Volunteer of the Month-March 2019
Meng Zhong of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Meng is an associate at the firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. His practice includes work in copyright, trademark, right of publicity, and trade secrets. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctorate from UC Berkeley. He immigrated to Las Vegas when he was 8 years old with his mom, who worked at UNLV as a research chemist. He loves this town and despite going away for college and law school, he knew he wanted to come back, raise a family and be a part of this community.
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie has always embodied a firm culture that embraced and encouraged pro bono work among all attorneys at all levels. Meng has been volunteering his time to the Children’s Attorneys Project for almost 10 years. When we asked Meng why do you do pro bono work, he stated “John Adam, a lawyer, said that ‘We are a nation of laws, not of men.’ Being an attorney is a privilege. We owe it to others who are less fortunate to help them navigate the legal system and advance their rights.”
Meng shared a story of a memorable client. “When I was just starting my career, I had a pro bono client that paid a cleaning service referral company thousands of dollars, and received no referrals. I called the company the same day I received the case, and the company agreed to give back the money. The client had been contacting the company for months to ask for a refund and they ignored him. It took us one call. The client was so happy because the money was his entire savings. Lesson: we have the power to do a lot of good for very little effort.”
The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada was recently contacted by a Step Up Case Worker who applauded Meng for his dedication and commitment to their mutual client. She and the client are so grateful for his hard work and efforts.
For his commitment to pro bono and the Children’s Attorneys Project, we honor Meng Zong as our March Volunteer of the Month.