Northern Nevada Legal Aid Welcomes Lee Hand Elkins as Director of Impact Litigation and Strategic Advocacy

Director of Impact Litigation and Strategic Advocacy, Lee Hand Elkins

RENO, Nev. – Northern Nevada Legal Aid (NNLA) is pleased to welcome Lee Hand Elkins as its Director of Impact Litigation and Strategic Advocacy.

Lee will collaborate with NNLA staff attorneys, their supervisors and community partners to identify emerging and/or persisting legal issues facing indigent Northern Nevadans appropriate for impact litigation and/or strategic advocacy. Lee will familiarize himself with NNLA programs, clients, judges, and community partners by taking cases in our Child Advocacy program, followed by our Senior Law and Housing and Consumer programs.* Once impact issues have been identified and approved for litigation, Lee will assemble a litigation team comprised of staff and pro bono attorneys, as available, and will direct that litigation/advocacy to its conclusion with the support of his team. Lee is an accomplished trial attorney and committed advocate for the poor and underrepresented. He most recently served as a public defender in Washoe County for over 10 years. Lee also served as a family court judge in New York for over sixteen years and prosecuted official corruption for the New York Attorney General’s office.

ATTENTION NORTHERN NEVADA LAW FIRMS AND ATTORNEYS: If you are interested in serving in any capacity on Lee’s litigation team, or you have suggestions for impact litigation and/or strategic advocacy, please email: Your participation would raise the profile of your firm and its attorneys and hone associates’ advocacy skills. Attorneys who participated in pro bono appellate work would be eligible for guaranteed oral argument before the Nevada Supreme Court through their Nevada Pro Bono Appellate Program. In all cases, participating attorneys can earn up to four CLE credits, one credit for every three hours of pro bono service:

Attorneys interested in taking a pro bono case in any of our programs, please email Come lend a hand to the most needy among us!

*NNLA’s Child Advocacy Program (CAP) provides legal representation to all children in foster care in Washoe, Douglas, Carson City, Lyon and Storey counties. In 2022, we provided legal assistance on over 10,500 legal matters: including assisting 1,343 seniors over the age of 60 through our Senior Law Program, representing 1,258 protected persons represented in adult guardianship cases, assisting 140 victims of domestic violence, and representing 1,194 children in 432B proceedings.


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