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Center for Justice Announces New Executive Director

The Rhode Island Center for Justice is thrilled to announce that Jennifer L. Wood, Esq. will be joining the Center as its new Executive Director. Please see the attached news release for more information.


April Update

The latest edition of our newsletter is out now!


Justice for Breakfast

On January 23, 2017, the Center for Justice, with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, hosted an advocacy briefing and discussion for concerned lawyers to address anticipated changes in federal law and policy impacting low-income Rhode Islanders. The event, attended by more than 30 legal practitioners and community leaders, was the first in a series of “Justice for …


The People’s Fight for Water, Power, and Light

                                                      On October 25, 2016 the Center for Justice hosted The People’s Fight for Water, Power, and Light, a panel event and discussion on the crisis of public utility service termination in …


Center for Justice Educating New Lawyers, Promoting Pro Bono Legal Assistance

As part of our commitment to educating new lawyers and promoting the provision of pro bono legal services throughout the State, the Center for Justice has played host to numerous law students through internship and externship programs, served as a placement for post-graduate fellows from several States, and put on informational events and continuing legal …


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 …



The Rhode Island Center for Justice thanks its inaugural grantors for their support in this critical time!   Our deepest gratitude goes out to:   The Catholic Campaign for Human Development ~~~~~ The Dexter Donation Fund  ~~~~~~~   Rhode Island Association for Justice Endowment Fund  ~~~~~~~~~   The United Way of Rhode Island  ~~~~~~~~ Through our partnerships …


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 …


Center for Justice Welcomes Brooklyn Law School Public Service Fellow

The Center for Justice welcomes Brooklyn Law School (BLS) graduate John Willumsen-Friedman to our office. Born and raised in New York City, John joins us in Rhode Island through BLS’s Public Service Fellowship program. Having passed the New York and Massachusetts bar exams, his work will focus on legal research and writing to support our advocacy around …


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. On Monday, well-known community lawyer, Steve Fischbach, of Rhode Island Legal Services introduced a documentary film, The Garden, screened at RWU …

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