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Pro Bono Spotlight: Cynthia Alexander

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HONO R ROLL
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 October 2012, through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Washoe Legal Services, Nevada Legal Services and Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans.
Aaron Macdonald Adam Gill Africa Sanchez Amanda Cowley Amber Adams Andrew Cox Andrew Flahive Anthony Wang Ashley A. Balducci Ava Bessel Bethany Sanchez Bradley Sims Brandon Lewis Brandy Brown Bryan Albiston Cami Perkins Christian Orme Christopher Cannon Cynthia Alexander Damon Dias David Crosby Elizabeth Quillin Eric Newmark Eric Stovall Gabriel Blumberg Gabrielle Carr Gary Compton Hardeep “Dee” Sull Heidi Parry Stern Jason Lather Jay Young Jeffrey Geen Jennifer DelCarmen John Eccles John Graves Jr Julie Kruze Kari Hanratty KC Caraballo Ketan Bhirud Kristine Jensen Lance Hendron Lawrence Hill Malcolm Lavergne Malik Ahmad Margaret Lambrose Mario Fenu Mark Karris Marshal Willick Marta Presti Matthew Christian Matthew Peterdy Michael Mckelleb Michael Wadley Michelle Abrams Muriel Skelly Nancy Harkess Natalie Cox Norman Rauls Paola Armeni Peter Goatz Robert Caldwell Sarah Carraso Sean Lyttle Steven Devney Tanika Capers Telia Williams William Curran
SPOTLIGHT
CYNTHIA ALEXANDER
BY KRISTINA MARZEC, DIRECTOR, ACCES TO JUSTICE
ASK-A-LAWYER, CLINICS, AND OTHER BRIEF SERVICES
Amber Robinson Amie Fender Anthony Wright Brian Neighbarger Caren CafferattaJenkins Carli Kinne Charity Felts Dan Wong David Jacks, Jr Edmund J. Gorman Gabrielle Jones James Claflin Jamie Henry Jeanne Lambertsen Jenny Foley Jeremy Reichenberg Jim Bertchold Jordan Davis Joseph Mabry Kari Molnar Kendal Davis Kriston Whiteside Lucas Tucker Mandy McKellar Mario Fenu Mariteresa RiveraRogers Meredith Markwell Michele Roberts Michelle Alaire Nedda Ghandi Ray Chau Rebecca Paddock Richard Frankoff Rick Lawton Robert Blau Sarah Carrasco Scott Katherman Susan Noyce
BOld honors multiple cases accepted and/or sessions conducted within the month.
36 Nevada Lawyer
February 2013
Cynthia Alexander is an accomplished business lawyer with Snell & Wilmer who finds opportunities for pro bono service in the most interesting situations. One of these situations arose when she was deposing an out-of-state percipient witness. Alexander learned the witness, a young woman, had recently moved from Nevada to separate herself from a harassing family member who was also suing her. The woman was initially working and able to afford an attorney, but had since become a full-time student. These facts prompted Alexander to give the young woman her card and a referral to civil legal aid. The deposition concluded and everyone went their separate ways. Several months later, the woman reached out to Alexander. She had been served with a motion for summary judgment and believed the matter would not reach an amicable resolution. Alexander vetted the case and convinced her firm it was a worthy pro bono matter. She prevailed at trial just three months later. Alexander is very grateful to her firm for supporting her deep commitment to public service. “As a complex litigation attorney, I would not have the opportunity to do this type of pro bono work without the complete support of my partners,” she notes. While Alexander is very modest about her volunteerism, her passion is demonstrated through the many hours she has devoted to public service. Included in these efforts is her work with Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (LACSN), in civil representations; Alexander was the 2012 LACSN Lied Award recipient for her pro bono service. In addition, as president of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, she pursues DNA exonerations for the wrongfully convicted. The work of the Innocence Center is something she believes is absolutely critical to the administration of justice in our state. Alexander’s practice at Snell & Wilmer is concentrated in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on representation of financial institutions, business entities, and their corporate officers and directors. She has defended various institutions in disputes involving federal and state consumer protection statutes and various common law contract and tort claims, including lender liability. Alexander handles matters that include bad faith lending, Truth in Lending Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Home Ownership Equity Protection Act, Nevada’s Foreclosure Mediation Program and other assorted claims brought against mortgage lenders, institutions and servicers. Further, she defends corporate officers and directors in liability, tort and fraud claims. Alexander earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1994, and her J.D. from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1998, the same year she was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada.

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