The Edward P. Gallogly American Inn of Court


About the Edward P. Gallogly

Family Law American Inn of Court

Founded in 1995, The Edward P. Gallogly Family Law Inns of Court has brought lawyers and judges handling family law cases together for collegial conversation and continuing legal education over these past two decades.

The Chapter has 80 plus members, all lawyers or judges practicing in Family Court, or students from Rodger Williams University School of Law.

We meet monthly, at one of the various restaurants or conference centers though-out the state, and have continuing legal education programs that get attorneys CLE credits, and keep the membership and the bench aware of issues as they arise and evolve in the ever-changing and ever challenging field of family law.

Once a year our Chapter does a 'special seminar' which reaches out to non-members, and those from outside the profession.  This is a tradition started by Judge Howard I. Lipsey and Magistrate Edward H. Newman, both of whom were founding members.  In their honor, the "Newman" Seminar is held each May, and funds the Lipsey Scholarship, discussed below.

In 2017, we did a seminar on forensic accounting that involved Judge Silverstein of the Rhode Island Superior Court, and several forensic accountants, with accountants get continuing education credits as well.

For 2018, we did a program focusing on the intersection of substance abuse issues with the Courts, inviting clinicians to present and attend, along with Judges of the Superior and Family Court drug courts.  The goal was to help the clinicians understand what the Court and lawyers are struggling with, and help the lawyers understand the clinical issues that underlie the problems.

Our 2019 Newman Seminar featured Paul Finn, of Commonwealth Mediation and Conciliation, in Brockton, Massachusetts. Paul has been on the front line of settling some of the most controversial litigation in the New England region, including the Station Fire disaster, the Big Dig collapse and the Boston and Providence clergy abuse cases.  We enjoyed invited guests from the Rhode Island Bar generally and from the Greater Boston Family Inn of Court.

2020 was perhaps our most trying year, but we used the Newman Seminar to present a Remote Deposition College - training lawyers in small groups to prepare and take depositions under the challenging circumstances that were forced on us all.

In 2021, we again used remote technology to pull guests from the Wall Street Journal, who covered the Varsity Blues Scandal, and attorneys from as far away as Atlanta and Chicago to explore dealing with difficult clients - folks who can't take no for answer. 

Proceeds from this seminar fund the Chapter's scholarship account, which has been used to award a member scholarship to the National Trial Advocacy Associations Family Law Trial Advocacy program.  Judge Lipsey had taught at the Trial Advocacy program for years, and with his passing, we used the 2021 program to dedicate the scholarship in his name.

For several years our Inn has also sponsored the second place scholarship in the Rhode Island Supreme Court's Annual Law Day Essay Contest conducted by the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Rhode Island Judiciary, and the Rhode Island Police Chief's Association.

If you are interested in membership, contact Dadriana Lepore,, or Jennifer Griffith, or any of the officers listed on this site.

2020 - 2021 Gallogly Inn of Court Meetings

Date Location Topic
September 17 Harbourside - 38 Water St. East Greenwich Kerry Travers - Ethics - Kerry is kind enough to join us for the first time, and update us as to the goings on at the office of Disciplinary Counsel in these challenging times.
October 15 Warwick Country Club We are joined by Rhonda Salome and Sue Famiglietti to discuss the continued evolution of Court processes in response to the pandemic
November 12 The Georges Valuation in shifting markets - John Barrett joins us as our group advises as to how to protect our clients (and ourselves) in the volatile markets we are seeing.
January 14


Our Annual Holiday Event
February 11 Online Sensitive Issues - An interactive program exploring four topics: age, gender, religion, language/culture and how they impact the practice of family law.
March 11 Online Discovery - With a Twist! How to use discovery that gets to the point - whether it is with property inspections, targeted request for admissions, or experts - by focusing on that which is worth all the time and the energy!!!
April 8 The SafeHouse Issues relating to parental estrangement, the most difficult custody and visitation cases.
May 20 The Warwick Country Club, and online at REMO Getting to NO - dealing with the client that won't take no for an answer.
June 17 40 1 North End of Year Event, and 25th Anniversary Celebration