Don't Miss Out on This Great Opportunity to Get Experience and Earn CLE Credit!

01/11/2018 - This very successful pro bono partnership is back for 2018! Get comprehensive domestic violence and family law training, mentorship, and real court experience through the Partners Overcoming Domestic Violence (PODV) Project.

The PODV Project, an outstanding and dynamic pro bono partnership established in 2016 between the Rhode Island Bar Association, Rhode Island Legal Services, the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Roger Williams University School of Law, will once again provide direct representation to domestic violence survivors in their divorce, custody and visitation cases. Utilizing attorneys new to family law partnered with seasoned family law practitioners, the Project integrates legal, advocacy and social services, providing long-term solutions.

The Project encompasses:
  • Comprehensive, 12 CLE-credit*, training sessions in domestic violence and family law including court protocol, mock client interviewing and counseling
  • Structured seasoned attorney mentoring for paired new lawyers built around real court cases.
  • Client and Court Experience
After the training, cases involving domestic violence-related legal issues are identified by the Rhode Island Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyer Program and referred to the Partners Overcoming Domestic Violence Project. Cases are assigned to the attorney teams, composed of the seasoned attorney and the paired new lawyers, who provide client representation. The client is also assigned a domestic violence advocate, providing critical support services and safety planning.

The first of three training sessions is scheduled for February 10th, and the second on February 13th, both of which will take place at the Rhode Island Bar Association. The final training will take place in a Rhode Island Family Courtroom on March 3rd.

For additional information on this exciting new opportunity to build your professional legal knowledge and experience while helping those in dire need, please contact the Project Manager Janet Gilligan at (401) 274-2652 or

* 12 CLE credits are awarded with the completion of training and a commitment to Partners Overcoming Domestic Violence Project for the duration of one or two cases.