Pro Bono Cases of the Month
Pro Bono Cases of the Month reflect one or more of the many requests for help from clients in desperate need through the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP), Elderly Program or U.S. Armed Forces Legal Services Project. VLP, funded through a grant from Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. and the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, provides pro bono legal services to qualified low-income Rhode Islanders. Participating attorneys provide legal assistance, at no charge. The client’s income must qualify under federally regulated guidelines to receive pro bono assistance, and the case must fall under one of the areas of law handled by the VLP. Clients may be responsible for filing fees, court costs and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Divorce/Domestic Violence, not yet filed, Providence

Client is the wife and mother of couple’s 3 children (ages 15, 11, 8). Due to the increasing volatility of her husband she was forced to move herself and the children into a shelter for a few months. Client and children have recently been able to move into an apartment. There is a restraining order against the husband until September of 2018. The RO allows father supervised visits with the children. Client would like to file for divorce and wants full custody of the children. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at (401) 421-7758 or

Elderly Pro Bono - Chepachet, Bankruptcy/Foreclosure Relief Clients would like to file for bankruptcy in order to stop foreclosure sale scheduled for 1/19/18 and clear credit card debt of 140K.  While they realize they won’t be able to save home they would like to work out some type of cash for keys arrangement.   Clients only income is SS and SSI.

US Armed Forces Legal Services Project - Lincoln, Bankruptcy/Foreclosure Prevention (Chapter 13)
Client filed for Chapter 13 in order to stop foreclosure of home. He has attempted and been denied modifications several times and is on 400k in arrears.  Client has placed his family’s name on Lincoln Housing list but needs more time.   (Disabled Army Veteran)