Johnston's Morse elected secretary of RI Bar Association


Mark B. Morse, Esq., is now secretary of the Rhode Island Bar Association. His term runs from July 1 through June 30, 2020.

He graduated from the University of Rhode Island and the New England School of Law, where he served as research editor of the New England Law Review. Morse lectures on a variety of legal issues, including ERISA litigation, evidence, subrogation liens, expert testimony, civil trial practice, the Rhode Island Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rhode Island domestic law. He has volunteered as a judge to the regional law school mock trial competition, and acted as chief judge for the regional competition on multiple occasions. Morse served as editor in chief of the Rhode Island Bar Journal.

He is a member of the Animal Law Committee, the Family Court Bench Bar Committee, the Superior Court Bench Bar Committee, and past chair of the Superior Court Bench Bar Committee and Annual Meeting Planning Committee. He also chaired the Subcommittee to Review and Revise the Rhode Island Civil Rules of Procedure enacted June 15, 2006.

He is a fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. He is past president of the RI Association for Justice and presently serves on its Board of Governors. He has been nominated through peer recognition as a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters for 12 consecutive years in the state of Rhode Island. Morse was chosen by the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Commission to be co-editor of the Discovery and Depositions Rhode Island Practice Volume published in September 2010. The publication was honored with an ACLEA's Best Award from the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) for outstanding achievement in the category of Best Publication.

He is legal counsel to Defenders of Animals, the Friends of the Music Mansion and The Feinstein Foundation. In 2011, Morse was awarded the Dorothy Lohmann Public Service Award for his work with Defenders of Animals. He is married with three children and resides in Johnston.

Founded in 1898, the Rhode Island Bar Association is a nonprofit organization counting all those licensed to practice law in Rhode Island as its members. Currently, its membership totals more than 6,500 individuals.


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