Defense Counsel of Rhode Island
Defense Counsel of Rhode Island is the state association of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. Members of DCRI include lawyers engaged in private practice, corporate counsel and insurance company counsel.
Our Mission StatementDefense Counsel of Rhode Island is committed to enhancing the skills, effectiveness, and professionalism of civil defense lawyers through the provision of resources, continuing legal education and opportunities for collegiality. DCRI is committed to advancing the interests of the civil defense bar and their clients. DCRI advocates for improvements in the civil justice system and a balanced litigation environment.
Re: Defense Counsel of Rhode Island 2020 Annual Meeting via Zoom
As COVID-19 continues to spread, the future has never felt so unpredictable. These are challenging times for us all, and we hope you’re in good spirits and good health! We are doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and provide services to our DCRI members. While there’s a lot of uncertainty, we know that we need to adapt fast to our changing reality
The DCRI Annual Meeting Zoom will be held on Monday, June 22, 2020, at 4:00 PM via Zoom. We are hoping to have a great participation by members!
The Annual Meeting is the time at which we elect officers and directors for the coming year. In addition, we are pleased to have Superior Court Judge Brian P. Stern join us and provide us with his perspective on court operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and what lies ahead.
We also thank you our 2020 sponsors who have donated to the DCRI during this unprecedented time. Platinum Sponsor: Secure Future Tech Solutions and Gold sponsors: Matson, Driscoll & Damico, LLP (Forensic & Investigative Accountants).
On April 30, 2020 the Defense Counsel of Rhode Island sponsored another free CLE Zoom Meeting for our members. The topic of discussion was "THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA INVESTIGATION".
The Presentation was given by Jacqueline Batista with DIGSTREAM INVESTIGATION and this course was approved for 1 credit.
Defense Counsel of Rhode Island sponsored a free Webinar on Wednesday, April 1st, from 10am until 11:40, on how to litigate through a pandemic, hosted by DCRI Board Member, Kristina Hultman.
Members and guests learned the tools to keep their litigation practice up and running (no matter where you’re working from at the moment). They also learned tips and tricks for working remotely, as well as the ability to conduct depositions, arbitrations, and mediations using video conferencing and other tools. In other words, you will keep your practice going and viable during the COVID-19 shutdown.
This CLE program was for DCRI members, and extended to RIAJ members as well. This course has been approved for 2 credits.
The webinar was recorded and accessible to anyone that was unable to join.
Please click on the link below to view.
News & Upcoming Events
We at Defense Counsel of RI have been closely monitoring the current situation related to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our members and our community are our top priorities. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are aggressively participating in the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) and our State and Local Health Departments.
Giving the latest recommendation regarding State of Emergency, we will be postponing the Defense Counsel of RI PAC Event and DCRI Board Meeting at Pasta Beach Restaurant, Providence, RI on Thursday, March 26th.
As of right now, DCRI does not have a new date for the event and we will let everyone know once things settle down and restaurants reopen.
As the situation continues to evolve, we will make every effort necessary to provide a safe environment for all DCRI members.
Defense Counsel of RI appreciates your support during this time and if you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 401.831.3700.,
Defense Counsel of Rhode Island
Defense Counsel of RI PAC event will be held at Pasta Beach (upstairs) in Providence, Rhode Island at 6:00PM on March 26, 2020
Our guest speaker is:
John Della Volpe, Director of Polling.
John Della Volpe is the Director of Polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, where he has led the institute’s polling initiatives on understanding American youth since 2000. The Washington Post referred to John as one of the world’s leading authorities on global sentiment, opinion and influence especially among Millennials and in the age of digital and social media. In 2008, he received an Eisenhower Fellowship for which he traveled extensively throughout China, Hong Kong, and Korea (including a supervised day in North Korea) studying Millennials; in 2011, he was appointed to the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission on Media. John is also founder of SocialSphere, a Cambridge based public opinion and analytics company. He serves on the Board of Trustees of iCatholic Media, the Ad Club of Boston and is a member of the Global Alumni Council for Eisenhower Fellowships. John appears regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and his insights on the Millennial generation are found in national media outlets in the U.S. and abroad, including the Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
Representing and Assisting the Defense Bar
DCRI is committed to enhancing the skills, effectiveness, and professionalism of civil defense lawyers through the provision of resources, continuing legal education and opportunities for collegiality.
We offer CLE courses designed to be of practical benefit to defense lawyers. Other activities of the association include our Annual Meeting in June, a political action committee (Defense Counsel PAC) fundraising event, a winter holiday reception and a summer social event.
There is a Young Lawyers Division committed to serving the needs and interests of younger attorneys.
DCRI is committed to advancing the interests of the civil defense bar and their clients. DCRI advocates for improvements in the civil justice system and a balanced litigation environment before the General Assembly and the courts. Our executive director monitors and testifies on legislation of importance to defense attorneys and their clients. He emails and posts on the website a chart showing the status of legislation we are following. In turn, providing information on legislation to your firm's clients can add value to the legal services you provide.
We also represent the interests of the defense bar before the judiciary. We have filed amicus briefs on issues of concern, and we have filed comments on court rules.
Through our annual meeting and other gatherings, DCRI provides an opportunity for attorneys to get together with colleagues to socialize and discuss issues of common interest.