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Pro Bono Spotlight: ONE Focus

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PRO BONO
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 November 2013, through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Washoe Legal Services, Nevada Legal Services and Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans.
Ilan Acherman Enrique Acuna Michelle Alarie Brian Blackham Richard Blower John Bragonje Robert Broili Brandy Brown Mark Connot Maximiliano Couvillier James Davis Steven Devney Tracy DiFillippo Eric Dobberstein Angela Dows Kerry Doyle Micah Echols Mario Fenu Marc Fox Laura Fritz Nedda Ghandi Erick Gjerdingen Gregory Gordon Edmund J. Gorman Arun Gupta Marjorie Guymon Larry Hankins Ashley Hanks Doreen Spears Hartwell Kenneth Hogan Heather Hudson Rachel Jacobson Terry Johnson Kevin Kampschror Kory Kaplan Erica Kelly Samira Knight Shelley Krohn Daniel Licciardi Colleen McCarty Rena McDonald Julie Mersch Rendel Miller Christine Moore Greta Muirhead Susan Myers Roberta OhlingerJohnson Michael Phillips R. Christopher Reade Christopher Rusby Amie Sabo Caitlin Salas Erik Severino Therese Shanks Ambrish Sidhu Muriel Skelly Jordan Smith Kristofer Snow David Stephens Ellen Stoebling Marybeth Sundstrom Michael Terry David Thoman Phillip Thompson Sean Thueson Patricia Trent Erika Pike Turner Darren Welsh C. Edward Whitney Marshal Willick Elliott Yug
ONE FOCUS
A SPOTLIGHT ON PRO BONO
Rhonda* simply wanted to do the right thing by caring for her two minor grandchildren after their mother tragically died of a stroke. But after serving as their caregiver for several years, Rhonda, who had been living in Section 8 housing, received a notice from the Housing Authority requiring proof of legal guardianship in order to keep the children on her housing voucher. Rhonda had already tried obtaining guardianship several times, but had difficulty completing the legal forms the court requires to obtain guardianship. Rhonda was afraid she would lose her housing or, worse yet, custody of her grandchildren. She couldn’t afford an attorney, so she turned to Nevada Legal Services (NLS) for help. NLS placed Rhonda’s case with pro bono attorney Sean Forbush. Thanks to Rhonda’s excellent record keeping, Forbush was easily able to complete Rhonda’s petition for guardianship. A month and half later, the day Rhonda had been waiting for finally arrived and she took her guardianship oath. Forbush not only saved Rhonda’s housing, but was finally able to give Rhonda and her grandchildren the legal guardianship they had sought for so long. *Clients’ names have been changed to protect their identity.
Attorneys who participated in clinics, Ask-A-Lawyer, Small Business Project:
Eunice Beattie James Berchtold Robert Blau Yvette Chevalier James Claflin William Curran Nichole Duru Mario Fenu Richard Frankoff John George Jason Gerber Travis Gerber Keren Gesund Stefana Ghita April Green Roger Harada Rachel Jacobson Allison Joffee Gabrielle Jones Kevin Kam Malcolm Lavernge Mandy McKellar Antoinette Marshall Rendel Miller Susan Noyce Maren Parry Amber Robinson Keith Tierney Shay Wells Linda Williams Daniel Wong
THE ATTORNEY’S ANGLE
Sean Forbush received his Nevada license in October 2012, and has been taking pro bono cases for about a year. He works full-time as an associate at Alverson, Taylor, Mortenson, & Sanders. What, if anything stayed with you about this particular case? Rhonda was my first pro bono case. I went into it without really knowing what to expect from a client receiving free legal service. It turned
BOLD honors multiple cases accepted and/or sessions conducted within the month.
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out to be fantastic. Rhonda was extremely grateful for the work and very helpful through every step in the process. I went away from that case very open to receive new pro bono cases and to promote the experience to others. What tip(s) can you offer attorneys interested in or considering taking a pro bono case? Try one. It doesn’t have to be big or complicated. You will be surprised by how fulfilling they can be.
The ONE Campaign seeks to increase state bar member involvement in pro bono by asking attorneys to take one case or make a donation. ONE Client. ONE Attorney. ONE Promise. The ONE Campaign is managed by the Nevada Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission.  For more information, please contact Access to Justice Director, Angela Washington at angelaw@ nvbar.org or visit us at www.onepromisenevada.org.
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