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

First Portuguese native named to the bench in Rhode Island


Assistant U.S. Attorney Luis M. Matos was sworn in as Associate Justice of the RI Superior Court by Governor Lincoln Chafee on June 25, 2012 before over 300 dignitaries, colleagues, family members, friends and local and international press. The Portuguese-American community was present in force to witness the historic moment and the pride was palpable when one of its own attained an American dream.


Luis Matos


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. 


Throughout the speaking program, Matos was praised for his intelligence, tireless work ethic and unflagging integrity.  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 the successful prosecution of many high-profile cases in Rhode Island.


His nomination by Gov. Chafee has been praised throughout the state and beyond as an excellent and worthy choice based solely on merit.  The nomination was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate of the RI General Assembly.


Associate Justice Matos mentioned in his comments that he was "humbled" by the outpouring of support for his confirmation from the Portuguese-American community. PALCUS is proud to have spearheaded the letter writing campaign that supported Matos' confirmation and wishes him success in his judicial career.


PALCUS Chairman Fernando Rosa and Vice-Chair Marie Fraley were on hand to witness the swearing in of Luis Matos at the RI State House.


Rosa, Matos, Fraley

(L to R: Fernando Rosa, Assoc. Justice Matos, Marie Fraley) 


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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.