Las Vegas, NV – Last year, 1,050 volunteer attorneys served 6,299 clients through Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s Pro Bono Project. This Project matches Legal Aid Center clients in need of representation for issues ranging from traumatic divorce cases involving domestic violence and child custody disputes to false allegations raised in bogus lawsuits filed against the poor for alleged copyright infringement. Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada will acknowledge and honor volunteer attorneys for their unwavering service and dedication to serving those in need. More than 800 people are expected to attend this large-scale event on December 8, 2017, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Pavilions 8-11 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino located at 3700 W. Flamingo Road.
“We are incredibly blessed with a strong cadre of pro bono attorneys who, time and time again, willingly give of themselves to help the most vulnerable in our community,” said Barbara Buckley, Executive Director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. “These cases involve abused and neglected children, domestic violence victims and seniors who have been scammed and robbed of their life savings. We have the best, brightest and most compassionate pro bono attorneys who do not shy away from taking these cases. It is due to their strong commitment to service that has allowed us to provide legal assistance to more than 6,200 clients whose voices would not have been heard otherwise because they could not afford an attorney”.
A number of prestigious name-sake awards will be presented to attorneys who exemplify professionalism and compassion through their tireless service in the legal community. The awards include the William S. Boyd Award of Excellence, Justice Nancy Becker Pro Bono Award of Judicial Excellence, Myra Williams Children’s Pro Bono Award, Vince A. Consul Memorial Pro Bono Award, Louis Wiener Service Award, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Law Firm of the Year and more.
“The pro bono attorneys we work with are not doing this for the recognition. They do this because they understand the benefits pro bono legal work provides to the community and to themselves. Whether that is through mentor training in a new area of law or by having a lasting impact on a client’s life,” said Buckley. “The Annual Pro Bono Luncheon gives us the chance to shine the spotlight on those who have dedicated themselves to helping others.”
A list of all 2017 Award recipients will be available at www.lacsnprobono.org/awards/ after the luncheon.
About Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
Established in 1958, Legal Aid Center is a private, nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization that ensures equal access to justice through free legal advice and representation for those who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Service areas include domestic violence, child abuse, consumer fraud and social security. Free classes are offered in bankruptcy, divorce, custody, small claims, guardianship, and foreclosure. Funding is provided through private donations, government grants and pro bono hours donated by local attorneys. Please visit www.lacsn.org for more information.