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 a pro bono case or request additional information, please email Cindy Morales Kerben ( ckerben@lacsn.org ).  Thank you!

Appeals

Case Number: 2019-009277

the parties were married for approximately 20 years. Appellant shot
respondent and is currently incarcerated. When the parties divorced, the
decree provided that appellant would pay respondent $2000 per month in
spousal support. After respondent remarried, appellant filed a motion to
modify the divorce decree to remove the obligation that he pay alimony. The
district court granted the motion and held that appellant was entitled to
reimbursement of $10,000 for overpayments to respondent. Appellant
contends he should get up to $14,000.

 

Case Number: 2019-009274

The parties were married for approximately 20 years. Appellant shot
respondent and is currently incarcerated. When the parties divorced, the
decree provided that appellant would pay respondent $2000 per month in
spousal support. After respondent remarried, appellant filed a motion to
modify the divorce decree to remove the obligation that he pay alimony. The
district court granted the motion and held that appellant was entitled to
reimbursement of $10,000 for overpayments to respondent. Appellant
contends he should get up to $14,000.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Case Number: 2019-008235

A sibling group of 3, ages 13  and four year old twins, came into care over concerns of environmental neglect.  The children were living in a very dirty home where the bathroom was not functional.  The 15 year old sister, who is represented by another attorney, also reported physical abuse by the father.  While the twins have scars and bruising possibly indicative of abuse, they are not reporting abuse and all three have expressed a desire to return home. Adjudication please 11/27/2019 at 10:00 a.m. CR 23.

Case Number: 2019-007592

A sibling group of three, ages 5, 3 and newborn were taken into DFS care in October 2019, when they were removed by CPS from their mother’s care after the baby tested positive for illicit substances at the time of birth. The mother and the baby’s father both denied substance use at first; the father’s test was positive.  The mother’s first drug test was inconclusive.  The parents also lack stable housing.  The father to the 5 year old and 3 year old lives out of state; while he wants his children, he is having difficulty procuring housing and making arrangements to retrieve his kids.

Case Number: 2019-008478

Three siblings, ages 10 years to 6 years, came into DFS care in November 2019 due to ongoing domestic violence in the home in the presence of the children. Both parents have previously been arrested for domestic violence. There are concerns about both parent’s substance usage. The mother admitted to the rare usage of methamphetamines and tested positive for same. The father has refused to drug test unless court ordered.  There are concerns about the father’s mental and/or emotional state. He reports being diagnosed with major depression/anxiety. The children have been placed with the mother. Visitation with the father is to be supervised. Adjudication Plea on 12/3/2019 at 10:00 a.m. CR 22.

Case Number: 2019-005782

Four siblings, ages 9, 8, 1 and 3 months, came into DFS care in August 2019, were removed after the youngest was exposed in utero to narcotic pain medication and heroin.  Mother admitted to use; father was working long hours and not in the home to see if mother was functioning appropriately. Parents lost housing prior to the birth of the youngest, and had been staying with family at times.  Family has prior CPS involvement for drug use.  Siblings are placed together with paternal grandparents, and parents are visiting twice per week. These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure the appropriate services are in place. Review Hearing on 1/27/2020 at 1:30 p.m. CR 23.

Case Number: 2019-008430

Three children, ages 5years, 3years, and 9 months came into DFS care on October 25, 2019 due to multiple incidents of domestic violence in the home as reported by natural mother and by the oldest child. The older brother stated that both he and his younger brother have been struck by natural father. Natural mother has asked for and refused assistance from public agencies. Natural mother has now applied for and been granted an emergency protective order and moved out of the home. Children may be released to natural mother pending a disposition by the Court.

 

 

Case Number: 2019-008665

Two siblings, ages 8 years and 7 years came into DFS care in November 2019, due to their guardian demonstrating diminished protective capacities and parenting functioning. The guardian’s drug test is out of control as she appears to be self medicating as to her disclosure of depression.  The natural mom is reported to reside out of state and unable to be located. The natural father is reported to be living on the streets also with drug concerns and is unable to be located. Plea 12/11/2019 at 10:00 a.m. CR 22.

 

Case Number: 2019-008495

Subject minor, 2 year old girl, came into DFS care in October 2019 because the father poses a risk of harm to the subject minor in that he sexually abused her half-sibling. The father plead guilty to one count of Open or Gross Lewdness in the Presence of a Child or Vulnerable Person on September 16, 2019. Further, the father experiences symptoms of bipolar disorder and/or schizophrenia and/or other mental health conditions. Father has also engaged in Domestic Violence against mom.  Mother continued to permit contact between the subject minor and father, despite his extensive mental health issues, substance use, and the knowledge that he was not taking his psychiatric medications. Disposition on 12/4/2019 at 1:30 p.m. , further proceedings on 1/15/2020 at 2:15 p.m. CR 11.

 

Case Number: 2019-008421

4 year old and 1 year old came into DFS care on October 22, 2019, due to concerns of the mental stability of natural mother. She moved to Las Vegas approximately 4 months ago and has no friends or relatives to assist her. She reported to Mountain View Hospital and made statements that she was going to kill herself and the children  Natural father came to Las Vegas when he heard about the issues with natural mother. He obtained an apartment and work and denied any prior CPS or criminal history that would preclude placement of the children with him. Please on 11/26/2019 at 9:45 a.m. CR 11.

 

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2019-007445

Client would like help saving her house.  The value of the house is approx. $255,894.00.  She has a first with Select Portfolio Servicing.  The balance is $213,849.49.  She was able to get a loan modification and is current on her first.  She also has a second with FCI Lender Services, inc.  Her balance on the second is $60,671.35 and the past due amount is $42,970.48.  She states in 2005 she got an equity line of credit to help her kids.  She does not recall when she made her last payment or for how much it was originally.  She is currently working and is receiving approx. $3707.14 and $150.00 from her roommate.  She states she thinks she can pay $200.00 a month but in November, 2019 she is going to start  dialysis and she is not sure if she will be able to work the same amount of hours.  She did receive a NOD on 09/25/19 and is not sure what to do.

 

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2019-000146

4 year old and 1 year old came into DFS care on October 22, 2019, due to concerns of the mental stability of natural mother. She moved to Las Vegas approximately 4 months ago and has no friends or relatives to assist her. She reported to Mountain View Hospital and made statements that she was going to kill herself and the children  Natural father came to Las Vegas when he heard about the issues with natural mother. He obtained an apartment and work and denied any prior CPS or criminal history that would preclude placement of the children with him. Trial 1/31/2020 at 9:00 a.m.

 

Case Number: 2019-006535

Client seeks a change in custody for a seven year old child. The client is seeking sole legal and primary phyiscal custody. Currently the client and opposing party have joint legal and phyiscal custody.  The client wants the court to order supervise visits, parenting classes and required AA meeting to the opposing party. The client claims the opposing party is an alcoholic, is unfit and was charged with child endangement in which a gun was involved and within reach of their minor child.

 

Case Number: 2019-008464

Brief Statement of Issues:  Client came in to do an intake on Nov 4 2019.  Went to case review 11/20/2019 and PB accepted the matter.  Client is looking to modify current custody order from 2017 to joint/primary (mom: mon-fri) and (dad: every other weekend). She and the children are staying at SAFE HOUSE shelter due to Domestic Violence on behalf of OP. She is 26 years old, on food stamps and tanf, household of 6.

 

Case Number: 2019-008716

Summary: Client is looking to get her things back from 2 LifeStorage units she rented with the help of her father. The company is claiming her items are not on property anymore after they sent her notice of agreement termination and she did not pick up items in 3 days. She is 63 years old, recently divorced, household of 1. In the midst of a divorce, she had all her belongings in storage and was working late at the site to organize. She stayed after closing time when she was supposed to be out (6pm) and ended up sleeping in her car. The storage company terminated for breach and gave her three days to vacate all belongings. She had no place to move her stuff and they cleared it all out and she is trying to get it back.