Meet the Patriotic Speaker for the 231st Fourth of July Celebration

Justice Robert G. Flanders (Ret.)

A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, Justice (ret.) Robert G. Flanders, Jr. is a partner in the law firm of Hinckley Allen & Snyder, where he has chaired the firm’s business litigation and municipal restructuring practice groups. He is a former Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court (RI’s highest appellate court), where he served for eight years (1996-2004) and authored over 400 opinions before resuming his private law practice. A former chairman of RI’s Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education (2007=2011), Justice Flanders’s practice focuses on high-stakes, problem-solving engagements involving health care issues, complex litigation, government investigations, municipal restructuring, and arbitration matters across a broad range of dispute areas for individuals, businesses, employers, and governmental entities.

In February of 2011, RI Governor Lincoln Chafee appointed Justice Flanders to serve as the State Receiver for the financially troubled City of Central Falls, which he then led through a Chapter 9 bankruptcy reorganization that has eliminated a $6 Million operating deficit pursuant to a 5 year plan that is projected to save the City and its taxpayers $30 million over the next 5 years.. Justice Flanders has taught constitutional law at Brown and at Roger Williams Law School, municipal insolvency law at the Yale School of Management, and is a regular legal commentator on WPRO’s morning news show with host Gene Valicenti.

At Brown, Justice Flanders was a student –athlete who was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; he captained the baseball team; quarterbacked the football team, and set the Brown, Ivy League, and Yale Bowl records for the longest run from scrimmage (94 yds. vs. Yale, 1968). While he was a student at Harvard Law School, Justice Flanders was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and played professional baseball for the Tigers organization during the summer months.

He is now an avid tennis player, the father of three grown children, grandfather of 4, and the proud husband of Ann Irene Flanders for 45 years, living in East Greenwich, RI..

Read the 2016 Patriotic Speakers Speech – When Available.

Recent Patriotic Speakers

  • 2012 – Ira Magaziner
  • 2013 – Rear Admiral Robert O. Wray, Jr.
  • 2014 – MG Kevin R. McBride
  • 2015 – Dr. Donald J. Farish
  • 2016 – Justice Robert G. Flanders (Ret.)