Johnston resident elected 2021-22 President-Elect of the Rhode Island Bar Association


Mark B. Morse, Esq., a resident of Johnston, is now President-Elect of the Rhode Island Bar Association.

His term runs from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Morse 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.

He lectures on a variety of legal issues, including ERISA litigation, evidence, subrogation liens, expert testimony, civil trial practice, the Rhode Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rhode Island domestic law.

Morse 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.

He served as Editor-in-Chief of the Rhode Island Bar Journal, and is a member of the Animal Law Committee, the Family Court Bench Bar Committee, the Superior Court Bench Bar Committee, and past chairman of the Superior Court Bench Bar Committee and Annual Meeting Planning Committee.

Morse 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.

Morse is also active in the American Association for Justice and served as Chair of the State Delegates, and as a member of its Executive Committee.

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.

Morse is legal counsel to Defenders of Animals, the Friends of the Music Mansion, and The Feinstein Foundation.  In 2011, he was awarded the Dorothy Lohmann Public Service Award for his work with Defenders of Animals.

Morse is married with three children. 

Founded in 1898, the Rhode Island Bar Association is a non-profit organization counting all those licensed to practice law in Rhode Island as its members.

Currently the membership totals over 6,500 individuals.


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