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Abuse/Neglect Cases - Children's Attorneys Project

Case Number: 2021-032295 (Pending Placement)

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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/11/2022 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-035626 (Pending Placement)

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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/19/2022 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-036217 (Pending Placement)

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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 11/22/2022 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 12.

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. She is now staying with fictive kin. 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/12/2022 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-034826 (Pending Placement)

A group of siblings, ages 16, 14, 11, and 3, came into DFS care after reports of physical abuse and neglect akin to torture. The 16-year-old has her own case, therefore this case is for the younger three children. In April 2020, the police responded to a report of a minor tied up in the backyard of the home in 90 degree weather. Based on photos and videos taken by the neighbors and the mother’s own admission, the 11-year-old had been tied up in the backyard for an estimated 2 hours and was only untied because the paternal grandmother came to the home and untied her. She also had bruising on her thigh and wrist that the 11-year-old and the 14-year-old reported was from her parents beating her with a PVC pipe. They explained they were often required to do lunges or kneel in sharp gravel because the mother believes they are stealing food or eating without permission. Further investigation revealed the parents were withholding food from the children. The mother was arrested for felony child abuse and child endangerment and the father refused to return to the family home and cooperate at the time. These three 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/11/2022 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-004529

A 10-month-old came into DFS care on 2/8/2022 after his parents had an argument and the mother left with the child. The father called law enforcement because he was concerned the mother would leave the child on the streets. There are also concerns the mother and her brother do drugs together. There’s a history of domestic violence between the parents. At this time, this baby boy 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 02/07/2023 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-006219

After their 12-year-old brother was physically abused by their father, a 15-year-old and an 11-year-old girl came into DFS care. There are allegations he also sexually abused these two girls in the family. The forensic interview substantiated the sexual abuse allegations against these two girls, although the police investigation is still ongoing. They have three brothers who have separate cases. The father coerced these two children to lie about the violence against the 12-year-old boy. In addition, there are allegations he physically abused another one of the boys. The father was charged criminally with child abuse for his actions against the 12-year-old and the criminal trial is pending. The kids have been with their paternal grandmother and aunt since removal, and she has been in their lives trying to protect them for as long as they’ve been alive. She is committed to keeping them forever and is working to address their trauma through therapeutic services. These children recently got assigned new therapists. They do not want to be reunified with his father and do not want to see their father anymore. As a result,  they need 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): Review on 9/20/22 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-006221

After their 12-year-old brother was physically abused by their father, a 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old boy came into DFS care. There are allegations the father also sexually abused two girls in the family. They have three older siblings who have separate cases. The father coerced these two children to lie about the violence against the 12-year-old boy. In addition, there are allegations he physically abused the 5-year-old boy. The father was charged criminally with child abuse for his actions against the 12-year-old and the criminal trial is pending. The forensic interview substantiated the sexual abuse allegations against the two girls, although the police investigation is still ongoing. The kids have been with their paternal grandmother and aunt since removal, and the grandmother has been in their lives trying to protect them for as long as they’ve been alive. She is committed to keeping them forever and is working to address their trauma through therapeutic services. These children recently got assigned new therapists. They want to be reunified with his father and they want to visit with him. Therapeutic visits are the only approved type of visit at this time and only when deemed okay by the kids’ therapists. As a result,  they need 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): Review on 9/20/22 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-004949

A 1-year-old girl presented to the emergency room with burns all over her butt and genital area on or about March 3, 2022 and, as a result, was taken into DFS care.  The doctors believe the child was placed in hot water and attempted to curl up. Neither Mother, nor maternal aunt who has temporary guardianship, had any explanation for the burns. Both the mother and aunt blame each other, therefore it is unclear who had the baby girl at the time of the burns. There is a criminal case pending and there is a case before the guardianship court that is expected to be dismissed now that the child is in DFS care. This young baby girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s):  Review Hearing on 8/31/2022 at 1:00 pm in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2022-004921

After the father demonstrated rough physical behavior with his 2-year-old son at a mental health appointment, the toddler came into DFS care. The mother reported that father is abusive towards herself and the little boy. Both mother and father have mental health issues and do not consistently take their medications. As a result, this toddler 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: Review Hearing on 8/31/2022 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 9. 

Case Number: 2022-005170 (Pending Placement)

A newborn boy was born drug-exposed in Orange County, CA in January 2022. Clark County now has jurisdiction after a UCCJEA conference on 2/15/22. The mother was aggressive toward the newborn and refused to bond with the baby in the hospital. Both the mother and putative father also refused drug tests. The mother has unresolved drug abuse issues. The maternal grandmother was at the hospital and appeared to try to bond with the baby, but has made no subsequent attempts to be a placement for the baby. The baby was released to a foster home. There are concerns about the mother’s mental health and ability to care for the baby, substantiated by the fact that she has another child with an report of neglect/abuse in the home. At this time, this new baby 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): Confirmation of Consel on 8/2/2022 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-005408

Because of allegations the father sexually molested the 15-year-old sister, a 10-month-old girl is in DFS care. This case is for the 10-month-old only. The mother was informed of the molestation but she is in disbelief and allows the father to continue to reside in the home. As a result, she has failed to put any safety measures into place to protect this child. She consented to allowing the 1-year-old and her sister live with their maternal aunt and the aunt and uncle are willing to be a placement for them. The mother visits the children daily at the aunt’s home. At this time, the subject minor 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): Calendar Call on 09/28/2022 at 10:15 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 10/17/2022 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-006901

Two girls and a boy came into DFS care on or about March 11, 2022 because their mother failed to supervise them at a hotel where they were residing and left them alone with their 12-year-old brother for over ten hours. The 2-year-old and 7-year-old were reportedly locked out of the hotel room and the 1-year-old was inside alone around 4:30 pm. The 12-year-old was on the property but not in the unit or at the unit door with the other two. The 12-year-old reported that the mother had left the unit at at 8 am that morning. The mother told law enforcement she did not call to check in nor could she articulate an emergency plan. Their mother was arrested for child neglect. The 12-year-old child is represented by another attorney, therefore this case is only for the three younger children. 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 9/6/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 13. 

Case Number: 2022-007021

A newborn girl came into DFS care in March 2022 because of the mother’s ongoing mental health and substance abuse issues and her history of not cooperating with DFS. A hospital alert was placed as natural mom has other children in protective custody and are not in her care. Two males have been identified as the possible father for this baby. The baby is at Child Haven pending placement with foster parent. At this time, the baby 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 8/15/2022 at 10:00 am and Permanency Planning Hearing on 8/31/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-006084

A 1-year-old girl came into DFS care on or about March 22, 2022 after she was recovered from a tent where she was living with her parents on the streets of Las Vegas. They were homeless and her parents reportedly use drugs and alcohol daily. In addition, her mother has mental health issues that have not been addressed. Her mother was arrested at the time of removal after trying to bite a law enforcement officer and banging her legs and body against the patrol car. The father attempted to run with the child to avoid the removal. There is also a history of domestic violence between the parents and with others in their previous home in the presence of the little girl. The father also has a criminal history involving violent crime. At this time, the child 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 9/8/2022 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12. 

Case Number: 2022-005691

A 3-year-old with special needs and cerebral palsy came into DFS care with cuts and bruises all over her on or about 3/14/22 after father allegedly caused an explosion in the family home. The explosion occurred while he was manufacturing butane hash/honey oil in the bedroom he shares with his daughter. It was powerful enough to crack the walls of the room. Her father has a significant substance abuse history and was arrested after the explosion. The 3-year-old is currently placed with her paternal grandparents who are reported to have been the primary caregivers for most of her life. Her mother is incarcerated at Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Facility and was there at the time of the incident. Her mother is in regular contact with the grandparents and expresses interest in being part of her life. At this time, this child is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 8/10/2022 at 10:00 a.m., in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2022-006030

The mother of a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old left them alone, supposedly supervised by their 10-year-old sibling, for hours with no way to contact her in case of emergency. As a result, the three children came into DFS care on or about March 19, 2022. The mother has mental health issues and a history of drug use so severe that she has been hospitalized. She has demonstrated poor judgment and leaves the children unsupervised. She sometimes leaves the children with other people without making proper care arrangements and then disappears for weeks. She was arrested for leaving the children with the 10-year-old and is released now. 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 8/16/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-007027

Two girls, a 4-years-old and 1-year-old, were living with their parents and their 1.5-year-old cousin. On 3/25/22, the 1.5-year-old presented to the emergency room after becoming lethargic and unresponsive. He had bruises on his forehead and lower back as well. His aunt told investigators he had fallen in the shower a day before. He was diagnosed with a blood clot in his brain and the doctors found he had a healing rib fracture and two fingers were broken. Investigators determined these injuries were not consistent with the described fall or other explanations. He was admitted to the PICU. As a result, all three children were removed from the home. The two girls are staying with their paternal aunt and uncle. The 1.5-year-old has a separate case, so these two girls are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Calendar Call on 8/10/2022 at 1:00 pm and Adjudicatory Trial on 9/23/2022 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 9. 

Case Number: 2022-007250

A newborn baby girl was born exposed to multiple drugs and came into DFS care in March 2022. The mother has ongoing substance abuse issues and the father has been identified but is not on the birth certificate nor has paternity been established. Three other children have been removed from mom’s care. At this time, 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): Review Hearing on 9/15/2022 at 4:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-007032

A 1-year-old came into DFS care after a neighbor reported the 1-year-old was unsupervised outside the home multiple times. The first time, the toddler was outside for 10-15 minutes before his older sibling found him out of the house and took him back in. The 1-year-old was out of the house two additional times. In response, the neighbor entered into the  home and tried to wake up their mother but it took several attempts before she responded. After the third time, the neighbors called the police. The mother explained to the police that her children were asleep so she took advantage and tried to get rest while they were sleeping. She admitted to smoking marijuana and later admitted to doing illegal drugs on a weekly basis. Minor 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 9/22/2022 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-007850

A newborn baby girl came into DFS care on 3/18/2022 after her mother tested positive for multiple drugs and admitted to use in the days prior to the baby’s birth. The newborn also tested positive. She has a history of drug use. She also has two other children whom she relinquished her rights to on 2/15/2022 after they were removed in October 2019 because of her drug use and because one child had unexplained bruising on her face. At this time, this newborn baby is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 10/19/2022 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2021-000298 (Pending Placement)

A 15-year-old boy came into DFS care on December 31, 2020 due to an ongoing history of domestic violence between him, his mother, and his sibling. He was taken to Human Behavior Institute (HBI) but was later discharged because there was no psychiatric need for hospitalization. His mother refused to pick him up because she feared he would either kill her and his siblings or would harm himself. When he was returned home, she had him transported back to HBI with the same outcome. He has expressed anxiety about going home, stating that he would kill his mother and/or harm himself. Family relatives have reportedly refused to take custody of the minor child. As a result, 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 12/13/2022 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-006536

A 2-year-old boy came into DFS care on or about 3/24/2022 because his teenage parents got into multiple domestic violence incidents. The child was present for the incidents. In one incident, the father hit the 17-year-old mother in the head with a firearm, requiring her to get stitches. The mother is now at Child Haven and the child is also at Child Haven. This 2-year-old needs 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 8/25/2022 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2022-008557

A 5-year-old came into DFS care after her guardian, the maternal aunt, struck the maternal grandfather for intervening in a physical altercation between her and the child’s mother. The aunt had temporary guardianship but it was terminated and she was arrested for the incident. Another child was also at the home and removed after the incident. The father took placement of the 5-year-old. 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 Hearing (Mother) on 8/17/2022 at 11:00 a.m., and Trial on 8/19/2022 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 14. 

Case Number: 2022-006989

A 3-year-old boy came into DFS care on or about 4/1/2022 because his father was arrested for a DUI and there was no one to care for the child. The 3-year-old was sleeping in the backseat at the time of the arrest. His mother’s whereabouts are unknown. The boy is with his paternal relatives at this time. 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): Review Hearing on 9/20/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 18. 

Case Number: 2022-008466 (Urgent)

Four children, ages 15, 11, 10, and 1, came into DFS care on or about 4/18/2022 because there is ongoing domestic violence in the home in front of the children. One of the children reported that their mother’s boyfriend is always abusing the mother. He also reportedly uses drugs. As a result, these four 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 8/16/2022 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 10. 

Case Number: 2022-009434

Three sisters, ages 14, 13, and 9, came into DFS care with two other siblings because they were being physically abused by their mother’s boyfriend. The other two siblings have different wants/desires and therefore have their own attorneys. When they came into care, the home had no working utilities and was in a deplorable condition. The mother does not seem to have capacity to protect her children, so the group of siblings are placed with a relative. As a result, these three 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): Review Hearing on 11/01/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 3.

Case Number: 2022-009177

A newborn baby girl came into DFS care on or about 5/21/2022 after being born substance exposed. The baby was erroneously released to her mother due to a clerical error and, after following up with family, DFS found the mother living in an unsafe environment with multiple drug users in the home. The putative father was located and he agreed to participate, but his family expressed concerns regarding his drug use and transient lifestyle. As a result, this baby girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal rights as to permanency, placement and visitation to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 8/23/2022 at 1:30 pm and Review Hearing on 11/1/2022 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-009671

A 7-year-old and a 3-year-old came into DFS care in June 2022 as a result of a police report of a suspicious vehicle. The police discovered the 3-year-old and mother inside and it seemed the family was living in the vehicle. The mother appeared to be under the influence and gave inaccurate information. She was arrested for outstanding warrants. The father fled the scene and refused to return. The 7-year-old was with a relative at the time the police found the family, but the relative was not qualified to keep the kids, so they were taken to Child Haven. At this time, these young 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 8/3/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-008525 (Urgent)

A 10-year-old, 8-year-old, 7-year-old, and 5-year-old came into DFS care on May 7, 2022 because of their mother’s drug use and abandonment and their father maltreating and abusing them. Their mother’s extensive history of drug use involving methamphetamine and heroin compromises her ability to care for the them. She has not had contact with the children and has not provided financial or other support to the children in about 2.5 years. She is homeless with her boyfriend. Their father  subjected the children to terrorizing, degrading, painful, and emotionally traumatic behavior and they are afraid to reside in the home with him. On one occasion, he has threatened to kill everyone in the home. 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 9/9/2022 at 9:30 a.m. (Day 1); Adjudicatory Trial on 9/12/2022 at 1:30 p.m. (Day 2) in Courtroom 10.  

Case Number: 2022-009943

A 9-year-old and a 6-year old came into care in June 2022 after DFS received a report that the mother took the children from the grandfather’s house and refused to provide their location. The children had previously been seen sleeping in their car when not with the grandfather. The mother has mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and a history of domestic violence. The mother has had multiple DFS cases in which she fled to California to stay with the grandfather across state lines. The grandfather is a safe place for the kids. Attempts to contact the father have been unsuccessful. 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 8/24/2022 at 11:00 am and Review Hearing on 12/7/2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-010092

A newborn baby girl came into DFS care on or about 6/8/2022 because both parents were incarcerated pending charges of severe child abuse. Two of her siblings also recently came into DFS care with serious and life-threatening injuries believed to have been caused by mother’s boyfriend. The boyfriend who allegedly caused the severe injuries to the other children is the father to this baby. At this time, the baby girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s): Calendar Call on 7/20/2022 a 3:30 pm in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2022-010107 (Pending Placement)

On June 5, 2022, DFS received a report with allegations of Physical Injury Neglect, Physical Risk of Baby Boy as to natural parents.  Mother tested positive for methamphetamines and opiates and baby boy was born testing positive for methamphetamine. Mother expressed taking Loretab for the last five years and that is why she tested positive for opiates.  There are concerns of parents drug use and unstable housing.   Mother has another open case with the Department due to substance use, domestic violence, and housing.  She has failed to submit to testing on a regular basis and has made minimal progress towards behavioral change. Minor is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services ae in place.  Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 7/27/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 14. 

Case Number: 2021-033449 (Pending Placement)

Siblings ages, 12 and 8 years old came into DFS due to allegations of physical abuse and neglect.   Mother has abused minors resulting in physical or mental injury.  Mother has struck minors with a belt and/or extension cord on several occasions, leaving marks and scars.  Mother has admitted to striking the children and claimed that they get injuries because they move and try to get away during whoopings.Mother was arrested and is pending criminal charges for Child Abuse.  Mother has failed to neglect the children by failing to provide them with proper care, custody, supervision, shelter or other care necessary for their well-being.  The mother has subjected the children to harmful behavior that is terrorizing, degrading, painful and emotionally traumatic.  She blames the children for the physical pain abuse inflicted upon them.  Minors 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/25/2022 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-010254

6 year old girl came into DFS due to allegations of physical abuse and neglect.   Mother has abused minors resulting in physical or mental injury.  Mother has struck minors with a belt and/or extension cord on several occasions, leaving marks and scars.  Mother has admitted to striking the children and claimed that they get injuries because they move and try to get away during whoopings. Mother was arrested and is pending criminal charges for Child Abuse. Mother neglected the children by failing to provide them with proper care, custody, supervision, shelter or other care necessary for their well-being.  The mother has subjected the children to harmful behavior that is terrorizing, degrading, painful and emotionally traumatic.  She blames the children for the physical pain abuse inflicted upon them.  Minors 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/25/2022 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-009960

A 5-year old girl came into DFS care after police responded to a home for a domestic violence call on or about May 24, 2022. The father had arrived at the mother’s residence with the girl for a custody exchange and, while there, he started talking to the mother about their relationship. The mother mentioned being in a relationship with her current boyfriend, so the father pushing then punching her in the chin/jaw in front of the child. This is not the first time she has seen her  father hitting, kicking, and punching her mother. The girl and her siblings disclosed domestic violence between mother and her current boyfriend as well.  Mother has failed to protect the minor from being exposed to domestic violence. As a result, this young 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) Case Plan Hearing on 8/10/2022 at 11:00 am and Review Hearing on 12/6/2022 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 8.

Case Number: 2022-010225

The family came into the Department’s  attention on 5/18/2022 in response to allegations of neglect to 15 year old minor.  Once specialist gained access to home, it was discovered that the home was in inadequate conditions.  There was no hot water, no gas, the home was covered in fire hazards and animal excretions.  Adult sibling notified specialist that minor has not been in school for over two years.  She indicated that minor is autistic but high functioning.  On June 9th DFS received an additional concern for the family.  There are concerns about the home environment and possible drug use by maternal grandmother and uncle who reside in the home and also seem to be caring for minor.  The family has previous history with the Department in Clark County as well as LA County.  Minor is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 12/06/2022 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-010168

Minor girls ages 5 and 3 came into DFS custody on June 11, 2022 after mother left the minor children to be cared by her older son.  Mother is aware that son has behavioral issues, has displayed aggressive behaviors since the death of his grandmother, suffers from ADHD and has untreated mental health issues.  Older sibling left the girls alone and unsupervised.  When DFS investigator inspected the home, it was found to be in inadequate conditions.  The mother tested positive for methamphetamine on her last drug test.  Also, the parents have an extensive history of domestic violence witnessed by the children. At this time, these two sibling girls are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing 8/4/2022 at  Plea 7/12/22 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-010427

Newborn baby girl born substance-exposed came into DFS care in June 2022. She is the youngest of her mother’s eight children and none of the kids are in the mother’s care. There is a search to locate the baby’s father. 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 Hearing on 8/17/2022 at 11:0 a.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-009104

A 1-year-old girl came into DFS care on or about May 11, 2022 when she was found unsupervised, with a dirty diaper and 2-3 bruises on her head. The family was squatting inside a home. Both parents struggle with drug use and need housing assistance. As a result, this toddler 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): Case Plan Hearing on 8/9/2022 at 10:00 a.m., and Review Hearing on 10/24/2022 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 10. 

Case Number: 2022-011050

A 5-year-old boy and his sibling came into DFS care on June 8, 2022 due to an allegation of sexual risk against their father. Their mother went to the police station and reported concerns for her children after family members disclosed the father’s history of sexual molestation to her. The children have separate cases because they have separate wishes. The 5-year-old 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): Calendar Call on 9/21/22 at 10:15 am in Courtroom 11; Adjudicatory Trial on 10/6/22 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-011125

A 9-month-old child came into DFS care on or about 6/27/22 because of a physical risk to the child. The parents reportedly engaged in domestic violence while the mother was holding the baby. The father has a history of being violent with the mother. The mother was recently released from jail prior to the incident. She has another child that was taken and that child is in an adoptive resource and there was a TPR trial on 7/8 in which her parental rights were terminated and the case was referred to adoptions. At this time, this baby 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 8/9/2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 10. 

Case Number: 2022-010926

Twin 1-month-old babies came into DFS care on or about 6/24/2022 after their mother reportedly was unable/unwilling to perform essential duties. The mother has a history of substance abuse, physical abuse, and mental health issues. She previously completed Family Treatment Court twice. She recently relinquished her rights as to her two other children who are currently represented by another attorney. At this time, these twin babies are in need of any attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 8/10/2022 at 9:00 am in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2022-010941

A 7-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl came into DFS care on or about 6/24/2022 after their father hit his girlfriend in front of the children. The father has known substance abuse issues, has a history of violence, and has an open a domestic violence case. The mother is reportedly aware of the father’s violent tendencies but still leaves the children with him or his relatives, who leave the kids with him. 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 8/11/2022 at 9:30 a.m., in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2022-010334

On or about 6/7/2022, DFS received a report with allegations of physical risk to a 10-year-old and 6-year-old. The mother reportedly slapped the maternal grandmother in the face and spit on her in front of the children. The mother was arrested for the incident. The mother has substance use issues and law enforcement noted she appeared to be under the influence of drugs during the arrest. The children were released to the maternal grandmother. 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): Plea Hearing on 8/15/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 10. 

Case Number: 2022-010062

On or about 6/7/2022, DFS received a report of physical risk to a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old by their parents. There is a history of domestic violence between the parents and allegations of physical discipline of the children by the father. The mother has TPOs against the father, although she allowed him back into the home and he was there when DFS took the kids into care. The father reportedly has schizophrenia, abuses alcohol, and uses methamphetamine. 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): Review Hearing on 11/29/2022 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 10. 

Case Number: 2022-011535

A 16-year-old girl and her two younger siblings came into care in November 13, 2021 after their parents were arrested and further investigation revealed that the family was homeless, there was an extensive history of domestic violence, untreated mental health concerns, and that the parents were abusing drugs, including heroin and meth. This case is specific to only the 16-year-old. When the kids first entered care, their foster parent reported they were constantly bickering, defiant, and aggressive among other behaviors. The 16-year-old exhibited apparent cognitive delays that had been unaddressed and the results of her neuropsychological evaluation are pending. She is in therapy and tutoring prior to moving in with maternal grandmother. They initially were having phone calls with their parents, but the parents have disappeared and do not communicate with them nor with the case worker. The permanency plan is guardianship to their maternal grandmother in Michigan. At this time, this teenage 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 11/10/22 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12. 

Case Number: 2022-011543

A 14-year-old girl and her two siblings came into care in November 13, 2021 after their parents were arrested and further investigation revealed that the family was homeless, there was an extensive history of domestic violence, untreated mental health concerns, and that the parents were abusing drugs, including heroin and meth. This case is specific to only the 14-year-old. When the kids first entered care, their foster parent reported they were constantly bickering, defiant, and aggressive among other behaviors. The 14-year-old disclosed sexual abuse by their father and subsequently engaged in cutting herself, but she has been addressing her trauma in therapy. They initially were having phone calls with their parents, but she did not want to participate and the parents have since disappeared and do not communicate with them nor with the case worker. She does not want to return to her parents or engage with them at this time. The permanency plan is guardianship to their maternal grandmother in Michigan. As a result, this teenage 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 11/10/22 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12. 

Case Number: 2022-011545

A 10-year-old boy and his two siblings came into care in November 13, 2021 after their parents were arrested and further investigation revealed that the family was homeless, there was an extensive history of domestic violence, untreated mental health concerns, and that the parents were abusing drugs, including heroin and meth. This case is specific to only the 10-year-old. When the kids first entered care, their foster parent reported they were constantly bickering, defiant, and aggressive among other behaviors. The 10-year-old was constantly throwing tantrums, but has improved dramatically and is processing his trauma from neglect and working through anger and emotional regulation struggles. They initially were having phone calls with their parents, but the parents have since disappeared and do not communicate with them nor with the case worker. The permanency plan is guardianship to their maternal grandmother in Michigan. As a result, this 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 11/10/22 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-011574

A one-year-old boy was in the vehicle when his father punched his mother in the chest multiple times and she had to jump out of the moving vehicle to escape the abuse. She sustained injuries and went to the hospital. As a result, he went into DFS care on or about May 5, 2022. His father is reportedly very violent but his mother blames herself for making him angry and does not understand the impact of domestic violence on the little baby. She does not believe the baby boy is at risk or that his father would hurt him. At this time, the 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): Plea Hearing (Father) on 8/8/2022 at 11:00 am and Disposition Hearing (Mother) on 8/23/2022 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 8. 

Case Number: 2022-010897

A 3-year-old and a 1-year-old came into DFS care because their mother called DFS and asked that they be taken to Child Haven. She refused the offers for the children to be placed with fictive kin or a weekly with her. Previously, she reportedly faked an illness and left the children at home with no caretaker while she was transported to the hospital, then refused any offers for people to sit with the children. The children are now placed in a foster home. The 3-year-old was born substance exposed and the family had a prior DFS case as a result. The mother and father are currently homeless. As a result, these two young 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 8/23/22 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 12; Review Hearing on 12/20/22 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12. 

Case Number: 2022-010196

Three siblings, ages 11, 6, and 3, were removed from their home on or about June 10, 2022 after their mother left the home and allowed the 11-year-old, who may have developmental delays, in charge of her younger siblings. The mother has mental health issues. The mother was arrested and DFS determined the maternal grandmother an inappropriate caregiver. The family home was filthy when they removed the children. The grandmother lived with the mother and children so she is included as a party to the case because she reportedly contributed to the circumstances that led to the removal of the children. The participation of the various fathers is not yet known. 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): CEOP/Dispositional Hearing on 8/9/2022 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 12. 

Case Number: 2022-012002

An 8-month-old girl came into DFS care in July 2022 after their mother and her girlfriend were involved in a domestic violence incident. Initially the mother agreed to an out-of-home present danger plan with a maternal relative that transitioned into an in-home plan. She violated the in-home safety plan resulting in present danger and the need to take protective custody of the child. There is a pattern of domestic violence between the two women. Both women withheld details of the incident. The mother denies that anything physical occurred and advised that she did not have her daughter with her. She further denied violating the in-home plan. The child is placed with a relative. As a result, this little baby is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 8/17/2022 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-012322

A 14-year-old called the police after her mother allegedly physically abused her by wrapping both hands around her next, squeezing, and lifting her off the ground in April 2022. This teen and her younger sibling sustained scratches on both arms. Their mother also reportedly locked the children out of the home with inadequate clothing for an unknown period of time. She was arrested in connection to these allegations, leaving the children with no other caregiver to provide for their basic needs. The criminal case is still pending. The younger sibling is staying with their father and this 14-year-old is staying with fictive kin.  As a result, this teen 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 10/06/2022 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 13. 

Afghan Asylum Project

Case Number: 2022-009219

A former pilot for the Afghan military, Sakhi, and his wife entered the United States on 4/27/2022. After the war, some of his friends were murdered because of their military service and he is afraid to return to Afghanistan for fear of his life. He and his wife are in need of an attorney to assess their case and represent them through the asylum process, submit TPS applications, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. The client speaks Pashto and Dari and a volunteer interpreter is available through the Volunteer Interpreter Program upon request. Asylum Request Deadline: April 27, 2023.

Case Number: 2022-010310

Abdul, a pilot in the air force in Afghanistan, was paroled into the U.S. on 4/27/2022. He completed training in the U.S. and returned to Afghanistan after his training. He has received threats from the Taliban and he fears that he will be killed because of his job and his work with the US military. This client is in need of an attorney to assess his case and represent him through the asylum process, submit a TPS application, and anything else the attorney deems appropriate. Asylum Request Deadline: April 27, 2023. 

Case Number: 2022-010683

Emal, his wife, and 2 children were paroled into the U.S. on 4/14/2022. He worked with the U.S. military transporting soldiers from 2010-2013. He was beaten and threatened by the Taliban as a result of his job. He fears he will be targeted by the Taliban again due to his prior job assisting the U.S. military. He has an approved SIV petition, therefore he and his family need assistance filing an adjustment of status and will likely have a decision before the asylum deadline. They have valid EADs. The client speaks Pashto and Dari and a volunteer interpreter through the Volunteer Interpreter Program. Asylum Request Deadline: April 14, 2023. 

Appeals

Case Number: 2022-007115

A former client of a personal injury law firm filed a professional negligence claim against the firm. The district court dismissed the complaint, without leave to amend. The court concluded that Appellant’s complaint was time barred by the statute of limitations and that she failed to provide sufficient evidence or law to demonstrate why the statute of limitations did not apply to her case. She appealed this decision in the Nevada Supreme Court and is seeking assistance through the Nevada Appellate Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-006202 (Urgent)

Five children are in need of representation in an appeal of the termination of their father’s parental rights. The Appellant is the father of the five children who went into DFS care in August 2019. On January 3, 2022, the court terminated his parental rights as to all five children in an oral decision following a Termination of Parental Rights trial that spanned multiple days. The Finding of Facts, Conclusions of Law, and Order Terminating Parental Rights was filed on March 3, 2022. He appealed this decision to the Nevada Supreme Court on March 4, 2022 and he filed the opening brief on 7/21/2022. There is a CAP staff attorney who will co-counsel with the pro bono attorney who takes this case.

Case Number: 2022-009174

The Respondent is a grandmother who was appointed guardian of her grandson on April 14, 2021 because his parents had a history of drug use and could not care for the child. In December 2021, there was a Rule 5 hearing in which she admitted to knowledge of information that she did not share with the court prior to the guardianship as she believed the information was not relevant. As a result, the court terminated the guardianship on December 14, 2021. The grandson’s attorney filed a Motion for Reconsideration and requested oral argument on January 1, 2022. The Court initially scheduled a hearing for February 17, 2022 but then rescheduled for the chambers calendar on February 18, 2022 and no hearing was held. The Appellant filed an appeal on February 17, 2022 and the Respondent is seeking assistance through the Appellate Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Notice of Appearance due July 25, 2022. 

Case Number: 2022-011077

Four children ages 10, 6, and 3 (twins), are seeking an attorney to represent them as Respondents and oppose an appeal of a termination of parental rights decision. The children were placed in DFS care on April 27th, 2020 because the Court ruled that, due to the ongoing substance abuse and ensuing domestic violence between natural parents in the home, returning to the home would be contrary to the welfare and safety of subject minor. Throughout the child abuse and neglect case, the parents continued to abuse drugs and alcohol, engage in domestic violence, and lack stability. In determining best interest, the Court looked at the love, affection, and emotional ties between children and their natural parents in comparison to the bond between the children and the current adoptive resource. The Court noted that, while the natural mother has been visiting consistently recently, due to the length of time the children have been placed in the adoptive resource and out of natural parent’s home, they were equally, if not more bonded to the adoptive resource. The Court further found that it was the adoptive resource, and not natural parents, who have provided them with their basic needs (i.e. food, clothing, and shelter) and are able to meet the children’s medical care obligations and emotional needs. As a result, the parent’s parental rights were terminated and the mother appealed this decision. Next Deadline(s): Mother’s appellate brief/appendix due July 25, 2022.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2022-007336

Michael entered into a rent-to-own contract with an individual on 9/3/2020 in which he agreed to pay $900 monthly. The contract is recorded. The owner visits the home monthly and he pays her the rent and has all the receipts. He also made two separate down payments of $3,000 and $2,000. He only has a receipt for the $2,000 payment. At the beginning of April 2022, the owner of the property verbally informed him that his rent was going up to $1500 due to inflation. No notice of this increase was given in writing.  He is seeking assistance with enforcing the contract to maintain rent at $900 and would like to set up a 3rd party to collect rent from him to avoid relying on the owner to come to the home for the rent to be paid. He would also like the property taxes transferred to his name. He is seeking assistance with this matter.

Case Number: 2020-001594

A former University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) graduate student claims she was forced out of paid student employment and her role as the President of Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) because of allegations stemming from an affair she had with a former UNLV employee. In November 2019, the former UNLV employee’s spouse confronted her about the affair in a closed office on the campus and allegedly harassed and threatened her. She complained about the incident to the Executive Director of UNLV Graduate Student Services in December 2019. She was terminated from her student employment, trespassed from the graduate building, and UNLV obtained a no-contact order after disclosing the affair to the school. She reports she was not given the opportunity to appeal the no-contact order or trespass order to the Office of Student Conduct. She also recalls that the Dean of the Graduate College made remarks about her in a meeting of the GPSA without giving her notice and she was not allowed in a closed meeting where remarks were made. She was prohibited from participating in GPSA meetings and activities as well. She states UNLV offered her a new position in November 2021, then rescinded the offer after speaking with the hiring supervisor and potentially after reviewing her student file. She then filed complaints with the EEOC, the labor commissioner, and the board of education. She received an EEOC Right To Sue letter on July 20th, 2022. She has all relevant documentation and correspondence between the Dean of the UNLV Graduate College, the Executive Director of the Office of Student Conduct, and other UNLV personnel. Next Deadline: Statute of Limitations per Right to Sue Letter is October 20, 2022. 

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2022-001046 (Pending Placement)

While in a coma due to severe complications from a surgical procedure, Janae was served a custody complaint in October 2021 requesting temporary sole legal and primary custody of her 8-year-old child due to her hospitalization. She was in the hospital for 104 days and was discharged on January 1, 2022. The child’s maternal grandmother obtained temporary guardianship of the child during the hospitalization and it was extended to 2/5/2022 in order for the mother to fully recover and be fully able to care for the child. The court entered a default judgment in the custody case in November 2021, but then the custody case was stayed pending the conclusion of the guardianship case of the child. During the time this client was in a relationship with the opposing party, the opposing party was emotionally and physically abusive to her. He used isolation, intimidation, coercion, and threats to control her. Now, the child lives with the client on weekdays and spends every other week with his dad. The client would like sole legal and primary custody of her son with supervised visitations every other weekend. and she is seeking a pro bono attorney to assist her in this matter. Next Hearing(s): No hearing scheduled at this time. 

Case Number: 2020-007290 (Urgent)

A 61-year-old woman initially came to Legal Aid Center in 2020 for assistance in a divorce case against her ex-husband whom she was married to for 31 years. They had been separated for five years and he lives in Oregon and she lives in Las Vegas. They do not have minor children. The opposing party is a construction consultant/superintendent and he has a large income. At the time, he was working a job in Mexico and kept telling her he did not want to divorce until his job is over in Mexico. She believes he was trying to buy time to hide his income and put assets in girlfriend’s name. With the assistance of a pro bono attorney through Legal Aid Center, she obtained a divorce from him in January 2022, which included alimony to her for four years. On June 27, 2022, he filed a Motion to Terminate Alimony due to health issues and being laid off from his job in May 2022. The client’s pro bono attorney filed an Opposition to Motion to Modify Alimony and Award Attorney’s Fees on 7/11/22 but is no longer able to continue on the case and therefore, this client needs an attorney to assist her in defending against the Motion to Terminate Alimony. Next Hearing: Hearing on Defendant’s Motion to Terminate Alimony on 9/8/22 at 10 am in Department C. 

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: 2021-032330 (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: 2021-033064 (Urgent)

An inmate at Southern Desert Correctional Center 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: 2022-005061 (Urgent)

Will, the plaintiff in a 1983 lawsuit, alleges mistreatment and multiple instances of excessive force used on him by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Officers as an pretrial detainee and inmate at Clark County Detention Center. In one incident, he claims he sustained serious bruising and swelling to his right arm, wrist, and hand after an officer unnecessarily tightened his cuffs and ran them up and down his arm, then tried to put his cuffed arms through the food slot in his cell. Another officer stopped the officer and medical staff had to perform an x-ray to determine the level of injury. In another incident, he alleges he was racially harassed by the nurse and deprived of his prescribed pain medication, then he was attacked and struck in his injured neck by an officer in his cell after he was put in lock down for the comments he made in response. In another incident, he was taken to the recreation yard during a “cell search shakedown”, and officers handcuffed him, swept his feet out from under him, slammed him backward onto the ground, hog-tied him, and multiple officers stood on his back. They put a taser in his mouth and pulled his boxers down to his knees, then laughed and walked away. One of the sergeants kicked him as he walked away. He reports he passed out because of the lack of oxygen and sustained leg and ankle injuries from the weight of the officers. He further alleges 8th Amendment violations due to a lack of hot water for showers for two months and a lack of heat in his cell from October 15, 2015 – December 15, 2015. They reportedly refused him extra blankets or food and he suffered health and mobility issues due to the cold temperature in his cell. He also alleges 14th Amendment Due Process violations for being kept in a max module in CCDC on multiple occasions, with no commissary or visitation privileges, without a due process hearing. During one period of 60 days in a max module, he reports he lost 70 pounds and experienced severe mental trauma because of lack of food and no access to the commissary. This individual is in need of an attorney through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Settlement conference will be scheduled upon appointment of pro bono counsel. 

Case Number: 2022-006513

Since April 10, 2017, Harold has been housed at Southern Desert Correctional Center in cells that do not have fire sprinklers or smoke detectors. He has filed grievances about the issue, but his grievances have been denied. Prison officials are aware the individual cells do not have fire sprinklers or smoke detectors. Prison officials have told him the prison was built prior to building codes requiring sprinklers and that the current building code does not require sprinklers be installed until the next remodeling or addition to the building. He claims that, if a fire breaks out, there would be no way to extinguish the fire and he would burn. Based on these allegations, he claims that the Defendants have violated his Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights and is seeking an attorney through the Federal Pro Bono Program to assist him with his civil rights lawsuit.

Case Number: 2022-008417 (Pending Placement)

On Oct. 31, 2018, while incarcerated at Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center, an inmate was working in a storage area stocking products on the top shelf. The top shelf held the heaviest items and allegedly collapsed due to bowing caused by over-stocking. The seam of the metal shelf split open and she fell into the opening. She alleges approximately 1500lbs of shelving and stored items fell directly onto her head, neck, and upper body. After a 2 hour delay, she was transported to the emergency department at University Medical Center. CAT scan results showed concerning damage and she was referred to a neurosurgeon. Once transported back to NDOC, she was not seen by a neurosurgeon and her pain became increasingly severe. As a result, she filed a federal complaint seeking monetary, declaratory, and injunctive relief under 28 U.S.C §§ 2201, 2202, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 because of unsafe work conditions, failure to protect, cruel and unusual punishment, and deliberate indifference to pain and suffering. She is seeking legal representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-008879

David, an inmate High Desert State Prison, alleges he developed Hepatitis C symptoms that required prompt medical attention and treatment but Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) denied such treatment due to NDOC protocol. He alleges that NDOC employees were aware of his symptoms and the need for care because he filed kites and grievances, yet they did not provide care. As a result, he filed a civil rights federal law suit alleging deliberate indifference to serious medical needs in violation of the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. At the time of filing his complaint in March 2021, he still had not received treatment. He is seeking legal representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-002341

Louis, an inmate at Southern Desert Correctional Center, filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court alleging an unsafe prison conditions in violation of the Eighth Amendment. He suffered injuries to his back, pelvis, and hip after sitting on a broken and unbolted table in the prison facility. He is seeking representation in his case through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-009158

Jeremy, an inmate at High Desert State Prison in Indian Springs, NV, was allegedly assaulted by known members of a prison gang. While being transported for a court hearing, the inmate requested to use the restroom while at the courthouse and was sent into a general population holding cell to use the restroom despite being in protective custody status. He was attacked by other inmates when he entered the holding cell and they allegedly smashed his head into the wall causing long-term damage to one eye that is progressively getting worse and may be permanent. As a result, he alleges prison staff did not protect him during transport despite their knowledge of his protective custody status. He filed a grievance and went through the grievance process but the grievance was denied. As a result, he filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court claiming deliberate indifference and is seeking declaratory relief, injunctive relief, and monetary damages under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and U.S.C. § 1915A. He would like an attorney to assist him in this matter through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2019-000930

Despite having multiple neurological disorders, Wayne, an inmate in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections (“NDOC”), was allegedly taken off all off-formulary medications in June 2017 to reduce costs. He had tried the on-formulary medications previously but they did not help his conditions. Despite this, the prison psychiatric nurse refused to follow his treatment plan and followed the NDOC policies, which left him without various medications or with ineffective medications for months at a time. He filed multiple grievances and sent kites and letters to the Defendants. He then filed a civil rights complaints pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in two different cases alleging deliberate indifference in violation of the Eighth Amendment, which were merged in the interest of judicial economy. He had an attorney previously, but the attorney withdrew and he is seeking a new attorney through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-009236

A 65-year-old double amputee currently incarcerated at Northern Nevada Correctional Center filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging deliberate indifference after his right leg was improperly amputated and adequate follow up care was not provided after the surgery. Lack of post-operative care included the refusal to allow him to bathe or shower and refusal to change urine-soaked clothing or medical dressings. This lack of care resulted in significant pain and suffering from onset of multiple infections. He also alleges he had a significant stroke and did not receive the proper after care. As a result, he currently suffers from facial paralysis as well as limited mobility of his arms and hands. He has difficulty performing daily activities and currently relies on other inmates to assist him in eating, bathing and dressing. Despite extreme difficulty maneuvering around the facility using a manual wheelchair, he alleges he has been denied access to a motorized one. Since other inmates are not always available to assist, he alleges he often sits in soiled clothing for long periods of time. He is seeking monetary and injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 1915A and would like an attorney to represent him through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Hearing(S): Telephonic Case Management Conference on 7/11/22 at 10:00 am. 

Guardianship

Case Number: 2022-003508

The mother of an 18-year-old boy with severe autism sought guardianship of him in January 2022. The mother is represented by an attorney. At the Citation Hearing on February 24, 2022, the mother was appointed guardian of person only. There is a Status Check on 7/6/22 regarding the care plan and confidential identifiers but no appearance is required. This man is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and rights as a protected person. Next Hearing(s): Status Check on 8/3/22 in Chambers of Department B for the filing of the Care Plan, Confidential Identifiers, Guardian’s Acknowledgement of Duties and Letters of Guardianship.

Case Number: 2022-007300

Chloe, an 18-year-old who struggles with depression and suicidal ideations, is the proposed protected person in a guardianship and is seeking assistance in the matter. Her mother is the petitioner and is seeking to be the guardian. There is no physician’s certificate attached and no real description of why she needs a guardian in the petition. There are medical records attached which show that the 18-year-old attempted suicide in 2020 and was diagnosed with depression. She began seeing a therapist and it was noted that she was considering transitioning. There was a citation hearing on 4/28/2022 and the guardianship petition was denied for lack of service. At this time, this proposed protected person is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and rights as a proposed protected person. Next Hearing(s): No hearing scheduled at this time. 

Case Number: 2022-002149

A 14-year-old girl is seeking representation in guardianship proceedings that stem from a guardianship granted in 2017 and then terminated in 2018. In 2017, the guardian, also their mother, filed a petition for guardianship over the 14-year-old and two of her siblings’ estates after their father died. The children were parties to their father’s probate matter and the father had left a vehicle and unliquidated proceeds from a pending wrongful death action. They were in settlement negotiations for this action at the time of the petition. The court granted the guardianship but, in September 2018, the court terminated it because the guardian failed to file the accounting. Even though the case was terminated and the letters revoked, the court ordered the statewide guardianship investigator to investigate the case. The order was a general one and didn’t refer to the alleged settlement. In December 2018, counsel for the guardian appeared at a hearing and advised that he had requested the settlement agreement from the attorney in the civil matter but hadn’t received a response yet. Then the guardian stated that each child had received $15,000 and the funds were placed in a blocked account. The guardian filed an accounting in January 2022. The guardian also filed a petition to assume jurisdiction of the trust that had been created by the settlement agreement and an inventory. The trustee of the trust was another child of the father from another marriage. Subsequent to this petition, the court issued an order to show cause, appointed counsel for the children and appointed a GAL. The other two siblings are now adults. The court was concerned that there were distributions made without court approval or knowledge. The court also appointed an investigator to look into the funds. At this time, the 14-year-old is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and rights as a protected person.  Next Hearing(s):  Status Check on 8/30/2022 at 9 am in Department B.

Case Number: 2022-007372

The mother of Vanessa, a 19-year-old with chronic respiratory failure and cerebral palsy, has filed a petition for guardianship of her. She requires a g-tube for hydration, medication, and nutrition, and a trach for ventilator support. This is the second petition as the first one was dismissed due to failure to serve those entitled to service. This current petition omits some of her siblings who would be entitled to service. A Physician’s Certificate has been filed. There was a citation hearing on 5/19/22 and the petition was denied due to lack of service. Nothing more has been filed or scheduled. At this time, Vanessa is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and rights as a proposed protected person. Next Hearing(s): No hearing scheduled at this time. 

Case Number: 2022-007364

After a serious car accident that left Joshua, a 19-year-old man, with a brain injury, his sister petitioned for temporary guardianship over him. The petition notes that the guardian will file a lawsuit stemming from the accident. There is a Physician’s Certificate on file and he is currently at UMC. The sister is represented by counsel and the petition for guardianship of person and estate was granted on May 12, 2022. There is a Status Check regarding the inventory, budget, and care plan on 7/27/2022 but no appearance is required. This man is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and rights as a protected person. Next Hearing(s): Status Check on 7/27/22 at 1:30 pm in Department B.

Case Number: 2022-012203

The sister of a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old petitioned for an Ex Parte Petition for Emergency Appointment of a Temporary Guardian of them because their mother died. The teenagers currently live with the sister/petitioner. The sister is facing eviction from the home because it is federally subsidized in their deceased mother’s name as head of household and she cannot get it transferred to her without guardianship of the children. The children also still need to be enrolled in school but she reports she cannot do that until she has guardianship. The judge denied the Ex Parte Petition for lack of service and insufficient facts to warrant an emergency. Both of the proposed protected persons’ fathers filed objections to temporary guardianship. At this time, these two proposed protected persons are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and rights as proposed protected persons. Next Hearing(s): Citation Hearing on 8/16/2022 at 10 am in Department B.