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New Nonprofit Law Center to Aid Low Income RI Residents

Thursday, April 09, 2015

 

The Rhode Island Center for Justice and Roger Williams University Law gathered on Thursday, April 9 to launch the Center for Justice at the Roger Williams campus in Providence. 

The Center for Justice is a new nonprofit public interest law center that will address the growing volume of unmet legal needs among vulnerable individuals, families and communities in Rhode Island. 

"While Rhode Islanders have suffered some of the most dramatic economic hardships of the past decade, there is a glaring lack of access to civil legal services for those who struggle with the dire consequences of poverty such as homelessness, health impairment exacerbated by environmental factors, and predatory employment and consumer practices. The Center for Justice will be a voice for those who would often otherwise be without qualified legal assistance," said Miriam Weizenbaum.

Attendees to the event included Center for Justice representatives Miriam Weizenbaum, Bud DeLuca and Robert McCreanor. 

Roger Williams President Donald Farish and Law Dean Michael Yelnosky along with Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Suttell. 

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa were also in attendance. 

“The Rhode Island Center for Justice represents a desperately needed source of legal assistance for low-income Rhode Islanders,” said Melissa Husband, executive director of the Community Action Partnership of Providence.

 

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