RENO, Nev. – Northern Nevada Legal Aid (NNLA) is pleased to welcome Jennifer Richards as the Directing Attorney for the Senior Law Center (SLC) and Medical Legal Partnership.
A fourth generation native Nevadan, Jennifer is returning to legal aid after being appointed by Governor Sisolak as the Chief Elder and Disability Rights Attorney and State Legal Assistance Developer for Nevada within the Department of Health and Human Services. Jennifer oversaw COVID legal response to help thousands of Nevadans, worked on innovative projects utilizing technology, and filed briefing before the Nevada Supreme Court and Court of Appeals on litigation matters impacting older adults and persons with disabilities. She authored legislation to create the Vulnerable Adult Fatality Review Team in Nevada and provide protections for persons living in long term care settings which were both signed into law. Prior to her appointment, Jennifer worked for Washoe Legal Services in the guardianship unit where she defended adults with disabilities and authored legislation amending the power of attorney statute to promote choice in placement. She has the distinction of arguing before an en banc panel of the Nevada Supreme Court and currently serves as a standing member of the Nevada Supreme Court Guardianship Commission and Access to Justice Commission.
Jennifer holds degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno and Gonzaga University School of Law, where she served on the law journal and participated in the Elder Law Clinic. In her spare time, Jennifer serves on the board of the Hillside Cemetery Preservation Foundation which cares for and maintains Reno’s historic pioneer cemetery for which she has ancestors buried. She is also passionate about gender equity in the legal profession and authored AB 196 during the 2021 legislative session which required lactation spaces in all of Nevada’s courthouses for all persons who have business at the court. Jennifer resides in Reno with her husband, two small children, and rescue dog.
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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.