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Pro Bono Spotlight: Joe Gorman

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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 April 2013, through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Washoe Legal Services, Nevada Legal Services and Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans.
G. Mark Albright Christian Balducci Anthony Brooks Hai Ling Chu James Davis Alice Denton William Devine Robert Dickerson Benjamin Durham Mario Fenu Sean Forbush Marc Fox Nedda Ghandi Adam Graff Robert Graham Arun Gupta Kari Hanratty Robert Hempen II John Howard Rena Hughes Rachel Jacobson James Jimmerson Chen Min “Jack” Juan Janet Kelleran Julie Kruze Andrew Kynaston Zachariah Larson Patricia Lee Michele LoBello Miguel Lopez Bryce Loveland Joseph Maridon Rena McDonald Michael McKelleb Lara Miller Rebecca Miller Alia Najjar Tara Newberry William Noall Tracy O’Steen Becky Pintar Arezou Piroozi Michael Rawlins Amanda Roberts Molly Rosenblum Lawrence Rouse Marilee Ryan Bradley Sims Georlen Spangler William Stoddard Jr. Zoe Terry Maria Toto Barbara Tyler Marshal Willick Shannon Wilson Corinne Wurm Jay Young
Attorneys that participated in clinics, Ask-A-Lawyer, Small Business Project:
Michael Balaban Millie Barfield Brian Blaylock Koren Boyd Chris Carr Radha Chandaerraj Ray Chau Hai Ling Chu James Claflin Jr. Laura Deeter Courtney Dolan Riana Durret Mario Fenu Fran Fine Jenny Foley Sean Forbush Richard Frankoff Mark Gardberg John George Keren Gesund Jonathan Hale Tanner Harris Norman Hirata Terry Johnson Barbara Johnston Nadia Jurani Jeanne Lambertsen Chan Lengsavath Cliff Marcek Meredith Markwell Antoinette Marshall Sue Martinelli Augusta Massey Ray McKay Kari Molnar Gemma Nazareno Rebecca Paddock John Palermo Elizabeth Quillin Amber Robinson Shannon Russell Steve Sidhu Holly Stoberski Michelle Tobler Kristin Tyler        Darren Welsh
BOLD honors multiple cases accepted and/or sessions conducted within the month.
28 Nevada Lawyer July 2013
Teaching has always been a passion of Joe Gorman’s. Before becoming an attorney and opening a private practice firm in Reno, Gorman worked as an elementary school teacher in New Mexico. He made the big change because, “Practicing law would allow me to have a greater impact on people.” Gorman’s teaching now centers around the seminars he provides to senior citizens through the Serving Seniors Project. Once a month, Gorman speaks on the topic of estate planning; although this topic can be difficult, it is extremely important for his audience. “This is a really big problem, but it’s useful,” Gorman explained. “I think [the attendees] leave knowing more than when they came in.” A graduate of Tulane University and Stanford Law School, Gorman joined the Nevada bar in 2009 and opened up his private practice in 2010. Gorman’s practice focuses on division of property, estate planning, various commercial matters and even litigation. He said the pro bono cases he takes are often outside of his normal practice area, which he believes is a good thing. “[It] helps me explore new areas such as guardianship; it’s quite educational,” he said. Gorman volunteers through Nevada Legal Services and Washoe Legal Services and often participates in the Lawyer-in-the-Library program. His drive to do good through pro bono work stems from his recognition of the simple truth that there are hundreds of thousands of people in the United States who need good legal help, but simply cannot afford it. “It’s our responsibility to fill that gap,” Gorman explained. He believes it is a great way to improve the general public’s perception of the legal profession at the same time. “Pro bono is a responsibility. You cannot make excuses; it’s part of the privilege of practicing law,” Gorman added.

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