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Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 Pro Bono Awards Honor Members of Boyd Community

Three generous individuals – the school’s namesake, an alumnus, and a student – were recently honored by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (LACSN) at its 2014 Pro Bono Awards Luncheon held Dec. 5 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

The 14th annual event honored the efforts of pro bono attorneys and their generous donation of time and expertise to protect thousands of Southern Nevada’s most vulnerable residents.

Boyd School of Law namesake, Bill Boyd, was presented with the inaugural William S. Boyd Award of Excellence for his extraordinary service to the law school, the Legal Aid Center, and community. LACSN created the award to honor Boyd and, moving forward, to recognize a business or community leader who has been an outstanding supporter of legal aid and pro bono services.

Alumnus John Piro '10 and Bita Khamsi, both of the Clark County Public Defender, received an Award of Excellence for their efforts devoted to establishing a free community education class on sealing criminal records.

Student Bailey Bortolin was named the Public Interest Law Student of Distinction. The award recognizes a law student who has made a substantial contribution to the community through public interest law and the promotion of access to justice.