community impact + pro bono services
Barton Gilman is committed to the principle that legal professionals should give back to their communities. Our attorneys have a long history of serving organizations and deepening our ties to local communities through involvement in a variety of pro bono initiatives and as volunteers to a number of community organizations.
As part of the Roger Williams Law School Pro Bono Collaborative, and in partnership with Bradley Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, several firm attorneys – including Matthew R. Plain, Stephen Adams, Francis A. Connor III, Andria Coletta, Angela L. Carr, and Kristen M. Whittle – provide legal services and representation to families who file guardianship petitions in Rhode Island Probate Court on behalf of children approaching the age of 18 with severe and profound disabilities.
Jenna R. Pingitore coordinates the firm's pro bono collaboration with the Medical Legal Partnership of Rhode Island, providing legal support to healthcare consumers and communities, specifically assisting families seeking guardianship for adult children with special needs.
Our attorneys also provide pro bono legal representation to individuals before courts and administrative agencies in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
- Arts Alive! Barrington. W. Parish Lentz is a member of the Board of Trustees
- Bethany Home of Rhode Island. W. Parish Lentz is a member of the Board of Directors.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. Angela L. Carr is a member of the Board of Directors.
- Blithewold. Greg Hoffman is a member of the Board of Directors.
- Endometriosis Foundation of Rhode Island. Jenna R. Pingitore is a member of the Board of Directors.
- Interfaith Counseling Center. Kristen M. Whittle is a member of the Board of Directors.
- Justinian Law Society of Rhode Island. Sheri L. Pizzi serves as President. Jenna R. Pingitore and C. Alexander Chiulli also serve on the Board of Directors.
- Learning Disabilities Association of New York City. Paul T. O'Neill serves on the Board of Directors.
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Pamela S. Gilman serves on the Leadership Board. To help raise funds for the Society, she also completed the Boston Marathon in 2007 and 2014, and she continues to assist the Society’s fundraising efforts by serving on the Leadership Board for LLS's Light the Night Walk in Boston.
- Manton Avenue Project. The firm is a primary sponsor of the Manton Avenue Project’s spring benefit theater performances. The performances are a collaboration between students participating in the Manton Avenue Project, and Rhode Island media and political figures. The Providence-based Manton Avenue Project works with children ages 8-14 living in the city’s Olneyville neighborhood to help boost their self esteem and unleash their creative voices by uniting them with professional artists to create original theater. Matthew R. Plain serves on the board of directors.
- Rhode Island Bar Association's U.S. Armed Forces Legal Services Project. W. Parish Lentz volunteers for veterans and their families in Probate Court matters.
- Rhode Island Center for the Book. C. Alexander Chiulli serves on the Board of Directors.
- Rhode Island Childhood Lead Action Project. Sheri L. Pizzi serves on the Board of Directors.
- Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. C. Alexander Chiulli serves on the Board of Directors.
- Rhode Island Healthcare Association. Sheri L. Pizzi serves on the Board of Directors.
- Samaritans of Rhode Island. Rui P. Alves is president of the Board of Directors.
- Special Olympics Rhode Island. Francis A. Connor III serves on the Board of Directors.
- UCAP. Matthew R. Plain is on the Board of Directors for the Fund for Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program (UCAP). Angela L. Carr and Jenna R. Pingitore serve on UCAP's Events Committee.
- United Way of Rhode Island. Matthew R. Plain serves on the Community Advisory Board.
- Year Up. Matthew R. Plain is a former mentor to students participating in Year Up, a workforce development program empowering urban young adults to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.