Congratulations to Durham Jones & Pinegar Las Vegas paralegal Daniel Maul for the Volunteer Surrogate Award he received from the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada for his advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged students. The award was presented by Nevada Supreme Court Justice Kristina Pickering at last Friday’s pro bono awards luncheon.
Mr. Maul volunteered to help a child in foster care who was adopted and then abused by his adoptive parents. When the child came back into foster care at the age of 14, he was traumatized and was acting out in school. When the school was frustrated with the child and seemed close to giving up on him, our volunteer went to work. He spent countless hours working with this student’s team at school and ensured that the school recognized the barriers that were hindering him from achieving his educational goals. Mr. Maul insisted that the school develop specifically-tailored accommodations to address this student’s unique situation. As a result of Mr. Maul’s work, this child is about to graduate, and our volunteer was recently invited to the party to celebrate.