Free Law Practice Management, Annual Meeting Proposals, and Other Reminders From Your Bar Association

10/02/2019 -Red Cave Consulting Free Law Office Management Assistance

If you haven’t taken advantage of this valuable member benefit yet, you’re missing out! We have partnered with Red Cave Law Firm Consulting to provide our members with virtual consulting services (telephone/video/email/chat) free of charge. With over a decade of experience, Red Cave offers practical advice in areas including:
  • billing & collection
  • client relations
  • data management
  • financial management & revenue goals
  • marketing
  • social media content
  • office technology
  • time management
  • disaster prevention & recovery
Click here and login to the Members Only section of the Bar's website to get started, or contact Red Cave directly via email at jared@redcavelegal.com.


2020 Annual Meeting Workshop Proposals 

The Annual Meeting Planning Committee is looking for your input! The 2020 Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting will be held on June 18th and 19th. Each year the Annual Meeting Planning Committee’s goal is to develop two days of programming that will meet the diverse needs of Rhode Island practitioners at many levels of experience and areas of legal practice. Please consider submitting one or more workshops for consideration to help us plan a program that will meet the needs of the bar membership. Initial proposals consisting of a brief description of the proposed workshop are due by November 8, 2019

To access the 2020 Annual Meeting workshop proposal form click here. Please contact CLE Director Tanya Nieves at 401-421-5740 or tnieves@ribar.com if you have any questions. 


Confidential Assistance for You and Your Family Members

Your Bar Association is proud to offer you free and confidential help, information, assessment and referral for personal concerns through our Lawyers Helping Lawyers Program. The Association contracts with the Coastline Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which provides professional clinical assessments and facilitates getting appropriate treatment for Bar members and their family members. The professionals at Coastline EAP provide confidential consultation for a wide range of personal concerns including (but not limited to): balancing work and family, child and eldercare, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, aging, grief, career satisfaction, alcohol and substance abuse, and problem gambling. Login to Coastline EAP’s website using the username RIBAR to take advantage of a multitude of resources and free webinars.  

Be sure to also visit our Lawyers Living Well page, a compilation of resources to help attorneys find a work-life balance focusing on mindfulness, fitness, and overall wellness. Coastline EAP’s monthly newsletter is also accessible through this page.


List Serve

A voluntary, free list serve is available for all actively practicing Rhode Island attorney members giving you access to the knowledge and experience of hundreds of Rhode Island lawyers ready to answer your questions related to the practice of law. We currently have over 700 members; the more lawyers who join and participate in the list serve, the more beneficial it will be, so please consider joining today! Click here to learn how to access this valuable member benefit.


Continuing Legal Education Program Ideas

Each year the CLE Committee, working with the Association's staff, strives to develop a dynamic and unique calendar of seminars. The Committee’s goal is to instruct and inspire our bar members on a wide variety of topics that are relevant to their practice. We are looking for your ideas and contributions for the 2019-2020 CLE year. We are especially interested in presenting programs on topics and issues of current concern and relevance in your area of practice.

If you would like to submit an idea for an upcoming seminar or you would like to participate as a speaker for a CLE program please click here to fill out and submit a proposal form. Please contact CLE Director Tanya Nieves at 401-421-5740 or tnieves@ribar.com if you have any questions. 


Judicial Communications Survey

The Bar Association regularly updates a survey listing the preferences of the individual justices with regard to email communication and other contact from members of the Bar. Members may click here to learn more. 


Probate Court Listing

The Rhode Island Bar Association regularly updates the Rhode Island Probate Court information, including contact information and advertising deadlines. The listing is provided in a downloadable pdf format. Click here to view the most recent version. 

    
Online Mentoring Program

The Online Attorney Information Resource Center (OAR), available only to Bar members exclusively through the MEMBERS ONLY section of the Bar’s web site, is designed to help Bar members receive timely and direct volunteer Bar member assistance with practice-related questions. OAR provides Bar members with the names, contact information and Bar admission date of volunteer attorneys willing to answer questions concerning particular practice areas based on the volunteer’s professional knowledge and experience. You may add yourself as a volunteer or view the list of volunteers here.

Our Bar Association is proud to offer traditional mentorship opportunities to our members. Our program matches new lawyers, one¬-on¬-one with experienced mentors, in order to assist with law practice management, effective client representation, and career development. If you have any questions about either form of mentoring, or if you would like to be paired with a mentor through our traditional program, please contact Communications Director Kathleen Bridge by email: kbridge@ribar.com, or telephone: 401-421-5740.

*As the Rhode Island Bar Association does not and cannot certify attorney expertise in a given practice area, the Bar does not verify any information or advice provided by the Center’s volunteers.


Law Related Education Volunteers

Your Bar Association supports law related education (LRE) for Rhode Island children and adults through three, longstanding programs: Lawyers in the Classroom and Rhode Island Law Day for upper and middle school teachers and students, and the Speakers Bureau for adult organizations. Responding to LRE requests, Bar volunteers are contacted – based on their geographic location and noted areas of legal interest – to determine their interest and availability. If you are interested in serving as a LRE volunteer, please click here to complete the application form. Please contact Member Services Coordinator Erin Cute at 401-421-5740 or ecute@ribar.com if you have any questions.


Rhode Island Bar Journal Articles

Do you have an idea for an article? The Rhode Island Bar Journal is always in need of scholarly discourses and articles, and we also encourage point-counterpoint pieces. Or, if you have recently given, or you are planning on developing a Continuing Legal Education seminar, please consider sharing your information through a related article in the Rhode Island Bar Journal. For more information on our article selection criteria, please visit the Bar’s website, under News and Bar Journal, and click Bar Journal Homepage. The Editorial Statement and Selection Criteria is also on page 4 of every issue. Please contact Director of Communications Kathleen Bridge at 401-421-5740 or kbridge@ribar.com if you have any questions.


Career Center

The Rhode Island Bar Association's career center is operated by YM Careers. At no charge, Bar members may: search and quickly apply for relevant jobs; set up personalized Job Alerts for immediate notification any time a job is posted matching your skills and/or interests; create an anonymous job seeker profile or upload your anonymous resume allowing employers to find you; and access job-searching tools and tips. For a fee, employers may place job openings; search our resume database of qualified candidates; manage jobs and applicant activity right on our site; limit applicants to those who meet your requirements, and fill openings more quickly with talented legal professionals. To get started, click here.