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Pro Bono Spotlight: Lorien Cole

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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 August 2013, through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Washoe Legal Services, Nevada Legal Services and Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans.
Emelia Allen Bradley Anderson Cedric Anderson Leland Backus Ketan Bhirud Brian Blankenship Sarah Carrasco Ryan Campbell Brandi Cassady Margo Chernysheva Kevin Christensen Lorien Cole George Cromer David Crosby Thomas Crowe Barbara DiFranza Steve Evenson Craig Friedberg Laura Fritz Michelle Gentry Joshua Gilmore Peter Goatz John Graves Blakeley Griffith Steve Handelin Roger Harada Nancy Harkess Alan Harter Joel Henriod John Kelleher Talitha Gray Kozlowski Israel “Ishi” Kunin Zachariah Larson Patricia Lee Dawn Lozano Jon Ludwig Francis Lynch Augusta Massey Rendal Miller Kari Molnar John Mulligan William O’Mara John Palermo Jason Peck R. Christopher Reade Brian Reeve Joel Schwarz Morgan Shah Brian Shapiro Bradley Sims Muriel Skelly John Smith Peter Smith Radford Smith Wesley Smith Kevin Van Ry Dan Waite Anita Webster Jill Whitbeck Adriana Rincon White Day Williams Paul Williams Marshal Willick Brenoch Wirthlin Tina Ya
Attorneys that participated in clinics, Ask-A-Lawyer, Small Business Project:
Courtney Anderson Shana Bachman Ursula Barboza Melissa Barishman Robert Blau Rebecca Blood Hai Ling Chu James Claflin Jr. Lesley Cohen Kim Cooper Trevor Creel John George Tanner Harris Lorrie Haug Terry Johnson Gabrielle Jones Chan Lengsavath David Lopez-Negrete Ryan MacDonald Sue Martinelli Raymond McKay Mandy McKellar Michael McKelleb Rebecca Miller Sandra Morgan Corrine Murphy Jonathan Nelson Susan Noyce Rebecca Paddock Maren Parry David Rhamy Amber Robinson Molly Rosenblum Ben Saxe Soraya Veiga Shannon Wilson
BOLD honors multiple cases accepted and/or sessions conducted within the month.
When it comes to accessing pro bono resources, Nevadans in rural parts of the state may face some challenges. Elko attorney Lorien Cole is trying to help those in the north by volunteering with Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans (VARN) and Nevada Legal Services. Cole also helps with cases sent to her by the Seventh Judicial District Court. Many of the cases Cole takes are family law cases. One of her more memorable cases involved a divorce in which the client had not seen her husband for more than a year. When Cole met the client, a default divorce hearing was sent to take place in a few days – and the client had no idea. Luckily Cole was able to stop the default hearing and was able to help her client get spousal support and attorney’s fees. For Cole, who works for Cavanaugh-Bill Law Offices, pro bono is a requirement, rather than an optional activity. “I don’t see it as a choice, even if it is a small percent of your time – finding a way to take even one case; if everyone took just one case [it would be helpful].” Cole notes that there is always the option to donate money to pro bono providers. She was recently appointed to sit on the board of the Justice League of Nevada and said this year the League granted nearly $4 million in grant requests, which is double from the year before. She added that while donating funds is extremely useful, actually participating in pro bono offers a much greater sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Her advice to attorneys who have never taken a pro bono case? “Try to start slow, take a break, revisit pro bono a few months later, see if there is a time that works for you. When I get too out of balance with pro bono I ask to reconnect a bit later,” she said. Cole received her undergraduate degree from Central Washington University and earned her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. She graduated from Gonzaga in 2010; she clerked for Seventh Judicial District Court Judge Steve Dobrescu her first year after law school and began work with at the Cavanaugh-Bill Law Office in August 2011.
28 Nevada Lawyer November 2013

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