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Pro Bono Spotlight: Robert Caldwell

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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 January 2013, through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Washoe Legal Services, Nevada Legal Services and Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans.
Airene Williamson Amber Robinson Anthony Wright April Green Caren Cafferatta Jenkins Corinne Price Courtney Anderson Craig Bourke Dale Kleven Dana Grigg Darren Welsh David Jacks David O’Mara Frank Phelan Gabrielle Jones James Claflin Jeanne Lambertsen Joseph Mabry Kerry Kolvet Kevin Sutehall Kevin Szotkowski Kim Surratt Kriston Hill Lidia Rincon Linda Bowman Lynn Conant Mandy McKellar Martin Crowley Michelle Hauser Muriel Skelly Ray Chau Rendal Miller Rene Valladares Richard Frankoff Rick Lawton Rod Sumpter Ryan Campbell Susan Noyce
Airene Williamson Akke Levin     Alan Wilt Alexis Brown Amanda Roberts Amy Honodel Anthony Sassi Brenoch Wirthlin Brian Blackham Brian Ramsey Bruce Woodbury Chaka Chrome Chantel Walker Charles Gianelloni Cindie Hernandez Conor Flynn Craig Dunlap Dan Wong Daniel Curriden Doreen Spears Hartwell Edmund J. Gorman Erin Barnett Greta Muirhead Hashem Karoum Howard Kim Irene Hart Jacob Reynolds  James Kemp Jarien Cho Jennifer Hargis Joseph Mabry  Kate Lowenhar-Fisher  Kathryn Branson Laura Fritz Lucas Tucker Marilyn York Marshal Willick Matthew Schneider Maximiliano Couvillier Melanie Hill Meredith Markwell Michael Rawlins Natalie Cox Patricia Lee Patricia Trent Puneet Garg Rebecca Miller Rebecca Paddock Rena Hughes Rendal Miller Richard Chatwin Rick Lawton Rod Sumpter Rut Laureano Ryan Campbell Sandra Wilson Shea Ann Backus   Shay Wells Stacy Rocheleau Susan Wasko Thomas Fell Timothy Koval Travis Gerber William Curran William Devine Yvette Chevalier
BOLD honors multiple cases accepted and/or sessions conducted within the month.
An alumni of Miami University, Robert Caldwell always believed pro bono work was worthwhile, but it wasn’t until a chance meeting with a fellow alum, Melanie Kushnir, who happens to work for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, that he became more heavily involved in pro bono work. “[Pro bono was] something I was always interested in getting into,” Caldwell said.” I was always helping the community, but was not always wearing my lawyer hat.” Caldwell’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed at his law firm either; his hard work sparked a revolution of sorts and now most associates, and many of the partners at Kolesar and Leatham, have at least one pro bono case open at all times. Kolesar and Leatham’s associates assist with many Children’s Attorneys Project (CAP) cases. Caldwell has taken on many CAP cases as well, and says they can be extremely rewarding. Caldwell said all CAP cases are memorable because of their (usually) happy outcomes. Caldwell cited a recent case during which he went to visit a child who had recently been placed in foster care; he immediately felt something wasn’t right with the situation. Once he was able to get the child away from the foster parents, she confided to him that she was being abused. Caldwell acted as quickly as he could to get the child placed in a new, and happier, home. “That’s great for [the children]. They are with families that love them … it’s incredibly rewarding,” he said. Caldwell believes pro bono cases can also help newer attorneys with oral advocacy and other courtroom skills. “I think pro bono cases are a great way for senior attorneys and junior attorneys to work together,” Caldwell added. Caldwell attended Miami for undergraduate studies and the University of Alabama for his juris doctor. He practiced in Kentucky and Indiana before becoming a member of the Nevada bar in 2001.
26 Nevada Lawyer
April 2013

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