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Pro Bono Case of the Month

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.

Program for the Elderly 
VGP Guardianship, Cumberland – Elderly ward resides at Trinity Health and Rehabilitation and is in the late stages of dementia. This is a guardianship of the person only. A guardian has been found and the DMAT completed. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Lawyer Referral Service & Elderly Pro Bono Program Coordinator, Elisa King at (401) 421-7799 or
Volunteer Lawyer Program
Custody, December 3rd (Webex), Providence - Client is the mother of a 7-year-old girl who has special needs. Client filed for custody after child revealed to a therapist that her father’s friend sexually abused her while she was visiting with the father. DCYF is investigating the father. Client would like full custody and a modified visitation schedule for the father. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at (401) 421-7758 or