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The Legal Clinic

The Legal Clinic was established in the Spring of 1990 in an effort to address the legal needs of people in Rhode Island who are experiencing homelessness. The Clinic provides direct legal services to those who cannot afford an attorney or may be unable to travel to a legal assistance office, are unaware such services exist, or who may be apprehensive about visiting a lawyer's office. Legal services are provided by area lawyers pro-bono. The Legal Clinic Program is funded largely by a generous grant from the Rhode Island Bar Foundation.


We thank the Bar Association for their support and our volunteer attorneys without whom the Clinic could not exist. The Clinics are able to run smoothly due to the dedication of the volunteer attorneys, volunteer law students, and shelter liaisons.


Services are currently offered at Harrington Hall and Crossroads RI. 


Clinics are currently staffed by Attorney, Phillip Weistein and Attorney Dena Paolino.


The clinics are open to all individuals who are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness.


To sign up for an upcoming legal clinic, or to bring a clinic to your site, please contact our Community Programs Manager Melissa Cruz at

Are you a lawyer who would like to volunteer with us?

Are you a homeless service provider who wants to host a Clinic?