Board Members

Washoe Legal Services is governed by a dedicated Board of Trustees comprised of attorneys and community leaders.

A Message From Our Board President

WLS - Austin Sweet - Board President

Austin Sweet, Esq., President,
Gunderson Law Firm

After serving as a Trustee of Washoe Legal Services since 2010, I was honored to begin my term as Board President in 2016.  Washoe Legal Services’ Board is comprised of an esteemed group of accomplished individuals who bring a wide range of valuable skills to our organization. 
This is an exciting time for Washoe Legal Services.  Our excellent leadership team is successfully implementing the Board’s Strategic Plan and strengthening Washoe Legal Services’ impact on Northern Nevada.  Most recently, we have teamed up with Northern Nevada HOPES to establish Nevada’s first Medical-Legal Partnership, housing a full-time Washoe Legal Services attorney in Northern Nevada HOPES’ facility to serve patients with overlapping medical and legal needs.  The Board continues to work with other organizations throughout our region to explore similar strategic partnerships.
Looking forward, our short-term plans include working to efficiently and impactfully serving the unmet legal needs in our rapidly-evolving community, expanding our self-help program, and enhancing the community’s awareness of Washoe Legal Services as a leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Long-term, our Board will explore options to renovate our building to better serve our clients, retire our building debt, and expand our programs and services to maximize access to justice to all members of our community.
Our mission is strong and focused.  My goal as President of Washoe Legal Services is to keep the organization loyal to that mission, implement the Board’s Strategic Plan, and continue to provide Northern Nevada’s vulnerable populations access to justice, regardless of their ability to pay, to protect their rights, safety, and family stability.  Thank you for your part in making our vision a reality. 

John Desmond - Board of Directors Washoe Legal Services

John Desmond, Esq.,Immediate Past President
Dickson Wright PLLC

Washoe Legal Services Board Member - James Proctor

James Proctor, CPA, Treasurer
Meridian Advantage

Washoe Legal Services Board Member Katherine Martin

Katherine A. Martin, LCSW, LADC, Secretary
Office of Katherine Martin

Board Members

Jim Keller
Keller Realty

Honorable Bridget Robb
Second Judicial District Court

Sylvia T. Aufiero
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate

Scott Hoffman, Esq.
Rimini Street, Inc.

Suzanne Ramos
Reno City Attorney’s Office

Jeremy Reichenberg, Esq.
Lyon County D.A.’s Office

Washoe County Bar Association Member

Vice-President, Washoe County Bar Association
Holly Parker, Esq.
Laxalt & Nomura, Ltd

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