RI full of lawyers giving to profession, good causes

Hail to the chief. William J. Delaney has been appointed the Rhode Island Bar Association’s newest president. A bankruptcy attorney who has been practicing in the Ocean State since 1987, his tenure began a month ago, at an interesting time in local legal circles, particularly for Delaney. He is participating in the historic Central Falls bankruptcy case. Delaney recently spoke with Providence Business News about the presidency and the Central Falls case. More

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COURTESY R.I. BAR ASSOCIATION LAW OF THE LAND: William J. Delaney, newly appointed president of the Rhode Island Bar Association, said there jobs available for attorneys across the country if they’re willing to move.
Posted 8/29/11

Hail to the chief. William J. Delaney has been appointed the Rhode Island Bar Association’s newest president. A bankruptcy attorney who has been practicing in the Ocean State since 1987, his tenure began a month ago, at an interesting time in local legal circles, particularly for Delaney. He is participating in the historic Central Falls bankruptcy case. Delaney recently spoke with Providence Business News about the presidency and the Central Falls case.

PBN: You must have a to-do list of things you want to accomplish during your tenure as bar president. Can you share some of those things?

DELANEY: Some presidents have pet projects. Some people, unfortunately because of circumstances, get things foisted upon them.

For example, the year we had the Station fire, we had such a big change in and demand for assistance. And when we had the flood last year, we had a problem with the rendition of services. We had a courthouse closed for a little while. We have a disaster preparedness plan that we were able to share with people who were interested in using it. One year, past president Mark Mandell had his year called the Year of the Child, dealing with family law and education.

My theme is “We’re all in this together.” I’m really going to focus the year on strengthening every member of the bar, health-wise, education-wise, networking-wise. Quite often the lawyer doesn’t understand all the pressures and tugs on him or her. People call us when there’s an emergency. People call us when their house is going to get foreclosed upon. It’s a tremendous amount of responsibility. …

We also have a responsibility to give back. That’s one of the areas where we’re fortunate with our bar. We have a very high percentage of attorneys entering the volunteer lawyers program and our military pro bono program. We do good things, but a lot of people don’t see that.

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