RENO, Nev. (August 9, 2022) – Today Washoe Legal Services announced it has a new name – Northern Nevada Legal Aid — which will help the nonprofit expand regional awareness of and access to the organization’s services, and the understanding of its mission. Northern Nevada Legal Aid provides legal services to residents in Washoe County and surrounding counties in Northern Nevada, including Douglas, Churchill, Lyon, Storey, Humboldt, Pershing, and Carson City. Northern Nevada Legal Aid offers free or low-cost advice, assistance, and representation for residents who cannot otherwise afford legal services.
“As our region has grown and the need for low- or no-cost legal aid has expanded beyond Washoe County, it became clear it was time for a name change,” said Deonne E. Contine, an attorney and executive director of Northern Nevada Legal Aid. “It is a privilege to lead an organization that does so much good for underserved populations in Northern Nevada. In particular, the work we do to serve the needs of families, children, and the elderly, is vital.”
Legal aid is free or low-cost advice, assistance, or representation in civil matters for those who could not otherwise afford an attorney. The goal is to provide experienced and diverse services to protect the essential legal needs of Northern Nevadans. Legal aid also provides legal system efficiency and effectiveness by decreasing self-represented litigants or giving them the information they need to represent themselves.
“Northern Nevada Legal Aid provides a fundamental service to communities across our region, helping bring the ideal of ‘justice for all,’ closer to reality,” said Austin Sweet, a partner at Gunderson Law Firm in Reno, and a past President and long-time member of the Northern Nevada Legal Aid board. About Northern Nevada Legal Aid Northern Nevada Legal Aid (NNLA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit legal aid organization founded in 1965. Since that time, we have assisted thousands of vulnerable northern Nevada residents who cannot afford to hire an attorney. Our team of attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to the legal system and that everyone is treated with respect and dignity. For more information visit www.nnlegalaid.org
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