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: 2017-006445

The Appellant needs representation in this appeal from an order dismissing appellant’s civil rights complaint. Appellant filed a state civil rights complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 alleging that he was denied access to respondent’s findings from a mandated audit conducted pursuant to the Prison Rape Elimination Act; that he had filed a “PREA complaint” against a correctional officer and “his inmate friends,” accusing them of “sexual misconduct” in appellant’s housing unit, yet the correctional officer remains working in the unit; and that on May 17, 2016, a correctional officer returned PREA reports to appellant that appellant had attempted to send to a PREA auditor. The district court dismissed the complaint on the grounds that Nevada has not adopted the PREA, and that there is no basis for a complaint pursuant to §1983 because the PREA does not create an individual right of action. This is Supreme Court Case #73743. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 1/8/18.

Case Number: 2017-006547

The Appellant needs representation in this appeal from an order entered after remand from the court of appeals, denying appellant’s motion to modify custody and entering findings regarding the parties’ mortgage. On August 17, 2017, the court of appeals entered an order reversing and remanding to the district court to enter findings on the issues of credit to appellant for mortgage payments, credit to appellant for depreciation of the family home, and custody and appellant’s motion to modify custody. Summit v. Summit, Docket No. 71912 (Order Affirming in Part, Reversing in Part and Remanding; August 17, 2017). On remand, the district court entered its prior findings denying appellant credit and denying the motion to modify custody. This is Supreme Court Case #74205. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 1/8/18.

Case Number: 2017-006618

The Appellant needs representation in this appeal after an order of reversal and remand entered by the court of appeals from an order denying appellant’s objection and affirming a hearing master’s recommendation on child support arrears. Appellant is obligated to pay child support, though he has been incarcerated for several years. The Division of Welfare and Supportive Services seized his inmate accounts pursuant to NRS 425.460 in order to pay down his child support arrears. Appellant challenged the basis for the seizure, and the court of appeals reversed and remanded to the district court with directions to the Division to justify its actions. On remand, the Division provided an argument based on NRS 209.241. Appellant again challenges the analysis. This is Supreme Court Case #74404. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 1/15/18.

Case Number: 2017-006689

The Appellant needs representation in this appeal from a summary judgment awarding respondent general, special, and punitive damages. Appellant and respondent are both inmates in the Nevada Department of Corrections; appellant is housed at Ely, respondent is housed at NNCC. Appellant was convicted of the murder of respondent’s daughter, and respondent sued appellant for her wrongful death. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of respondent pursuant to a default based on appellant’s failure to respond to the summary judgment motion. The court awarded respondent general and specific damages of $1,000,000.00 and punitive damages of $500,000.00. This is Supreme Court Case #72973. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 1/22/18.

Case Number: 2017-006693

The Respondent needs representation in this appeal from a summary judgment awarding respondent general, special, and punitive damages. Appellant and respondent are both inmates in the Nevada Department of Corrections; appellant is housed at Ely, respondent is housed at NNCC. Appellant was convicted of the murder of respondent’s daughter, and respondent sued appellant for her wrongful death. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of respondent pursuant to a default based on appellant’s failure to respond to the summary judgment motion. The court awarded respondent general and specific damages of $1,000,000.00 and punitive damages of $500,000.00. This is Supreme Court Case #72973. Pro Bono Counsel must file a Notice of Appearance by 1/22/18.

Case Number: 2017-999999

Legal Aid Center client – a hard-working, single mother of 5—needs help defending an appeal of a District Court order granting her Petition for Judicial Review of a foreclosure mediation that was held in September 2013.  The District Court order, in granting the PJR, awarded the client $159,000 in monetary sanctions against the respondents as well as a loan modification and significant attorney’s fees.  While the underlying facts are quite straightforward, this appeal involves interesting legal questions regarding the inherent powers of the trial court. The appeal is currently in the Supreme Court Settlement Program. The settlement program is expected to be completed on or shortly after December 11, 2017. The briefing schedule will be provided/reinstated at that time. This case is not part of the Pro Bono Appellate Program so oral argument is not guaranteed.

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: 2017-002742

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: 2017-003746

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: 2017-004122

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: 2017-001350

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: 2017-004606

Seven siblings, ages 13 years to 3 years, came into DFS care in August, 2017  because the youngest child was brought to the hospital unresponsive with numerous brain hematomas, rib fractures, abdominal trauma, and bruising all over her body. The children’s mother was at work when the injuries were sustained. Child was under supervision of mom’s boyfriend. Boyfriend was incarcerated for abuse. Children are all placed with one of the children’s fathers and mom is also living in the house but is not allowed to be alone with the children as there are concerns about her protective capacity. She was allowing strangers to be in the home and leaving the children in their care. The current permanency plan is reunification. 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: 2017-004646

Three siblings, ages 8 years to 2 years, came into DFS care with other siblings in May, 2017 due to environmental and educational neglect. The home was filthy and smelled strongly of animal urine and feces. The family has several pets that are not housetrained and neither parent cleans up after them. There is also domestic violence and substance abuse in the home between the parents. These children are placed with a paternal aunt. The siblings, who have a different father, are placed in other homes and have their own attorneys. These clients need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004479

A 5 month old baby boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 when he was born substance exposed and prematurely at 27 weeks gestation. Mother has substance abuse issues with methamphetamine, marijuana, and morphine. She also lacks resources to care for a newborn baby. The baby is placed in foster care. 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: 2017-004621

Two siblings, ages 15 years and 13 years, came into DFS care in August, 2017 when their adult sibling caretaker was arrested for domestic battery. She reportedly got into an altercation with the oldest child and pulled a knife on him. Their mother was incarcerated at the time but she was expected to be released in September. She was not present at the last court hearing at the end of October. DFS has been unable to locate their father. The children are currently placed with their maternal aunt. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004396

Three siblings, ages 11 years to 5 years, came into DFS care in August, 2017 due to their mother’s drug abuse and lack of resources to care for them. Their father is incarcerated and their mother was recently admitted to a rehab program for drug abuse. The children are currently placed with their maternal grandmother. The children may have special education needs. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003666

A 5 month old baby boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 when he was born substance exposed. He is the sixth child to be removed from his mother’s care and the fourth to be removed from his father’s care. His parents have been out of contact since his birth. He does not currently have any adverse effects from his prenatal exposure to opiates and methamphetamine but he could in the future. He is currently placed with a foster family but DFS also submitted an ICPC for placement with grandmother out of state. 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: 2017-003771

Two siblings, ages 6 years and 3 years, came into DFS care in July, 2017 when their mother was arrested for domestic battery against her live-in boyfriend. She says she was defending herself. The children were present for the incident and there was nobody to care for the children when she was arrested. Mother has a history of mental health problems and father has not yet been located. The children are placed in a foster home. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003739

A 15 year old girl came into DFS care in July, 2017 due to an altercation with her mother. Mother came home to find client having sex with boyfriend and mother hit and punched child in the face giving her a bloody nose and bruised lip. Client is currently placed with her maternal grandmother. She needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004887

A 2 month old baby girl came into DFS care when she was born substance exposed while her mother was incarcerated. Her mother has a history of heroin use and used throughout her pregnancy. Father is also a heavy drug user. Client is currently placed in a foster home. 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: 2017-004678

A 2 month old baby girl came into DFS care in August when she was born substance exposed. Her mother tested positive for opiates and baby did experience withdrawal symptoms. Her mother also has history of mental illness. Putative father is not on birth certificate but paternity testing has taken place; results pending. Child is currently placed with maternal aunt, maternal uncle, and maternal grandmother. Father has reportedly made no effort to visit child at their house. 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: 2017-004400

A 4 year old girl came back into DFS care in August, 2017 when police executed a search warrant on father’s home and found mother and child living there. The child was originally placed in DFS care in August, 2016 when child’s mother made sexual abuse allegations against her stepfather. She disclosed to family members that she was sexually abused by stepfather and stepfather is this child’s natural father. Child was placed with her paternal grandmother until her mother absconded with her in November, 2016. The child’s father is currently awaiting trial for sexual abuse of his stepdaughters and is under a no contact with children order, yet the child’s mother allowed this child to live with him. The child is currently placed in foster care. She needs an attorney to represent her wishes and legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2014-004522

Two siblings, ages 4 years and 3 years, came into DFS care in July, 2014 due to their mother’s mental health issues. Their natural mother and father’s parental rights have been terminated. They girls currently live with their maternal grandmother in Alaska. She is an adoptive resources. Sibling visitation may need to be established and educational and developmental issues may need to be addressed. Their former attorney moved out of state and they need a new attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005456

A 10 year old girl came into DFS care with siblings in June, 2017 due to her parents’ drug abuse. Her parents were unable to provide for the care, safety, and well-being of the child. This is the second time this client and her siblings have come into care. This client has different wishes than her siblings. She may not want to be reunified with parents. Her siblings already have an attorney. This client is currently placed with fictive kin. She may need to testify at her parents’ trial. She needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure she is prepared to testify. There is an Adjudicatory Trial on November 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2017-005534

A 7 year old boy came into DFS care with his sister in September, 2017 when police were called due to a domestic violence incident between mom and stepdad. Subsequently, DFS discovered there was an open CPS case for mother in another state due to client’s sister allegations of sexual abuse against stepfather. Mother agreed to have children placed with a relative but then absconded the state with children. All parties are now in Nevada and the other state is not seeking to assert jurisdiction. This client does not believe his sister was sexually abused. Client’s father has not been involved in his life. Client is currently placed in foster care and his wishes are unknown. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005499

A 3 month old baby boy came into DFS care in August, 2017. His mother has history of substance abuse issues with alcohol and methamphetamine but child did not test positive for drugs at time of birth. Mother and father tested positive for drugs and they have other children that were removed from their care due to drug abuse. Child is currently placed with maternal grandmother. 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: 2017-004765

Three siblings, ages 12 years to 1 year, came into DFS care in August, 2017 due to allegations of sexual and physical abuse made by two of their siblings against an older teenager (not a sibling) living in the home. When they reported the abuse to their mom, she packed the alleged perpetrator’s bags and threatened to kick him out, but then didn’t follow through. These children have made no sexual abuse allegations. All of the siblings are placed back in the mother and father’s home with their maternal grandmother in an in-home safety plan. The other siblings will be assigned their own counsel. These children need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004763

Two siblings, ages 8 years and 5 years, came into DFS care with siblings in August, 2017 when they made allegations of physical and sexual abuse against an older teenager (not a sibling) living in the home. When they reported the abuse to their mom, she packed the alleged perpetrator’s bags and threatened to kick him out, but then didn’t follow through. All of the siblings, including these clients, are placed back in the mother and father’s home with their maternal grandmother in an in-home safety plan. The other siblings will be assigned their own counsel as they made no sexual abuse allegations and may have differing wishes. The oldest sibling may have known about the abuse and there are concerns she may be bullying these children for “starting trouble” and “telling the family business.” These children need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004761

A 15 year old girl came into DFS care with siblings in August, 2017 due to allegations of sexual and physical abuse made by two of her siblings against an older teenager (not a sibling) living in the home. When they reported the abuse to their mom, she packed the alleged perpetrator’s bags and threatened to kick him out, but then didn’t follow through. This child and three other siblings have made no sexual abuse allegations. There is concern this client may be bullying the children who made the allegations for “starting trouble” and “telling the family business.” All of the siblings are placed back in the mother and father’s home with their maternal grandmother in an in-home safety plan. The other siblings will be assigned their own counsel. This client needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005463

A 2 month old baby girl came into DFS care in September, 2017 when she was born drug exposed. Her mother admitted using drugs during her pregnancy and for the past ten years. Her father also has a history of drug use and is currently incarcerated. The baby is placed with her maternal grandparents; the mother is also living in the home but is not allowed to be with the child alone at this time. 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: 2017-002816

Two sisters, ages 3 and 1, came into DFS care in May, 2017 due to inadequate supervision and parents’ drug use. Natural mother left the children with fictive kin for several days at a time and fictive kin is no longer willing to care for the children without DFS involvement. The children are currently placed with fictive kin. Both children show some signs of developmental delay. The 1-year old just recently started to sit up on her own and doesn’t crawl or walk. Mother and father’s parental rights have been terminated in regard to two other children. The children need an attorney to represent their legal interests regarding placement, permanency, and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004101

Seven siblings, ages 17 years to 1 year, came into DFS care in July, 2017 due to natural mother being caught squatting. There are concerns of chronic homelessness and lack of adequate resources. Four of the children are currently placed with fictive kin. The other three children are placed with paternal aunt. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal interests regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005708

An 11 year old boy came into DFS care in October, 2017, because his natural mother is incarcerated and his putative father’s whereabouts are unknown.  The natural mother signed a temporary guardianship of the child to the maternal grandmother, but the child may not want to be placed with his maternal grandmother.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005422

Three sisters, ages 13 years to 6 years, came into DFS care in September, 2017.  Both parents have a history of domestic violence, and the natural mother has untreated mental health issues. The current placement of the children will need to be verified, as well as whether the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) applies.  Middle child is prescribed medication for autism and anxiety, and follow-up is needed regarding psychiatric appointments. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may be needed for all three children. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005240

A 6 year old girl came into DFS care in September, 2017, because both of her parents are incarcerated, and have a history of domestic violence.  The child is placed with her maternal aunt, and has supervised visitation with some of her siblings.  Visitation may need to be established with the rest of the child’s siblings, and paternity may also need to be verified.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004754

A 3 month old baby girl came into DFS care at birth because her mother is currently homeless and addicted to methamphetamines.  The child was treated for signs of withdrawal and is now placed in a licensed foster home.  Paternity may need to be established for the putative fathers.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005987

A 2 month old baby boy came into DFS care in October 2017 due to allegations of inadequate supervision against his natural mother. Natural mother had been leaving the child in the care of others and would also often fail to tend to the child’s needs. Natural mother is believed to be homeless. There are also concerns that natural mother may have a substance abuse problem. Putative father was incarcerated at the time of removal. The child is currently placed in a foster home and has visitation with natural mother at Child Haven. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-004766

A 1 year old girl came into DFS care in August, 2017, because both of her parents are incarcerated. Her natural mother has a history of substance abuse issues and lacks stable income and employment.  Paternity may need to be established, as well as whether the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) applies.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005071

A 3 month old baby boy came into DFS care in September, 2017, because his parents were unable to care for him. Both parents have a history of homelessness, substance abuse issues, and potential untreated mental health issues. An Interstate Compact for Placement of Child (ICPC) is pending for the child’s maternal grandparents in California. Physical health and development issues may also need to be addressed. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005413

A 3 month old baby boy came into DFS care in September, 2017 when he was born exposed to amphetamines. Natural mother has a history of substance abuse. The natural father is deceased.  Sibling visitation may need to be established for the child, and out-of-state placement options need to be addressed.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005409

Five siblings, ages 6 years to 3 months, came into DFS care in September, 2017, because their natural mother has untreated mental health issues, and all parents have a history of substance abuse and domestic violence issues, and lack the resources necessary to provide for the children. The children are currently staying with one of their paternal grandmothers, but both fathers have requested placement, as well as their maternal grandmother.   An attorney is needed to represent the clients’ wishes and legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-006100

A 3 month old baby girl came into DFS care in October, 2017, when she was brought to the hospital with a laceration in her mouth bruising all over her body. Mom and Dad were both arrested.  Mom has prior CPS history.  The child has no special needs and has been placed with a paternal relative.  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: 2017-005976

Two sisters, ages 10 years and 6 years, came into DFS care in October, 2017, because their adoptive mother (their paternal grandmother) returned the children to their natural mother, exposing them to incidents of domestic violence and substance abuse. The children have also reported concerns of physical abuse by the adoptive mother and the paternal aunt, and they are currently placed in Child Haven. The children need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002218

A 5 year old girl came into DFS care in April, 2017, because her natural parents have a history of substance abuse and domestic violence. She is currently placed with her natural mother and maternal grandparents. There is an in-home safety plan in place. The case may close at the upcoming status hearing. Health and educational issues may need to be addressed. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes and legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002173

A 6 year old boy came into DFS care in April, 2017, when the police arrested his natural father for outstanding warrants, after finding both of them wandering around the airport, and his father’s behavior was paranoid and erratic. The father is currently on house arrest, and the mother has recently been released on parole from incarceration. Both parents have significant mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and lack of resources such as employment, stable housing, and income. The child is currently placed with his maternal grandmother. Follow-up may be needed regarding his Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Behavior Intervention Plan at school. Parental visitation may also need to be addressed. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-003237

A 6 month old baby boy came into DFS care in June, 2017 at birth, because he was born premature due to being exposed to methamphetamines. Both parents have a history of substance abuse and homelessness, and paternity will need to be established. The child is currently placed in a licensed foster home. The natural mother’s whereabouts are currently unknown, and neither parent has attended any scheduled visitations with the child or participated in any court proceedings. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005486

A 1 year old boy came into DFS care in September, 2017, when his mother was brought to the hospital for methamphetamine abuse. Mother agreed to seek professional help and was admitted to the WestCare program to obtain treatment for her substance abuse. Paternity may need to be established, as the mother stated that there are three potential fathers; however, none have had any contact with the child. The child is currently placed with the maternal grandmother, who also has guardianship of the child’s other two siblings and is willing to maintain guardianship of this child for as long as needed. An attorney is needed to represent his legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005483

A 3 month old baby boy came into DFS care in August, 2017, when he was born drug exposed. He was kept at the hospital for an additional two weeks on methadone treatment. Neither, mother or the putative father, came to visit the child at the hospital. An in-home present danger plan was put in place with several family members, however, both parents continued their drug abuse upon the child’s return from the hospital. The child was removed from their care and is currently placed with his maternal uncle. Paternity may need to be established, as well as visitation with his other two siblings who currently reside with the mother and maternal grandmother. An attorney is needed to represent his legal rights regarding placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005567

Two sisters, ages 15 years and 1 year, came into DFS care in September, 2017, because their mother left them at an adult sibling’s home without any arrangements to care for them. The sisters are still currently placed with their adult sibling. The mother and older sibling’s father have a history of substance abuse issues and possible undiagnosed mental health issues. Visitation with the mother is supervised but sporadic, and no visitation occurs with the natural or putative fathers. Paternity may need to be established for the younger sibling, and she may also have health concerns, as she was born drug exposed. There are three other siblings that they maintain regular visitation with. An attorney is needed to represent the sisters’ wishes and legal rights regarding placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005380

Two siblings, ages 5 years and 2 years, came into DFS care in September, 2017, due to a domestic violence incident between their parents. The mother and younger sibling’s natural father have a history of domestic violence, as well as substance and alcohol abuse. The children are currently placed with their mother and fictive kin.  Visitation may need to be addressed with the children’s half sibling and the younger sibling’s natural father.  An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005585

Two siblings, ages 3 years and 2 months, came into DFS care in October, 2017, because the younger sibling was born prematurely and severely exposed to methamphetamines, heroin, and cocaine. The baby was in critical condition with a collapsed lung and severe withdrawal symptoms. The parents have a history of substance abuse issues and lack the necessary resources to care for the children. The children are currently placed with their maternal grandmother. Visitation with their other two siblings may need to be addressed, as well as health issues regarding the younger sibling. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005749

A 2 month old baby boy came into DFS care in October, 2017, because he was born exposed to amphetamines and opioids. Both parents have a history of substance abuse. The child is currently placed with his maternal grandmother and has supervised visits with his natural mother. Paternity may need to be established, and visitation with the putative father may need to be addressed. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-005702

A 4 month old baby boy came into DFS care in October, 2017 because his parents are unwilling and unable to care for him.  The child has not received appropriate nutrition or pediatric care, and both parents have a history of domestic violence and substance abuse issues. The mother has a history of noncompliance with prior permanency cases, and her rights have also been terminated to two of her other children. This child is currently placed in a licensed foster home.  He has supervised visitation with natural mother, but visitation with the putative father and siblings may need to be addressed. Paternity may need to be established as well.  The child’s physical health may also need to be addressed.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-006301

A 6 year old boy came into DFS care in October, 2017, because his mother was arrested for fraud, possession of drugs, and a stolen assault rifle, and the putative father is currently a fugitive, but is allegedly working to remedy the situation.  Paternity will need to be established, and educational issues may need to be addressed.  The child is currently placed in a licensed foster home.  He has supervised visitation with his parents, and follow-up is needed as to placement options.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-006509

A 2 month old baby girl came into DFS care in November, 2017, because her natural father was arrested for drug and firearm possession, her living arrangements were unsuitable, and both parents have a history of substance abuse issues.  Paternity needs to be verified, and the child’s physical health may also need to be addressed, because she was born substance-exposed.  The child is currently placed with her maternal grandmother, and she has weekly supervised visitation with her parents.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-006721

A 14 year old girl came into DFS care in November, 2017, because her adoptive grandmother and paternal aunt are unwilling and unable to care for her.  The child’s adoptive grandmother is currently in hospice and is unable to care for her.  The child was living with her paternal aunt, but was removed from her care due to allegations of physical abuse.  The child is currently placed at Child Haven with her older brother.  Visitation with the maternal grandmother and her sibling may need to be addressed.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2015-002852

A 16 year old boy came into DFS care in January, 2015, after a report of severe physical abuse regarding multiple incidents occurring over the years by both, the mother and the mother’s boyfriend, against the child and his three siblings. The mother has agreed to relinquish her rights to the child, and the mother is currently residing in Texas with the child’s other three siblings. The child’s father is unknown. The child is currently placed in a licensed foster home, which may be an adoptive resource. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-002519

A 14 year old girl came into DFS care in April, 2017, with ten siblings and half-siblings. The abuse petition alleges that many of the children were witnesses to the abuse and death of one of their siblings by their stepfather and mother. They were also allegedly subjected to physical and mental abuse themselves. The family has a history with DFS involvement. The child is currently placed at St. Jude’s Ranch in Boulder City with some of her siblings. Due to the trauma, the child will likely require intensive services, individual, and family therapy. An educational surrogate has been appointed to the child to address her educational needs, and an ICPC (Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children) is currently being worked out with California for possible placement with paternal family members. The child may also be called to testify in both the civil and criminal matters. The child needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding permanency, placement, visitation, to ensure the proper services are in place, and to ensure that she is prepared to testify at any upcoming trials.

Case Number: 2016-005745

Three siblings, ages 6 years to 2 years, came into DFS care in November, 2016, due to their mother’s and the youngest sibling’s father’s alcohol abuse and domestic violence. The older sibling’s natural father is currently unknown, and the middle sibling’s natural father is incarcerated. The older sibling is currently placed with putative paternal fictive kin, whom are adoptive resources. The younger two siblings are placed in a licensed foster home; however the maternal grandmother has recently moved to Las Vegas and is a potential adoptive resource for the two younger siblings. The mother is currently exercising supervised visits at Child Haven with all siblings. The youngest sibling’s father has exercised sporadic supervised visits with that child, but he has failed to comply with the domestic violence services requirements made by DFS, and he has stopped communicating with DFS. Educational and behavioral issues may need to be addressed with the middle sibling. Visitation between the siblings may also need to be addressed. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal rights regarding placement, permanency, visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-006532

A seven month old baby boy came into DFS care in November, 2017, because the natural father was arrested for domestic violence against natural mother, who supports father and refuses to remove the child and herself from that environment. The mother may also have a history of substance abuse issues. The child is currently placed with a maternal great aunt. Parental visitation may need to be addressed, as well as the child’s physical health. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) may apply. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Case Number: 2017-006404

A 2 month old baby boy came into DFS care in November, 2017, because he was born exposed to amphetamines, methamphetamines, and marijuana. Both of his parents have a history of substance abuse issues.  The child is currently placed with his maternal grandmother, who lives with the child’s natural parents.  An In-Home Safety Plan is in place. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) may apply.  An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal rights regarding permanency, visitation, placement, and to ensure the appropriate services are in place.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2017-005655

Client needs assistance with a real estate matter. She and her ex-boyfriend were in a relationship for 21 years but are not married. They own a home together. The boyfriend was incarcerated in December, 2016 after a violent situation in which he held a neighbor hostage and shot a gun at the client, their children, and police. He is facing several felony charges and a long prison sentence. Client has a protection order against him and also did at the time of the incident. Client is trying to get a loan modification, however, she cannot move forward since she and the ex-boyfriend are both listed on the deed. She would like his name removed from the deed. She needs an attorney’s assistance to file a partition action. Each party’s interest in the home is unclear and needs investigation.

Case Number: 2017-006214

Client with a disability needs assistance with an insurance matter. In May, 2014 client purchased short term disability. Later that year, she injured her knee on the job. When she called the insurance agent to make a claim, she was told that she only had ICU coverage and not on the job injury short term disability coverage. She was also denied her worker’s comp claim. Then in January, 2015 she received a call from the insurance agent stating he had a check for her. She called him back but he didn’t return her call for several months. He called again in 2016 again stating he had a check for her. They finally connected and he provided her with four checks. She figured the mistake had been corrected but she decided to investigate the situation further. She spoke with the insurance company’s corporate office and obtained copies of her contracts. She saw that two of the documents had forged signatures on them. The corporate office put an investigator on the case but she hasn’t received a call back in over a month. She would like an attorney’s assistance to ensure she is paid the full amount of her claim through her short term disability policy.

Case Number: 2017-006111

Spanish speaking client needs assistance with a real estate matter. She and her boyfriend have been in a relationship for 24 years. They are not married. They have one 16 year old daughter. They purchased a home in April, 2015 and still live in it together with their child and client’s elderly mother. They are both on the deed as joint tenants. Client paid about $8,000 for the down payment and closing costs. They split the household expenses. Boyfriend pays the mortgage and client pays utilities and all other household expenses. She would like to leave the relationship since they no longer get along. Client would like legal advice regarding her rights and interest in the home. She would also like an attorney’s assistance to pursue any actions available to her that would allow her to stay in the home or leave the home and obtain her financial interest.

Case Number: 2017-006728

An 80 year old senior needs assistance with a collections matter. Client was assisted by Legal Aid Center staff attorneys to obtain a default judgment for $65,900 against an HOA related to an HOA foreclosure sale. We are seeking an experienced collections attorney to assist the client pro bono in collecting the judgment. The client desperately needs this money. He was evicted from the home and has been living in temporary weekly housing.

Case Number: 2017-006759

Spanish speaking client needs assistance with a civil lawsuit regarding solar panels he leased. Client is being sued for approximately $8,000, along with several other defendants, by the company that installed the solar panels on his house. Client entered into long term lease agreement with Company A for solar panels to be installed on his house. Client is making his payments. Company A failed to pay Company B after they installed the panels.  Company B is now suing Company A and several individuals whose homes the panels were installed on. Company B placed a mechanic’s lien on client’s home and is seeking to foreclose on that lien. Client needs an attorney’s representation to defend against this lawsuit. Client filed an appearance and informed court he is on waiting list for pro bono assistance.

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: 2017-005015

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: 2017-005349

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: 2017-005446

Mom, a victim of domestic violence, needs help with a custody matter. Both parties are deaf and need ASL interpreter. Dad was convicted of domestic violence in 2012 and is trying to use child against Mom due to her recent legal issues. Mom was incarcerated earlier this year because she couldn’t afford to pay for classes that were part of her probation. She is trying to get her life together. She is living with her former foster mother who helps her care for her child. Temporary orders give Mom joint legal custody and primary physical custody. Dad lives in Florida, and has had no contact with child for 4 years prior to finding out Mom was incarcerated earlier this year. At that time he came to Nevada and filed custody action. Child is 6 years old. Dad is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody. Mom is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody. Mom says Dad has drug issue and no stability. She also states that child is scared of him because he hasn’t spent much time with her. There is a Trial on March 22, 2018 at 9:30 am in Dept. I. Calendar Call is February 21, 2018 at 9:00 am.

Case Number: 2017-005237

Dad needs help with a divorce, custody and support matter. Parties married in 2004 and separated in September, 2017 when Mom left due to their financial issues. Mom filed for divorce. He states she was emotionally abusive to him and their son. Their 10 year old child has lived with Dad since the separation and Mom has not been providing any financial support. Child was seeing Mom weekly until recently when he told Dad that he does not want to visit with Mom because Mom yells at him, pinches him, and hits him. Dad filed a motion for temporary sole physical custody and the hearing is set for January. Dad says that child also told his school counselors about the physical and emotional abuse. Dad does not want to force child to see Mom due to what he reported. He requested a TPO but it was denied. Mom works and Dad doesn’t work due to an accident that left him with severe physical injuries. Mom’s family is trying to evict client from his home however he has a valid lease and is current on his mortgage payment. He was sent to the Self Help Center to respond to eviction. They have community property and community debt to divide. Dad would also like spousal support. There is a Return Hearing & Motion Hearing on January 4, 2018 at 11:00 am and a CMC on February 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm in Department G.

Case Number: 2017-000381

Victim of domestic violence needs assistance with a divorce matter. Parties married in April, 2010 and separated in 2016. He kicked her out of the house, hired an attorney and filed a complaint for divorce. He abused her physically, verbally and financially during the marriage. She states that adverse party owns a sushi restaurant but the restaurant is under his mother’s name. She is seeking a portion of the business as well as spousal support. She is currently living with a friend until she can get on her feet.

Case Number: 2017-002375

Husband, a victim of domestic violence who suffers from a disability, needs assistance with a divorce matter. The parties married in December, 2014 and separated in March, 2017 because the adverse party continued to physically abuse the client. She has a domestic violence charge and was ordered to complete DV classes. They have no children and no property or debt to divide. Client tried to file his own divorce but case was recently dismissed due to lack of activity.

Estate Planning / Probate

Case Number: 2017-005461

Senior with a degenerative neurological disease needs assistance with a probate matter. She was given a temporary payment plan for loan modification however, when it came time to get her permanent loan modification, the servicer couldn’t honor the plan because she is not on the deed to the home. The deed is still in her deceased mother’s name. Her mother passed away in 2012. Decedent has a will and trust which appoints client as administrator and successor trustee. The estate is left to client and her adult brother, as long as he is not abusing drugs or in jail. He is currently living in the home with the client. She states he may be using but she doesn’t want to use his problems against him because he is her caregiver and helps in many ways around the house. She would like both of their names on the home in case something happens to her. She needs an attorney’s advice and assistance to get the deed transferred into their names so she can get the loan modification.

Case Number: 2017-005553

Client needs assistance with probate matter. His wife died 2 years ago from a stroke. She was involved with a class action lawsuit due to adverse effects from medication she was taking. He was recently contacted by the law firm involved in class action and advised he needed to become administrator of his wife’s estate in order to move forward. He needs an attorney to help him be appointed administrator. He states his wife has no other assets for probate. They didn’t own any real property.

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: 2017-004501

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: 2017-005015

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: 2017-005349

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: 2017-005446

Mom, a victim of domestic violence, needs help with a custody matter. Both parties are deaf and need ASL interpreter. Dad was convicted of domestic violence in 2012 and is trying to use child against Mom due to her recent legal issues. Mom was incarcerated earlier this year because she couldn’t afford to pay for classes that were part of her probation. She is trying to get her life together. She is living with her former foster mother who helps her care for her child. Temporary orders give Mom joint legal custody and primary physical custody. Dad lives in Florida, and has had no contact with child for 4 years prior to finding out Mom was incarcerated earlier this year. At that time he came to Nevada and filed custody action. Child is 6 years old. Dad is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody. Mom is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody. Mom says Dad has drug issue and no stability. She also states that child is scared of him because he hasn’t spent much time with her. There is a Trial on March 22, 2018 at 9:30 am in Dept. I. Calendar Call is February 21, 2018 at 9:00 am.

Case Number: 2017-005237

Dad needs help with a divorce, custody and support matter. Parties married in 2004 and separated in September, 2017 when Mom left due to their financial issues. Mom filed for divorce. He states she was emotionally abusive to him and their son. Their 10 year old child has lived with Dad since the separation and Mom has not been providing any financial support. Child was seeing Mom weekly until recently when he told Dad that he does not want to visit with Mom because Mom yells at him, pinches him, and hits him. Dad filed a motion for temporary sole physical custody and the hearing is set for January. Dad says that child also told his school counselors about the physical and emotional abuse. Dad does not want to force child to see Mom due to what he reported. He requested a TPO but it was denied. Mom works and Dad doesn’t work due to an accident that left him with severe physical injuries. Mom’s family is trying to evict client from his home however he has a valid lease and is current on his mortgage payment. He was sent to the Self Help Center to respond to eviction. They have community property and community debt to divide. Dad would also like spousal support. There is a Return Hearing & Motion Hearing on January 4, 2018 at 11:00 am and a CMC on February 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm in Department G.

Case Number: 2017-005367

Spanish speaking client needs help with a divorce matter. Parties married in September, 2007 and separated in February, 2013 when he kicked her out of the marital home. There is a home and mortgage to divide. Both parties also have retirement benefits. There are no minor children.

Case Number: 2017-005629

Mother needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. Parties married in June, 2016 and separated in September, 2017. They have two children, ages 1 and 2. In September, client’s mother was worried client might harm herself so she called police and client was admitted to mental health facility for observation. She was released after one week. She was found not to be suicidal and she was not diagnosed with mental illness. While client was in hospital, father took the children and has since given client only limited visitation at his convenience. He’s only allowing her to see them once per week. She would like joint legal and joint or primary physical custody of their children. They have no property and some debt to divide. She would like to request spousal support. She was a stay at home mom prior to their separation. She is currently working cleaning houses.

Case Number: 2017-005650

Client needs assistance with spousal support enforcement and entry of QDROs. Divorce decree provides that client should have received a lump sum spousal support award. Adverse party failed to pay the total lump sum spousal support award by deadline provided in decree. QDRO Masters is assisting client with QDRO preparation for ex-husband’s pension and deferred compensation. An attorney is needed to file a motion for determination of lump sum spousal support and reduce to judgment as well as to get the QDROs entered once completed by QDRO Masters.

Case Number: 2017-000381

Victim of domestic violence needs assistance with a divorce matter. Parties married in April, 2010 and separated in 2016. He kicked her out of the house, hired an attorney and filed a complaint for divorce. He abused her physically, verbally and financially during the marriage. She states that adverse party owns a sushi restaurant but the restaurant is under his mother’s name. She is seeking a portion of the business as well as spousal support. She is currently living with a friend until she can get on her feet.

Case Number: 2017-006308

Client suffering from disability due to Multiple Sclerosis needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. Parties married in 2002 and separated in 2014. Client states husband took $90,000 out of their joint bank account when they separated in 2014. She wants her share. She states $33,000 was settlement money from an accident she had. She is living on disability payments of only $650 per month. She desperately needs the financial help. She would also like to request spousal support.

Case Number: 2017-002375

Husband, a victim of domestic violence who suffers from a disability, needs assistance with a divorce matter. The parties married in December, 2014 and separated in March, 2017 because the adverse party continued to physically abuse the client. She has a domestic violence charge and was ordered to complete DV classes. They have no children and no property or debt to divide. Client tried to file his own divorce but case was recently dismissed due to lack of activity.

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

Gaming Work Card Denials

Case Number: 2017-005942

Gaming Control Board Hearing:  Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm (client requested a continuance)
Client needs help with a gaming card matter. Client was working at a gaming establishment but lost her job due to the denial of her gaming card. The company is willing to rehire her if she can get her gaming card. Her gaming card was denied due to past criminal offenses. In 2013 she was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon but she plead to a lesser domestic violence misdemeanor. She was also charged with drug possession. She completed all sentence requirements and her cases are now closed. She states that she and her boyfriend at the time were taking pills and she pulled out a knife but did not use it. Client would like an attorney’s representation at her gaming card objection hearing. We advised client we will look for an attorney to provide counsel and advice but there is no guarantee the attorney will represent her at the hearing; that decision is left to the attorney’s professional judgment.

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.

Case Number: 2017-005932

Spanish speaking mother needs helping with guardianship matter involving her adult daughter. Her daughter suffers from cerebral palsy, necrotizing entercolitis and is non-verbal. She is unable to care for herself. Mother and ward’s brother established guardianship over ward in California but they now live in Nevada and need to establish guardianship here.

Real Estate Fraud

Case Number: 2017-005655

Client needs assistance with a real estate matter. She and her ex-boyfriend were in a relationship for 21 years but are not married. They own a home together. The boyfriend was incarcerated in December, 2016 after a violent situation in which he held a neighbor hostage and shot a gun at the client, their children, and police. He is facing several felony charges and a long prison sentence. Client has a protection order against him and also did at the time of the incident. Client is trying to get a loan modification, however, she cannot move forward since she and the ex-boyfriend are both listed on the deed. She would like his name removed from the deed. She needs an attorney’s assistance to file a partition action. Each party’s interest in the home is unclear and needs investigation.

Case Number: 2017-006111

Spanish speaking client needs assistance with a real estate matter. She and her boyfriend have been in a relationship for 24 years. They are not married. They have one 16 year old daughter. They purchased a home in April, 2015 and still live in it together with their child and client’s elderly mother. They are both on the deed as joint tenants. Client paid about $8,000 for the down payment and closing costs. They split the household expenses. Boyfriend pays the mortgage and client pays utilities and all other household expenses. She would like to leave the relationship since they no longer get along. Client would like legal advice regarding her rights and interest in the home. She would also like an attorney’s assistance to pursue any actions available to her that would allow her to stay in the home or leave the home and obtain her financial interest.

Case Number: 2017-006728

An 80 year old senior needs assistance with a collections matter. Client was assisted by Legal Aid Center staff attorneys to obtain a default judgment for $65,900 against an HOA related to an HOA foreclosure sale. We are seeking an experienced collections attorney to assist the client pro bono in collecting the judgment. The client desperately needs this money. He was evicted from the home and has been living in temporary weekly housing.

Record Sealing / Warrants

Case Number: 2017-006940

A 19 year old former foster youth needs assistance regarding two outstanding misdemeanor citations in Las Vegas Justice Court (instruction permit requirement and insurance required). Client’s income is only $773 per month and he cannot pay the $1,646 fine. He would like an attorney’s assistance to negotiate community service or a payment plan he can afford. It does not appear he is in warrant status but the fines are in collections.