President of the Rhode Island Bar Association, Victoria M. Almeida, will be giving the President’s Welcome Address to start off this year’s 2 day meeting on Thursday, June 10, 2010. John Tarantino will be conducting the annual meeting of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation, in which he serves as President, on Thursday, June 10, 2010, 12:00pm – 1:30pm. During this luncheon they will recognize the recipient organizations of Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) grants and recipients of the Thomas F. Black, Jr., Memorial Scholarship will be introduced.
Victoria Almeida will be moderating the seminar “Practical & Ethical Considerations in Criminal Law in an Economic Downturn: Challenges, Choices and Consequences” on Friday, June 11, 2010, 10:45am – 12:00pm, which will focus on emerging criminal law-related practical and ethical considerations, including evolving criminal trends and practices that are particularly affected by adverse economic conditions.
Lori Caron Silveira will be speaking at a seminar entitled “Employment Discrimination Update 2010” on Thursday, June 10, 2010, 1:30pm – 2:45pm. This program introduces practitioners, who represent employers or employees, to the broad range of growing issues as the American workforce diversifies.
Walter Stone will be moderating the discussion “National Security and Civil Liberties on Friday, June 11, 2010, 10:45am – 12:00pm. This seminar focuses on the Obama Administration’s decisions to close the Guantanamo prison and to try certain terrorism suspects in Unites States Article III Courts.
James Hall moderates the discussion “Practical and Ethical Pitfalls of Practicing Against Pro SeLitigants” on Friday, June 11, 2010. 10:45am – 12:00pm. Panelists provide an overview of the rules, case law, and standards applied to pro se litigants as well as tips on avoiding the practical and ethical pitfalls of this practice.
Victoria Almeida will be receiving the “Victoria M. Almeida Servant Leader Award.” This will be an annual award given to a member of the bar who is a “servant leader”– an approach to leadership that stresses a leader’s role as steward of the resources of an organization and that seeks to encourage leaders to serve others in achieving goals, while remaining faithful to the mission and values of the organization and preserving the organization’s integrity. In the Bar’s 113 year history this is the first time it has named an award in honor of a living member.
This year’s Award of Merit will be given to John Bomster for grateful recognition of outstanding service to the profession and the Rhode Island Bar Association.