A Message From Our Executive Director

James Conway

James P. Conway

Executive Director

 Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Washoe Legal Services (“WLS”).  I am honored to lead an organization that has been helping people in northern Nevada for more than 50 years, and the best part of my job is working with our dedicated and passionate staff members.  Our employees could work at any number of different places.  They choose to work at WLS because they enjoy helping people; they want their jobs to make a difference; they want their communities to be a better place to live; and they believe in the values that this country was founded upon: fairness, equality, and justice for all.  Although we cannot represent everyone who needs a lawyer, we strive to provide some level of assistance to everyone who contacts us.   The legal system can be overwhelming and confusing, and this is especially true for the most vulnerable members of our community.  So, at WLS, we have developed a wide range of programs that help our clients navigate the court system, understand their rights, and ensure that they are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.  If you need our help or if you want to join WLS as a staff member, volunteer or community partner, please do not hesitate to contact us.    

Meet the Team

Our Leadership

James P. Conway
Executive Director

Jessica Garza
Office Manager

Iris A. Key
Director of Development & Communications

Our Staff

Renee Aguilar
Legal Assistant, Immigration

Yesenia Aguilera-Quezada
Legal Assistant, Adult Guardianship

Itzel Arzate
Intake Coordinator

Gwenn DeLorme
Executive Assistant

Amanda Hald
Legal Assistant, Medical Legal Partnership

Heidi Meek
Self-Help Center Coordinator

Noah Montague,
Immigration Specialist

Marissa Otteson
Volunteer and Pro Bono Coordinator

Gynger Ramos
Intake Coordinator, Victim Advocacy Unit

Michael Reynolds
Legal Assistant, Child Advocacy

Alma Rivera
Legal Assistant, Senior Legal Center

Madai Vargas
Legal Assistant, Victim Advocacy Unit

Teresa Wood, Legal Assistant
Legal Assistant, Consumer & Housing

Our Attorneys

Elizabeth “Bess” Alden
Child Advocacy

Mark A. Beguelin
Child Advocacy - Carson City

Jeff Briggs
Child Advocacy

Elena Butko
Senior Legal Center

Katie Chadliev
Child Advocacy

Christina Chiang
Child Advocacy

Jennifer Christie
Child Advocacy

Stephanie Cook
Child Advocacy

Lisa F. Evans
Adult Guardianship

Rita Greggio
Medical Legal Partnership

Jennifer Jeans
Child Advocacy

Krista Meier
Adult Guardianship

Faith Mileca
Child Advocacy

Jennifer Richards
Adult Guardianship

Dave Russell
Senior Legal Center

Will Shogren
Senior Legal Center

David Spitzer
Adult Guardianship

Caryn Sternlicht
Consumer & Housing

Janet Traut
Victim Advocacy Unit

Kelly Werth
Child Advocacy – Lyon County

Jill Whitbeck
Victim Advocacy Unit

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