Denise C. Aiken
Denise C. Aiken was born in Providence, a seventeenth-generation Rhode Islander.
She attended Providence Public Schools and attended Seton Hall University in Greensburg, PA before transferring to Providence College for her senior year.
received a post-graduate certificate in Paralegal Studies from Roger Williams University
and was a litigation paralegal at the firm Chisholm and Feldman from 1980 until 1989, specializing in Medical Malpractice.
She attended Suffolk University Law School in the evenings while a paralegal and became an associate at Chisholm and Feldman in 1989.
In 1990, Ms. Aiken
introduced a Family Law component into the Chisholm and Feldman
services and stayed with that firm until it dissolved in 1996.
In 1994, Ms. Aiken began what would become a ten year relationship with Roger Williams University as an adjunct professor in the Legal Studies program, teaching Intro to Law, Philosophy of Law and Law in Contemporary Society.
In addition, in 1996, she became the Acting Director of the Family Law Clinic for that institution's Law School for the summer semester.
1996 was also the year that Ms. Aiken
made a foray into politics and was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives
She served on the House Judiciary Committee and served the people of Warwick for three terms.
became the first Rhode Island woman to chair the Redistricting Commission
The representative districts are redrawn every ten years after each national census.
At the same time, she
research into the life and career of Ada Sawyer, first publishing an article in the Rhode Island Journal of Law
From June 2002 until January 2004 Ms. Aiken worked for the City of Warwick as the Advocate for Juveniles and Families.
She has been a staff attorney with Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. since 2003.
has been zealous in encouraging young girls to prepare to practice law and for woman lawyers to make laws by running for public office.