exhibits these traits as a jurist on a daily basis. He has earned the respect of his fellow judges, as well as the many Superior Court clerks and support staff with whom he has worked.”