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OFFICE ADVOCATE: R.I. Public Defender Collin Geiselman says he’s asking legislators to add $600,000 more in the R.I. Office of the Public Defender’s fiscal 2025 budget to raise the wages of staff attorneys as a recruitment and retention tool.
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Understaffed public defenders struggling to cover cases

R.I. Public Defender ­Collin Geiselman is accustomed to attorneys on his staff leaving to take higher-paying positions at private law firms, but now he’s...
MORE MONITORS? The city of Providence already has traffic cameras such as these at Chalkstone Avenue and Raymond Street keeping an eye out for motorists running red lights. Other cameras capture images of speeders. Now the Smiley administration wants the ability to enforce traffic noise automatically. 
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A sound idea? Providence considers noise cameras along roads

If given the green light, Rhode Island’s most populous – and maybe the loudest – municipality will be the first in the state to...
GIVING CREDIT: Rhode Island College, along with the University of Rhode Island and the Community College of Rhode Island, is being required to establish ways of awarding academic credit for students who participate in registered apprenticeship programs.
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New law: R.I. public colleges must plan for apprenticeships

A new state law requires public higher education institutions to establish ways of awarding academic credit to students who participate in registered apprenticeship programs. “These...
LINE IN THE SAND: Monica Teixeira de Sousa, a professor at the Roger Williams University School of Law, says the lawsuit against Rhode Island’s new shoreline access law has the potential to create a precedent that will either inspire similar challenges or have a chilling effect on other coastal property owners. 
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Ripple effect expected from legal challenge of shoreline law

It came as a surprise to few when, soon after shoreline access advocates celebrated the law’s passage in June, a group of coastal property...
CHANGE MAKER? ­Patrick Crowley, secretary-treasurer for the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, says the wage theft law will alter the way management at many companies treats its employees when it comes to paying wages. 
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AG: New wage theft law is pro-business, too

For more than four years Attorney General Peter F. Neronha sought to adjust an oversight in state law that he argues could have been...
SKEPTICAL: Attorney ­Joshua Hawks-Ladds says he believes the Federal Trade Commission may modify its proposal to prohibit noncompete agreements so it doesn’t have such a sweeping effect.
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A lost clause? FTC may ban noncompete pacts

Thirty million people. That’s how many workers federal regulators say could find new jobs, increase their wages, or even start their own companies if...
PERSEVERING: Lauren Lee Malloy has fought for years for answers in the death of her mother, Lori Lee Malloy. Her 1993 death had been ruled natural, but the younger Malloy believes it was a murder. As part of her fight for justice, Malloy founded the group Unsolved R.I. in 2021 and supports the proposal to create a cold case unit in the attorney general’s office. 
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AG’s effort to launch cold case unit hits snag

The mystery surrounding the death of Lori Lee ­Malloy has haunted her daughter, Lauren Lee Malloy, for three decades. In 1993, when Malloy was just...
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ASSISTANCE: Rhode Island Legal Services staff attorney Brian Furgal, Roger Williams University School of Law student Nicole Palmer, center, and RWU faculty member Eliza Vorengerg operate the Eviction Help Desk outside Sixth District Court at the Garrahy Judicial Complex in Providence.
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Housing crisis putting eviction law in spotlight

Most of Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s peers at Harvard Law School weren’t interested in eviction defense work. The pay was low. Elorza, who worked...

New R.I. law ensures gratuities get into the right hands

Anyone who has worked in the service industry knows how rapidly things can change from one shift to the next. One night’s tips might cover...
CRYPTO ­CONCERNS: Leigh E. Furtado, attorney and senior associate at the law firm Day Pitney LLP, says she’s finding more clients inquiring about protecting their crypto­currency during estate planning. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Crypto can complicate trust, estate planning

“HODL,” an abbreviation for “hold on for dear life,” has become a motto for a class of cryptocurrency enthusiasts who aren’t interested in selling. But...
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