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: 125 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: 2021-036131

Appellant’s Motion to Set Aside a default judgment that left her and other defendants liable for over $1.5 million was denied by the Eighth Judicial District Court. In the underlying case, Respondent filed suit against Appellant and others for alleged wrongdoings relating to a joint venture agreement involving real property. Respondent served Appellant via publication. When Appellant did not respond, Respondent obtained a default judgment against Appellant and the other defendants for an amount in excess of $1.5 million. One year later, Appellant moved to set aside the default judgment. She asserted that she was never served with the summons and complaint, only learned of the suit months after entry of the judgment, has a meritorious defense, and timely filed the motion for relief within 30 days of the notice of dismissal of her bankruptcy case under 11 USC 108(c)(2). The Motion to Set Aside was denied so she appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court and is seeking representation.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

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): Termination of Parental Rights Hearing on 03/09/2022 at 1:30 p.m., and Permanency Planning Hearing on 05/18/2022 at 3:00 p.m., in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-024583 (Pending Placement)

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: 2021-025668 (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): Status Check Hearing (Reset Trial) on 02/01/2022 at 2:30 p.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): Status Check Hearing on 2/15/2022 at 2:00 pm; Permanency Planning Hearing on 7/19/2022 at 3:30 pm 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):  Calendar Call Hearing for Father on 01/24/2022 at 3:00 p.m.; Adjudicatory Trial on 02/08/2022 at 10;00 a.m., and Review Hearing on 02/09/2022 at 1:00 p.m. in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2021-026973 (Urgent)

Two kids, a 14-year-old and an 11-year-old are in need of an attorney. The 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):  Review Hearing on 02/01/2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 18

Case Number: 2021-028963 (Urgent)

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: 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): Review Hearing on 02/22/2022 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-029953 (Pending Placement)

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): 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 03/10/2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2014-000922 (Pending Placement)

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: 2021-031943 (Urgent)

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 (Urgent)

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): Adjudicatory Trial on 3/10/2022 at 10 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-032456 (Urgent)

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): Review Hearing on 04/05/2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-032072 (Urgent)

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): Review Hearing on 04/20/2022 at 2:30 p.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): Review Hearing on 03/23/2022 at 2:00 p.m. 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): Disposition Hearing on 02/01/2022 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 18.

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): Review Hearing on 04/19/2022 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

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):Review Hearing on 04/14/2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 07/12/2022 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): Review Hearing on 04/13/2022 at 2:00 p.m.

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 02/03/2022 at 10:00 a.m., 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): Status Check on Guardianship Hearing on 01/19/2022 at 2:15 p.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-033349

After an 8-year-old girl’s mother left her at the home they were temporarily staying at on or about October 25, 2021, the child entered into DFS care. The mother is facing allegations of neglect and physical injury neglect because she left the child at the home without arranging for child care and without advising the resident’s owners, who could not care for the child, that she was leaving and where she was going. The child was then passed between various adults, including neighbors and old friends of her mother, until she was taken into care. She is staying with fictive kin. Her mother does not have stable housing, has a history of substance abuse, and has mental health issues. Her father is not responding to CPS after initial communications with him. 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 04/25/2022 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-035281

An 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy came into DFS care in October 2021 due to allegation of negligent, inadequate shelter, physical neglect, physical risk, and education neglect by their parents. The parents abuse drugs and engage in domestic violence in the presence of the children. The children have not been enrolled in school since 2019-2020 school year and the family is homeless. The minors are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Status Check on 02/14/2022 at 10:00 a.m., and a Review Hearing on 03/08/2022 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-035626

A 7-year-old, 2-year-old, and a 6-month-old came to the attention of DFS on or about October 14, 2021 with an older sibling. They were taken into care after a report that the stepfather sexually abused the oldest sibling while under his care. The incident occurred while the mother was in the hospital giving birth to the youngest sibling. All parties have been interviewed and it was decided to be in the best interest of the children to be removed until an in-home case plan was in place. An in-home present danger plan was implemented with the mother and the stepfather agreed to leave the home and have no contact with the children. The oldest sibling already has representation. At this time, the three younger siblings 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): Calendar Call on 01/26/2022 at 9:30 AM in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-035247

After their newborn sibling was born exposed to multiple drugs, an 8-year-old, 7-year-old, and 6-year-old came into DFS care on or about November 25, 2021. DFS performed follow-up checks with the family and found that the parents lack protective capacities. Their mother claims her drug use began as a result of breaking her foot and said she became addicted to medications. The father of the newborn is in denial of the mother’s drug use and does not acknowledge a problem. The father of the three children seeking representation is incarcerated and unable to care for them. As a result, 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 01/25/2022 at 1:00 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-036217

A newborn baby girl was born exposed to multiple drugs and came into DFS care on or about November 25, 2021. DFS performed follow-up checks with the family and found that the parents lack protective capacities. Their mother claims her drug use began as a result of breaking her foot and said she became addicted to medications. The father of the newborn is in denial of the mother’s drug use and does not acknowledge a problem. As a result, 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): Disposition on 01/25/2022 at 1:00 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-035951

A newborn baby boy tested positive for drugs at birth and was placed on a ventilator. The baby boy was was taken into DFS care on or about November 29, 2021 because of his mother’s substance use, alleged lacks stability, and her alleged lack of resources to care for him. He has a sibling who is also in DFS care. At this time, he 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 01/26/2022 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-037048 (Urgent)

In February 2021, an 11-year-old boy was removed from his home because of concerns his mother physically abused him and his sibling. There were also concerns the mother and her boyfriend were violent with each other in his presence. His mother and mother’s boyfriend allegedly consume alcohol to excess and his mother has mental health issues. Both his mother and the boyfriend have prior DFS cases. His 15-year-old sister was also removed and has different wishes so needs her own attorney. He is currently living with his paternal grandmother and would like to remain with her. As a result, this 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(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on 01/25/2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-037046 (Urgent)

In February 2021, a 15-year-old girl was removed from her home because of concerns her mother physically abused her and her siblings. There were also concerns the mother and her boyfriend were violent with each other in their presence. Her mother and mother’s boyfriend allegedly drink alcohol to excess and her mother has mental health issues. Both her mother and the boyfriend have prior DFS cases. Her 11-year-old brother was also removed and has different wishes so needs his own attorney. This 15-year-old would like to be reunited with her mom and 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 01/25/2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-037051

After the caregivers failed to pick up her sibling from school, an 8-year-old girl came to DFS’ attention. The child’s mother and her boyfriend reportedly abuse alcohol and drugs and physically abuse the kids and each other. Upon removal, she was placed with her father as a non-offending parent and she was not originally included as part of the DFS case stemming from leaving the sibling at school. She was subsequently added to the petition and we are awaiting information on whether she will remain in the case. Should she continue to be included, 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): Disposition Hearing on 02/01/2022 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-037076

A 15-year-old boy is in DFS care and staying at Child Haven because his mother died December 8, 2021 and his father refuses to care for him and his siblings. This teenager is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 02/03/2022 at 3:00 pm Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-036941

A 4-month-old baby boy was born with marijuana in his system in August 2021 then was taken to Sunrise Hospital for a bone fracture on December 15, 2021 that appeared to be several weeks old. Upon examination, his left ankle was swollen and he had an abrasion above his left eye.  He was diagnosed with a left lower fracture of the tibial shaft and a possible scapula spine fracture. The parents said he fell off the bed but did not believe this caused the injury. The parents have a history of violence between them and have prior CPS history, including a prior investigation for the death of a minor.  He was taken into DFS care and is now with a foster family. The mother has also been arrested for child abuse and assaulting a police officer. At this time this child is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 01/26/2022 at 9:00 am in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2021-035857

A 6-year-old boy was found in a vehicle without a seatbelt during a traffic stop in which the driver was speeding and the vehicle was not registered. During the stop, the officer found a glass pipe with burnt residue and a coin pouch with methamphetamine in it. The driver was reportedly taking care of the boy while his father was in jail and there are allegations he was abducted from his mother. CPS is investigating. The driver was arrested and the child went into DFS care on or about November 18, 2021. He is currently placed in a foster home. This young 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): Plea Hearing on 1/24/2022 at 10 am in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-000493

An 11-year-old girl, 10-year-old girl, and 8-year-old boy were removed from their parents in July 2019 after a domestic violence incident in which the parents were arrested. They came into care with their younger siblings. The parents have since had another child. The parents have substance abuse issues and there is a history of domestic violence between them. These three siblings live with their aunt and uncle and the younger siblings are all placed with their maternal grandmother. At the review hearing on 1/4/22, DFS asked the Court to change the permanency goal to termination of parental rights (TPR) for these children. The younger siblings have different goals although TPR was requested for them too. The judge granted the request and TPR is now the goal for all children except for the baby. These three older children wish to be adopted by their aunt and uncle. These three siblings need an attorney to advocate for their desire to be adopted by their aunt and uncle. Next Hearing(s): TPR Plea Hearing on 3/15/22 at 9:30 am.

Case Number: 2022-000505

A 7-year-old girl, 5-year-old boy, and 3-year-old boy were removed from their parents in July 2019 after a domestic violence incident in which the parents were arrested. They came into care with their old siblings. These three siblings are placed with their maternal grandmother. The parents have since had another child who is also with them now. The parents have substance abuse issues and there is a history of domestic violence between them. At the review hearing on 1/4/22, DFS asked the Court to change the permanency goal to termination of parental rights (TPR) for these children. The younger siblings have different goals although TPR was requested for them too. The judge granted the request and TPR is now the goal for all children except for the baby. These four children need an attorney to advocate for their desire to represent their wish to be reunified with their parents and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing for youngest on 2/1/2022 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 14; TPR Hearing on 3/15/22 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 14; and Review Hearing for older three on 7/5/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-035535

A 16-year-old was taken into DFS care after a Protective Custody Hearing on 10/21/2021 because both parents tested positive for drugs and were determined unsafe. The judge ordered a pick up for the teenager and she was located with her father and showed signs of drug use. Her father reported that she had run away with her mother and had just come into his care shortly before she was located with her father. There was no in-home safety plan because of drug use and domestic violence, therefore she was placed at Child Haven. At this time, this teenager is 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 2/2/22 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-000368 (Urgent)

A 5-year-old and 3-year-old came into DFS care in December 2021 after allegations their father sexually and/or physically abused their 15-year-old sister. There was then a domestic violence situation between their mother and father after the mother confronted the father about the sexual molestation allegations. As a result, the youngest two children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 1/26/22 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-000795 (Urgent)

After their father reportedly sexually molested his 13-year-old daughter, she and her 11-year-old and a 5-year-old brothers came into DFS care in January 2022. There was a report that the father molested the minor recently and the mother is believed to be aware of the molestation. As a result, the 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): Plea Hearing on 1/26/22 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-036732

A newborn baby boy came into DFS care after he was born drug-exposed. He is affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and has withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure. His mother has history of drug use and substance-exposed infants. She lost parental rights to an older child and has no children in her care. The infant’s father denies any drug use and stated he has been clean for over a year. He states he shares a place with a friend and has for over three months, but he missed an appointment at the home he had agreed to and the roommate notified the DFS worker that he was only helping the father by allowing him to stay with him for a short period of time. The department has been unable to make further contact with the father. At this time, this newborn 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): Disposition Hearing on 02/03/2022 at 1:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-001372

Because of domestic violence in the home, four siblings, ages ranging from 10-years-old to 5-months-old, came into DFS care in January 2022. There is a history of domestic violence in which the mother physically abuses the father and, on January 13, 2022, the mother was arrested for injuring the father. The family lives with the paternal grandparents who often have to break up the fights or remove the children from the room where the parents are fighting. After the January incident, a present danger plan was put in place with the grandparents as caretakers for the children and the father remained in the home as well. The father obtained a TPO against the mother and she was not allowed to return to the home per the TPO. Despite this, the father got the mother out of jail on January 14, 2022 and they returned to the home. The grandparents tried to get the mother to leave but, when she then refused to leave, they called the police and she was arrested for violating the TPO. It appears the grandparents have the ability to protect the children, but not with the parents in the home. It is necessary to separate the parents from the children to better protect the children from physical risk due to the ongoing and unpredictable violence in the home. At this time, 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 2/16/2022 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 13.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2021-024122 (Urgent)

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

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2021-032169 (Pending Placement)

A mother is seeking assistance in a complaint for custody she filed against her child’s father. The child’s father is a truck driver with limited availability and last saw the child on October 25, 2021. The parties are not married, there is no domestic violence, and no CPS issues. The mother requested sole legal custody and primary physical custody with open visitation or bi-weekly visitations for the father. The father has been paying $400 in child support. The father is represented by counsel. On December 6, 2021, the parties entered into a partial parenting agreement that gives the parents joint legal custody and primary physical custody to the mother, subject to the father’s work schedule. They also agreed to a holiday schedule but did not agree on how to share non-holiday time. As a result, this mother needs representation to ensure her desires are heard as the time-share plan is established. Next Hearing(s): Status Check on 3/7/2022 at 9 am.

Case Number: 2021-030384

The disabled mother of a 5-month-old baby would like to divorce her husband who is currently in federal prison for tax fraud. They were married in April 2018 and separated earlier in 2021. There was no marital home, no community assets, and no community debt. She would like sole physical and legal custody of the child because the father will be in federal prison for four years. She would like assistance going through the divorce process as she is experiencing a lot of health issues at this time.

Case Number: 2021-033912

A single father who recently went through a liver transplant is seeking assistance fighting for joint physical and legal custody of his 11-year-old son. The mother filed for sole legal and physical custody in September 2021 because she claimed he was unstable. He has not seen his son since June 13, 2021. The father has no criminal history and was the victim of domestic violence in January 2021 when the son’s mother punched him in the face. She was arrested but he did not want to press charges or obtain a TPO. Next hearing(s): Nothing scheduled at this time.

Case Number: 2022-001197

A mother of 4 children is seeking a status divorce against her estranged husband. The client’s husband abandoned the home in 2020 and moved to Mexico. The client lives with her in-laws, who have the opposing party’s address and can help with service of process. There are no assets to divide; client is not seeking any financial support from her estranged husband. The client simply wants a fresh start with her children without being married to the person who abandoned her family. Client is Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available upon request through the Volunteer Interpreter Project.

Federal

Case Number: 2021-020750 (Urgent)

A man is living with unmanaged chronic pain because the medical staff at Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) allegedly ignored his requests for proper treatment and an annual exam while in the custody. In 2006, he was injured in a car accident that left him with chronic pain. He started pain management and underwent multiple tests in which surgery was deemed necessary, but he never received it. He became a CCDC inmate in 2010 and received medical care for his chronic pain until September 2015. Despite multiple requests to continue treatment and medication, he alleges he did not receive the care requested. In March 2016, CCDC and Naphcare 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 42 USC 1983 claim alleging Eighth Amendment cruel and unusual punishment and Fourteenth Amendment due process and equal protection violations. He is seeking counsel through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2021-030506 (Urgent)

A man has multiple injuries after he fell in the shower and hit his head while in Nevada Department of Corrections custody causing nausea, spinning feeling/vertigo, confusion, shakes/tremors, slurred speech, and equilibrium issues in May 2017. Despite the concussion-like injury and repeated requests for treatment, he alleges he was not seen for two months and only after repeated requests for a doctor’s appointment and filing an informal grievance. He was then given multiple medications that were ineffective so he was taken off the medications. He had an MRI in November 2017 but allegedly 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 allegedly denied the prescribed medication. His condition has caused additional injuries. He filed a civil rights complaint under 42 USC 1983 against NDOC. He alleged 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. He would like representation in this matter through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2021-030349 (Urgent)

A man is now diabetic and suffers from complications of diabetes after he was allegedly physically forced to take medication while in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC). He alleges he was forced to take the medication despite a known risk of elevating blood sugar levels and he was not told of the risks or given the opportunity to make an educated decision on whether to take it. As a result, he 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. 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)

After he expressed his concerns with the unconstitutional living conditions in the prison, a Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) prisoner was transferred to a higher security housing unit, was deprived of the ability to work a prison job or attend programs, lost canteen privileges for a period of time, and experienced a negative impact on his parole points. He believes these disciplinary actions were in retaliation for filing multiple grievances against NDOC for food shortages, living conditions, inadequate medical treatment, and other concerns. Instead of addressing the grievances, he believes NDOC punished him for allegedly abusing the grievance process. He filed a 42 U.S. 1983 complaint alleging the retaliation was a violation of his first amendment rights and his due process rights protected by the U.S. Constitution and would like representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program in this case.

Case Number: 2021-032330 (Urgent)

A man suffering from Hepatitis C, a curable disease, now has irreversible liver damage with incurable cirrhosis because the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) allegedly did not give him the treatment he needed to take care of the Hepatitis C. He believes NDOC 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, he 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.” This inmate is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2021-032504 (Urgent)

A 61-year-old man suffering from prostate cancer while in prison alleges he was not given his diagnosis until six months after the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) knew he was sick and was not allowed to see a doctor until a year after the initial biopsy. He had a biopsy in March 2020 and NDOC personnel allegedly knew the results in April 2020 but did not tell him of the diagnosis until October 2020. He then alleges he tried to get follow-up appointments and treatment, but it was not until March 2021 that he was finally able to see a doctor who recommended a biopsy and treatment, which had not occurred by June 2021. As a result, he filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 complaint alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment. He is seeking counsel through the Federal Pro Bono Program to help him get the treatment he needs so he has a chance of surviving and for additional relief because of his suffering.

Case Number: 2021-033064 (Urgent)

An inmate has been in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections for allegedly much longer than required as a result of alleged improper application of credit for time served. As a result, he filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 complaint alleging he did not get the proper credit for time served and has deprived him of his liberty. He needs an attorney to fight for him through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2021-035016

A man living with AIDS alleges he is experiencing life-threatening complications of AIDS because he has been denied regular blood draws to check his viral loads and monitor his condition and Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) has impeded his ability to adhere to his HIV/AIDS medication requirements. While it is commonly acknowledged in the HIV/AIDS medical community that strict adherence to a medication regime is critical to control HIV viral loads and keep a person living with HIV as healthy as possible, he alleges he has to go a week every month without his medication because NDOC’s medication refill process in the prison since 2019 consistently leads to him running out of medication a week prior to the next supply arriving. In addition, HIV and the medications taken to control it require close monitoring of the individual’s viral load, kidney function, and other levels through blood draws. In his case, he states he needs a blood draw every three months but has not had one in two years. He filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 claim as a result alleging 8th Amendment violations. This individual is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program so he can get the medical care he needs to survive.

Case Number: 2021-035430

Despite filing multiple requests for medical treatment and emergency grievances, an inmate suffers from recurring burning pain in his intestines and vomiting alleges Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) does not give him the medical attention needed to address his medical needs. On one occasion, he was given Pepto-Bismol but it was insufficient. As a result, he filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 claim alleging deliberate indifference to serious medical needs in violation of the 8th Amendment against NDOC officials. This inmate is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2021-029685 (Urgent)

On December 5, 2019, while being held in the Clark County Detention Center, this individual alleges that the Clark County Detention Center violated his Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth amendment rights when he was drugged during his morning meal. He is represented by counsel in the underlying state proceedings, but needs representation in his 42 U.S.C. 1983 matter to protect his rights.

Case Number: 2021-037080

An inmate has cornea damage and vision loss because the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) allegedly refused his prescription glaucoma medication and eye drops for over 98 days. As a result, he filed a 42 U.S.C. 1983 complaint. He is in need of representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program to assist him in his case.

Guardianship

Case Number: 2021-029597 (Urgent)

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. On December 7, 2021, a hearing was held and the grandmother admitted to the father being at the home in August 2021 and allowing the father to pick up mail at the home despite the No Contact Order. On December 10, 2021, the Court issued an Order to Show Cause as to why the the grandmother should not be removed as co-guardian for not complying with the no contact order. 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): Show Cause Hearing on 2/2/2022 at 2:00 pm.

Case Number: 2021-031932 (Urgent)

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): Return Hearing on 3/2/2022.

Case Number: 2021-020421

The maternal grandparents of a 16-year-old, 12-year-old, 11-year-old, and 10-year-old are petitioning pro se for guardianship of their grandchildren. They were granted temporary guardianship in August 2021 and it is in place through 1/31/2022. All of the children are alleged to have suffered trauma and are in need of mental health counseling. CPS has been involved in the past.  Their mother has mental and physical health issues. The father of the two older boys is deceased. The father of the two younger boys had supervised visitation with his kids and may still have it. Their mother recently file a petition to terminate the temporary guardianship. As a result, these four children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and rights as a protected persons. Next Hearing(s): Hearing on Petition to Terminate Guardianship on 1/31/2022.

Case Number: 2021-036069

An 80-year-old man who reportedly has Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s is in need of an attorney to represent his rights and wishes as a proposed protected person. He currently resides at Avenir Memory Care. His daughter and son are petitioning for guardianship and are represented by counsel. There was a citation hearing but it was continued to allow time to obtain pro bono counsel for this individual. Next hearing(s): continued Citation Hearing on 2/17/22 at 11:00 in Dept. B.

Spanish/Non-English Speaking

Case Number: 2021-024122 (Urgent)

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

Case Number: 2022-001197

A mother of 4 children is seeking a status divorce against her estranged husband. The client’s husband abandoned the home in 2020 and moved to Mexico. The client lives with her in-laws, who have the opposing party’s address and can help with service of process. There are no assets to divide; client is not seeking any financial support from her estranged husband. The client simply wants a fresh start with her children without being married to the person who abandoned her family. Client is Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available upon request through the Volunteer Interpreter Project.