Rhode Island Lawyers for the Public Interest

Exploring the Intersection of Law & Community Organizing

In conjunction with Roger Williams University School of Law, the Pro Bono Collaborative, and other local sponsors, the Rhode Island Center for Justice hosted a film screening and a panel discussion exploring the intersection of law and community organizing.

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Center for Justice Welcomes Fall Externs from RWULaw

The Center for Justice is pleased to welcome Darnae Wells and Jorge Ghazal as externs this fall through Roger Williams University School of Law (RWULaw).  Jorge and Darnae play an important role in the office conducting intake and initial follow up in a number of program areas.  

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Disabled Consumers File Suit Against National Grid and State

The Center for Justice filed a lawsuit in Rhode Island Superior Court today on behalf of seriously ill and disabled consumers whose electric and gas utility services have been shut off.   The lawsuit, requesting class action status, seeks to stop utility shut-off practices of National Grid and the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers…

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Center for Justice Hires Director of Development!

The Rhode Island Center for Justice has hired Frank Maher, of Pawtucket, RI, as the Director of Development. Frank has worked for nearly twenty years in nonprofit management with a focus on program and fund development. In this role, Frank will manage all development efforts including the annual fund, major gifts, events and grants.  

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Utility Service is Vital for Health of Medically Vulnerable Households

The Lifeline Project The Lifeline Project is a collaboration between the George Wiley Center and the Rhode Island Center for Justice. The George Wiley Center is the point of contact for utility consumers across the State who are concerned about a potential termination, or have already been shut-off. Households connect with volunteers, staff and organizers at the…

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Rhode Island Workers Stand Up for Their Rights

The Wage Justice Project The Wage Justice Project is a collaboration between Fuerza Laboral and the Rhode Island Center for Justice. Twice a month, Center for Justice staff attorneys operate a workers’ rights legal clinic and provide legal assistance to Fuerza’s members who face challenges ranging from denial of unemployment benefits, to wage theft, to workplace discrimination.…

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Center Hosts Workshop: Interpreting for Multilingual Justice!

Educational workshop at the Center for Justice draws a wide range of community participants!  Last Tuesday, the Center for Justice hosted a one day workshop, Interpreting for Multilingual Justice, designed for people working in bilingual direct services settings.  The workshop was facilitated by Susan Beaty and Will Lamek, experienced interpreters in the Providence community. Participants were introduced…

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Community Funding Update!

Thank You to Our Local Community Funders! The Center for Justice is pleased to announce recently awarded funding support from the following three respected Rhode Island Institutions: the Rhode Island Association for Justice (RIAJ), the Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, and the United Way of Rhode Island. These awards reflects an appreciation for the value of providing civil legal assistance in partnership…

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Lifeline Project Celebration with the George Wiley Center!

On Friday, June 26th, members of the George Wiley Center (GWC) and the Rhode Island Center for Justice came together at the East Providence Yacht Club to celebrate the launch of our joint effort, the Lifeline Project. The Lifeline Project focuses on helping medically vulnerable individuals at risk of utility shut-off or already experiencing a utility service termination.

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