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2022 Annual Meeting Reminder

2022 Annual Meeting Reminder

June 23rd & 24th

Rhode Island Convention Center

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

This year's Annual Meeting is bringing you some of the very best subject matter experts as speakers. Any one of our 33 workshops will sharpen your skills and keep you up to date with changes in the law. Increase your knowledge, catch up with old friends, and make some new connections!

Don't forget - All Continuing legal Education credits must be reported to the MCLE Commission by June 30th each year! If you are missing any credits, THIS is your opportunity to complete those requirements!!

Don't forget to stop by our exhibitor booths for 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.

Program Highlights


Effective Representation in Evictions


10:45am-12:00pm | 1.0 credits + 0.5 ethics


  • Hon. Christopher K. Smith, RI District Court
  • Michael D. Crane, Esq., The Law Offices of Michael 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. 

Overcoming Parent - Child Relationship Issues Incident to High Conflict Custody Cases: The Role of the Court, the Mental Health Professional, and the Guardian Ad Litem


1:30pm-2:45pm | 1.5 credits


  • Hon. Sandra A. Lanni, RI Family Court
  • David Medeiros, LICSW, Author of "A Return to Civility and a Path to Get There: An Exploration of Responsibility, Accountability and Compassion"
  • Tia M. Priolo, Esq., Scungio & Priolo, Westerly Municipal Judge


An examination of child resistant parental relationships in the scope of Family Court cases and a discussion of therapeutic and legal interventions. This seminar is aimed at the family law practitioner handling more complex custody cases. It will discuss the different therapeutic processes such as individual, co-parent, and family therapy, as well as the ethical considerations of the therapist. It will also include a "from the bench" discussion and the considerations of the Family Court as well as strategies implemented by the Guardian Ad Litem.


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. 

A Progress Report on Lawyer Well-Being


10:45am-12:00pm | 1.5 ethics


  • (Moderator) Nicholas Trott Long, Esq., Chair of the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee
  • Stacie Collier, Esq., Nixon Peabody, LLP
  • Cassandra L. Feeney, Esq., Hamel, Waxler, Allen & Collins, P.C.
  • Charlene Elva Pratt, Esq., RI Public Defender


Following the publication in 2017 of the National Task Force Report on Lawyer Well-Being, Ms. Collier's firm was one of the first to take up the challenge to develop a meaningful program for lawyer well-being. She explains why her firm decided to take action, what problems they've experienced and what successes they've achieved. Ms. Feeney and Ms. Pratt will discuss how Lawyer Well-Being can work in small firms, individual practices and government offices. The panel will also discuss the new Institute for Well-Being in Law

Rhode Island State Court E-Filing Current Developments & Future Plans


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


  • (Moderator) Michael M. Goldberg, Esq., M. Goldberg Law LLC
  • Rhiannon S. Huffman, Esq., Strauss, Factor, Laing & Lyons
  • Lauren E. Jones, Esq., Jones Associates
  • Gail M. Valuk, Esq., Supreme Court of RI
  • Peter Panciocco, Supreme Court of RI


Representatives from the Rhode Island State Judiciary and attorneys discuss the current developments and plans of the Rhode Island Odyssey File & Serve System and the Rhode Island Judiciary Public Portal. 


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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.