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: 2020-008437

Applicant seeks assistance with a social security benefits denial on behalf of his late wife. He believes that she should have been awarded more than two years of social security disability benefits. SSA states that the client only became disabled in 2015. However, applicant argues that she first became disabled in 2008. He received a final denial letter from the Notice of Appeals on July 23, 2020. He has 60 days to appeal the decision.

Case Number: 2020-016998

Appellant and respondent share four minor children. The district court entered a custody decree awarding respondent sole legal and physical custody. Appellant, who is incarcerated in Tennessee, asserts that this award modified custody and was not warranted. He also contends that he was not notified of the hearing in this matter. Appellant states he challenges only the portion of the order awarding sole legal custody to respondent.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Case Number: 2020-000975

5 year old boy and 6 month old girl came into DFS care on January 28, 2020 after several reports of neglect, drug dealing activity and violent behavior.  On January 3 2020,  DFS received a report that mother and boyfriend were selling drugs in the alley of their apartment complex while the children were left alone in the apartment.  On January 11, 2020 DFS received another report that mother and her boyfriend were in an argument with unknown parties wherein they brandished and discharged firearms.  Mother was arrested and incarcerated. Extensive history of child neglect, drug dealing, and violent activity in the home.  Both natural fathers are not involved in the childrens’ lives.  The father of younger child is currently being held at CCDC.  Both minors are currently placed with maternal aunt.  Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Review on 01/21/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2020-000804

Newborn baby boy came into DFS care on January 15, 2020 after being born substance exposed (opiates) and the subsequent disclosure of ongoing domestic violence and mental health issues. Mother has mental health issues which causes her to be violent, father gives mother his prescription opiates in order to keep her calm. Mother’s unaddressed mental health, father’s enabling of same and both parents general unwillingness to identify and correct these problems seem to be the primary issues in this case.  Minor’s current placement situation is TBD. Mother and father are reported to be in the pre-contemplation phase.  Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 1/28/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2020-002085

2 year old boy came into DFS care on May 1, 2020 when father was stopped for a traffic violation and was arrested on warrants and possession of methamphetamine located in the car. Mother had left the scene of the stop in her vehicle, returned and admitted she had hidden drug paraphemalia in the back seat of her car. She was not arrested but the child was placed in protective custody based on the seizure of methamphetamine and the parents’ admission that they had used earlier in the day. Both parents have a history of substance abuse and an older sibling is in the custody of maternal grandmother in California (who is willing to take placement of this child).  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 6/2/2020 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-003013

CPS removed an 11 month old boy from his parents over concerns of ongoing domestic violence and lack of supervision.  The mother accessed DV resources from a local agency, but then allowed the father to stay with her.  At times, the parents would leave the toddler alone in the hotel room to argue and fight.  Parents have daily visits with the toddler at the grandparents’ home, but the grandparents have requested to move the visits to a neutral location. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 11/24/2020 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-000022

An 8 year old girl came into DFS care in December 2019 due to allegations of inadequate supervision.  The family has history with the department.   One or both parents cannot control their behavior.  No adult in the home will perform parental duties and responsibilities.  One or both caregivers lack parenting knowledge, skills and motivation.  The father is incarcerated.  There are concerns of substance abuse and stable housing as to the mother.  The child is placed with maternal grandparents. An Adjudicatory Trial was set for 6/26/2020 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2020-003554

A newborn baby girl tested positive for multiple substances when she was taken to the hospital for breathing issues.  Hospital personnel noted that the baby was experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Baby was born at home, but mother went to work within a day after giving birth, leaving the child with the grandmother.  The mother later attempted to take the baby from the hospital against medical advice.  Both parents have a history of substance abuse and involvement with CPS.  Neither parent has the client’s siblings in their care. The next hearings are; a Status Check for parent progress on 2/10/2021 at 1:30 pm and a Permanency Planning Hearing on 6/16/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-013057

Two siblings, ages 7 years and 5 years, came into DFS care in September 2020 due to continued, ongoing domestic violence in the home and the mother’s lack of cooperation.  The Department was unable to implement and in-home present danger plan due to the environment being out of control and unpredictable.  The mother denies that domestic violence is occurring.  The whereabouts of the named fathers is unknown.  The children have been placed with relatives.  Next hearings are; a an Adjudicatory Trial on 2/12/2021 at 10:00 am and a Review Hearing on 3/16/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2020-014581

Minors Age 7 and Age 5 were removed from the home on July 17, 2020 due to allegations physically or mentally abused or neglect the children where the natural father and step-mother have caused physical or mental injury of a non-accidental nature or provided negligent treatment or maltreatment where the children have been subjected to harmful behavior that is terrorizing, painful or emotionally traumatic, in the manner following, to-wit: The child have been exposed to domestic violence between their father and step-mother and witnessed their destruction of the home. Natural Father was arrested on/ about July 15, 2020.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 1/10/2021 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2020-014928

A 9 year old boy came into DFS care in October 2020 due to his mother hitting him causing an injury to his face.   She has another open investigation for a bruise/cut to the child’s leg.  The mother was arrested.  The natural father is uninvolved and no contact information was provided.  The child reported that the altercation occurred because he refused to take his medication.  The child has a tendency to become violent with others.  There are no relatives able to adequately care for and/or address his behaviors. Next hearings are; an Adjudicatory Trial for Father on 1/29/2021 at 10:00 am and a Review Hearing on 4/7/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2020-016560

3 year old and 1 year old brothers were removed from their mother and grandparents after their mother was arrested.  CPS’ investigation revealed that the mother has a longstanding meth problem. She reportedly uses in front of the children, and has left them home alone while engaging in drug seeking behaviors.  The mother’s boyfriend is aggressive with her, and was recently released from jail.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 4/21/21 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-016793

Sibling group of 7 children ages 12 year old girl, 10 year old boy, 8 year old girl, 5 year girl, 3 and 2 year old boys and 1 year old girl came into DFS care on October 23, 2020. The children have been left with the natural mother after natural father Cristian was arrested on multiple counts of sexual and physical abuse. The 3 older girls have made statements regarding specific conduct by natural father Cristian. Natural father Cristian admitted the sexual conduct with 12 year old. 10 year old boy detailed instances of physical abuse perpetrated by natural father Cristian, including striking his buttocks and body with a stick, and squeezing his nose closed and covering his mouth and immersing his head in water. Oldest child told her mother of the sexual abuse and her mother did not believe her. Natural mother admitted daughter had told her and that she had not believed her.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 4/21/2021 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-015638

CPS removed two siblings, ages 3 and 3 months, when LVMPD executed a warrant on the mother’s home for possession and distribution of methamphetamines.  CPS was able to talk to the father, but he has an active warrant for domestic violence.  Maternal family members also came forward to take placement of the clients, but were denied due to matters listed on their respective background checks. Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 11/12/2020 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2020-011255

Four siblings, ages 11, 9, 6, and 4 were removed from the home over concerns of substance abuse.  The house was incredibly dirty, and the family was in the process of being evicted.  The siblings are placed together in a higher level of care foster home.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 3/24/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-017413

These children came into care on 10/28/2020. One of the minors was in PICU/UMC for having amphetamine in system. Other minor was drug tested and came back positive for methanphetamines, mother tested positive as well. Mother admitted to selling drugs for money. The natural father has history of domestic violence, father is reported to be homeless and lives in a shelter in California. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 4/28/2021 at 1:00 pm in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2020-019538

Sibling group of 3 minor sisters, ages 6 years old, 1 year old and 4 month baby came into DFS care on November 17, 2020. Natural mother was arrested for DUI with accident approximately October 5, 2020. The children were placed with maternal grandfather. Subsequently, natural mother left the residence of her father, accompanied by 6 year old minor, and went to a friend’s home where she apparently ingested methamphetamine. Maternal grandfather went to the house the following day and took physical custody of minor girl. The whereabouts of one of the natural fathers is unknown. Another one of the fathers is incarcerated on unrelated charges in the CCDC.  Next hearings are; a Disposition Hearing on 2/2/2021 at 1:30 pm., and a Review Hearing on 5/11/2021 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-019381

16 year old boy, 13 year old girl, 9 year old boy and 8 year old boy came into DFS care on November 17, 2020. Natural mother’s older children were sexually abused by natural father.  Meanwhile, mother remained in a relationship with father, traveling with the children back and forth between Los Angeles, California, and Las Vegas.  An investigation was started by L.A. County of serious methamphetamine use by father and notified Clark County DFS. Natural mother and the children were located in Las Vegas and a safety plan was put in place on October 23, 2020 for natural mother to prevent father from contacting with the children. The next day natural mother and the children were gone and returned to California. 16 year old boy was left in California and natural mother along with other siblings together with father returned to Las Vegas. Father sexually molested 13 year old minor while natural mother and the other minors slept. Natural mother and the children were located but father escaped arrest at that time. Natural mother was arrested for failing to protect her children from father.  Father was later found and arrested. Next hearings are; a Status Check on 3/10/2021 at 2:15 pm, and a Review Hearing on 5/12/2021 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-019757

CPS removed 2 month old baby girl from her parents’ care and placed her with her paternal grandmother over concerns of her parents’ protective capacity.  Client’s father showed up at a 7-Eleven, asking the store clerk to call police because he was homeless and couldn’t care for the baby.  Upon Metro’s arrival, the father denied doing any of that and claimed to live nearby.  Metro and CPS could not verify that the father had a home; father was showing signs of impairment during the interaction. The father also provided the wrong name for the mother, but Metro was able to get the correct name by calling the hospital where client was born.  When CPS finally located the baby’s mother, the mother agreed that the grandmother was the best person to care for the baby. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 5/35/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-020372

A newborn baby boy was exposed in utero to heroin and methamphetamine. His father is deceased, and his mother does not have stable housing.  The mother’s sister and husband want placement of the baby, but CPS has some concerns about their background.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 1/20/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-019083

An 11 month old baby girl was removed by CPS after her mother was arrested. Allegedly, the mother was arrested after stabbing her neighbor during a fight.  When the mother was released, she denied that incident, stating that charge was old. The mother claims her recent arrest was for public intoxication.  There are no relatives who can help with the client’s care. The father’s whereabouts are unknown.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 1/21/2021  at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2020-019479

Nine year old boy was taken into CPS custody after he was found home and his mother could not be located.  His mother frequently left him alone with his maternal great grandmother for days at a time.  On the date of removal, client had ran to a neighbor’s home after his great grandmother had fallen and suffered serious injuries.  Law enforcement and CPS came to the home; while helping client pack, CPS observed drug paraphernalia among the mother’s belongings. The client’s father is incarcerated.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 5/24/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-019747

1 year old boy came into DFS care on November 18, 2020 due to an incident of domestic violence which occurred between the natural parents on October 22, 2020, during which father kicked in the bathroom door where mother had sought refuge. Mother denied that she was hit that night, but stated she had been hit previously, she indicated that she was done with father. A few weeks later, during a general welfare check, mother disclosed that she had returned to the home with father. She submitted to a voluntary drug test which showed positive for marijuana in her urine and methamphetamine in her hair. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 2/29/2021 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-020044

1 month old baby boy came into DFS care on November 23, 2020 due to natural mother being a ward of the court through her mother, who is incarcerated for parole violation. Natural mother was arrested for (juvenile) probation violation and was unable to provide proper care for the child. She was placed by DJJS at child Haven with a GPS monitor and she ran away. Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 1/25/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-021154

Sibling grup of 3 chidlren ages, 13 year old boy, 8 year old girl  and 3 year old girl came into DFS care on November 13, 2020 due to older minor reporting that her father had sexually abused her on two separate occasions. Natural father stated that he was under the influence and admitted that on one occasion had sexually abused minor. Natural father was arrested. The children remain with their mother.   Older minor is represented by CAP attorney Candace Barr. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 5/12/2021 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-020205

Newborn baby boy was exposed in utero to illegal substances.  After birth, client suffered significant withdrawal symptoms.  Upon discharge, CPS placed client with grandmother, who has guardianship over client’s siblings.  Client’s parents are not cooperating with CPS. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 2/16/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2020-020998

Newborn client was admitted to the NICU for difficulty in feeding and vomiting.  CPS had issued an alert for the admission of the client based upon the open case for client’s siblings and the mother’s lack of engagement. However, the client did not test positive for any illicit substances while admitted. Mother reports she is in drug treatment and is staying at a domestic violence shelter in a family dorm.  The client is placed in foster care with one of her siblings.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 1/4/2020 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-020027

Newborn client was exposed in utero to methamphetamines.  The mother previously lost custody of child for the same reason.  The mother has minimal baby supplies.  There are police records of calls for disturbances to the home, but both parents deny any domestic violence.  Client is currently in foster care. Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 1/21/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2020-020659

10 year old girl came into DFS care on November 25, 2020 due to Court finding that mother has a long history of drinking to excess and, when intoxicated, becoming belligerent. On November 22, 2020,  mother and maternal grandmother got into an argument which resulted in the minor child intervening to prevent further injury to the grandmother. Minor child called 9-1-1 and when the police arrived mother was observed to be intoxicated and kicked the police out of her residence. The minor child reported multiple instances of mother’s intoxication causing her to be fearful for her safety. Natural mother denies that she drinks to excess and has demanded the return of her daughter. Mother was arrested and there was no responsible adult present to care for the child. The present whereabouts of natural father is unknown.  Next hearings are; Calendar Call on 2/16/2020 at 10:30 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 3/22/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-020935

A sibling group of boys ages 4  and 2 years old were removed  and placed with their  paternal aunt over concerns of lack of adequate supervision. Their 21 year old mother leaves them frequently with her elderly grandfather with no notice and  plans to pick them up.  The boys have been seen running around the apartment complex without an adult watching them, most recently in the cold without shoes. The father is currently incarcerated.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 1/27/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-021297

Newborn client tested positive for opiates at birth.  Both baby and mother showed signs of withdrawal in the hospital.  The mother admitted to a longstanding heroin addiction, but told CPS she wants to get clean. The family has been living at a hotel but does not have supplies for the baby to come home.  The parents are open to services. Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 1/27/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-021479

Group of 4 siblings ages, 16 year old girl,  9 year old girl, 10 year old boy and 12 year old girl came into DFS care on December 9, 2020 due to 16 year old girl reporting on July 17, 2020, that her father had sexually abused her between the ages of 11 and 12. She told her mother and the mother failed to take any steps to protect her. The parents assert that the allegations were made after the child learned that father is not her biological father. Natural father was arrested and, pursuant to release orders in the criminal court, is prohibited from contact with minor. Natural mother continues to disbelieve her daughter’s statements of sexual abuse.  Assaulted minor is being represented by CAP attorney Candace Barr.  Only the 3 younger siblings need representation.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 1/20/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-020404

A one year old boy came into DFS care in November 2020 due to domestic violence occurring in the home. The mother has a history of drug use and has been arrested for domestic violence.  The Department had been trying to mitigate the impending danger by working with the father.  He has allowed the mother to return home and has not made efforts to separate himself from the mother to ensure his son’s safety.  He has minimized the domestic violence incidents and denies there being any drug use in the home.  The mother has two older children who are not in her care.  Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 2/8/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-018505

13 year old girl came into DFS care on November 6, 2020. The minor child has been hospitalized 28 times in the past 24 months with most hospitalizations being for more than 30 days. Although treatment plans have been provided upon each hospital discharge mother has not followed the plans. The child will not eat and the G-tube needed to provide her with nutrition is clogged. Psychiatric evaluation of the child’s self-injurious behavior has recommended inpatient psychiatric services. Natural mother has admitted her inability to care for the child. She had a meeting scheduled with the medical/psychiatric staff doctors but failed to attend the meeting. She has refused to authorize long-term treatment (minimum of 6 months) recommended by the hospital specialists. Mother disputes the accuracy of the information from UMC and states that her daughter was previously a patient at Care Meridian and she stated the quality of care was poor and would not authorize placement of the child in that facility.   Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 1/29/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-021362

CPS removed a toddler from her parents’ care after both parents were arrested for domestic violence.  The incident was particularly violent, and occurred in front of the client.  Family has a CPS history involving concerns of DV and drug use.  The toddler is placed with paternal grandparents.  The mother wants to get out of the relationship with the father. Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 2/8/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-003057

A six month old baby  girl was removed from her mother’s care after the mother lost housing and made some erratic threats of harm against her roommate.  The baby’s father wants to care for the baby; however, his mother (the client’s paternal grandmother) told CPS that the father has struggled with drugs and domestic violence for years.  Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 6/9/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-019607

Baby girl came into DFS care on November 18, 2020 after DFS received a P2 report with allegations of physical risk of baby by her mother. Mom was admitted to Mountain View Hospital, she was living at Oasis but “grandfathered out”, she now lives with her maternal grand-mother per an Order from Judge Voy. Mom and grand-mother have prior history with CPS and mom is reported to have “violent tendencies”. Grand-mother fears that mom will harm baby girl. Mother admitted that she drank alcohol and smoked a blunt while pregnant with intent to kill the baby. Mother posted her attempt to kill her baby by drinking heavily while pregnant on Facebook. Screen shots of the Facebook posts were submitted to CPS by MGM. Mom has an extensive mental health history which has resulted in acute hospitalizations in Montevista, Desert Parkway, Spring Mountain Treatment Center and Desert Willow hospitals. She is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, ADHD and Reactive Attachment Disorder.
Specialist on the case contacted natural father and paternal grand-mother at their residence; paternal grand-mother stated that they would not take placement of baby until Paternity has been established, although father signed the birth certificate. Father expressed that if he is proved to be baby girl’s father he will help with the minor. Father and PGM are relocating to Oregon. PGM disclosed that there is CPS history in the state of Oregon between father and herself. Mother’s mental health issues, lack of baby supplies or resources as well as alcohol and drug use seem to be the primary issues in this case. The child is currently placed in protective custody.  Next hearings are; Disposition Hearing 2/11/2021 at 1:00 pm and a Review Hearing on 5/13/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2020-021380

A two month old baby girl was taken into protective custody when her parents were both arrested.  The father was arrested for  violating the temporary protective order for domestic violence against the mother.  The mother was arrested for outstanding warrants. The mother also has  CPS history in California for other children that have been removed.  At the time of removal, there was no viable relative placement identified and the baby was placed into foster care.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 1/27/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2020-010028

This 4 month old baby girl came into care on 8/25/2020. Minor was born positive for meth at birth.  Natural parents have an open case with ongoing domestic violence concerns.  Two other minors are in care and placed with a MGM and represented by CAP Atty. Petsas.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 2/23/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2020-018505

13 year old girl came into DFS care on November 6, 2020. The minor child has been hospitalized 28 times in the past 24 months with most hospitalizations being for more than 30 days. Although treatment plans have been provided upon each hospital discharge mother has not followed the plans. The child will not eat and the G-tube needed to provide her with nutrition is clogged. Psychiatric evaluation of the child’s self-injurious behavior has recommended inpatient psychiatric services. Natural mother has admitted her inability to care for the child. She had a meeting scheduled with the medical/psychiatric staff doctors but failed to attend the meeting. She has refused to authorize long-term treatment (minimum of 6 months) recommended by the hospital specialists. Mother disputes the accuracy of the information from UMC and states that her daughter was previously a patient at Care Meridian and she stated the quality of care was poor and would not authorize placement of the child in that facility.   Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 1/29/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-021979

Three year old and 18 month old siblings were removed by CPS over concerns of no supervision, drug paraphanarlia in reach of the children, and environmental neglect.  Both children appear to be developmentally delayed.  CPS hopes to place the children with grandparents.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 1/7/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2020-020510

CPS removed a six month old baby girl from her mother’s care over concerns of heavy methamphetamine use.  The mother has an extensive CPS history for the same issue, so client’s older sibling was adopted.  The baby is currently placed with her grandparents. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 2/16/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2020-022580

Newborn baby girl came into DFS care on December 9, 2020 due to natural mother first coming to the attention of the court following her stabbing her significant other to death. The child of that relationship remains in protective custody and a termination of parental rights trial is scheduled after natural mother was unable to rebut the presumption (domestic violence) that that child should not be placed in her care. Natural mother and the putative father, have a relationship which is itself prone to domestic violence and putative father has been arrested and incarcerated for domestic violence charges. Accordingly, this child cannot be safely placed in the mother’s care.   Next hearings are; Calendar Call on 3/9/2021 at 10:30 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 4/2/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-022011

Minor came into system due to mother being in custody for charges of Domestic Battery and Strangulation.  Mother has struggled with drugs and mental issues, and the criminal charges arose when she attached her her own mother.  Because of her incarceration, mental and drug issues, mother does not have the capacity to care for minor. Next hearings are; a Disposition Hearing (Mother) on 2/9/21 at 10:00 am; and a Review Hearing on 5/25/2021 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2020-021885

One month old baby boy came into DFS care on December 8, 2020 after it was alleged that Mother, who reportedly has significant mental health issues, dropped baby and that baby appeared purple and shivering. During follow up contact with Parents, DFS reported that both parents have mental health issues. The parents report that they moved from Elko where they had support in place. Mother is reported to be schizophrenic. Maternal Grandmother in Elko is reported to have been Mother’s care provider until Mother moved to Las Vegas. Baby Boy is currently placed in foster care. Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 2/9/2021 at 1:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2020-001058

Two month old Baby Boy into care on or about November 13, 2020 after being born substance exposed to a mother with multiple open DFS cases relating to domestic violence, unaddressed mental health issues, and substance abuse issues. Baby Boy is currently in foster care, separated from his siblings. Placement of other 3 siblings stated it was not possible for her to care for any other children resulting in foster care being secured. The main issues in this case are the ongoing domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health issues.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 5/18/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2020-022667

2 year old girl came into DFS care on December 18, 2020 due to abuse/neglect allegations.Natural parents neglected to provide baby girl with proper care, custody, supervision, shelter and/or other care necessary for his well-bring, resulting in circumstances that indicate that his health and/or welfare was harmed or threatened with harm.   Next hearing is Plea Hearing on 1/12/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-000891

These children came into care on January 6, 2021.  Mother was involved in domestic violence with an adult son and one of the other children.  The police were called and mom was arrested as she was the aggressor and she had outstanding bench warrant for a DUI.  Mother is expected to be released on 2/4/2021, but there is a concern she could be deported.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 2/1/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-000546

CPS removed toddler client after his mother was arrested over concerns of child abuse. At the time of law enforcement involvement, the mother was very intoxicated and brandishing a loaded firearm. The only report of direct physical abuse was made by mother’s girlfriend, who reported that the mother dropped minor when she went to get the gun. The toddler is placed with the maternal grandparents, and the mother appears to be motivated to work on her issues.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 1/25/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2021-000173

Baby boy client was exposed in utero to illicit substances. Parents left Nevada to avoid CPS involvement when it was time to deliver the client. However, Arizona CPS got involved when the mother and baby tested positive for meth at the hospital. The mother has an open case involving drugs and lack of resources for her 10 year old son.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 1/25/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 6.

Case Number: 2021-000381

Substance exposed infant was born on Christmas Day; his mother suffers from chronic homelessness. The mother admitted to active use to CPS, and did not have a plan to get sober or care for her son. No family was able to take the client into their home.  The father is unknown.    Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 1/28/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2020-022677

5 year old girl and new born baby boy came into DFS care on December 18, 2020 due to allegations of substance expose infant regarding baby boy by his mom. Mother arrived at Southern Hills Hospital via ambulance, she then gave birth to a baby boy via C-section. Mother’s urine results reported that she tested positive for opiates, benzos and marijuana. Mom reported she uses marijuana recreationally and takes Zanax once in a while for anxiety.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 1/12/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-000298

15 year old boy came into DFS care on December 31, 2020 due to an ongoing history of domestic violence between the minor child, his mother and his sibling. Minor child was taken to, and later discharged from, HBI as there was no psychiatric need for hospitalization. Natural mother refused to pick the child up fearing that he would either kill her and his siblings or would harm himself. When he was returned home she again caused him to be transported back to HBI with the same outcome. Minor child has expressed anxiety about going home, stating that he would kill his mother and/or harm himself. Family relatives have reportedly refused to take custody of the minor child.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 1/19/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-000454

8 year old girl and 2 year old boy came into DFS care on December 8, 2020 and December 29, 2020 due to environmental neglect. DFS attempted informal investigations, and ultimately secured a warrant to enter the home to determine if there were hazards to the 28 month old son and 8 year old daughter. Entry was made on December 8, 2020, after the children were secreted to another location. The house was filthy, with garbage, piles of dirty clothes and dirty dishes throughout the home. There was a stench within the home and drug paraphernalia was also located inside the home. There was garbage outside the home and the entire area posed a hazard to the children. Natural mother denied living at the residence and stated she lived with the paternal grandfather. Paternal grandfather came to the home with the children and advised that natural mother did not live with him. A present danger plan was established with the paternal grandfather and the children were placed with him. DFS obtained a warrant December 29 authorizing the children to be placed in protective custody. Next hearing is a Plea Hearing 1/19/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Civil

Case Number: 2020-021308

Client is a retired, disabled veteran and he needs assistance with a real estate problem. He purchased a residential home in June 2020 and recently discovered that the property contained an undisclosed problem with the sewer line. The seller checked “no” for sewer issues in the relevant disclosure contained in the purchase contract. However, client states that the plumbers he engaged to scope the sewer line informed him that the pipe problem was discovered by them on a previous visit to the property, and communicated to the previous owner. Part of the sewer line must be replaced at an estimated cost of almost $20K.

Case Number: 2020-011348

Client is a single mother of four. She works Uber, Lyft and cleans housing for her income. Income is about 1,000.00 a month and child support. Client took her 2013 vehicle to adverse car repair in October 2019 for repair. She was told that her transmission was no good, she agreed for remove and replace for a used transmission for $3,500.00. They offered for her to finance, which she did. She gets her vehicle back on 11/16 and few days later her vehicle will not start. Adverse has vehicle towed back to their shop, but at a different location. December, January, and February go by and nothing, she goes to the shop on March 17 and is told that the company that holds the warranty on the used transmission, won’t have parts to ship for repair until May 15. She calls May 18 and vehicle still not ready. She calls on June 26 and still nothing. Adverse keeps giving her the run around on when her vehicle will be ready for pick up. They will not give her any information regarding the warranty of transmission or release her car to her. VIP has had her vehicle in their possession since March. She would like our assistance in obtaining her vehicle, so then she can perform a second diagnostic to see if transmission was truly removed and replaced. One of client’s main source of income was Uber and Lyft driving and she has not been able to drive since March

Case Number: 2020-006900

Clients seek assistance in defending a lawsuit recently filed against them by their residential landlord (LL). They were served with the Summons and Complaint on November 22, 2020. The claims include breach of contract, unjust enrichment and elder abuse pursuant to NRS 41. LL claims that she is entitled to double damages for unpaid rent because she is over age 60.

Clients have attempted to make partial payments but LL refused their offer and has demanded payment in full. LL’s attorney also requested copies of their tax returns, but clients refused. Clients then served LL and LL’s attorney with the CDC Declaration in August. They unsuccessfully attempted to obtain rental assistance through CHAP in July.

Clients are able to pay a portion of the balance owed but cannot afford the full balance of over $5K at this time. The clients are a married couple whose income is unemployment and retirement, but much of the income is being used for one client’s medical expenses. The other client lost his job in April. They seek representation in the action and possible settlement to pay as much toward the balance as they can afford.

Case Number: 2020-020585

Client needs assistance with a bailment claim against an auto dealer. Client brought his vehicle into a dealership for diagnostic and repairs related to the car’s CPU and touchscreen. The dealership released Client’s car to a third party, apparently to complete the repairs. However, the dealership recently informed Client that it no longer knows where the car is located. He filed a complaint with the dealership in October 2020 but the matter remains unresolved. Client is also filing a stolen vehicle police report. Client wants the dealership to either deliver the vehicle or pay him the market value, loss of use and any other incidental damages

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2020-020628

Client (Spanish speaker) seeks assistance for breach of contract and related claims involving a poorly executed transmission repair. Client initially paid $1500 to repair a transmission, which included a warranty. After the repair was unsuccessful and the opposing party (OP) refused to complete the repair, client had the car towed to a second repair shop. According to the subsequent mechanic who inspected the vehicle, OP failed to correctly repair the transmission. Client had to pay for the subsequent repair and is out of pocket for over $2000. He also was forced to miss work and would like his claim to include lost wages and other incidental damages.

Case Number: 2020-011348

Client is a single mother of four. She works Uber, Lyft and cleans housing for her income. Income is about 1,000.00 a month and child support. Client took her 2013 vehicle to adverse car repair in October 2019 for repair. She was told that her transmission was no good, she agreed for remove and replace for a used transmission for $3,500.00. They offered for her to finance, which she did. She gets her vehicle back on 11/16 and few days later her vehicle will not start. Adverse has vehicle towed back to their shop, but at a different location. December, January, and February go by and nothing, she goes to the shop on March 17 and is told that the company that holds the warranty on the used transmission, won’t have parts to ship for repair until May 15. She calls May 18 and vehicle still not ready. She calls on June 26 and still nothing. Adverse keeps giving her the run around on when her vehicle will be ready for pick up. They will not give her any information regarding the warranty of transmission or release her car to her. VIP has had her vehicle in their possession since March. She would like our assistance in obtaining her vehicle, so then she can perform a second diagnostic to see if transmission was truly removed and replaced. One of client’s main source of income was Uber and Lyft driving and she has not been able to drive since March

Case Number: 2020-020585

Client needs assistance with a bailment claim against an auto dealer. Client brought his vehicle into a dealership for diagnostic and repairs related to the car’s CPU and touchscreen. The dealership released Client’s car to a third party, apparently to complete the repairs. However, the dealership recently informed Client that it no longer knows where the car is located. He filed a complaint with the dealership in October 2020 but the matter remains unresolved. Client is also filing a stolen vehicle police report. Client wants the dealership to either deliver the vehicle or pay him the market value, loss of use and any other incidental damages

Domestic Violence

Case Number: 2020-021232

Client seeks a divorce. She and opposing party (OP) have one common minor child (she has two other children from previous relationship, one who is still a minor). Client would like Joint Legal/ Primary Physical custody with child support. She also seeks alimony, as OP earns roughly 5 times more income than client. The parties have been married for 10 years. Client states there has been both mental and physical abuse by OP towards her and the children. OP will almost certainly contest the divorce and he has the means to retain counsel. Client needs representation to have a level playing field.

Case Number: 2020-019155

Client seeks assistance with a custody and support matter. Opposing Party (OP) resides in another state and is represented by NV counsel. Client and the parties’ 9 year old daughter reside in Las Vegas. Temporary custody and support orders are in place. Client has sole physical custody and the parties have joint legal. OP pays child support. The next hearing is set for March 2021. Client intends to maintain sole physical and wants sole legal. She states there is a history of abuse and that OP continues to send harassing messages to her.

Case Number: 2020-018546

Client is a victim of domestic violence and needs assistance with a child custody matter. This is a high risk referral from Safe Nest. The parties have one child together, age 7 months. Client wants sole custody. Opposing party (OP) was arrested for DV and child neglect. The criminal case is pending. Client currently has a TPO against OP that expires December 24, 2020.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2020-006969

Client seeks a divorce. Client has been a homemaker for 25 years. Husband deposits his earnings into a trust, as well as his business account. Before the parties re-married (divorced 2009, re-married 2015) Husband also placed the marital residence into a trust. Client has no job experience. She would like to receive an equitable distribution and appropriate alimony.

Case Number: 2020-009834

Client is a 48 year old protected person under the guardianship of his parents. Client suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2013, resulting in the need for a guardian. His prognosis for recovery is poor. Client was married at the time of the injury. His guardians filed for divorce on his behalf, without court permission. Client received funds from a PI settlement as a result of the injury. He has no access to his funds and lacks the capacity to direct his attorney. Client’s guardianship attorney has further identified several red flags indicating possible financial exploitation by the guardians. Given the failure of the guardians or their counsel to comply with accounting and budgetary requirements, they cannot be relied upon to secure independent counsel for client to handle his divorce matter and protect his settlement funds, which he will need for medical care for the rest of his life.

Case Number: 2020-012057

Client seeks assistance with a custody matter. There are no pending cases at this time. The applicant and opposing party have 2 minors, ages 12 and 9. They were previously sharing custody pursuant to an informal agreement. However, the opposing party picked up the children on August 27th and has not returned them. According to the client, opposing party is holding them against their will. Client seeks sole custody on the basis that the opposing party is an unfit parent with unaddressed mental issues. Both minors have been chronically absent from school while in the care of the opposing party.

Case Number: 2020-011234

Client seeks a pro bono attorney for divorce and custody. There are no CPS or domestic violence issues in the legal matter. The opposing party has filed for divorce. There are currently no upcoming hearings. The client states that the reason for divorce is incompatibility. The opposing party started a new relationship while married. The parties do not live together and have been separated for 3 years. They have cooperated with an informal parenting agreement. The client seeks joint/joint custody. Division of real estate, vehicles, or joint bank accounts are not anticipated. The client wants to keep her full retirement account but does not seek alimony. The parties have one credit card; client would like to divide the debt 50/50.

Case Number: 2020-009948

Client seeks a divorce and wants sole custody of the parties’ 17-year-old daughter. The opposing party is not on the minor’s birth certificate. Client states that there are no domestic violence or child protection issues. Community property includes the parties’ vehicles. There are no community debts. The reason for the divorce is incompatibility, emotional stress and the opposing party’s lack of financial support after the parties’ separation. Parties are residents of Las Vegas. No criminal history. No current open case in District Court.

Case Number: 2020-003883

Divorce matter. The parties have a 13 year old son and custody and property division are contested. The parties’ Settlement Conference on June 10, 2020 did not result in a resolution. Opposing party is Pro Se and client’s prior pro bono attorney filed a Notice to Withdraw. Client is afraid to go to trial against opposing party without counsel. Client states she has a current TPO against the opposing party and that he has violated the same. She further states no discovery has been propounded by either side.

Case Number: 2020-007290

The client wants a divorce; no children. The parties have been married 31 years, separated for the last five years. The opposing party lives in Oregon, the client lives in Las Vegas, NV. The opposing party is a construction consultant/superintendent and earns up to $250,000 a year. He is currently working a job out of the country. The client states her husband does not want a divorce now. He is waiting for his current job assignment to conclude. In the meantime, the client believes he will hide his income and put assets in his girlfriend’s name. The opposing party sends the client money each month. There is no real property, and the client seeks alimony.

Case Number: 2020-003396

The applicant seeks custody modification with sole/primary. The parties have a 3 -year old daughter. The opposing party is on daughter’s birth certificate. There have been domestic violence and CPS issues; the CPS file has been closed. They separated due to the opposing party’s drug usage and propensity for violence. The applicant states that she has proof of the violence. Parties are residents of Las Vegas.  A case is open in District Court. 

Case Number: 2020-006515

The client seeks help with a custody matter. There is no pending case. Applicant and the opposing party never lived together; they separated in 2016.  The opposing party moved to Los Angeles and abandoned the client and their minor child. The minor is four years old and resides with the client in Las Vegas. The client seeks sole custody since the opposing party has taken no interest to be part of the minor’s legal/medical/education affairs. There is no DV history. The client is not capable of self represent due to the language barrier.

Case Number: 2020-021232

Client seeks a divorce. She and opposing party (OP) have one common minor child (she has two other children from previous relationship, one who is still a minor). Client would like Joint Legal/ Primary Physical custody with child support. She also seeks alimony, as OP earns roughly 5 times more income than client. The parties have been married for 10 years. Client states there has been both mental and physical abuse by OP towards her and the children. OP will almost certainly contest the divorce and he has the means to retain counsel. Client needs representation to have a level playing field.

Case Number: 2020-019155

Client seeks assistance with a custody and support matter. Opposing Party (OP) resides in another state and is represented by NV counsel. Client and the parties’ 9 year old daughter reside in Las Vegas. Temporary custody and support orders are in place. Client has sole physical custody and the parties have joint legal. OP pays child support. The next hearing is set for March 2021. Client intends to maintain sole physical and wants sole legal. She states there is a history of abuse and that OP continues to send harassing messages to her.

Case Number: 2020-010906

Applicant is seeking assistance with obtaining sole custody of her children, with visitations for the opposing party. The parties share a 9-year old son, 8-year old son, 4-year old son, and 1-year old daughter. Opposing party is on three of the minors’ birth certificate; the other was established by admission per child support documents. There are no child protective issues. There are no domestic violence issues, however, applicant had a temporary protection order against opposing party due to his mental health issues and being off medication.

Case Number: 2020-018128

Client seeks representation with a pending custody matter. She filed for sole custody of their 2 year old minor in June 2020. In October 2020, the Court entered a temporary order awarding client sole physical and legal custody, with no visitation for the opposing party (OP). The Court set a Status Check hearing for February 2021. Client was previously represented by counsel in an unbounded capacity, but prior counsel has now withdrawn. Client seeks Pro Bono counsel for representation at the upcoming Status Check hearing.
OP currently has a criminal sentencing hearing set for December 2020 in the Eighth Judicial District Court in a matter involving domestic violence and/or sexual relations with a minor.

Case Number: 2020-018546

Client is a victim of domestic violence and needs assistance with a child custody matter. This is a high risk referral from Safe Nest. The parties have one child together, age 7 months. Client wants sole custody. Opposing party (OP) was arrested for DV and child neglect. The criminal case is pending. Client currently has a TPO against OP that expires December 24, 2020.

Case Number: 2020-003734

Client seeks assistance with a divorce. She has been a resident of Las Vegas since November 2019. The opposing party’s (OP) last known address was in Otego, NY. The parties have been separated since August 2014. Client states domestic violence occurred during the marriage.  The parties have two children. The eldest is now an adult, while the youngest is aged 13. The youngest resides with client’s mother, who is the minor’s legal guardian. OP has not been involved in their lives since 2014. Client wishes to put this marriage behind her.

Case Number: 2020-015602

Client seeks assistance with a divorce, including issues of child custody, support and property/debt division. She has one minor child, and another who has reached 18. The parties have been married for 17 years. Client seeks joint/joint for their 12 year old daughter. Client states opposing party (OP) can keep the family home, and she wants to keep her vehicle, for which she continues to make the monthly payments. There are no other debts between them.

Case Number: 2020- 018661

Client seeks representation with a divorce. Her spouse is represented by an attorney and he filed the Complaint. She filed an Answer and Counterclaim on or about 11/30/20. Client is unemployed due to the pandemic and cares for the parties two children, aged 8 and 1. Even if she could find a job and return to work, her income earning capacity is significantly lower than the opposing party’s income. She would like to maintain primary physical custody with reasonable visitation, statutory child support and reasonable alimony. There is no DV.

Case Number: 2020-019182

Client seeks assistance with a custody matter in District Court that she wants to have dismissed. These parties have a related matter that is pending a Supreme Court Appeal.
The parties have a 9 year old son. There are no current domestic violence issues, though there was CPS involvement in 2009 against opposing party. Client and child are residents of Las Vegas, but opposing party resides in California.

Case Number: 2020-022847

Client requests assistance obtaining a child custody order. She resides with her 7 year old daughter. She is not married to opposing party (OP) and there are no custody orders in place. OP lives in the state of Georgia. Client states that OP tries to take their child out of state for visits without Client’s consent. She wants to ensure a stable and structured schedule. The DA has already established paternity and ordered child support.

Federal

Case Number: 2020-002873

Plaintiff, who is a prisoner in the custody of the Nevada department of corrections (“NDOC”), has submitted a civil rights complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.  In the complaint, plaintiff sues multiple defendants for events that took place while plaintiff was incarcerated as a pretrial detainee at the Clark County Detention Center (“CCDC”). In count I, plaintiff alleges the following: classified plaintiff, a pretrial detainee, as “max status” to punish plaintiff. Under this classification, jail officials confined plaintiff to his cell for 23 hours a day on the weekdays and 48 hours for the weekends, denied plaintiff all programs, restricted plaintiff’s television viewing options, restricted visitation, and restricted commissary. Plaintiff had been in solitary maximum lock up for over 730 days. Two prison officials mailed plaintiff a letter sanctioning plaintiff to 60 days confinement which prohibited commissary and visitation. (Id.) This sanction caused extreme hardship because jail officials did not serve enough food to properly feed the inmates. (Id. at 23, 28). The official’s sanction caused plaintiff to lose 70 pounds. (Id. at 28). Another officer also allegedly came into plaintiff’s cell and sexually assault plaintiff. (ECF No. 1 at 24). Officers slammed plaintiff backwards and injured plaintiff’s neck and head. (Id.) After plaintiff hit the concrete in handcuffs, the officers rolled plaintiff onto his back and stood on his back. In the meantime, plaintiff was suffocating from the officers on his back. (Id. at 42). After plaintiff returned to consciousness from the lack of air, the officer put a taser in plaintiff’s mouth. When the officers stopped, plaintiff’s boxers were pulled down to his knees and the officers laughed at plaintiff as they walked away. (Id.) Plaintiff went into convulsions.

Case Number: 2020-006885

Plaintiff sues multiple defendants for events that occurred at High Desert State Prison (“HDSP”). On October 2013, client received a threat of bodily harm from another inmate.  Plaintiff reported the threat to his unit (7 A/B) floor officer. On October 24, 2013, plaintiff participated in a “full classification committee” (“FCC”) meeting. (Id.). This FCC meeting was conducted by caseworker supervisor C. Leavitt with warden Neven in attendance. (Id.). At this meeting, plaintiff completed a “central monitoring system” (“CMS”) form which listed inmate as being added to plaintiff’s “enemy list.” (Id.). The effect of this form is to alert prison officials that plaintiff seeks protection from harm at the hands of this inmate . Plaintiff was led to believe that this inmate would be moved from unit 7/8 and plaintiff would be safely moved back in. (Id.) On the morning of February 11, 2014, plaintiff was staged with other inmates in the unit 7/8 yard, waiting for an escort to the education building. (Id. at 5). The inmate made an unauthorized exit from his cell into the yard. (Id.). John Does II and III are both responsible for this unauthorized exit. (Id.). Inmate  attacked plaintiff with stones, gravel, and his fists. (Id.). Plaintiff suffered various injuries, including a broken nose. (Id.). One of the supervisors  responded to the yard when this incident occurred. (Id.) As a result of the attack, plaintiff suffered extreme physical, emotional, and mental pain. (Id.).

Case Number: 2020-013766

The plaintiff brings this civil-rights case under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for events that he alleges occurred during his incarceration at High Desert State Prison (HDSP). Plaintiff’s problems at HDSP began on March 23, 2016, when the C.O. challenged him to a fight. The plaintiff filed a grievance against C.O. based on the incident, which set off a wave of retaliation by the C.O. and other guards.

On March 24, the C.O. pointed a shotgun at the plaintiff and other inmates (who were merely waiting in the unit), called them offensive names, and threatened them. He said to them, “Give me a reason to shoot.” The plaintiff filed another grievance against the C.O. In response, C.O. and others searched the plaintiff’s cell on April 30. Another C.O. warned the plaintiff, while adverse C.O. remained at the window with a shotgun. He told him that if the plaintiff did not cooperate, he “would be taken down by any means necessary.”

The plaintiff stated that the guards searched his cell because they had not stood in a straight line during the last meal. Plaintiff responded that he was not present at that meal, but the plaintiff retorted that he was doing what he was told.

Plaintiff then stated to both C.O.s that they were retaliating against him for filing grievances against one of them. The other C.O. responded that “messing with another C.O. is like messing with me.”

Plaintiff filed a grievance against both C.O.s. Plaintiff alleges that 3 C.O.s retaliated against him on multiple occasions for filing grievances against them. He identifies the following instances: (a) One of the C.O. pointing a shotgun at the plaintiff and stating, “Give me a reason to shoot”;

(b) C.O. having his cell searched multiple times based on pretenses (such as inmates not
lining up during a meal);

(c) C.O. confiscating the plaintiff’s sneakers, even though he was able to prove proof of ownership.

Per the plaintiff, he finds that these allegations state a colorable claim against the three defendants.

Immigration

Case Number: 2020-021409

She is a 66 year old woman who was persecuted for her political opinions and activities in Venezuela.  She filed an affirmative asylum application and attended the interview.  The office called her back for a second interview. After her second interview, her application was referred to the immigration court. Her date will likely be set sometime this summer. She needs assistance in helping her express and present the relevant details of the threats and persecution she faced opposing the ruling authorities.

Landlord/Tenant

Case Number: 2020-006900

Clients seek assistance in defending a lawsuit recently filed against them by their residential landlord (LL). They were served with the Summons and Complaint on November 22, 2020. The claims include breach of contract, unjust enrichment and elder abuse pursuant to NRS 41. LL claims that she is entitled to double damages for unpaid rent because she is over age 60.

Clients have attempted to make partial payments but LL refused their offer and has demanded payment in full. LL’s attorney also requested copies of their tax returns, but clients refused. Clients then served LL and LL’s attorney with the CDC Declaration in August. They unsuccessfully attempted to obtain rental assistance through CHAP in July.

Clients are able to pay a portion of the balance owed but cannot afford the full balance of over $5K at this time. The clients are a married couple whose income is unemployment and retirement, but much of the income is being used for one client’s medical expenses. The other client lost his job in April. They seek representation in the action and possible settlement to pay as much toward the balance as they can afford.

Case Number: 2020-022451

Client, whose primary language is Spanish, seeks assistance for a wrongful eviction. She was evicted for non-payment of rent on December 22, 2020. She received CHAP funds and turned them over to the landlord. She also paid rent for the month of December, which the landlord also accepted. However, Client did not understand the initial 7 day notice to pay or quit. She failed to complete the CDC Declaration or file an Answer, so her Motion to Stay the eviction was denied. She is currently living in her car. She would like assistance if filing complaints against the LL to CHAP and/or the Nevada AG’s office; a Motion to Seal so that she can try and obtain new housing; and any other appropriate relief.

Real Estate Fraud

Case Number: 2020-021308

Client is a retired, disabled veteran and he needs assistance with a real estate problem. He purchased a residential home in June 2020 and recently discovered that the property contained an undisclosed problem with the sewer line. The seller checked “no” for sewer issues in the relevant disclosure contained in the purchase contract. However, client states that the plumbers he engaged to scope the sewer line informed him that the pipe problem was discovered by them on a previous visit to the property, and communicated to the previous owner. Part of the sewer line must be replaced at an estimated cost of almost $20K.