Bar Association 2017-2018 Officer Profiles

Linda Rekas Sloan, Esq., President

Linda Rekas Sloan, Esq. is President of the Rhode Island Bar Association. She is the Assistant Vice President of Business Development and Counsel in the Rhode Island office of the Fidelity National Title Group which includes Chicago Title, Commonwealth Land Title and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. She is also a principal at the firm of Linda Rekas Sloan, LLC, concentrating her practice in the area of receiverships and serving on the panel of state court-appointed receivers. She graduated from Providence College, magna cum laude, and earned her law degree from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association Executive Committee and House of Delegates, chaired the Bar’s 2010 Annual Meeting Committee, and chaired and served on several of the  Bar’s standing  committees. She was a member of the Bar’s Strategic Planning Committee which developed a five-year plan to guide the Association. She is a Rhode Island Bar Foundation Fellow and a New England Bar Association Board member. She is admitted to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and before the United States District Courts for the Districts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. She was an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University School of Law and at Providence College. She has been a member of the Pawtuxet Valley Rotary Club since 1999 and served as a board member on many other non-profit organizations. She is also currently serving an elected office as a West Greenwich Town Council member.

Carolyn R. Barone, Esq., President-Elect

Carolyn R. Barone, Esq. is President-Elect of the Rhode Island Bar Association. She was admitted to practice law in the state courts of Rhode Island in 1980.  She is authorized to practice law in the Federal District Court and the United States Supreme Court. Her law practice is concentrated in all aspects of family law. She has been honored through peer recognition as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters and designated as a Top Attorney in the state of Rhode Island.  She has been on the faculty of many seminars devoted to family law and has lectured on domestic relations practice for the Rhode Island Bar Association and the National Business Institute. She is a contributing author to A Practical Guide to Divorce in Rhode Island, First Ed., published by MCLE, Inc., 2009, on the topic of Business Valuations.  She graduated magna cum laude from Bryant University and cum laude from New England Law/Boston.  In addition to being an officer of RIBA, she serves on the House of Delegates and the Public Service Involvement Committee.  Attorney Barone is a long-standing participant in the Rhode Island Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyer Program and has received both the Pro Bono Publico and the Continuing Service Awards.  She is former president of the Edward P. Gallogly Family Law Inn of Court.

David N. Bazar, Esq., Treasurer

David N. Bazar, Esq. is Treasurer of the Rhode Island Bar Association. He is the senior partner of Bazar & Associates in East Providence. He is a graduate of the Providence Country Day School and Trinity College. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association Executive Committee and the House of Delegates, and he is a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. He served as Editor In Chief of the Rhode Island Bar Journal and on several standing Bar committees. He actively participates in the Bar’s Volunteer Lawyer Program, Lawyers for the Elderly, and the US Armed Forces Legal Services Project. He is the recipient of the Rhode Island Bar Association’s 1987 Pro Bono Publico Award and the Bar’s 1998 Continuing Service Award. David and his wife Susan reside in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Richard P. D'Addario, Esq., Secretary

Richard P. D’Addario, Esq. is Secretary of the Rhode Island Bar Association. He is a solo practitioner with an office at One Courthouse Square in Newport, presently concentrating in real estate, probate and related litigation.   After graduating from Boston College and New York University Law School, he came to Rhode Island as a Vista Volunteer at Rhode Island Legal Services where he worked for five years before going into private practice.   He is admitted in both Rhode Island and New York, the United States District Court of Rhode Island and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been a long-standing member of the House of Delegates and the Executive Committee and he chaired the Annual Meeting in 2015.  He has been the Probate Judge in the Town of Tiverton since 1993 and in Little Compton since 2014.   He is also serving as the Municipal Court Judge in Portsmouth which was founded in 2014.  He is a member of the Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, which he chaired for over ten years.  He has an active law practice in Newport, has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations and he is a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation  He has been a participant in the Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Panel for many years.