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: 2017-002939

The Respondent needs representation in this appeal arising from a district court order denying a motion to modify child custody. The parties were never married. They have one child, now five years old. The parties entered a stipulated parenting plan agreeing to share joint physical custody. The parties began not complying with the parenting plan, and filed competing motions to modify custody in the district court. The district court appointed a psychological expert to evaluate the parties and the circumstances. In addition, appellant made allegations of sexual misconduct by respondent, but it is not clear whether criminal charges have been pursued. This is Supreme Court Case #72713. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 7/31/17.

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: 2016-006246

Three siblings, ages 6 to 4, came into DFS care in December, 2016 after natural mother and her boyfriend were arrested following a domestic violence incident. The natural mother was also arrested on warrants, including one related to a 2013 probation for Child Abuse/Neglect; she will be incarcerated until June 2017. The natural father of the two youngest children never completed his case plan for domestic violence issues after children were previously removed in 2013. All three children have speech delays and are delayed in their developmental progress. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal interests regarding placement, permanency and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-006035

A 9 year old came into DFS care with his older brother came in December, 2016 due to their mother’s drug use, mental health issues and neglect. The children have been taken into care on two previous occasions, one time for sexual abuse of this client’s brother by the mother’s boyfriend. There are mental health concerns for both the client and his brother; the children are being seen by a therapist. The children are placed together in foster care and will be given separate attorneys due to potential conflict of interests. This client needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000137

Four siblings, age 3 years to 7 months, came into care at different times, from May, 2015 to September, 2016 due to mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, and environmental concerns. Their parents have made efforts to address their issues, but are regressing to old habits. The children are currently placed together in foster care. They need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000521

Sister and brother, ages 13 and 8, came into DFS care in January, 2017 when their mother came to their school under the influence to withdraw the children from school and move them to Washington. Their mother, and one of the children disclosed abusive behavior by the maternal grandmother. The oldest child’s father is in prison and the youngest child’s father’s location is unknown. The children are court ordered to be placed together. The siblings are currently placed in Child Haven, however, the oldest child’s paternal grandparents want placement of her only. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001195

Two siblings, ages 7 and 2, came into DFS care with their older brother in February, 2017 due to allegations of inadequate supervision, sexual abuse, and neglect. Their mother has a mental disorder and is reportedly not taking her medication. The youngest child was reportedly sexually abused by her 8-year old brother; he said he learned this behavior by watching his mother and her boyfriend have sex. The children are currently placed at Child Haven. They need an attorney to represent their wishes and legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001193

An 8-year old boy came into DFS care with his younger sisters in February, 2017 due to allegations of inadequate supervision, sexual abuse, and neglect. His mother has a mental disorder and is reportedly not taking her medication. The client also requires medication for ADHD and ODD, but his mother does not provide him with the medication. This client was sexually acting out with his 2-year old sister and said he learned this behavior by watching his mother and her boyfriend have sex. The client is currently placed at Child Haven. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000908

A 9 year old boy came into DFS care in February, 2017 due to his mother’s arrest for domestic violence against his father and outstanding warrants. He is currently placed with his maternal grandparents. The client has reportedly stated he does not feel safe with his mother. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000043

Two siblings, ages 13 years and 1 year, came into DFS care in December, 2016 after being removed from the custody of their grandmother due to her drug use. Their mother abuses drugs and their fathers are incarcerated. They are currently placed with fictive kin. They need an attorney to represent their wishes and legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001639

Two siblings, ages 14 years and 9 years, came into DFS care in March, 2017 upon their mother’s death. The children are currently placed with the younger sibling’s paternal aunt. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001837

A 19-year old young woman was removed from her mother’s care when she was a minor due to alleged sexual abuse by her stepfather. The client is under voluntary court jurisdiction and taking part in the Step Up program. Under the Step Up program, client is required to maintain a job or attend school; client is currently doing neither and is at risk of losing her assistance. Client does not have a stable residence, she is couch-surfing with friends. Client’s important documents such as ID, Social Security care, and birth certificate are at her parents’ house and they will not allow her access to the documents. Client needs an attorney to represent her and ensure she is meeting the program requirements as well as assist with any other legal matters that may arise as she transitions to adulthood and remains under the dependency court’s jurisdiction.

Case Number: 2017-002282

A 7-year old boy came into DFS care with three siblings in September, 2015 when their natural father burned one of the sibling’s hands on the gas stove. Neither parent took the child for medical attention. The parents are reportedly working their case plans. The parents currently reside in California but they intend to move back to Nevada. This client is placed in a foster home with one sibling and the other two siblings are placed together in a separate foster home. All siblings were previously represented by a CAP attorney, however a conflict of interests arouse between the siblings and the attorney had to withdraw. Each child will now need their own attorney. This client would like to return to his parents’ care. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place. There is a TPR Trial on June 30, 2017 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2014-005185

A 5 year old girl came into DFS care with siblings in 2014 due to neglect and improper supervision. The children were placed in a trial home placement with their natural mother and maternal grandmother until their mother ran away with this client’s siblings. Mother recently returned and the siblings were placed together in foster care. This client is currently placed with her grandmother and reportedly does not wish to return to her mother’s care. There is also an older sibling who lives with his natural father. The client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002263

An 8-year old girl came into DFS care with her sister in October, 2016 due to domestic violence between their natural mother and her boyfriend. The girls are currently placed with their maternal aunt and uncle. The siblings were previously represented by the same CAP attorney, however a conflict of interests arouse between the siblings and the attorney had to withdraw. Each child will now need their own attorney. This client would like to return to her natural mother’s care and have visitation with her father. She needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002064

Three siblings, ages 4 years to 3 months, came into DFS custody in April, 2017 due to physical abuse. Father beat mother while she was holding their baby and inadvertently struck the baby causing a skull fracture. Mother took her baby to the hospital but in doing so left her other young children at home alone. The police arrested and incarcerated both parents. The children are currently placed together with their maternal aunt. They need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000151

A 7 month old baby girl came into DFS custody in October, 2016 due to her mother’s incarceration. Mother was incarcerated at the time of her birth and has four other children in DFS custody. Mother reportedly has issues with domestic violence and substance abuse. Child’s father’s identity is unknown. Child is currently placed in foster care; her foster mother speaks Spanish only. Child has a maternal aunt is Hawaii who is willing to adopt the child if mother’s paternal rights are terminated or relinquished. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place. There is Permanent Planning Hearing on October 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2017-002485

A 4 month old baby boy came back into DFS care in May, 2017. Client originally came into care in January 2017 after being born drug-exposed. Subsequently, he was placed with dad and the matter was closed. However, Dad was allowing Mom to babysit while he worked and the child was removed from Dad’s care. There are concerns about dad’s protective capacity because he allows mom to babysit when he works. Mom has other children in foster care. Her rights to them have been terminated or are pending termination. Client is now placed with fictive kin who are the adoptive resource for the siblings. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002173

A 5 year old boy came into DFS care in April, 2017 after Dad was arrested for outstanding bail warrants for assault and battery. Dad caught officers’ attention when he was acting bizarrely with child at the airport. During his arrest, dad claimed to be homeless and appeared disturbed. Dad is currently incarcerated. Both parents have drug abuse and mental health issues. Mom is reportedly willing to engage in substance abuse treatment. Child is currently placed with maternal grandmother. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002423

Two siblings, ages 6 and 1, came into DFS care with an older brother in March, 2017 when their mom was arrested and there was no adult to care for children. Mother has a history of arrests. The house was found in disarray; i.e.: filthy living areas, rotting food, urine and mildew smell, unmaintained utilities, and minimal food. The children were filthy and unkempt. Dad is believed to be incarcerated. Clients are currently placed with maternal aunt. Their older brother has his own attorney. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002541

Three siblings, ages 9 years to newborn, came into DFS custody in May, 2017 when the youngest child was born substance exposed to opiates, methamphetamine, and marijuana. The baby suffers from withdrawals, sneezing, and tremors. Mom does not have any supplies for her baby or housing. The baby was placed in foster care and the older siblings were placed with fictive kin. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002218

A 4 year old girl came into DFS custody due to neglect, her parents’ drug abuse, and domestic violence between parents. Drugs were found in the home and were within child’s reach. There was also a loaded gun in the home. Mom is currently attending Drug Court. Client is placed with her maternal grandparents. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002469

A 7 month old baby girl came into DFS care in May, 2017 after suffering a clavicle fracture. Mom said that her baby was playing on a pillow. When mom looked away, she heard the baby scream in pain. She picked up the baby and saw that her collar cone was deformed. Dad woke up when he heard the baby scream. Parents took the baby to the hospital where the doctor diagnosed her fractured clavicle. Client is still in the hospital. She needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001814

A 16 year old girl came into DFS custody in April, 2017 when relatives dropped her off at Child Haven and stated they were no longer able to care for her. Her mother is reportedly abusing drugs and prostituting. Her legal father had a paternity test done when she was 9 years old and when he found out he wasn’t her biological father, he dropped her off with relatives. She lived with those relatives until they dropped her off at Child Haven. Legal father may also be abusing drugs. Client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002035

A 9 month old baby girl came into DFS custody in October, 2016 due to her mothers’ drug use. Mother has history with DFS and her parental rights to another child were terminated. Client is currently placed with foster parents, who adopted her half-sibling. She is reportedly doing well in this placement and has been with them since October, 2016. They are an adoptive resource for this client. In March, 2017, after other potential fathers were ruled out, client’s natural father was identified. Dad is incarcerated with an expected release date in October, 2017. He requested that child be placed with his mother and sister, however when DFS conducted the background check, they found a DV charge from 2010 that was not disclosed. Family members provided an explanation of DV incident but DFS will need to get management approval in order to place child with Dad’s family. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001929

Two siblings, ages 7 and 2, came into DFS custody in April, 2017 due to domestic violence between the parents and Mom’s unaddressed mental health issues. It has also been reported that Dad may be selling drugs. The family does not have a support system because they just moved here from another state. The children are currently placed at Child Haven awaiting a foster placement. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001171

A 2 year old girl came into DFS custody in March, 2017 when she was left home alone with a friend’s child, a 5 year old, while Mom went to get cigarettes. There are allegations of substance abuse and instability in housing. Dad is currently in prison and his release date is unknown. Client is currently placed at Child Haven. She needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002169

A 12 year old girl came into DFS care with two siblings in February, 2017 due to physical abuse. Dad allegedly beat this client’s sibling with a cane. After coming into DFS care, this client’s other sibling disclosed sexual abuse by Dad. When DFS contacted Mom regarding recent allegations against Dad, she said she would come get the children but has not yet done so. Mom lives out of state and states that Dad took kids from her with a fraudulent custody order and she has had no contact since. This client has stated she does not want to go with Mom; she doesn’t trust her. The client’s siblings have their own attorney due to initial conflicting interests. However, all three of the children now have a desire to move out of state to live with their paternal aunt. This client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002225

A 2 year old girl came into DFS custody with two older siblings in February, 2017 after mom attempted suicide in front of all three of her children. Mom reportedly has mental health and alcohol abuse issues as well as a lack of resources to care for the children. Client was the only child removed from the home and placed in foster care as the other children remain in the home with their natural father. Mom and client have a TPO against this client’s natural father, out of Utah. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000451

Three siblings, ages 6 to 1, came into DFS custody in January, 2017 after Dad allegedly sexually abused their half-sister. Mom stated that victim told her about the abuse a year ago, but then recanted it. Dad denies the allegations and claims victim is lying. Mom is staying with relatives and has placement of the children. Dad agreed to stay away during the investigation, but he has supervised visitation with the clients. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001650

A 2 year old boy came into DFS custody in March, 2017 when he was found walking down a sidewalk alone and unsupervised. He was found with urine soaked shorts and his skin was cracked and covered in blood, scars, and scabs. Eventually, the child’s adult sister discovered that he was missing. She searched the neighborhood until a neighbor told her police took the child. Mom was at work when the child went missing and she left immediately when she found out. The adult sister believes the child climbed out a window because the front door was locked. The family has a history with DFS. Client is currently placed with a cousin. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002377

Two siblings, ages 15 and 13, came into DFS care in October, 2016 due to Parents’ substance abuse, inadequate shelter, mental health issues, domestic violence incidents, and poor supervision. The family was homeless. Mom was not working and dad was on disability. The children were placed with their maternal aunt and uncle. Mom refused Department engagement and dad was unable to care for the children. He wishes for them to remain with their aunt and uncle. Both parents have made little to no progress towards behavior change to reach their case plan goals. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001889

A 1-year old girl came into DFS care due to inadequate supervision, shelter, and neglect. She was found filthy with dirt all over her body. Currently, mom is incarcerated, but is scheduled to be released after she sits out her bench warrants. Dad was not contacted because the Department was unable to do a diligent search. Relative caregivers were contacted, but have not responded to being a placement resource. Mom stated that she recently started using spice synthetic marijuana, which explains her erratic behavior. Child seems to only drink milk and lacks motor skills for her age. She cannot walk or stand yet. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001803

Four siblings, ages 3 years to 1 month, came into DFS care due to allegations of physical abuse of one of the children by mom’s boyfriend. In addition there were concerns of drug paraphernalia, a BB-gun, and a half-smoked joint. The children were placed with dad for a safety plan. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001928

A 4 month old baby boy came into DFS care with 3 skull fractures. He was treated at the hospital. Mom’s initial explanation was inconsistent with the child’s injuries. She initially claimed that a beer mug fell on the child’s head as she swatted away her puppy. She now claims that she accidentally banged the child’s head against the entertainment center as she swatted away her puppy. Her newest explanation may be consistent with the child’s injuries. She did not want to look like a bad mom. She also claims that the same puppy caused a small cut above the child’s eyebrow when it was playing nearby. This happened a week prior to the skull fractures. She may have postpartum depression. The Department has an in-home safety plan with paternal grandma and cousin. The child will be released to his natural parents with the safety plan. They will reside at paternal grandma’s home. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001927

A 4 year old boy came into DFS care after mom made homicidal threats towards him. She said that she was going to kill him and beat him up. She later expressed remorse because she was having a panic attack and was stressed out. The child had bruises on his chest and scratches on his body. Mom blamed the dog. Dad is in Brazil. The Department was able to develop an in home safety plan with mom. The child is with mom, while they are living with the paternal grandma. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000402

A 5 month old baby boy came into DFS care the day after he was born because of exposure to drugs. Baby suffered withdrawal. Mom tested positive for amphetamines and opiates when he was born. Mom has an interest in inpatient treatment so that she can have custody of her son in the future. Currently, dad is unable to care for baby because of unstable housing, substance abuse, and criminal activity. Baby is currently placed with maternal grandparents. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000716

Two siblings, ages 4 and 3, came into DFS care and were placed with their paternal grandma after their other sibling claimed that mom’s boyfriend sexually abused her and that mom beat her. Mom is believed to be a prostitute and her boyfriend her pimp. He has a no contact order in place that prevents him from reaching his victim. Mom tried to hide the children from the Department. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000220

A 5 month old baby girl came into DFS care in January, 2017 when a man stumbled across mom giving birth in an alley. She was addicted to meth. He took the baby to the hospital to obtain a birth certificate. The man eventually tracked down mom and had her sign papers giving him custody/ guardianship. Mom went to his home because she was angry that he took her baby to the hospital. She wanted her back. Baby’s adult sibling, living with dad, contacted the Department and lied about mom giving birth at a friend’s house. Baby is currently placed with the adoptive parent of her half-sibling. Client needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002228

1 month old twins came into DFS care in April, 2017 when they were born premature and mom tested positive for meth and marijuana. Mom has cognitive delays and a sixth grade mental capacity. She had her parental rights terminated four times in the past. Dad is not ready to take the twins at this time, but if needed he would make arrangements. The twins are placed with their maternal grandma. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002232

Two siblings, ages 4 and 1, came into DFS care because there was a report of inadequate supervision. Maternal grandma had guardianship of children due to a recent CPS case. Mom has a relationship history involving domestic violence, drugs, and instability. In April, 2017 mom went to the older child’s birthday party. She drank all day and was high on marijuana. She forcefully left the residence with the children. Mom is unemployed and faces eviction. Clients need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002350

An 11 year old boy came into DFS care due to a physical dispute with his father. Dad called the police and refused to let the child back in the home. The child claimed that dad hit him with a shoe, kicked him, and slammed him to the ground. The child fears his father and feels that he does not love him. Client needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001069

A 2 year old boy came into DFS custody due to Mom’s mental health and substance abuse issues. Child was seen running down the street unsupervised. Mom stated that her friend was supervising the child, but her friend left before police arrived. They were living in a shed behind a home, but they had access to the main home where the child slept at night. After the assessment, they relocated to a family friend’s home. They were asked to leave after mom showed bizarre behavior and ranted about demons chasing her. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001250

A 3 month old boy came into DFS care in February, 2017 when mom gave birth while incarcerated. Mom tested positive for opiates. Child tested negative for substances. Mom was incarcerated for violating probation when she tested positive for amphetamines during a scheduled visit with her probation officer. Dad is in prison. Client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001718

Four siblings, ages 7  years to 3 months, came into DFS care when the youngest child was born exposed to methamphetamine. Mom admitted to using meth 3 to 4 when she was pregnant. Mom also used drugs when she was pregnant in 2014. There is domestic violence in the home. Dad shows characteristics of an addict. The parents want to do drug court. The children are currently separated, but the Department is looking to place them together with fictive kin. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes and legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2017-000111

Seniors, ages 78 and 82, need assistance to enforce a settlement agreement and pursue legal action if adverse party does not comply. Clients were assisted pro bono by Robert Graham’s office regarding an elder abuse matter involving their son. Clients signed a settlement agreement with son providing that he would pay them $450 per month until their death. There is no total settlement amount specified in agreement. The son made a few payments and then stopped. Another pro bono attorney successfully obtained 2 more payments for the clients via demand letter, however, the son missed the next month’s payment. The clients need an attorney to review the settlement agreement and explore all possible legal options to ensure they receive the proper settlement without having to take son back to court every time he misses a payment. Clients would also like to know if they can amend the settlement agreement to get a lump sum instead of depending on son to make monthly payments.

Domestic Violence

Case Number: 2017-001305

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with an open divorce, custody and support matter. The parties married in 2011 and they separated in February 2017 due to physical and verbal abuse. Adverse party abandoned client and child following an argument; he closed their joint bank accounts, stole client and child’s identification documents, and left them with no money to survive. Client obtained a 30-day TPO as she fears the adverse party due to his abusive behavior and because he is reportedly not taking his PTSD medication. Client was a stay at home mom but has started looking for a job. She is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody of their 8-month old baby due to father’s mental health issues. Adverse party is seeking joint legal and joint physical custody. Client is also seeking spousal support, share of husband’s military pension and to keep her vehicle. There are no court dates set at this time. 

Case Number: 2017-001389

A Spanish speaking domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in 2003 and separated in February, 2017 due to a domestic violence incident. The client has been physically, sexually, and financially abused by her husband, who at one time threatened to kill her. The adverse party was convicted of domestic violence against client in 2015. The client is currently at a shelter and seeking a TPO. She is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody of their two children. She would like each to keep their own cars and there is some marital debt to divide.

Case Number: 2016-005038

A domestic violence victim who suffers from mental health issues needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. Client is generally coherent and able to cooperate but she does suffer from episodes of mental confusion. The parties married in 1983 and are still living in the same home. The client states she has been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused by her husband. They own a home and she would like it sold and proceeds divided. They have several debts and the client is considering bankruptcy. The client would like to request spousal support.

Case Number: 2017-002018

Victim of domestic violence is seeking assistance with a divorce and support matter. Parties married in October, 1995 and are still living together. Client suffered physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse throughout the marriage. She does not have the financial means to leave the marital home. There are no minor children. They own a house and client wants it sold so they can split the proceeds. There are also a couple vehicles and debt that needs to be divided. Client would also like to request spousal support.

Case Number: 2017-002000

Victim of domestic violence needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. Parties married for the second time in February, 2015 and separated in January, 2016 due to irreconcilable differences. They have a 9-year old child that has lived with client in Las Vegas since March, 2016. The adverse party lives in New York and last saw the child in March, 2016 but he talks the child weekly. Client is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody. There is no property or debt to divide.

Case Number: 2017-002084

Spanish speaking mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in September, 2012 and separated in September, 2016 due to domestic violence. In April, 2017 adverse party threatened client and told her she’d suffer consequences if she moved forward with divorce. The parties started arguing and adverse party grabbed applicant by the neck. She tried to fight back and scratched him on the nose. Client is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody of their three young children due to adverse party’s abuse of her and his abusive treatment of her children from another marriage. She also believes he is using drugs and would like him to have supervised visitation. They have no property or debt to divide.

Case Number: 2017-002236

Mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs assistance with an open custody and support matter. The parties separated in August, 2016 when the adverse party left the client while she was suffering from post-partum depression. Client states she was abused verbally, emotionally and financially by adverse party which lead to additional depression. Client was recently admitted to a mental health facility after she had an anxiety attack due to some medication she was prescribed; she was later released. The adverse party took their 1-year old child on April 16th and has refused to let her see the child since. Adverse party filed a Complaint for Custody requesting joint legal and primary physical custody. Client is seeking joint legal and joint physical custody. Next Court Date: Hearing for Custody on 6/27/17 at 9:00 am in Dept. N.

Case Number: 2017-002870

70 year old senior and victim of domestic violence needs assistance with a divorce. The parties married in May, 1983. They still live together. She has a house titled in her name, which was acquired during the marriage. They both have cars in their own names. During the marriage, husband was verbally, physically, and emotionally abusive.

Case Number: 2017-002410

Mom, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance getting custody of her 1-year old child. Adverse party was verbally, physically, emotionally, and financially abusive. The parties separated on May 2, 2017 after they were both arrested for domestic violence. Upon their incarceration, the child was taken into DFS care for a few days, he was later released to Mom’s care. During a previous domestic incident, Dad carelessly threw the baby onto the sofa and pistol whipped mother leaving a three-inch laceration. Mom obtained a 30 day TPO. She is currently at a shelter with the child. Both parties have criminal pasts. Adverse party was convicted of child abuse against another child in 2003. Adverse party has an attorney. Mom requests sole legal and sole physical custody. Next Court Dates: TPO Extension June 29, 2017 at 11:00 am and Motion Hearing July 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm in Dept. S.

Case Number: 2017-003025

Mom, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. She and her husband married in 1998 and are still residing together. Her husband is verbally, emotionally, and financially abusive. Their child is 17 and lives with both parents. She requests joint legal and joint physical custody. She would like to have the child with her Monday through Thursday; he can have her Friday through Sunday. She requests spousal support, which will help her move. They live in a rental. She is legally blind and has difficulty completing forms.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2017-001305

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with an open divorce, custody and support matter. The parties married in 2011 and they separated in February 2017 due to physical and verbal abuse. Adverse party abandoned client and child following an argument; he closed their joint bank accounts, stole client and child’s identification documents, and left them with no money to survive. Client obtained a 30-day TPO as she fears the adverse party due to his abusive behavior and because he is reportedly not taking his PTSD medication. Client was a stay at home mom but has started looking for a job. She is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody of their 8-month old baby due to father’s mental health issues. Adverse party is seeking joint legal and joint physical custody. Client is also seeking spousal support, share of husband’s military pension and to keep her vehicle. There are no court dates set at this time. 

Case Number: 2017-001389

A Spanish speaking domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in 2003 and separated in February, 2017 due to a domestic violence incident. The client has been physically, sexually, and financially abused by her husband, who at one time threatened to kill her. The adverse party was convicted of domestic violence against client in 2015. The client is currently at a shelter and seeking a TPO. She is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody of their two children. She would like each to keep their own cars and there is some marital debt to divide.

Case Number: 2017-001403

A client needs assistance with an open divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in 1992 and separated in May of 2010 when his wife left the family home and left the children in the client’s care. Their only minor son lived with client from 2010 – 2015. He then lived with adverse party until March, 2017 and finally returned to his father’s home where he currently resides. The client would like joint legal and primary physical custody of their 16-year old son; he states their son wants to live with him.  The client would like to request child support arrears. The adverse party filed a Complaint for Divorce and is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody along with child support arrears. The client is also seeking spousal support and a share of his wife’s retirement fund. He would like to keep one vehicle. There is a CMC & Motion Hearing on June 13, 2017 at 10:00 am in Dept. B.

Case Number: 2016-005038

A domestic violence victim who suffers from mental health issues needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. Client is generally coherent and able to cooperate but she does suffer from episodes of mental confusion. The parties married in 1983 and are still living in the same home. The client states she has been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused by her husband. They own a home and she would like it sold and proceeds divided. They have several debts and the client is considering bankruptcy. The client would like to request spousal support.

Case Number: 2017-002018

Victim of domestic violence is seeking assistance with a divorce and support matter. Parties married in October, 1995 and are still living together. Client suffered physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse throughout the marriage. She does not have the financial means to leave the marital home. There are no minor children. They own a house and client wants it sold so they can split the proceeds. There are also a couple vehicles and debt that needs to be divided. Client would also like to request spousal support.

Case Number: 2017-002000

Victim of domestic violence needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. Parties married for the second time in February, 2015 and separated in January, 2016 due to irreconcilable differences. They have a 9-year old child that has lived with client in Las Vegas since March, 2016. The adverse party lives in New York and last saw the child in March, 2016 but he talks the child weekly. Client is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody. There is no property or debt to divide.

Case Number: 2017-002084

Spanish speaking mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in September, 2012 and separated in September, 2016 due to domestic violence. In April, 2017 adverse party threatened client and told her she’d suffer consequences if she moved forward with divorce. The parties started arguing and adverse party grabbed applicant by the neck. She tried to fight back and scratched him on the nose. Client is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody of their three young children due to adverse party’s abuse of her and his abusive treatment of her children from another marriage. She also believes he is using drugs and would like him to have supervised visitation. They have no property or debt to divide.

Case Number: 2017-002236

Mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs assistance with an open custody and support matter. The parties separated in August, 2016 when the adverse party left the client while she was suffering from post-partum depression. Client states she was abused verbally, emotionally and financially by adverse party which lead to additional depression. Client was recently admitted to a mental health facility after she had an anxiety attack due to some medication she was prescribed; she was later released. The adverse party took their 1-year old child on April 16th and has refused to let her see the child since. Adverse party filed a Complaint for Custody requesting joint legal and primary physical custody. Client is seeking joint legal and joint physical custody. Next Court Date: Hearing for Custody on 6/27/17 at 9:00 am in Dept. N.

Case Number: 2017-002103

Mother needs assistance with a maternity, custody, and support matter. The parties separated in January, 2016 when father took child and only allowed applicant to see child once per week. Father was using drugs and neglecting child so CPS intervened and removed the child from his care. Father is currently in jail in Texas. Mother had a CPS case plan which she completed in record time so she could be reunified with her child. Child has lived with mother since May, 2016. Mother would like sole legal and sole physical custody. She would also like to establish maternity so she can amend the child’s birth certificate to reflect her proper name. Client admitted she used a fake name on the child’s birth certificate when child was born because her parental rights were terminated to other children and she didn’t want this child taken by CPS.

Case Number: 2017-002870

70 year old senior and victim of domestic violence needs assistance with a divorce. The parties married in May, 1983. They still live together. She has a house titled in her name, which was acquired during the marriage. They both have cars in their own names. During the marriage, husband was verbally, physically, and emotionally abusive.

Case Number: 2017-002410

Mom, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance getting custody of her 1-year old child. Adverse party was verbally, physically, emotionally, and financially abusive. The parties separated on May 2, 2017 after they were both arrested for domestic violence. Upon their incarceration, the child was taken into DFS care for a few days, he was later released to Mom’s care. During a previous domestic incident, Dad carelessly threw the baby onto the sofa and pistol whipped mother leaving a three-inch laceration. Mom obtained a 30 day TPO. She is currently at a shelter with the child. Both parties have criminal pasts. Adverse party was convicted of child abuse against another child in 2003. Adverse party has an attorney. Mom requests sole legal and sole physical custody. Next Court Dates: TPO Extension June 29, 2017 at 11:00 am and Motion Hearing July 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm in Dept. S.

Case Number: 2017-003025

Mom, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. She and her husband married in 1998 and are still residing together. Her husband is verbally, emotionally, and financially abusive. Their child is 17 and lives with both parents. She requests joint legal and joint physical custody. She would like to have the child with her Monday through Thursday; he can have her Friday through Sunday. She requests spousal support, which will help her move. They live in a rental. She is legally blind and has difficulty completing forms.

Federal

Case Number: 2016-005583

This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff argues that Nevada Department of Corrections, Defendants, violated the First and Eighth Amendment. Defendants unreasonably searched and seized his legal work in retaliation for filing a grievance against them. In addition, they withheld and/or disposed of legal mail, so that he would miss filing deadlines for his lawsuit. Officers used excessive force when they slammed his head into the bunk. Then they handcuffed him and punched him repeatedly in the face. During the attack, officers caused permanent damage to his arm by twisting it and gave him two black eyes. The hospital took x-rays and documented his injuries. Prison officials then falsely imprisoned Plaintiff in maximum security prison when he was classified as a minimum security inmate. They did this in retaliation. The Department failed to answer his grievances within 45 days as required by AR 740. In June, 2016, the parties had a Settlement Conference, but it was unsuccessful. Plaintiff’s retaliation and excessive force claims survived summary judgment. Plaintiff’s request for preliminary injunction and restraining order were denied. There is a Jury Trial on August 8, 2017 in Reno. Documents available for review: Complaint, Answer, MSJ documents, Screening Order

Case Number: 2017-001740

This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges his constitutional rights were violated while incarcerated as an inmate in the custody of Nevada Department of Corrections. After screening and summary judgment, Plaintiff has two remaining claims: (1) an Eighth Amendment claim for failure to protect; and (2) a Section 1983 claim for an unconstitutional policy of denying bed moves. A Settlement Conference has been ordered but the date is not yet set. Jury Trial is set for July 24-28, 2017 at 9:30 am. Documents available for review: screening order, amended complaint, answer to amended complaint, order referring to pro bono program, report and recommendation to motion for summary judgment, order adopting report and recommendation.

Case Number: 2017-000833

This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to the plaintiff who is a pretrial detainee at Clark County Detention Center.  Plaintiff’s four remaining claims are: (1) a First Amendment free exercise claim against religious coordinator based on alleged denial of access to religious services; (2) a Fourteenth Amendment equal protection claim against religious coordinator based on alleged disparate treatment for Muslim inmates to get access to religious services; (3) a First Amendment free exercise claim against kitchen supervisor based on allegations that she refused to provide sufficient food to sustain him while he fasted during Ramadan; and (4) an Eighth Amendment cruel and unusual punishment claim against kitchen supervisor for failing to provide sufficient food to satisfy nutritional requirements while plaintiff was fasting. Documents available for review: Complaint, Screening Order, Order Setting Aside Default

Case Number: 2017-002265

This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff is currently incarcerated at High Desert State Prison and is in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC). Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint was screened and allowed to proceed on November 14, 2014.  Plaintiff raised three claims: an 8th Amendment claim for cruel and unusual punishment; an 8th Amendment claim for deliberate indifference to a serious medical need; and an 8th Amendment claim regarding unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Plaintiff filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on July 30, 2015. Defendants filed their Motion for Summary Judgment on October 21, 2015. The Court denied Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment, and granted in part and denied in part Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment. Plaintiff’s 8th Amendment claim regarding unconstitutional conditions of confinement will proceed to trial. Documents available for review: Amended Complaint, Answer, MSJs, Order on MSJs, Referral Order, and Screening Order

Case Number: 2017-003033

This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff is currently incarcerated at Northern Nevada Correctional Center. Plaintiff alleges eighth amendment violations while incarcerated at Southern Desert Correctional Center. He alleges that defendants’ deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs left him blind in one eye. Mediation was attempted but not successful. Documents available for review: Amended Complaint, Answer, Screening Order, Docket Sheet, Referral Order

Immigration

Case Number: 2017-001346

28 year old mother, 10 year old daughter, and 3 year old daughter from Honduras are seeking asylum. They entered the United States in September, 2016. The father is still in Honduras and joined a gang there a year and a half ago, abandoning his daughters. The father was physically abusive to mom and daughters. In Honduras, the family lived in constant fear of gang violence. On one occasion, the family discovered three mutilated bodies near their home and were informed the gangs were the perpetrators. They fear for their safety in Honduras. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Children may be candidates for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ).  Next Court Date: Unknown

Case Number: 2017-001442

50 year old father and 15 year old son from Honduras are seeking asylum. They entered the United States on December 27, 2016. Mom is still in Honduras with her new husband. Dad owned a small business and local gang members were demanding dad pay protection money or be killed. The son was also subject to an attempted kidnapping by gang members while he was at school. On another occasion, gang members attempted to run the son over with their car and grabbed him by his backpack. After that incident, dad and son left Honduras. They fear for their safety in Honduras. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Child may be candidate for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). Next Court Date: Unknown

Case Number: 2017-002089

29 year old mother and 5 year old son from El Salvador are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in January, 2017. They fled El Salvador because the client’s live-in boyfriend (child’s father) and brother were murdered by gangs. They had a small business and in early 2016 the gangs demanded money, $1,000 per month. Her boyfriend wasn’t able to pay the full amount so the gang members came into his business and shot him and client’s brother who was working for him. Client has a news article regarding the murders. The day of the funeral, client received a call from the gang threatening to kill her if she made any reports and telling her to leave town before she ended up like her boyfriend and brother. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Next Court Date: August 7, 2017

Case Number: 2017-002102

44 year old father and 13 year old son from Guatemala are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in December, 2016. They fled Guatemala due to extortion from gangs. In June, 2016 client was working construction and selling tools on the side. The gangs believed he had money. He received a call from the gangs demanding $5,000 quetzals (about $750) a month. They threatened to kill him if he didn’t pay. His brother has a business and gangs have demanded money from him as well. The gangs contacted him again and he told them he had no money to give. He then left town with his son. His wife remained in Guatemala. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Attorney may want to submit separate asylum to USCIS for son only. Next Court Date: August 7, 2017 at 9:00 am

Case Number: 2017-002233

33 year old mother, 13 year old son, 7 year old daughter, and 5 year old daughter from Honduras are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in January, 2017. They fled Honduras due to threats from drug dealers. Client’s husband was imprisoned for drug trafficking in 2014. At that time, drug dealers went to clients home and threatened to kill her if she or her husband cooperated with police. Drug dealers continued to call client and make threats whenever she was visited family. They told her they knew where she was. Client was afraid whenever she left her house. She moved many times to try and hide and eventually moved in with her mother. In November, 2016, the drug dealers broke into her mother’s house and held the three children at gunpoint. They grabbed client by the hair and told her if her husband signed any papers with police they would send him their children’s heads on a platter. Client fled with children the next morning. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Children may be candidates for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). Next Court Date: August 7, 2017 at 9:00 am

Case Number: 2017-002237

20 year old woman from Guatemala is seeking asylum. Client entered the U.S. in December, 2016. She fled Guatemala due to gang violence and abuse. Their mother came to U.S. in 2005 looking for work; client and sibling stayed with aunt and uncle in Guatemala. Client was sexually abused by her uncle when she was 11 years old. Her aunt didn’t believe her and kicked her and her younger sister out of their house. They didn’t have a stable place to live until the moved to city. When living in city, client and sister were walking to school and members of Mara gang stopped them and said they wanted her sister for prostitution. They continued harassing her and sister for 5 months. Her sister no longer wanted to go to school. Client also disclosed for first time that she was raped by one of the gang members. Sister is in Texas and has not yet been released to mother due to disclosing uncle’s abuse. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Next Court Date: Unknown

Case Number: 2017-002365

19-year old mother and 2 year old daughter from Guatemala are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in April, 2016. They fled Guatemala because client’s boyfriend (child’s father) was stabbed by gang members. In February, 2015 client and boyfriend were walking out of bank when gang members approached and demanded money. When they didn’t pay, gang member stabbed the child’s father. They filed a report with police but the gang member was never caught. After reporting the incident to the police, they have feared for their lives. They have moved multiple times and finally moved with client’s mother for protection. Gang members throw rocks at the house taunting child’s father to come out so they can get revenge. They moved again but gang members continue to make threats against their lives. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Next Court Date: Unknown

Case Number: 2017-002359

27 year old mother and 2 year old daughter from Honduras are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in December, 2016. They fled Honduras because applicant’s cousin threatened her brother and she told him to leave her alone. Cousin got into a group with narcos and he told her that if he saw her, he would kill her. He put a machete to her throat and told her he was going to kill her but when her dad arrived, he stopped. She went to live with her dad but he continued to threaten her and told her he bought the police and she has no place to hide. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Child may be candidate for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). Next Court Date: Unknown

Case Number: 2017-002369

26 year old mother, 8 year old daughter, and 3 year old son from El Salvador are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in December, 2016. They fled El Salvador because client received death threats by a gang (18). She lived in one of their properties and didn’t have money to pay rent so they threatened to kill her and her children. Her parents live in the same zone where she lived and therefore she cannot return. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Child may be candidate for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). Next Court Date: Unknown

Case Number: 2017-002551

43 year old father and 14 year old son from El Salvador are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in February, 2017. They fled El Salvador because they received threats from the MS Mara gang. In December, 2016 they demanded money as rent. There were no physical attacks but verbal and serious. Client’s son indicated that around October, 2016 he was approached by the gang at school. They offered him marijuana and to join them. He ignored them. They came back and said they were going to hit him. He told his instructors and they took him home. The harassment at school was ongoing. Client is currently in removal proceedings. Next Court Date: August 29, 2017 at 8:30am

Case Number: 2017-001440

Mother is seeking Custody and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ) for her two children, ages 11 and 12. In December of 2016, mother left Guatemala with her children to escape gang violence.  She and her children were detained at the border for three (3) days.  Upon their release, they came to Las Vegas, Nevada.  The children have not had contact with their father since April of 2015.  Moreover, he has failed to provide financial support for them. There is no jurisdiction for the SIJ case until May of 2017. The mother also has an asylum case pending. The asylum case is currently placed pro bono with an attorney.

Case Number: 2017-001842

Mother is seeking Custody and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ) for her 16 year old son.  His father left his mother when she was 8 ½ months pregnant.  The minor resided with his mother in Honduras until she left for the United States in 2005.  The minor then went to reside with his grandparents.  For two (2) months in 2015, the minor went to live with his father.  He then returned to his grandparents.  His father has failed to provide for him financially.  The minor came to the U.S. in September of 2016 to escape the gangs.  He has been living with his mother since he arrived in the U.S.

Case Number: 2017-002156

Mother is seeking Custody and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ) for her thirteen year old son who is in removal proceedings. The minor lived in El Salvador with his aunt until gangs relentlessly attempted to recruit him. Due to the gang’s constant pressure, her son stopped going to school. Last year, he fled El Salvador to escape the gangs. He was detained at the border and placed in removal proceedings. Then he was reunited with his mother. Father has not had contact with minor for the past two years; providing neither financial nor emotional support. Returning to El Salvador places the minor at risk of being inducted into a gang and living a life of violence. Next Court Date: Unknown

Case Number: 2017-002689

ASYLUM & SIJ CONSULTATION ONLY for experienced immigration attorney: 45 year old mom and 16 year old daughter are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in February, 2017. They fled El Salvador because Mom was threatened over a property dispute with family. She went to the police to file a complaint and the individuals threatened her further. Then, someone broke into their home. The neighbors started sleeping over because they were afraid the person would come back to hurt them. The individuals threatened to harm the daughter. Child may be candidate for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). Client is currently in removal proceedings. Next Court Date: August 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

Case Number: 2017-002109

35 year old Mom and 11 year old Son are seeking asylum. They entered the U.S. in February, 2017. They fled Guatemala due to gang threats against Son. Around 2006, Son’s father came to U.S. and raped Mom’s sister. Mom’s mother reported crime to police and he fled back to Guatemala. Mom was afraid he would rape her daughter so she hide from him. He found Mom and threatened to take away her children. Around October, 2016 gangs stopped Son and demanded he help sell drugs in school. Gang continued to threaten Son. School principal called Mom because Son was afraid to walk home alone. Never reported to police for fear of getting killed. Son’s father lives in Honduras. He abandoned Mom and Son when child was 5 years old. He provided no financial or emotional support. Son last saw father around 2014 when Mom applied for a passport. Child may be candidate for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). Client is currently in removal proceedings. Next Court Date: August 7, 2017

Case Number: 2017-002576

Uncle is seeking Guardianship and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ) for his 16 year old nephew who is in removal proceedings. His court case is in Texas but he has requested it be transferred to Nevada. Minor has been in Nevada with is uncle since March, 2017. The minor lived in El Salvador with his mother until he fled due to the Mara gang’s threats and extortion. His father abandoned him and his three siblings in December, 2016. However, even when the father lived with them, he did not provide for the children financially. His father is a heavy drinker and his location is unknown. There was no abuse by father. Next Court Date: Unknown

Case Number: 2017-002380

Mom is seeking Custody and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ) for her two daughters, 12 and 10 years old, who are in removal proceedings. They fled Mexico and came to the United States in 2015.  In Mexico, mom was beaten by children’s’ father and he threatened to kill her. He was also violent with the children. They separated after second child’s birth. He has not seen or provided for the children since then. His location is unknown. In addition, drug dealers kicked them out of their home at gun point and they threatened to kill the family if they returned. The drug dealers kept the home for themselves. Mom and her daughters have an asylum case pending with Catholic Charities. Mom has a son who is a US Citizen. He petitioned for them. In April 2017, she received an approved I-130 and she is trying to save money to submit an AOS petition. Next Court Date: Unknown

Case Number: 2017-002701

Mom is seeking Custody and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ) for her 4-year old daughter, who is in removal proceedings. They fled El Salvador and came to the United States in October, 2016. They suffered severe beatings from child’s dad. He hit the child with a belt, open hand, and shoes. He beat applicant with objects, pulled her hair, and kicked her. Applicant called the police twice. The court granted her a six month restriction order in 2014. Thereafter, she separated from child’s dad and lived with her grandpa. She did not have contact with child’s Dad until October 2015 when Dad’s sister asked to see child. Dad saw child as well. They have had no contact with Dad since then. Next Court Date: Unknown

Name Change

Case Number: 2017-002792

64-year old Spanish speaking senior needs assistance with a name change. Client was divorced in California in 1996. She didn’t change her name at time of divorce. She would like an attorney’s assistance to do so now.

Case Number: 2017-002792

64-year old Spanish speaking senior needs assistance with a name change. Client was divorced in California in 1996. She didn’t change her name at time of divorce. She would like an attorney’s assistance to do so now.

Case Number: 2017-002750

Spanish-speaking Mom needs assistance with a name change for her child in order to add an additional last name to the child’s birth certificate. She was unable to fill out the birth certificate because she was in so much pain after giving birth. So she had a friend fill out the birth documents, but her friend failed to add the child’s last name.