East Providence Attorney Receives Pro Bono Publico Award for Volunteer Legal Service
At the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Annual Meeting Awards Reception on June 13th, Stephen G. Linder, Esq., of The Law Office of Stephen G. Linder, 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. Stephen graduated from the University of Rhode Island and received his law degree from Suffolk University School of Law. Steve is a distinguished Honorary Member of the Bar Association and practices in East Providence where he concentrates in family law and personal injury matters. During his legal career, Attorney Linder was a partner for ten years at the Lovett & Linder firm and then Letts, Quinn & Licht prior to being a sole practitioner.
Steve’s outstanding Bar Association public service contributions include his longstanding support and membership in the Volunteer Lawyer Program. As a volunteer attorney for over 20 years, he has consistently participated and accepted complex family law matters such as divorce and custody. Without any thought of recognition, Attorney Linder has willingly continued his pro bono representation of clients in need, some victims of abuse, even when the original case evolved into another complex matter. In the past two years, he has given 150 plus hours of pro bono service. This number of hours does not include a trial scheduled for one such client in June.
Attorney Linder’s well-established and ongoing participation in Bar Association activities includes being a member of the House of Delegates for 15 years and chairperson of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee for 10 years. His ongoing support of public service includes his membership in the Lawyer Referral Service. He is also a member of the Edward P. Gallogly Family Law Inns of Court, a Rhode Island Bar Foundation fellow, and acts as a mediator in the annual Superior Court mediation program.
Steve has an extensive history of community service. For countless years, he was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and ran the Rhode Island fund drive for the American Cancer Society. Many of the public recognize him from his 27 years of giving advice as the host of the WPRO radio talk show “Legal Tips.”
Steve is married to Sharon Linder and they are the proud parents of Sydney Linder Panis and Olivia Linder and grandparents of Beatrice.
Attorney Linder’s concern for others is evident by the value he places on volunteerism. His willingness to share his expertise has reinforced the purpose and mission of the Volunteer Lawyer Program to represent those in greatest need.