In 2018, Mona Kaveh received an email from the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada informing her she was on the short list for one of its pro bono awards and should prepare a speech.
She was surprised but thought it could be related to her work with the Children’s Attorneys Project, which provides legal counsel and representation to abused and neglected children who are placed in foster care in Clark County.
In thinking over what she might say, Kaveh decided a simple thank-you wouldn’t suffice.
“I remember talking to my family and saying, ‘I want to do something to inspire, because that’s the reason why I’m doing this,’” she explains. “I want people to understand what this program is and how they can help.”
Kaveh, a partner at Kemp Jones who practices complex commercial litigation, also talked with a founding partner of her firm, which agreed to support her if she posed a challenge to the Las Vegas legal community.