The Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (RIACDL) is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). RIACDL was founded by the late Richard Casperian, former Public Defender of the State of Rhode Island from 1988 until his death in 1997. It was Richard’s dream that the criminal defense bar have a voice at the executive, legislative, and judiciary levels of government.

RIACDL works hand in hand with the Department of Public Defender to promote progressive legislative changes and continuing education seminars. Each year, RIACDL awards two scholarships for members to attend the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. RIACDL’s website is a prime source for criminal defense practice materials and information.

PRESIDENT
Collin Geiselman, Esq., - Department of the Public Defender

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Angela Yingling, Esq., - Department of the Public Defender

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Melissa Braatz, Esq. - Department of the Public Defender

DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP
John R. Grasso, Esq. (johngrassolaw.com)

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Allison Abilheira (www.abilheiralaw.com)

Rebecca Aitchison - Department of the Public Defender

Thomas G. Briody* (briodylaw.com)
John F. Cicilline*
Daniel E. Ciora - Department of the Public Defender
Mary June Ciresi*
Richard K. Corley* (lawyerwarwickri.com)
Matthew Dawson (patricklynchlaw.com)
William C. Dimitri* (www.dimitrilaw.com)

Michael A. DiLauro* - Department of the Public Defender

 

 

Lise J. Gescheidt* (lisegescheidt.com)
Andrew Horwitz* - Roger Williams Law School
John E. MacDonald* (aggressivelegalservices.com)
Mary McElroy* - Department of the Public Defender
Edward C. Roy, Jr.*
Christopher Smith - Department of the Public Defender
Amanda Valentino - Department of the Public Defender

Amy Veri
George J. West (georgejwestlaw.com)

 

*Past President