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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 
Providence, Bankruptcy – Elderly client owes more than 80k in credit card debt/personal loans and would like to file for bankruptcy.  The client suffers from severe depression. The constant collection calls and court summons are making their condition worse.  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
Domestic Violence, Miscellaneous - Client is a survivor of domestic violence who is currently living in a DV shelter. Before she moved out of her apartment her abuser promised to put her possessions in storage. He put some of her things in storage but not everything. Client says that he kept a valuable necklace, other jewelry, and some furniture. She would like help to recover her possessions. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at (401) 421-7758 or