Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month – July 2018
Jessica Chong of Progressive Casualty Insurance Company
Jessica is a California native. She received her undergraduate degree at UC Davis and moved to Las Vegas to attend Boyd School of Law. From the moment she arrived in Vegas, she was convinced that she would return to California; however, once she started to become immersed into the Las Vegas legal community, she realized how great it was to practice law in Nevada. After graduating from law school, Jessica worked as a consumer finance attorney and then moved to insurance defense. She is currently, in-house counsel with Progressive Insurance.
When we asked Jessica why she does pro bono work, she responded “I have been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to practice law and I have always believed in volunteering – from high school to college to law school, I would try to find time to give back to the community in some way, shape, or form. During law school, I worked with a local law firm on several pro bono cases; and the work the attorneys did on those cases showed me exactly how important it was to be involved with Legal Aid. So, when I became an attorney, it was an easy decision that I would do pro bono work.”
Jessica has been a key volunteer for the Landlord/Tenant Ask-A-Lawyer program. She is always willing and ready to volunteer. Even though her time with clients is brief, she has learned how much you can help someone within that short period of time. “Seeing the relief on their faces by taking away some of the “unknown” and anxiety they have when they first come and see me is rewarding. I just gave them fifteen minutes of my time, which is not much, and yet, it means the world to them.”
For her commitment to pro bono, we honor Jessica Chong as the July Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month.