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Abuse/Neglect Cases - Children's Attorneys Project

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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 06/01/2023 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

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): Status Check on 02/07/2023 at 10:00 am; Permanency Planning Hearing on 05/23/2023 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 10. 

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): Status Check Hearing on 03/16/2023 at 2:00 pm and Permanency Planning Hearing on 05/18/2023 at 3:00 pm 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): Evidentiary Hearing on 02/01/2023 at 3:00 pm and Permanency Planning Hearing on 07/19/2023 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-012520

A group of 4 siblings (2 boys and 2 girls) came into DFS care in 2019 due to allegations of abuse to 1 year old boy.  This case is specific to the two-girls ages  8 and 2 year old.  The two boys are aligned on their wishes and on a separate CAP case.  CPS became involved when the mother brought 1 year old boy t the hospital with burns all around his feet.  DFS determined through testimony that the mother’s boyfriend caused the burns to the minor.  Several times, the mother has been involved with DFS and complied with her case plan and eventually the children are returned to her custody.  However, she continues to bring her boyfriend around the minors without any hesitation of the danger she’s placing the children in.  The girls want to reunify with their mother but not the boyfriend and believe she can keep the boyfriend away from them so they do not have to live with him.  The goal is adoption and the Judge granted a waiver of reasonable efforts for all parents in January 2022.  At this time, the 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 02/22/2023 at 3:30 pm; Adjudicatory Trial on 03/27/2023 at 9:30 am and Permanency Planning Hearing on 05/03/2023 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 9. 

Case Number: 2021-036674

After their father struck the oldest child with an open fist, a 6-year-old and a 5-year-old came into DFS care. The father struck the 6-year-old boy near his left eye and his temple leaving a reddish bruise. He was arrested for the incident and later convicted of gross misdemeanor Child Abuse, Neglect, or Endangerment and incarcerated for 6 months with 30 days credit for time served. Their mother’s whereabouts are unknown. 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): Review Hearing on 06/13/2023 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10. 

Case Number: 2022-013612

Three siblings, ages 15, 11, & 3 yrs, came into DFS care with their older brother due to their mother’s emotional instability, developmental status, or cognitive deficiency impairing her ability to care for the children. This case is specific to the 15-year-old, 11-year-old, and 3-year-old. The family has prior history with DFS because of allegations of environmental neglect and inadequate supervision. Attempts were made to locate the natural fathers and two have been located. The children have been placed together with fictive kin. 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): Case Plan (Father) on 02/02/2023 at 11:00 am and Permanency Planning Hearing on 07/19/2023 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-014032

A 7-year-old and his siblings were removed from their home due to his mother and self-father being unable to control their behavior and engaging in domestic violence on a weekly basis in front of the kids. This case is specific to the 7-year-old boy. The 7-year-old has a different dad who may have sexually abused him previously. He also has an IEP for speech therapy. When they were taken into care, the home was very dirty and there were roaches in the 11-month-old’s diaper. All three children are placed with the paternal grandmother of the youngest two children and the siblings are to stay placed together. However, the 7-year-old recently reportedly inappropriately touched one of his younger siblings and he is no longer allowed to sleep in the same room as them. The 7-year-old needs his own separate counsel to advocate on his behalf. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 03/29/2023 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-014440

Siblings, 4 year old boy and 1 year old infant came into DFS custody due to allegations of ongoing drug use by the parents, domestic violence between parents and against the children and maternal grandmother. There have been numerous calls to the police department in regards to family disturbance.  The parents lack resources, housing and income to provide for the basic needs of the children.  These children need an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 3/16/2023 at 3:30 p.m., in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-014578

1 month old baby girl came into DFS custody after both her and mother tested positive for opiates and amphetamine.  Mother admitted to the Department her drug usage while pregnant.  After birth, baby suffered from withdrawal symptoms and had to be treated while hospitalized.  Father has also reported using methamphetamine continously.  The parents lack the ability to care for the well-being of baby girl.  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 02/21/2023 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-014612

Baby girl came into DFS custody after both her and mother tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamines, and marijuana.  Mother admitted to using drugs and drinking alcohol while pregnant.  Father also has a history of substance abuse.  The parents lack stable housing and income to meet the basic needs of the child.  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): Review Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-014029

Newborn baby girl was removed from Mother’s custody after an altercation between mother and maternal grandmother.  Minor received an injury on her foot due to items being thrown around the house during the altercation. Mother was residing with maternal grandmother and was evicted after incident, leaving her with bouncing from place to place with minor.  This minor 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 07/25/2023 at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-015556

Newborn baby boy was removed by DFS after hospital made a report. The mother and her boyfriend, who is the infant’s father, have an open case with CPS due to allegations of physical abuse towards the mother’s oldest child caused by the boyfriend.  The mother has knowledge of the ongoing abuse and has not done anything to prevent or stop it from occurring. The boyfriend was charged with Child Abuse.  Even after the allegations and ongoing criminal case,  the mother continues to provide conflicting stories as to the abuse and has not taken any steps to protect the minor children from her boyfriend. This infant 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): Plea Ajdudicatory Trial on 02/16/2023 at 11:00 a.m., in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-015430

Boy siblings ages, 1-year-old and 3 months old came into DFS custody after both parents were arrested for being fugitives from Carson City for kidnapping. Mother has also been the victim of domestic violence perpetrated by the father and continues to maintain a relationship with him and allows him to reside with the children despite the abuse caused to her and the children.   These boys are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing 03/14/2023 at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2022-014565

Sibling group ages 12 year old, 9 year old, and newborn boy came into DFS custody due to allegations of improper care and supervision. The mother has a history of drug abuse, and she has admitted to daily use of fentanyl throughout her pregnancy with newborn baby boy.  Newborn tested positive for opiates and amphetamines at the time of birth.  The mother also lacks the safe and stable housing, income and employment to provide for the basic needs of the children.  The father is incarcerated with charges of Murder and attempt murder and is considered inappropriate to care for the children because of his arrest for crimes related to violent behaviors, creating an impending danger for the minor children. 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 02/28/2023 at 3:00 p.m., in Courtroom 11.  

Case Number: 2022-016201

Newborn baby girl came into DFS custody after mother was found at a gas station acting erratic and was taken to the hospital.  Both parents have history with drug use and their parental rights were terminated in early 2022 as to two other children.  The parents lack the protective capacity and do not have a safe place for this newborn.  They claimed they were residing with mother’s parents, however, the grandparents have denied it.  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) Review Hearing on 03/28/2023 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 8.

Case Number: 2022-015472

Group of boy siblings ages 14, 6, and 4 years old came into DFS custody over concerns of the parent’s physical abuse of their step-siblings.  The step-siblings are the biological children of father on this case and they are the main victims on the case, however, all children were removed.  At this, these boys 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 03/23/2023 at 10:15 am; Adjudicatory Trial (Day 1) on 04/13/2023 at 9:30 am; Trial (Day 2) on 04/14/2023 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-016660

Newborn baby girl came into the custody of DFS after being born substance exposed.  Both mother and newborn were found positive for amphetamines and opiates at the time of delivery.  The mother admitted to regular use of both substances.  The mother and named father have an older child, whose parental rights were recently terminated.  DFS has been unable to contact the parents.  Minor 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 05/02/2023 at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-015804

17-year old boy came into the custody of the department due to abandonment by his parents. Minor was admitted into a treatment facility, at time of release, his parents could not be contacted to pick up minor.  Parents indicated they do not want minor in the home and are not willing to provide care for him.  At this time, the subject 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 03/21/2023 at 2:15 p.m., in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-015176

Minor children ages 8, 7, and 2 year old came into DFS custody due to neglect.  The mother neglected the children by failing to provide them with proper care, supervision, shelter or other care necessary for their well-being.   The mother left the children in the care of their maternal grandparents without making any proper legal arrangements for their care.  Mother primarily resides in California with her boyfriend. Both parents have history of drug use, which compromises their ability to care for the children.  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 03/07/2023 at 2:15 p.m., in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-014481

The family came to the attention of DFS due to allegations of physical risk neglect by mother to newborn baby boy.  Newborn is identified as being affected by parental substance use and having withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal exposure.  Mother used heroin during the duration of the pregnancy and also admitted to taking administered drugs.  The mother and the father were living together during the pregnancy, and it is also known that he was using drugs.  This infant is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 3:00 p.m., in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2022-016312

Newborn baby boy was removed by DFS due to allegations of abuse and neglect.  At time of removal, both parents were found to be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, compromising their ability to care for minor. The parents have a history of substance abuse and extended history with DFS.  This baby is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Adjudicatory Trial on 03/30/2023 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-014568 (Pending Placement)

9 year old boy came into DFS custody due to abandonment.  The father disclosed the mother suffers from mental health conditions that she is treating but not in a position to care for minor.  DFS has been unable to ascertain whether mother poses any risk to the safety and welfare of the child due to limited contact.  The father is pending a jury trial for physically abusing minor on November 2020.   Father grabbed minor in a choke hold, dropped him on the ground and then punched him in the head multiple times for being around children whom father did not approve.  If convicted, minor cannot be released to father unless the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that no physical or psychological harm to the child will result from the release.  At this time, 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 03/07/2023 at 3:00 p.m., in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-015221

3-month old baby girl came into DFS custody due to concerns of physical risk by the mother.  The mother is a 17-year old, former CAP client.  There are concerns of Mental Health issues and been a victim of sex trafficking. Law enforcement has been involved in multiple domestic violence incidents between the mother and the father.  Mother lacks the capacity to protect minor from being exposed to domestic violence.  At this time, this 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): Review Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-014288

12 year old boy was removed by DFS due to concerns of physical risk. The father and his girlfriend have history of domestic violence.  Law enforcement has been called out to the home several times in regards to domestic violence incidents.  The father and his girlfriend lack protective capacity, they have failed to take action to protect the minor from being exposed to domestic violence.  The natural mother has abandoned minor by having no contact and failing to provide financial or other support. At this time, this minor 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.  The next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 02/14/2023 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-015180

Newborn boy came into DFS custody over concerns of substance exposure. Infant was regularly being exposed to other individuals who were using/and or possessed and/or were under the influence of illegal drugs. At the time of removal, both parents submitted to a hair and urine drug test and tested positive. Both parents have a long history of illicit substance abuse which impacts their ability to care and provide for the minor.  At this time, this minor 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.  The next hearing(s):  Review Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 3:30 p.m., in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-014893

2 year old boy was removed by DFS due to allegations of substance exposure.  Mother took minor to the emergency room, stating that minor had ingested a morphine pill that was laying on the ground.  Minor was admitted to the pediatric ICU at Sunrise Hospital and tested positive for opiates.  Mother admitted to DFS that she used methamphetamine and refused to be drug tested.  The father is incarcerated at High Desert State Prison due to a conviction of Trafficking Controlled Substance.   This minor 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 02/21/2023 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-017434

7 year old boy came into DFS custody after Mother left him under the father’s custody while she was out of town working. The father left minor unsupervised at home with THC and firearms within reach while he went and committed an armed robbery at a discount store. Subsequently, getting arrested. At this time this 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 02/07/2023 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-028371

A 1 year old boy came into DFS care due to concerns of being substance-exposed. He tested positive for multiple drugs at birth and his mother was also positive for the same substances. After the infant’s birth, the mother was placed on a legal 2000 hold for psychosis. She confirmed she abuses prescription medication and also reported she is homeless and cannot provide a stable residence for her child.  This infant boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 03/02/2023 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-017440 (Pending Placement)

Sibling girls ages 13 and 12 years old were removed by DFS due to lack of resources on mother’s part.  There are allegations of lack of food in the home, unstable housing, and domestic violence between mother and her boyfriend.  Minors are currently at Child Haven.  As a result, these 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 05/22/2023 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-017266

Group of siblings, 13 year old boy,  8 year old girl, and 4 year old boy came into DFS custody due to allegations of physical risk.  The report indicates that the parents regularly engage in domestic violence in the presence of the children.  Furthermore, the father has physically abused the 13 year old boy on several occasions. He is currently pending charges for Child Abuse or Neglect.  The minor children are placed with adult sibling and the mother has been engaging in visitation with DFS assistance.  As such 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 02/02/2023 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-017374

Newborn baby girl came into DFS custody due to the mother experiencing postpartum depression, family violence, and the parent’s ability to take care of minor.  The parent’s were recently involved in a domestic violence incident against one of the infant’s siblings.  While mother was fighting with the father, she attempted to pull the minor sibling out of her car seat, as she was unsuccessful, she threw a rock at the vehicle sibling was in, smashing the window and shattering glass everywhere.  The mother was arrested for this incident.  The father has numerous domestic violence reports regarding infant’s sibling and the mother.  This 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): Review Hearing on 05/02/2023at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-015998

Group of siblings ages 18, 12, and 10 years old came into DFS custody due to allegations of physical risk and concerns of domestic violence in the home.  There are also concerns that the mother is using drugs in the home, and she becomes mentally irrational while on drugs.  The home is reported to be messy and unsanitary.  The father was arrested and convicted of two counts of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence as a result of a reported incident.  At this time, the minor 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 04/04/2023 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-015446

5 year old and 2 year old sibling girls came into DFS custody in response to allegations of neglect, inadequate supervision and physical risk.  Natural mother continues struggling with drugs, which compromises her ability to care for the children.  The father has been unable to demonstrate behavioral change or complete the objectives of his case plan for reunification in another DFS case.  He also continues having issues with drugs and domestic violence against the mother.  At this time, these minor girls 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 03/21/2023 at 2:15 pm, and Permanency Planning Hearing on 09/19/2023 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-017558

3-year old girl came into DFS custody due to the mother’s neglect when infant was left alone at a playground.  The authorities were called and the mother was arrested due to outstanding warrants and battery.  There are two older siblings on a separate case, who have been under the care of a family member due to mother’s instability.  The mother refused to provide police any information for placement with any family members or fictive kin, and this minor was placed in a foster home.  At this time, this infant 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 04/04/2023 at 2:30 p.m., in Courtroom 8. 

Case Number: 2022-017459

Newborn baby girl came into DFS custody due to infant and the mother testing positive for amphetamines and marijuana at the time of birth.  The mother has a prior history with substance abuse to include prior history with DFS.  The father also has history of substance abuse and prior arrests for substance, which impedes his ability to care for minor.  At this time, infant baby 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 for her to be safe environment.  The next hearing(s): Status Check Hearing (Possible Negotiation) on 02/07/2023 at 3:00 pm; Adjudicatory Trial on 03/23/2023 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-016096

Newborn baby boy came into DFS custody after testing positive for Opiates.  Both mother and infant tested positive for drugs at the time of the birth.  Mother admitted to daily drug use during the pregnancy.  The father indicated he is able to be financially responsible for mother and son, however, he has a history of drug use.  An In-Home plan could not be completed at the time of removal.  Parental relatives have been identified for placement once baby boy is discharged from the hospital.  This infant 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) Status Check (Relinquishment) on 01/31/2023 at 11:00 am; Review Hearing on 04/04/2023 at 3:00 pm; and Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/03/2023 at 10:15 am in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-017903

3-year old girl came into DFS custody when she was found unsupervised wandering around her apartment complex.  Hours went by before natural parents were able to be contacted; both parents were arrested.  Minor is placed with paternal grandmother and has been doing great.  She is visiting her sister monthly, visits both parents, and the mother has been picking her up from daycare some days.  At this time, this minor is in need of an attorney to represent her legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  The next hearing(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on 03/09/2023 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-016820

Newborn baby girl came into the custody of DFS after testing positive for illicit substances at birth.  The mother refused to sign any documentation nor did she provide any contact information for the minor’s birth certificate application.  DFS learned that the father also struggles with drug use.  The mother was uncooperative and refused to provide DFS with any information regarding to the father.  At this time, this baby 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 05/02/2023 at 3:00 pm and Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/31/2023 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-016769

Newborn baby boy came into DFS custody in response to allegations of neglect.  Baby boy had was admitted to the NICU after birth to undergo an emergency surgery.  Since, the mother has not visited the infant at the hospital.  She is not present to bond with her baby or provide the child with parental love and affection.  The mother has history of drug use and has admitted to using during her pregnancy, which lead to minor being born substance exposed and suffer withdrawal symptoms.  The father has not taken any steps to establish paternity of the minor or have any contact.  . At this time the subject 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): Disposition Hearing on 12/20/2022 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2022-016119

Three-month old baby came into DFS custody over allegations that both baby and mother tested positive for Opiates after birth.  After the department interviewed the parents, it was learned that they both have a problem with daily drug use.  They do no have stable housing and lack the appropriate resources to provide basic needs for the baby. Infant is placed with paternal grandparents.  At this time 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 04/11/2023 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11. 

Case Number: 2022-017377

Newborn baby boy came into custody after DFS received a report with allegations of harm from mother towards baby. The mother experiences symptoms of bipolar disorder with psychosis and other mental health conditions, which are inadequately treated and impair her ability to care for the baby. She has an extensive history of mental health issues and prolonged psychiatric hospitalizations. The Department has been unable to ascertain whether the father poses any risks to the safety and welfare of the child due to lack of contact.  At this time, 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): Calendar Call on 02/21/2023 at 10:30 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 03/24/2023 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-017808

Sibling sisters ages 13, and 10 year old came into DFS custody over allegations of substance abuse, education and medical neglect by the parents.  The parents have neglected the children by failing to provide them with proper care, custody, supervision, shelter and other care necessary for their well-being.  As a result, these minor 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 04/13/2023 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-017473

6 year old girl came into DFS custody due to allegations of physical risk. Mother experiences symptoms of depression, self-harm and other mental health conditions, which are inadequately treated and impair her ability to care for the minor. The mother was placed on a Legal 2000 by law enforcement and transported to hospital at the time of removal. The natural father is no listed on the minor’s birth certificate, therefore, she could not be placed with him until DFS verifies he is a fit placement.  This minor 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. The next hearing(s): Adjudicatory Trial on 03/02/2023 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2023-000133 (Urgent)

8 month old baby girl came into DFS care after unsecured firearms, other weapons, drugs, and evidence of selling of drugs were found in the parent’s Mesquite home. The home was also found to be inadequate for the minor.  The mother and two other adults residing in the home were arrested.  The father was not present at the time of arrest.  He is currently on parole.  This 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 02/15/2023 at 1:30 pm; Review Hearing on 05/02/2023 at 2:30 pm and Permanency Planning Hearing on 10/03/2023 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-018185

Newborn baby boy came into DFS custody after the Department received a report of allegations of neglect and physical risk.  Both mother and minor tested positive for opiates at the time minor was born.  The newborn was also born with respiratory distress all due to mother’s drug use.  At this time, this 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.  The next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 05/09/2023 at 2:30 pm and Permanency Planning Hearing on 11/14/2023 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 8. 

Case Number: 2022-018102

4 year old girl came into DFS custody due to allegations of inadequate supervision, lack of shelter and other care necessary for the minor’s well-being.  The mother’s alcohol and drug use compromise her ability to care for minor.  At the time of removal, mother was intoxicated and could not provide adequate care for the minor.  As a result, mother was arrested for Child Abuse, Neglect or Endangerment and has pending charges in the Henderson Justice Court.  Paternity of the minor has not yet been established as to the putative father.  This child 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 04/13/2023 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 8.

Case Number: 2022-016709

Group of siblings ages 7, 5, 4, and 2 years old came into DFS custody due to allegations of risk of physical injury.  The minors reside with the father and his girlfriend, who also has kids of her own from another relationship.  The removal came after an incident where the father’s girlfriend ended up in the hospital due to injuries suffered during a verbal argument that escalated to a physical one.  At the hospital, the girlfriend called the father of her children, when he showed up at the hospital, the father of these children also showed up, they got into an altercation and this father shot the other father and left.  The mother of the children lacks stable housing, income and resources to provide basic needs for her children.  At this time, these 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):  Calendar Call on 02/21/2023 at 9:30 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 03/13/2023 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2022-018110

Newborn boy came into DFS custody due to Physical Risk.  Mother has a history of drug use and  she lacks the necessary resources to provide for the minor’s well-being.  Both mother and baby tested positive for drugs at time of birth.  The mother has denied using drugs.  The mother has an open case for another child where drugs were also the reason of removal. The father of this newborn boy is unknown.  This newborn 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. The next hearing(s):  Review Hearing on 03/27/2023 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2023-000477

Group of siblings ages 13, 12, and 10 years old came into DFS custody due to abuse and neglect.  The mother has not met her case plan goals related to her failure to protect the children from sexual abuse or made the behavior changes necessary for the children to be safe in her care.  The father has been involved in incidents of domestic violence with his live-in girlfriend in presence of the children putting their welfare at risk of harm.  On December 2022, the father left the minor children home alone for several days.  He was then arrested and did not make arrangements for the children.  Both parents have been convicted of violations which prohibit the minors to be released to them.  At this time, the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 02/02/2023 at 10:15 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2022-017591

Newborn baby boy came into DFS custody after being born premature and experiencing respiratory distress at birth.  Baby boy is the product of an assault and the father is unknown.  Natural mother has a history of mental health related issues and has three other children not in her care.  The Department also found out that the mother continues to have a relationship with the father of her other children, even though there is an active Protection Order Against Domestic Violence against him.  At this time, this baby boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal rights and wishes as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place.  The next hearing(s):  Adjudicatory Trial on 02/22/2023 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 8.

Case Number: 2022-018339

Sibling girls ages 16 and 15 were removed by DFS due to abuse and neglect.  The mother experiences symptoms of mental health conditions, which are inadequately treated and impair her ability to care for the minor girls.  Father’s controlled substance crimes and domestic violence against the mother create impending dangers for the girls.  At this time, these teenage girls 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 02/16/2023 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2023-000486

Newborn baby boy came into DFS care due to inadequate supervision.  Both parents are incarcerated on charges of Open Murder and Child Abuse with Substantial Bodily Harm.  They have been charged for the death of their other infant son.   At this time, 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): Plea Hearing on 02/06/2023 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2023-000453

2 year old girl came was removed by DFS due to allegations of mother’s inability to meet the needs of minor due to her alcohol/drug abuse. Also, mother has been diagnosed with seizures which only increase her ability to tend for infant when she starts drinking and using illegal drugs. The father left the mother with the care of minor, even after knowing she was unable to provide proper care.   This infant girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Plea Hearing (Mother) on 02/07/2023 at 10:30 am and Plea Hearing (Father) on 03/07/2023 at 10:30 am in Courtroom 12.

Appeals

Case Number: 2022-017714 (Pending Placement)

A 72 year-old man is currently in need of an attorney to represent him in an appellate case regarding  an order dismissing a petition for foreclosure mediation and issuing a certificate of foreclosure. The client’s spouse passed away from cancer, and the respondent’s did not give him the opportunity to enter into a mediation. The client is still currently living on the property.  Next Hearing(s): Notice of Appearance due 02/06/2023. 

Case Number: 2022-018220

Appellant, an injured victim in the October 1, 2017 shooting, chose to opt out of a mediated settlement that was reached on behalf of numerous plaintiffs in litigation stemming from the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. The appellant filed a tort action in pro se against respondents, who ultimately obtained summary judgment in their favor. Appellant primarily contends that the district court judge presiding over this matter should have recused herself and that the district court erroneously granted summary judgment in favor of respondents by concluding that they did not owe appellant a duty in connection with the events of October 1, 2017. The appellant is in need of an attorney to represent him in this matter. Next Hearing(s): Notice of Appearance due by 02/19/2023. 

Domestic Violence

Case Number: 2023-000149

A woman would like an attorney to assist with a divorce from her husband of 5 years due to verbal and emotional abuse. There are no children or debts to be divided, however, she would like spousal support and a portion of her husband’s pension. They are currently living together because she is not able to move out due to her income, but he is planning to move in the near future. Client is Spanish-speaking and a volunteer interpreter is available upon request through the Volunteer Interpreter Program. Next Hearing(s): No case filed. 

Case Number: 2023-000455

A woman would like an attorney to assist with a divorce from her husband of 28 years due to verbal and emotional abuse. She filed a complaint for divorce pro se in November 2022 and her husband hired an attorney. She would like spousal support, a portion of her husband’s pension, and a portion of an inheritance he just got. Next Hearing(s): No upcoming hearings at this time. 

Estate Planning/Probate

Case Number: 2023-001157

Client, a low-income deaf woman, received a settlement after she was involved in an accident. A Special Needs Trust was created to ensure the client could continue to receive her Supplemental Security Income benefits. At the time when the trust was created, there was approximately $60,000 in proceeds. The client chose a non-family member to serve as her trustee but there are now concerns that the trustee is misappropriating funds. The trustee has failed to pay the clients rent, which has left the client at imminent threat of eviction. Therefore, the client is seeking an attorney to assist her with asking the court to remove the trustee of the irrevocable special needs trust and appoint a successor trustee.  Next hearing(s): No current hearings at this time.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2022-018337

After being together for 24 years, a woman is filing for divorce from her husband and is in need of attorney representation. The couple is no longer living together, and they have been separated for a few years. They do not have any children between them and no shared assets. Additionally, the woman is requesting that her husband pay her spousal support.  Next Hearing(s): No Current Hearings. 

Case Number: 2023-000149

A woman would like an attorney to assist with a divorce from her husband of 5 years due to verbal and emotional abuse. There are no children or debts to be divided, however, she would like spousal support and a portion of her husband’s pension. They are currently living together because she is not able to move out due to her income, but he is planning to move in the near future. Client is Spanish-speaking and a volunteer interpreter is available upon request through the Volunteer Interpreter Program. Next Hearing(s): No case filed. 

Case Number: 2023-000455

A woman would like an attorney to assist with a divorce from her husband of 28 years due to verbal and emotional abuse. She filed a complaint for divorce pro se in November 2022 and her husband hired an attorney. She would like spousal support, a portion of her husband’s pension, and a portion of an inheritance he just got. Next Hearing(s): No upcoming hearings at this time. 

Federal Pro Bono Program

Case Number: 2021-032330 (Pending Placement)

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: 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: 2022-009158

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. 

Case Number: 2022-011343 (Pending Placement)

Kenneth, an inmate at Northern Nevada Correctional Center, suffered a series of strokes while incarcerated at Nevada Department of Corrections and alleges that he has been denied pain management and adequate follow-up care. He also alleges he smelled alcohol when he approached the doctor inside the facility and the doctor then threatened him. He filed a grievance and claimed retribution for accusations against the doctor for drinking at work. He filed a federal civil rights suit and seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages, and injunctive relief. He would like an attorney to assist him with his case through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2018-005435

An inmate at High Desert State Prison filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in 2018 against multiple defendants for treatment he allegedly endured as a pretrial detainee in Clark County Detention Center (CCDC). He was booked into CCDC on July 26, 2016 and, at the time of the booking, he needed additional mobility assistance because of a past gunshot injury to the head and arm that caused back pain, knee problems, and the use of a cane and knee braces on occasion. Initially, he was given additional assistance and the option of a wheelchair, but then the booking officer allegedly yelled at him for not moving fast enough. The officer allegedly stood between his legs and yelled at him, and he could not rise without assistance to put on his pants as ordered. He asked for assistance and the officer allegedly grabbed him by the neck in a chokehold and tried to pull him to his feet. He heard a loud pop and instant pain in his spine. He yelled and started crying and, after 5-7 seconds, the officer dropped him. He told him he did not deserve the treatment he was receiving and the officer allegedly grabbed his wrist and bent it back, then put another arm around his neck. He lost consciousness and claimed he could not breath or hear. He was eventually escorted to a holding cell but was not seen by a doctor for over a month. He had a pro bono attorney until July 2022 when the attorney had to withdraw because of a conflict. As a result, this individual is in need of an attorney to assist him through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-011591

Carlos, an inmate at Lovelock Correctional Center filed a civil rights complaint seeking to obtain declaratory, injunctive and monetary relief to redress the injuries and damages suffered as a direct or proximate result of conduct of DOC employees. Plaintiff claims he was improperly designated a Sureno gang member at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) and denied an STG due process hearing regarding his improper validation. Plaintiff claims he is not affiliated with any gang and has received threats due to his denial of being a member of the Sureno gang. There was testimony at sentencing from a Las Vegas Police Officer that he was not a gang member and a ruling by the sentencing judge that he was not a gang member and thus not subject to the gang enhancement, which he shared with the case worker and institutional investigator, but he claims they did not care. He filed an informal grievance challenging the designation of gang member and denial of a due process hearing and, a week later, was placed in administrative segregation. While he was housed in administrative segregation at HDSP, he was allowed to access the yard for outdoor exercise only in a 10 x 10-foot cage for five-to-seven-hour stretches. The temperatures often exceeded 100 degrees, but the cages didn’t have any shade or water fountains. The cages also lacked urinals and toilets, and prisoners were not provided bathroom breaks. As a result, the cages were “encrusted with human feces and urine.” He was required to eat lunch in the cage. The cages were placed side-by-side, which allowed gang members to verbally harass him. He eventually declined yard time because of these conditions. He also did not have access to tier time, the gym, the library, jobs, or programs. He was permitted to shower once every three days. He was permitted only two phone calls and one hour-long, no-contact visit per week. He was permitted to spend only $50 per week in the canteen and limited to hygiene, writing, and correspondence items. He was not permitted to participate in the food and clothing package programs. He also endured 24-hour lockdowns because gang members kept threatening his life. He is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Second Amended Complaint due 10/10/22.  

Case Number: 2022-013365

Daine, an inmate at Warm Springs Correctional Center, alleges he was injured in pre-trial detention at Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) and has not received the proper medical care while in custody. He alleges he was assaulted during a pat down search in CCDC. He also asserts CCDC officers used excessive force by folding his arms behind his back and twisting his wrist toward his shoulders, then forcing him into a restraint chair and holding him by his throat while another officer tightened the straps of the chair. He alleges his wrist and thumb went numb and he suffered a wrist fracture that requires surgery he has not had yet. Because of the lack of medical care, he believes his wrist is now deformed and requires additional care. As a result, he filed a civil rights lawsuit and is in need of an attorney to assist him in this case through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Reply to Motion for Summary Judgment due 11/22/2022. 

Case Number: 2022-011700

Stephen, an inmate at Ely State Prison, alleges the warden at High Desert State Prison authorized the use of a chemical agent to assist in extracting an inmate from a cell close to his own when he was in custody there in July 2020. He alleges the chemical agent seeped into his cell and caused him injuries to his nose and throat, blurred vision, and burnt skin. He lost his eyelashes because of it. He was taken to shower four hours later and given skin ointment by the pill-call nurse, but claims he never received an eye wash, respiratory exam, or any other medical attention for his injuries. As a result, he filed a federal complaint alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment. He is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): No deadlines at this time.

Case Number: 2022-014261

Steven, a former inmate at Northern Nevada Correctional Center, alleges he was sexually assaulted by a fellow inmate. When he resisted, he was choked until unconscious. Following his report concerning the assault, his attacker was not immediately removed from the unit. Even after his attacker was moved to a different unit, he was still forced to work in the same area with his attacker for a period of time following the assault. He asserts he has memory issues resulting from a serious motorcycle accident prior to his incarceration that he claims may interfere with his memory of the events that took place. He is now out of custody and living out of state. He is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): NOA due on 1/29/2023.

Case Number: 2022-014426

Nathan, an inmate at High Desert State Prison, requested a grievance after he was accused of misconduct. He states a senior officer accused him of hiding a razor that cut another officer while he was searching his cell. He denied hiding a razor and requested the grievance. He alleges the senior officer responded by handcuffing him and repeatedly assaulted him outside of the view of a camera. He also claims he was forced to do a blood test after he was assaulted. He says he was denied grievance procedures multiple times after in retaliation and the officer who conducted the search filed false notice of charges against him without following the proper procedures. As a result, Nathan filed a 1983 claim asserting violations of the 1st and 8th amendment. He is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Status Conference Hearing regarding appointment of pro bono counsel on 3/21/2023 at 1:00 PM by videoconference.

Case Number: 2022-014935

An inmate at Northern Nevada Correctional Center suffers from muscle atrophy, arthritis to his left knee, and back pain. Despite this, he was assigned a top bunk which is painful and difficult to get in and out of. He also alleges the facility is not habitable. He complains that there is no fire sprinkler systems, the vents and ceiling materials may contain asbestos, there may be black mold, and there is no hot water. He asserts the facility also has inadequate heating and cooling that make conditions uncomfortable. He believes there is a lack of constant supervision. He claims he does not receive quality dental or mental health care. As a result, he filed a civil rights complaint and is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Jury Trial set for 7/10/23 at 09:00 AM.

Case Number: 2022-015212

Because of a serious motorcycle accident, Toney has a severe head injury that causes seizures. He was on an effective plan of care, including a regular medication, that proved to control seizures 97% of the time. In 2007, he was then diagnosed with a fungal infection in his left wrist that resulted in five surgeries and daily medication. He went into custody in 2016 and is currently at High Desert State Prison. He alleges that, in 2017, the defendants stopped administering the required medication for his seizures despite the medication’s common use in the medical field for seizures and the number of seizures he has had since has increased. He alleges they added fraudulent entries in his medical records to justify stopping the medication. He also alleges that, upon re-entry to the NDOC system in 2019, his left wrist brace, seizure medication, and anti-fungal medication were confiscated despite all being medically necessary. He also states he was cuffed on his left wrist without his brace, causing injury to his wrist. He eventually got a replacement brace after filing a grievance and other requests and he got his seizure medication back only after they witnessed a severe seizure. He got his anti-fungal medication back only after his wrist became re-infected. He filed a 1983 civil rights suit alleging 1st, 8th, and 14th amendment violations. He is in need of an attorney to represent him through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Proposed six-month discovery plan/scheduling order due by January 24, 2023.

Case Number: 2022-015805

An inmate currently incarcerated at High Desert State Prison (HDSP) was allegedly assaulted and stabbed in his single-man cell while he was incarcerated at Ely State Prison in March 2018. He alleges prison gang members due to his unwillingness to associate with a prison gang. In addition, in September 2019, he broke both legs and ankles when he jumped over a high fence in an attempted escape from HDSP. He then underwent surgery and received braces and a wheelchair. After being returned to HDSP following surgery, he was placed on suicide watch. The cell where he was housed had excrement and urine stains and smelled strongly of disinfectant spray. The light was left on in his cell at night not allowing him adequate sleep. He reports he was left on the floor overnight after falling from his bed while attempting to get into his wheelchair. He claims he was denied adequate medical care and pain relief. When he filed medical grievances, he alleges they were ignored or denied because English is his second language and the grievances were not clearly written in English. He is claiming loss of property, placement in segregation without cause, wrongful transfer of from his prison account to allegedly pay fines associated with his attempted escape, lack of medical attention, and lack of accommodations for providing food because they placed his tray of food where he could not access it while in his wheelchair. As a result, he filed a 1983 civil rights law suit and is seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief. He would like representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Status Conference 03/14/23 at 9 a.m

Case Number: 2022-016252

An inmate of High Desert State Prison filed a federal civil rights law suit because he alleges he was subjected to double jeopardy and was in custody from December 2010 to February 2017 when he should not have been. He states that he was incarcerated for multiple sentences and, on February 26, 2006, he received an institutional parole for his sentence. He then started another sentence on February 27, 2006 for the enhancement to his conviction that yielded the first sentence. He alleges this is a violation of the law and he asked for a hearing with the Nevada Parole Board to address it. His request was denied. On December 30, 2010, he states his sentences were overturned but not reflected in NDOC’s system. He is in need of someone to represent him in his federal civil action through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2022-017701

Troy, an inmate at Ely State Prison, filed a 1983 civil rights complaint alleging excessive force. He claims that he slipped on standing water outside his cell in March 2020. While he was on the ground, correctional officers allegedly kicked him, punched him, smashed his face into the ground and threatened to break his ribs and kill him. He said they bent his legs and ankles while a corrections officer kneeled on his back. He requested medical assistance but alleges that the nurse in medical was told by corrections officers that he had refused treatment. He is seeking representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): A new discovery plan and scheduling order will be entered when Pro Bono counsel is appointed.

Case Number: 2022-017132

An inmate at Ely State Prison is suing multiple Defendants for events that took place while he was incarcerated at Ely State Prison. As of November 2021, he reports he resided in strict solitary isolation. Because of his placement in administrative segregation, he was subject to restrictions on daily activities, jobs, showering time, visitation, phone usage, and commissary options. These conditions caused him to suffer mental anguish, and he attempted suicide on several occasions. He claims he can no longer multitask or hold a conversation for longer than forty-five minutes and he experiences “quick mood displacement,” crying often. During the week of November 20, 2021, client informed prison personnel that he needed yard time. Then, during the week of December 2, 2021, client again asked several times for yard rights. Despite his requests, he did not receive an adequate level of 1-hour exercise yard daily. He submitted kites and grievances about these issues. He reports that he asked to have a hearing on his placement in solitary confinement. He filed a 1983 case alleging a 14th amendment due process claim, 8th amendment conditions-of-confinement claim, and an 8th amendment deliberate indifference to his mental health needs claim. He  is in fear of retribution and believes his life is in imminent danger due to consistent harassment and threats. He is seeking monetary and injunctive relief. He would like representation through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): “First Amended” complaint due on 2/16/2023. 

 

Guardianship

Case Number: 2022-017914

After falling and breaking his hip, a 72 year-old man is currently in the care of a hospital. He is also experiencing kidney failure and is currently on dialysis. His wife is petitioning for guardianship due to his ongoing health concerns, and his additional diagnosis of dementia. Their bills have become past due and are continuing to pile up which could have a detrimental impact on both of their lives. This protected person is in need of an attorney to represent him in the guardianship proceedings. Next Hearing(s): No upcoming hearing; Petition denied at Citation Hearing on 01/17/23 because physician certificate not filed. 

Case Number: 2022-017721

A step-mother is petitioning for guardianship of her six year-old step-son because the father is currently homeless and unstable. The father has consented to the guardianship. Natural mother has had 5 dependency cases, most recently in 2019, with most recent resulting in the older brother entering a 432b guardianship. This child is in need of an attorney to represent them in the guardianship proceedings to ensure their wishes and legal rights are communicated. Next Hearing(s): No upcoming hearings. Citation Hearing on 01/17/23 vacated for lack of service. 

Case Number: 2022-018423

The maternal grandmother of a 1-year-old is petitioning for guardianship of the child because the parents are unable to care for him do to the “party lifestyle” they live. As a result, this child is in need of an attorney to represent them in the guardianship proceedings to ensure their wishes and legal rights are communicated. Next Deadline(s): Citation Hearing on 2/27/23 at 2:00 pm in Department B via BlueJeans. 

Name Change

Case Number: 2022-018000

A woman is in need of an attorney to assist her in a name change. The client moved here from California and is in need of obtaining a Nevada ID. However, she is having trouble due to her legal last name. The client has always gone by a different last name and would like to continue using this preferred last name on her ID. Next hearing(s): No hearings at this time.

Spanish/Non-English Speaking

Case Number: 2023-000149

A woman would like an attorney to assist with a divorce from her husband of 5 years due to verbal and emotional abuse. There are no children or debts to be divided, however, she would like spousal support and a portion of her husband’s pension. They are currently living together because she is not able to move out due to her income, but he is planning to move in the near future. Client is Spanish-speaking and a volunteer interpreter is available upon request through the Volunteer Interpreter Program. Next Hearing(s): No case filed.