RWUPro Bono Collaborative
Joining Rhode Island law firms, law students, and community organizations to provide pro bono legal assistance within the community.


 June 2011
In This Issue
Project Updates
2011 Annual PBC Cocktail Party
2011 Event Sponsors
Pro Bono Opportunities
Donate to the PBC
Participating PBC Law Firms


Quick Links

PBC Project Announcements and Updates


Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP Takes On

Two New Pro Bono Projects

       In January, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP stepped up to the plate again and took on two new PBC projects, The Derrick Cazard Foundation Project and the Immigrant Domestic Violence Project.
       The Derrick Cazard Foundation was established to provide low income children with resources to participate in activities to enhance their development and promote positive community experiences. EAPD's Alison Reuter will provide the organization with legal counsel to assist in board selection and creation of a formal business plan.
       The Immigrant Domestic Violence Project partners EAPD with the Catholic Social Services of Fall River and RWU law students.  EAPD attorneys Matt Murphy and Erika Lindberg are representing immigrant victims of domestic violence in applying for legal status through U Visa applications and/or VAWA applications.

VAWA and U Visa

EAPD attorneys, law students and RWU Law alum Nina Sa, Esq. from Catholic Social Services working on a U Visa case


PBC Staff Present Workshop at ABA Equal Justice Conference on Identifying Unmet Need Through Community Organizations


    On May 19, Eliza Vorenberg and Suzy Harrington-Steppen presented the Pro Bono Collaborative model and PBC techniques for identifying unmet legal need through community based organizations to over 40 conference attendees from all over the country. If you would like copies of the workshop materials, please contact



RI Judiciary Launches New Website


     Earlier this week, the RI Judiciary launched a fabulous new website: The website includes a wonderful "Self Help" section with resources, frequently asked questions and guidance for self-represented litigants.   


2011 PBC Annual Cocktail Party  


      This year's PBC Cocktail Party, held on May 12, was a huge success thanks to our 2011 Host Committee, event sponsors and attendees. Thank you for your continued support of the Pro Bono Collaborative. 


May 12 at The State Lounge

Steve Prignano & EV

Stephen Prignano, Event Host Committee Chair & Eliza Vorenberg, PBC Director

Gamboli etc.

Stephen Prignano, Michael Gamboli, Honorable Edward Clifton, Joseph Whelan & Andy Horwitz


Compelling numbers

Haslaw attys

Kirsten Kenney, Mitchell Edwards, Chris Ayers & Meghan Siket

Suttell & Clifton

Judge Edward Clifton & Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell

David Morowitz

Todd Mascena, David Morowitz & Mark Gemma

Erika Farrell, Matt Murphy &

Erika Farrell, Matt Murphy & Sara Rapport

Clifton & Barge

Judge Edward Clifton & Robert Barge, Director RI Legal Services, Inc.

Steve and Rev. Earl

Stephen Prignano & Reverend Mary Margaret Earl

Barge & Ratcliffe etc

Robert V. Chisholm, Richard Ratcliffe, J. Scott Kilpatrick & Robert Barge

Corrente &

Sean Coffey & Robert Corrente

Taylor attys

Kristen M. Whittle, Sara E. Sweeney & Elizabeth R. Merritt

Nixon attys

Steve Freedman, Linn Freedman & Andrew Prescott

Whelan & Horwitz

Joseph Whelan & Andy Horwitz

Mascena &

Todd Mascena & Steve Holland

student volunteers

3Ls Drew Redman, Monica Burbelo & Jeff Basting

Suttell, S.MacDonald etc

J. Scott Kilpatrick, Sally Macdonald & Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell


Sponsors PBC 2011 Event Sponsors


Get Involved: Projects Needing Law Firms

1. Singing Out Against Hunger 501(c)(3) Project: 

Would  you  like  to  provide  legal  assistance  to  an organization committed to raising funds to support anti-hunger programs in the East Bay?  If so, this is the project for you. Singing Out Against Hunger is a music-based organization that raises thousands of dollars every year to support East Bay Community Action Program and the Little Compton Food Bank through musical events, raffles, donations and sporting events.  The organization needs legal assistance to incorporate and file for 501(c)(3) status.


2. Year Up Workshop Project: 

Get involved in helping Rhode Island at-risk youth prepare for employment.  Year Up, a training and support program for at-risk young adults, would like bi-yearly legal rights presentations that provide basic information on how criminal histories impact future employment.  Topics to be included: expungement laws, the do's and don'ts of court appearances, as well as other relevant topics. 

3.  Mariposa Center-Intellectual Property Project:

Help Mariposa, a not-for-profit organization that creates high-quality, early childhood learning experiences for low-income children in Providence, with intellectual property issues related to their innovative programming, its possible replication, and how their partnerships with other organizations may influence these issues.  This project will involve advice and counsel regarding intellectual property, possibly followed by drafting of legal instruments/filings to protect Mariposa's "brand."



If your law firm is interested in any of these projects or  would like a full project description, please contact Suzy Harrington-Steppen, PBC Project Coordinator, at 401.254.4559 or


Donate to the PBC
The PBC needs your help.  If you would like to make a financial contribution you can donate online or via mail:

(please note your contribution is for the "PBC")

Please send contributions to: 
The PBC, RWU School of Law, 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809

The Pro Bono Collaborative is a grant-funded project at the Roger Williams University School of Law, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit institution. All contributions to the PBC are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

Pro Bono Collaborative                                                            Joe Whelan 10-08 event
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Roger Williams School of Law
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