This is a federal lawsuit on behalf of SouthCoast Fair Housing against the RI Supreme Court over a court rule that is preventing the organization from providing legal help to victims of housing discrimination in RI. As the rule is currently written, non-profit organizations cannot obtain a license to practice law in the state unless they serve only “indigent” clients. This is despite the fact that the Court’s own rules recognize that it is not just the poor, but “sometimes persons who are not poor” who are unable to afford adequate legal assistance. Update: In October 2019, the RI Supreme Court revised the rule.
SouthCoast Fair Housing v. Saunders
Mark W. Freel and Jeffrey Ankrom
September 26, 2018