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Pro Bono Spotlight: Rodney Sumpter

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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 2012, through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Washoe Legal Services, Nevada Legal Services and Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans.
Albert Marquis Amy Mastin Andrew Kynaston Arun Gupta Benjamin Childs Brian Ramsey Charles Kilpatrick Conor Flynn Corinne Price Danny Lovell Doreen Spears Hartwell Edward Kainen Erik Severino Erin Barnett Eunice Morgan Gabrielle Jones Gordon Goolsby Greta Muirhead Ishi Kunin James Hales James Jimmerson Jason Naimi Jay Young Jennifer Anderson Jennifer Hargis Jennifer Hostetler Jennifer Roberts John Gutke John Kelleher Joseph Kistler Joseph Riccio Karen Hanks Kari Hanratty Laura Deeter Lawrence Rouse Lawrence Winking Lynn Conant Margaret Lambrose Marjorie Guymon Mary Perry Matthew Schneider Michael McKelleb Michael Terry Michele LoBello Patricia Trent R. Christopher Reade R. Douglas Kurdziel Robert Caldwell Sara Partida Scott Smith Shelley Krohn Steve Evenson Tracy DiFillippo William Devine
SPOTLIGHT
RODNEY SUMPTER
BY CHRISTINA ALBERTS, NEVADA LAWYER STAFF
ASK-A-LAWYER, CLINICS, AND OTHER BRIEF SERVICES
Adam Laxalt Amber Robinson Amy Baker Christine Sommella Corrine Price Gabrielle Jones Holly Stoberski Jeanne Lambertsen Jessica Prunty Jim Berchtold Joseph Mabry Kari Molnar Krissta Kirschenheiter Kristine Brewer Lesly Cohen Mandy McKellar Mario Fenu Max Couvillier Michael Joe Michele Roberts Michelle Hauser Mohammed Iqbal Nadia Jurani Rebecca Paddock Riana Durrett Robert Blau Ryan Russell Susan Noyce Susan Trautmann
Bold honors multiple cases accepted and/or sessions conducted within the month.
A religious verse, “To whom much is given, much is expected,” is a guiding light for Reno attorney Rodney Sumpter. Supmter said he was raised to believe in giving back and follows the sentiment behind the verse. In his solo practice, Sumpter works on many bankruptcy cases and he regularly takes pro bono bankruptcy cases from Washoe Legal Services and Nevada Legal Services. Sumpter said when he sees e-mails from legal aid providers asking for help with bankruptcy cases, he usually takes one or two, as he feels it is only right for him to do as much as he can, whenever he can. “It is difficult for lots of people to afford an attorney and it’s so important that they be represented [in bankruptcy cases]. Even in the simplest of cases difficulties can occur, and they are already under a lot of stress,” Sumpter explained. Nevadans going through bankruptcy need a fresh start, Sumpter said. By helping them to navigate the confusing, emotional and difficult process, he said he can provide a new beginning and help them move on. Sumpter said the overall impression he has regarding pro bono is one of gratitude; those he helps are extremely grateful to have someone to assist them and their sincere thanks make his efforts more worthwhile. “If you want to do something in the law that will make you feel better about everything you do – do pro bono,” Sumpter said. Sumpter is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and the University of Nevada, Reno. He was admitted to the state bar in 1980, and has been practicing in Reno ever since.
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Nevada Lawyer
December 2012

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