Rhode Island Public Defender

Our mission is to provide high quality representation to our clients, fulfilling the governmental obligation of effective assistance of counsel, fundamental fairness and due process. Our goal is to provide client-centered advice, holistic representation and zealous advocacy. Our commitment is to treat our clients with dignity, compassion and fairness.
Mary S. McElroy, Public Defender

Public Defender Divisions


Criminal Trial

Juvenile Trial

Parental Rights Trial

Appellate Division

Community Partnership


Social Services



Training and Legislation

Rhode Island Public Defender
160 Pine Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-3492


Public Defender Appellate Division

Lara Montecalvo, Chief Appellate Attorney

The four-attorney appellate division is located at 160 Pine Street, in Providence. The appellate division handles all appeals to the Rhode Island Supreme Court of cases tried by public defender attorneys as well as those cases referred by the private bar or the lower courts on behalf of indigent appellants; while criminal appeals are the bulk of the division’s work, appeals attorneys represent clients in juvenile and parental rights matters as well. Cases are transferred to the appellate division after sentencing or judgment. The Public Defender maintains an extensive law library at its main office, which supplements the use of electronic research.

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