Jury still out on effort to diversify R.I. judiciary

A SPOT ON THE BENCH: William J. Trezvant was one of two people of color sworn in as state judges in January, but some argue Rhode Island hasn’t done nearly enough to diversify the judiciary. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
A SPOT ON THE BENCH: William J. Trezvant was one of two people of color sworn in as state judges in January, but some argue Rhode Island hasn’t done nearly enough to diversify the judiciary. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
William J. Trezvant grew up surrounded by Black lawyers and judges, thanks to his dad’s leadership of the Newport chapter of the NAACP. Those early role models inspired Trezvant, who is also Black, to become a lawyer and a judge. “I always say I had a goal of becoming an attorney and a dream of…

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