Christine J. Engustian (84) named Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional


Providence land use Atty. Christine J. Engustian (‘84) has earned the designation of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). According to the USGBC online directory, Engustian is the first and only Rhode Island attorney to hold this accreditation. The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally recognized standard for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

As a LEED AP, Christine Engustian has demonstrated knowledge of what is required to design a building to LEED standards and how to coordinate and streamline the documentation process for LEED certification. Her LEED accreditation alone will afford her clients one point toward LEED certification for each of their projects.

Engustian also recently received the 2009 Continuing Service Award from the Rhode Island Bar Association. The award recognized her commitment since 1987 to the administration of justice to the poor through the Bar Association’s Pro Bono Program for the Elderly and the Volunteer Lawyer Program. Criteria and selection for this award is based upon previously receiving the Pro Bono Publico Award, which Engustian was awarded in 2000 from the Bar Association, as well as the total number of cases during length of service to the program; case type and difficulty; and number of hours of pro bono service.

Engustian is a sole law practitioner who covers general civil law, with extensive experience in land use, zoning and real estate development matters. She represents clients before Planning Boards, Zoning Boards of Review/Boards of Appeal and other municipal boards and committees, as well as in appeals to state courts. She is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York and in the U.S. District Court (District of R.I.), Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court and Mohegan Gaming Disputes Court.

At BU, she served as judge in 1983 Moot Court, was elected member of the Board of Governors for the Student Bar Association, 1981-1982 and 1982-1983; chaired the 1982 Orientation Committee and the Fall 1982 and Spring 1983 Election Committee; and First Year Student Advisor 1982-1983.