Congratulations to Danilo Borgas and Joshua Xavier on their appointment to the Rhode Island Federal Court’s “Court Advisory Council.”

Congratulations to attorneys Danilo Borgas and Joshua Xavier on their recent appointment to the newly formed, “Court Advisory Council” to the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

The Council will consist of twenty-two (22) federal litigators specializing in various practice areas who are tasked with carrying out the Council’s mission to accomplish the following:

1. Identify, study, and propose actions to assist the Court in securing the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding;

2. Serve as a resource for the Court seeking input from the bar;

3. Advise the Court and Custodian of the Bar Fund on the administration of the Fund; and

4. Provide a resource that the judges and the District Clerk can call on to assist Court business, e.g., whether to serve on search committees, develop new projects, or handle other routine matters.

The Council will meet periodically with the Chief Judge, other judges of the Court, and Court staff.  Meetings will be open to the public and will be live-streamed on the Internet.  The Court has authorized the Council to form committees addressing local rules and court practice, education/CLE credits, the District Court Conference, criminal law and probation, access to justice (pro se and pro bono), Bar Fund oversight, and diversity, equity and inclusion.  Prior to each meeting, the Council will ask for input from the bar for any topics they would like the Council to take-up.

For more information about the Court Advisory Council, click here to read the Court’s January 5, 2023 General Order establishing the Council.

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