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Luis M. Matos is confirmed as Justice of the RI Superior Court


First Portuguese native named to the bench in Rhode Island


Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee's nomination of Assistant U.S. Attorney Luis M. Matos to the RI Superior Count has been unanimously confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate of the RI General Assembly.  The confirmation sailed through the Senate following testimony and debate. 


Luis Matos 


The selection of Attorney Matos has been praised throughout the state by both Portuguese and non-Portuguese individuals and organizations as an outstanding choice not only because of his integrity, work ethic and excellence in the practice of the law but also because of its non-political nature. 


Born in Batalha, Portugal, the Providence resident moved to the U.S. in 1969 with his family as a child where they settled in the Fox Point neighborhood of the city. The son of working class parents, he was the first member of his family to graduate from college, Brown University, continuing on to earn a J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law.  


His career has been marked by numerous successes and accolades. Since his tenure in the U.S. Attorney's Office of the RI District in 2001, he has distinguished himself with successful prosecution of many high-profile cases.


PALCUS is proud to have supported Attorney Matos' confirmation and congratulates Governor Chafee for the wisdom of his nomination and the RI Senate for its swift and unequivocal confirmation. 
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PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate  for the Portuguese American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991  as a 501 3 non partisan, non profit, organization headquartered in Washington D.C.
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the  Portuguese American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advance the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia.  Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law.