07/01/2018 -
At the Bar’s Annual Meeting, a new slate of Officers was unanimously elected. All Bar Officers’ terms run from July, 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. The new Bar Officers names and profiles follow.

2018-2019 Bar Officers (l to r): President Carolyn R. Barone, Esq.; President-Elect David N. Bazar, Esq.; Treasurer Richard P. D'Addario, Esq.; Secretary Lynda L. Laing, Esq.

Carolyn R. Barone, Esq. is President 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. She resides in North Providence with her husband, Michael Konstan.

David N. Bazar, Esq. is President-Elect
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 U. S. 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. is Treasurer
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.

Lynda L. Laing, Esq. is Secretary
of the Rhode Island Bar Association. She is a partner at Strauss, Factor, Laing & Lyons concentrating her practice to creditors' rights. Lynda graduated from Albion College and earned her law degree from Case Western Reserve University.  She has been nominated as a “Super Lawyer." Lynda has taught numerous seminars for the Rhode Island Bar Association and other national groups. She was Chairperson of the District Court Bench/Bar Committee, the Annual Meeting Planning Committee and the Committee on Limited Scope Representation.  Lynda is married to Thomas W. Lyons III, Rhode Island Bar Association President 2007-2008, and has two daughters.