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 Michael Wendlberger at (MWendlberger@lacsn.org ) or Cindy Morales Kerben (ckerben@lacsn.org ).  Thank you!

SUMMARY EVICTION CASES: Thousands of people in Clark County face eviction without your help. Legal Aid Center is looking for volunteer attorneys willing to take a few summary eviction cases. Eviction cases are quick and relatively easy (for an attorney). Review the complaint/tenant answer, ensure the client applies for CHAPS (financial assistance), attend mediation, and possibly a hearing via BlueJeans.

Because of the summary nature of these cases, they will not appear on the case list. If you are interested in taking an eviction case or two, please contact Michael Wendlberger at mwendlberger@lacsn.org. Legal Aid Center will provide a free CLE and pair you with a mentor to answer any of your questions.

With your help, we can keep Nevada housed.

Appeals

Case Number: 2021-020622 (Pending Placement)

Appellant is seeking assistance appealing the characterization of the parties’ relationship in a divorce case. After Respondent filed a complaint for custody of the parties’ minor child, Appellant filed a counterclaim for divorce. Alternatively, Appellant sought to establish that she was Respondent’s putative spouse based on the parties’ participation in a religious ceremony called a Nikah. Appellant asserted that both parties believed they were married after the ceremony. Respondent countered that the Nikah was a ceremony only and both parties were aware that it did not result in a legally binding marriage. The district court concluded that they putative spouse doctrine did not apply because both parties consciously and jointly decided not to take the steps necessary to perform a legally recognizable marriage. Appellant appealed this decision. Respondent is represented by counsel and Appellant is pro se and would like assistance in this appeal. Next Deadline(s): NOA due October 5, 2021

Case Number: 2021-021837 (Urgent)

Appellant found himself unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it has been difficult for him to find other work. He does not have family or friends he can financially rely on either. As a result, he filed a motion to modify child support based on changed circumstances. The court ordered the parties to submit tax returns for the years 2016 through 2018. Appellant failed to submit his tax returns and stated that he was unemployed. The court found that both parties are capable of being employed full-time, determined that appellant is intentionally unemployed, denied the motion to modify child support, and awarded attorney fees to the respondent. Appellant now appeals that decision pro se because he disagrees with the judge’s ruling and believes that the district court erroneously concluded that appellant could find other work or could rely on family and friends to financially support him. Respondent is also proceeding pro se.

Case Number: 2021-021964 (Urgent)

This is an appeal from a denial of a Motion for Review and Modification of Child Support and Respondent is seeking representation. The parties share joint legal custody of their minor child. Respondent has primary physical custody. Appellant had been ordered to pay child support. In June of 2020, the Washoe County District Attorney filed a notice of intent to enforce child support and Appellant sought to modify the amount of support based on his changed financial circumstances. The Motion for Review and Modification was denied and Appellant filed a Notice of Appeal on March 31, 2021. Appellant filed a Pro Per Brief on May 3, 2021 and Respondent attempted to file an Answer on July 9, 2021 but the court returned it unfiled. On July 19, 2021, the court determined that the appointment of pro bono counsel to represent both appellant and respondent would assist this court in reviewing this appeal.

Case Number: 2021-021958 (Urgent)

This is an appeal from a denial of a Motion for Review and Modification of Child Support and Appellant is seeking representation. The parties share joint legal custody of their minor child. Respondent has primary physical custody. Appellant had been ordered to pay child support. In June of 2020, the Washoe County District Attorney filed a notice of intent to enforce child support and Appellant sought to modify the amount of support based on his changed financial circumstances. The Motion for Review and Modification was denied and Appellant filed a Notice of Appeal on March 31, 2021. Appellant filed a Pro Per Brief on May 3, 2021 and Respondent attempted to file an Answer on July 9, 2021 but the court returned it unfiled. On July 19, 2021, the court determined that the appointment of pro bono counsel to represent both appellant and respondent would assist this court in reviewing this appeal.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Case Number: 2021-013574 (Urgent)

On April 17, 2021, a newborn baby girl born drug-exposed came into care because there was a present danger to her. There were concerns that one or more of her parents struggled with emotional instability, developmental status, or cognitive deficiency that seriously impaired their ability to care for the child and no adult was identified as protective. Her mother has ongoing mental health issues which require extensive medication management and she has not been consistent with treatment because of insurance issues. This baby girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 10/13/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2021-014298 (Urgent)

Because the mother is homeless and has no prospect of shelter, a 2-year-old girl was removed from her care and placed in a foster home. There are also concerns that the mother has mental health issues. The mother continues to make allegations of sexual abuse of the child and has taken the child to the hospital to be examined two times, but no abuse or trauma was found either time. This little girl is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 10/26/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-016728 (Urgent)

A newborn baby entered into DFS care on May 28, 2021 after being born drug exposed. The mother tested positive for drugs at the child’s birth. The mother refuses to address her drug use and the father denies using illegal drugs. DFS has been involved in this family regarding the newborn’s siblings and parental rights have been terminated in those instances. This child is in need of an attorney to represent it’s legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 11/9/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-019472 (Urgent)

A newborn baby boy came into DFS care on June 1, 2021 because the mother is homeless, struggles with substance abuse, and cannot currently provide for him. DFS is now unable to contact the mother and the father’s whereabouts are unknown. This newborn baby boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 10/19/2021 at 2:20 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-019857 (Urgent)

A 16-year-old girl came into DFS care on June 7, 2021. Her parents are divorced and her father was allowed to visit her at the home where she lived with her mother and other siblings who were not his children. One of the other girl siblings reported that the teenager’s father had, on multiple occasions, touched her under her clothing and reported that she told her sisters and her mother but her mother did not address the issue. Two other sisters confirmed that minor told them about it and also stated that, when they were younger, he did the same thing to them. They or their therapist told their mother about what had happened and she initially denied knowing what he had done it but later admitted that she knew he had molested the girls but stated she had “taken care of it.” She did not  take any action to protect the girls from contact with father. This teenage girl is at risk of abuse by her father and her mother has failed to protect her other daughters from him. She is currently living with her uncle. She is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place to protect her from any harm. Next hearing(s): Calendar Call on 9/29/2021 at 10:15 am; Adjudicatory Trial on 10/21/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-017081 (Urgent)

A newborn baby girl was placed in foster care after the mother tested positive at birth for methamphetamines. At this time, the child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 11/2/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-021206 (Urgent)

A 2-year-old child with Down Syndrome and his 4-year-old sister and 3-year-old brother were removed from their parents due to inadequate supervision, neglect in the home and drug use. There was an incident in which the 3-year-old was struggling to swim in the complex pool without adult supervision. In addition, the child with Down Syndrome is not receiving any services and has not been to the doctor for over a year. Both parents have admitted to using drugs. Minors are currently placed with maternal grandmother. At this time, the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place to ensure they are safe and healthy. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 12/08/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-020932 (Urgent)

A sibling group of four children, a 5-year-old, 3-year-old, 2-year-old, and a 9-month-old, were removed from their parents’ care due to concerns of housing resources, domestic violence issues, mental health, and repeatedly leaving the kids unsupervised. The children have been placed with a fictive kin, with an order asking not to be separated. The 3-year-old is reported to have autism and a seizure disorder and must be under the care of a neurologist. Next hearing(s): Case Plan Hearing (Father) on 9/29/2021 at 11:00 am and Review Hearing on 01/04/2022 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-020046 (Urgent)

Twin 2-year-old children are in need of representation because they came into DFS care in June 2021 after tragically witnessing their father’s girlfriend shot in the back, potentially by their father. Their father has an extensive criminal history and their mother lives in Florida. The children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Status Check Hearing (Paternity) on 10/05/2021 at 11:00 am; Review Hearing on 12/16/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-021398

A newborn baby boy came into DFS care on July 10, 2021, the day after his birth, because his mother tested positive for drugs and had exposed the newborn. The ability for the mother to protect and care for him is unknown at this time and she has a significant history of drug abuse. As a result, he is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights, ensure the appropriate services are in place, and get him in the direction of success in life.  Next hearing(s):  Review Hearing on January 25, 2022 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-022614

A newborn baby girl was born with multiple complications and health conditions as a result of exposure to substances. Her mother appeared to have injuries in the hospital, potentially from ongoing domestic violence in the home, and she has a new substance abuse issue. The baby is currently with the former partner of the placement for the four older siblings and both parents visit the baby. At this time, this newborn baby girl is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 12/29/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-023061 (Urgent)

A 2-year-old girl and her older brother were removed from the home on September 23, 2019 due to domestic violence between the father and mother and because her brother demonstrated significant developmental delays resulting from neglect. The two children are in separate foster homes and have different wishes for future placement. Both foster homes are adoptive resources. The children have court ordered sibling contact that goes well. Fosters work well together on setting these visits up. Her mother is currently very unstable and does not demonstrate an understanding of her son’s needs. She is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Status Check on 11/09/2021 at 10:30 a.m., and Permanency Planning Hearing on 03/08/2022 at 2:30 p.m., in courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-023460

After finding a 16-year-old boy abandoned outside an apartment complex, DFS took him into care on July 31, 2021. The teenager has not been enrolled in school in over a year. He was previously removed from his mother’s care and placed with the man listed as his father on his birth certificate. He does not believe the person is his father and the man returned him to his mother within months of the teenager being placed with him. His mother is reportedly homeless and has outstanding warrants for felony charges. She also has no known source of income and is a chronic drug user. She cannot be found at this time. This 16-year-old boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place so he can find stability and support. Next Hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 10/12/2021 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-023876

As a result of his guardian being unable to care for him and his siblings, a 16-year-old boy came into DFS care in June 2021. His mother reports that she is not stable and is unable to care for the children. The father did not complete his case plan in the prior case when the Department was involved due to a substantiated abuse case. There was also a “no contact” agreement in which the father agreed not to have contact with the children. The children are currently staying separately with relatives. This teenager is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 12/15/2021 at 2:00 pm and Adjudicatory Trial on 01/06/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-024030

This newborn baby boy came into care on August 5, 2021, two days after he was born. He was born during his mother’s incarceration and she is due to be released in September. His mother reported daily drug use up until incarceration in May 2021. His mother has cognitive delays and has a history of extensive drug use. She requires a Guardian-at-litem (GAL). NP just had rights terminated on older child. This baby boy is currently in the NICU with jaundice and syphilis. The placement that is in the process of adopting his older sibling will not take the newborn boy. This brand new baby boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and ensure appropriate services are in place to start his life out in a positive direction. Next Hearing(s): Calendar Call on 10/06/2021 at 3:30 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 11/05/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2021-024101

This newborn baby boy came into DFS care on or about May 20, 2021, three days after his birth, because he was born substance exposed. This is the eighth case concerning his parents. His mother has a significant history of struggling with drugs and mental health issues. His father has not shown the desire or ability to care for his other children, however he does seem to be participating in this case. At this time, the child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on Oct 05, 2021 3:00PM in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-024223

As a result of her guardian being unable to care for her and her siblings, a 13-year-old girl came into DFS care in June 2021. Her mother reports that she is not stable and is unable to care for the children. The father did not complete his case plan in the prior case when the Department was involved due to a substantiated abuse case. There was also a “no contact” agreement in which the father agreed not to have contact with the children. The children are currently staying separately with relatives.  This young woman is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 12/15/2021 at 2:00 pm and Adjudicatory Trial on 01/06/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 13

Case Number: 2021-024264

As a result of her guardian being unable to care for her and her siblings, a 10-year-old girl came into DFS care in June 2021. Her mother reports that she is not stable and is unable to care for the children. The father did not complete his case plan in the prior case when the Department was involved due to a substantiated abuse case. There was also a “no contact” agreement in which the father agreed not to have contact with the children. The children are currently staying separately with relatives.  This young woman is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 12/15/2021 at 2:00 pm and Adjudicatory Trial on 01/06/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 13

Case Number: 2021-024353

A 14-year-old girl came into DFS care in August 2021 because she is at high risk of physical harm due to domestic violence occurring daily in the home. The child’s father was arrested and charged with Battery – Domestic Violence and Child Abuse. The step-parent has been minimizing the significance of the domestic violence. The child’s mother resides out of state and currently does not have the resources to care for her. The child was placed with a relative. Next Hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 9/29/2021 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-025363

This 8-year-old boy came into care in May 2020 after the youngest was born substance exposed. The family has significant history with the Department that indicates the mother is diminished in her protective capacity. She has given birth to three substance exposed babies. This child in particular shows indications of being exposed to sexual abuse through sexually aggressive behavior, which the mother denies and refuses to set healthy boundaries. The child is has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing, 11/17/2021, 3:00 pm

Case Number: 2021-010280

A 10-year old minor girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and ensure appropriate services are in place. Minor came into DFS care on December 31, 2020 after her older sister reported that their father had sexually touched the older sister and then showed this minor girl pornography and may have inappropriately touched her. Next hearing(s):  Trial on 9/27/21 at 9:45 am, Motion for Child Witness to Testify by Alternative Method on 10/6/2021 at 2:15 pm and Review 12/29/21 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11

Case Number: 2021-025377

This 9-year-old boy and his two younger sisters, ages 7 and 3, came into care in May 2020 after their younger sister was born substance exposed. The family has significant history with the Department that indicates the mother is diminished in her protective capacity. She has given birth to three substance exposed babies. The 9-year-old son in particular shows indications of being exposed to sexual abuse, which the mother denies and refuses to set healthy boundaries. He has has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing, 11/17/2021, 3:00 pm

Case Number: 2021-025390

This 16-month-old girl came into care in May 2020 after being born substance exposed. The family has significant history with the Department that indicates the mother is diminished in her protective capacity. She has given birth to three substance exposed babies. This toddler is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing, 11/17/2021, 3:00 pm

Case Number: 2021-024637

Three siblings, a 9-year-old, 7-year-old, & 5-month-old, came into DFS care in August 2021 due to domestic violence and substance abuse. Both parents were transported to CCDC. Both parents had illegal substances on them when they were arrested and drug paraphernalia was found in the home. The children remain in the home and placed in the care of a relative. The parents have moved out of the home. Next Hearing(s): Adjudicatory Trial on 12/16/2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-025412

A 4-year-old  boy was removed from his parents when his mother and his baby brother tested positive for multiple drugs at the time of the baby’s birth. The mother and putative father have subsequently been participating in drug court and doing well. There is no named father on his birth certificate. At this time, the child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing 2/9/22 at 2:30pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-014683

A 14-year-old and an 11-year-old came into DFS care on August 10, 2021 due to concerns of inadequate supervision, physical risk, and environmental neglect. LVMPD responded to a hotel room at Mandalay Bay where the 11-year-old and their younger siblings were found alone and their mother’s whereabouts were unknown. DFS reported to the home of the mother where they found the 14-year-old and his father. His father reported that he was staying with the 14-year-old at the home after being informed the 14-year-old was left home alone. The house presented with old food on all counters of the kitchen, on the tables in the home, and in the bedrooms. Their mother was subsequently arrested for an outstanding warrant for battery as well as child abuse and neglect. Their father was subsequently arrested for driving on a suspended license. The father lives in a residence that is not adequate for the children. These two children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 8/31/21 at 9:45am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-025528

A 9-year-old and an 8-year-old came into DFS care on August 10, 2021 due to concerns of inadequate supervision, physical risk, and environmental neglect. LVMPD responded to a hotel room at Mandalay Bay where the the two were found alone with only their 11-year-old sister and their mother’s whereabouts were unknown. DFS reported to the home of the mother where they found the children’s brother and their father. Their father reported that he was staying with the brother at the home after being informed the mother took the 9-year-old, 8-year-old, and their sister to the Mandalay Bay. The house presented with old food on all counters of the kitchen, on the tables in the home, and in the bedrooms. Their mother was subsequently arrested for an outstanding warrant for battery as well as child abuse and neglect. Their father was subsequently arrested for driving on a suspended license. The father lives in a residence that is not adequate for the children. These two children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 9/28/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-024583

This 14-year-old boy is in DFS care after there was a domestic violence incident between his father and him in front of the rest of his family. There is a history of domestic violence between the father and mother that the younger siblings seem to have normalized but this teenager calls the police and attempts to speak out against it. As a result, his mother and siblings have turned on him and blame him for the incident between him and his father. All children have been placed back in the home with their mother on an in-home safety plan. This teenage boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 10/04/2021 at 11:00 a.m., in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-025614

A 10-year-old girl, 5-year-old girl, and a 1-year-old girl are in DFS care after there was a domestic violence incident between their older brother and their father in their presence. There is a history of domestic violence between the father and mother that this sibling group seem to have normalized. As a result, they and their mother blame the older brother for the incident between him and their father. All children have been placed back in the home with their mother on an in-home safety plan. These three children need an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 10/04/2021 at 11:00 a.m., in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-025668

A 12-year-old and a 9-year-old came into DFS care with their two older siblings in August 2021 on allegations of inadequate supervision and abandonment by their guardian/grandmother. Their caregiver has a diminished ability to care for the children due to her own medical needs and she is refusing to engage in services. The family has previous history with the department as well as previous history out of state. Their mother has extensive substance abuse history and lacks the resources to care for the children. None of the fathers have been involved, but a diligent search was requested for the natural fathers. The children are currently staying at Child Haven. These two children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services, including educational services, are in place. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 10/12/2021 at 11:00 a.m., and Adjudicatory Trial on 01/13/2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-024845

A 12-year-old and a 10-year-old came into DFS care in July 2021 after DFS received allegations of physical abuse between their older sister and their mother. The two children in this case appear to be aligned with the mother and blame the older sister for the incident, therefore the older sister is represented separately. The main concerns for the two girls are the mother’s substance abuse, mental health issues, and alleged physical and emotional abuse of the older sister. These two girls are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Calendar Call Hearing on 10/19/2021 at 10:30 a.m., Adjudicatory Trial on 11/05/2021 at 10:00 a.m., and Review Hearing on 01/18/2022 at 4:00 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-025504

A newborn baby boy came into DFS care on June 29, 2021 due to the mother and the child both testing positive for multiple drugs at the time of birth of the child. His mother admitted to daily use of multiple drugs during the delivery process. The minor child suffered from withdrawals, was medicated, and was placed in the NICU at the time. His mother left the hospital nine hours after giving birth and against medical advice and never returned to visit with the child. His mother’s rights to two older siblings were terminated in April of this year based, in part, on uncontrolled use of controlled substances. Her whereabouts are currently unknown. This baby is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 11/30/2021 @ 9:45 am in Courtroom 11

Case Number: 2021-025839

Two siblings, a 4-year-old and a 3-year-old, came into DFS care in August 2021 due to the 4-year-old having numerous marks and bruises that cover multiple areas on his body. Mother admits to physically disciplining with a belt. The family has a prior substantiated case for physical abuse earlier this year. The mother does not have a relationship with the children’s natural father, who sexually abused her 12-year-old daughter, who is also in care. There are no family or other friends to possibly assist with placement and the children were transported to Child Haven. These children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s):  Disposition/Plea Hearin on 10/06/2021 at 10:00 a.m., Calendar Call on 10/27/2021 at 3:30 p.m., and Adjudicatory Trial on 11/15/2021 at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2021-025813

A 3-week-old baby boy came into DFS care in August 2021 after being born substance exposed. The family has extensive history with DFS; there are seven siblings also in care. The parents have not shown any behavioral changes, they lack resources and there is possible ongoing domestic violence. At this time, this new baby boy is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on 11/16/2021 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-024683

A 14-year-old and an 11-year-old came into DFS care on August 10, 2021 due to concerns of inadequate supervision, physical risk, and environmental neglect. LVMPD responded to a hotel room at Mandalay Bay where the 11-year-old and their younger siblings were found alone and their mother’s whereabouts were unknown. DFS reported to the home of the mother where they found the 14-year-old and his father. His father reported that he was staying with the 14-year-old at the home after being informed the 14-year-old was left home alone. The house presented with old food on all counters of the kitchen, on the tables in the home, and in the bedrooms. Their mother was subsequently arrested for an outstanding warrant for battery as well as child abuse and neglect. Their father was subsequently arrested for driving on a suspended license. The father lives in a residence that is not adequate for the children. These two children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 9/28/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-024194

A newborn baby girl came into DFS care on August 6, 2021 because she was substance-exposed and there were serious concerns of physical risk due to parental substance abuse and lack of resources. She and her mother both tested positive for multiple drugs at the time of delivery. Her mother indicates she suffers from mental health issues. She reports she was prescribed medications but does not engage in services. The child presented with substance withdrawals and respiratory concerns. This newborn baby girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s):Plea Hearing on  9/28/21 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-026222

A 5-year-old girl came into DFS care in August 2020 after her mother and grandmother engaged in a physical altercation and were arrested. Due to her mom’s continued and escalating behaviors, there are concerns related to her untreated mental health. In addition, there are concerns that the father also struggles with substance abuse. This 5-year-old is reported to be aggressive with peers at school and to have engaged in sexualized behaviors in two foster placements. The parents’ rights are still intact and the current permanency plan is termination of parental rights. The little girl wants to reunify and her sister wants a different permanency plan so, at this time, this little girl is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Status Check on September 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2021-027051

An 11-year-old girl came into DFS care in March 2016 due to allegation of negligent treatment and inadequate supervision by her mother. Parental rights were terminated as to both natural parents on March 9, 2020. Minor is currently placed in a foster home. She is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on February 22, 2022 at 2:15pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-026212

A 13-year-old girl was removed from the care of her adoptive mother/grandmother due to allegations of neglect when the adoptive mother/grandmother refused to pick up the child from Desert Parkway Behaviorial Center when she was ready for discharge. Her adoptive mother/grandmother has significant difficulty caring for the child and getting her the services she needs. The child has serious mental health and behavioral needs and has a history of being placed in in-patient treatment centers. She also has a history of involvement with the Department of Juvenile Justice. She is currently staying at Child Haven. At this time, this child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Plea Hearing on September 23, 2021 at 10:00am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-027670 (Urgent)

A 17-year-old boy came into DFS care with his three siblings in August 2021 because of allegations of inadequate supervision and abandonment by their guardian/grandmother. The grandmother is diminished in her ability to care for the children due to her own medical needs and she is refusing to engage in services. The family has previous history with the department as well as previous history out of state. Their mother has extensive substance abuse history and lacks the resources to care for the children. None of the fathers have been involved, but a diligent search was requested for the natural fathers. The children will be placed in a foster home.  This teenager is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services, including educational services, are in place. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 10/12/2021 at 11:00 a.m., and Adjudicatory Hearing on 01/13/2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-026973

A 14-year-old boy was placed into protective custody after his guardian/grandfather had a stroke and was placed in a nursing home, leaving him without a legal caretaker. His mother is deceased and father is unknown at this time. The child also has some form of intellectual, developmental, or mental disability. At this time, the child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services, including educational services, are in place. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing September 30, 2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18

Case Number: 2021-026259 (Urgent)

A 16-year-old boy and his younger siblings were removed from their home in February 2020 due to being neglected by both parents, domestic violence between their dad and his girlfriend, and environmental neglect. Since entering care the placement issues have been ongoing. This teenager ran away from the initial placement from the very beginning, and was never brought back in care longer than a few days, until August 2021. It’s suspected that he ran to be with his natural father at his home, but was then kicked out of that home when his younger sister ran away to the home and there was conflict between them. All of the kids have special educational, therapeutic, and behavioral needs. In particular, this teenager struggles with depression and is chronically suicidal and was recently hospitalized as a result. He appears to want full termination of his parents’ rights and would rather age out in foster care. The mother has not been raising the kids and does not maintain contact consistently with them outside of a birthday call. Her rights are pending termination and a prove up was done as she is not participating in the court process. The dad however was at least trying to engage in services recently, but is just not showing true behavioral change. This 16-year-old kid is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Calendar Call Hearing on 10/27/2021 at 10:30 a.m., Adjudicatory Trial on 11/15/2021 at 11:30 a.m., Motion to Appoint Person Responsible for Psychiatric Care of Child on 11/17/2021 at 11:30 a.m., and Permanency Planning Hearing on 01/18/2022 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-026263

This 14-year-old teenage girl and her siblings were removed in February 2020 due to being neglected by both parents, domestic violence between their dad and his girlfriend, and environmental neglect. Since entering care the placement issues have been ongoing. She was placed in a foster home with her younger siblings but then she was disrupted from the home because of her behaviors and encouraging the boys to runaway with her. She spent a long time on Child Haven’s campus before being placed in St. Jude’s. She was then placed with her younger brothers in a foster home in May 2021 but ran way and has not returned to care yet. It’s suspected that she ran to their dad’s home. All of the kids have special educational, therapeutic, and behavioral needs. There is a Termination of Parental Rights petition against dad and the DA plans to move forward, but she would like to reunify with her dad. Their mother has not been raising the kids and does not maintain contact consistently with them outside of a birthday call. Her rights are pending termination and a prove up was done as she is not participating in the court process. The dad however was at least trying to engage in services recently, but is just not showing true behavioral change. The biggest issue for this teenager and her siblings is that these kids would be legal orphans with no adoptive resource and they are so bonded to dad and have so many issues that would make securing a non-relative resource difficult. This 14-year-old girl is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Calendar Call Hearing on 10/27/2021 at 10:30 a.m., Adjudicatory Trial on 11/15/2021 at 11:30 a.m., Motion to Appoint Person Responsible for Psychiatric Care of Child on 11/17/2021 at 11:30 a.m., and Permanency Planning Hearing on 01/18/2022 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-026266

Two boys, ages 11 and 9, and their older siblings went into care in February 2020 due to being neglected by both parents, domestic violence between their dad and his girlfriend, and environmental neglect. They were placed in a foster home with their sister but then she was disrupted from the home because of her behaviors and encouraging the boys to runaway with her. After she left, the boys disrupted from the first home and another foster home. They are now in their third foster home. All of the kids have special educational, therapeutic, and behavioral needs. There is a Termination of Parental Rights petition against dad and the DA plans to move forward, but the boys would like to reunify with their dad. Their mother has not been raising the kids and does not maintain contact consistently with them outside of a birthday call. Her rights are pending termination and a prove up was done as she is not participating in the court process. The dad, however, has been trying to engage in services recently but is just not showing true behavioral change. The biggest issue for these boys if rights are terminated is they would be legal orphans with no adoptive resource and they are so bonded to dad and have so many issues that would make securing a non-relative resource difficult. These children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Calendar Call Hearing on 10/27/2021 at 10:30 a.m., Adjudicatory Trial on 11/15/2021 at 11:30 a.m., Motion to Appoint Person Responsible for Psychiatric Care of Child on 11/17/2021 at 11:30 a.m., and Permanency Planning Hearing on 01/18/2022 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2021-024122

A mother and her daughter purchased a condo in September 2020. They split escrow and the down payment, totaling approximately $8,000. Since the purchase, the mother has paid half the mortgage every month, approximately $700/month, and paid all utilities. Since the purchase, she and her daughter have had nothing but issues living together. The daughter has been trying to force her mother out of the property since the end of 2020. The mother has tried to negotiate her half of the funds to be returned so she can leave the property to her daughter, but her daughter refuses to accept the deal. On September 2nd, 2021, the daughter stopped the mother from going to work and told her they had an appointment with a notary. The daughter misled the mother by telling her they would be signing an agreement so that the mother could get half of her funds and remove herself from the property. The daughter also told her mother that the agreement mentioned she would not evict her even after removing herself from title. The mother was relieved and thought her daughter was coming to her senses at that point, so she attended their notary appointment and, without question, signed off on the paperwork provided to her. Upon signing, the mother contacted Legal Aid Center to let the intake advocate know their issues had been resolved and provided a copy of what she signed. The document she signed was in English and appears to release her name from title without consideration.  When the intake advocate informed her of what the document said, she was really distraught and stated that she did not know she signed off on her interest because she doesn’t speak English, let alone read it, and she was relying on what her daughter told her. The mother is still in the condo with the daughter and is afraid she will be evicted, but no notice has been served yet. She is desperately seeking any legal options to fight for the property or recover her money and avoid eviction. Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available through the Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Program upon request.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2021-020622 (Pending Placement)

Appellant is seeking assistance appealing the characterization of the parties’ relationship in a divorce case. After Respondent filed a complaint for custody of the parties’ minor child, Appellant filed a counterclaim for divorce. Alternatively, Appellant sought to establish that she was Respondent’s putative spouse based on the parties’ participation in a religious ceremony called a Nikah. Appellant asserted that both parties believed they were married after the ceremony. Respondent countered that the Nikah was a ceremony only and both parties were aware that it did not result in a legally binding marriage. The district court concluded that they putative spouse doctrine did not apply because both parties consciously and jointly decided not to take the steps necessary to perform a legally recognizable marriage. Appellant appealed this decision. Respondent is represented by counsel and Appellant is pro se and would like assistance in this appeal. Next Deadline(s): NOA due October 5, 2021

Case Number: 2021-021837 (Urgent)

Appellant found himself unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it has been difficult for him to find other work. He does not have family or friends he can financially rely on either. As a result, he filed a motion to modify child support based on changed circumstances. The court ordered the parties to submit tax returns for the years 2016 through 2018. Appellant failed to submit his tax returns and stated that he was unemployed. The court found that both parties are capable of being employed full-time, determined that appellant is intentionally unemployed, denied the motion to modify child support, and awarded attorney fees to the respondent. Appellant now appeals that decision pro se because he disagrees with the judge’s ruling and believes that the district court erroneously concluded that appellant could find other work or could rely on family and friends to financially support him. Respondent is also proceeding pro se.

Case Number: 2021-021964 (Urgent)

This is an appeal from a denial of a Motion for Review and Modification of Child Support and Respondent is seeking representation. The parties share joint legal custody of their minor child. Respondent has primary physical custody. Appellant had been ordered to pay child support. In June of 2020, the Washoe County District Attorney filed a notice of intent to enforce child support and Appellant sought to modify the amount of support based on his changed financial circumstances. The Motion for Review and Modification was denied and Appellant filed a Notice of Appeal on March 31, 2021. Appellant filed a Pro Per Brief on May 3, 2021 and Respondent attempted to file an Answer on July 9, 2021 but the court returned it unfiled. On July 19, 2021, the court determined that the appointment of pro bono counsel to represent both appellant and respondent would assist this court in reviewing this appeal.

Federal

Case Number: 2021-020750

Plaintiff is an inmate at High Desert State Prison suffering from chronic pain resulting from a car accident prior to incarceration. In 2006, Plaintiff started pain management and underwent multiple tests in which surgery was deemed necessary, but Plaintiff never received it. Plaintiff then became a Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) inmate in 2010 and received medical care for his chronic pain until September 2015. Despite multiple requests to continue treatment and medication, Plaintiff alleges he did not receive the care requested and that had been received previously from September 2015 to March 2016. In March 2016, Defendants allegedly removed him from “sick call” altogether without explanation and denied him an annual exam for his chronic pain. After submitting multiple grievances to the jail, he filed a 1983 claim alleging Eighth Amendment cruel and unusual punishment and Fourteenth Amendment due process and equal protection violations. Client is seeking counsel through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Hearing(s): Status Conference October 8, 2021 at 9:30am.

Case Number: 2021-023717

Plaintiff brings this lawsuit after being attacked at the Mirage Hotel and Casino and suffering a permanent back injury and loss of sight in his right eye as a result. He is suing the alleged attacker for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence. He is also suing Defendants Lumbee Tribe, Lumbee Land Development, and Lumbee Tribe Holdings for negligence. Plaintiff would like an attorney to represent him in this matter.

Case Number: 2021-024244

Plaintiff is an inmate at Ely State Prison and filed a civil rights complaint under 42 USC 1983 against the Nevada Department of Corrections. He alleges deliberate indifference and refusal to provide proper medical treatment in violation of the 8th Amendment and 14th Amendment has caused long-term permanent physical injuries and mental anguish and distress. Specifically, he claims to have suffered from severe and chronic hyperthyroid disease and that the effects from lack of treatment have caused severe pain and suffering. He alleges he has experienced weight loss, insomnia, diarrhea, vertigo, severe headaches, constant throat pain, malnutrition, partial paralysis in hands, feet and knees, and swollen lymph nodes because of the lack of treatment. The 14th Amendment claim was dismissed without prejudice on June 12, 2020. The court referred this case to the federal Pro Bono Program because Plaintiff cannot properly continue articulating the relief he seeks and because the need for an expert witness will increase the complexity of the case such that it will severely impair his ability to properly articulate the legal claims at hand. There are funds available for the expert witness through the federal Pro Bono Program. As a result, this individual is in need of an attorney to assist him with this case. Next Deadlines: NOA Due October 10, 2021.

Case Number: 2021-026643

An inmate at High Desert State Prison filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 claim against multiple employees and doctors of the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) for injuries suffers from lack of medical treatment for Scoliosis since April 2004 when he was transferred to the custody of NDOC from California. He was diagnosed with Scoliosis in 2003 and received treatment while in the custody of the California prison system, but the treatment was not continued when he was extradited to Nevada. He suffers constant debilitating pain from the waist down, experiences symptoms of nerve damage, and lack of bowel control, and is currently in a wheelchair because of the condition and alleged lack of treatment. This individual is seeking counsel for this federal lawsuit through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Hearing(s): EMC on 9/17/21; Status Conference on 11/06/21 @ 9:00am.

Guardianship

Case Number: 2021-023116 (Pending Placement)

A maternal grandmother is seeking guardianship of her 1-year-old grandchild. Her petition claims that both parents have consented to the guardianship, but no consent letter was attached. Additionally, the petition accuses natural mother of selling food stamps to buy drugs. At this time, the child is in need of an attorney to represent their rights as a protected person. Next hearing(s): Citation hearing on August 18, 2021, Department F at 1:30 pm.

Case Number: 2021-025606 (Pending Placement)

The maternal grandparents are petitioning to obtain guardianship of their 6-year-old grandchild. The minor is currently living with the grandparents because the mother is incarcerated for an attack against the grandmother. There are significant abuse allegations made in the petition but no DFS involvement. This child is in need of an attorney to represent his desires and legal rights in this matter. Next Hearing(s): September 18, 2021 in Dept F.

Case Number: 2021-0022683

The maternal grandmother (Petitioner) is petitioning for guardianship of a 15-year-old boy who is currently in juvenile detention, or was recently released on probation, due to an act of physical violence. Petitioner alleges that the adoptive mother is physically, mentally, and psychologically abusive. His adoptive mother consents to guardianship of this teen. Petitioner further alleges his natural mother was deported to Guatemala. The teen was in a temporary guardianship mandated by juvenile court in his case, but it expired on August 8, 2021. Petitioner seeks guardianship of this teen and his two brothers, but the two other boys have different wishes. As a result, this teenager is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and rights as a protected person. Next hearing(s): Citation Hearing on October 5, 2021 at 9:30.

Case Number: 2021-026963

The maternal grandmother (Petitioner) is petitioning for guardianship of a 17-year-old boy and his 11-year-old brother. Petitioner alleges that the adoptive mother is physically, mentally, and psychologically abusive. Petitioner further alleges their natural mother was deported to Guatemala. Petitioner seeks guardianship of these two boys and their 15-year-old brother, but these two boys have different wishes than the 15-year-old, so need separate representation. As a result, these two brother are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and rights as a protected persons. Next hearing(s): Citation Hearing on October 5, 2021 at 9:30.

Immigration

Case Number: 2021-012774 (Urgent)

An individual, her husband, and her daughter are seeking asylum from Cuba. They fear that if they are returned to Cuba they will be imprisoned and tortured for their political opinions. They have already been harassed by the regime’s police for their opinions, which is what prompted them to flee the country. The I-589, Application for Asylum, has been filed and they are in removal proceedings in Texas. They will need a change of venue. This individual is seeking assistance for her and her family in their asylum case. Next hearing(s): June 21, 2022. Client is Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available through the Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Program upon request.

Case Number: 2021-023557

A mother and daughter from Venezuela would like assistance with an asylum claim based on political opinion. The applicant and her husband owned a bakery in Venezuela and a political group wanted them to support them by initially only serving Chavista supporters then providing free food to them. They declined to do either and were persecuted as a result of their refusal to help. They endured threats and physical abuse from the political leaders in the community and decided they had to leave the country to be safe. Everyone had tourist visas expect the youngest child, the daughter. The father and son were able to fly into the US with their tourist visa. Thus, they are not in removal proceedings and have a pending application for TPS. Because the youngest child did not have a visa, mom entered with that child at the border via Mexico. They were both placed in proceedings. They have filed for TPS. It is very likely that the judge will grant another continuance at their next hearing to determine the outcome of the TPS application. This case is unique because the mom and daughter should still file the asylum application because TPS isn’t a permanent form of relief. The two need an attorney to attend the court hearing on 10/28 and advise the court of the pending TPS application and assist in the asylum application.  Next hearing(s): October 28, 2021.

 

Name Change

Case Number: 2021-028400

An adult man is seeking assistance with a name change so he can obtain his Nevada driver’s license. When he was 14-years-old, he informally changed his middle and last name. He has a social security card and driver license from California under the new name, but never legally had it changed. He moved to Las Vegas and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles requires a court order as proof of his name and will not issue a driver license without a court order. His California driver license will expire November 20, 2021 and he would like to be able to obtain a Nevada license.

Spanish/Non-English Speaking

Case Number: 2021-012774 (Urgent)

An individual, her husband, and her daughter are seeking asylum from Cuba. They fear that if they are returned to Cuba they will be imprisoned and tortured for their political opinions. They have already been harassed by the regime’s police for their opinions, which is what prompted them to flee the country. The I-589, Application for Asylum, has been filed and they are in removal proceedings in Texas. They will need a change of venue. This individual is seeking assistance for her and her family in their asylum case. Next hearing(s): June 21, 2022. Client is Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available through the Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Program upon request.

Case Number: 2021-024122

A mother and her daughter purchased a condo in September 2020. They split escrow and the down payment, totaling approximately $8,000. Since the purchase, the mother has paid half the mortgage every month, approximately $700/month, and paid all utilities. Since the purchase, she and her daughter have had nothing but issues living together. The daughter has been trying to force her mother out of the property since the end of 2020. The mother has tried to negotiate her half of the funds to be returned so she can leave the property to her daughter, but her daughter refuses to accept the deal. On September 2nd, 2021, the daughter stopped the mother from going to work and told her they had an appointment with a notary. The daughter misled the mother by telling her they would be signing an agreement so that the mother could get half of her funds and remove herself from the property. The daughter also told her mother that the agreement mentioned she would not evict her even after removing herself from title. The mother was relieved and thought her daughter was coming to her senses at that point, so she attended their notary appointment and, without question, signed off on the paperwork provided to her. Upon signing, the mother contacted Legal Aid Center to let the intake advocate know their issues had been resolved and provided a copy of what she signed. The document she signed was in English and appears to release her name from title without consideration.  When the intake advocate informed her of what the document said, she was really distraught and stated that she did not know she signed off on her interest because she doesn’t speak English, let alone read it, and she was relying on what her daughter told her. The mother is still in the condo with the daughter and is afraid she will be evicted, but no notice has been served yet. She is desperately seeking any legal options to fight for the property or recover her money and avoid eviction. Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available through the Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Program upon request.