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Rhode Island

114 ABA Journal Rhode Island articles.

Ex-Inmate Earns Yale Law Degree, Gets Ready to Take Florida Bar Exam

A former drug dealer who used his prison time productively, getting a high-school equivalency diploma and reading prodigiously so he was ready to enroll in college after his release, has…

Lead-Paint Plaintiffs Lawyer Confirmed for Federal Judgeship After Filibuster Fails

Updated: Senate Republicans have failed in an attempt to filibuster the judicial nomination of John “Jack” McConnell Jr., a trial lawyer opposed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

McConnell was…

Citing 4-Year Vacancy, Chief Federal Judge in RI Sends Cases to Other States, Upsetting Some Parties

In a highly unusual move, the chief federal district judge in Rhode Island has sent some two dozen cases to colleagues in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She and another judge…

E-mail of Retired RI Justice Is Hacked by Scammers Seeking Cash

Hackers used the e-mail account of retired Chief Justice Frank Williams of the Rhode Island Supreme Court to make a plea for money.

The e-mail claiming to be from Williams…

Appeals Court Reinstates Uniloc Win in Microsoft Case, But Calls for New Trial re $390M Jury Award

A federal appeals court has reinstated a jury verdict against Microsoft Corp. in favor of anti-piracy software maker Uniloc USA Inc.

However, a $388 million jury award to Uniloc in…

Real Estate Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case Over Paid-Up Home Loans

Real estate lawyer and former state lawmaker Christopher Maselli is current on mortgage payments for some $1.7 million in financing for four homes he started purchasing during the real estate…

20 Law Profs Protest Defendant RI Judges’ Attempt to Oust ACLU Attorneys in Truancy Court Case

Apparently irked by a lawsuit challenging practices in Rhode Island’s truancy court on constitutional grounds, judges named as defendants sought to revoke the pro hac vice status of out-of-state lawyers…

Real Estate Attorney Indicted re $1.5M in Personal Loans His Lawyer Says Are Paid Up

A Rhode Island lawmaker who has a private practice as a real estate attorney has been federally indicted on seven counts of bank fraud concerning $1.5 million in personal loans…

Attorney with Big Ad Budget Can Open Law Office LLC in 49th State, Court Says

In a ruling that is sure to disappoint competing firms that sought to block a national attorney known for his blockbuster advertising budget from establishing a local foothold, the Rhode…

Evicted Farmer Asks Judge to Order Bank to Care for His Animals

Forced to abandon his farm due to a mortgage foreclosure action, a Rhode Island farmer says he was assured by Wells Fargo Bank that his animals would be cared for.

Lawyer Seeks Right to Advertise in R.I., a State in Which He Has No Office

Critics say that attorney James Sokolove is more about advertising than law practice. And at least one or two justices on the Rhode Island Supreme Court seemingly may agree.

As…

Defeated Wis. Justice Nominated for US Judgeship; 2 Others Get Appeals Nod

Louis Butler’s judging days may not be over.

The former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice has lost two elections. The first time, he lost an election battle with Justice Diane Sykes,…

McGuireWoods Partner Nominated for US Attorney in Va.

A partner at McGuireWoods who is a lecturer at the University of Virginia law school is one of four lawyers nominated for U.S. attorney positions.

Timothy Heaphy is a Richmond…

New Accusations Against Craiglist Suspect Fuel AG Attack on Website

Announcing new accusations today against the so-called Craiglist suspect involving a third claimed assault victim, the Rhode Island state attorney general also fired a verbal salvo at the website accused…

Editorial Questions Judicial Nomination of Motley Rice Lawyer

A Rhode Island trial lawyer nominated for a federal judgeship merits more scrutiny, an editorial asserts.

Jack McConnell of Motley Rice was recommended by Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse,…

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