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: 2017-001002

The Appellant needs representation in this appeal arising from a district court order denying a motion to modify child custody. Appellant lost legal and physical custody of the child in 2010 because of substance abuse issues. She entered a three-year rehabilitation program, and in 2016 filed a motion to modify custody to reinstate weekend visitation privileges. She participated in an additional 12-week program at the direction of the district court; at the final hearing, her patch tested positive for methamphetamine. The district court denied her motion. This is Supreme Court Case #71693. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 5/17/17.

Case Number: 2017-001608

The Appellant needs representation in this appeal from a divorce decree entered by the district court concerning child custody and division of property. The parties have been together for 18 years and have 3 children; however, the circumstances of their marriage are unclear — they married in 1998 while respondent was still married to her first husband and then again in 2009; and those circumstances required a novel analysis for the distribution of the community property. Respondent is in the United States with limited rights to work. Appellant is disabled and cannot work; he lives on non-taxable assistance income. The court ordered the marital house sold, with each party entitled to a one-half interest in the equity, rejecting appellant’s claim that the house was his separate property. The court also rejected appellant’s request for sole physical custody and awarded the parties joint physical and joint legal custody of the minor children. For some time, the children stayed in the house while the parents took turns living with them. This is Supreme Court Case #71662. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 5/14/17.

Case Number: 2017-001738

The Appellant needs representation in this appeal arising from a district court order denying a petition for judicial review. Over a period of several years, appellant applied for and received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Family Medical Care (FMC) benefits on behalf of her household, which she claimed included her two sons. The Division of Welfare and Support Services at some point determined that she was submitting false claims and initiated an investigation. Pursuant to the investigation, DWSS concluded that appellant had misrepresented the members of her household and failed to report household income derived from a day care center she operated. Respondents secured an award for overpayments of benefits of $11,029.00 for SNAP benefits and $1,826.00 for FMC benefits. The district court denied appellant’s petition for judicial review. This is Supreme Court Case #70233. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 5/29/17.

Case Number: 2017-999999

The Respondent needs representation in this appeal from a divorce decree entered by the district court concerning child custody and division of property. The parties have been together for 18 years and have 3 children; however, the circumstances of their marriage are unclear — they married in 1998 while respondent was still married to her first husband and then again in 2009; and those circumstances required a novel analysis for the distribution of the community property. Respondent is in the United States with limited rights to work. Appellant is disabled and cannot work; he lives on non-taxable assistance income. The court ordered the marital house sold, with each party entitled to a one-half interest in the equity, rejecting appellant’s claim that the house was his separate property. The court also rejected appellant’s request for sole physical custody and awarded the parties joint physical and joint legal custody of the minor children. For some time, the children stayed in the house while the parents took turns living with them. This is Supreme Court Case #71662. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 6/18/17.

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: 2016-005129

Two siblings, ages 17 and 15, came into DFS care with two half siblings in October, 2016 due to a physical altercation between the natural father and his two boys (younger client in this group is one of the boys). The half siblings (brother and sister) have a different mother and will be represented by separate counsel. The older sibling in this group is currently placed in foster care and the younger sibling is placed in detention. Their natural mother was not in regular contact with the children at the time of their removal. The children need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-006145

An 11 year old came into DFS care with his younger 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 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: 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: 2016-005133

Two siblings, ages 13 and 11, came into DFS care with two half siblings in October, 2016 due to a physical altercation between the natural father and his two boys (older client in this group is one of the boys). The half siblings (brother and sister) have a different mother and will be represented by separate counsel. The parents reportedly have drug abuse issues. The older client in this group has already been returned to his father’s care but the younger sibling is still in foster care. The children need an attorney to represent their 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: 2017-000804

Sister and brother, ages 9 and 8, came into DFS care in late 2015 due to their father’s neglect. Their mother is deceased and their father is incapable or unwilling to take care of the children. The children are currently placed in a foster home and need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000578

A 1-year old girl came into DFS care in January, 2017 due to inadequate supervision, drug use, and non-cooperation with DFS. The child is currently placed with her paternal grandmother. Both parents have been granted supervised visits with the child. The child needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding placement, permanency and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000060

A 3 month old baby girl came into DFS care in December, 2016 due to her mother’s drug use, lack of resources, mental health issues, and criminal legal issues. Her mother also has a history of neglect with California’s CPS. The child’s father also has drug problems, no income, and criminal legal issues. Both parents are first-time parents and very young. This baby girl needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding placement, permanency and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000969

A 1 year old boy came into DFS care in February, 2017 due to his parents’ substance abuse issues. The parents have been relying primarily on grandparents to care for this child. Both parents tested positive for methamphetamine when law enforcement intervention was required following a fight between the child’s father and the child’s maternal grandfather. He is currently placed with his maternal grandparents. This child needs an attorney to represent his 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: 2017-000119

A 12- year old boy came into DFS care in January, 2017 because his mother abandoned him. The child has been diagnosed with mental health issues. The mother says she is fearful her son may harm her; and she no longer wishes to care for him. The child’s father is deceased. 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: 2017-000072

Brothers, ages 7 and 3, came into DFS care in January, 2017 due to neglect. Their mother is unemployed and their father is in prison. Their mother is also abusing drugs and leaving the children with family members for extended periods of time, which ultimately resulted in the family being unable to enroll the oldest sibling in school on time. The children are currently placed together with family members. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2015-003593

Five siblings, ages 17 to 7, came into DFS care in August, 2015. Both of the children’s caregivers, their mother and natural father/stepfather, are deceased and the other natural fathers’ parental rights have been terminated. The children are currently in separate placements with family, fictive kin and foster care. The oldest child has high-level special needs; she cannot walk, talk, or feed herself and takes several medications. One of the other children has mental health issues and has been admitted to a locked mental health facility in the past. The permanency plan for four of the children is adoption and the permanency plan for the second oldest child is to age out of foster care (OPPLA). The children need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement 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: 2017-000822

A 5-year old boy came into DFS care in due to domestic violence between his mother and his mother’s girlfriend. The mother and girlfriend were both arrested and the child was placed with fictive kin. The child’s mother can visit him anytime through the fictive kin placement.  The client needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001022

A 1-year old boy came into DFS care in February, 2017 due to allegations of inadequate supervision. His mother failed to pick him up from day care so his aunt picked him up. His mother went missing and had no contact with the child or aunt for the next 3 weeks. The child is currently placed with his maternal aunt. The mother did reappear and is now in a drug treatment program. The child needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001113

A 1-year old girl came into DFS care in August, 2016 due to her mother’s lack of supervision and physical abuse. The child was placed with her natural father but he continued to leave the child with the mother even though she was not to have unsupervised contact. The client is currently placed with a paternal aunt and uncle. She needs an attorney to represent her legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2014-005185

Three siblings, ages 8 years to 2 months, came into DFS care. The two older children came into care due to neglect and improper supervision. The youngest child came into care when he was born substance exposed. All three children are currently placed in a trial home placement with their natural mother and maternal grandmother. The children have an older sibling who lives with his natural father. The children need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-006320

A 2 month old baby boy came into DFS care in January, 2017 when he was born substance exposed. His natural mother and natural father have a history of heavy drug use, are currently in a methadone clinic, and lack the resources to care for him. His maternal grandmother is a possible placement once he is released from the hospital. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal interests regarding placement, permanency and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001010

Two sisters, ages 7 years and 5 years, came into DFS care in January 2017 due to inadequate supervision, physical risk and environmental neglect. The parents denied using drugs but appeared to be under the influence. The children are currently placed with fictive kin. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000807

Two sisters, ages 6 years and 3 years, came into DFS care in February, 2017 due to inadequate supervision and being at risk for physical harm. Their father was having a medical problem and the girls were left with their grandmother, who has dementia. They are currently placed with fictive kin. These girls 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: 2017-000908

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: 2017-000736

A 2 month old boy came into DFS care when he was born drug exposed. He is currently placed in a foster home. He needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-000063

A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in December, 2016 after being left with her aunt for a prolonged period of time. She was inadequately supervised and her mother habitually used drugs. She is currently placed with her aunt. She needs an attorney to represent her legal interests 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.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2016-005054

Client needs an attorney’s assistance regarding a real estate dispute her father was involved in at time of his death. The client has been caring for her 2 minor siblings since their father’s death in November, 2016. Client’s father signed contract for deed with Real Estate Company in August, 2013. He gave a down payment of $25,000 to purchase condo with total price of $120,000 to be pay in full with monthly payments by September 1, 2018. Father agreed to be responsible for taxes, HOA, liens, trash and sewer but on November 2015, Real Estate Company stated he was delinquent and added $10,436.26 to his principal balance which increased his monthly payments. Real Estate Company later contacted him to cancel contract and have him sign new “leasing” contract. He requested a copy as he was interested in leasing instead of purchasing, but he did not receive a copy. The payments are current and his daughter needs help getting out of this “contract for deed” and getting the $25,000 down payment back. A pro bono probate attorney is assisting client in being appointed as administrator to the father’s estate so she can proceed with this matter.

Case Number: 2017-001792

A 72-year old Spanish-speaking senior took her car to an auto repair shop in February, 2017 and was deceived as to repairs and cost of repairs. She received an estimate for $1,091 for a laundry list of repairs and was told to return in two weeks. When she returned for her car, she was presented with a larger bill for $2,521 for new repairs that were not authorized. The client demanded an explanation and was told to pay $1,000 and the remaining balance would be waived; she paid the additional cost. When she experienced more car problems, she took her car back to the shop and they told her it was her problem and they would not work on her car again. She took her vehicle to another shop, where she was quoted for $2,829. The estimate shows $1,829 of the quote is for repairs that the former shop was supposed to complete. The client would like her money back from the first repair shop or she would like the first repair shop to pay the full $2,829 for the repairs she needs due to their negligence.

Case Number: 2017-001731

Client took her car to an auto repair shop in November, 2016. The repair shop told client it would take a couple weeks to get an estimate for the repairs. A few weeks later, she contacted the shop and was given excuses as to why the estimate was not yet complete. They said they would give her more information in a couple weeks. She never received an estimate, but in January, 2017 she received a lien notice from the repair shop. She called the shop and was told she just left the car at the shop so they moved forward to lien. They gave her an estimate of $4,000 and told her to ignore the lien notice. She paid $2,000, to start the repairs. A month later, the shop told her the car was ready and she owed $2,500. She was able to borrow the money from a family member who took out a payday loan, but when she got to the shop, they wouldn’t accept payment. They shop told her she now owes $3,850 and has to pay in cash, only. The client is convinced the shop is simply trying to steal her car and would like assistance to get her car back from the shop. Legal Aid Center will provide a sample Complaint that was prepared for a client with a similar issue against the same repair shop.

Case Number: 2017-001057

Single mother needs assistance to get her security deposit returned. Client moved into apartment in December 2015. Her lease expired December 31, 2016.  In March 2016, client encountered problems with disruptive neighbors who played their music loudly, had children leave dirty diapers at her door and ring her doorbell and run away. Client made complaints to the Management, but problems persisted for next several months. On November 1, 2016 client gave Management a 30 day Notice to move out and a forwarding address. Management attempted to evict her at that time, but Judge denied request. Client requested her security deposit and a breakdown upon moving out. She received neither. In January, 2017, Client received a notice from Debt Collector for $2,600. She contacted Management regarding collection notice and again requested the deposit breakdown. Management stated they didn’t mail deposit breakdown because they did not have forwarding address, however, client provided them forwarding address and had mail forwarding with USPS. Upon receiving the deposit breakdown, client sent an email disputing the charges. Client also sent demand letter for her deposit. Client claims that (1) she left apartment cleaner than when she moved in, (2) Management did not provide deposit breakdown before sending to collections, and (3) Management breached contract by not ensuring quiet enjoyment of apartment. She would like her deposit returned.

Domestic Violence

Case Number: 2017-001260

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. She and her husband married in 2004 and separated in 2017. He was reportedly verbally, emotionally and financially abusive and has an addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. The client became worried about her children’s safety and left to a hotel. Client and children were living in a domestic violence shelter for one week before returning home. Client was granted a 1-year TPO against the adverse party. Their three children, ages 12, 10 and 2, live with the client. She requests sole legal and sole physical custody with no visitations to the father. The parties have several debts and the client has a truck that she would like to keep. She also has a retirement account through her employer. She would like to request spousal support.

Case Number: 2017-001305

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a 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 requested a 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. She is also seeking spousal support, share of husband’s military pension and to keep her vehicle.

Case Number: 2017-001389

A 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: 2017-001406

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. The parties married in November 2008 and separated in January 2017 when the adverse party emptied their bank accounts and left the client and their 9 year old son behind with nothing. She believes the adverse party is in Arizona but does not have a current address; his last known address is in Las Vegas. The client states the adverse party was controlling and verbally abusive to her and their son. She is seeking sole legal and physical custody. She is also seeking spousal support. The have debt and property to divide.

Case Number: 2017-001426

A domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. The domestic violence consists of controlling and threatening behavior. The parties married in February 2011 and separated in November 2016. The parties couldn’t get along after the client reported adverse party’s father to CPS for his attempted sexual assault of their 5 year old child. The adverse party would not allow the client to take her children with her when she left the home. He continues to make it very difficult for client to spend time with children by only allowing her visitation in his presence. The adverse party reportedly does not have legal status in the country and has threatened to take children out of country. The client is requesting sole legal and sole physical custody of the children due to the adverse party’s drug use, and because he has strangers in and out of the house for his work as a tattoo artist. She is also requesting spousal support and would like each to keep their own debts.

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: 2017-001970

A Marine who is stationed in another state needs pro bono assistance with a Nevada custody matter. The client is a victim of domestic violence; the mother of the child has physically abused him and threatened him with weapons. The client recently found out that he has an open NV bench warrant for misdemeanor domestic violence; we have no additional information regarding the allegations against him. The client obtained a default decree of annulment in November, 2015. Child custody is not addressed in the decree of annulment. The client is unsure what type of legal or physical custody he’d like to request and would prefer to speak to an attorney prior to making a decision. This is a referral from the ABA Military Pro Bono Project.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2017-001260

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. She and her husband married in 2004 and separated in 2017. He was reportedly verbally, emotionally and financially abusive and has an addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. The client became worried about her children’s safety and left to a hotel. Client and children were living in a domestic violence shelter for one week before returning home. Client was granted a 1-year TPO against the adverse party. Their three children, ages 12, 10 and 2, live with the client. She requests sole legal and sole physical custody with no visitations to the father. The parties have several debts and the client has a truck that she would like to keep. She also has a retirement account through her employer. She would like to request spousal support.

Case Number: 2016-001430

A client needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. The parties married in July, 2005 and separated in September, 2015 when the adverse party left the client. The client lives in Las Vegas and the adverse party lives in Illinois. The client is seeking spousal support, as adverse party was the sole provider during their marriage. She wants to keep the 2012 Chevy and for him to keep the 2005 Expedition. She will keep her own debt. She wants a share of his retirement. CMC recently took place and client felt pressured by opposing counsel to agree to no spousal support or retirement share. Client states she may have verbally agreed in court, but she has second thoughts as she does not believe adverse party is out of work like they are claiming. Client has not signed any stipulation or decree. Adverse party’s last FDF filed on 3/17/17, shows his monthly income around $3,000 per month. No court dates on calendar.

Case Number: 2017-001305

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a 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 requested a 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. She is also seeking spousal support, share of husband’s military pension and to keep her vehicle.

Case Number: 2017-001389

A 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: 2017-000567

A 63-year old Spanish speaking senior needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. The parties married in 2006 and are still living together. She is seeking spousal support and/or a portion of the adverse party’s pension. There is no real property and no children.

Case Number: 2017-001403

A client needs assistance with a 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 on May 17, 2017 at 3:30 pm in Dept. B.

Case Number: 2017-001417

A 65 year old senior needs assistance with a divorce. The parties married in February 2012 and separated in November 2015. There are no children. There is no property or debt to divide.

Case Number: 2017-001406

A domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. The parties married in November 2008 and separated in January 2017 when the adverse party emptied their bank accounts and left the client and their 9 year old son behind with nothing. She believes the adverse party is in Arizona but does not have a current address; his last known address is in Las Vegas. The client states the adverse party was controlling and verbally abusive to her and their son. She is seeking sole legal and physical custody. She is also seeking spousal support. The have debt and property to divide.

Case Number: 2017-001426

A domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. The domestic violence consists of controlling and threatening behavior. The parties married in February 2011 and separated in November 2016. The parties couldn’t get along after the client reported adverse party’s father to CPS for his attempted sexual assault of their 5 year old child. The adverse party would not allow the client to take her children with her when she left the home. He continues to make it very difficult for client to spend time with children by only allowing her visitation in his presence. The adverse party reportedly does not have legal status in the country and has threatened to take children out of country. The client is requesting sole legal and sole physical custody of the children due to the adverse party’s drug use, and because he has strangers in and out of the house for his work as a tattoo artist. She is also requesting spousal support and would like each to keep their own debts.

Case Number: 2017-001634

A client with a disability needs help with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in 1988 and separated in September, 2016 when the adverse party left the client and child without explanation. They have a 16 year old daughter together. The client is seeking sole legal and physical custody of her daughter. The adverse party has had no contact with child or client since they separated. Client wants each party to keep their own cars and pay their own debts.

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: 2017-001970

A Marine who is stationed in another state needs pro bono assistance with a Nevada custody matter. The client is a victim of domestic violence; the mother of the child has physically abused him and threatened him with weapons. The client recently found out that he has an open NV bench warrant for misdemeanor domestic violence; we have no additional information regarding the allegations against him. The client obtained a default decree of annulment in November, 2015. Child custody is not addressed in the decree of annulment. The client is unsure what type of legal or physical custody he’d like to request and would prefer to speak to an attorney prior to making a decision. This is a referral from the ABA Military Pro Bono Project.

Federal

Case Number: 2016-005583

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 (First and Eighth Amendments) were violated while incarcerated as an inmate in the custody of Nevada Department of Corrections. He alleges defendants committed unreasonable searches and seizures of his legal work as retaliation and used excessive force and abusive language. He also alleges his grievances are not being answered within 45 days as required by AR 740. A Settlement conference was held in June, 2016 but 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: 2016-006138

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 violations of the Eighth Amendment while he was incarcerated at High Desert State Prison. He claims prison officials acted with deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. Plaintiff seeks monetary damages and injunctive relief to place him on house arrest. His complaint states on November 15, 2013 he experienced severe abdominal pain and reported this to several prison officials who ignored his requests for medical care. He continued to report severe pain for the next several days. On December 10, 2013, client went to court and was remanded back to CCDC where he saw several nurses and a doctor who transferred plaintiff to UMC. Surgery for acute appendicitis was scheduled for following day but was delayed due to severe infection and plaintiff’s diabetes; client was placed on antibiotics. One week before plaintiff was scheduled to have surgery, prison officials transported plaintiff back to HDSP where prison officials told him nothing was wrong and he was a complainer. He wasn’t returned to UMC until January 30, 2014 for his surgery. He had a hole in his appendix which caused sceptic bio to leak into a sterile cavity. After 70 days, bio continued to seep into plaintiff’s system and caused further abdominal problems. The case is currently stayed for 90 days from date of referral to allow parties an opportunity to settle their dispute before an answer is filed. Documents available for review: Amended Complaint, Screening Order, pro bono referral hearing minutes.

Case Number: 2017-123456

We are seeking a pro bono attorney to represent one sibling involved in a life insurance matter referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program. This matter involves a life insurance company’s interpleader action seeking declaratory relief based on conflicting claims to life insurance proceeds. Pro bono attorney for this client’s sisters obtained order for disbursement of funds in the amount of one third to each sibling. The sisters have already received their disbursements. The brother’s money is retained by the Clerk’s office and he needs an attorney to assist him in applying for disbursement of his share. The client has had drug abuse issues in the past and may also suffer from mental health issues; he currently lives in a halfway house in Arizona. The client’s application for disbursement must be filed on or before July 17, 2017.

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.

Guardianship

Case Number: 2017-000490

Grandparents need assistance to obtain guardianship of their 6-year old grandson. They are all refugees from Uganda who arrived in the United States in December, 2016. The child’s mother’s whereabouts are unknown; she abandoned the child in Uganda. The child’s father is remarried and is believed to live in Michigan. He is expected to consent to guardianship since his new wife does not want the child and he left child with grandparents in Uganda.

Case Number: 2017-001720

A 17 year old ward needs representation in a guardianship matter. It appears there has been no accounting of the client’s estate since 2013. There was no inventory filed nor a blocked account put in place. The client recently attempted to file for emancipation so that she could address what she believes has been mismanagement of the estate by her former guardian, her adult sister. Her request was denied. Client’s current temporary guardian is her other adult sister. Their deceased father’s estate is producing a cash flow for the ward. She needs an attorney to look into the management of her estate and pursue any available claims against prior guardian if mismanagement or misappropriation of funds is discovered.

Landlord/Tenant

Case Number: 2017-001057

Single mother needs assistance to get her security deposit returned. Client moved into apartment in December 2015. Her lease expired December 31, 2016.  In March 2016, client encountered problems with disruptive neighbors who played their music loudly, had children leave dirty diapers at her door and ring her doorbell and run away. Client made complaints to the Management, but problems persisted for next several months. On November 1, 2016 client gave Management a 30 day Notice to move out and a forwarding address. Management attempted to evict her at that time, but Judge denied request. Client requested her security deposit and a breakdown upon moving out. She received neither. In January, 2017, Client received a notice from Debt Collector for $2,600. She contacted Management regarding collection notice and again requested the deposit breakdown. Management stated they didn’t mail deposit breakdown because they did not have forwarding address, however, client provided them forwarding address and had mail forwarding with USPS. Upon receiving the deposit breakdown, client sent an email disputing the charges. Client also sent demand letter for her deposit. Client claims that (1) she left apartment cleaner than when she moved in, (2) Management did not provide deposit breakdown before sending to collections, and (3) Management breached contract by not ensuring quiet enjoyment of apartment. She would like her deposit returned.

Real Estate Fraud

Case Number: 2016-005054

Client needs an attorney’s assistance regarding a real estate dispute her father was involved in at time of his death. The client has been caring for her 2 minor siblings since their father’s death in November, 2016. Client’s father signed contract for deed with Real Estate Company in August, 2013. He gave a down payment of $25,000 to purchase condo with total price of $120,000 to be pay in full with monthly payments by September 1, 2018. Father agreed to be responsible for taxes, HOA, liens, trash and sewer but on November 2015, Real Estate Company stated he was delinquent and added $10,436.26 to his principal balance which increased his monthly payments. Real Estate Company later contacted him to cancel contract and have him sign new “leasing” contract. He requested a copy as he was interested in leasing instead of purchasing, but he did not receive a copy. The payments are current and his daughter needs help getting out of this “contract for deed” and getting the $25,000 down payment back. A pro bono probate attorney is assisting client in being appointed as administrator to the father’s estate so she can proceed with this matter.