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: 2017-005319

The Appellant needs representation in this appeal from a default judgment granting respondent’s complaint to quiet title to real property. Appellant claims that he failed to respond because he is in custody and is hampered in his ability to access the courts. He further claims that he obtained title to the real property at issue through a quitclaim deed four years ago. This is Supreme Court Case #73569. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 11/20/17.

Case Number: 2017-123456

The Appellant needs representation in this appeal from an order denying appellant’s petition for judicial review. Appellant was fired from his job as a bartender for drinking while on duty. He went through rehabilitation and started a sober life. While in rehab, his counselor recommended that he file for unemployment. Appellant applied and explained his situation and why he had lost his job. He was awarded benefits and received unemployment for about 8 months. Several years later, he received a letter from the unemployment division informing him that they want the money back. This is Supreme Court Case #73004. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 12/11/17.

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: 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: 2017-001718

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.

Case Number: 2017-001742

Two siblings, ages 7 and 1, came into DFS care in March, 2017 due to mom’s inadequate supervision. She overdosed on prescription medication in a suicide attempt. She has a history of unstable mental health. 1 year old daughter was home at the time. Mom was taken to the hospital. Subsequently, children were placed with fictive kin, mom’s step-mom. Step-mom has placement of older sibling under guardianship. Discussions with mom about guardianship for clients is ongoing. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002742

Two siblings, ages 3 and 2, came into DFS care because mom tested positive for meth and heroin and she was under the influence when a specialist visited her home. She left the children unattended for hours at a time. The children currently reside with mom and grandmother. 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: 2017-002849

Two siblings, ages 3 and 2, came into DFS care due to a domestic violence incident between their parents.  Subsequently, they were placed together in foster care. Mom has substance abuse issues and dad has anger issues. 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: 2017-001936

A 2 year old boy came into DFS care in April, 2017 after his sister’s parents failed to pick her up from school (they both share the same mom, but they have different dads). Eventually, their aunt picked her up. Department visited their home and found mom high on meth. Both of his sister’s parents insisted that they were not responsible for any children. They acknowledged receiving phone calls from the child’s school. Although 3 adults resided at home, none of them treated client’s diaper rash. Client’s dad, living in Germany, made contact with the Department after hearing about this case. He would like custody of his child, but he was denied travel to the U.S. 3 times. 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: 2017-003177

A 3 year old boy came into DFS care with siblings in April, 2016 due to mom’s neglect. Child is placed with two siblings in a relative’s home. This child was recently found to have a different dad than the siblings. His Dad has drug abuse issues but is working his case plan for reunification. 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: 2017-002929

An 8 month old baby girl came into DFS care with her younger sister in May, 2017 because dad and his girlfriend were on drugs, mental health issues, and domestic violence. They also lack resources for the child. Mom failed to make herself available. Her living situation is unstable and she lacks a permanent home address. Child was placed with her paternal aunt. 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: 2017-003131

A 5 year old girl came into DFS care with her sister in May, 2017 due to her parents’ drug use. Dad used opiates in front of his children and made suicidal statements. Mom used meth and became destructive when she got upset. She is incarcerated for meth and warrants. Grandma may use drugs as well. Currently, child is placed with paternal aunt. Child may be Native American descent so the Indian Child Welfare Act may apply. Client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002606

A 3 year old boy came into DFS care with siblings in May, 2017 after he was found wandering several blocks from home unsupervised. He was wearing only a diaper and sustained multiple injuries; including: burns, bruises, and scratches. Child was underweight at 22.6 pounds. After learning about his child’s injuries, dad showed little interest. Dad has a history of domestic violence. The home was dirty and dangerous for a child. Mom lives out-of-state and she has an open CPS case with her other children. 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: 2017-003339

A 2 month old baby boy came into DFS care in May, 2017 when he was born substance exposed. Child was placed in intensive care and suffered withdrawals. Mom tested positive for methamphetamines, methadone, and opiates. Dad appeared under the influence of drugs when child was born. Both parents have a history of heroin use. Currently, child is placed with grandparents. They allow and supervise visits with child’s parents. Parents reportedly want to get clean to get their child back. 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: 2017-000028

A 17 year old boy came into DFS care in December, 2016 due to neglect by his parents. They dropped him off at his aunt’s house but no legal guardianship was put in place. The client came into care when he was accused of sexually abusing his 5-year old cousin. The client may have been sexually abused at a younger age. His father is believed to be homeless in Utah and his mother’s whereabouts are unknown. His parents are not engaged in services and are not visiting with the child. He is currently placed in a group home for juvenile sex offenders and receiving juvenile sex offender treatment. He is also on probation for 3 years. He has an IEP in place. Before coming into DFS care he had not attended school for 2 years. This past school year, he passed all of his classes. His permanency plan is OPPLA (aging out of foster care); he was assigned an independent living worker. He was previously represented but his attorney passed away. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place as he transitions into adulthood.

Case Number: 2017-002705

A 3 month old baby girl came into DFS care in March, 2017 when she was born exposed to drugs. Dad abandoned the child and is unable or unwilling to care for her. Child was placed with fictive kin. Mom used drugs, preferably meth and marijuana, on a regular basis. She has mental health issues. In the past, four other children were removed from her care. 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: 2017-003593

A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 when police found her wandering around an apartment complex unsupervised. Mom was located 30 minutes after the police arrived. Mom admitted that she left the child alone, while she was asleep. Mom went down the street for a money order to pay rent. The child is able to open doors on her own, so mom installed a child safety knob. However, she believes that the door was not fully closed when she left. The child was removed from her parents twice before. 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: 2017-003602

Three siblings, ages 14 years to 6 years, came into DFS care in June, 2017 when their parents were arrested for parole violation. Their home was messy and unclean. Parents used meth, but they believe they can overcome it. They never used near the children. Both parents work and receive government assistance. Currently, the children reside with their maternal grandparents. Two of the children have disabilities. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003746

A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 due to physical abuse and neglect. Mom has a history with DFS. In April, 2017 during a Probable Cause Hearing, the active protection order, granting mom primary custody, was discussed. Mom was not at hearing but Dad was. Child was found to be in dad’s custody for the past 6 months. The court ordered child to be taken into protective custody. However, dad refused and took the child. Both a warrant and a missing person’s report were filed. 2 months later, police found child at mom’s home. Mom was uncooperative with police and placed on a Legal 2000. The child had bruises on her buttocks and inner thighs because mom disciplined her. She is currently placed in foster care. 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: 2017-003407

A 2 year old girl came into DFS care in June, 2017 because of dad’s inadequate supervision. A specialist found dad at home. He was sleeping after drinking alcohol. He has problems paying attention and sometimes becomes verbally abusive. In the past, he could not find his child in a parking lot for 20 minutes. Child is placed with paternal great aunt. Currently, mom is incarcerated. 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: 2017-000702

Two siblings, ages 1 year and 7 months, came into DFS care in December, 2016 and January, 2017. Mom abandoned her baby girl at the hospital and later took her son there for serious injuries. Mom’s boyfriend was abusing the baby boy. He had sepsis, a stomach abscess, and perforated bowel. Currently, they are placed with their paternal grandmother. Their current plan is reunification, but dad wants to relinquish parental rights, so paternal grandmother can adopt. Mom, her boyfriend, and dad are currently incarcerated. 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: 2017-003549

A 9 year old boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 after dad accidentally drowned. Dad was granted sole custody last year, so there are currently no caregivers available. Since dad was granted custody, mom declined visitation. She has a history of mental health issues. Her current whereabouts are unknown. Currently, child is staying in Texas with his paternal relatives for a 30-day vacation stay. They are filing for Guardianship, and an Interstate Compact for Placement of Children is pending. If the Compact is not completed, child will be placed in a Nevada foster home. There is a therapy referral for when the child is placed. Client needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003592

A 1 month old baby boy came into DFS care in June, 2017, when he was born prematurely because mom suffered a ruptured uterus. Mom required an emergency C-section. Currently, she is unconscious and intubated with no prognosis or recovery plan. Dad is homeless. He wants to get back on his feet, but he lacks a plan. Both parents have had drug abuse issues in the past; but tested clean at the time of child’s birth. Their parental rights have been terminated for their other children. Child currently resides with fictive kin. 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: 2017-003645

A 1 month old baby girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 when she was born exposed to drugs. Mom and child tested positive for amphetamines. Child was treated for withdrawal. Mom is an addict and bipolar. She lost legal rights to children in the past. Paternity may need to be established because there is no dad on the birth certificate. Dad’s identity is known; his location is not. Both parents are homeless and neither appeared in court. Despite this, mom expressed a desire to participate in a case plan. The parents may have supervised visitation if they make contact. The permanency plan is reunification. The Indian Child Welfare Act may apply. Presumed dad may be Cherokee. 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: 2017-004181

A 1 month old baby boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 due to inadequate supervision. Mom is incarcerated for drug use; she used during her first trimester. She had prenatal care and the child is healthy. She will be released on August 17, 2017. Mom has another child who is currently in foster care. Dad’s whereabouts are unknown. 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: 2017-003535

Baby Boy, 1 month old, came into DFS care in July, 2017 because he was born premature and drug exposed. He is being treated for possible sepsis and is fed through a nasogastric tube. Mom was incoherent and unable to control her emotions at the hospital. She tested positive for meth. 2 days later, mom left the hospital without her child. However, she visits regularly; sometimes twice a day. She may be homeless and possibly mentally impaired. She stated that she lived with maternal grandmother. Mom named someone other than the putative father. Paternity must be established and child’s birth certificate requires amendment. 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: 2017-003795

A 9 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 because mom posted a suicidal statement on social media. At the time, mom was facing eviction. She was not serious about committing suicide, but she wanted to emphasize how serious the situation was; she wanted help. Mom struggled with drugs for the past 20 years. Child was severely overweight, not potty-trained, still wearing a diaper, and non-verbal. She was born substance exposed and required open heart surgery. She has not received any extra developmental help and acts on the same level as a 2-year old. Dad lives in California and has not had consistent contact with child. Client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004122

A 1 year old baby girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 when mom was arrested for active warrants. Mom is incarcerated, but she will be released in October, 2017. Dad is also incarcerated. Child was placed with maternal grandmother. She is capable and willing to take care of child until mom is released. Grandmother will also let mom and her children stay with her after she is released; mom is pregnant. Mom agrees to give grandmother temporary custody of child. 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: 2017-000088

Two siblings, ages 8 years and 6  years, came into DFS care in October, 2016 when their step-sister reported that their dad sexually abused her. Subsequently, dad moved out and the children were placed with mom. However, mom was allowing dad to spend night and essentially move back in. Currently, clients are placed with their maternal grandmother. Clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001242

A 5 month old baby boy came into DFS care in March, 2017 due to mom’s drug abuse. Mom will soon be homeless and she is unemployed. She is unable to maintain child’s basic needs. Dad is incarcerated. Mom did not take advantage of drug court referrals, counseling referrals, or domestic violence counseling. 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: 2017-003657

A 10 year old girl came into DFS care with her half-siblings in July, 2017, when their natural mother was taken into police custody for a previous incident where she is accused of firing a gun at a vehicle in the presence of her children. Natural mother appeared to be under the influence at the time of her arrest and there have been ongoing concerns of substance abuse. This client is currently placed with her maternal grandparents and her half-siblings have been released to their father’s care. She needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003830

A 4 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017, when her natural father was arrested for money laundering. He is in federal custody. Natural mother resides in another state where she currently has an open CPS case involving her youngest son. Both parents have a history of substance abuse. The child is currently in Child Haven. She needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-001350

Four siblings, ages 12 years to 2 years, came into DFS care in March, 2017 due to their father’s incarceration and paternal family’s unwillingness to continue caring for the children. He is expected to be incarcerated for 3-8 years. Their mother is deceased. 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: 2017-004414

A 13 year old boy came into DFS care in April 2017, because his mother is unwilling or unable to care for him.  The client and his three sisters previously came into care several times due to extremely unsanitary living conditions and no parental supervision.  His mother is possibly mentally impaired, and his father has never been in contact nor provided any support.  Sibling visitation may need to be arranged.  The client has several academic, behavioral, and health issues that need to be addressed; he currently works with a therapist and is prescribed multiple psychotropic medications. He also runs away quite frequently and is currently on runaway status. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, visitation, and placement, and to ensure the proper services are in place. Additionally, he may need to be placed in a Residential Treatment Center and the placement cannot move forward until he has legal representation. There is a Review Hearing on 11/15/17 at 10:45 am in CR 11.

Case Number: 2017-005231

A 2 year old boy came into DFS custody in 2015 due to neglect and his natural mother and father’s parental rights were terminated in March, 2017. Client has been living with foster parents since January, 2017 and they are an adoptive resource. There is a maternal aunt who adopted two of this client’s half siblings and she would like to adopt this child. She previously had placement of this child from October, 2015 to January, 2017 along with the two siblings she adopted, however, DFS removed all of the children from her care in January, 2017 stating she was unable to meet the children’s medical, therapy and medication management needs. Eventually two siblings were returned to her care and their adoption was finalized. She states she has a better job and a new place to live and is now able to care for all of the children. The client’s current DFS permanency plan is adoption with the foster parents. The foster parents have retained counsel. A staff CAP attorney previously represented the client’s siblings and is not able to represent this client due to potential conflict. This client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency and sibling visitation.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2017-003209

Spanish speaking client who is disabled needs assistance to obtain proper title for a mobile home and land he owns. He and his wife make $1,000 per month and they need to sell the mobile home and land to get money to survive. Client purchased the mobile home and land in June, 2002. The loan was paid in full. He was then sent a Certificate of Ownership. There were two lien holders/sellers involved in the sale, but neither signed the Certificate of Ownership. In addition, one of them died. He needs help finding the surviving lien holder to sign the Certificate of Ownership or he needs assistance to pursue a quiet title action to obtain title.

Domestic Violence

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: 2017-002084

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: 2017-003714

Spanish speaking domestic violence victim needs assistance with an OPEN divorce and support matter. The parties married in 2014 and separated in June 2017. The client was physically and emotionally abused by her husband, who at one time tried to strangle her. In June, 2017, adverse party came home drunk. He hit and pushed client. She fell to the ground and hit her head; she went to the emergency room and has photos of bruises. In July, 2017 the court granted her a TPO and it was extended until February, 2018. Client lives with her 17 year old daughter from a previous relationship. There is debt to divide and client would like to request spousal support. Adverse party also has a retirement account. He recently retained an attorney who has been contacting the client to try and settle the case. There is a Case Management Conference on October 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm in Department G.

Case Number: 2017-005015

Spanish speaking mother needs assistance with a custody and support matter. Parties were together for 11 years and recently separated due to domestic violence. She has been physically and verbally abused and is receiving counseling at a domestic violence shelter. Adverse party has threatened to take the children. In addition to abusing the client, the adverse party insults the children and drives recklessly with them in the car. Their children are 8, 9, and 11. Client is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody.

Case Number: 2017-004354

Mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs assistance with a custody and support matter. Parties separated in May, 2017 due to father’s drug use and domestic violence. He choked her in front of their three children, ages 7, 4, and 3. He last saw the children in June, 2017. She is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody as well as relocation.

Case Number: 2017-005349

Spanish speaking mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. Parties married in 2005 and separated in July, 2017 when their 15 year old daughter reported sexual abuse by father. He has been sexually abusing daughter for years. They also have a 10 year old son. Mother and children left the home and father took all the money and rented out the marital home. There is warrant for his arrest for criminal charges resulting from the sexual abuse. He is currently on the run. Client and children are living with friends but would like to move back into the marital home. They have community property and debt to divide. She is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody of children. She is also seeking spousal support.

Case Number: 2017-005354

Mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in 2010 and separated in September, 2017 when client’s daughter from a previous relationship told mother that adverse party was sexually abusing her. Client reported abuse to CPS and police and there are criminal charges pending against adverse party. He is currently in jail. Mother also requested a TPO and there is an extension hearing this month. Mother and her four children are currently living with family. She is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody of their three young children, ages 3, 5, and 6. There is no property or debt to divide. Adverse party was the sole provider and she has no income aside from food stamps.

Case Number: 2017-005881

Mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs URGENT assistance with a custody matter. Mom has lived with 3-year old child in California since 2014 when she fled Nevada due to Dad’s domestic abuse. Dad followed them to CA and continued to harass Mom. He had minimal contact with child from 2014 – 2015. Around October 2016, Dad showed more interested in co-parenting so Mom allowed him more liberal visitation including overnights/weekends. In February 2017, Mom and Dad agreed child would visit Dad for a week. Mom thought Dad lived in CA. Dad avoided Mom’s calls and then told her he was not returning child. Eventually, she found out child was in Las Vegas. In March 2016, Mom filed a custody case in CA and got an Order for DA’s child abduction office to assist in locating and serving Dad. It’s unclear if Dad was served. In April 2017 Mom told Dad she would drop Child Support if she could visit child in Las Vegas. During visit, it became clear Dad wouldn’t let Mom take child back to CA, so Mom drove off with the child.  Dad followed her back to CA, broke into her home, grabbed child, threw her into a car and sped off.  Police caught up with him and forced him to return the child. Criminal kidnapping charges are pending against him in California and Mom got a 3 year protection order against him. In June, 2017, Dad hired an attorney and filed a custody case in NV. Dad claims child lived in NV since October, 2016 with Mom’s consent.  Courts have determined NV has jurisdiction, however Mom was not able to participate in jurisdiction hearing due to procedural issues. Mom’s CA Legal Aid attorney is willing to help NV attorney get up to speed on case. Mom is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody. Adverse party is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody. There is a Motion Hearing, CMC, and Return from Mediation Hearing on October 25, 2017 at 9:30 am in Dept. B.

Estate Planning / Probate

Case Number: 2017-999999

Senior who was recently widowed needs assistance with a probate matter. Her husband was involved in a lawsuit at the time of his death. He was being assisted by a pro bono attorney. Client/Wife needs a probate attorney to initiate probate and have her assigned as administrator to husband’s estate so she and the husband’s pro bono attorney can proceed with lawsuit. Decedent’s will designates client/wife as administrator and leaves his estate to her. His estate consists of the mobile home she lives in and a small amount of stock, and personal belongings. The Client, decedent, and decedent’s brother are listed on the mobile home title. Client has some evidence (letter) that brother was willing to release his interest in the home, however she now fears he may try to evict her from the home. Brother lives out of state but already came to the mobile home and took some of decedent’s personal belongings.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

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: 2017-002084

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: 2017-003714

Spanish speaking domestic violence victim needs assistance with an OPEN divorce and support matter. The parties married in 2014 and separated in June 2017. The client was physically and emotionally abused by her husband, who at one time tried to strangle her. In June, 2017, adverse party came home drunk. He hit and pushed client. She fell to the ground and hit her head; she went to the emergency room and has photos of bruises. In July, 2017 the court granted her a TPO and it was extended until February, 2018. Client lives with her 17 year old daughter from a previous relationship. There is debt to divide and client would like to request spousal support. Adverse party also has a retirement account. He recently retained an attorney who has been contacting the client to try and settle the case. There is a Case Management Conference on October 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm in Department G.

Case Number: 2017-004501

Wife, who speaks primarily Chinese and has a disability, needs assistance with an OPEN legal separation matter. Parties married in 1988 and separated in 2016 when husband transitioned gender to female and moved in with another woman. There is a marital home that adverse party reportedly quit claimed to client. There are vehicles and debts to divide. The adverse party has a military pension to divide. Their only child emancipated earlier this year. Adverse party retained an attorney and filed Complaint for Separate Maintenance. Client agrees with separation as opposed to divorce because she needs medical benefits due to ongoing medical issues. Adverse party is represented by counsel.

Case Number: 2017-004744

Mother needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. Parties married in August, 2014 and separated in May, 2016. Father of children is currently incarcerated awaiting trial for murder and kidnapping. Client had past drug abuse issues and her children were removed by CPS. She stopped using drugs and completed her case plan so her children were returned to her care. CPS closed their case in May, 2017. She is currently on probation for burglary charges that occurred while she was using drugs.  Client is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody of her children. There is no property or debt to divide.

Case Number: 2017-005015

Spanish speaking mother needs assistance with a custody and support matter. Parties were together for 11 years and recently separated due to domestic violence. She has been physically and verbally abused and is receiving counseling at a domestic violence shelter. Adverse party has threatened to take the children. In addition to abusing the client, the adverse party insults the children and drives recklessly with them in the car. Their children are 8, 9, and 11. Client is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody.

Case Number: 2017-005151

Spanish speaking mother needs assistance with divorce. Parties married in August, 2016 and separated in July, 2017 because husband wanted out of the relationship. She has a home that was purchased prior to marriage. She also has retirement benefits. They have no children together and no community property or debt to divide.

Case Number: 2017-005159

Senior needs assistance with a custody/guardianship matter. Client is maternal great aunt of 8-year old child. Child was abandoned by mother at birth in California. At time of abandonment, maternal grandmother and aunt were appointed co-guardians of child. Grandmother cared for child until her death in April, 2016. Child then stayed with aunt who was co-guardian.  Aunt is homeless, has legal issues, and was unable to care for child. In January, 2017 CPS in California contacted client/great aunt and aunt agreed to sign over temporary guardianship to client/great aunt and granted permission for her to take child to Texas. Client moved from Texas to Nevada with child in July, 2017. The aunt’s whereabouts are currently unknown and client/great aunt has been unable to reach her. Client is seeking custody or guardianship of child. She would like to discuss options with attorney.

Case Number: 2017-004354

Mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs assistance with a custody and support matter. Parties separated in May, 2017 due to father’s drug use and domestic violence. He choked her in front of their three children, ages 7, 4, and 3. He last saw the children in June, 2017. She is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody as well as relocation.

Case Number: 2017-005349

Spanish speaking mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. Parties married in 2005 and separated in July, 2017 when their 15 year old daughter reported sexual abuse by father. He has been sexually abusing daughter for years. They also have a 10 year old son. Mother and children left the home and father took all the money and rented out the marital home. There is warrant for his arrest for criminal charges resulting from the sexual abuse. He is currently on the run. Client and children are living with friends but would like to move back into the marital home. They have community property and debt to divide. She is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody of children. She is also seeking spousal support.

Case Number: 2017-005210

Father is seeking assistance with a divorce and custody matter. Parties married in 2013 and separated in 2016. They have two biological children together. He has also raised his stepdaughter from the age of 3. The children have lived with client since the separation. He is seeking joint legal and joint physical custody of all three children with no overnights for her when she works at night. Both biological children were born prior to marriage but he is on the birth certificates. They have cars and debts to divide.

Case Number: 2017-005354

Mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in 2010 and separated in September, 2017 when client’s daughter from a previous relationship told mother that adverse party was sexually abusing her. Client reported abuse to CPS and police and there are criminal charges pending against adverse party. He is currently in jail. Mother also requested a TPO and there is an extension hearing this month. Mother and her four children are currently living with family. She is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody of their three young children, ages 3, 5, and 6. There is no property or debt to divide. Adverse party was the sole provider and she has no income aside from food stamps.

Case Number: 2017-005317

Mother battling cancer needs assistance with a divorce matter. They married in March, 2015. Husband left the marriage in June, 2017 due to irreconcilable difference. She is a part time student and had to move in with her parents after husband left. She has a daughter from a previous marriage. He was the sole provider for her and her daughter. Her husband hired an attorney who has been calling client to sign off on a joint petition. As of this writing (10/4/17) a divorce complaint has not yet been filed. She would like to request spousal support.

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. Latest Update: The defendant thinks the parties have reached a potential settlement agreement and has filed a motion to enforce settlement. The plaintiff is currently refusing mail. There is no trial date currently set. Documents available for review: Complaint, Answer, MSJ documents, 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 claims eighth amendment violations while incarcerated at Southern Desert Correctional Center. Defendants’ deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs left him blind in one eye. Defendants delayed his cataract eye surgery by three months, which caused an infection to develop and blind him. He even put Defendant on notice several times about his need of surgery and that it was delayed. But they did nothing until it was too late. Mediation was attempted but not successful. Documents available for review: Amended Complaint, Answer, Screening Order, Docket Sheet, Referral Order.

Case Number: 2017-003598

This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 civil rights case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff is currently incarcerated. He brings this action against the sheriff and twenty other individual Police Department officers for: 1) excessive use of force under the Fourth Amendment, 2) assault and battery, 3) intentional infliction of severe emotional distress, and 4) negligence. Plaintiff alleges that detectives harassed and threatened his friends and family for a month prior to the officers locating him. On August 26, 2009, officers found plaintiff on the bathroom floor lying on his stomach. He only had boxers on. Officers brutally punched and kicked Plaintiff into submission. They beat him with a canister until he fainted. They beat him with such force that his nose collapsed into his face. They beat him until they broke his shoulder off. Thereafter, Plaintiff was taken to the hospital where doctors had to stitch his face back together, pull his nose out, treat multiple lacerations, and perform surgery on his shoulder. On February 21, 2014, the court granted Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss. Plaintiff then filed a motion for reconsideration, which the court denied. In April of 2015, Plaintiff appealed the order for reconsideration. In August 2016, the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded Judgment. Documents available for review: Screening Order, Referral Order, Complaint, Motion to Dismiss, Order on Motion to Dismiss, Order Denying Reconsideration, and Ninth Circuit Order.

Case Number: 2017-004791

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. He brings this action against several officers for using excessive force and violating his constitutional right to informational privacy. Plaintiff alleges that defendants surrounded his vehicle in a casino parking lot, broke out the windows of his vehicle, dragged him through the broken window, and proceeded to punch and kick him while he was laying helpless on the ground in handcuffs. Plaintiff also alleges that a Sergeant instructed the officers to use extreme force. In addition to the excessive force claim, Plaintiff brings a claim against one officer for violating his constitutional right to informational privacy. He alleges that the officer left Plaintiff’s criminal file, which contained his name, date of birth, social security number, and other confidential information, in the back seat of the car Plaintiff was driving when arrested. The file was still in the car when returned back to the registered owner, who was not the Plaintiff. Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss is pending.  Documents available for review: Complain, Screening Order, Answer, Motion to Dismiss, Referral Order

Case Number: 2017-005281

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. He brings this action against several officers alleging they violated his Eighth Amendment rights regarding his conditions of confinement during flooding at the detention center. On January 9, 2013, a defective toilet overflowed at the detention center. The overflow spread throughout the module and it was locked down. Plaintiff was part of the clean-up crew, and he and other inmates mopped, swept, scooped, and squeegeed the overflown water down a drain. He claims the water was contaminated with human waste. He was wearing his shower shoes—open-toed sandals—and was denied additional protective equipment. When he asked for more protective equipment, he was told to stop complaining and to get back to work. He filed grievances to the module supervisor, who apologized for failing to provide protective equipment and said he would do better in the future. When the same toilet overflowed two weeks later, Plaintiff attests, it was déjà vu all over again. Defendants claim the water was clear and free of any human waste. Plaintiff’s case is post summary judgment.  Documents available for review: Amended Complaint, Answer, Screening Order, MSJ, Opposition to MSJ, Reply to MSJ, Referral & Summary Judgment Order

Guardianship

Case Number: 2017-005159

Senior needs assistance with a custody/guardianship matter. Client is maternal great aunt of 8-year old child. Child was abandoned by mother at birth in California. At time of abandonment, maternal grandmother and aunt were appointed co-guardians of child. Grandmother cared for child until her death in April, 2016. Child then stayed with aunt who was co-guardian.  Aunt is homeless, has legal issues, and was unable to care for child. In January, 2017 CPS in California contacted client/great aunt and aunt agreed to sign over temporary guardianship to client/great aunt and granted permission for her to take child to Texas. Client moved from Texas to Nevada with child in July, 2017. The aunt’s whereabouts are currently unknown and client/great aunt has been unable to reach her. Client is seeking custody or guardianship of child. She would like to discuss options with attorney.

Immigration

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: Master Hearing August 1, 2017 at 8:30 am.

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: 2017-002365

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: 2017-002369

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: 2017-001396

14 year old boy from Honduras entered the United States on October 17, 2016. At home, the boy enjoyed living with extended family, but faced numerous threats against his life from the Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13). The boy believes the gang targeted him because he is young and a practicing Christian.  He needs an experienced immigration attorney for a family petition and consular processing. He has a hearing on October 24, 2017 at 8:30 am.

Name Change

Case Number: 2017-005297

Spanish speaking client needs assistance with a name change. Client is a transgender female and her preferred pronoun is she. She would like an attorney’s assistance to change her name so it matches her gender identity.

Real Estate Fraud

Case Number: 2017-003209

Spanish speaking client who is disabled needs assistance to obtain proper title for a mobile home and land he owns. He and his wife make $1,000 per month and they need to sell the mobile home and land to get money to survive. Client purchased the mobile home and land in June, 2002. The loan was paid in full. He was then sent a Certificate of Ownership. There were two lien holders/sellers involved in the sale, but neither signed the Certificate of Ownership. In addition, one of them died. He needs help finding the surviving lien holder to sign the Certificate of Ownership or he needs assistance to pursue a quiet title action to obtain title.