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., - Office of the Public Defender

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

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Jamie M. Gau, Esq. (www.thomasianlaw.com)

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

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Rebecca Aitchison -   Office of the Public Defender

Elaine Brunetti - Office of the Public Defender

Thomas G. Briody* (briodylaw.com)

John F. Cicilline*
Daniel E. Ciora - Office 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* - Office of the Public Defender

 

Lise J. Gescheidt* (lisegescheidt.com)

Andrew Horwitz* - Roger Williams Law School
John E. MacDonald* (aggressivelegalservices.com)
Mary McElroy* - Office of the Public Defender

Nicholas Parrillo - Office of the Public Defender
Edward C. Roy, Jr.*

Samantha Slack - Office of the Public Defender
Christopher Smith - Office of the Public Defender

Olin Thompson* - Federal Defender
Amanda Valentino - Office of the Public Defender

 

*Past President