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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, Divorce (Initiate) - Client who resides at Berkshire Place (nursing facility) would like to initiate a nominal divorce with no minor children or property of the marriage. She and her husband separated in 2014 when he was arrested on drug charges. Client has several health issues and wants to be able to focus on her health. The "marriage” is a source of tremendous anxiety for her. 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, February 16th, Providence - Client is the father of two children (7 & 6 years old). DCYF placed children with him after removing them from the mother’s residence due to suspected heavy drug use in the house (daughter told someone at school that she saws hypodermic needles around the house). Client says that mother has been investigated in the past for having drugs around the kids. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at 401-421-7758 or