Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month – May 2022
Keiara is originally from Michigan and came to Las Vegas for undergraduate studies at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She went on to attend Whittier Law School in California where she received her JD. She made her way back to Las Vegas and attended Boyd Law School, where she obtained her LLM in Gaming Law and Regulation. At a very young age, her parents instilled a sense of community service and volunteerism in Keiara. She grew up watching her parents do a lot of community service and volunteer in any way they could and she also served those in need, served her community, and volunteered where she could.
Keiara was involved in the Public Interest Law Foundation during law school. She participated in organizing many auctions and events; her involvement and participation were such that she received the PILF summer scholarship. She worked for the public defender’s office and the housing collaboration as part of her scholarship. An opportunity that motivated her to continue volunteering, so she became involved with Legal Aid of Southern Nevada as she was starting her legal career.
When asked why she does pro bono work, Keiara said she wants to give a real voice to the voiceless and she feels like it’s a sure way to be fully autonomous in her advocacy.
We asked Keiara to share one of her memorable clients and she recalled her very first Children’s Attorneys Project (CAP) case. For her, this case will always be the most memorable because of the tremendous growth she got to witness in her client. The client was on runaway status for a year, but then she received help a solid team of professionals who helped her get a job and earn her missing school credits. This proved to Keiara that our dependency system can work. Keira said, “I would love to have a fancy answer about what I did to help her. However, I just became a consistent figure in her life who actually listened and supported her in her ambitions.”
We are proud to have Keiara in our corner representing those most vulnerable through our Pro Bono CAP program. Keiara’s selfless and compassionate dedication makes her the great pro bono attorney she is today. We are pleased to name Keiara Stevenson our volunteer of the month.