For the past seventeen years, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada has held their annual pro bono awards luncheon honoring the extraordinary efforts of our community’s pro bono attorneys and citizens. Of all the awards given, the most prestigious is the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. This award is presented to the attorney who demonstrates
the greatest commitment to pro bono and providing services to those who are unable to afford them. The 2017 award recipient is a member of our La Voce family – Dawn M. Lozano, Esq.
Dawn Maria de Jesus Lozano was born in Inglewood, California to immigrant parents from Mexico and Italy. Growing up her family traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. The Lozano family moved to Las Vegas in August 1980. She attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology in 1985.
She then went on to attend the Old College School of Law in Reno and earned her Juris Doctorate in 1988. Immediately thereafter Dawn took and passed the Nevada State Bar and became a licensed attorney. Dawn began her legal career with Bell and Young, Ltd., in Las Vegas working as an associate attorney practicing insurance defense. She went on to work with Morton and McCullough, which became Morton and Associates, expanding her practice area beyond civil litigation by incorporating criminal and family law. In 1992, Dawn and a good friend from law school, Geraldine Kirk-Hughes, formed their own practice, Kirk-Hughes & Lozano, which afforded her the opportunity to further expand her areas of practice.
In the fall of 1994 she established Dawn M. Lozano, Ltd., with a great team that still includes her legal assistant of over 25 years, Kathryn Njus, and her office manager/loving husband of 25 years, Dellos Rice. In addition, Dawn’s children Sebia and Rhett, have contributed their time and efforts to ensure the prosperity of the firm. The team’s hard work, dedication, and resolve are credited with the success of Dawn M. Lozano, Ltd. Starting her own firm gave Dawn the freedom to give countless hours of time to pro bono representation for members of the community who could otherwise not afford to retain an attorney and to pursue other causes that she holds dear. Dawn is a member of many organizations including the State Bar of Nevada, the Clark County Bar Association, Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys, the Nevada Society of ItalianAmerican Lawyers, Youth Charities of Southern Nevada, the Augustus Society and the Italian-American Club. She has served on the State Bar of Nevada unauthorized practice of law committee and is currently Vice Chair of the Southern Disciplinary Board Committee. Dawn has also served as a judge in the truancy diversion program.
In 1997 Dawn was appointed by Governor Bob Miller to join the State of Nevada Juvenile Justice Commission. Over the past twenty years, she was reappointed to the commission by five consecutive Governors and served on the Commission until it was disbanded. Her passion and commitment extend beyond law and family, embracing heritage and community. In 2001, Dawn along with some of her closest Italian friends and colleagues, founded La Voce “Las Vegas’s Italian-American Voice” a monthly magazine/virtual Italian neighborhood in Las Vegas. Her passion and drive have been instrumental to it’s continued growth and success.
In the true spirit of paying it forward, Dawn has been a mentor to countless troubled teens, many of whom have grown up to become successful professionals in their own right. She continues to work with groups like Hispanics in Politics, Nevada Court Watch, and Children’s Attorney Project (CAP). Attributing her accomplishments and success to the love and support of close friends and family, Dawn stays true to her Italian and Hispanic roots welcoming friends and strangers with a warm smile and a huge embrace.