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Office of the Child Advocate Search Committee

Pursuant to the terms of RIGL § 42-73-2, Governor McKee's office has notified the Rhode Island Bar Association of the establishment of a search committee to select nominees to serve as Rhode Island’s Child Advocate for a new five-year term. There are two immediate openings to be filled by members of the RI Bar Association on the Committee.

Until the Committee is fully established, and selects a Chair and Vice-Chair, the Governor’s office will manage meeting schedules, logistics, and anything else that may arise.

Any Bar member who is interested in serving on the search committee to select nominees to serve as Rhode Island’s Child Advocate, please submit a letter of interest and your resume to Kathleen M. Bridge, Executive Director at before noon on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. All applications will be forwarded to the Bar's leadership for review and determination of the two appointees who will represent the Bar on the committee.

Thank you for your attention and anticipated consideration.

Reminder - Sign Up for Our AON Sponsored FREE Ethics Program Today!


This year's speaker is Professor Heidi K. Brown. Professor Brown is a graduate of The University of Virginia School of Law, a law professor at Brooklyn Law School, and a former litigator in the construction industry. Professor Brown champions the importance of openly discussing stressors, anxieties, and fears in lawyering, and helping quiet and anxious law students and lawyers become profoundly effective advocates, in their authentic voices. She just released her third well-being book entitled, The Flourishing Lawyer: A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Performance and Well-Being.

Professor Brown's program, Civility Reboot: Defusing Bullies and Cultivating Respectful Rigor in Advocacy offers a fresh approach toward addressing the detrimental effects of incivility, bullying, rudeness, and inappropriate intimidation that unfortunately pervade the legal profession and appear to have been exacerbated by the stress of the pandemic. Professor Heidi K. Brown--a twenty-year veteran of the rough-and-tumble field of construction litigation who now teaches law and writes about lawyer well-being and healthy performance--will

1.   Explore the negative ripple effects of incivility and bullying in our profession, including issues relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging,

2.  Seek to inspire a civility reboot by highlighting ethical principles that can get overshadowed by the day-to-day intensity and stress of lawyering, and

3.  Offer practical tips for defusing toxicity (in ourselves and others) and instead cultivating respectful rigor in service of our clients, the profession, and society.  

Please click on your preferred date below to register. 
Please note – The August 4th program is offered as both an in-person program and a live webinar.
All other programs are in-person only.

Thursday, August 4th IN-PERSON
Thursday, August 4th VIRTUAL (Zoom)
9:00am-11:00am | 2 ethics
Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol

Friday, August 5th IN-PERSON
9:00am-11:00am | 2 ethics
University of Rhode Island Bay Campus, South Kingstown

Wednesday, September 28th IN-PERSON
5:30pm-7:30pm | 2 ethics
Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, Cranston

Thursday, September 29th IN-PERSON
2:00pm-4:00pm | 2 ethics
Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, Cranston

Friday, September 30th IN-PERSON
9:00am-11:00am | 2 ethics
Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet, Cranston

The RIBA assumes no responsibility for opinions, statements, and facts in any Continuing Legal Education/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.