Rhode Island Lawyers for the Public Interest

Consumers Win Shut Off Protections from National Grid

Consumers Win Shut Off Protections from National Grid, Continue Lawsuit Against State Division of Public Utilities and Carriers On April 26, 2016 Rhode Island Superior Court Justice Netti Vogel entered a Consent Order in a lawsuit filed last year by seriously ill and disabled utility consumers against National Grid and the State of Rhode Island’s…

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Center for Justice Welcomes New Staff Attorney on Board!

Welcome Curtis! The Center for Justice is proud to welcome Curtis Pouliot-Alvarez to the office as a RWULaw Fellow! As our newest Staff Attorney, Curtis is already rolling up his sleeves, meeting with clients and staffing clinics in the community.

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Relief for Medically Vulnerable Utility Consumers

The Center for Justice has obtained important relief for medically vulnerable utility consumers through a lawsuit recently filed against National Grid and the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers.  Over several days of hearings in Rhode Island State Superior Court, Center for Justice attorneys and co-counsel Lynette Labinger successfully argued in support of…

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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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