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.
Case Number: 2020-008437
Applicant, is seeking assistance with appealing a social security benefits denial on behalf of his late wife. He believes that the client should have been awarded for more than two years of social security disability. Social security states that the client only became disabled in 2015, however, he argues that her disability started 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: 2020-010278
On April 1, 2015, the State (Department of Public Safety / TriNet Narcotics Task Force) filed a complaint about forfeiture against the property’s owner and the subject property, alleging this home was used for trafficking narcotics (methamphetamine). The forfeiture action stayed pending resolution of the criminal proceedings against the properties owner (JOC affirmed on appeal). In June 2018, they lifted the stay, and in January 2019, the district court entered a default judgment in the State’s favor, granting forfeiture and possession of the property to the Tri-Net Narcotics Task Force. In October 2019, the client filed a motion to vacate the default judgment, alleging that she was the property owner. The District Court denied the motion to vacate, finding that the applicant was not a named party to the forfeiture proceedings and had failed to provide evidence that she was the property owner and had standing. The client appeals to the decision.
Case Number: 2020-012310
The following case is an appeal from July 7, 2020, District Court Case. The case is for is a quiet title action / wrongful foreclosure action granting reconsideration of an earlier order regarding the appellant’s motion for a preliminary injunction. As background, the client’s residence was foreclosed upon in November 2019, apparently by the respondents. At the foreclosure sale, the property was purchased. After serving a 3-day notice to quit, the unlawful detainer proceedings commenced in the Justice Court, and a temporary writ of restitution was issued. Meanwhile, the client filed a quiet title/wrongful foreclosure. The district court’s complaint alleging several irregularities in the foreclosure process and immediately sought relief that would allow her to stay in residence pending a final decision, including a preliminary injunction. On April 14, the order acknowledged the governmental eviction moratoriums and directives. According to them, no lockout, notice to vacate, notice to pay or quit, eviction, foreclosure action, or other proceedings could issue. The client was evicted under the temporary writ of restitution; however, the adverse party moved for reconsideration on April 21st. The District Court resolved that motion by granting reconsideration in part on July 7 and determining that the Governmental Moratorium and directives did not apply to the applicant, entitled the adverse to the property’s sole legal and physical possession. The client appealed to the Court’s decision on July 16th.
Case Number: 2020-013117
The appellant holds a 5% interest in her home; her husband holds a 5% interest, and a Michigan-based company owned by the appellant’s husband holds a 90% interest. The appellant filed a petition for foreclosure mediation, and the respondent moved to dismiss on the ground that the appellant is not eligible to participate in mediation because she does not hold “the” title of the record. The Court agreed based on the holding in Leyua National Default Servicing Corp., 127 Nev. 470, 255 P.3d 1275 (2011).
Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)
Case Number: 2020-001088
Three siblings, ages 1 year to 1 month came into DFS care in January 2020 after the mother and one of the twins tested positive for amphetamines at birth. The mother has a history of risky behavior, domestic violence and drug use and is actively using and is unable to control her behavior. The mother has another child in DFS care to whom her parental rights have been terminated. She has a total of six children who reside with a relative out of state. The whereabouts of the natural fathers to these three children are unknown. These children have been placed with a relative residing locally. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 1/26/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 22.
Case Number: 2020-000856
11 year old girl, 10 year old boy, 8 year old boy and 2 year old boy came into DFS care on January 8, 2020 due to homelessness and lack of resources to care for the children by the care giver (potential guardian). Mother left to Guatemala for a family emergency and is supposed to return in 3 months. Father to youngest boy and step-father to other children admitted to domestic violence incidents with mom and reported to be physical with the younger children. Mother has prior CPS history in California. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 1/6/2021 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-001529
Two siblings, ages 4 years and 2 years old, came into DFS care in June 2017 after the youngest was born substance exposed. Since that time, the parents have made no progress on their case plans and their rights to the children were terminated the following year. The children were placed with their maternal grandparents pending adoption, but later removed due to environmental neglect and placed in foster care. The Department is continuing to find a home for the children with their younger sibling. Until then, the children are to have visitation with their younger sibling every other week. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 12/16/2020 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 22.
Case Number: 2020-000826
This minor came inot DFS cae on January 20, 2020 after receiving a report alleging inadequate supervision and physical risk. The maternal grandfather contacted 911 as mother is schizophrenic/bipolar and was having an episode, in addition to being addicted to opiates and abuses Xanax. Maternal grandfather was concerned that mother was going to hurt the minor. Mother was placed on Legal hold by LVMPD after the incident. The grandfather was deemed as an inappropriate caregiver, as he has significant CPS history with DFS. Both parents have been appointed representation and appear to be engaging with the department at this time. Domestic violence, drug use and mental health issues appear to be the primary issues in this case. Placement for the child has not been determined at this time. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 1/14/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 14.
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 sells and violent behavior. On January 3 2020, DFS received a report that mother and boyfriend were selling drugs in aley of their apartment complex while the children were left alone in the apartment. On January 11, 2020 DFS receive yet, another report that mother and her boyfriend were in an argument with random people and they fired and brandished firearms. Mother was arrested and incarcerated. There is history of neglect, drug sells, criminal activity, and violence in the home. Both natural fathers are not involved in the children’s 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 01/21/2020 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 14.
Case Number: 2020-002129
9 year old twin girls and 6 year old boy came into DFS care along with 12 year girl sibling (being represented by CAP) on February 1, 2020 due to sexual abuse of oldest girl by her father and failure to protect her by her mother. Minor disclosed that her father has touched her inappropriately with his hand. Father was observed on multiple occasions lying in bed with minor in a “spooning” position. Minor stated that she told her mother but the mother denied knowledge of father’s conduct. Minor was found to be pregnant and was later found to have aborted the pregnancy. Mother advised that she had given “abortion” pills to her daughter to induce the abortion. Additionally, the three other children have not been enrolled in school. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 2/17/2021 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-001803
10 year old boy and 8 year old girl came into DFS care on February 12, 2020, after mother failed to pick them up from school or make arrangements to have them picked up on February 7, 2020. Mother’s whereabouts were unknown and the children had the school contact their former foster parent to pick them up and they remain in her care. When contacted by DFS Specialist, foster parent stated that she is a friend of the family and that the children have been in her care for the past 3 years since mother’s prior DFS case closed. Foster parent was caring for the children until maternal grandparents asked to keep them for a while. On the morning of February 7, 2020 mother went to the maternal grandparents home to pick up the children to take them to school. Mother hit Gabriel in the mouth for swearing which caused his mouth to bleed, maternal grandfather became upset and hit mother. Grandfather called the police to report the incident, his concern was that mother has an outstanding warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle as well as possible drug use. Mother admitted to using PCP in the past but claims she has not used in years, she is currently homeless and would prefer that the children stay in foster parent’s care. Primary issues in this case are instability, unpredictable behavior and lack of resources. The identity for the minor boy’s father is unknown. The father for minor girl’s whereabouts are unknown at the moment. It is known that both mother and minor girl’s father’s have criminal and prior DFS history on their records. The children are currently placed in foster care. Next hearings are; a Disposition Hearing on 10/27/2020 at 1:00 pm and a Review Hearing on 3/2/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 14.
Case Number: 2020-000866
Three siblings ages 10, 4, and 3 years old came into DFS care on January 17, 2020 after mother and her boyfriend attempted to shoot dad. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the shooting. Father was subsequently arrested for outstanding warrants. Mother was also eventually arrested. Mother is reported to be homeless, father is reported to be engaging with the department. Both parents have had counsel appointed to them. Parents have both criminal and prior DFS history on their records. The children are currently placed together with paternal grandmother. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 1/14/2021 at 9:00 am 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: 2020-002076
The child came into DFS care on February 19, 2020 after the child was born substance exposed (Opioids). Mother was noted to be under the influence during delivery, and she stated to staff that she used Heroin just before delivery. Specialist Fisher met with mother on February 4, 2020, she then stated that she uses drugs on a daily bases. Mother is employed which makes her ineligible for public assistance, she relies on the minor’s father for financial support, as well as providing her with drugs. Both parents were homeless and lived on the streets going from place to place. Father is currently in drug rehab facility, and mother is staying with a family friend. Friend did not pass the initial background check, and mother has no relatives that can care subject child. Mother does not have any baby supplies or resources. Drug use and lack of resources seem to be the primary issues in this case. The child is currently placed in Foster Care. Next hearing is a Review Hearing 10/20/2020 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 14.
Case Number: 2019-000091
This newborn baby girl is the eighth child of a sibling group. Baby girl was born drug exposed. The other seven siblings are already in custody of the Department of Family Services and placed in foster care due to the mother’s arrest, lack of resources and drug use. One of the other siblings is being represented by CAP and the other children are awaiting a Pro Bono CAP assignment. The mother lacks stable housing and has a history of exhibiting erratic behaviors indicative of mental health and substance abuse issues. There is no information on the father of this child. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 11/4/2020 at 3:00 pm Courtroom 23.
Case Number: 2020-002214
5 years old boy was placed with maternal grandmother previously when a three other siblings were removed from mother. One of the siblings was represented by CAP attorney and is pending adoption. The other two minor’s case is still pending. Minor was brought into care when mother reportedly revoked grandmother’s temporary guardianship and minor was returned to her care in an unsafe environment, minor was removed and placed back in Grandmother’s care. Next hearings are; a Plea Hearing on 9/24/2020 at 10:30 am and a Review Hearing on 3/2/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 21.
Case Number: 2020-002166
A Three month old baby boy removed by CPS for concerns of ongoing drug use and inability to keep client safe. Baby was exposed in utero to meth. Prior to baby’s birth, father was arrested for domestic violence against mother. CPS tried to work with family for a few months before getting warrant for removal. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 3/3/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 23.
Case Number: 2020-001970
A newborn baby boy was exposed in utero to illicit substances. After birth, he suffered from some complications but seems to be doing well. Parents not prepared; NF tested positive for meth. NM admits to heroin use. Baby is placed in foster care. This child needs an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 3/22/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 23.
Case Number: 2020-002197
A 16 year old client needs her own lawyer to represent her interests in a case involving herself and four siblings. She is a dual jurisdiction client (Juvenile Justice & Child Welfare). She is on probation and placed in a foster home. She usually runs away but currently has an ankle monitor. CPS became involved with the family over concerns of educational neglect and medical neglect as to client’s younger sibling. The siblings are represented by other attorneys. Next hearings are; a Status Check on Reunification with Father on 10/22/2020 at 1:30 pm; and a Review Hearing on 2/25/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-001454
A newborn baby girl was removed from parents at time of birth as parents are homeless and do not have supplies for the baby. The mother tested positive for marijuana at time of delivery. The family has an open case in Illinois, with siblings there who have been placed with relatives. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 2/17/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 23.
Case Number: 2020-002071
Two siblings, ages 14 and 11 years, came into DFS care in March 2020 after a source reported the natural father exhibited out of control behavior and appeared under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It was also reported the father got physical with his children and other adults in the home. The children reported being fearful of their father and did not want to return to his care. The father has also been known to leave the children alone or in the care of others for several days at a time. The family has significant prior history for allegations of neglect, substance abuse and physical risk. The mother has not been in the home or caring for the children for some time due to her own substance abuse. The children have been placed with fictive kin. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 3/3/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 22.
Case Number: 2020-002286
A sibling group of two; a two year old girl and her 10 year old brother were removed from their mother’s care over concerns of domestic violence and the mother’s failure to recognize potential harm to her children from the domestic violence. Three months ago, a neighbor called law enforcement after the two year old’s father fired a gun at the mother and child as they drove away from the home. After the father was released from jail, the mother moved in with the father and his mother. This case may end up being only one minor as the father of oldest child has been cooperating and wants to take minor as soon as he is able to travel to the state. Next hearings are; 157 Hearing for Father on 11/18/2020 at 10:00 am; a Status Check on 12/9/2020 at 1:30 pm; and a Permanency Planning Hearing on 3/22/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 23.
Case Number: 2020-002338
A two year old boy was taken into protective custody in March 2020, after his mother was arrested for stealing things out of cars parked at the Excalibur. The child looked neglected. Father was already at City Jail for domestic violence between him and the mother. Both parents have a history of drug use. The child is currently placed with the maternal grandmother, who reports that he may be developmentally delayed; as he is not speaking yet. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 3/10/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 23.
Case Number: 2020-002323
A 2 year old and 9 month old boy siblings were removed from their mother’s care based upon her ongoing drug use and erratic behavior while in their presence. The family was residing with the maternal grandmother; law enforcement came to the home one evening after neighbors called in a noise complaint. The mother was yelling and screaming; police arrested her after she threatened them with a knife and asked them to shoot her. The father is reportedly abusive to the mother, yet the mother allows him to come around. The siblings are together in a foster home, but the grandmother wants placement. Next hearings are; Drug Court (Mother) on 10/22/2020 at 10:00 am; Status Check Hearing on 12/21/2020 at 10:00 am and a Permanency Planning Hearing on 3/24/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 23.
Case Number: 2020-002406
Minor removed at birth due to drug exposure and Natural Mother’s history with the Department. Subject Minor born March, 25, 2020 tested positive for marijuana at time of birth. Next hearing is a 555 Hearing on 11/30/2020 at 9:30 am, and a Permanency Planning Hearing on 3/31/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 21.
Case Number: 2020-001414
2 year old twins came into DFS when maternal grandmother called law enforcement in regards to mother’s bizarre behavior. Law enforcement contacted mother, maternal grandmother, and children. Mother exhibited signs of possible mental issues and was transported to UMC on a legal 2000 hold. ERT Specialist spoke with the officers that were on the scene of the incident, the officers told specialist about mother’s behavior and explained that she was taken to UMC for a legal hold. It was also reported by the officers that mother has another child that resides in California with the father. Specialist made contact with maternal grandmother at which time, she noted the smell of marijuana and she appeared to be “extremely high”, marijuana paraphernalia was also seen on the counter tops during the visit. Maternal grandmother stated that father has made effort to bring diapers for the children but mother will not allow him to help. Primary issues in this case are mental health issues on the part of mother as well as maternal grandmother’s extreme marijuana usage around the children. Father was contacted in California and he is engaging in the legal process with DFS; father stated in court that he will have housing for his children and his self on April 1, 2020. Mother stated that she has housing and is currently employed. The children are currently placed in foster care. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 1/26/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 14.
Case Number: 2020-002629
Group of siblings ages 10, 11, and 14 where removed from the home based on an incident wherein their oldest sibling was injured and threatened with a knife by the mother and the stepfather. Both parents were charged with felony child abuse/endangerment and misdemeanor battery. Mother, who pulled a knife on her son and threatened to stab him, was additionally charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon. Charges are pending and preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 28th. These 3 siblings have started to blame older sibling for being removed, as do the parents – in particular the mother. The siblings are in two separate foster homes, and these three minors want to go home, while the oldest has different wishes. CAP represents older sibling. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 12/15/2020 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 14.
Case Number: 2020-002667
A newborn boy came into DFS care in April 2020 when he and his mother tested positive for Marijuana. The mother and father have an older child who is not in their care. The mother has not addressed her mental health issues. The Father has not attended his required classes for domestic violence. The caregivers cannot control their behaviors, lack parenting knowledge, skills and motivation and do not have resources to meet the needs of the child. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 10/13/2020 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 22.
Case Number: 2019-008777
Siblings ages, 13 yrs old and 2 years old came into DFS care on August 25, 2019 due to sexual abuse as to the oldest child by the father of the youngest child; sexual risk to all children by the mother; inadequate supervision to all children by the mother; substance misuse to the oldest child by the adults in the home; bruises/cuts to the middle child; and physical risk to all children by the mother. Next hearing is a Status Check on 10/21/20 at 10:15 for possible case closing and a Permanency Planning Hearing on 2/17/21 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-002784
Four siblings, ages 5, 3, 1, and 8 months, came into DFS care in April 2020 after their mother was found walking on the highway after she had a disagreement with her boyfriend. A search of their vehicle found drug paraphernalia in the open and easily accessed. Both parents further admit to methamphetamine use and same is to the extent that they rely on the maternal grandmother to care for the children. The children have been placed with their maternal grandmother. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 10/14/2020 at 11:00 pm in Courtroom 22.
Case Number: 2020-002668
2 minors, 2 year old boy and 1 month old girl were removed after 2 yr old found to have bruises on face, buttocks, and thigh. Accusations against mother’s boyfriend with whom there has also been ongoing domestic violence. Baby is placed with paternal grandparents, and father is incarcerated in California. 2 year old boy is in foster because paternal grandparents to sibling cannot take, as they are elderly and cannot much care for a younger child (which suggests not a long term option for baby). His father is in Kansas and said to have previous child abuse cases. Maternal Aunt in California has shown interest in taking 2 year old minor. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 10/14/20 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 21.
Case Number: 2020-002725
Newborn baby boy came into DFS care on April 10, 2020 due to law enforcement investigating reported sales of narcotics in the tunnels in the area of I-215 and Jones. Natural mother was observed leaving a tunnel and natural father ran from the tunnel carrying the minor child. Neither have any shelter or source of income. Both admitted to using methamphetamine earlier in the day and using methamphetamine three to four times per week. No formula or diapers for the child were located and the child appeared dirty and hungry and his eyes were red (from lack of sleep). The parents appeared to be high on methamphetamine. Natural mother had her parental rights terminated regarding an older child in November, 2019, based on lack of resources and shelter and continued use of methamphetamine. Other minor was adopted in July of 20l9. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 4/6/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.
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: 2020-002554
2 year old girl and 6 month old boy came into DFS custody on April 7 after mother called the police multiple times to report that her children were possessed by demons. She was also reported to be isolating from her support system and suspicions of methamphetamine use were raised. Mother reports auditory and visual hallucinations. To date, Mother is reported to be combative with the department and has refused to submit to mental health testing. She has had a Guardian attend discovery Litem appointed for her. Father is believed to be an active methamphetamine user on parole. Both parents have an extensive history with the department. 3 siblings have already been adopted in previous cases. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 4/6/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 14.
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. Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 6/26/2020 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 22.
Case Number: 2020-003324
Group of 3 siblings ages 14, 10, and 2 year old came into DFS care on May 26, 2020, due to there being reasonable cause to believe that it would be contrary to the welfare of the children to remain at their home in the event that their step-father returns to the home. Oldest minor reported that her step-father, has sexually abused her for the past two years. He has videotaped episodes and sent them to her friends. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 11/18/2020 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.
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 Review Hearing on 11/25/2020 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-003029
Newborn baby girl was placed into CPS custody after being substance exposed. The mother reported to CPS that she was not prepared for the baby, and identified two possible fathers. Both putative fathers claim to have been incarcerated around time of conception. No family was identified for placement at the preliminary hearing. The mother has lost her rights to other children as a result of neglect. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 11/23/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-003139
6 month old baby boy came into DFS care on April 24, 202 due to mother having severe developmental delays combined with alleged drug use, which prevents her from being able to learn how to properly care for the minor, as he has ongoing health complications resulting from being born extremely premature . Minor was in the hospital for the better part of 6 months dealing with health issues while hospital staff attempted to train mother in routine care. Hospital staff has determined that they are unable to release the child to the mother, as she has not been able to show that she can care for the child’s severe medical issues. Father is not in the picture or engaged with the department, mother or the child at this time. Mother appears to be willing to engage with the department, it appears that she is an alleged drug user, along with a the lack of support system that are the main issue in this case. The child is currently discharged from the hospital and placed into foster care. Next hearings are; a Status Check on Mother’s Progress on 1/7/2021 at 2:00 pm and a Permanency Planning Hearing on 4/13/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 14.
Case Number: 2020-003144
A seven month old baby girl was removed from her parents’ care over concerns of ongoing domestic violence. Her mother has schizophrenia, but is reportedly not taking her medication. The baby is placed with her maternal grandparents. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 11/24/2020 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-003454
This 4 day old child came into care on 6/2/2020. This case came to the attention of the Department with regards to a substance exposed infant and plausible risk of physical injury. Mother tested positive for methamphetamines and marijuana during the time of birth. Mother was recently released from jail due to relevant criminal activity, she states that she has friends and close associates who supply her with meth and influence her to use, one of them being her father. Mother requested to participate in a residential treatment program at Westcare. She has an assessment scheduled on 6/11/2020. Mother has a history of not being able to complete the programs, she was removed from her parents care in April 2014 due to ongoing substance abuse. Mother informs she is committed to reunifying with her child by participating in the drug treatment program. The minor’s father is currently in High Desert State Prison, he was sentenced to 2-5 years in 2/2020. The next hearing is a Review Hearing on 12/8/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 20.
Case Number: 2020-003529
A ten month old baby girl who is part of a sibling group of one older brother and one half brother was removed due to the physical abuse of her five year half brother in the home by her father. This child is currently placed with the maternal grandmother, the child who was abused is placed with his father and the other sibling is placed with his mother. The brother who was abused is represented by CAP attorney. The next hearing is a Review Hearing on 11/25/2020 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-003299
One month old baby was removed from her parents’ care over concerns of possible domestic violence and substance abuse. Both parents have other children who are not in their care. The mother has mental health issues for which she is not taking medication; however, the reports stopping medication for her pregnancy. The mother reports wanting to resume treatment to reunify with her daughter. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 11/17/2020 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-003512
Group siblings ages 11, 8, and 5 years old came into DFS care on May 29, 2020 due to natural mother exhibiting bizarre behavior and being arrested on outstanding traffic warrants. Natural father is deceased and no responsible adult was present to provide for the children. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 11/17/2020 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-003566
Girls siblings ages 11, 9, and 2 years old into DFS care in April 2020 due to father posing a risk of sexual and/or emotional harm to the subject minors in that he sexually abused and/or exhibited inappropriate sexual boundaries with 16 year old minor. Father’s use of alcohol himself and/or provision of alcohol to minor negatively impacted her wellbeing as well as his parental functioning. Mother lacks the capacity to protect the subject minors from the risk of sexual and/or emotional harm posed by father. Upon disclosure, mother permitted minor to reside with maternal grandparents “for her own protection,” but did not otherwise report the abuse or seek services for her daughter. Prior to the involvement of DFS, she had continued to permit father to have ongoing contact and access to the other subject minors in the household despite the risk of harm that she was aware of. 16 year old minor is being represented by CAP attorney and her wishes are different than the younger 3 siblings. Next hearing is a Permanency Planning Hearing on 4/7/2021 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-003573
10 year old girl came into DFS care in May of 2020 due to older sibling reporting that he had been sexually abused on three separate occasions by mother’s boyfriend (this minor’s father); that he had reported the abuse to his mother who dismissed it and took no action to protect him. Mother made derogatory comments about the minor child, which were heard by him, and refused to accept him back into the home. Older minor is represented by CAP attorney and he has different wishes than this minor client. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 11/4/2020 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-003484
A 10 month old baby boy is current placed with his legal father after the mother and the putative biological father were hospitalized. There are allegations that the hospitalization is the result of heavy use of illegal substances and that there is substantial domestic violence between the mother and the putative biological father. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 12/2/2020 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-003849
Newborn baby girl born to parents with prior CPS history. Mother reports being sober since January, and denies any mental health issues. Baby did not test positive for substances at the time of birth. However, the parents’ rights to a sibling were terminated last year over concerns of ongoing substance abuse issues and untreated mental health. Mother wants to engage in services and bring child home. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 12/1/20 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-003423
A newborn baby girl was born substance exposed; mother admitted to both drug use and cigarette smoking during pregnancy. Father reported past use, but now states that he is clean. Neither parent had any supplies for the baby and lack resources. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 11/10/2020 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-004389
14 year old Samia came into DFS care on June 19, 2020. Natural mother is incarcerated and subject minor ran away from home due to abuse, both physical, sexual and mental, inflicted by natural father. The minor child reported being locked in her room for as long as two weeks, not being provided food, and being sexually abused and physically abused, including being strangled. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 12/9/2020 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-004196
Four year old boy was removed by CPS after law enforcement found him in a parked car with his mother. His mother was passed out with observable needle marks on her arms. His father could not pick up him up; the father was already incarcerated. The paternal grandmother is willing to take the client but lives out of state. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 10/29/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-004541
3 year old boy and 5 month old boy came into DFS care on June 23, 2020 due to mother and father having a history of domestic violence. Mother was given sole legal and physical custody of boys at the conclusion of the Petition I case (December 2019) and father’s visitation was to be supervised. Mother admitted that she did not supervise his visitation, she also dissolved a temporary protective order after the Petition I case was closed. Oldest girl sibling, age 7 disclosed that when the couple lived in Ely, father had engaged in sexual abuse of her and that she told her mother. Mother filed a police report but during the investigation caused sibling girl to be relocated to live with relatives in California. The EIy investigation was closed and, although mother believed the disclosure that daughter had made, she continued to allow father to have unsupervised contact with daughter. This is a conflict case as CAP office represents older girl sibling. Next hearing is a Trial on 10/15/2020 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 11.
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. Then next hearing is a Review Hearing on 12/9/2020 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-004882
Minor boy came into care on 6/26/2020. The child was born drug exposed. Mother admitted to using drugs during her pregnancy. The natural parents have three other children that are currently in protective custody. Ongoing issues with substance abuse and homelessness for parents, who did not appear for PCP hearing. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 11/10/2020 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 21.
Case Number: 2020-004868
Subject Minors 1.5 and 4 months old were removed after 4 month old had humerus fracture. Family reports constant arguing and Domestic Violence between the young parents and that they seem overwhelmed and easily frustrated by the two young children. Natural Parents claimed that minor’s arm snapped while father was trying to swaddle him. Next hearing is a a Review Hearing on 12/16/2020 at 1:00 pm in Courtroom 21.
Case Number: 2020-005044
A newborn baby girl was born substance exposed. Her mother has untreated mental health issues, and has lost her rights to other children. Baby is placed with an aunt, with the goal of connecting her somehow with her siblings. Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 8/19/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-005131
A newborn boy came into DFS care in June 2020 after he was born substance exposed. The mother admitted to using methamphetamines during pregnancy and doesn’t plan to receive treatment for substance abuse. A putative father has been identified and paternity needs to be established. The child has been placed with his maternal grandparents. Next hearings are; a Trial Hearing on 10/16/2020 at 10:00 am and a Review Hearing on 1/5/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 22.
Case Number: 2020-005321
A newborn baby boy was exposed in utero to illicit substances. His mother wants to care for him and has appropriate supplies. She continues to test positive for drugs while denying active use. Client is placed with family. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 1/6/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-005538
A newborn baby boy was born exposed to substances in utero. He was born in a hotel room bathtub and then transferred to the hospital. Mother tested positive for marijuana at the time of birth. The baby tested positive for amphetamines. The parents are homeless and do not have supplies to care for the baby, however they have expressed wanting to care for the but, are struggling with housing instability, drugs and mental health issues. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 1/5/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-005257
This 5 year old girl came into the system along with her 17 year old sister. The case has been separated since the girls are in different living situations. The girls came into the legal custody of the Department of Family Services in July 2019 due to neglect. Their mother was subsequently hospitalized and later deceased. The father’s rights were terminated in April 2020. The permanency plan for this 17 year old girl is other Other Planned Living Arrangements. Next hearing is set for a Review Hearing on 12/1/2020 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-005111
Baby girlcame into DFS care on July 1, 2020. Mother has two older children who are currently wards of the Court and the permanency goal regarding those children is termination of parental rights and adoption. Mother tested positive for methamphetamine at the time of birth and later admitted that she had used methamphetamine throughout her pregnancy and as recently as three days before giving birth; mother was living in a room in an apartment of a friend she just met but was informed that she would need to leave within a week. Mother advised that she has located an apartment but has not yet signed a lease; therefore, lacks shelter to provide for the child. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 12/8/2020 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-005973
10 year old girl came into DFS care on July 9, 2020. Mother reported that the father is deceased, mother was arrested and there was no responsible adult available at the time of the arrest to take custody of the child. The home was described as being littered with trash, the ceiling was falling in, rodents were running throughout the house and drug paraphemalia was within the reach of the child. Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 10/13/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-005523
Girl siblings, ages 13 and 6 years old came into DFS care on July 3, 2020. Mother’s (now) adult son was adjudicated as a delinquent child due to sexual misconduct with his sister when he was a juvenile. District Court Judge Bryce Duckworth ordered natural mother to exclude older son from the home ( 13 year old girl is now the same age as her sister when the sister was assaulted by him). Natural mother refuses to exclude her adult son from the home and told CPS that the girls could be taken. She does not believe that son sexually assaulted his sister. Mother has refused to obey the District Court Order and her conduct places the girls at risk of being victimized by their older brother. Natural father is in the Dominican Republic suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 10/12/2020 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-007634
A newborn baby boy struggled with feeding at the time of birth; CPS found some indication of possible substance abuse by the mother. The mother also lacks stable housing, and doesn’t have her other kids in her care. The maternal grandmother is willing to help, and has an older sibling in her care. Next hearings are; Case Plan Hearing on 10/13/2020 at 1:30 pm, and a Review Hearing on 2/25/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-006388
An eight month old baby girl was taken into DFS custody after her mother was found locked out of the apartment during a psychotic episode. The mother is admitted to a mental health facility and the client was placed into a foster home. The father’s whereabouts are unknown a diligent search has been submitted. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 1/20/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-007663
Ten year old girl removed from the care of her mother by CPS due to domestic violence. During the investigation, there were multiple altercations. In one, the mother was the aggressor and the fiance sustained injuries. In another, the fiance was intoxicated, threw a chair through a window and injured himself on broken class. The client did not express fear of the violence during the initial interview. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 1/20/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-009036
A four year old girl was removed from her mother after the mother left her in the care of woman that she met on a Facebook group and the mother never returned as scheduled. Mother is suspected to be using drugs. A diligent search has been submitted for the father. Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 10/21/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-003306
Four year old client was removed from his mother’s care after CPS found the minor, his mother and her boyfriend inside a U-Haul near a Smith’s. The adults had cocaine in their possession; the mother denied the cocaine was hers. Since this minor has been in foster care before, the Department of Family Services is seeking to fast track the case toward termination of parental rights. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 11/4/2020 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-009745
Three year old boy was removed from his father’s care by CPS over concerns of domestic violence between the father and his family. The family reports the father leaving his son with them for extended periods of time with no plans for care. There are also concerns of drug use. The client’s mother is not in his life. Next hearings are; a Disposition Hearing on 10/21/2020 at 1:30 pm and a Review Hearing on 2/10/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-008594
Newborn baby girl came into DFS care on August 8, 2020. Natural mother was under the influence of controlled substances at the time of admission to give birth. She tested positive for heroin, opiates and THC. Preliminary tests indicate the minor child had the same substances in her system at the time of birth. Natural mother admitted using heroin on August 8, 2020, the date the child was born- The child remains in the NICU due to withdrawals. Natural mother lives in the tunnels with putative father, whose whereabouts are currently unknown. Neither natural mother nor natural father have resources to care for the minor child. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 2/2/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-006143
Ten year old boy came into care over concerns of his mother’s drug use; the mother was mixing marijuana and prescription pain medication. At one point, she beat the client, leaving marks on his legs. Client is placed with family. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 1/31/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2019-007199
Siblings ages 5 and 4 came into DFS on September 2019 due to being neglected by the father while they were under his sole care and custody. Father admitted to using drugs. Mother experiences symptoms of bi-polar depression and/or mental health conditions, which are inadequately treated and impair her ability to properly care for the children. The next hearing is a Review Hearing on 3/3/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 21.
Case Number: 2020-009645
One year old girl removed from her home over concerns of significant domestic violence between the parents and possible physical abuse by the father against the daughter. Client is placed with a paternal cousin. Next hearings are; a Disposition/Status Check Hearing on 10/29/2020 at 1:30 pm and a Review Hearing on 2/16/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-011534
Seven year old girl was removed by CPS after police found her with her mother in a car; the mother was passed out. Client was involved with CPS last year after the mother had left her home alone and unsupervised for extended periods of time. The father lives out of state, but there are some concerns regarding Domestic Violence with his girlfriend. The next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 9/28/2020 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-011518
Two girls, ages 11 and 10, were placed into protective custody after their maternal aunt could no longer care for them. Their mother has been hospitalized since February; their father resides out of state and is trying to save money to come get them. The girls are placed with fictive kin, and are comfortable staying with her. Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 11/4/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-008162
A sibling group of two, ages 8 and 4 years old, came into DFS custody after the mother was observed punching and hitting the eldest child while in California. A UCCJEA conference was held and it was determined that Nevada had jurisdiction due to a prior custody case between the parents. The children were subsequently returned to Las Vegas and placed with maternal relatives. The parents whereabouts are unknown at this time. Next hearings are; Status Check Hearing on 11/12/2020 at 10:00 am, Trial on 11/17/2020 at 10:00 am, and a Review Hearing on 1/12/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-011858
A seven year old girl was taken into protective custody after her mother suffered a psychotic breakdown, which was possibly induced by an illicit substance. At this time, father’s whereabouts are unknown. Client is placed with a childhood friend of her mother’s. Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 11/3/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-011164
Brothers, ages 9 and 5, came into DFS care over concerns of active drug use by their mother, resulting in neglect and excessive corporal punishment. The mother was under the influence during the CPS investigation, and the family reported behaviors indicative of drug use (going into the bathroom for long periods of time with strangers). The children reported strangers coming in and out of the home. The apartment was very filthy when CPS showed up to the home, and the family was being evicted. The boys had bruises from times their mother hit them as punishment. They are placed together with of the boy’s paternal aunt. Next hearing is a Disposition on 11/4/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-008675
Group of four siblings ages, 7 year old boy, 6 year old boy, 5 year old boy and 1 year old girl came into DFS care on August 10, 2020 due to concerns of inadequate supervision. A warrant was obtained in this matter. Housekeeping at Suncoast hotel came into a hotel room and found the 7 year old and 5 year old minors alone in the hotel room. Parents had taken the other children to a birthday party at Circus Circus, intending to be gone only a short time. The parents allegedly went to urgent care as mother felt ill and there had been a diagnosis of COVID-19 within the family. Parents saw there was a long line and returned to the hotel. Parents claim they left the kids in the room unsupervised because they were still sleeping. The Department suspects the children were left longer than originally contended by the parents, and there are concerns that the parents use the older minor as a caretaker for the kids. The family has been involved with the Department multiple times. Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 10/29/2020 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-003082
1 month old baby boy came into DFS care on May 5, 2020 due to natural mother having a multi- year history of substance abuse. The mother and child both tested positive for morphine, amphetamine and opiates at the time of the child’s birth. Natural mother went into West Care for inpatient drug treatment and then left that facility. Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 11/3/2020 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-012476
These two children, ages 11 and 5 came into care on August 26, 2020 with allegations of neglect. The home had rotten food, trash, dog feces and urine all over the floor and reported to be a safety concern. Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 10/28/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 20.
Case Number: 2020-010911
This child age 12 yeard old came into care on August 26, 2020 with allegations of neglect. The home had rotten food, trash, dog feces and urine all over the floor and reported to be a safety concern. Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 10/28/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 20.
Case Number: 2020-011527
Newborn baby was exposed to meth and marijuana in utero. Her parents have longstanding drug issues and no real plan to get sober. Baby placed with maternal relatives after short stay in the NICU. Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 10/20/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-010713
A sibling group of a two year old boy and his one year old brother were removed from their parents’ care over concerns of domestic violence. CPS placed the toddlers with their maternal aunt. The mother reports being very motivated to get her kids in home with services. Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 10/27/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-012024
A 6 sibling group ages 13, 11, 8, 7, 3, and 2 came into care on September 10, 2020 due to ongoing domestic violence between the father of one of the minors, mother and the subject minors. Both mother and 8 year old minor reported that the father has committed domestic violence against them. Multiple instances of domestic violence have been reported in the past, with the police being called out to the family many times. The father is reported to be a heavy drinker; mother seems unable to break away from this cycle of violence. The other respective fathers do not seem to be involved in the lives of the children, though the father to 7 year old has been located and alleges that this is due to Mother withholding minor from him. He is being looked into as a possible non-offending parent. Mother is currently pregnant and is expected to give birth any day. Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 11/3/2020 at 1:00 pm in Courtroom 14.
Case Number: 2020-013560
This 3 year old girl came into care on 9/20/20 after mother left town for a few days and children were removed from girl’s father when he was arrested. It was found that girl’s father had been texting with the father of older boy sibling and arranging an exchange of older boy sibling for money. Father of older boy sibling has absconded with older sibling at this time. Mother is pregnant at this time, and counsel has been appointed to represent her. Mom was in the system herself as a child. Level of parental participation appears to be minimal. Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 11/5/2020 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 14.
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 hearing is a Plea Hearing on 10/20/2020 at 10:00 am 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: 2020-004434
1 year old girl came into DFS care on June 19, 2020 due to failure to provide safe shelter for the minor child and possible drug use by the natural parents rendering them incapable to provide for the child. Natural parents have been observed smoking rnethamphetamine and heroin in the presence of the minor child. The home was inspected and found to be without power, broken glass and debris littered the home. The child has been removed from the home by relatives when the parents have been found passed out. The minor child had a bright red rash on his bottom, he had a cut on his left index finger which appeared swollen (possibly from infection). There were other marks, bruises or cuts on the minor child as well. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 12/15/2020 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-003434
Newborn client was exposed in utero to marijuana and methamphetamine. While in the hospital, the mother refused to name the father and demonstrated erratic behavior. Medical professionals believe there is untreated mental health, as the mother was yelling at times; other times, she appeared to be talking to someone and responding to questions, although nobody else was in the room. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 11/24/2020 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-005929
Five siblings, ages 9 yrs to 6months, came into DFS care in July 2020 due to domestic violence occurring in the home in the presence of the children. Mother is minimizing the frequency of the domestic violence incidents. There have been several call outs to the home from law enforcement. Mother has not reached out to any local resources for victims of domestic violence. Mother has prior CPS history. Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 1/27/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 22.
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 hearing is a Plea Hearing on 11/4/2020 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 22.
Case Number: 2020-015157
10 Year old girl came into DFS care on October 7, 2020. Minor child reported to her mother and to DFS that her father had sexually assaulted her on two separate occasion. Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 10/28/2020 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.
Case Number: 2020-013509
Two siblings, ages 10 and 1, were removed from their mother’s care after she came home intoxicated and got physical with her girlfriend. CPS suspects there are untreated mental health issues. The home was also in a deplorable condition. The 10 year old’s father showed up to court and would like placement. Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 10/26/2020 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 6.
Case Number: 2020-014470
Newborn client removed from parents’ care after being exposed to heroin in utero. Hospital personnel found mother preparing to inject herself while in the hospital bathroom and believe it was the father who supplied to drug. Mother left hospital against medical advice and did not return to visit the client while he was in the NICU. Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 10/29/2020 at 10:00 in Courtroom 18.
Case Number: 2020-008103
Disabled client took his car to be repaired and ended up paying $2,300 for repairs that were incomplete or faulty. He took the car to another mechanic for a diagnostic evaluation that verifies some of the client’s claims. The client is seeking assistance in resolving an ongoing issue with adverse auto repair. In May of this year, the client took his 1989 Dodge Ram for transmission issues to adverse. The applicant states that his car was inspected and worked on by their transmission specialist. The applicant and the opposing party agreed that the truck needed a new transmission and needed a new SMOG check for the DMV. Client paid $1500 with his card. Client states that after he paid the $1500 for the agreed work, they started asking him for more money and different parts (new motor, new motor mounts), telling him that they won`t warranty the work on transmission without those parts. They also told the client that he needed to buy the parts himself, and there would be a charge for the labor. After the applicant purchased the parts, they charged another $300 to install the parts (applicant has an invoice for the $300). Furthermore, they informed the client that the car would not pass the SMOG without a new carburetor, advised him on where to buy it, and what model. The applicant paid $100 more for the carburetor (he has an invoice). Once he spent the money, he could take the car out of the shop, only to discover that the vehicle was not shifting correctly. Once he parked the car on his driveway, he noticed all transmission fluid leaking all over the driveway. He called the opposing party, and they told him to bring the car back. He took the vehicle back, towing it, where it stayed for a few weeks. When he went to recover the car, he noticed the issues were still there, and they told him that the carburetor (the one they advised him to buy) was faulty. In total, the applicant states he paid $2,315 for repairs that weren’t done correctly and lasted for over four months. He states he took the car back home, the car is not working and is still leaking fluids on the driveway. He cannot use it. The applicant cannot afford to take his car to another shop for diagnosis or repairs.
Case Number: 2019-008197
Spanish speaking client is seeking assistance in obtaining his vehicle back, has suffered from 2 strokes and due to his health issues is not able speak very much. He purchased a 2009 Cadillac Escalade in April 2019 from Volkswagen Auto Nation. Due to his health and not being able to communicate, his ex-girlfriend took advantage of the situation and listed herself as one of the registered owners on the vehicle. He found out she does not want to return it because she tells him that is her truck too. He went to the DMV to obtain the document that the vehicle is registered to him and he saw her name listed as well. He would like assistance in getting the vehicle back. His ex-girlfriend is sending him threatening messages that if he tries to do something legally she will call immigration on him. She is also sending him pictures of her grandchildren with bruises saying that he beat them. Client is worried because she is making false accusations so that she can stay with the truck.
Case Number: 2020-013419
Husband is 47 years old and wife is 44 years old. They would like to file a chapter 7. They have 2 adult kids that live with them but are not working. Husband is currently working for the Clark County School District as a substitute teacher and receives approx. $650.00 a month. He is also self-employed as a tax/document preparer. He receives approx. $538.00 a month. His wife is currently receiving $1620.00 from unemployment. They did file a previous chapter 7 in 2010. It was discharged. Husband states it was because they had 2 houses and could not keep up with both houses and had a lot of credit card debt. They have 4 automobiles. They have a house. The value is approx. $238,600.00 and the balance is $131,655.00. They both have a 401K through work. Their debt is approx. $220,000.00. Husband states that they were using their credit cards on a daily basis and were living beyond their means and then when Covid hit wife lost her job and husband’s hours were cut back drastically. They would like a fresh start
Case Number: 2020-012138
The client is age 68, disabled. Income includes only Retirement and Social Security of a low amount. The client was a live-in friend and caretaker of a gentleman who recently passed away. She was added to the lease for the lot. The client remained in the home. Due to other debts, she has been unable to pay rent since January 2020. On 9/17/20, she was served with a summons and complaint about an unlawful detainer action for nonpayment of rent in Henderson Justice Court. They are seeking a permanent writ of restitution.
The client seeks assistance for negotiating with the landlord’s attorney.
Case Number: 2020-015057
Client is a disabled senior; receives SSI monthly. He states he was transported to the Henderson Hospital because of a seizure. While in the ER his clothes had to be removed. Within the clothing he had his dentures. The hospital staff then proceeded to throw his clothing away. The staff was unable to find the dentures. Client mentioned that without the dentures he is unable to eat solid meals. He paid $2,500 for the dentures. He filed a complaint with Henderson Hospital for reimbursement, but was denied. Client then served a demand letter and filed complaint on July 27, 2020 with the Henderson Justice Court. A small claims hearing was set for October 20th against Universal Health Service and Henderson Hospital Auxiliary. But, the hearing was extended to December 30th at 8:30 AM. Client is seeking representation from an attorney to help with the small claims process and sue for an amount of $6,674.
Case Number: 2020-005475
The client is 70 years old, single, and income is SS only. The client met the adverse party through the church; the adverse party asked to borrow $23k for a down payment for a purchase of a house. The adverse party asked that a cashier’s check be made to the daughter. The client complied and had a cashier’s check issued in the applicant’s daughter’s name. The client states that the adverse party promised to pay the loan off entirely by June 30, 2019. That didn’t happen, and the adverse party has been non-responsive. The client is afraid to confront AP. The client sent a demand letter and did not receive a response. The client seeks pro bono assistance to file a lawsuit against the adverse party and daughter. The client’s money lent to the adverse party was from a pension he received and meant to supplement his income as he lives in retirement.
Case Number: 2020-009360 (Pending Placement)
Applicant is seeking assistance with a legal separation with alimony. The parties have adult children. There are issues with domestic violence. The parties have community property which include a house, 08 Nissan Maxima, 09 Chevrolet Sierra, opposing party’s life insurance, retirement benefits, joint bank account, and applicant’s checking account. Community debt includes applicant’s dental balance and the mortgage. The reason for the legal separation is due to the verbal abuse as well as her financial dependency and fear of opposing party. Parties are residents of Las Vegas. Opposing party has a criminal history of domestic violence battery with a weapon where applicant was the victim. No current open case in District Court.
Family Law (Divorce/Custody)
Case Number: 2020-002841
Client is seeking assistance with joint primary custody because the opposing party cannot provide appropriate living space and support for the children. The parties have a 2-year old son and 3-year old daughter. Client and opposing party, are on their birth certificates. There are no domestic violence or child protective issues. Client and children are residents of Nevada, opposing party is a resident of Indiana. No criminal history. No current open case in District Court. However, opposing party has opened a child support case.
Case Number: 2020-005743
Client is looking for representation in a custody complaint filed by the opposing party on June 25, 2020. Client and opposing party had an altercation on 06/25/20, opposing party called police and stated there was domestic violence. Client was not arrested and opposing party is the one who kicked in a hole in the door. Client’s sister removed their son from the situation. Opposing party rushed out that same day and obtained counsel. A complaint for custody was filed on 06/25/20. Client seeking Joint/Joint opposing party is seeking Joint/Primary.
Case Number: 2020-006969
Client is in need of an attorney to help with divorce. Client has been a housewife for 25 years. Husband has been putting his earnings into a trust fund as well as his business account. Before they remarried (divorced 2009- remarried 2015) he also put the house into a trust fund. Client has no job experience. Client would like to receive financial support.
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: 2020-009360 (Pending Placement)
Applicant is seeking assistance with a legal separation with alimony. The parties have adult children. There are issues with domestic violence. The parties have community property which include a house, 08 Nissan Maxima, 09 Chevrolet Sierra, opposing party’s life insurance, retirement benefits, joint bank account, and applicant’s checking account. Community debt includes applicant’s dental balance and the mortgage. The reason for the legal separation is due to the verbal abuse as well as her financial dependency and fear of opposing party. Parties are residents of Las Vegas. Opposing party has a criminal history of domestic violence battery with a weapon where applicant was the victim. No current open case in District Court.
Case Number: 2020-012057
Client is seeking pro bono 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 sharing custody per their mutual agreement however the opposing party picked up the children on August 27th and has not returned them. According to the client, she’s holding them against their will. Client is seeking primary and sole custody, claims the opposing party is an unfit parent and claims she has mental issues. Both minors have missed school 4 out of the 5 days of the week while being with the opposing party. The applicant is concerned about the minor’s wellbeing which is why he’s seeking our assistance to take the opposing party to court and establish an official custody order.
Case Number: 2020-009106
Disabled client is seeking assistance with a divorce. He is a victim of verbal and emotional abuse. Parties have one minor child together, age 10, that they adopted in 2011. The child has a disability; he suffers from seizures. The applicant is requesting joint legal and primary physical custody. He would also like spousal support. They have property and debts.
Case Number: 2020-011234
Client is seeking pro bono assistance 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 set at the moment. 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 now for 3 years. They have been sharing a verbal parenting agreement. The client is seeking joint/joint custody. No division of real estate or vehicles, and no joint bank accounts. The client is seeking to keep her retirement account and is not seeking alimony. The parties have one credit card in which she would like to divide the debt 50/50.
Case Number: 2020-009948
Client is seeking assistance a divorce with sole custody. The parties have a 17-year-old daughter and two adult sons. The opposing party is not on the minor’s birth certificate. Client states that there are no domestic violence or child protection issues. Their community property includes the client’s and opposing party vehicles. There are no community debts. The reason for the divorce is due to the marriage being emotionally stressful and the opposing party’s lack of support after the separation. Parties are residents of Las Vegas. No criminal history. No current open case in District Court.
Case Number: 2020-003883
Divorce matter scheduled for Pre-trial Conference on October 21, 2020. 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: 2020-015095
Client needs help getting the equity that 3 court orders ordered that she receive. Adverse party is unrepresented. There is marital property ordered to be sold and divided by the Decree of Divorce and 3 Court Orders. Client will never get the opportunity to get such a large asset again in her life due to her low income and limited job skills. Adverse does not want client to get any of the property or any equity in the property so he has attempted to sell it out from under client before and did a deed transfer a month ago. The attempted transfer violates 3 court orders. An intervening third party allegedly conspired with adverse party to deprive client of property. After the house was ordered to be sold and while escrow was pending, a “surprise deed” came out of nowhere. The deed appear fraudulent. Client’s counsel will stay on in an advisory capacity to help any pro bono counsel who takes this case in order to help bring everyone up to speed and take it across home plate. Need attorney familiar with real estate law and divorce law.
Case Number: 2020-007290
The client is looking for a divorce; no children. 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 to divorce now. He is waiting for his job to be over. 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 is seeking alimony.
Case Number: 2020-013266
The applicant and the opposing party separated over a year. She is seeking representation for her divorce and custody. There are no DV charges. There are no assets or debts. They have five children, ages 11, 10, 8, 6, and 2.
Case Number: 2020-001739
The client walked into LACSN on 3/3/2020 after attending the UNLV Family Law Class.
Both parties signed a joint petition for divorce in 2011 and agreed to joint legal custody and for the mother to have primary physical custody with visitation for the father on Sundays. Father alleges he has not seen his 14-year-old daughter for approximately one year now as the mother tells him she (daughter) does not want to see him. Father would like to enforce visitation and adjust child support.
Case Number: 2020-003396
The applicant is seeking assistance for the custody modification with sole primary. The parties have a 3 -year old daughter. The opposing party is on the minor’s birth certificate. There have been domestic violence and child protective issues; the issue has been closed. The reason for the separation is due to the opposing party’s drug and violence issues. The applicant states that she has proof of the violence. Parties are residents of Las Vegas. case is open with District Court.
Case Number: 2020- 012721
The client is seeking assistance with a divorce and custody matter. They have two minor children together. The client would like joint custody. She is not requesting spousal support. There is one vehicle in common that she is willing to allow an adverse party to keep, and there are no community debts.
Case Number: 2020-015200
The client is seeking help with a divorce and custody. There are no pending cases at this time. He and the opposing party married in September 2012. The final separation was in March 2020. Community property includes 2017 Lincoln MKZ and 2017 Mercedes Benz C300. The applicant would like to keep the 2017 Mercedes Benz. The applicant is requesting no spousal support. Their community debt includes two car loans and two other loans. The applicant is willing to keep the Mercedes car loan and two other miscellaneous loans from midland funding and portfolio recovery. They have two minors, ages six and four. They both live with the applicant here in Las Vegas. The applicant is seeking joint/joint custody. No DV history. The applicant is capable of self-rep.
Case Number: 2020-006515
The client is seeking help with a custody matter. There is no pending case at this time. Applicant and the opposing party never lived together; their official separation was 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 is seeking sole/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: 2020-002873
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 officials 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 tazer 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 him 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: 2020-009890
The SAC alleges the following: In April 1999, a woman alleged sexual assault against the plaintiff. (ECF No. 15 at 15). LVMPD conducted a sexual assault nurse examiner medical exam. The sexual assault kit concluded no definitive signs of sexual assault, and LVMPD impounded the medical kit into evidence. In June 1999, LVMPD closed the case. LVMPD never disposed of the kit. Seventeen years later, LVMPD processed the SANE medical kit, identified the plaintiff, and arrested the plaintiff in 2017. From April 17, 2017, through June 9, 2019, Doe CCDC/LVMPD classification committee members held the plaintiff in solitary confinement for 406 days without a classification hearing. (ECF No. 15 at 39).
Plaintiff remained in a 23-hour lockdown as a pretrial detainee. The Court finds that the plaintiff states a colorable due process claim because the Doe classification committee appears to have punished the plaintiff for 406 days by holding the plaintiff in solitary confinement without a hearing. The Court also finds that the plaintiff states a colorable excessive force claim. Based on the allegations, the adverse parties dragged him while restrained, up the stairs, into a cell, dropped him onto the concrete floor from three feet above, and injured him. The Court found that the plaintiff’s confinement and lack of exercise while in solitary confinement and improper footwear for four months caused the plaintiff’s colorable conditions. This claim will proceed against the defendants (for exercise) and Doe officers, who denied the plaintiff proper footwear (when he learns their identities). John Doe entered the cage and asked the plaintiff whether the plaintiff could see without his reading glasses. When the plaintiff responded that he could not see without them, Doe officer replied, “then you better take care of them; it would be a shame if something happened to them.” Plaintiff’s cell contained over 1,000 pages of legal material as well as traditional handbooks and legal dictionaries.
When the plaintiff returned to his cell, he saw all of his legal documents dumped into three piles and noticed that they had taken his books from him; when the plaintiff asked why they told him that they would write everything on the property receipt form. The plaintiff noticed that they had torn some of the documents and removed the staples. The property receipt only stated, “books and papers placed in the property.” The Court finds that plaintiff states a colorable Fourth Amendment strip search claim. Based on the allegations, Doe officers may have conducted the strip search in a harassing matter because of the plaintiff’s role as a jailhouse lawyer.
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. 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. 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 First Amendment retaliation claim against these three defendants and allow this claim to proceed.
Case Number: 2020-015382
The Appellant is an inmate in the Nevada Department of Corrections. He argues that he was served with a copy of the petition to terminate his rights but was never notified of the hearing date or time. The Appellant contends that he does not know how to present evidence on his behalf. He argues that the district court’s order should be reversed. Further, he argued that he should be appointed counsel and be allowed to present evidence before his rights are terminated.
Case Number: 2017-002689
The client was harassed by a schoolmate’s mother. The mother is a prominent figure in their small town with known connection to the alcalde “mayor.” The clients left their home country of Guatemala, after a birthday party for the daughter ended in receiving a small gift with black paper that was a threat on her life. They also had a man (nephew of the aforementioned persecutor) break into their home with a gun. Both mother and daughter have filed an asylum application which was submitted to the court. The mother filed the original application naming her minor daughter. The judge encouraged former PB counsel to file a separate application for the daughter as well. A brief was submitted on May 23, 2019. On June 24, 2019 the case was adjourned as the dauther was hospitalized for a kidney infection. She was also pregnant at the time.