Today, Mayor David N. Cicilline announced the appointment of Roger Williams University Law School Associate Professor Jorge O. Elorza to the Providence Housing Court. Mayor Cicilline described Elorza as brilliant attorney and legal scholar with a “deep commitment to helping low-income families navigate the legal system.”
“I am pleased to appoint someone with Jorge Elorza’s strong credentials, breadth of experience and sharp legal mind to the Housing Court,” said Mayor Cicilline. “Jorge’s extraordinary legal skills and his deep understanding of the challenges facing those in need make him uniquely qualified to adjudicate cases that impact the quality of life for families in our neighborhoods.”
I agree with Cicilline. I had Professor Elorza at Roger Williams Law School and he is a tremendous scholar, teacher and an expert in housing law and policy. He will be a great addition to the Court.
The three-member Housing Court is responsible for hearing and determining all actions concerning violations of housing laws, building codes and zoning ordinances.
As an Associate Professor of Law at Roger Williams University, Elorza teaches several courses including Property, Housing Law and Policy and advanced Constitutional Law. He also taught Business Law at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Business Administration. Elorza previously worked as a staff attorney at Rhode Island Legal Services where he represented private and public housing tenants in Rhode Island District and Superior courts. He also served as an Associate Forensic Auditor for Magnan Graizzaro & Associates in Hingham, Massachusetts and as an Associate Auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in New York, New York.
He received his law degree from Harvard University in 2003 where he served as a teaching assistant and a fellow for prominent professor and former U.S. Supreme Court nominee Lani Guinier. Elorza graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island.