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News & Announcements: 2022


The 2022 State of the Federal Court address from Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. can be found here


The Court will establish an Advisory Council that will be comprised of 15-20 litigators in the federal court for the purposes of helping the Court to effectively and efficiently administer justice.  The Court has decided to restructure our committee structure into a single Council that will serve as a vehicle for litigators to have input into court administration, and as a vehicle for the Court to hear from the Bar. ...


This year’s inaugural Olin W. Thompson, III Justice Award is proudly presented to Bob Mann.  The Olin W. Thompson, III Justice Award was established to recognize and honor outstanding professionals in the legal community who serve with great distinction as a model of civility in the pursuit of justice and who have made significant contributions to the profession and the community.  More information can be found...


The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, in partnership with the Roger Williams University School of Law and the Rhode Island Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, announces that the next program of the Litigation Academy, “Oral Advocacy in Court” will take place on December 20-21, 2022, at the United...


The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island is seeking applications from qualified criminal defense attorneys for membership on the District's Criminal Justice Act Panel.  For additional information on the application process, click here.


Registration for the 2022 District Court Conference, "Racial and Social Justice in the Federal Courts" featuring keynote speaker, Fred Gray is now open! 7.0 CLE credits, including 1 ethics offered. Seating is limited. Take advantage of a reduced rate during our early registration period that will remain open through October 3, 2022. Normal rates will apply thereafter. More information, including a full agenda, can be found on the registration page which can be found below.



It is with great honor and appreciation that the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island announces the creation of the Olin W. Thompson, III  Justice Award.  More information can be found here


The U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, in conjunction with the District Conference Planning Committee, is excited to announce that the 2022 District Conference, “Racial and Social Justice in the Federal Courts,” will take place on Friday, October 28, 2022.  More details to follow.


Pursuant to LR Gen 113(d), Fed. R. Civ. P. 83(a)(1), and 28 U.S.C. §2071(e), the Court hereby amends LR Gen 112(a) and adds a new rule, LR Cv 78. The Court will take steps to formally modify LR Gen 112 and LR Cv 78 during the next local rules review cycle.  The General Order can be found here.


The U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the resumption of normal operations and the reopening of the Clerk’s office for in-person filings and inquiries beginning March 7, 2022. The Clerk’s office will be open normal business hours, Monday – Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.  More information about our reopening including visitation protocols can be found here...


The 2022 Bar Registration Renewal Period is now open and will run until March 31, 2022.  Members of the bar of this Court seeking to maintain an active bar status should renew their bar registration electronically using the Court's Case Management/Electronic Case Files ("CM/ECF") system.  Instructions for completing the bar membership renewal process electronically...