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Pro Bono Spotlight

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BOLD honors multiple cases accepted and/or
sessions conducted within the month.
Attorneys who participated in clinics
and Ask-A-Lawyer Programs
Dara Goldsmith
Robert Graham
Marjorie Guymon
Ashley Hanks
Shawanna Johnson
Kory Kaplan
Moorea Katz
Daniel Kiefer
Ishi Kunin
James Leavitt
Jonathan Leleu
Joseph Liebman
Miguel Lopez
Cuthbert Mack
Russell Marsh
Christopher Mathews
Vincent Mayo
W. West Allen
Robert Anderson
Tyler Andrews
Thomas Askeroth
Brian Blackham
Linda Bowman
John Bragonje
Robert Broili
Jonathan Callister
Ryan Campbell
Jon Carlston
James Clafin
James Davis
Lauren Davis
Laura Deeter
Craig Demetras
Deborah Elsasser
Mark Gardberg
Sophia Medina
Sean Patterson
Christopher Phillips
Carrie Primas
Michael Rhodes
Amanda Roberts
Alexandria Roe
Colin Seale
Muriel Skelly
Michael Stein
Eric Swanis
Dean Tanenbaum
Lauri Thompson
Benjamin Volmer
Telia Williams
Marshal Willick
Tara Young
Stefana Ghita
April Green
Jeremy Hilsabeck
Michael Joe
Gabrielle Jones
Andrew List
Michael Marr
Michael McKelleb
Michael McNerny
Mikyla Miller
Rendal Miller
Susan Noyce
Rebecca Baldwin
James Barnes
Eunice Beattie
Robert Blau
Lauren Berkich
Koren Boyd
Adam Breeden
Ebru Cetin
James Clafin
Lynn Conant
Carla Coulthard
Courtney Dolan
John George
Maren Parry
Andrew Pastwick
Bhavishi Patel
Jeremy Reichenberg
Amber Robinson
Muriel Skelly
Marybeth Sundstrom
Keith Tierney
Soraya Veiga
Adriana White
Corinne Wurm
Jennifer Yim
HONO R ROLL
26 Nevada Lawyer May 2014
The State Bar of Nevada Board of Governors and the Access to Justice
Commission extend a special thanks to the following attorneys who
generously accepted cases in February 2014, through the Legal Aid
Center of Southern Nevada, Washoe Legal Services, Nevada Legal
Services and Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans.
ONE FOCUS
A SPOTLIGHT ON PRO BONO
Betsy*, who was living in Kentucky, contacted
Nevada Legal Services’ Reno offce with a request
for pro bono assistance pertaining to a custody order
that originated in Elko County. Betsy was a victim of
domestic violence and, one year prior to contacting
Nevada Legal Services, she had awakened in the
hospital with a fractured skull, in addition to multiple
other injuries. Upon discharge from the hospital, she
went to fnd her son, but was told that the child’s
father (who was also the person who had inficted
abuse upon her) had taken their son out of the area;
no one knew where they were. Fearing further injury
and unable to locate her son, she moved in with her
family in Kentucky.
Nevada Legal Services investigated the
matter, located the father and immediately placed
the case with Elko attorney Julie Cavanaugh-Bill.
Coincidentally, it was discovered that the father had
returned to Elko, had recently been arrested and was
in custody. At the time of the arrest, Betsy’s son had
been in his father’s custody and was later released into
the custody of family members. Upon learning the
whereabouts of Betsy’s son, Attorney Cavanaugh-Bill
was able to obtain an emergency enforcement order
that granted sole custody to Betsy.
The Elko sheriff accompanied Betsy to the
location where she was to be reunited with her son,
only to learn that the child had been removed by other
family members who resided on tribal land. Attorney
Cavanaugh-Bill contacted the tribal police, who took
Betsy to a second location where her son was reportedly
being held. Upon arrival at the second location, Betsy
and the tribal police were told that her son was not
there. As the tribal offcers were questioning the adult
at this home, Betsy saw her son peering out the front
window of the home and immediately informed the
offcers that her son was there. After another refusal to
release the little boy, the promise of a warrant and the
declared intent to return to the home with more offcers
later, Betsy’s son was sent out of the house and into
his mother’s arms. Betsy and her son were reunited
after 15 months of separation, and they both returned
to Kentucky to live with her family. The father was
convicted on multiple charges.
*The client’s name has been changed to
protect her identity.
PRO BONO
May 2014 Nevada Lawyer 27
About the Attorney:
Julie Cavanaugh-Bill is the
managing member of the Cavanaugh-
Bill Law Offces in Elko and brings
more than 17 years of Native
American and indigenous rights
experience to the northern Nevada
law practice. Her experience ranges
from intergovernmental relations to
active involvement in tribal, federal
and international litigation. She
has worked on two separate U.S.
Supreme Court cases involving Native
American jurisdictional and resource
rights issues and has written several
articles and guidebooks on indigenous
rights, corporate engagement and
human rights lawyering. Cavanaugh-
Bill now handles not only tribal law
cases, but a plethora of child welfare
and social justice casework.
The Attorney’s Angle:
Nevada Lawyer: What, if anything,
about the case stayed with you?
Cavanaugh-Bill: That I was a part of
reuniting this mother with her little
boy, and the emergency nature of
the case. Here is this terribly abused
mother, who woke up in the hospital
after being beaten so badly, and all she
knew is that her son was with the man
who did this to her, and she has no
idea where they are. I will never forget
seeing the face of the little boy when
they brought him into my offce, and
I got to tell him that his mommy had
been looking for him for so long.
NL: What tip(s) can you offer
attorneys interested in or considering
taking a pro bono case?
Cavanaugh-Bill: If you want to
make your heart feel good, just take
one pro bono case. I also feel that, as
lawyers, we possess a certain set of
skills and expertise and that we have
a professional obligation to provide
those services to our community
members when asked.

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