Partners Overcoming Domestic Violence Project En Route to Continued Success

03/14/2018 - The Partners Overcoming Domestic Violence Project (PODV) established in 2016 is devoted to increasing pro bono legal assistance.  This program is an ongoing collaborative project between the Rhode Island Bar Association, Rhode Island Legal Services, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Roger Williams University School of Law and is administered through the Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP).  

In 2018, the second group of attorney teams and mentors were recruited to be PODV volunteers.  Once again this group was offered comprehensive instruction in addressing the serious need for long-term legal solutions and safety nets for survivors of domestic violence. This year’s attorney/mentor teams are earning 13.5 CLE credits upon completion of three training sessions. All have received the corresponding comprehensive training manual containing many up-to-date family law resources such as court forms; child support guidelines; sample documents; and statutes, including the recent criminal offenses/weapons amendments. 

If you are a member of the Volunteer Lawyer Program and accept one of the attached family law cases, the 2018 “Partners Overcoming Domestic Violence” training manual resource will be available to you free upon request. If you are not a member of the VLP, find out today how easy it is to join and receive information on many of the free CLE programs that are offered to members throughout the year. Contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator John Ellis at 401- 421-7758 or for further information on accepting a case and receiving these materials.