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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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“You should all take a pro bono case or four;” that’s the advice attorney Carrie Primas gave her colleagues at the January Family Bench-Bar meeting after being honored as Pro Bono Advisory Council volunteer of the month.

Carrie raised an issue of concern that got people talking at the meeting before being called to be honored. Judge Frank Sullivan praised the Hanratty Law Group attorney for taking on seven pro bono cases since 2013. Carrie explained her motivation for doing pro bono with the statement: “There are so many individuals in the community who do not have the resources or knowledge to know where to start in their legal battle. They are just as entitled to justice as somebody who can afford the best attorneys; and doing pro bono work allows me to ensure that at least some of these individuals are properly guided through their case.”

Carrie’s representation has had a significant positive impact by getting children facing abuse into safe circumstances. Congratulation Carrie! Attorneys who want to volunteer should visit the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Website

Check out this article on five great reasons to do pro bono.

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