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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.

Restraining Order, Kent County Family Court, July 13, 2020 

Client is the mother of 2 young children. She has a temporary restraining order against her husband, the children’s father. The husband has been incarcerated in the past for violating a no contact order and has a history of domestic violence. Client filed for the RO in early June after the husband was verbally abusive to the children and threatened the client. Client would like a long term RO and, ultimately, to file for divorce. If you would like to assist with this case, please contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at (401) 421-7758 or

Elderly Pro Bono - Pawtucket, Foreclosure/Eviction (tenant)Client and roommates are tenants in a foreclosed property and have been given a 20 Day Demand Notice. Property was foreclosed last August and client didn’t know where to send rent.  When the bank finally contacted them in January they paid the back rent (5 months.)  Were told by bank they could stay as long as the rent remained current but are now being evicted.  (Referred by Office of the Mental Health Advocate.)

US Armed Forces Legal Services Project - Woonsocket, Foreclosure Prevention (Chapter 13)- Client is one year behind on mortgage.  He fell behind when he got sick and lost his job.  Client attempted to make arrangement with bank to catch up, but they demanded the whole amount ($14k.)  Bank has now sent the client a 20 day notice of foreclosure.  Client is now employed.