To be eligible, you must have been a member in good standing at the time of the occurrence requiring legal assistance and a RIASP member for at least six months.
First Call Service
First Call Service provides members who have a job-related legal question with the opportunity to consult with a RIASP lawyer. Typically, one phone consultation is enough to guide most principals through most situations; generally, the cost of additional legal services will be the responsibility of the member. First Call Service must be authorized by the RIASP Executive Director prior to the commencement of legal services.
The Legal Assistance Program provides protection to individual members under three circumstances. First, when administrative positions are jeopardized by the actions of the superintendent or the school committee through: a) an unfavorable evaluation, b) a letter of reprimand, c) a suspension or dismissal, and/or d) the threat of contract non-renewal. Second, when a member is assaulted as a result of his/her performance of official administrative duties. Third, when a member is charged criminally as a result of actions arising during the performance of job responsibilities. However, coverage will not be provided if the member is found guilty.