Joanne D'Ambra receives award for volunteer legal service

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At the Rhode Island Bar Association's Annual Meeting Awards Reception on June 13, Joanne C. D'Ambra, Esq., of Cranston, received a Rhode Island Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award recognizing the outstanding efforts of attorneys providing justice to the needy through the Bar's Volunteer Lawyer Program.

Joanne graduated from Rhode Island College. She earned a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a JD from New England Law. Joanne is a general practitioner in Cranston. She practices in several areas of law including bankruptcy, probate and family law and is a compassionate and dedicated volunteer attorney through the Bar Association's Elderly Pro Bono Program.

Attorney D'Ambra is keenly aware of the financial risks associated with getting older and responds quickly and directly when foreclosure, collection and bankruptcy cases for the elderly are presented for placement. Many seniors with only Social Security income turn to credit to bridge basic expenses such as food and health care. In short time, they aren't even able to make the required minimum payments. Joanne understands that for most elderly, it is not an easy decision to seek legal relief. Her approach eases their fears and her representation helps them work toward financial stability. In the past two-plus years, she has handled 17 cases for elderly clients with overwhelming debt, as well as family law and guardianship matters contributing over 150 pro bono hours.

Joanne's Bar Association activities include being a member of the Lawyer Referral Service. She has also been a member of the Volunteer Lawyer Program since 1996, and was recognized in 2004 for her extraordinary pro bono service. Also, as a member of the Lawyer Referral Service, she offers reduced fee services to financially eligible clients. When time permits, Joanne enjoys reading, drawing and traveling to sporting events in cities throughout the country.

Fortunately for the community, Attorney D'Ambra has made public service and protecting the rights of our neediest senior citizens a true priority.

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