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Pro Bono Spotlight: Nancy Wong

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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 July 2012, through the Legal aid center of southern nevada, Washoe Legal services, nevada Legal services and Volunteer attorneys for rural nevadans.
A. Kent Greene adriana Pereyra Andrew List April Becker Artemesia Jones Bill Hammer Brian Blankenship Bryce Kunimoto Candice Renka Carli Kinne Charles Damus Cody Mounteer Cuthbert Mack Dan Bonneville David Colvin David Duncan David Loreman Denise Bradshaw Doug Nutton Edward Gonciarz Elyse Tyrell Erik Fox Ernest Adler Frank Flansburg Heather robertson Henry Sotelo Homa Woodrum Israel “Ishi” Kunin Jack DeGree James Claflin Jamie Frost Jeff Hartman Jessica Goodey Jessica Taylor Joe Gorman Joel Locke John Cereso John Graves Jr. Jon Carlston Joshua Benson Kari Molnar Katherine Provost Kathleen Maynard Kirsty Pickering Lenard Schwartzer Lynn Conant Mario Fenu Marjorie Guymon Mark Smith Marshal Willick Michelle Abrams Muriel Skelly Nancy Jackson Nancy Wong Pamela Lawson Racheal Mastel Raymond Chau Rena Hughes rena Mcdonald Richard Barrows Richard Holley Richard Wade Robert Wines Roberta Ohlinger sarah carrasco Scott Marquis Sean Patterson Shauna Hughes Shawn Jones Shay Wells Taleed El-Sabawi Tami Cowden Thomas Standish Tony Abbatangelo Trevor Creel Yvette Chevalier
SPOTLIGHT
NANCY WONG
BY CHRISTINA ALBERTS, NEVADA LAWYER STAFF
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BOlD honors multiple cases accepted and/or sessions conducted within the month.
The act of legally changing someone’s name may not be hard but, in some cases, it can be life changing, as Carson City attorney Nancy Wong experienced with one of her pro bono clients. Because the client, a single mom, had two different names, she couldn’t get a driver’s license and had to have her dad drive her from place to place. With Wong’s help, the client got her name legally changed, got a new driver’s license and experienced the freedom of being able to drive herself. “I really saw my efforts make a difference,” Wong said. Wong began her career as a legal services attorney and has been working for the state of Nevada since 1986. As a public sector attorney, Wong thought she wasn’t allowed to accept pro bono cases; a presentation at a conference for members of the bar’s Public Lawyers section enlightened her and she’s been taking cases from Washoe Legal Services ever since. In addition to her pro bono work, Wong also runs a food pantry through her church. Since the pantry opened seven years ago, it has provided 13,000 bags of groceries to the needy. Wong’s generosity paid off, literally, last month when she received a check from one of the pantry’s former patrons. The patron forgot to bring her ID to the pantry one day, but Wong let her take her groceries anyway. The patron told Wong that the same thing had happened at a different pantry in the past; that pantry had not let her take her food. The patron promised Wong that if she ever came into money she would pay Wong back. Recently, the woman did come into money and sent the pantry a check for $1,000: a significant portion of the pantry’s yearly budget.
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Nevada Lawyer
October 2012

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