Rhode Island Bar Association

115 Cedar Street
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone: (401) 421-5740
Fax: (401) 421-2703
Web: www.ribar.com


Established: 1898
Total Number of Members: 6,300
Membership is: Mandatory

Bar Profile:
Established in 1898, the Rhode Island Bar Association is a unified bar association of approximately 6,300 members. The association is committed to defending the Constitutions and laws of the United States and Rhode Island; maintaining democratic government; advancing the science of jurisprudence; promoting the administration of justice; applying its knowledge and experience in the law to the promotion of the public good; and cooperating with other legal groups devoted to similar goals.

The association is governed by a House of Delegates, elected each year at the annual meeting. The House represents the population of lawyers in Rhode Island and controls the administration of affairs of the association. The annual meeting, always held in June, is one of the most popular educational and social programs of the association. Vendors may purchase tabletop exhibit space.

Activity and member participation is high in the bar's 26 committees. The committees work to enhance the practice of law, offer discounts and extra benefits to members, and strengthen relationships within the bar and with the community. Other member programs include, a confidential assistance program, a bi-monthly Bar Journal, legal practice assistance for members, public service legal assistance programs, and other benefits which may be accessed on the bar's website at www.ribar.com.

Continuing legal education is mandatory in Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Bar Association provides more than 70 credited courses throughout the year. Public service activities include three lawyer referral services (full, low-cost and elderly), a legal aid to military services program, as well as a pro bono publico program. Other services include an IOLTA program, a scholarship program, fee arbitration, law-related education programs, and a fund for client reimbursement.

Rhode Island Bar Annual Meeting
Providence, R.I. 02903

Current Officers & Leadership

Michael R. McElroy
Schacht & McElroy
21 Dryden Lane
P.O. Box 6721
Providence, RI 02940-6721
Phone: (401) 351-4100
Email: Michael@McElroyLawOffice.com
Website: www.McElroyLawOffice.com


Executive Director
Helen Desmond McDonald
Phone: (401) 421-5740
Email: hmcdonald@ribar.com

Continuing Legal Education Director
Nancy Healey
Phone: (401) 421-5740
Email: nhealey@ribar.com

Director of Communications
Frederick D. Massie
Phone: (401) 421-5740
Email: fmassie@ribar.com