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 Community Partnership Division

Emmett Hardiman, Community Outreach Liaison

The keystone of holistic defense is the relationship between the Rhode Island Public Defender and its community partners. The RIPD works with partner organizations to make communities safer and to effect positive change in our client's lives and in our communities. The RIPD engages its partners and client communities through education, outreach, and resource networks. In addition, the office maintains a strong linkage between its community partnerships and our office’s criminal justice reform legislative work, conducted by our Director of Training/Legislative Facilitator.

For more information on holistic and community-oriented defense, please see the social science of holistic representation.

The RIPD’s community partnerships are managed and maintained by the office’s Community Outreach Liaison. If you have further questions about the program, contact Emmett Hardiman, Community Outreach Liaison, at (401) 458-3050.

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