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). 

AFGHAN ASYLUM PROJECT: 200 Afghan families will be settling into life in Nevada and are in need of representation in their asylum cases. If you are interested in taking an asylum case for an Afghan family, please email probono@lacsn.org. Sample pleadings, mentors, and trainings will be available throughout the process!

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: 2021-021964 (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.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Case Number: 2021-020070 (Pending Placement)

A 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl came into DFS care on March 3, 2020. Both girls were living with the 13-year-old’s guardians who are the 9-year-old’s adopted parents. They were removed from the home after they reported physical and emotional abuse by the adults, including excessive punishment and physical abuse. The adults forced them to stand in a corner for between 1 day and 2 weeks, struck them on the head, pulled their hair, and choked them. There were also two foster children in the home (referred to as “the fosters”) who they stated had different rules to follow in the home. While they appreciated the living conditions in the home, they fear the adults and are afraid of returning to their care. They were represented but the attorney is no longer available to assist. In addition, the 13-year-old has another DFS case pending for her biological father. These 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 04/26/2022 at 2:15 p.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-022614 (Urgent)

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: 2021-024223 (Urgent)

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: 2021-025363 (Urgent)

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): Motion Hearing on 12/9/2021 at 10:30 a.m., in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-025377 (Urgent)

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): Motion Hearing on 12/9/2021 at 10:30 a.m., in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-025390 (Urgent)

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): Motion Hearing on 12/9/2021 at 10:30 a.m., in Courtroom 13.

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 (Urgent)

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: 2021-025528 (Urgent)

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): Review Hearing on 02/08/2022 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-024583 (Urgent)

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): Review Hearing on 02/08/2022 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-025614 (Pending Placement)

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): Review Hearing on 02/08/2022 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-025668 (Urgent)

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): Adjudicatory Trial (Mother & Fathers) on 01/13/2022 at 11:00 a.m., and Review Hearing on 02/15/2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-024845 (Urgent)

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): Case Plan Hearing (Father’s Objection to Case Plan) on 12/14/2021 at 1:30 pm and Review Hearing on 01/18/2022 at 4:00 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-025839 (Urgent)

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):  Review Hearing on 02/09/2022 at 1:00 p.m. in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2021-025813 (Urgent)

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): Review Hearing on 05/17/2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-026222 (Pending Placement)

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): Review Hearing on 02/16/2022 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 23.

Case Number: 2021-027051 (Pending Placement)

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 2/22/2022 at 2:15pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-026973 (Urgent)

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. Subsequently, his 11-year-old sister also came into DFS care. At this time, 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, including educational services, are in place. Next Hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 12/14/2021 at 1:30 pm 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 01/18/2022 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-026263 (Urgent)

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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 01/18/2022 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-026266 (Urgent)

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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 01/18/2022 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-028756 (Pending Placement)

A 13-year-old girl came into DFS care on March 3, 2020 with another child. She was living with her legal guardians because her father was found to be responsible for environmental neglect, medical neglect, and educational neglect in addition to lacking resources. He is currently unable to provide care for her due to physical or mental incapacity that requires him to live in a skilled nursing facility. The 13-year-old was then removed from the home after they reported physical and emotional abuse by the adults, including excessive punishment and physical abuse. The adults forced her and the 9-year-old to stand in a corner for between 1 day and 2 weeks, struck them on the head, pulled their hair, and choked them. There were also two foster children in the home (referred to as “the fosters”) who she stated had different rules to follow in the home. She fears the adults and is afraid of returning to their care. She was represented but the attorney is no longer available to assist. In addition, the 13-year-old has another DFS case pending with the 9-year-old against the guardians. 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 for her to be safe and healthy. Next Hearing(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on 4/26/2022 at 2:15 p.m. in Courtroom 11

Case Number: 2021-028371

A 1-month-old boy came into DFS care on September 16, 2021 due to concerns of being substance-exposed. He tested positive for multiple drugs at birth and his mother was also positive for the same substances. After the baby’s birth, the mother was placed on a legal 2000 hold for psychosis. She confirmed she abuses prescription medication and also reported she is homeless and cannot provide a stable residence for her child. The mother was referred to Westcare but did not follow through on this referral. The mother has previous children removed from her care who are placed in guardianship. This infant 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 12/09/2021 at 10:15 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-028963

A 15-year-old girl and her 14-year-old sister came into DFS care on July 20, 2021 because their guardian reported that they had been acting out, stealing items from the home, and eventually ran from her home with the 15-year-old’s 5-month-old son. The guardian stated that their behavior was such that they are not allowed to return to the home. During the booking process at Child Haven, both teenagers tried to flee and take the 15-year-old’s 5-month-old son. The police were called and, when police tried to intervene, the two became disruptive. They were arrested for obstructing a police officer. Both girls were later released and placed back at Child Haven. The 14-year-old was then placed back with the guardian but the guardianship was dissolved as to the 15-year-old. As a result, this 15-year-old 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): Review Hearing on 02/15/2022 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2020-011164 (Pending Placement)

Brothers, ages 9 and 5, came into DFS care in September 2020 because of concerns of active drug use by their mother resulting in neglect and excessive corporal punishment. The mother was under the influence during the CPS investigation and the family reported behaviors indicative of drug use. The children reported strangers coming in and out of the home. The apartment was very filthy when CPS showed up to the home and the family was being evicted. The boys had bruises from their mother hitting them as punishment. They were placed together with one of the boy’s paternal aunt. These young boys 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): Review Hearing on 02/23/2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-029652 (Pending Placement)

A sibling group consisting of a 4-year-old, 3-year-old, 1-year-old, and 1-month-old came into DFS care on September 27, 2021. After an hour of hearing the children screaming, the neighbors forced their way into the home and found the children naked and alone in the house. The parents were not home and their maternal uncle was barricaded in a bedroom, apparently oblivious to the crying children. There was rotten food, soiled diapers, chemicals, and medication on the floor or within the children’s reach. None of the toilets in the home were working. The 3-year-old is suffering from four rotten teeth and the 1-month-old has a yeast infection. She was taken to the hospital 12 days earlier and the treating doctor prescribed medication, but the infection was worse, indicating  the medication was not applied properly, if at all. The parents stated that they had paid the uncle to watch the children. The uncle appeared to have mental health and substance abuse issues. These 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): Review Hearing on 03/15/2022 at 3:00 p.m., in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-029677

DFS took a sibling group of three children into care on or about September 9, 2021 after reports of domestic violence between their mother and her boyfriend. This family has six previous reports with DFS, mostly for physical risks and substance exposed infants. The 3-year-old girl was separated from her siblings and placed with her non-offending father at the initial hearing, but remains a part of the case. The main issues here appear to be ongoing domestic violence and substance abuse. At this time, the girl placed with her non-offending father 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 01/27/2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-029360 (Urgent)

A sibling group of six children, ranging in age from 3-17 years, came into DFS care on September 23, 2021 in response to a report of inadequate supervision against both their mother and father. Both parents were arrested for being in a stolen vehicle, which they are adamant they did not know was a stolen vehicle but was actually a discrepancy with a rental car company. The children reported to the DFS Specialist that they were staying at a hotel the days prior to going into DFS care. Their father has a history of substance abuse as well as reported violence. The children deny their parents struggle with any substance abuse, domestic violence, or mental health issues. On September 27, 2021, DFS Specialist completed a parent contact with both parents via telephone and they confirmed the family had been staying at a hotel with plans to obtain new temporary shelter at a weekly apartment as of September 28, 2021. The father continued to deny he has used drugs despite testing positive for multiple drugs as recently as August 10, 2021. An out-of-home safety plan was established with the paternal aunt in her home for all of the siblings. 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. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 12/07/2021 at 1:30 pm and Review Hearing on 02/22/2022 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-029726

The newborn baby girl came into DFS care in September 2021 and is currently still in the NICU or, if released, staying in the home in which her half-brother is placed. Her 2-year-old half-brother is also in DFS care after law enforcement observed their mother leaving a tunnel and his father running from the tunnel carrying him in 2020 during an investigation of drug sales in the tunnels in the area of I-215 and Jones. Neither parents had any shelter or source of income and no formula or diapers for the child. At the time of this baby girl’s birth, her mother stated she still lived in the tunnels and left the hospital without the baby, stating that she hoped they found a good home for her. The court previously terminated the mother’s parental rights to an older child based on lack of resources and shelter and continued use of drugs. That child was adopted in July of 2019. This newborn baby girl 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 03/22/2022 at 2:15 p.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-031005

A 4-year-old, a 2-year-old, and 8-month-old twins, came into DFS care on September 20, 2021 due to a domestic violence altercation between mother and father. The mother stabbed the father multiple times with scissors. She was arrested for domestic violence with deadly weapon and transported to CCDC. The family has history with the Department reporting concerns of domestic violence in the home. These 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 12/14/2021 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-027301

A 9-year-old boy came into DFS care with his siblings in September 2021 when he was left without a caregiver due to his father being arrested for outstanding warrants.  The natural mother’s whereabouts are unknown. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 03/15/2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-029953

A newborn baby boy was removed at birth because he was born drug-exposed and his mother appeared under the influence at the hospital. The mother has five children total and an open DFS case with other kids in care because she has a history of substance abuse, mental health issues, and homelessness. The newborn is staying with fictive kin because the placement for his siblings is not open to taking him. At this time, 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): Adjudicatory Trial (Father) on 12/15/2021 at 9:30 a.m., and Review Hearing on 02/15/2022 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-031223

A 16-year-old boy and his sister came into DFS care in October 2021. Their parents had a domestic dispute and the sister tried to intervene when their father threw a glass frame that shattered. Their father then grabbed the sister by the neck and shoved her against the wall. Their father was arrested for the incident. Their mother tried to prevent the arrest, minimized the situation, and was observed to be very intoxicated. There is ongoing domestic violence and a history of alcoholism. The child is placed with his sibling in a relative’s home but has different desires than his sister. As a result, he is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights, ensure the appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Status Check on 12/16/2021 at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-029861

Siblings, a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, came into DFS care in September 2021. Their mother left them at the home of her boyfriend’s grandmother and did not return to retrieve them. Their mother admits to actively using substances and that she and her boyfriend engage in domestic violence in the presence of the children. Their mother is unable/unwilling to perform essential duties and is homeless. A diligent search for the children’s fathers has been completed and contact attempted. 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 03/23/2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2014-000922 (Urgent)

A 13-year-old girl and her brother entered DFS care in January 2014, when she was 5-years-old, because of reports that she and her sibling were living with her mom in another woman’s home. There were concerns her mother and the other woman were doing illicit drugs and prostitutes came to the home frequently. She was also physically abused by her mom, including being whipped with a belt while naked and being hit in the face with a belt. Her brother was adopted and is no longer in DFS care. The case is ongoing for the now 13-year-old and she had an attorney but is no longer represented. As a result, she needs 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 1/4/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-031526 (Urgent)

Children, now 11 years old and 13 years old, were placed under a guardianship with their maternal grandmother in 2012. Their natural parents are now each trying to terminate the guardianship and get the kids back. The court ordered DFS to do a report as is required under NRS 432B to assess the parents. There was some confusion and DFS failed to do the report the first time so the matter was continued for them to complete their report. These children need an attorney to to review the file, talk to CPS, and talk to the kids about whether they want to go back with natural parents or stay with their grandmother and why. After doing this, the attorney will represent their wishes and legal rights at the hearing on 11/8. The case may resolve with just those arguments but there is the possibility it may get set for an evidentiary hearing on whether it is in the kids best interest for the guardianship to be terminated. Next Hearing(s): Status Check on 12/2/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-031943

A 3-month-old boy came into DFS care in September 2021 because there was domestic violence between the parents with he and his half sibling present. His mother has history with DFS as she has a current open case for her daughter. The mother appeared to be having a mental breakdown because she was exhibiting unusual behaviors, was out of control, and it seemed the situation may change quickly. She also behaved violently towards others in the presence of the children. As a result, DFS identified present danger and took the child into care. This is a pattern for her as her current permanency case outlines similar concerns for a similar incident resulting in her daughter being removed from her care. Because her daughter is still ward of the State of Nevada at the time of this incident, her permanency worker executed a placement disruption and returned her daughter to the care of her foster placement, but the foster placement was unable to take this additional child.  He was taken into protective custody and transported to Child Haven to have his basic needs met. The child’s father is maintaining good contact and has completed Domestic Violence Counseling. This 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): Review Hearing on 02/22/2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-033052

A 17-year-old girl came into DFS care in October 2021 with her brother. Their parents were involved in a domestic dispute and she tried to intervene when the father threw a glass frame that shattered. The father then grabbed her by the neck and shoved her against the wall. The father was arrested for the incident. The mother tried to prevent the arrest, minimized the situation, and was observed to be very intoxicated. There is ongoing domestic violence and a history of alcoholism. The child is placed with her sibling in a relative’s home. She needs 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): Status Check for confirmation of pro bono attorney on  12/16/2021 at 10:30 am in Courtroom 13; Second Day of Trial on 3/10/2022 at 10 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-032456

A newborn baby boy came into DFS care on or about October 20, 2021 after being born substance exposed. His mother has one child in DFS care in Las Vegas and she has an old case in Tennessee involving two other children. His mother has substantial mental health and substance abuse issues. The identity of the father is unknown at this time. 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): Disposition Hearing on 12/20/2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-031354

Twin baby boys came into DFS care on or about October 11, 2021 after birth because the hospital had concerns with the mother’s mental instability, physical abuse, and substance use. The identity of the father is not confirm yet. The man the mother calls the father of the twins was unwilling/unable to keep the children in his care because does not have the resources and/or the knowledge to parent infants. These 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 12/06/2021 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-032072

A 15-year-old girl, a 6-year-old boy, and a 4-year-old girl came into DFS care on October 20, 2021 because of reports that the adults in the home were smoking out of a pipe and have a history of illicit drug abuse. Both parents admitted to using methamphetamine. The father of the 15-year-old has also been violent with her. These minor 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 12/08/2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-032313

Two children, a 6-year-old and a 1-year-old, came into DFS on or about June 14, 2021 because of environmental neglect. While interviewing the family for a companion case, the investigator observed the home as uninhabitable and unsafe for the children and the adults in the home minimized the conditions and did not demonstrate an appreciation of the dangers in the home. Initially, the mother cooperated with DFS to clean up the home and the children returned to the home. After an unannounced family visit in October 2021, the children were taken into protective care as the home returned to the prior dangerous state, blamed it on one of the children, and the mother stopped making efforts to cooperate. Their mother experiences symptoms of mental health conditions and is not consistent with care. These 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 12/8/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-032912

A 5-year-old boy came into DFS care on or about October 28, 2021 because of an allegation of inadequate supervision and neglect. His mother has a history of drug use and has a history of mental health issues that impair her ability to care for him and put him at risk. She was incarcerated on charges relating to a crime against a child and the father was also incarcerated for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Violation of Parole after being stopped by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and getting arrested for warrants. The 5-year-old boy was in the back seat during the stop and arrest. Both parents are currently in CCDC custody and the child is staying with his maternal grandmother. 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): Plea Hearing on 12/09/2021 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-032643

A 6-year-old girl came to the attention of DFS on or about October 18, 2021 because she was found with her mother and a large quantity of drugs in a U-Haul truck that was reported stolen and her mother was high at the time of the arrest. Her mother is incarcerated at CCDC.  The little girl is staying with her maternal aunt who also cares for her other two siblings ages 14 and 11. 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): Plea Hearing on 12/16/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-031748 (Urgent)

This sibling group of four, ages 9, 7, 5, and 4, came into DFS custody on or about October 19, 2021 because of allegations of inadequate supervision of the children and physical abuse. The mother reportedly hit the children with a belt, sandal, or her hand causing marks and bruises and forces the children to eat “black gummies” to fall asleep. In addition, during the 2020-2021 distance learning school year, the children were not logging on regularly for the classes and had over 20 absences. The children were enrolled for this school year 2021-2022 and they were absent or late for classes. When one of the children reported that they were late or absent because “mom was too sick and needed her medicine in her arm.” Mom has a history of drug use and admitted to using drugs in the presence of the children. The children were also present during a domestic violence incident between their mother and father in April 2021. Their father is currently incarcerated at the Las Vegas Detention Center. The children were removed due to physical abuse, risk of harm, educational neglect and concerns with drug and alcohol use by their mom. These 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 01/03/2022 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-033119

This 1-year-old boy came into DFS care on or about November 2, 2021 after the father was arrested and charged with DUI and child endangerment and the mother was transported to the hospital due to sever intoxication. Reports indicate that the father fell with the child in his arms and, when confronted by officers, could not remember the child’s name due to high levels of intoxication. There is a has history of drug and alcohol abuse, mental health and DV issues. The baby is currently placed with maternal cousin and her partner. 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): Disposition Hearing on 12/21/2021 at 1:30 pm and Review Hearing on 04/19/2022 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-033101

A one-month-old baby boy came into DFS care on or about November 1, 2021 after reports that he obtained an unexplained injury to his head. The explanation his mother provided was that he fell off the bed, but it was not consistent with the medical examination. The mother had recently relocated out of the home due to domestic violence issues with the baby’s father. Initial reports were that mother presented as not wanting to parent the child, but she has since claimed this is not the case. Mother is reported to have history of untreated mental health issues and both parents have substance abuse issues. There is also a history of domestic violence between the parents. The baby boy is now placed with maternal grandparents. At this time the child 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: Plea Hearing on 12/2/2021 in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-033606

A 5-year-old girl came into DFS care on or about November 5, 2021 because her father was arrested for outstanding warrants when he brought a man with a gunshot wound to the Emergency Room with her in the car. Her mother seems to be uninvolved in the child’s life. There is no family in town to care for the child. 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): 12/9/2021 at 9:30 AM in courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-030712

This baby boy came into DFS care on or about August 31, 2021 because of allegations of physical risk to the child by the parents. His mother was reportedly exposing the boy to marijuana smoke to get him to sleep. In addition, law enforcement became involved because there was a physical altercation between his mother and father and the father took him and left. His mother was arrested for domestic battery and a warrant was issued to arrest his father. There is a history of domestic violence for both the mother and father and the mother has mental health issues. His father is a threat of harm and there is a TPO against him. Both parents are currently incarcerated. The paternal grandmother is actively involved in this case as she requested the child be placed with her. 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 on 03/08/2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-034462

A 9-year-old girl came into DFS care with her siblings in July 2020 due to inadequate shelter. Their mother admits to mental health conditions and has not been on her medication. She is described as forgetful and has to be reminded to care for her children. The father is unknown. The child is placed with fictive kin. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing set for 1/4/2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-031423

A 5-year-old girl was brought into DFS care on or about October 5, 2021 because of allegations of bruises/cuts and physical risk to her by her father. One or both of the parents cannot control their behavior and lack parenting knowledge, skills, and the motivation to care for the little girl. The child may also have an unaddressed developmental delay. Both parents avoid parenting and basic care as they will leave the child in the care of others.  The mother leaves little girl in the care of others while she uses drugs. Next Hearing(s): Adjudicatory Trial on December 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-033202

A 6-year-old girl came into DFS care on October 27, 2021 because the child was at risk of physical harm by an adult sibling. The little girl was living with the adult sibling after her maternal grandmother/adopted mother had a stroke and is in the hospital. The adult sibling stopped giving her medication and hits her with a stick. The child is now at Child Haven. 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): Plea Hearing on 12/2/2021 at 10 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-032295

Two boys, a 12-year-old and a 5-year-old, came into DFS care on or about October 21, 2021 after a reported incident of domestic violence in their presence. Their mother was unable to articulate a plan to avoid further violence or to acknowledge that the domestic violence endangered the children. The 12-year-old’s father indicates he cannot make the necessary arrangements to care for the children. The 5-year-old’s father arrested for the incident, although he has since been released from jail. Their mother and the 5-year-old’s father have mental health issues that require attention. At this time, 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): Calendar Call on 1/11/22 at 10:30 am & Adjudicatory Trial on 1/28/22 at 9:30 in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-034883

A 14-year-old girl and her 15-year-old sibling came into DFS care after allegations of sexual abuse by their current guardian. The guardianship has since been dissolved and the guardians will not be parties to this case. The adoptive parents were also accused of sexual abuse, which is what triggered the guardianship in the first place. Both children have a history of running. Adoptive parents seem unable to deal with the children’s behaviors. At this time, 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): TBD in Courtroom 11.

Civil

Case Number: 2021-006927 (Urgent) (Pending Placement)

A retired 79-year-old widow needs assistance against an auto repair shop on breach of contract related claims. She owns a 1999 Jeep Wrangler. She took the Jeep to the opposing party (OP) regarding the front end rattling and a leaking oil pan in August 2020. There was no estimate given. She paid $2,700 up front for the work, but later received a call from OP that she needed additional parts and work done for the back end of her vehicle. Again, she was not provided with an estimate but paid an additional $2,150 for a total of $4,850 paid. About 3 weeks later, she picked up the vehicle from OP. As she drove off, the vehicle made a grinding noise, the front wheels where falling off, and the car would not drive above 35 mph. The client brought the vehicle back to OP but they refused to listen to her or acknowledge any error. On the same day, she took the Jeep to another shop for a second opinion. She was provided with a diagnostic and estimate. She was informed that OP damaged the transmission and shocks and that they had crossed-threaded all the lug nuts to the wheel studs. She paid an additional $1,367.85 to the second mechanic for damages caused by OP. As a result, this client seeks representation to sue for out-of-pocket expenses. She has already sent a demand letter to OP, who has again ignored her. There is no pending case at this time.

Case Number: 2021-032247

A woman recently lost her son and would like to sell her home because it is too painful to remain in the home and she needs the money from the sale of the home to support herself and her nephews whom she has adopted. She found a buyer for the home but, during the sale, she discovered her ex-boyfriend put a lien on the home for $40,000, making it unsellable. She explained that she and her ex-boyfriend decided to move in together and he moved into the home she owned and rented his own home. While they were living together, they fixed and upgraded things in both houses. They eventually broke up and he moved out. Without her knowing, he then put a lien on the home claiming she owed him for the work done on her home. She does not believe she should be responsible for the upgrades as both of their homes were improved during their relationship. She is seeking assistance removing a lien from her home so she can sell it. The client is Spanish-speaking. An interpreter is available to assist in this case through Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Program upon request.

Estate Planning / Probate

Case Number: 2021-025648 (Pending Placement)

Two sisters in their 50s are seeking help with probate of their parents’ estate so they can get a loan modification and avoid losing the home their parents left. They are both on social security and living in the home. The clients are trying to get a loan modification because they cannot afford the mortgage payment. They tried contacting Wells Fargo for assistance with a loan modification, but Wells Fargo informed them they first would have to become the executors for the bank to discuss or have access to the account. The clients are afraid the house is going to go into foreclosure. Clients state there are no other assets and believe there was some kind of insurance but Wells Fargo will not give them any information until they become the executors. These sisters need assistance.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

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: 2021-031746

A 55-year-old woman with a disability is seeking assistance with a divorce because she believes the opposing party does not want to be married. They never really had contact with each other since they were married in 2006. The parties have no children and there are no domestic violence issues. The parties have no community property or debts. She resides in Las Vegas and she is unsure about opposing party’s residency as the last known address he has is Southern Desert Correctional Facility. She has no criminal history. She stated the opposing party was convicted of murder in 1997 when he was a 14-year-old and was released from prison in 2014. This individual is in need of an attorney to assist her in filing for divorce.

Case Number: 2021-032682 (Pending Placement)

The father of a 2-year-old is seeking assistance obtaining joint custody of the son. He is on the minor’s birth certificate and both parties reside in Las Vegas. There are no domestic violence or child protective service issues. Opposing party was the one who broke off the relationship. He has no criminal history and opposing party’s criminal history is unknown. Opposing party has filed for custody asking for sole legal custody and primary physical custody, applicant was served on October 30, 2021, and no answer has been filed. At this time, he needs assistance asserting his rights and desires in the custody case.

Federal

Case Number: 2021-020750 (Urgent)

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.

Case Number: 2021-026643 (Urgent)

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): Status Conference was held on 11/19/21 and no new deadlines posted yet.

Case Number: 2021-026021 (Urgent)

Plaintiff, an inmate at Clark County Detention Center, filed suit against several correctional officers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claiming that an altercation at the High Desert State Prison left him with several staples in his head and a disciplinary charge for battery. Six of those officers move for summary judgment on the claims arguing that various immunities and procedural bars prohibit his recovery. They add that no genuine dispute exists about his excessive-force claim because several officers were not involved in the fight and those that were did not use excessive force. Plaintiff disagrees and provided declarations of other inmates and his own declaration to support his version of the story. Plaintiff is seeking assistance with this case through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Settlement Conference on 12/28/2021 at 9:00 am.

Case Number: 2021-030506

Plaintiff is an inmate at Lovelock Correctional Center and filed a civil rights complaint under 42 USC 1983 against the Nevada Department of Corrections. The Complaint alleges deliberate indifference to serious medical needs, a policy to callously delay or deny ordered treatment, and issues involving insufficient medial staffing. Plaintiff slipped in the shower and hit his head on the wall in May of 2017. This caused him pain, concussion-like symptoms such as nausea, spinning feeling/vertigo, confusion, shakes/tremors, slurred speech, and equilibrium issues. Despite the symptoms and repeated requests for treatment, he was not seen for two months. He then had an MRI and the results were inconclusive. Plaintiff was referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program and Legal Aid Center is awaiting the return of his intake paperwork. Plaintiff would like representation in his case.

Case Number: 2021-030349

An inmate filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 claim in 2014 seeking damages for mental anguish and humiliation, impairment of reputation, out of pocket losses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, impairment, and loss of quality of life related to the prescribed usage of Zyprexa at Northern Nevada Correctional Center. FDA documented risk of elevated blood sugar levels when taking this medication. Client asserts he was physically forced to take the medication and that he was given this medication without knowledge of the risks and without access to warning listed on the label, resulting in diabetes and complications of diabetes. The complaint was initially dismissed and the inmate appealed it to the 9th Circuit. It was remanded to allow him to amend the complaint and give him an opportunity to add any Americans with Disabilities Act and 14th Amendment claims. He amended the complaint and added the additional claims and the Defendants motioned for a rescreening of the complaint. The motion was granted and the First Amended Complaint was dismissed, but the inmate was given an opportunity to file a Second Amended Complaint. He is seeking counsel through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Second Amended Complaint is due 60 days after the Notice of Appearance.

Case Number: 2021-029888 (Urgent)

Plaintiff is an inmate at Lovelock Correctional Center and filed a civil rights complaint under 42 USC 1983 against the Nevada Department of Corrections for disciplinary charges filed during his time at High Desert State Prison. The disciplinary charges resulted in the prison transferring him from a level two to a level three housing unit, which restricted his time outside the cell. The transfer also resulted in his inability to work a prison job, affected his parole points, and resulted in a loss of canteen privileges. Plaintiff argues this was a violation of his first amendment rights and his due process rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. He filed multiple grievances and believes they were not addressed properly and that he was punished for filing the grievances. Plaintiff is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program in this case.

Case Number: 2021-030506

Plaintiff is an inmate at Lovelock Correctional Center and filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 complaint alleging deliberate indifference to serious medical needs, a policy to callously delay or deny ordered treatment, and issues involving insufficient medial staffing at Lovelock Correctional Center. Plaintiff slipped in the shower and hit his head on the wall in May of 2017. This caused him pain, concussion-like symptoms such as nausea, spinning feeling/vertigo, confusion, shakes/tremors, slurred speech, and equilibrium issues. He alleges he was not seen for two months despite repeated requests for treatment, then he was given multiple medications that were ineffective so he was taken off the medications. He had an MRI done and did not receive the results until a year later and the results were inconclusive. It took a year for him to be approved to see a specialist for the medical issues. He was prescribed a new medication but was denied the prescribed medication. His condition has caused additional injuries. Plaintiff is seeking counsel through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2021-032330

Plaintiff, an inmate at High Desert State Prison, filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 complaint alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment. His complaint claims “Defendants—doctors and administrators at High Desert State Prison—violated his rights through deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs.” More specifically, he alleges that Defendants failed to provide him with any “one of the many commercially available drugs” to cure his Hepatitis C despite knowing that not doing so would cause serious risk to his health. As a result of not receiving proper treatment, the Plaintiff alleges that his Hepatitis C evolved into chronic Hepatitis C that resulted in “irreversible liver damage with incurable cirrhosis.” This individual is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2021-032504

Plaintiff, an inmate at Southern Desert Correctional Center, filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 complaint alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment. The complaint alleges Defendants—various personnel associated with the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC)—knew as early as April 2020 of his prostate cancer diagnosis but did not inform him of this diagnosis until October 2020. According to Plaintiff, NDOC personnel learned of his prostate cancer diagnosis when they received the results of a biopsy that was completed in March 2020. Client is seeking counsel through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2021-033064

Plaintiff, an inmate at Warm Springs Correctional Center, filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 complaint alleging improper application of credit for time served resulting in Plaintiff remaining in prison longer and depriving him of his liberty. Client is seeking counsel through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Guardianship

Case Number: 2021-029597

The paternal grandmother of two children was appointed guardianship over them in February 2018. Both parents consented. The grandmother alleged the parents were homeless and on drugs and that CPS was involved. In 2019, the great grandmother filed a petition to become co-guardian to assist the grandmother. The parents did not consent and it appears they were not served. The minutes of a hearing on October 10, 2019 do not reflect that the parents were present when the co-guardianship was granted. At that hearing, the court sua sponte ordered No Contact with the parents until further order of the court. In April 2021, the great grandmother filed a motion of non-compliance, advising the court that the grandmother was allowing the minors’ parents to see the minors despite the court’s no contact order. On September 20, 2021, the court ordered an investigator to visit the minors and appointed counsel. As a result, these two children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and rights as a protected persons. Next Hearing(s): A Rule 11 Hearing on December 7, 2021 at 8:30 am.

Case Number: 2021-031932

The grandmother of a 7-year-old boy has been his guardian since 2014. She was granted guardianship without a hearing as his mother consented to the guardianship and her petition alleged his father was unknown. In 2016, his father filed a petition to terminate alleging he had only just learned that he was the father. The case was sent to mediation and the parties agreed to a reunification schedule for the father and the little boy. In early 2017, his father filed another petition to terminate alleging that he met his obligations under the agreement and that his son was living with him full-time. The Court denied the petition without prejudice and ordered that the agreement from 2016 be enforced. The father recently filed a petition to terminate alleging the boy’s grandmother and mother kidnapped the boy. The grandmother opposed and the case is currently set for non-jury trial.  It appears neither father nor grandmother are represented by counsel. This little boy is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and rights as a protected person. Next Hearing(s): Non-Jury Trial on January 24, 2022.

Case Number: 2021-033871

A 25-year-old man needs representation in a guardianship proceeding. He is currently at Rawson Neal Psychiatric Hospital. He was transferred there from Desert Springs due to suicidal thoughts. His natural mother is the petitioner for guardianship. There is no physician’s certificate on file. This man is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and rights as a proposed protected person. Next Hearing(s): Citation Hearing on 11/30/2021 at 10 am in Department F.

Case Number: 2021-033876

An 18-year-old girl who is autistic and non-verbal needs representation in a guardianship proceeding. Her natural father is petitioning for guardianship. There is no physician’s certificate on file. This girl is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and rights as a proposed protected person. Next Hearing: Citation Hearing on 12/14/2021 at 10 am in Department F.

Case Number: 2021-033717

A 2-year-old girl is in need of an attorney in a guardianship proceeding. The petitioner is her paternal grandmother and the child has lived with petitioner since birth. She alleges that both parents have drug issues. The child’s mother has consented to temporary guardianship over the last two years but does not consent to this general guardianship. Her father consents but has not signed a written consent. There is also a custody matter pending in which the mother is disputing paternity. This little girl is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and rights as a protected person. Next hearing: Citation hearing on 12/12/21 at 2 pm in Department B.

Immigration

Case Number: 2021-031613 (Pending Placement)

An uncle is seeking SIJ findings through a guardianship action for his 18-year-old nephew from Mexico. The father is deceased and the mother resides in Mexico because she was deported from the U.S. The father did not provide any financial or emotional support prior to his death. The mother has failed to provide any financial support. The applicant has been caring for his nephew since 2010. His nephew is not in removal proceedings. His nephew has had some contact with the juvenile system and is currently on probation. He wants to remain in the U.S. because he has spent most of his life in the U.S.

Real Estate Fraud

Case Number: 2021-032247

A woman recently lost her son and would like to sell her home because it is too painful to remain in the home and she needs the money from the sale of the home to support herself and her nephews whom she has adopted. She found a buyer for the home but, during the sale, she discovered her ex-boyfriend put a lien on the home for $40,000, making it unsellable. She explained that she and her ex-boyfriend decided to move in together and he moved into the home she owned and rented his own home. While they were living together, they fixed and upgraded things in both houses. They eventually broke up and he moved out. Without her knowing, he then put a lien on the home claiming she owed him for the work done on her home. She does not believe she should be responsible for the upgrades as both of their homes were improved during their relationship. She is seeking assistance removing a lien from her home so she can sell it. The client is Spanish-speaking. An interpreter is available to assist in this case through Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Program upon request.

Spanish/Non-English Speaking

Case Number: 2021-032247

A woman recently lost her son and would like to sell her home because it is too painful to remain in the home and she needs the money from the sale of the home to support herself and her nephews whom she has adopted. She found a buyer for the home but, during the sale, she discovered her ex-boyfriend put a lien on the home for $40,000, making it unsellable. She explained that she and her ex-boyfriend decided to move in together and he moved into the home she owned and rented his own home. While they were living together, they fixed and upgraded things in both houses. They eventually broke up and he moved out. Without her knowing, he then put a lien on the home claiming she owed him for the work done on her home. She does not believe she should be responsible for the upgrades as both of their homes were improved during their relationship. She is seeking assistance removing a lien from her home so she can sell it. The client is Spanish-speaking. An interpreter is available to assist in this case through Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Program upon request.