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dsc_0201Brenoch Wirthlin recognized as September pro bono volunteer of the month

Brenoch Wirthlin, who is a Director at the Fennemore Craig law firm, was recognized by the District Court judges as the September pro bono volunteer of the month. Since 2012, Brenoch has accepted seven new pro bono cases through Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. He has assisted low income clients in a variety of matters, including civil/consumer, domestic violence and bankruptcy. Brenoch also participates in a Small Claims and Veterans Ask-A-Lawyer Programs. He is fluent in Spanish and uses his bilingual skills to assist Spanish speaking clients.

Brenoch has been interested in doing pro bono work since he first moved to Las Vegas. “The most meaningful law I ever practiced was pro bono,” said Brenoch when accepting his award.

He shared a story on the very first pro bono client he helped who was in tears in his office because she did not see a way out of her difficult situation. Brenoch was able to assist her to find a resolution.

One of his most memorable pro bono clients was a mother whom he assisted in retaining custody of her children. This client had been through a tough time in her personal life but Brenoch was able to protect her rights and come to a resolution which allowed her to keep custody of her son. This client was so grateful for Brenoch’s assistance that she continued to stay and touch and send thank you notes for years following the case.

Attorneys who are interested in taking a pro bono case should visit www.lacsnprobono.org or call 702-386-1413 to select a case. October is pro bono month with a special case line-pass program in place for attorneys who volunteer.

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A celebration of life for Melanie Kushnir was standing room only on Friday, June 3. The speakers included Barbara Buckley, the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, where Melanie worked; Nevada Supreme Court Justice Michael Douglas;  Josh Reisman, the Regional Chair of the Anti-Defamation League, and colleagues/friends. Melanie’s passion for life and for her work to ensure that financial challenges were not a barrier to justice, resonated through each of the speakers. Her colleague Dan Waite hit the perfect note when he said, “Melanie is gonna’ be upset if she knows we have this many attorneys here and we don’t sign them up for pro bono work.” A justice fellowship fund has been set up in Melanie’s name through the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, and they are still taking volunteers for pro bono work.

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