More than one dozen outstanding attorneys and law firms in Southern Nevada were recognized for their commitment to pro bono service, including COVID-19-related work, during the 2021 Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Pro Bono Awards ceremony.
Last year, hundreds of volunteer attorneys served more than 4,700 clients through Legal Aid Center’s Pro Bono Project.
“During the pandemic, a dark time for millions, the best, brightest and most compassionate pro bono attorneys stepped up to provide access to justice for the most vulnerable communities,” said Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.
Jason Onello of Robbins & Onello, LLC, has been named the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for 2021. Jason is known for his commitment to pro bono service; he regularly volunteers for Family Law Ask-A-Lawyer sessions, takes cases, and mentors local law students through the Partner in Pro Bono Program.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP was named Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year for 2021. This firm contributed 1,240 hours across a wide variety of cases, including immigration, evictions, foreclosure, the Federal Pro Bono Program, the Nevada Supreme Court Appellate Program and more.
The Honorable Cheryl Moss, a retired judge who took on 14 pro bono cases this past year, won the Lied Award for Most Pro Bono Cases by an Attorney. Attorney Robert P. Dickerson of the Dickerson Karacsonyi Law Group was awarded the Lied Award Most Pro Bono Hours by an Attorney; he provided 650 hours of volunteer time.
Additional winners from the event include:
- Lied Award Most Pro Bono Cases – Law Firm – Lewis Roca
- Lied Award Most Pro Bono Hours – Law Firm – Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
- Ask-A-Lawyer Community Commitment Award – Sagar Raich
- Public Interest Law Student of Distinction – Greer Sullivan
- Volunteer Education Advocate Award – Jordan Schuck
- Myrna Williams Children’s Pro Bono Award – Atif Sheikh
- Louis Wiener Pro Bono Service Award – Alyssa Aklestad
- Vince Consul Memorial Pro Bono Award – Maggie McLetchie and Adam Hosmer-Henner
The Pro Bono Project connects Legal Aid Center clients in need of representation for concerns ranging from traumatic divorce cases involving domestic violence and child custody disputes to fraudulent consumer matters and housing issues.
Call 702-386-1070 if you need legal assistance. Lawyers interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities should contact Michael Wendlberger, Pro Bono Project director, at 702-386-1429.