On 1-12-98 in the matter of LaRocque v Livermore Att. Dodd had an Ex parte conversation with Judge Hurst regarding the motion of Mr. Livermore, a Pro Se litigant. This is a classic example of the mistreatment and bias Pro Se litigants experience in Rhode Island courts.
Also regarding the case LaRocque v Livermore Att. Dodd had first hand knowledge his client, Susan LaRocque, allowed her minor son to be in possession of and use a motorcycle. Her son was killed on the motorcycle shortly after leaving his home in an unfortunate high speed crash. Susan LaRocque admitted her criminal negligence to the police, the media and in Grand Jury testimony. Despite this, Att. Dodd arranged for a fifty thousand dollar wrongful death claim paid to Susan LaRocque. Evidentially, Att. Dodd never revealed Susan LaRocque's role in this tragedy. Note: see a 1999 issue related ruling involving Commercial Union, Richard and Esther Dumas and the estate of Bonnie Lynn here.