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RI Bar 2022 Annual Meeting Reminder

2022 Annual Meeting Reminder

June 23rd & 24th

Rhode Island Convention Center

Annual Meeting Brochure
Annual Meeting Registration

The Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting is back in person at the Rhode Island Convention Center on June 23 & 24!


This year, you have your choice of 33 workshops designed to increase your competency and social opportunities to reconnect with old friends and forge new relationships with colleagues. There are also opportunities to receive discounts on products and services that make your law practice run more efficiently!


Sign up today and ensure your seat is secured!


Online registration for the Annual Meeting closes on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. If you have not registered by June 17, you must go to the walk-in registration desk. Early registration is strongly encouraged. We cannot guarantee seats, meals, or conference materials to anyone registering after the deadline. If you registering for a luncheon only, please call the office at (401) 421-5740 to complete your registration.


If you require special accommodations, please let the CLE office know at or by calling 401-421-5740.


The RIBA assumes no responsibility for opinions, statements, and facts in any Annual Meeting program. Neither the opinions expressed in any program nor its content represent the official view of the Rhode Island Bar Association or the views of its members.

Effective Representation in Evictions

10:30am-12:00pm | 1.0 credit + 0.5 ethics


  • Hon. Christopher K. Smith, RI District Court
  • Michael D. Crane, Esq., The Law Offices of Michael D. Crane, LLC
  • Steven S. Flores, Esq., Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.
  • Jennifer L. Wood, Esq., RI Center for Justice


The program provides an overview of tenant protections, including protections due to COVID19. The panel also discusses successful negotiation strategies for advocates representing both tenants and landlords. Participants attending this session obtain an overview of current developments to better represent landlord and tenant clients. 

Commercial Case Law Update: Parts 1 & 2

1:30pm-2:45pm | 1.5 credits

3:15pm-4:30pm | 1.5 credits


  • Steven O. Weise, Esq., Proskauer Rose LLP, Los Angeles office
  • Edwin E. Smith, Esq., Morgan Lewiss & Bockus, NY office
  • Patrick A Guida, Esq., Duffy & Sweeney, Ltd.
  • Lisa Kresge, Esq., Brennan, Recupero, Cascione, Scungio & McAllister, LLP
  • Thomas S. Hemmendinger, Esq., Brennan, Recupero, Cascione, Scungio & McAllister, LLP


This workshop provides a review of various commercial law-related court decisions from around the United States with some emphasis on Rhode Island Supreme Court, Superior Court, and US District Court cases decided in the RI District Court and for which written decisions were issued during the last 12 months.

The Senate's Discovery Task Force: Recommendations for a Comprehensive Approach to Improving Discovery Procedures in Criminal Cases

9:00am-10:15am | 1.5 credits


  • J. Patrick Youngs III, Esq., RI Department of the Attorney General
  • Michael A. DiLauro, Esq., Office of the Public Defender
  • Chief Sid Wordell, Rhode Island Police Chief's Association
  • Christine Crocker, Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission


The Senate’s Discovery Task Force (SDTF), created by 2018-R 0328, brought together a diverse array of Rhode Island criminal justice stakeholders empowered to study and make recommendations to enhance the timely and complete disclosure of discoverable material in criminal cases. Its final report makes a series of recommendations applicable to all components of the state’s criminal justice system, including the defense, prosecution, the courts, and law enforcement. After attending this program, attendees will understand the SDTF report, recommendations, and implementation, as well as R.16/Brady/Giglio/Wyche/Beaumier, and the law enforcement accreditation process and electronic case management systems. 

Practical Guidance on the 2021 Rhode Island Pay Equity Law

2:00pm-3:00pm | 1.0 credit


  • Timothy C. Cavazza, Esq., Whelan Corrente & Flanders LLP
  • Matthew H. Parker, Esq., Whelan Corrente & Flanders LLP


This workshop covers all the requirements of the recently enacted Rhode Island pay equity law, which is set to take effect on January 1, 2023. The speakers provide practical guidance applicable to all Rhode Island employers, both large and small, to help ensure compliance with this comprehensive statute, along with insights into the enforcement actions and areas of litigation that are likely to arise in 2023 and beyond. 


The RI Convention Center has enhanced sanitation procedures, and their trained staff follow CDC and local guidelines on the cleaning and disinfecting of all areas of the event space, including touch points. Sanitation stations and masks will be available to attendees. All are welcome to wear a mask if desired. We encourage unvaccinated attendees to wear a mask, and ask anyone exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 to wear a mask and ensure you have a negative test result within 24 hours prior to the event. By voluntarily attending this event, you acknowledge that you understand and assume the risks relating to COVID-19 exposure and any resulting injury including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death, illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that you may experience or incur in connection with your attendance. The RIBA reserves the right to require masks in the event of any materially increased incidence of COVID-19 spread between the date of our announcement and the date of the event.