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Pro Bono Spotlight: Kriston Whiteside

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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 May 2012, through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Washoe Legal Services, Nevada Legal Services and Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans.
Aaron Hegji Adriana Rincon White Africa Sanchez Akke Levin Alexander Brown Andrew Moore Anthony Brooks Arezou Piroozi Caleb Zobrist Carlos Blumberg Christopher Jorgensen Cort Arlint Dan Wulz Dara Goldsmith David Gamble David Pritchett David Stephens Dawn Lozano Delwyn Webber Denise McCurry Emelia Allen Evie Frye Ishi Kunin Jason Naimi Jennifer Mullen Jessica Bacosa John Cereso Kenneth Lund Kent Ivey Kirk Kaplan Kriston Whiteside Lance Hendron Laura Deeter Laurence Irwin Lorien Cole Marc Fox March Margo Chernysheva Mario Fenu Mark Connot Micah Echols Michael Wixom Michelle Tobler Nancy Wong Nedda Ghandi Robert Beyer Robert Blau Robert Kirkman Robert Werbicky Rod Sumpter Rodney Jean Russel Geist Ryan Andersen Shannon Wilson Szu-Lung Chang Tamer Botros Thomas Fell Todd Reese Tracey Gaylord Travis Shetler Troy Ezell William Curran William Noall
SPOTLIGHT
KRISTON WHITESIDE
BY CHRISTINA ALBERTS, STATE BAR OF NEVADA
ASK-A-LAWYER, CLINICS, AND OTHER BRIEF SERVICES
Amber Robinson April Green Benjamin Albers Cliff Marcek Corrine Murphy Courtney Dolan Craig Bourke Elizabeth Ashley Fran Fine Gabrielle Jones James Smith Jenica Yurcic Jessica Prunty Kevin Sutehall Kim McGhee Lee Storey Lisa Chamlee Mandy McKellar Mark Smith Michael Lin Michele Roberts Nedda Ghandi Pat Reilly Philip Gerson Robert Blau Roberta OhlingerJohnson Ryan Andersen Ryan Russell Shannon Russell Shay Wells Susan Myers Susan Noyce Tera Hodge Trina Dahlin
NLS also thanks the IRS Counsels Office Tax Advocates Services
BOLD honors multiple cases accepted and/or sessions conducted within the month.
The first time Elko attorney Kriston Whiteside volunteered for a legal clinic it was, seemingly, an act of fate. At the last minute another attorney who had volunteered for a Nevada Legal Services clinic had to drop out; Whiteside was asked to substitute. Whiteside agreed to help and, ever since that day in January 2011, she’s rarely missed a self-help session at the Elko Public Library. “I really enjoyed the whole experience,” Whiteside said. “It made me feel good that I was able to give something back.” In the two years Whiteside has been volunteering for the self-help sessions, many of the questions she’s answered have involved family law. Whiteside said helping a grandparent gain custody of a grandchild can be among the most rewarding work, as it makes the grandparents extremely happy and prevents the children from becoming wards of the state. Whiteside’s motivation to stay involved in pro bono work stems from her background; she is the first college graduate in her family and feels strongly about using her degree to help people in need. Whiteside said, while she does not take on many full cases, she thoroughly enjoys the Lawyer in the Library program as it offers attorneys a way to provide immediate help, or at least peace of mind, to attendees. “Even if you say ‘I have no idea’ … they are so grateful for any information you give them. They are so thankful to have the opportunity to have somebody listen to them,” Whiteside said. Whiteside recently opened her own law practice in Elko, Nevada. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno; she earned her J.D. from Cooley Law School in Michigan. She was admitted to the Nevada bar in 2010.
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