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 Parental Rights Trial Division

James Queenan, Chief Parental Rights Division

Parental rights attorneys, who specialize in abuse, neglect, dependency, and termination proceedings, represent parents in jeopardy of losing custody of their children to the state. Providence County is served by attorneys having offices at 160 Pine Street, Providence, RI 02903. Newport, Washington and Kent Counties are served by an attorney whose office is at the McGrath Courthouse, Route 1, Wakefield, RI 02879. Representation is provided by the parental rights division from arraignment through the conclusion of all proceedings, including any reviews which occur until all children involved reach the age of majority or the Family Court relinquishes jurisdiction.

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