Available Cases


The Pro Bono Project offers the unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of low-income individuals in Southern Nevada. The clients listed below have been accepted by our program and are currently on our waiting list for pro bono representation. Clients have been prescreened for financial income eligibility and their cases have been selected based on a number of factors, including the merits of their case, the availability of volunteers and the reasonableness of the client.

If you would like to take one of the below cases or request additional information, please click on the corresponding Case Number and submit the case interest form.

Appeals

Case Number: Appellate Court Cases- Available

Clients need help with an appellate matter. For more information please contact Noah Malgeri at nmalgeri@lacsn.org or Cindy Morales at cmorales@lacsn.org You can also submit the case interest form and indicate your interest in the Comments section.

Bankruptcy (Chapter 7)

Case Number: Multiple Cases

Clients wishing to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy are accepted for pro bono representation on a weekly basis. If you are interested in representing one of these clients, please submit the case interest form and indicate your interest in the Comments section.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Case Number: 2019-001015

This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent an eight year old little girl who came into care with her twelve year old brother on December 27, 2018 because the mother was arrested for child abuse against her the older brother.  This case has been on the wait list for approximately 100 days.  Her brother is represented by another attorney.  Mother states that she no longer wants the older brother and only wants the eight year old girl.  The mother has a history of drug abuse and has attempted suicide recently.  The siblings want different things regarding permanency; her older brother does not wish to be reunified with his natural parents while the eight year wants to be placed back with her mother.  The siblings are currently placed with their maternal grandmother. An attorney is needed to represent the eight year old child’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for June 24, 2019 at 2;30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-000709

This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a six year old little girl and her four younger siblings (ages 5 years, 3 years, 2 years, and 1 month) who were all placed into protective custody after the youngest child was born substance exposed (marijuana and methamphetamines).  Both parents eventually admitted to use, claiming it helped them keep up with work and taking care of all the kids.  Further investigation revealed that the family home had no furniture or food, and the kids were often left unsupervised.  The four older children are currently placed with their paternal grandparents.  The baby will be placed with maternal relatives, as the parents were separated at the time of his conception.  The mother is agreeable to paternity testing and the assumption is all five children have the same father.  This sibling group is in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for July 10, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.,  in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-001367

This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a newborn baby girl (born December of 2018) who came into care on December 3, 2018 due to being in need of protection as a result of her big brother being physical abused by their natural mother.  The mother is currently incarcerated and serving a sentence for (3) three counts of child abuse, neglect or endangerment. The newborn is currently placed with her siblings at her maternal great grandmother’s home. An attorney is needed to represent, only the newborn child at this time, her wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. There is a Review Hearing set for May 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2019-001129

10 year old girl and her 3 year old brother lived with their paternal grandmother due to ongoing substance abuse by their mother. CPS became involved when neighbors noticed the 3 year old running across the street to a woman, who turned out to be his biological mother.  Rather than returning him home, she just “shooshed” him away, sending him back across the street.  The baby then resumed pursuing his mother, darting again across the street.  This continued until law enforcement arrived.  Law enforcement found paternal grandmother and father in a home nearby, with the grandmother asleep.  The home is in bad condition. Grandmother claims her prescription medication makes her sleepy, but she is not taking anything sedating.  Grandmother also reports that the father was supposed to be watching the baby.  The mother comes and goes, despite still using drugs.  Paternal uncle is also in the home, and the minors are fearful of him. These children need an attorney to advocate for their wishes and legal rights as to placement, permanency, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for August 7, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-001035

3 month old baby girl came into DFS care on January 30, 2019 after mother was reported to be homeless and dealing with mental health issues. The mother was placed on a Legal 2000 hold in an effort to get her back on her medications. Mother has substantial history with DFS. It appears she may have at least 1 other child not in her care, though there is no information available to confirm as the case is believed to be from another state.  Mother also reports being through the foster system herself as a minor.  There is no information no father at this time. Mother appears to be engaged with department.  The baby is currently placed in foster care. At this time the child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Status Check set for May 21, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. and a Review Hearing set for July 16, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., Both in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2019-001656

This child was born substance exposed in September of 2018.  She tested positive for opiates at the time of her birth. Her mother has struggled for years with a heroin addiction.  Once the baby recovered from her symptoms of withdrawal, she was placed with a relative.  There are other relatives willing to take this child if needed as well.  The mother is not engaged with DFS.  The mother identified a possible father, but his name is not on the child’s birth certificate, nor is he engaged with DFS. This baby needs an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights to representation as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Permanency Planning Hearing set for August 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-001571

This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent two sisters, ages 7 year and 6 years, who came into DFS care on February 18, 2019. Children were left in the care of a reported drug addict while their mother, was hospitalized. The mother is unable to care for the children due to her incapacity as a result of continuing health and medical issues. Mother was discharged from North Vista Hospital to Harmon Medical and Rehabilitation Center for continued medical care and treatment without a discharge date. Natural father is deceased. Mother has a history with DFS. Mother appears to be engaged with the department and has agreed to pursue guardianship with the adoptive Maternal Grandmother for both girls. The children are currently placed with foster parents.  At this time the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Disposition Hearing set for May 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. and a Review Hearing set for August 6, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., Both in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2019-001079

This case is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a 2 month old baby boy who came into DFS care on February 1, 2019 as mother is unable to perform essential responsibilities. She has cognitive deficits and has displayed a pattern of inadequate care for her newborn children in the past, resulting in their failure to thrive and physical risk. Mother has a substantial history with DFS including one court substantiation, two substantiations, and two un-substantiations. She has 3 other children who were all removed from her care and subsequently adopted. Mother never completed her previous case plans for those children resulting in her termination of parental rights and relinquishment. This child is currently placed with foster care.  Mother appears to be participating in proceedings currently.  At this time the child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Disposition Hearing set for May 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. and a Motion Hearing the same date at 1:00 p.m., Both in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2019-002248

This case is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent this child, age 14 years, who came into care in March of 2019 for the allegations of physical injury abuse and neglect in her home because of physical injury to a sibling that occurred in front of this minor child, which put this child in further risk of injury. At no point did the mother interject herself into the altercation to protect the sibling. At no point were the police called or any violence reported.  This child is going to have to testify and needs an attorney as soon as possible to assist her through that process.  Also to represent her legal rights and wishes to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Pretrial Hearing set for May 30th but no time has been set yet.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for June 3, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. and a Review Hearing set for September 3, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., Both in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2016-005061

This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono to represent this child, age 10 years, who came into care with a sibling group and was placed with an attorney.  Since initially coming into care the children’s wishes have changed and are no longer in alignment with each other’s wishes.  This child is placed with one of his siblings, a younger brother.  There are some behavior issues.  There is a potential family member in California that may be able to take this child but, that still needs to be explored more.  This child feels that his siblings have a better chance of being adopted if he is not attached.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Status Check scheduled for May 22, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. and a Permanency Planning Hearing set for September 4, 2019 at 3:00 p.m., Both in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-002382

This is a conflict case that requires a pro bono attorney to represent these children, age 6 and 4 years, who came into care with a sibling group and was placed with an attorney.  Since initially coming into care the children’s wishes have changed and are no longer in alignment with each other’s wishes.  These children are the two youngest children and they are placed together.  There is an adoptive resource that has been identified but, they are only wanting to adopt these two children and not the entire sibling group.  These children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Status Check scheduled for May 22, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. and a Permanency Planning Hearing set for September 4, 2019 at 3:00 p.m., Both in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-001670

This case is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent four siblings, ages 12 years to 9 years of age, who came into DFS care in February 2019 with their three half siblings due to allegations of physical abuse by their father.  The children reported that their father would punch and kick them, hit them with a slipper and place them in dark rooms for bad behavior.  The children are fearful of their father and have reported that there is not enough food in the home.  They also reported their father as being emotionally abusive.  While law enforcement was interviewing the children at school, the father picked up two of the children and would not return to the school.  He later left the children with a sitter and did not return to pick them up.  Further contact with the father has not been established and he reportedly has left the country.  The children have been placed with their mother who resides out of state.  These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Trial set for July 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-002312

This is a conflict case and we need a pro bono volunteer to represent this child.  This child came into care on March 25, 2019.  The baby was born at friend’s home due to mother’s paranoia that medical staff would implant a GPS chip in the baby. Both parents have a history with the department and previous children have been removed from their care.  History of substance abuse, mental health and resource issues are still a concern.  The baby was still in hospital as of the last hearing.  The mother has failed to comply with the department’s requests for a mental health evaluation during previous CPS/DFS assessments.  As to the putative father, a letter has been sent to him in an attempt to schedule an appointment for assessment.  He has prior CPS involvement and has threatened DFS staff in the past for coming to his home and has refused entry to his home as well.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent his/her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Hearing set for May 20, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2018-008053

This case is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent three siblings, ages 2 years to 2 months, who came into DFS care in December 2018, due to their mother having substantial mental health issues, which are not under control. The children were in the home of the maternal grandmother, who had a temporary guardianship, but there were concerns that the mother would revoke the guardianship or leave and there were reports of an injury to one of the children while they were all in grandmother’s home. The youngest child’s father has some concerning criminal history and does not have stable housing. The fathers of the two older children are unknown. The parents have supervised visitation with the children. The children are currently placed together in a foster home. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is a Status Hearing set to discuss all pending matters on May 28, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-002631

This case is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent  these two children who have two additional siblings that will be represented by a separate attorneys as the children do not have the same wants for the outcome of the case.  These children both want to live with their older sister but, not their older brother.  The older brother has behavior issues.  The children want to go home with their mom or dad once it is safe to do so.  These children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, planning, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Permanency Planning Hearing set for September 11, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-002817

This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney.  A newborn baby boy was removed from his parents due to incidents of domestic violence. It should be noted that the mother has three other children who were previously removed due to domestic violence in another relationship. These children are represented by a CAP staff attorney making this a conflict case where we are unable to keep this in house. Although the mother is participating in classes, she continues to involve herself in domestic violence relationships and minimizes the behaviors. The father is also attending domestic violence classes.  This child is currently placed with relatives. This child is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for May 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23

Case Number: 2019-002841

This is a conflict case and we are unable to keep in house, requiring a pro bono attorney to represent two siblings, ages 7 and 5 years old, who came into DFS care in December of 2017. One of the children was medically neglected by the mother, the child was admitted to UMC where he had a seizure as a result from an infection.  The family has been experiencing housing instability, they were staying at Shade Tree, were evicted due to an incident between two older siblings, wherein one of the children was transported to detention.  There are concerns about the mother’s untreated mental health issues which include: Depression, PTSD, Anxiety and Borderline Personality Disorder.  She is not currently taking her medication.  The father neglected the subject minors by failing to provide proper care, custody, supervision, shelter or other care necessary for their well- being.  He has not had contact with the subject minor and has failed to provide financial or other support for the subject minors.  These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for June 5, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2019-002908

This is a conflict case requiring a pro bono attorney to represent 2 children, ages 7 and 1 year old, who came into DFS custody due to a domestic violence incident between the mother and father. Father caused substantial bodily harm to the mother. The mother minimized the situation but has agreed to participate in services as these children are placed with her. An older sibling, age 14, who is aligned with the father is in foster care and being represented by another attorney.  This case is for the younger 2 children only. The father’s whereabouts are currently unknown. Parental and sibling visitation will need to be addressed.  The next hearing is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for May 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-001953

This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent three siblings, ages 7 years to 2 years old, came into DFS care in September 2018 when their mother gave birth to their sister who was substance exposed.  The parents relinquished their rights to the newborn and she will be adopted. The parents admit to having a drug problem.  They also lack resources to care for these children.  There has been no contact with the natural father of the second child.  The children have been placed with relatives.  The children have weekly visits with their parents.  The two older children have been referred for services due to behavior issues.  The oldest child has a 504 plan and has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder as well.  The next hearing on this matter is set for September 3, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-003075

This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a 9 year old who came into DFS care in January 2019. He is part of a sibling group of three sisters. The three girls are represented by CAP already and are in a relative placement. This little boy was having behavioral issues in the home and has different wishes that his siblings.  He has recently been placed at Desert Parkway Behavioral Hospital.  The next hearing is a Review Hearing set for June 5, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2017-000364

This is a conflict case for our office and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a 2 year old little girl.  The baby was born early but tested negative for drug and alcohol panels.  The mother has issues with alcohol and there have been some issues with consistency on her part to fully engage with the department.  The child may be able to live with a paternal grandmother in Louisiana, however, that has not yet been established.   This child is need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation.  The next hearing on this case is a Review Hearing set for July 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2018-007663

This is a conflict case that requires a pro bono attorney to represent these five children, ages range from 16 years of age to 6 years of age.    Their current attorney is having to give back the case due to a change in circumstances.  This matter came to the attention of CPS due to natural mother being deported to mexico 5 years ago, natural father is incarcerated. The children were staying with the father’s girlfriend, however, she has decided that she can no longer care for children and is moving to California. The grandmother was given placement but has since reported she is unable to care for her grandchildren.  At this time the home is no longer safe and appropriate. The children need an adult in the home to meet their basic needs. Therefore, the children have been taken into protective custody and were last placed at Child Haven.  One of the children has some unresolved mental health issues that will need to be monitored.  The rest are doing well.  The next hearing is a Termination of Parental Rights Hearing set for May 29, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. and a Permanency Planning Hearing set for July 10, 2019 at 10:45 a.m., Both in Courtroom 11.

 

Case Number: 2018-004998

This case is a conflict case for our office that was being handled by a pro bono attorney, however, due to a change in circumstances the attorney had to give the case back and the children are once again in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights.  The children are 7 and 4 years old.  They were brought into care when their 4 yr. old brother was severely abused by their babysitter that resulted in his death.  The Department of Family Services was not able to locate the parents of the children at the time of the incident but has since tracked them down.  The next hearing is a Termination of Parental Rights Hearing set for June 4, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. and a Permanency Planning Hearing set for July 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., Both in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2018-006341

This is a conflict for our office and requires a pro bono attorney to represent one child, age 5, who came in to DFS care in May 2018 along with four siblings due to inadequate supervision. The child has some mental health issues that are being monitored.  The oldest child was found to be panhandling downtown.  Contact was made with his mother, who was subsequently arrested for Abuse/Neglect.   She has been released and is cooperating with the Department. Mother has a long history with CPS.  The children are in foster care and visitation has been arranged.   The whereabouts of the children’s fathers are currently unknown.   This child, has recently been having some behavioral and mental health issues. He has recently been admitted to the hospital and needs immediate representation. An attorney is needed to represent the child wishes and legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.  There is a Permanency Planning Hearing set for May 15, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in  Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-002880

This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a 2 year little old boy who came into DFS care in April 2019 when the newborn sibling tested positive for Amphetamines in her urine at the time of delivery. The newborn will be represented separately.  At the time of discharge the mother did not have any means to provide shelter or meet the basic needs of minors as she is currently homeless. The Father is also using illegal substances and homeless. This child is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Report and Disposition Hearing set for May 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2019-003448

This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a newborn baby who came into DFS care in April 2019 after testing positive for Amphetamines in her urine at the time of delivery.  This child has an older, 2 year old brother, who will need to be represented separately.  At the time of discharge the mother did not have any means to provide shelter or meet the basic needs of minors as she is currently homeless. The Father is also using illegal substances and homeless. This child is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is a Report and Disposition Hearing set for May 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2019-002872

This is a conflict case for our office.  We need a pro bono attorney to represent two siblings, ages 14 years and 7 years, who came into DFS care in April 2019 due to their mother’s emotional instability seriously impairing her ability to care for her children.  The mother was presenting bizarre and unpredictable behaviors.  The oldest child reports that his mother had pushed him to the ground and was verbally abusive towards him.  The Police have responded to the mother’s home eight times for her bizarre behaviors.  The mother is not taking her prescribed medications for her mental health condition.  She has been evicted from her home and lost employment due to her inability to control her actions.  Contact with the oldest child’s father has not been established.  The children have been placed with the youngest child’s natural father.  The children have an older brother who is not a part of this case and visitation between the siblings has already been established.  The children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for May 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2019-003362

This is a conflict case for our office and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a 2 year old little boy who came into DFS care on April 26, 2019 after mother dropped him off to her ex-boyfriend and failed to come back for a few days. Mother’s explanation as to why she did not return from the child did not add up. Mother is struggling with homelessness and substance use is suspected. Father is reported to be in and out of jail on domestic violence charges. There is history of domestic violence towards mother, and she reports fear of father being able to track her down and find her. This little boy’s mother appears to be engaged but the department has yet to locate the father. The child is currently in foster care.   This child is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for May 21, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2019-003613

This is a conflict case for our office and a pro bono is required to represent this child, age 9, who came into care due to mom’s untreated mental health issues in which her children became fearful that mom was going to hurt them.  This is the second petition for this family. This child does not have any mental health or special education needs.  Mom has not made much progress on her case plan the father is incarcerated in federal prison.  This child had an attorney up until recently when him and his brother’s wishes no longer aligned and created a conflict.  This child wants to reunify with his mom but only if his brother will be with him.  Something his brother does not currently want.  Sibling visitation will need to be addressed.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and rights to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for May 22, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. and an Adjudicatory Hearing set for June 3, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., Both in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-003610

This is a conflict case for our office and a pro bono is required to represent this child, age 16, who came into care due to mom’s untreated mental health issues in which her children became fearful that mom was going to hurt them.  This is the second petition for this family. This child does not have any mental health or special education needs.  Mom has not made much progress on her case plan and the father is not involved.  This child had an attorney up until recently when him and his brother’s wishes no longer aligned and created a conflict.  This child wants to stay with his current placement and does not want to be placed with his younger brother or mother.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and rights to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is a Review Hearing set for May 22, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. and an Adjudicatory Hearing set for June 3, 2019 at 1:30 p.m., Both in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-003505

A 12 year old girl who came into DFS care in March 2019 with concerns about her living arrangements and suspected drug use with her mother.  The mother has hidden the child from the department when someone was sent to check on her well being.  The child has been seen with marks on her face.  Once mother was heard threatening to harm herself and the child with an ice pick.  Most recently in May of 2019 a report came in and it was found that the mother and child were homeless.  The child reported she was staying with different strangers and occasionally stayed at shelters as well.  At this point the child was transported to Child Haven.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for May 29, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2019-003604

This case is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a little girl, age 7, who reported that her 10 year old brother sexually abused her. This behavior had been going on for over a year at the time of the report. The department has tried to schedule multiple interviews, but the family would cancel or not show.  The child was not in school and could not be interviewed and the brother did not make any disclosures when questioned. The family has participated with Nevada Integrated Health services however and the brother did make some disclosures at that point with the therapist.  Both children were sexually abused prior to moving to Las Vegas.  Contact has not been made with either child’s father.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for May 22, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2019-003420

This is a conflict case for our office and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a 2 year old boy who came into DFS care in May 2019 when his mother was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Since there was no parent or legal guardian available to care for the child he was brought into care. This child is currently placed in a foster home.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for May 29, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2019-003685

This is a conflict case for our office and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a one month old baby who came into care near the end of April 2019 following allegations of abuse to his siblings.  This child’s father is the alleged perpetrator .  The explanations of falling and then kidnapping that were provided by the children’s mother are implausible and she cannot provide facts or dates to support her claim.  Based on the mothers failure to take an action, such as contacting law enforcement or CPS, and her unwillingness to perform her care giving duties with a protective capacity towards the children, the children were removed from the home.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for May 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2019-003530

This is a conflict case for our office and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a newborn baby boy who came into DFS care in May 2019, due allegations of physical risk because his mother already has two minor children in the care of the Department of Family Services.  His siblings remain in care due mothers ongoing domestic violence and drug abuse.  The child is currently placed in a foster home separate from his siblings.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for June 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2019-003687

This is a conflict case for our office and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a 17 year old girl who came into DFS care in April 2019 when she disclosed being sexual abused by her mothers boyfriend, when she was in the 2nd or 3rd grade.  The child disclosed this information in a therapeutic setting.  The mother was not aware of the abuse, but said that her daughter has never liked her boyfriend.  Mother admitted her boyfriend is very controlling, verbally and physically abusive toward her and she was aware the boyfriend made her daughter uncomfortable.  According to mom, she has tried to leave him multiple times and he finds and stalks her.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for May 22, 2019 at 9:40 a.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2019-002525

This is a conflict case and requires a pro bono attorney to represent a 1 year old little boy who came into DFS care in May 2019, after his father was arrested for drug possession.  At the time of the arrest, the child was found in a known drug house and the occupants informed the police that they did not know where his father was.  While CPS was inspecting the home, CPS observed movement in a closet, which turned out to be the father hiding.  The child’s mother is currently in prison and unable to take her son.  The child has various half-siblings who have been in the system, some of which have been adopted.  This child is currently in a foster home, but there may be a family member who can take him.  This child is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for June 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-003333

Two boys, six & three years of age, came into DFS custody in April 2019, when they were found home alone after their mother left them to go buy drugs.   The mother was arrested for child neglect.  CPS found maternal relatives locally, but they could not take long term placement.  The paternal grandfather of the six year old was able to take placement.   These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for May 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2019-003646

This is a conflict case for our office and requires a pro bono attorney to represent two siblings, ages 4 and 3 years old, who came into DFS care in May of 2019  due to domestic violence between the parents with one of the children intervening. The parents have a history of engaging in domestic violence while under the influence.  A knife was involved in the incident.  It is relevant that the parents have a history of physical domestic violence and substance abuse that predates the birth of these kids and continues to occur in the presence of these two children. The father was arrested for child abuse in this matter, since then has been released with extensive supervision. The children are currently placed with a Maternal Aunt.  These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  There is an Adjudicatory Plea Hearing set for June 5, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 21.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2018-001634

Client stated someone vandalized the electrics of her car and it stopped running.  Client asked a mechanic to fix the car.  Client was told that they would inspect it and tell her how much it would cost to repair.  1 week later client was quoted $2,500.00 for replacement wiring and fuses.  Client then told the mechanic that she had to try and gather that amount of money. Client was able to come up with $500.00 for a deposit which she was initially quoted, to get the work started.  When client showed up at the repair shop she was then told it would be $750 to start repairs on the car.   Two days later client was able to come up with the remainder $250.00.  Mechanic then told client she would have to pay $2,500.00 to start work.  Client stated she begged and pleaded with mechanic but they declined to do the work, and charged her thousands of dollars for “storage” on the car which they will require to allow her to collect her car, even though no work was done.  Client contacted the BBB and DMV and filed a complaint against the car shop.  The mechanic put a lien on the car without telling client or sending her any notices.

Case Number: 2019-000307

Type of case: lawsuit for personal property
Spanish speaking client is a single mother of two. Client alleges her boyfriend, with whom she was living, molested her teenage daughter and had been for years. Client left the home and reported the matter to law enforcement. After boyfriend was arrested client returned to the home to collect her belongings, but the home had been vacated, locks changed and all her property removed. Client suspects her boyfriend’s family did this, but they will not speak to her. She needs help recovering for her lost property, which she estimates was worth several thousand dollars, from the family.

Case Number: 2019-000963

Type of case: Debt & Other Title of Property
Spanish speaking, father with 6 minor children at home, seeks help with representation in a District Court case after being served with a Complaint on or about January 30, 2019. Plaintiff is suing for violations of Clark County, Nevada-Code of Ordinances 9.04.240, Unjust Enrichment, and Foreclosure of Liens. Plaintiff also seeks substantial damages for non-payment of garbage collection fees. On Christmas Eve 2014, client was hit by a vehicle. The driver was his current girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. The individual was charged with attempted man slaughter. Client did not receive any insurance compensation after the criminal case, because it was an intentional act. The injuries client sustained kept him out of work for a few years. However, he has recently returned to work. Client is concerned about losing his property. He would like an attorney to help negotiate a repayment plan and assist with the District Court case.

Case Number: 2019-000911

Client is seeking assistance to sue an auto repair entity. In September of 2018 she took her car to the facility to get an inspection because she felt the vehicle was running weird. They suggested an engine replacement. October 2018, PC paid $1500 as a Non-refundable deposit to get the engine replaced with a remanufactured engine. Additionally, PC paid $750 for engine assembly and shipping. Client was informed that the engine came w/ a 1 year warranty, however, they did not provide paperwork for it. A couple of months after the work was done, Client still felt the vehicle running weird. A mechanic friend determined the engine was replaced with as used motor. She went back to the repair facility with this information and they were unwilling to help. The replacement motor is defective. Client is seeking legal assistance to get her money back.

Case Number: 2019-001842

Spanish speaking client won a 2019 Polaris Quad at the Redrock Station. His friend told him he would store the vehicle for him. Friend stored the vehicle for approx. 2 weeks. Client states after that he went to collect his vehicle, but his friend said no. Mr. Vargas called the police to come out. The police told Mr. Vargas that it was a civil legal issue and he had to go through court. A couple days later he calls the police again and they go down to friend’s house to try to collect the vehicle again. Friend’s wife answered the door and told police that he is not home to come back when he is there. Client is not working at this time he is disabled having dialysis and is about to have surgery.

Case Number: 2019-001818

Spanish speaking client is single, purchased a home with a man in 2018 who never moved in with her. Client then added her partner to the deed (not the same friend). Later, the friend (co-purchaser) kicked client and her partner out. She is seeking pro bono assistance in negotiation talks with co-owners to refinance home to remove her from the mortgage or a file a partition lawsuit.

Case Number: 2018-007911

Spanish speaking client is a single mother of 3, head of household. She needs assistance w/ disputing a contract for Solar Panels. Client had filled out an application electronically for solar panels and financing. The solar panel company told her that she would be receiving an $8k tax credit which would lower her payment. Client accepted for this reason.  When she applied for the credit, she did not get it, so the solar panel company gave her a discount of equivalent amount so she proceeded. Client then proceeded w/ getting the panels installed. When she received her first invoice she realized that they did not give her the rebate, and when she called to address the issue, the company cut off all contact with her. Later on she found out the company has an active bankruptcy case pending. Client also mentioned that she’s been experiencing power outages in her home so she contacted her homeowners insurance to run an investigation. They came to the conclusion that the work the company did to connect the Solar Panels was not done properly and faulty wires are causing these outages. Client stopped paying the monthly installments due the balance being incorrect and the other problems, but she is afraid her home will be liened. She wants assistance w/ voiding the agreement

Case Number: 2019-001645

Client is seeking assistance w/ getting a $2k reimbursement from adverse party who was helping client w/ a small claims matter. The adverse party is not licensed to provide the legal services he’s been performing. When client encountered legal issues w/ her realtor, adverse party offered his legal services to assist client w/ taking her realtor to court. Adverse charged her $2k in order to commence the work and provided a Spanish-language agreement in which he explains the responsibilities of both parties including the $2k “retainer” and his portion of the payout from the judgment. Client became wary of Adverse when he contacted her to stop by his office to sign a durable power of attorney.  When she refused to sign Adverse became upset and refused to give client her documents and her $2k “retainer”.

Case Number: 2019-001878

Route 91 shooting survivor is seeking a consultation regarding her discontinuation of long-term disability benefits provided by employer insurance. The client had a pre-existing ankle condition which significantly affected her mobility prior to 1 October, and she consequently worsened this condition when she ran for two miles to escape the violence. Towards the end of 2018, client switched orthopedic providers and the disability insurance was not timely provided with certification of client’s continued disability. The client’s case was closed and appealed, providing the client with the opportunity to submit the needed medical documentation. However, the appeal decision still remained unfavorable: despite certification from the client’s orthopedic doctor, a validating and concurrent review from the disability insurance’s third-party physician, and an ankle procedure that would occur less than one month following the final appeal decision, the client’s benefits were not reinstated. Disability provider instead concluded that the client can return to her previous employment and, per the insurer’s own occupational analysis, seemingly misclassified the level of physical demand which the client would be expected to perform in the specific course of her employment.

Case Number: 2019-002518

Disabled client is seeking assistance with suing her apartment complex for damage to her personal property. On a recent evening, her fire alarm went off; after checking her unit she realized the hose of her dryer was smoking. She contacted the fire dept. immediately. They put out the fire and removed the stackable dryer from her apartment unit. Shortly after the fire dept. left, she claims she saw smoke outside her window. She stepped outside and noticed there was smoke coming out from the unit behind her. She alerted all neighbors and called the fire dept. again. By the time the fire was put out, multiple units were burned which put 18 families out of their home according to the client. Apartment refuses to be liable for their tenant’s property damage. Client estimates her property loss at $15k. The fire dept. told her the fire was caused because the dryer has not been properly maintained (the dryer unit is built into the unit and was present upon move in). The fire dept. assessed the dryer and indicated that it was ten years old and had lint packed very tightly inside the whole machine. The units were scheduled to be demolished due to fire damage. Legal Aid Center staff sent a litigation hold letter. Client is seeking pro-bono assistance to sue the complex.

Case Number: 2019-000611

Client would like assistance in collecting his default judgment of $200,814. Default Judgment is against RED (“Real Estate Development”) Las Vegas, Inc., Orlando Vera, Christian Delgado, Juan Robles, Tanya Chaverri, and Latino Global, LLC. The State of Nevada prosecuted Orlando Vera in Eighth Judicial District Court Case Number C-14-301201-1.  Mr. Vera pleaded guilty.  His sentence included making restitution payments to all 63 victims jointly and severally with Jose Christian Delgado and Juan Estaban Robles.  Mr. Vera was ordered to make an initial restitution payment/deposition in the amount of $248,000.00 on July 7, 2015.  He has since been ordered to submit a minimum monthly restitution payment of $250.00.  Jose Christian Delgado and Juan Estaban Robles have also been prosecuted in Eighth Judicial District Court Case Numbers C-14-301201-2 and C-14-301201-3, respectively, but they do not have any assets available to contribute towards the restitution payments. There are two residential properties that remain in the name of Real Estate Development, LLC, but both are now being controlled by the Clark County Treasurer and are expected to be sold at auction due to tax deeds that were recorded against the properties.  These properties are 4506 Alpine Place Las Vegas, NV 89107 (APN 139-31-410-105) and 5472 W. Alexander Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89130 (APN 138-01-406-008). Client would like assistance in enforcement of his civil judgment.

Case Number: 2019-002314

Disabled, elder client seeking assistance w/ a Balloon Mortgage. In July of 2018, client acquired his mother’s property through probate. Client inquired the possibility of doing a reverse mortgage. His realtor advised him that he wouldn’t qualify unless he remodeled the property because it was in bad shape and offered to assist him w/ the process. Realtor advised that he should obtain a home equity loan to afford the repairs needed and began the process. Two weeks after their conversation, realtor picked him up and drove him to the realty to sign forms. After signing he received a $60k loan however, he only received $46k because the remaining $14k was applied to “fees, Interest, and taxes”. He made $30k available to realtor immediately to begin the renovations. Around August 2018, realtor assured  the work was almost completed. He asked for another $7k for carpet installation and a stove that needed to be replaced. He gave realtor the $7k and never heard from him after that day.

Turns out client had actually signed for a balloon mortgage Loan, not a home equity loan. Client looked through the contract and realized the addresses included there are unknown to him. The agreement also states the property is his “investment” property which is untrue. The principal balloon payments together w/ all accrued interest is fully due by July 17th 2019. Client is afraid he is approaching foreclosure risk and wants assistance w/ investigating this loan agreement and possibly voiding it if he has any defenses. He also claims that the work done on the property wasn’t completed because his ceiling is currently caving in and his floors are unfinished.

Domestic Violence

Case Number: 2019-000068

Applicant seeks a divorce. Parties separated since 2012. Applicant describes domestic violence of using children, yelling, screaming, emotional abuse. There is one child of the union, 9 years old. Child resides with the applicant in LV. Adverse party resides in LV. Applicant requests Joint/Joint custody with visits for other party. No Community property. No Community Debt. No spousal Support request.

Case Number: 2019-002452

Client is seeking a divorce due to domestic violence, after recent separate due to same. Client and husband have two minor children who reside with the client here in Las Vegas. Client is seeking primary custody with visitation for father. Client moved out and in with her mother and the children. There is no active case. There is a retirement and one car for community property. Client is seeking spousal support as well. Husband lives in Las Vegas.

Case Number: 2019-002497

Domestic violence victim seeks assistance with divorce after sixteen year marriage. There are 2 children: 14 and 12 years old, who reside with client in Henderson. Opposing party also resides in Henderson. Client is seeking sole/joint custody for school year (with visits for opposing party during the summers). There is no active case. There is a house and a car to divide. No request for spousal support. There is also some credit card debt to divide.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2019-000068

Applicant seeks a divorce. Parties separated since 2012. Applicant describes domestic violence of using children, yelling, screaming, emotional abuse. There is one child of the union, 9 years old. Child resides with the applicant in LV. Adverse party resides in LV. Applicant requests Joint/Joint custody with visits for other party. No Community property. No Community Debt. No spousal Support request.

Case Number: 2019-002452

Client is seeking a divorce due to domestic violence, after recent separate due to same. Client and husband have two minor children who reside with the client here in Las Vegas. Client is seeking primary custody with visitation for father. Client moved out and in with her mother and the children. There is no active case. There is a retirement and one car for community property. Client is seeking spousal support as well. Husband lives in Las Vegas.

Case Number: 2019-001085

Client has been married for about six years, separated for the last year; seeks a divorce due to husband’s infidelity. Both parties live in Las Vegas. There is one minor child of the union who lives with client. There is no active case. Husband has not seen the child in about a year.

Client seeks spousal support and there are two vehicles of community property.

Case Number: 2019-002497

Domestic violence victim seeks assistance with divorce after sixteen year marriage. There are 2 children: 14 and 12 years old, who reside with client in Henderson. Opposing party also resides in Henderson. Client is seeking sole/joint custody for school year (with visits for opposing party during the summers). There is no active case. There is a house and a car to divide. No request for spousal support. There is also some credit card debt to divide.

Federal

Case Number: Multiple cases

Landlord/Tenant

Case Number: 2019-002518

Disabled client is seeking assistance with suing her apartment complex for damage to her personal property. On a recent evening, her fire alarm went off; after checking her unit she realized the hose of her dryer was smoking. She contacted the fire dept. immediately. They put out the fire and removed the stackable dryer from her apartment unit. Shortly after the fire dept. left, she claims she saw smoke outside her window. She stepped outside and noticed there was smoke coming out from the unit behind her. She alerted all neighbors and called the fire dept. again. By the time the fire was put out, multiple units were burned which put 18 families out of their home according to the client. Apartment refuses to be liable for their tenant’s property damage. Client estimates her property loss at $15k. The fire dept. told her the fire was caused because the dryer has not been properly maintained (the dryer unit is built into the unit and was present upon move in). The fire dept. assessed the dryer and indicated that it was ten years old and had lint packed very tightly inside the whole machine. The units were scheduled to be demolished due to fire damage. Legal Aid Center staff sent a litigation hold letter. Client is seeking pro-bono assistance to sue the complex.

Real Estate Fraud

Case Number: 2019-000963

Type of case: Debt & Other Title of Property
Spanish speaking, father with 6 minor children at home, seeks help with representation in a District Court case after being served with a Complaint on or about January 30, 2019. Plaintiff is suing for violations of Clark County, Nevada-Code of Ordinances 9.04.240, Unjust Enrichment, and Foreclosure of Liens. Plaintiff also seeks substantial damages for non-payment of garbage collection fees. On Christmas Eve 2014, client was hit by a vehicle. The driver was his current girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. The individual was charged with attempted man slaughter. Client did not receive any insurance compensation after the criminal case, because it was an intentional act. The injuries client sustained kept him out of work for a few years. However, he has recently returned to work. Client is concerned about losing his property. He would like an attorney to help negotiate a repayment plan and assist with the District Court case.

Case Number: 2019-001818

Spanish speaking client is single, purchased a home with a man in 2018 who never moved in with her. Client then added her partner to the deed (not the same friend). Later, the friend (co-purchaser) kicked client and her partner out. She is seeking pro bono assistance in negotiation talks with co-owners to refinance home to remove her from the mortgage or a file a partition lawsuit.

Case Number: 2018-007911

Spanish speaking client is a single mother of 3, head of household. She needs assistance w/ disputing a contract for Solar Panels. Client had filled out an application electronically for solar panels and financing. The solar panel company told her that she would be receiving an $8k tax credit which would lower her payment. Client accepted for this reason.  When she applied for the credit, she did not get it, so the solar panel company gave her a discount of equivalent amount so she proceeded. Client then proceeded w/ getting the panels installed. When she received her first invoice she realized that they did not give her the rebate, and when she called to address the issue, the company cut off all contact with her. Later on she found out the company has an active bankruptcy case pending. Client also mentioned that she’s been experiencing power outages in her home so she contacted her homeowners insurance to run an investigation. They came to the conclusion that the work the company did to connect the Solar Panels was not done properly and faulty wires are causing these outages. Client stopped paying the monthly installments due the balance being incorrect and the other problems, but she is afraid her home will be liened. She wants assistance w/ voiding the agreement

Case Number: 2019-002314

Disabled, elder client seeking assistance w/ a Balloon Mortgage. In July of 2018, client acquired his mother’s property through probate. Client inquired the possibility of doing a reverse mortgage. His realtor advised him that he wouldn’t qualify unless he remodeled the property because it was in bad shape and offered to assist him w/ the process. Realtor advised that he should obtain a home equity loan to afford the repairs needed and began the process. Two weeks after their conversation, realtor picked him up and drove him to the realty to sign forms. After signing he received a $60k loan however, he only received $46k because the remaining $14k was applied to “fees, Interest, and taxes”. He made $30k available to realtor immediately to begin the renovations. Around August 2018, realtor assured  the work was almost completed. He asked for another $7k for carpet installation and a stove that needed to be replaced. He gave realtor the $7k and never heard from him after that day.

Turns out client had actually signed for a balloon mortgage Loan, not a home equity loan. Client looked through the contract and realized the addresses included there are unknown to him. The agreement also states the property is his “investment” property which is untrue. The principal balloon payments together w/ all accrued interest is fully due by July 17th 2019. Client is afraid he is approaching foreclosure risk and wants assistance w/ investigating this loan agreement and possibly voiding it if he has any defenses. He also claims that the work done on the property wasn’t completed because his ceiling is currently caving in and his floors are unfinished.

Record Sealing / Warrants

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