Available Cases


The Pro Bono Project offers the unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of low-income individuals in Southern Nevada. The clients listed below have been accepted by our program and are currently on our waiting list for pro bono representation. Clients have been prescreened for financial income eligibility and their cases have been selected based on a number of factors, including the merits of their case, the availability of volunteers and the reasonableness of the client.

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

Appeals

Case Number: 2020-008437

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

Case Number: 2020-021565

This case involves an appeal from a child support ruling. This case was previously on appeal in Docket No. 79386-COA. The district court, on remand, was to determine whether child support remained at $0 a month or reverted back to $300 a month, which is what was initially set as the monthly amount in the decree of divorce. Appellant previously sought to modify physical custody and additionally sought to modify child support. Due to confusion on the issue, the court previously had temporarily set the child support payments to $0 a month while the issue was resolved. The district court examined this history on remand and determined that once the prior court had determined that there was no basis to modify the controlling support obligation, the amount should have reverted to $300. The district court clarified that the child support obligation reverted to
$300 a month effective July 2019. Appellant now appeals that decision pro se. Respondent is also proceeding pro se.

Case Number: 2021-002439

Appellants filed a medical malpractice action against respondents alleging that their mother, died as a result of negligent treatment she received from respondents. The district court granted respondents’ motion to dismiss, determining that dismissal was required as appellants failed to include the requisite affidavit pursuant to NRS 41A.071. In their informal opening brief, appellants argue that at least some of their claims were not based upon medical negligence and thus,
should not have been dismissed for failure to include an affidavit.

Case Number: 2021-002563

Appellant and respondent share four minor children. It appears a custody order was entered in 2011. Several years later, appellant filed a motion to enforce and/or to show cause. It appears appellant sought to modify custody or child support or both on the basis that respondent consistently did not exercise all the custody time he was awarded. Respondent also filed a
motion to modify custody. The district court concluded that neither party demonstrated that a change of custody was warranted and set an amount for child support. Appellant appeals.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

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: 2020-016793

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

Case Number: 2020-021479

Group of 4 siblings ages, 16 year old girl,  9 year old girl, 10 year old boy and 12 year old girl came into DFS care on December 9, 2020 due to 16 year old girl reporting on July 17, 2020, that her father had sexually abused her between the ages of 11 and 12. She told her mother and the mother failed to take any steps to protect her. The parents assert that the allegations were made after the child learned that father is not her biological father. Natural father was arrested and, pursuant to release orders in the criminal court, is prohibited from contact with minor. Natural mother continues to disbelieve her daughter’s statements of sexual abuse.  Assaulted minor is being represented by CAP attorney Candace Barr.  Only the 3 younger siblings need representation.  Next hearings are; Calendar Call on 3/31/2021 at 10:15 am and a an Adjudicatory Trial on 4/23/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-022580

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

Case Number: 2020-021885

One month old baby boy came into DFS care on December 8, 2020 after it was alleged that Mother, who reportedly has significant mental health issues, dropped baby and that baby appeared purple and shivering. During follow up contact with Parents, DFS reported that both parents have mental health issues. The parents report that they moved from Elko where they had support in place. Mother is reported to be schizophrenic. Maternal Grandmother in Elko is reported to have been Mother’s care provider until Mother moved to Las Vegas. Baby Boy is currently placed in foster care. Next hearings are; a Disposition Hearing on 3/9/2021 at 1:00 pm; a Review Hearing on 6/8/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-000891

These children came into care on January 6, 2021.  Mother was involved in domestic violence with an adult son and one of the other children.  The police were called and mom was arrested as she was the aggressor and she had outstanding bench warrant for a DUI.  Mother is expected to be released on 2/4/2021, but there is a concern she could be deported.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 2/22/2021 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-000546

CPS removed toddler client after his mother was arrested over concerns of child abuse. At the time of law enforcement involvement, the mother was very intoxicated and brandishing a loaded firearm. The only report of direct physical abuse was made by mother’s girlfriend, who reported that the mother dropped minor when she went to get the gun. The toddler is placed with the maternal grandparents, and the mother appears to be motivated to work on her issues.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 3/3/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-000173

Baby boy client was exposed in utero to illicit substances. Parents left Nevada to avoid CPS involvement when it was time to deliver the client. However, Arizona CPS got involved when the mother and baby tested positive for meth at the hospital. The mother has an open case involving drugs and lack of resources for her 10 year old son.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 2/24/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-000381

Substance exposed infant was born on Christmas Day; his mother suffers from chronic homelessness. The mother admitted to active use to CPS, and did not have a plan to get sober or care for her son. No family was able to take the client into their home.  The father is unknown.    Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 2/23/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2020-022677

5 year old girl and new born baby boy came into DFS care on December 18, 2020 due to allegations of substance expose infant regarding baby boy by his mom. Mother arrived at Southern Hills Hospital via ambulance, she then gave birth to a baby boy via C-section. Mother’s urine results reported that she tested positive for opiates, benzos and marijuana. Mom reported she uses marijuana recreationally and takes Zanax once in a while for anxiety.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 6/8/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-000454

8 year old girl and 2 year old boy came into DFS care on December 8, 2020 and December 29, 2020 due to environmental neglect. DFS attempted informal investigations, and ultimately secured a warrant to enter the home to determine if there were hazards to the 28 month old son and 8 year old daughter. Entry was made on December 8, 2020, after the children were secreted to another location. The house was filthy, with garbage, piles of dirty clothes and dirty dishes throughout the home. There was a stench within the home and drug paraphernalia was also located inside the home. There was garbage outside the home and the entire area posed a hazard to the children. Natural mother denied living at the residence and stated she lived with the paternal grandfather. Paternal grandfather came to the home with the children and advised that natural mother did not live with him. A present danger plan was established with the paternal grandfather and the children were placed with him. DFS obtained a warrant December 29 authorizing the children to be placed in protective custody. Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 2/23/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-001206

15 year old boy came into DFS care on January 6, 2021 due to the whereabouts of both parents being unknown. The minor child has been residing with fictive kin since approximately November, 2019. Fictive kin and the minor child both state that natural mother smokes marijuana regularly, has been evicted from her apartment, asks for and receives money from fictive kin to secure housing but then squanders the money on other things. The minor child states that he has not been enrolled in school since 7th grade. Fictive kin states she has tried to enroll him but natural mother will not cooperate with her to do so.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 3/2/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-000613

Sibling group of 6 children ages 11, 9, 6, 5, 3, and 1 came into DFS care on January 4, 2021 due to allegations of physical risk. It was reported that parents engaged in a domestic violence incident with the children present, which ended with natural mother being placed under arrest and transported to Clark County Detention Center (CCSD). The parents have a significant history of domestic violence including prior removal and placement in foster care due to the children’s ages and stage of development.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 3/2/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-002504

Newborn girl came into DFS care on 12-30-2020.  The Department of Family Services (DFS) received a report warranting a 24-hour response time with an allegation of Substance Exposed and Physical Risk to subject minor by her parents.  Natural mother gave birth to Subject minor on 12-30-2020 at Mountain View Hospital in which Natural Mother tested positive for Amphetamines. Subject minor tested negative in her urine and her umbilical cord and meconium is pending. There were also concerns as Parents do not have stable housing or resources for their child.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 3/2/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-001532

Minor boy came into DFS when mother was arrested for a DV warrant.  She informed officers that she did not have any family or friends to care for her son, she was informed they had an active warrant and had to proceed with arrest.  Mother indicated to Specialist that natural father is deceased and that there is a maternal grandfather, however, he is too old to care for minor. Mother’s lace of family support and resources seem to be the primary issue on this case.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 3/4/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-001971

Two year old boy removed by CPS after his mother was arrested for child abuse and neglect. Neighbors called law enforcement after noticing the mother outside for several hours, appearing to be intoxicated and holding a knife.  She admitted to alcohol and meth use, but claimed she had not left her son home alone.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 3/2/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-001983

A 10 year old girl was placed with her grandparents over concerns of the mother’s untreated mental health.  The grandparents attempted to gain guardianship over their granddaughter, but the mother declined to sign the guardianship at the last moment.  Client expresses fear of her mother at times when the mother is symptomatic.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 3/4/2021 at at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-001333

Newborn boy came into the system after it was discovered that his mom left him with her friend and grandmother.  Both friend and grandmother reside in a small hotel room and do not have the resources to care for minor.  Mother’s whereabout are unknown.  Next hearings are; Disposition Hearing on 3/16/2021 at 1:00 pm and a Status Check on DNA test results on 4/1/2021 at  at 10:30 am in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-000720

The child came into DFS care on January 3, 2021 as a priority with allegations of Physical Risk, and Inadequate Supervision against parents.  Mother was arrested for driving under the influence and failing a sobriety test while driving with her son in the car.  Mother and minor have been living with the Maternal Grandmother for the past 3 years.  Maternal Grandmother and Grandmother’s boyfriend informed agent that the mother took her son from the house while under the influence and they called the police to report the incident.  Father also is reported to have an alcohol problem as well as domestic violence issues with mother.  Mother’s drug use and inability to control her impulses pose a safety concern for minor.  Next hearings are; Case Plan Hearing on 3/4/2021 at 1:00 pm and a Review Hearing on 7/15/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-002437

An infant girl came into DFS care in January 2021due to her mother having a current open case involving her five other children.  There are concerns of unstable housing and employment as her other children have not been placed back in her care.  The whereabouts of the named father are unknown.  The child has been placed with a relative and sibling visitation will be arranged.  Next hearings are; a Disposition Hearing for Father on 3/3/2021 at 11:00 am and an Adjudicatory Trial for Mother on 4/16/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-000301

4 year old girl and 11 year old boy came into DFS care on December 28, 2020 due to concerns of physical risk. There are concerns of domestic violence as to mother. Mother was arrested on the date of removal. NF as to boy is incarcerated at CCDC. NF as to girl  was not present at the time of removal, but confirmed that that he would like the children to remain placed with maternal grandparents.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 3/16/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-001817

2 year old twins (girl and boy) came into DFS care on January 11, 2021. Children have been subjected to loud arguments between the parents with arguments being so loud as to cause the children to wake at night screaming. Neighbors at the current address, as well as prior addresses, have complained of the arguments and the children screaming. Mother has two older children, currently living with their father. Mother admitted that she had used marijuana the day the children were removed and had recently used methamphetamine and ecstasy.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 2/23/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-002571

Newborn baby girl was placed in protective custody as her mother is incarcerated at Florence McClure.  Prior to mother’s arrest, she used multiple illegal substances and did not seek prenatal care.  Mother has another child in the custody of Washoe County DFS; the case is quickly approaching TPR.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 2/22/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-002560

One year old toddler boy was removed from his parents’ care over concerns of serious domestic violence. Initially, the mother identified the father as the one who broke her ribs; she later denied it was him and claimed she was was jumped by multiple females after leaving the party.  Client is healthy, other than a diaper rash.  Records show a history of domestic violence, and the mother has no plan to leave the father.  CPS placed toddler with family.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 2/22/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-001224

14 year old boy came into DFS care on January 7, 2021 due to concerns regarding mother’s mental health. She has referred to demons telling her to get her son out of the apartment or he would be killed; she has removed all his belongings from the residence; she reportedly speaks in the third person. She was placed on a legal 2000 for three days on December 27, 2020 and again on January 6, 2021. She is currently at the Rawson Neal Mental Health residential facility.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 2/21/2021  at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-001977

Baby boy client was taken in protective custody after his mother gave birth while in prison.  Mother gave conflicting stories about paternity to CPS investigator.  CPS was able to confirm that mother has other kids in protective custody out of state.  Baby was exposed in utero to illicit substantives but recovered well enough to be released to foster care.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 2/11/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-001079

A newborn baby boy exposed in utero to multiple substances.  The parents have no real plan to take care of baby but did provide some names of relatives for possible placement.  Maternal grandmother is willing to take placement, but lives out of state.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 2/23/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-002154

5 year old twins (girl and boy) came into DFS care on January 11, 2021 due to concerns of physical risk and parental substance abuse by both parents.  The Department confirmed that intermittent issues with drug use affect the ability of the parents to adequately parent the two subject minors. The Department removed the two subject minors after it could not enact a voluntary present danger plan and placed the children with their grandmother. The parents have an open case related to their drug history from December 2020.  Next hearings are; Disposition Hearing for Father on 3/2/2021 at 1:30 pm and Disposition for Mother on 3/16/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-021450

Newborn baby girl  born to mother with open case, past termination of parental rights.  Mother has substance abuse issues, but indicates she wants to be sober.  Mother is involved in case, recent urinary analyses are negative for use.  Client is placed with some of his siblings.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 5/27/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-001371

A Twelve year old boy was removed from his mother’s care after she was arrested for breaking into a home.  The mother actively uses meth and does not adequately supervise client.  He hasn’t attended school on a regular basis, and smokes marijuana left around by his mother. His paternal  aunt has taken care of him in the past. The father is currently incarcerated.   Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 3/2/201 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-001055

A newborn baby boy was born exposed in utero to illicit substances. Both parents have extensive history of use; father’s family also uses.  Mother has other children not in her care in another state.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 7/7/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-003296

17 year old boy came into DFS care on January 29, 2021 due to ongoing domestic violence and mother’s refusal to remove herself from the situation. DFS reports approx. 30 calls and reports since 12/17/2020. Mother’s boyfriend is allegedly very violent and on drugs. Reports of lots of people going in and out of the home. Minor is currently  at child haven; DFS has been vetting family members, but a lot of them have unstable housing. Maternal Aunt is the only possible placement, but she has concerns about being able to care for Luis full time as he has some cognitive delays and potentially some other MH issues. Family has extensive history with DFS.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 3/4/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-003474

A newborn baby girl was removed from her parents due to incidents of domestic violence between the parents in the presence of the minor. The parents have an extensive CPS history and have had several other children removed and subsequently adopted as the parents did not complete their case plans.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 3/24/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-003062

6 year old boy came into DFS care on January 25, 2021. Natural mother is deceased and the identity of natural father is unknown. An individual from Detroit, Michigan, called and stated that he is the father of the child. He stated that the mother is from Detroit and came to Las Vegas at Christmas and didn’t return. His name is not on the birth certificate and he stated that he had not seen the child in a year.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 2/23/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-003084

Sibling group of four kids ages, 12 year old girl, 9 year old girl, 7 year old girl, and 7 month old boy came into DFS due to credible evidence of repeated domestic violence between the parents.  Domestic violence incidents have occurred when mother has been intoxicated and the children are present, one of the minor girls indicated her mother has alcohol bottles stashed throughout the house and frequently reeks of alcohol.  Mother has delegated her parental responsibilities to older minor and they oldest girls have indicated fear of returning to mother.  Next hearings are; Calendar Call on 3/23/2021 at 10:30 am; and Adjudicatory Trial on 4/12/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-002889

Newborn boy came into DFS care on or about January 25, 2021 after police received reports of a shooting at the family’s residence. Allegedly, mother’s boyfriend shot through their door after someone knocked. The residence is also alleged to be in a disgusting state. Further, police report that there were 3 firearms in locations accessible to the child. Father reports active marijuana use, and past meth and MDMA use. Mother has suspected drug issues as well. Neither adult seems to grasp the severity of the situation and believes the shooting was no big deal. There is past issues with domestic violence as well. DFS is still trying to collect enough information to track down the natural father. Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 3/2/2021 at 1:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-002851

Newborn baby girl came into DFS due to impending dangers presented by parents/caregivers.  Mother reported to using methamphetamines since October 2020.  There are concerns with mother’s mental health, she has attempted suicide and suffers from ADHD.  Mother reported she has no family support or has the resources to care for baby once her baby is released from NICU.    Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 3/1/2021 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-002256

The child came into DFS care on 1-20-21 in response to the allegations of Substance Exposure. Natural Mother and the Subject Minor tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamines, opiates and marijuana in the urine at the time of birth.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 3/9/2021 at 1:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-002776

Newborn baby boy came into DFS care on 12/27/2020 in response to the allegations of substance exposed infant.  Mother and minor tested positive for opiates and methamphetamine at the time of birth.  Mother admitted to using methamphetamine and opiates throughout her pregnancy.  Both mother and father are homeless and are unable to provide sufficient housing for an infant.  Next hearing is a Disposition Hearing on 3/9/2021 at 1:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-002411

A sibling group of two boys, ages 2 and 1 were removed from their parents due to concerns regarding inadequate supervision, domestic violence, mental health, homelessness, lack of stability and substance abuse.  The parents are currently homeless and previously lived in their vehicle.  There are maternal and paternal relatives who have attempted to take placement of the children, but these have been disrupted due to the parent’s behaviors.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 2/25/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-003574

A one year old boy was removed due to allegations of substance abuse and lack of resources.  The mother admitted to relapsing on meth and has mental health diagnosis.  The father has not made himself available to the department.  He is reported to be homeless, living and California, is actively using methamphetamines and has an extensive criminal history.  However, paternal relatives have come forward and the child is currently placed with them.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 2/25/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-004359

Siblings group of five children: Ages 8, 7., 6, 3, and 1(8 year old has separate case) came into DFS due to mother’s on-going substance abuse and mental health issues, which she has not addressed. Minors in this group of siblings want to remain with their maternal aunt, current placement. They have indicated they would like aunt to adopt them and wish to have visitations with mom, however, they have expressed they do not feel safe living with her.  Next hearing is a Termination of Parental Rights Trial on 3/22/2021 AT 9:30 in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2021-004363

8 year old boy is the sibling to a group of 5 children who came into the system due to mother’s on-going substance abuse and mental health issues, which she has not addressed.  All five children are currently placed with maternal aunt, the other 4 minors want to be adopted by aunt and this minor boy has different wishes, as he has indicated he wants to remain with his mom.  Next hearing is a Termination of Parental Rights Trial on 3/22/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2021-003216

17 year old boy came into DFS care on 1/21/2021 in response to a report of physical abuse and inadequate supervision of Subject Minor. The Natural Father and the live in girlfriend are the alleged abusers.  Mother resides in California and does not have consistent contact with minor.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 3/2/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2019-008306

A 4 year old girl came into DFS custody in October 2019, after being removed from her father when he was arrested for violating a TPO issued in favor of his girlfriend following his arrest for domestic violence.  At the time of removal, the mother was in custody.  Father reports that mother has a substance abuse issue; mother claims that the father took the client away from her to control her.  The client is placed with maternal relatives.  Next hearings are: Status Check on Mothers Progress/Housing on 5/18/2021 at 1:30 pm; Permanency Planning Hearing on 8/17/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-003976

A two year old toddler girl was removed from her mother due to the mother’s erratic behavior.  The mother was placed on a Legal 2000. Since then, the mother has been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder mixed with Psychosis.  The whereabouts of the father are unknown at this time.  The child is placed with a relative pending further evaluation of the mother and her resources.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 3/1/201 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-004700

Sibling group of four kids ages 5, 4 and 2 year old twins came into DFS custody due to physical risk, inadequate supervision, educational neglect and sexual abuse.  Father is imprisoned at High Desert State Prison for molesting 12 year old daughter (separate case).  Minors are placed in foster care and seem to be adjusting well.  Next hearings are; Calendar Call on 4/7/2021 at 3:00 pm; Adjudicatory Trial on 5/3/2021 at 9:30 am, and a Permanency Planning Hearing on 6/2/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 20.

Case Number: 2021-005042

A newborn baby girl was born exposed to marijuana.  The mother previously has another child who was removed when she left the child with the mother of her pimp while she went out of town for a week. The pimps mother left the child at the hospital. The mother is not actively working her case plan toward reunification with that child and is pending termination of parental rights.  Next hearing is an Adjudicatory Trial on 3/16/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-003700

13 year old Hazel came into DFS care on January 31, 2020 due to minor child disclosing multiple incidents of sexual abuse, by adult sibling Adam. Adam confessed to the police that he had sexually assaulted the minor child, stating that he also had intercourse with her, became afraid that she might get pregnant, and told adoptive mother of the abuse. Adoptive mother failed to take steps to protect the minor child.

Case Number: 2021-003731

13 year old girl and 7 year old boy came into DFS care on February 1, 2021 due to minor girl that her step-father has engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct towards her over the past four years. Minor girl stated that her mother either observed the conduct or was told of the conduct and failed to take any action to protect her.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 2/24/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-004868

Newborn baby girl came into DFS care on February 6, 2021 due to mother testing positive for amphetamine and opiates prior to birth of the child. The child’s meconium tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and hydromorphone following birth. Mother admitted to being addicted to methamphetamine for the past four years (since she was twenty years old) and admitted to using methamphetamine during her pregnancy. She is homeless and dependent upon her boyfriend financially, she intended to place the child with a private adoption agency and then changed her mind and wants the child adopted by her mother. No formal arrangements were made to achieve either goal. Mother has not bonded with the child, referring to her as “it” rather than by name or sex. The true identity and whereabouts of natural father are unknown.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 3/9/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-003821

Baby Boy came into DFS care on January 22, 2021 due to concerns of recent domestic violence between the parents, as well as allegations that the natural father has taken and hid the child from the natural mother.  Next hearing is a Calendar Call on 3/18/2021 at 10:15 am in Courtroom 11.

Civil

Case Number: 2020-006900

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

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

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

Case Number: 2020-004246

Client seeks assistance with a civil claim filed by a contractor against her. Client discovered a small leak in her home. She engaged opposing party (OP) to complete repairs. However, Client states OP damaged both the pipes and the kitchen ceiling. OP billed Client’s insurance company for approx. $10,000 for the work, but the claim was denied. OP then sued Client in Justice Court. She was served with summons and complaint on June 26, 2020 and has been instructed to file an answer. She needs help to contest the claim. Client states the charges are excessive and that she had to hire an outside company to repair the damage OP caused. Client has filed a complaint with the contractors board already.

Case Number: 2021-002254

Client took her vehicle to opposing party’s (OP) auto repair shop for a simple oil change. Approximately two weeks later the vehicle stalled in the middle of traffic and had to be towed to a dealership for additional inspection and repair. The subsequent dealership’s service department informed her that the engine must be replaced. According to them, the cause of the engine failure was the poorly performed oil change, wherein the mechanic failed to adequately attach all of the parts. The cost of the repair exceeds the value of the car, which is approximately $5,200. Client would like to obtain the fair market value of the car.

Case Number: 2021-004190

Client seeks assistance with a gaming card denial. She is 22 years old and her application for a gaming card was denied due to an arrest two years ago for grand larceny. She pled to a lesser charge and satisfied all her conditions. She would like counsel and advice and possible representation at the (telephonic) hearing on March 4, 2021, if the attorney determines she has a reasonable opportunity to prevail. If she is unlikely to prevail, she would like guidance as to how she might reapply in the future.

Case Number: 2021-002147

Client requests assistance in a small claims action. Client is a former sub-tenant of opposing party (OP). Client was behind on rent to OP in October 2020. OP attempted to evict her but client contested the eviction and prevailed. In December 2020, OP was able to evict tenant and perform the lockout. However, OP also cleared the unit of all of client’s personal property, including clothes, appliances, a TV, etc. Client would like counsel and advice as to how to retrieve her property from OP.

Case Number: 2021-003261

Client seeks assistance to stop a former residential landlord (LL) from harassing her. In 2020, Client and her disabled son resided in an apartment unit, wherein Client was the named tenant. The LL served a 30 day No Cause lease termination in October 2020. Client requested an additional 30 days due to her son’s disability, which the LL agreed upon. Client remained current on her rent for the duration of her residency. She and her son vacated the unit in early December 2020 pursuant to the termination notice provided to the LL.
However, squatters entered and remained in the unit immediately before Client vacated. Client’s disabled son allowed them to enter. The LL now demands that Client continue to pay rent due to the squatters’ refusal to leave. Yet, LL apparently has not served nor filed an unlawful detainer action against the squatters. Client wants the demands for payment and harassment by the LL to stop.

Case Number: 2020-001594

Applicant was forced out of her position as President of Graduate and Professional Student Association at UNLV. She believes it is due to the fact that some allegations have come out against her due to an affair she had with a former UNLV employee. She has been trespassed from the graduate building and placed on a no-contact order. Appl is concerned that she has not been given the opportunity to appeal their no contact order or tresspass order to the Office of Student Conduct. Appl has gathered all relevant documentation and correspondence between the Dean of the UNLV Graduate College, the Executive Director of the Office of Student Conduct, and other UNLV personnel.

Case Number: 2020-007915

Client being sued for defamation related to his posts on Twitter and Facebook. Client allegedly made defamatory statements about business practices of purchasing houses to flip using unlicensed contractors to perform unpermitted work. Client has filed an answer. Client’s wife is in another lawsuit against OP and others.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2020-020628

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

Domestic Violence

Case Number: 2020-021232

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

Case Number: 2020-018546

Client is a victim of domestic violence and needs assistance with a child custody matter. This is a high risk referral from Safe Nest. The parties have one child together, age 9 months. Client wants sole custody. Opposing party (OP) was arrested for DV and child neglect. The criminal case is pending. Client had a TPO against OP that expired on December 24, 2020.

Estate Planning / Probate

Case Number: 2021-003749

Clients request assistance with a probate matter. One client is 77 years old and was recently evicted by her granddaughter. The second client, who was also evicted by the opposing party, is the first Client’s other granddaughter. The opposing party is the only person on the title to the residence at issue because she was able to qualify for the mortgage loan. However, the property was paid for by the first client’s daughter, who recently passed away. The Clients would like a set aside of the equity in the property for both granddaughters equally, pursuant to the terms of the recent decedent’s will.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2020-012057

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

Case Number: 2020-003883

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

Case Number: 2020-003396

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

Case Number: 2020-006515

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

Case Number: 2020-021232

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

Case Number: 2020-018546

Client is a victim of domestic violence and needs assistance with a child custody matter. This is a high risk referral from Safe Nest. The parties have one child together, age 9 months. Client wants sole custody. Opposing party (OP) was arrested for DV and child neglect. The criminal case is pending. Client had a TPO against OP that expired on December 24, 2020.

Case Number: 2020- 018661

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

Case Number: 2020-022847

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

Case Number: 2020-020235

Client seeks modification of custody and child support. Client would like representation for a hearing scheduled for February 10, 2021 to decide his petition to modify. He wants to spend one more day per week with his children and obtain a commensurate reduction in child support.

Case Number: 2020-017039

Client seeks assistance for child custody matter. There is an active case pending since 2019. There’s a temporary custody order in place. Client and opposing party OP share joint legal and physical custody of both minors. Client was represented by another pro bono but he withdrew in October. OP is represented by counsel. An evidentiary hearing is set for May, 2021. Both parties have gone to family mediation but cannot agree on custody terms. Client states she has DV history w/ OP. She states OP has CPS history and has a history of leaving minors in the home of strangers. Client states minors don’t feel comfortable being in his care which is why she is seeking sole/primary custody w/ visitation.

Case Number: 2021-002077

Client seeks representation for a divorce. She is a Spanish speaker and has great difficulty trying to navigate the Family Court system. Client would like joint legal/ sole physical custody of the parties’ two teenage daughters. Client would also like to continue to reside in the marital home, for which she is able to make the mortgage payments. Client states that the opposing party has been mentally and emotionally cruel to both her and her daughters and she would like to move on.

Federal

Case Number: 2020-002873

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

Case Number: 2020-006885

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

Case Number: 2020-013766

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Case Number: 2021-003086

Client seeks assistance with a federal lawsuit he filed Pro Se in the United States District Court, District of Nevada. He is an inmate at the High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs, NV. Client claims that he was denied sufficient dental care, resulting in over a year of excruciating pain. He further claims that the denial of care was a way for officials to retaliate against him for filing complaints about said lack of care. Prison officials deny that they retaliated against Client and they further deny that they failed to deliver appropriate care.

Gaming Work Card Denials

Case Number: 2021-004190

Client seeks assistance with a gaming card denial. She is 22 years old and her application for a gaming card was denied due to an arrest two years ago for grand larceny. She pled to a lesser charge and satisfied all her conditions. She would like counsel and advice and possible representation at the (telephonic) hearing on March 4, 2021, if the attorney determines she has a reasonable opportunity to prevail. If she is unlikely to prevail, she would like guidance as to how she might reapply in the future.

Immigration

Case Number: 2020-021409

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

Landlord/Tenant

Case Number: 2020-006900

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

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

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

Case Number: 2020-022451

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

Case Number: 2020-022514

Client needs assistance enforcing a lease/purchase contract and contesting an eviction. In 2016, client entered into a lease/purchase contract with opposing party (OP). Client states she has complied with all lease terms and never missed a payment. Now, with one payment remaining, OP is trying to evict her for violating the lease term regarding pets, even though the lease allows dogs and OP has always known about Client’s two dogs. She wants OP to transfer title now that Client has fulfilled her end of the bargain.

Case Number: 2021-000052

Client seeks assistance with enforcing her original lease with previous management for the duration of her lease. She renewed her lease in 2020 with the previous owners. She subsequently received a notice informing her that the property was sold to a different management company in October 2020.
In the same month, she received a 60-day notice from new management company informing her that the utility billing will move from a flat rate to an allocation method. They have also informed her that renters insurance is required, when it was only advised in her lease. She has complied and obtained renters insurance. She hasn’t signed a new lease. The additional fees have accrued and she now has a balance owing to the apartment complex. She wants the original lease terms to be enforced.

Case Number: 2021-002147

Client requests assistance in a small claims action. Client is a former sub-tenant of opposing party (OP). Client was behind on rent to OP in October 2020. OP attempted to evict her but client contested the eviction and prevailed. In December 2020, OP was able to evict tenant and perform the lockout. However, OP also cleared the unit of all of client’s personal property, including clothes, appliances, a TV, etc. Client would like counsel and advice as to how to retrieve her property from OP.

Case Number: 2021-003261

Client seeks assistance to stop a former residential landlord (LL) from harassing her. In 2020, Client and her disabled son resided in an apartment unit, wherein Client was the named tenant. The LL served a 30 day No Cause lease termination in October 2020. Client requested an additional 30 days due to her son’s disability, which the LL agreed upon. Client remained current on her rent for the duration of her residency. She and her son vacated the unit in early December 2020 pursuant to the termination notice provided to the LL.
However, squatters entered and remained in the unit immediately before Client vacated. Client’s disabled son allowed them to enter. The LL now demands that Client continue to pay rent due to the squatters’ refusal to leave. Yet, LL apparently has not served nor filed an unlawful detainer action against the squatters. Client wants the demands for payment and harassment by the LL to stop.