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.
News & Upcoming Events
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.