Derek Barraclough - United States Marine Corps

Andrea Barraclough, Wife - Chief Deputy Attorney General

Derek Barraclough - United States Marine Corps

Derek Barraclough, circa 1986 when he first joined the United States Marine Corps.

Amanda Kemberling - Sergeant, Army National Guard

Mark Kemberling, Father - Chief Deputy Attorney General

Amanda Kemberling - Sergeant, Army National Guard

Amanda Kemberling - Sergeant, Army National Guard

Mark Kemberling, Father - Chief Deputy Attorney General

Amanda Kemberling - Sergeant, Army National Guard

Charles Henry Le Clair, Sr. – Seaman, First Class, United States Navy

Jessica L. Pederson, Granddaughter - Accounting Assistant I

Charles Henry Le Clair, Sr. – Seaman, First Class, United States Navy

Charles Henry Le Clair Sr., age 18. This photo was taken in 1942. Charles' special skill as a diver was utilized during his active duty aboard the U.S.S. Reno during World War II. His rank was Seaman, First Class, V6 USNR. US Navy

Henry Lee Keene - PFC, United States Marines

Holly Navarro, Niece - Investigator

Henry Lee Keene - PFC, United States Marines

Henry Lee Keene (top center), PFC, KIA, 28th Marines, USMC. He died during WWII at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Lyn Witkoski - United States Army Air Force

Eric Witkoski, Son - Chief, BCP/Consumer Advocate

Lyn Witkoski - United States Army Air Force

Served in World War II in the United States Army Air Force. He was a member of the 9th Bomb Squadron of the 313th Bomb Wing stationed in Tinian in the Marianas Islands in the Western Pacific.

Carl Riherd - Major, United States Air Force

Janice Riherd, Daughter In Law - Supervising Legal Secretary

Carl Riherd - Major, United States Air Force

Carl Riherd circa 1943, WWII. He was an instructor pilot for the Army Air Corps during WWII and retired as a Major from the Air Force.

Carl Riherd - Major, United States Air Force

Janice Riherd, Daughter In Law - Supervising Legal Secretary

Carl Riherd - Major, United States Air Force

Carl Riherd circa 1943, WWII. He was an instructor pilot for the Army Air Corps during WWII and retired as a Major from the Air Force.

John Brownell - Major, United States National Guard

Virginia "Ginny" Brownell, Mother - AG Legal Secretary

John Brownell - Major, United States National Guard

Serves in Nevada National Guard as the international affairs officer. Served in Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.

Samuel R. Kern - United States Marine Corp Reserves

Samuel R. Kern

Samuel R. Kern - United States Marine Corp Reserves

U.S.M.C. Reserves, 2003.

Matt Gallagher - Captain, United States Army

Dennis Gallagher, Father-NDOT Chief

Matt Gallagher - Captain, United States Army

Baghdad, Iraq - Christmas day 2008

Leonard J Whelan - Sergeant, United States Marine Corp Reserves

Karen Whelan, Daughter - Deputy Attorney General

Leonard J Whelan - Sergeant, United States Marine Corp Reserves

U.S.M.C. Chosin Res. Survivor

Matthew Chapman - Sergeant, United States Army

Heather Cooney, Mother - Legal Secretary II

Matthew Chapman - Sergeant, United States Army

Black Hawk Crew Chief, served with the 101st Airborne and served two tours in Afghanistan. Currently stationed at Ft. Benning, GA.

Matthew Chapman - Sergeant, United States Army

Heather Cooney, Mother - Legal Secretary II

Matthew Chapman - Sergeant, United States Army

Black Hawk Crew Chief, served with the 101st Airborne and served two tours in Afghanistan. Currently stationed at Ft. Benning, GA.

Matthew Chapman - Sergeant, United States Army

Heather Cooney, Mother - Legal Secretary II

Matthew Chapman - Sergeant, United States Army

Black Hawk Crew Chief, served with the 101st Airborne and served two tours in Afghanistan. Currently stationed at Ft. Benning, GA.

Matthew Chapman - Sergeant, United States Army

Heather Cooney, Mother - Legal Secretary II

Matthew Chapman - Sergeant, United States Army

Black Hawk Crew Chief, served with the 101st Airborne and served two tours in Afghanistan. Currently stationed at Ft. Benning, GA.

Matthew Chapman - Sergeant, United States Army

Heather Cooney, Mother - Legal Secretary II

Matthew Chapman - Sergeant, United States Army

Black Hawk Crew Chief, served with the 101st Airborne and served two tours in Afghanistan. Currently stationed at Ft. Benning, GA.

Joseph H. Wilburding - United States Navy

JoAnn Gibbs, Daughter - Chief Deputy Attorney General

Joseph H. Wilburding - United States Navy

A career US Naval Officer; this photo was taken around the time of WWII during Naval officer’s training school.

Otto Holderbein - United States Army

Lori Meredith, Daughter - AG Tort Claims Analyst

Otto Holderbein - United States Army

Otto served in the US 65th Signal Depot during WWII. He worked with a RADAR unit to sight enemy planes for anti-aircraft artillery. He served in Germany and France. His unit was bombed in France; had he not had the flu, he likely would have perished.

Michael T. Saunders - United States Army

Michael T. Saunders - Senior Deputy Attorney General

Michael T. Saunders - United States Army

Army 101st Airborne Division Infantry (1989-1993)

Matthew C. Schmelzer - United States Navy

Matthew C. Schmelzer - Criminal Investigator

Matthew C. Schmelzer - United States Navy

Individual Augmentee (IA) on temporary assignment from Fallon Naval Air Station. 2004-2005.

Mark Judd - United States Navy

Mark Judd - Administrative Asst

Mark Judd - United States Navy

Fighter Squadron ONE ONE FOUR (VF-114) command photo. Photo taken April 1991 while deployed in Persian Gulf aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-71)

Nic K. Danna - United States Army

Nic K. Danna - Sr. Deputy Atty. General

Nic K. Danna - United States Army

CPT Nic Danna US Army Bagram AFB Afghanistan 2014

Harold P. Powers - United States Army

Ursula Sindlinger, Daughter - Investigator

Harold P. Powers - United States Army

Retired US Army CSM. Photo take prior to deployment to the Korean War pre-1953.

Richard B.Miller, Sr. - United States Navy

Richard B. Miller Jr., Son - Criminial Investigator Supervisor

Richard B.Miller, Sr. - United States Navy

Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, Pharmacist Mate, W.W.II

Richard B.Miller, III - United States Navy

Richard B. Miller Jr., Father - Criminial Investigator Supervisor

Richard B.Miller, III - United States Navy

Petty Officer 2nd Class, Hospital Surgical Corpsman, Currently in the Naval Reserves, Pensacola, Florida

Bruce N. Yarborough - United States Navy

Bruce N. Yarborough - Investigator

Bruce N. Yarborough - United States Navy

October 1967, RADM George R. Muse promoting Bruce Yarborough to Lieutenant, US Navy, while wife, Susan looks on. Bruce is now an investigator at the Private Investigator's Licensing Board.

Bruce N. Yarborough - United States Navy

Bruce N. Yarborough - Investigator

Bruce N. Yarborough - United States Navy

January 1968, Private Investigator’s Licensing Board Investigator Bruce Yarborough, then a Lieutenant, US Navy, aboard the USS Newport News, a heavy cruiser, off the coast of North Vietnam.

Adam Paul Laxalt - United States Navy

Adam Paul Laxalt - Attorney General, State of Nevada

Adam Paul Laxalt - United States Navy

Iraq 2006-2007

Adam Paul Laxalt - United States Navy

Adam Paul Laxalt - Attorney General, State of Nevada

Adam Paul Laxalt - United States Navy

Iraq 2006-2007

Adam Paul Laxalt - United States Navy

Adam Paul Laxalt - Attorney General, State of Nevada

Adam Paul Laxalt - United States Navy

Iraq 2006-2007

Kenneth Austin Brannon - Master Chief, United States Navy

Adam Brannon, Son - Information Technology Pro II

Kenneth Austin Brannon - Master Chief, United States Navy

Picture: Dec 1968, Great Lakes IL. Kenneth was a career Navy enlistee, retiring after 30 years served, as an E9 FTCM (Master Chief Fire Control Technician). Of all the ships he served on, he was most connected to the USS Toledo (CA-133), a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser, during the Korean War.

Kenneth Austin Brannon - Master Chief, United States Navy

Adam Brannon, Son - Information Technology Pro II

Kenneth Austin Brannon - Master Chief, United States Navy

Picture: 1972, re-enlistment swearing in, 32st Street Naval Base, San Diego, CA. Kenneth was a career Navy enlistee, retiring after 30 years served, as an E9 FTCM (Master Chief Fire Control Technician). Of all the ships he served on, he was most connected to the USS Toledo (CA-133), a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser, during the Korean War.

Kenneth Austin Brannon - Master Chief, United States Navy

Adam Brannon, Son - Information Technology Pro II

Kenneth Austin Brannon - Master Chief, United States Navy

Picture: May 5, 2010, Portrait, taken by son Adam. Kenneth was a career Navy enlistee, retiring after 30 years served, as an E9 FTCM (Master Chief Fire Control Technician). Of all the ships he served on, he was most connected to the USS Toledo (CA-133), a Baltimore-class heavy cruiser, during the Korean War.

Thomas F. Farrell - Major General, United States Army

Patty D. Cafferata, Grand-daughter, Communications Director

Thomas F. Farrell - Major General, United States Army

Thomas F. Farrell, a Major General in the Army. A civil engineer, he served in France in WWI. He served as the chief engineer in the China-Burma-India theater. He oversaw the construction of the Lido Road, B-29 airfields and oil pipelines for Calcutta to China and later served on the Manhattan Project.

Wesley Duncan - Major, United States Air Force

Wesley Duncan - Major, United States Air Force

Major in the United States Air Force. The picture was taken in Forward Operating Base 3 at the Central Criminal Court of Iraq for Joint Task Force 134. It was taken in 2008.

Keith Forbes - Private, United States Army

Sherri Ann Forbes, Daughter, Sr. Deputy Attorney General

Keith Forbes - Private, United States Army

Keith Forbes was a Private in the Army 1957-1958

Jason Gunnell, Major, United States Air Force

Jason Gunnell, Major, United States Air Force

Stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. Picture taken March 2015

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    Attorney General Laxalt Launches Office of Military Legal Assistance to Provide Pro Bono Legal Assistance to Nevada’s Communities

    Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt proudly announced the launch of the Office of Military Legal Assistance, the nation’s first attorney general-led, public-private partnership offering our military communities access to pro bono civil legal services. The program pairs Nevada’s active duty, Guard and reserve service members with local attorneys to receive legal assistance for civil matters including: consumer fraud, military rights, immigration, landlord/tenant, predatory lending and creditor/debtor issues. Nevada veterans may also receive assistance with wills and powers of attorney.  

    “I am proud to honor these military heroes who have given so much in service to this country and state,” said Attorney General Laxalt. “The Office of Military Legal Assistance is dedicated to addressing the legal gaps in representation for our current military service members. I am encouraged by the overwhelming response from more than 100 local attorneys who have pledged their commitment to our mission, and hold high expectations for this program. It is my hope that the Office of Military Legal Assistance will continue to expand its services and become a lasting legacy for the military families of Nevada.”

    In February, AG Laxalt assembled a comprehensive group of representatives to help shape the parameters of the program. Members of the committee include representatives from the various military components in the state, the National Association of Attorneys General, the Nevada Military Support Alliance, the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, the Nevada Justice Association, Boyd School of Law, statewide and local legal aid centers throughout Nevada, state and county bar associations, and partners from private law firms throughout the state.

    United States Senator Dean Heller who has expressed support for the program stated, “Our men and women in uniform sacrifice so much for our nation, even after their years of service have concluded. I’m proud to see that we have found an innovative way to give back to our active duty soldiers and veterans by providing pro bono legal services for simple civil matters, as well as complicated legal issues. Under Attorney General Laxalt’s leadership, Nevada’s legal and military communities have come together to ensure the success of the Office of Military Legal Assistance, and we are grateful for his guidance.”

    Congressman Mark Amodei added, “It’s not often that an Army JAG officer has anything nice to say about a NAVY JAG officer, but hats off to my fellow former military legal counsel Attorney General Adam Laxalt for showing real leadership in a way that is already helping military communities in Nevada. This innovative program should serve as an example to the rest of the country on how to get military communities the legal representation they need on issues, which, in many cases, may arise as a result of service to our nation.”

    In June, the office launched a pilot program to assess the program’s strengths and weaknesses in preparation for a statewide launch. Since then, the program has assisted nearly 30 service members in Nevada with obtaining legal representation. More than 100 attorneys have pledged a minimum of 10 pro bono hours to the program, totaling more than 1,000 hours of free legal assistance.

    "We owe it to the men and women who have worn the uniform to provide access to services that will help improve their quality of life,” said Congressman Joe Heck. “That includes ensuring they receive the benefits they have earned and deserve and connecting them with employment and educational opportunities. Now, through this first-in-the-nation Office of Military Legal Assistance, we will be able to connect veterans with free legal assistance so they can get help with civil cases that can be time consuming and expensive. I commend Attorney General Laxalt for initiating this program in Nevada, and hope it serves as a model to other states around the nation."

    Nevada active duty, Guard and reserve service members in need of legal assistance should contact their local Judge Advocate General’s Office for referral to this program. Veterans should contact their local Veterans Service Officers through the Nevada Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information about how to receive assistance or participate in the program, visit the website at NVAGOMLA.nv.gov or click here. To view other statements in support of the program, a testimonial and a breakdown of the cases the program has already assisted with, click here.

    The Office is grateful to its donors, including the Nevada Military Support Alliance, SWITCH and the Nevada Community Foundation for their support and assistance with this launch.

    The following are the committee’s members:

    • Jim McPherson, Executive Director of National Association of Attorneys General
    • Chris Toth, Deputy Executive Director, National Association of Attorneys General
    • Joseph Brown, Director, Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas
    • The Honorable Barbara Buckley, Esq. Executive Director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
    • Scott Bensing, Esq., President, Nevada Military Support Alliance
    • Perry Di Loreto, Chairman of the Nevada Military Support Alliance
    • Katherine Miller (U.S. Army Retired) Director of the Nevada Department of Veteran Services
    • James Bradshaw, Esq. Partner of McDonald, Carano and Wilson Law Firm
    • Daniel W. Hamilton, Esq. Dean of William S. Boyd School of Law
    • Elana Turner-Graham, Esq., President, State Bar of Nevada
    • Anna Marie Johnson, Esq. Executive Director of Nevada Legal Services
    • Paul Elcano, Esq., Executive Director, Washoe Legal Services
    • Benjamin Albers, Esq.  Executive Director, Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada
    • David O’Mara, Esq. Nevada Justice Association (North)
    • Cliff W. Marcek, Esq. Nevada Justice Association (South)
    • Evan Brewer, Esq., Chair, Project Salute
    • Josh Hicks, Esq.,  Brownstein and Shrek
    • John Moran, Esq., Moran Brandon Bendavid Moran
    • Mary C. Meixner, Esq., Project Director ABA Military Pro Bono Project
    • Richard Pocker, Esq. Member of the Board of Governor, State Bar of Nevada
    • Ira Raphaelson, Esq. Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Las Vegas Sands Corp.
    • Sheri Cane Vogel, Esq. Executive Director of the Southern Nevada Senior Law
    • Damon K. Dias, Esq. President of the Clark County Bar Association
    • Tiffinay Pagni, Esq. President of the Washoe County Bar Association

    The following are the committee’s military advisors:

    • Brigadier General William R. Burks, Adjutant General of the state of Nevada
    • Brigadier General Ondra Barry, Nevada Air National Guard
    • Captain Leif E. Steinbaugh, U.S. Navy, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Fallon
    • Colonel Scott D. Leonard, U.S. Marines, Commanding Office, Marine Corps Mountain Welfare Training Center
    • Colonel Donna M. Verchio, U.S. Air Force, Staff Judge Advocate, Nellis Air Force Base
    • Colonel Toni A. Glover, U.S Army Reserve, Commanding Officer, 650th RSG (Incoming)
    • Colonel Amy Taitano U.S Army Reserve, Commanding Officer, 650th RSG (Outgoing)
    • Lieutenant Colonel Ron Blaze, U.S. Air Force, Judge Advocate General’s Corp.
    • Lieutenant Colonel Aimee Cannon, U.S. Air Force, Staff Judge Advocate General for the 926th Wing of Nellis Air Force Base
    • Lieutenant Commander Joel Coito, U.S. Coast Guard, Staff Judge Advocate
    • Major Scott F. Katherman, Nevada National Guard, Judge Advocate General
    • Lieutenant Victor Marquez, U.S. Navy, Staff Judge Advocate, Naval Air Station Fallon
    • Captain Dana Grigg, Nevada National Guard, Judge Advocate General

      100 North Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701   •   775-684-1100 •   nvagomla@ag.nv.gov

      Updated on 9/1/2015