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Pro Bono Spotlight: Kevin Kam

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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 March 2013, through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Washoe Legal Services, Nevada Legal Services and Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans.
Ilan Acherman Carlos Blumberg Koren Boyd Michael Carman Benjamin Childs Peter Co Jeffrey Cogan Lynn Conant Shelly Cooley Cassandra Cummings Laura Deeter Robert Dickerson Richard Doxey Lindsay Eaton Holly Fic Andrew Flahive Jeffery Garofalo Nedda Ghandi Dara Goldsmith Edward Gonciarz Rodolfo Gonzalez Adam Graff Marjorie Guymon Joseph Hardy Erin Houston Kristina Kirigin Joseph Kistler John Krieger Shelley Krohn Thomas Kummer Israel “Ishi” Kunin Malcolm LaVergne James Leavitt Erin Lewis Charles Lombino Miguel Lopez Stephanie Mackeen Racheal Mastel Kari Molnar Eunice Morgan Roberta Ohlinger Johnson David Ortiz Jared Owens Romeo Perez Katherine Provost Christopher Reade Bradley Richardson Stacy Rocheleau Holly Roys Louis Schneider Paul Schofield Andrew Sharples John Steffen Erin Truman Marshal Willick Elliot Yug
SPOTLIGHT
KEVIN KAM
BY CHRISTINA ALBERTS, PUBLICATIONS SPECIALIST
Attorneys that participated in clinics, Ask-A-Lawyer, Small Business Project:
Ryan Andersen Courtney Anderson Eunice Morgan Beattie Ray Chau James Claflin Kendal Davis Tom Fell Richard Frankoff Nathan R. Gibbs Erin Houston Larry Irwin David Jacks Jeanne Lambertsen Maggie Lambrose Joseph Mabry Mary McCarthy Raymond McKay Stacie Michaels Susan Noyce Rebecca Paddock Paul Ray Mariteresa RiveraRogers Amber Robinson Susan Segel Karen Winckler Anthony Wright
BOLD honors multiple cases accepted and/or sessions conducted within the month.
28 Nevada Lawyer June 2013
On one fateful Career Day, many years ago, Kevin Kam’s destiny was set in motion. Kam was in the sixth grade and his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. He had no idea, but one of his classmates did. “You like to argue,” he said. “You should be a lawyer!” Kam took his classmate’s suggestion under advisement and has since attended the University of San Diego Law School, become a member of the Nevada bar and has gotten heavily involved in pro bono projects. “It’s been my dream to be a lawyer for a long time,” Kam said. As for his dedication to pro bono, Kam said he likes to adhere to the beliefs espoused in a quote from New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (the first African-American woman elected to Congress): “Service is the rent we pay for living on this earth.” He said even those who only have a little time to devote to volunteer work should do so. “Every hour is valuable and enriching to you and gives your life more meaning,” he said. Before attending law school, Kam attended the United States Military Academy at Westpoint and, from 1998-2003, he served in Iraq. Being a veteran, one pro bono project in particular has captured his attention: Project Salute. Project Salute came to Nevada a year ago when the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Nevada sponsored a clinic for veterans during pro bono week. The American Bar Association’s (ABA) Young Lawyers section sponsors Project Salute, supporting veterans by offering assistance with obtaining benefits and resolving issues with benefits. What started out as an annual event has matured into a year-round assistance program and Kam said the issues he and his fellow pro bono attorneys see are not limited to issues with benefits. “It runs the gamut,” he explained. Vets also often need help with child support, consumer protection law (particularly online university scams) and even criminal law. Kam would like to thank Nevada Legal Services for its assistance with Project Salute and says the organization’s contributions have been truly invaluable. Kam’s current employer, the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, has also been very supportive of his efforts.

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