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NV Attorneys Honored for Making "Justice For All" Come True

Dan Waite (L) and Dan Polsenberg (R) accept the 2015 Pro Bono Award from Justice James Hardesty for Law Firm of the Year. (Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada)
Dan Waite (L) and Dan Polsenberg (R) accept the 2015 Pro Bono Award from Justice James Hardesty for Law Firm of the Year. (Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada)
December 5, 2016

LAS VEGAS — More than a thousand Nevada attorneys gave a total of 25,000 hours of legal work free of charge in 2016, and on Friday, December 9, they will be honored at an awards luncheon hosted by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

The 16th annual Pro Bono Awards event honors attorneys and law firms that have spent 500 hours or more this year defending clients in civil cases. Venicia Considine, director of development and community relations for the center, said those services are often a lifeline for desperate people who cannot afford legal representation in a variety of cases.

"These are for abused and neglected children that need a voice in foster care. For someone to legally get out of a domestic violence relationship, and get custody and safety for their families,” Considine said. "It’s for elderly people who are being preyed upon financially. "

Recipients of 14 separate awards will be announced at the event, which will be held at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Considine said her organization turns to private attorneys for pro bono representation every year because the demand for help is so great.

"At The Civil Law Self-Help Center, we've helped almost 50,000 people in 2016, and our Family Law Self-Help Center has helped over 41,000,” she said.

In Clark County alone, there are 700,000 residents eligible for free legal help. That help is available to those with an income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level - or about $2,900 a month for a family of four.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV