Some conditions to RIASP's legal benefits include:
be eligible, one 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.
Associate members who supervise, evaluate, or have authority over principals or assistant principals will not be eligible.
is not automatic. Upon request, RIASP will determine whether or not
legal services shall be provided as well as the extent and the duration
of the assistance.
provision of legal assistance shall not be predicated upon the race,
creed, color, sex, marital status, age, or handicap of the member.
costs and attorney's fees are awarded against a member who is the
plaintiff in a civil suit, such costs and fees shall be the sole
responsibility of the member, not RIASP.
assistance will not be provided for cases regarding criminal actions,
except for charges brought against a principal in his/her professional
capacity as mentioned above, and financial reimbursement for legal costs
will not be provided by RIASP for criminal cases unless the member is
found not guilty.
assistance by RIASP is for active members and shall continue only to
the extent and duration that the applicant is an active or sustaining
the event that a member receives a monetary settlement or judgment as a
result of RIASP provided legal assistance, the expenses incurred by
RIASP in providing such legal assistance shall be reimbursed to RIASP
out of the settlement or judgment proceeds, except that the amount of
such reimbursement to RIASP shall not exceed one-half of the gross
amount of the settlement or judgment.
provided legal assistance does not necessarily constitute an
endorsement of the particular case or complaint of the individual.
shall convene a Legal Assistance Committee (consisting of the
President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Treasurer, a
Member At-Large, and the Executive Director) to hear any appeal of a
decision made by the Executive Director related to the RIASP legal
policy. The Committee shall also review and make recommendations to the
Executive Board when a request is made for legal assistance beyond the
financial limits indicated in this policy if it is felt that the case in question has implications that are relevant for the membership as a whole.
If approved, legal assistance beyond the individual and group limits
established by the policy (see limits below) will be provided from a
Legal Defense Fund subject to funds availability. Written requests for
all legal assistance must be forwarded to the Executive Director with
detailed documentation as required by the Executive Director.
year the RIASP Executive Board will budget a sum of money for legal
assistance. Financial assistance to members is based upon continuous
years of membership and is contingent upon available monies in the Legal