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Volunteer Attorneys For Rural Nevadans (VARN)

Volunteer Attorneys For Rural Nevadans' (VARN) mission is to provide free and/or reduced fee civil legal representation to persons of limited means and domestic violence survivors and to encourage and facilitate the provision of volunteer services by attorneys and others.VARN encourages all attorneys to participate in its pro bono program by accepting at least two (2) cases per year or providing ten (10) hours of pro bono services by conducting VARN's self help divorce clinics or by serving as a mentor to less experienced attorneys.

VARN honors those attorneys who have provided the most pro bono hours or accepted the most pro bono cases every year at the annual reception for the Nevada State Bar Board of Governors, hosted by the First Judicial District Bar Association at the Nevada Supreme Court.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Storey, White Pine
  • Area of law: Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Housing, Life Planning, Taxes
  • Populations Served: Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors, Senior Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: No
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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Volunteer Profile

Pat Layden, a private practitioner in McAlester, Oklahoma, has volunteered many hours to promote equal access to justice in Oklahoma. He served Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. as Board member and past President of the Board and as a pro bono attorney. Pro Bono Net thanks Legal Aid Services of Oklahama (LASO) for sharing this inspiring volunteer story about his work on a hotly contested child custody case where a young mother, with a critically ill infant was involved in a custody battle over her one–year old daughter. LEARN MORE

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