Rhode Island Lawyers for the Public Interest

Continuing Legal Education

Center for Justice

A presentation and panel discussion on community based campaigns and legal advocacy to stop utility shut offs in America's low-income communities.

October 25, 2016 at 6PM | 1 Empire Plaza, Room 434


Tony Romano
Right To The City
Atlanta, Georgia

Richard Berkley, Esq.
New York Public Utility Law Project
Albany, New York

Camilo Viveiros
The George Wiley Center
Pawtucket, Rhode Island


Spencer Resnick
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
Poughkeepsie, New York

Maureen Taylor
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
Detroit, Michigan

Rob McCreanor, Esq.
The Rhode Island
Center For Justice


Marilyn Mullane, Esq.
Michigan Legal Services


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The Litigation of a Civil Case
Taught in the context of the Fair Labor Standards Act

March 15, 2016 through
April 26, 2016

Center for Justice,
150 Washington Street,
Providence 02903

Tuesdays from 6 pm - 8:30 pm,
dinner provided

Approved MCLE,
13 credits

To apply, or for more information, please contact Keally Cieslik at kcieslik@centerforjustice.org
Program is free but participants must commit to entire series to receive credit

Learn to litigate on behalf of low-wage workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Rhode Island Minimum Wage Act.

  • Get to know well-respected local and out-of-state practitioners.
  • Meet community members directly affected by wage theft and local organizations advocating for workplace justice.
  • Classes cover client interviewing, issue analysis, complaint drafting, discovery and mediation/negotiation.
  • The program concludes with a courtroom demonstration by distinguished practicing attorneys and a Rhode Island Superior Court Justice.


Distinguished Rhode Island Practitioners

  • Gil Bianchi, Esq., Bianchi & Brouillard, P.C. (Discovery)
  • Melissa Darigan, Esq., Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP (Complaint Drafting)
  • Donald Epifano, Esq., U.S. Department of Labor (Wage & Hour Enforcement)
  • Mary McElroy, Esq., Rhode Island Public Defender (Client Interviewing)
  • William A. Poore, E3sq., Poore & Rosenbaum, LLP (Mediation & Negotiation)
  • Richard Sinapi, Esq., Sinapi Law Associates Ltd. (Overview of Fair Labor Standards Act & RI Minimum Wage Law)

Trial Demonstration

  • Amato DeLuca, Esq., DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Ltd.
  • Marc DeSisto, Esq., DeSisto Law Offices
  • The Honorable Judith C. Savage

Out of State Practitioners

  • Magdalena Barbosa, Esq., Gladstein, Reif & Meginniss LLP, New York, NY
  • Elizabeth Wagoner, Esq., New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, Albuquerque, NM
  • Artemio Guerra, Esq., Getman Sweeney PLLC, New Paltz, NY
  • David Colodny, Esq., Urban Justice Center, New York, NY

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