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Kara Hoopis Manosh

About Attorney Kara Hoopis Manosh

Attorney Manosh has dedicated her entire career to defending the rights of the criminally accused. She has handled thousands of cases, appearing in every courthouse in the State of Rhode Island. She has been nationally trained with The Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, The National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute and The Defender Advocacy Institute. She has extensive experience with expert witnesses and the presentation (or exclusion) of scientific evidence at trial.

​Ms. Manosh received her LL.M in Trial Advocacy Specializing in Federal Criminal Law from the California Western School of Law. She has a "Superb" Avvo Rating of 10.0, and is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She has been named a “Top Attorney” by the Who's Who directory and was nationally ranked by SuperLawyers in 2019. 


  • Federal Criminal Appellate Advocacy, Boston, MA (April 2016)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, “Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases,” New Orleans, LA (October 2012)
  • National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia (July 2011)
  • Defender Advocacy Institute, Dayton, Ohio (May 2008)
  • Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy Trial Skills Academy, San Diego, CA (April 2006)


Assistant Public Defender, Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender

  • Adult Trial Division (January 2007- August 2011)
  • Attorney-in-Charge, Newport County (August 2011- June 2013)
  • Appellate Division (December 2013- September 2014)

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

  • Extern (2006)

California Innocence Project

  • Case Screening Unit (2005)


  • Rhode Island (2005)
  • Massachusetts (2005)
  • United States District Court for the State of Rhode Island (2016)


  • Rhode Island State Court, Murder Panel
  • Rhode Island State Court, Class One Felony Panel
  • Rhode Island State Court, Class Two Felony Panel
  • Rhode Island State Court, Misdemeanor Panel
  • Rhode Island State Court, DWI Panel
  • Rhode Island State Court Post-Conviction, Murder, Class One and Class Two Panels


California Western School of Law, San Diego, California

  • LL.M. Trial Advocacy Specializing in Federal Criminal Law (April 2006 )

Roger Williams School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island

  • J.D. (May 2005)

University of Rhode Island

  • ​B.A. (May 2002)


  • Neuropsychology
  • DNA
  • Cell Site Analysis
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Ballistics/Firearms training
  • Arson/Fire Science training
  • Fingerprint Analysis
  • Criminal Street Gangs
  • Reid technique/ Confessions
  • Hasbro Hospital Child Protection Team
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome

Contact Me Today

Kara Hoopis Manosh, Attorney and Counselor at Law is committed to answering your questions about Criminal Defense, Appeals, and Post-Conviction Relief issues in Providence, Rhode Island.

I offer a free case strategy session and I'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact me today to schedule an appointment.

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