Available Cases


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

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

Appeals

Case Number: 2021-014697

Appellant filed a civil rights complaint against respondents, alleging he was entitled to monetary damages because the Nevada Department of Corrections had violated his constitutional rights by improperly denying him statutory good time credits and a timely parole hearing. Respondents filed a motion for summary judgment, arguing appellant’s claim was moot because he had already had parole hearings, he had no right to a parole hearing, and respondents were entitled to qualified immunity. The district court granted respondents’ motion and appellant appealed. The court of appeals reversed and remanded the matter directing the district court to address and resolve appellant’s assertion that his rights were violated by the improper denial of statutory good time credits. The district court has considered the court of appeals’ directive and dismissed appellant’s claims. Appellant appeals the district court’s dismissal. NOA Due August 6, 2021.

Case Number: 2021-020622

After respondent filed a complaint for custody of the parties’ minor child, appellant filed a counterclaim for divorce. Alternatively, appellant sought to establish that she was respondent’s putative spouse based on the parties’ participation in a religious ceremony called a Nikah. Appellant asserted that both parties believed they were married after the ceremony. Respondent countered that the Nikah was a ceremony only and both parties were aware that it did not result in a legally binding marriage. The district court concluded that they putative spouse doctrine did not apply because both parties consciously and jointly decided not to take the steps necessary to perform a legally recognizable marriage. On appeal, appellant challenges the district court’s characterization of the parties’ relationship.

Case Number: 2021-017836

Appellant worked at a pizzeria from March 29, 2019, to April 28, 2019. On April 29, 2019, appellant was arrested and incarcerated for unpaid traffic tickets. Appellant missed three shifts while incarcerated and was discharged for failing to report or call out for his scheduled shifts — no /call no/show. Appellant claims his mother called out for his shifts on his behalf. Appellant filed a claim for unemployment insurance benefits which was denied throughout the administrative process. Appellant filed a petition for judicial review and the district court denied it. Appellant would like to appeal the district court’s denial. NOA Due August 3, 2021.

Case Number: 2021-021837

Appellant found himself unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it has been difficult for him to find other work. He does not have family or friends he can financially rely on either. As a result, he filed a motion to modify child support based on changed circumstances. The court ordered the parties to submit tax returns for the years 2016 through 2018. Appellant failed to submit his tax returns and stated that he was unemployed. The court found that both parties are capable of being employed full-time, determined that appellant is intentionally unemployed, denied the motion to modify child support, and awarded attorney fees to the respondent. Appellant now appeals that decision pro se because he disagrees with the judge’s ruling and believes that the district court erroneously concluded that appellant could find other work or could rely on family and friends to financially support him. Respondent is also proceeding pro se.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Case Number: 2021-010280 (Pending Placement)

A 10-year old minor girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and ensure appropriate services are in place. Minor came into DFS care on December 31, 2020 after her older sister reported that their father had sexually abused the older sister. Next hearing(s): Calendar Call on 9/8/2021 at 10:15 am; Adjudicatory Trial on 9/27/2021 at 9:45 am; and Review Hearing on 12/29/2021 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

 

Case Number: 2021-008894

Two siblings, ages 8 years and 3 years, came into DFS care in March 2021 due to an incident of domestic violence between the mother and her boyfriend, which resulted in injuries to the mother and the death of the natural father. One of the children was present during the incident. The mother has a pattern of domestic violence relationships and there is a concern with lack of supervision. The siblings are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 9/8/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-010345

An 8-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl came into DFS care on December 17, 2020 with their 14-year-old sibling due to risk of sexual and emotional harm to the subject minors by natural father because he sexually abused the 14-year-old. Further, natural mother lacks sufficiently developed protective capacity to protect the subject minors from the risk of sexual and emotional harm posed by natural father. The 8-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s); Status Check 8/18/2021 at 2:15 pm (possible case closure) and Review Hearing on 1/5/2022 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2019-001563

In 2020, a newborn baby girl was removed from the natural parents’ care due to the parents’ inability to properly care for her as they were actively abusing substances. Minor was placed with maternal aunt and uncle who also care for two siblings and who are an adoptive resource for all of the children. The natural father passed away in June 2021 and another child was born a week later. This child was removed from mother’s care as well. The goal for the child born in 2020 is termination of parental rights and adoption and the concurrent goal is reunification. The two youngest children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on 8/4/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-004000

On February 4, 2021, four minor children came into DFS care in response to allegations of plausible physical risk and failure to protect. There are reports of ongoing domestic violence between parents and a concern the natural father of two children abuses drugs. These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 8/4/2021 at 9:00 am and a Review Hearing on 8/11/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2020-018705 (Pending Placement)

A 10-month-old baby came to the attention of the court on a Direct Petition filed on November 12, 2020. There is an issue of neglect and the natural parents have issues with drugs and mental health, and domestic violence is present. The 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): Status Check (ICPC) on 8/18/2021 at 10:00 am and a Permanency Planning Hearing on 11/3/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2021-013070

A newborn baby boy came into DFS care on 4/11/2021 in response to a report of physical risk to him. In this case, there is a question as to the mental health of the mother as well as her ability to provide adequate shelter for the minor. Mother is currently residing at a homeless shelter and has two other children that were previously removed from her custody. She currently has an open case with DFS concerning her 3-year-old child in which the child has been placed into foster care due to physical risk and inadequate care. The natural father was released from prison in spring 2020 and resides with his sister but could not provide an address and he is not employed. Neither parent has a care plan for the baby. At this time, the child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 9/14/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-013350

Two sibling boys, 5-years-old and 2-years-old, came into DFS care on April 23, 2021 after a report of possible neglect by the natural father. The natural mother, who is separated from the natural father, also reported unexplained injuries to the children, cleanliness issues when the children return from visiting their father, and inappropriate behavior of the natural father in front of the children. There were multiple attempts to contact the natural father but he was uncooperative and the court authorized the children be placed in protective custody. He later met with CPS but could not explain the reason for one of the son’s bruises reported by mother. The natural mother and natural father are engaged in a custody dispute before Judge Henderson. These children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services, including educational services, are in place. Next hearing(s): Further Proceedings Hearing on 8/24/2021 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-014006

A 15-year-old minor boy came into DFS care on April 27, 2021 because his grandmother, who legally adopted him and his sister in 2011, no longer wants him to return to her home out of fear for her and his sister’s safety. The minor boy was adjudicated a delinquent for an offense involving his sister, has completed the required treatment, and is eligible for discharge. While the grandmother does not want him to return to her home, she wishes to maintain contact and communication with him. The minor boy 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): Status Check on 6/29/2021 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-013574

On April 17, 2021, a newborn baby girl born drug exposed came into care because there is a present danger to her resulting from one or more parents’ emotional instability, developmental status, or cognitive deficiency that seriously impairs the ability to care for the child and no adult was identified as protective. Mother has ongoing mental health issues which require extensive medication management and she has not been consistent with treatment because of insurance issues. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 8/4/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2021-013232

A 1-year-old girl came into care in April 2021 after both parents were arrested on outstanding warrants. Her natural mother appears to have unaddressed mental health and substance abuse issues and DFS is still trying to collect information about the natural father. This little girl is 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): Review Hearing on 10/5/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

 

Case Number: 2021-011323

A 10-year-old, 8-year-old, and 5-year-old were removed from their parents due to physical abuse, neglect, and the mother’s mental health issues. There is a history of severe physical abuse of the children and abusive manipulation of the children, including withholding food as punishment. These children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 9/22/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-014670

A newborn baby boy was removed from his mother when he was born drug exposed in utero. The father is currently incarcerated due to domestic violence against the mother. Both parents are very young and were in DFS care as minors themselves. At this time, the child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 10/20/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-014137

Two siblings, a 1-year-old and a newborn, came into DFS care in April 2021 because they were at risk due to concerns that their 16-year-old natural father and 17-year-old natural mother are unable to control their impulses/behaviors. The parents have a history of domestic violence and continue to engage in dangerous and inappropriate activities. Both parents were arrested on a parole violation and other charges and the children are currently placed in a foster home. The siblings 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 8/19/2021 at 11:00 pm in Courtroom 13.

 

Case Number: 2021-013920

A two-year-old girl was removed from her mother’s care after she became homeless and displayed signs of mental health issues. At this time the 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 10/13/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-015249

A 12-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy came into DFS on May 14, 2021 after their father solicited with a minor in Bullhead City, Arizona. He is a registered sex offender because of an incident years ago and he is currently doing sex offender treatment. The children were with their mother until the end of the school year then placed with their paternal aunt. Father has expressed that he wants this paternal aunt to become the children’s guardian while he undergoes sex offender treatment. These children are in need of an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Plea Hearing 8/4/2021 at 9:45 am; Review Hearing on 11/17/2021 at 10:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-014298

Because the mother is homeless and has no prospect of shelter, a 2-year-old girl was removed from her care and placed in a foster home. There are also concerns that the mother has mental health issues. The mother continues to make allegations of sexual abuse of the child and has taken the child to the hospital to be examined two times, but no abuse or trauma was found either time. This little girl is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 8/12/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-016191

A sibling group of six (6) children came into care due to domestic violence. One of the minors was injured when intervened to stop the incident. There is a significant history of domestic violence and these children need an attorney to represent their wishes and rights and protect them from further harm. Next hearing(s): Case Plan Hearing on 8/2/2021 at 11:00 am and Review Hearing on 11/9/2021 at 3:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-015570

A newborn baby girl came into DFS care on March 16, 2021.  The mother and father have a history of domestic violence, primarily verbal arguments, but recently escalating to physical violence. In the incident that led to the newborn going into DFS care included the father torturing the family cat in front of the baby, which upset her and she started crying. In response to her crying, the father picked her up and started shaking her to stop crying, threw her on the bed and pinned her down with his thumbs and screamed in her face. The mother intervened and the father then choked and punched the mother until she was able to get away and take the baby with her. The baby was later taken to Sunrise Hospital for observation. The father has a history of violent behavior and the mother has been unable to protect the child from the domestic violence. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 11/9/2021 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-016241

After a father was very threatening and violent and attempted to jump from a third story balcony at the hospital, a newborn baby boy was placed with his maternal grandmother. There is a history of domestic violence between the parents and an alleged risk of physical harm to the child. This newborn baby needs an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights so he can grow in a supportive and safe environment. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 8/12/2021 at 1:30pm; Status Check Hearing on 10/5/2021 at 1:30pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-014836

A newborn baby boy came into DFS care on May 5, 2021 because his mother admitted to using drugs during her pregnancy and the father is unknown. At the time of birth, both mom and baby boy tested positive for drugs. In addition, his mother is homeless and does not have a safe environment for the child. She has indicated that she wants her brother to adopt the baby boy. This little baby boy 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 so he can start life in a positive environment. Next hearing(s):

Case Number: 2021-018525

A 15-year-old boy is no longer welcome in his guardian’s home after he was placed at Spring Mountain Youth Camp. Before he went to Spring Mountain Youth Camp, he lived with his paternal aunt who obtained guardianship of him, but she now plans to terminate it. He is currently still at Spring Mountain Youth Camp. He 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): Disposition Hearing on 8/10/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-016728

A newborn baby entered into DFS care on May 28, 2021 after being born drug exposed. The mother tested positive for drugs at the child’s birth. The mother refuses to address her drug use and the father denies using illegal drugs. DFS has been involved in this family regarding the newborn’s siblings and parental rights have been terminated in those instances. This child is in need of an attorney to represent it’s legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 11/9/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-0111149

A newborn baby girl came into DFS care on April 2, 2021 due to the mother testing positive for multiple drugs at the time of birth and therefore exposing her child to drugs. The mother stated she used multiple drugs frequently during the pregnancy and reports that her drug use does not impair her ability to parent. The putative father is reported to be serving a federal sentence in custody and is not available to raise the child. The newborn baby girl 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 to get her life started in a positive direction. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 9/28/2021 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-018850

This 6-year-old girl was transported to the hospital with a significant head/eye injury and taken into DFS care on March 17, 2019. The mother denies any trauma but the girl reports being thrown on the bed because mom was mad. 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 for her to be safe and happy. Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 9/8/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2021-019110 (Pending Placement)

After the maternal grandmother reportedly left the children to go to the casino and gamble in November 2020, a sibling group of four children, ages 14.5, 13, 12, and 4, were removed from her care. She was arrest for child endangerment and the children were placed in a Higher Level of Care foster home and remain there.  She was previously the legal guardian of the three oldest children until the guardianship was terminated in July 2019 because she failed to complete the necessary reports and paperwork and she did not respond to the Order to Show Cause. Their natural mother has a significant drug problem and four of the natural fathers are unknown and one is believed to be deceased. The children need an attorney to represent their legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place as they work towards reunification with their maternal grandmother.  Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 10/2/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-019592

Because of significant safety concerns and lack of protection for a sibling group consisting of a 12-year -old boy, 11-year-old boy, and 9-year-old boy went into DFS care on May 27, 2021. There are two older siblings but they are not in need of representation at this time. The father allegedly sexually abused one of the older siblings and there is a history of domestic violence between the parents. Next hearing(s): Confirmation of Counsel Hearing on 8/4/2021 at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-018852

After his 6-year-old sister was transported to the hospital with a significant head injury, a 5-year-old boy came into DFS care on March 17, 2019 due to concerns of risk of harm. The siblings have different desires so the 5-year-old boy is 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 for him to be safe and happy.   Next hearing(s): Review Hearing on 9/8/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 9.

Case Number: 2021-018584

A 2-year-old girl and her 1-year-old brother came into DFS care on June 15, 2020 because their mother and father have a history of domestic violence and substance use that impacts their ability to provide adequate supervision of the small children. The children are currently living at Child Haven but have spent days in foster homes and relatives may be a possible placement. 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 Hearing on 8/10/2021 at 1:30 pm; Review Hearing on 11/20/2021 at 2:15 pm in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-019472

A newborn baby boy came into DFS care on June 1, 2021 because the mother is homeless, struggles with substance abuse, and cannot currently provide for him. DFS is now unable to contact the mother and the father’s whereabouts are unknown. This newborn baby boy is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 8/2/2021 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-019936

A 6-year-old girl came into DFS care in June 2021 with her older half sibling due to ongoing domestic violence occurring in the home in her presence. Police have responded to the home multiple times. The mother’s boyfriend was arrested on a warrant due to multiple domestic violence charges.  She lacks protective capacity as she continues to allow her boyfriend access to the home and children. The children have been placed with a relative.  This 6-year-old 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 11/18/2021 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-019383

As a result of her mother’s demonstrated mental health issues, a 1-year-old girl came into DFS care on June 22, 2021. Her mother was subjected to a mental health examination as she exhibited bizarre behaviors and then was released. Upon release, she presented at the hospital asking for her daughter, who was not in the hospital and she was trespassed from the hospital. She denied using controlled substances or having mental health issues but her behavior posed concerns for the child’s safety. She was agitated and had to be sedated and placed on a mental health hold as a result of her behavior and threats. This 1-year-old 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 8/10/2021 at 9:45am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-019857

16 year old girl came into DFS care on June 7, 2021. Parents are divorced, and father was was allowed to come to the home for visitation with minor. One of the other girl siblings reported that client’s father has on multiple occasions touched her under her clothing. Minor reported that she told her sisters and her mother but her mother did not address the issue. Two other sisters confirmed that minor told them about it and also stated that when they were younger he did the same thing to them. They or their therapist told Mother about what had happened. Mother initially denied knowing what her ex-husband had done but later admitted that she knew he had molested the girls but stated she had “taken care of it.” She did not reopen it or take any action to protect the girls from contact with father. The children, including this client, are at risk of abuse by father and mother has failed to protect the girls from him. The Judge ordered this sibling be referred to Pro Bono.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 8/4/2021 at at 9:45 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-016776

A 15-year-old girl struggling with suicidal ideations was removed from her stepmother and father. There is a history of abuse and this is not the first time she has been removed from the home. She needs 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 8/16/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-017081

A newborn baby girl was placed in foster care after the mother tested positive at birth for methamphetamines. At this time, the 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 11/2/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2020-010655

16 year old girl came into care in September 2020 after her biological father reached out to authorities to have her placed on a legal/mental health hold.  The father reported minor was a threat to herself and him; minor reported her father gets physically abusive when he tries to discipline her.  She has bipolar disorder, requiring medication and therapy.  Biological father refused to allow minor to return; Minor did not return.  Further, minor was adopted by her grandparents in Texas at a young age.  They are unwilling to take her back, and minor does not want to return to Texas. After coming into care, minor found a foster home with parents willing to adopt.  Those parents now have an open investigation of physical abuse involving two younger children. Minor wants to return to them, but is currently in a higher level of care home.  Next hearing is a Review Hearing on 8/4/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-011598

A newborn baby boy was removed from his parents due to domestic violence issues. There is a history of domestic violence in the home; the father physically abuses the mother in front of the baby and is very controlling and manipulative. The baby boy 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 10/13/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-019626

A newborn baby boy came into DFS due to a report of physical abuse and substance exposure to the baby. His father is deceased as of June, 2021, however the Department is awaiting confirmation from police report. His mother described her housing situation as “bouncing around” and there is a history of domestic violence between her and her girlfriend and drug use when they are together. As a result, his mother is unable to provide adequate housing, food, and supplies for baby boy. She is willing to get clean, engage in treatment, and utilize her family support at this time. Mother stated that she will be separating from her girlfriend as her girlfriend also uses heroine and meth.  DFS specialist on the case spoke with several maternal relatives concerning mother’s behaviors and habits.  Collectively, all relatives have expressed concerns regarding her substance abuse, violent behavior, contention toward safety service providers and homeless lifestyle. It is also reported that mom has an extensive criminal history local and out of state with charges related to drug and drug paraphernalia possession, battery, and burglary.  In-home present danger plan could not be established at this time due to the mother’s unpredictable behavior and lack of alignment with family resources. The newborn baby boy’s date of discharge from the hospital is not determined at this time due to monitoring for withdrawals. At this time, the child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place to ensure he is safe and happy. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 8/26/2021 at 1:00 pm; Review Hearing on 01/04/2022 at 3:00 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-021206

A 2-year-old child with Down Syndrome and his 4-year-old sister and 3-year-old brother were removed from their parents due to inadequate supervision, neglect in the home and drug use. There was an incident in which the 3-year-old was struggling to swim in the complex pool without adult supervision. In addition, the child with Down Syndrome is not receiving any services and has not been to the doctor for over a year. Both parents have admitted to using drugs. Minors are currently placed with maternal grandmother. At this time, the children are in need of an attorney to represent their wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place to ensure they are safe and healthy. Next hearing(s): a Disposition Hearing on 8/4/2021 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-020932

A sibling group of four children, ages 5, 3, 2 and 9 months were removed from parents care due to concerns of housing resources, domestic violence issues, mental health, and repeatedly leaving the kids unsupervised.  Minors have been placed with a fictive kin, with an order asking not to be separated.  3 year old minor is reported to have autism and a seizure disorder and to be under the care of a neurologist.  Next hearing is EOP on 8/11/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-019668 (Pending Placement)

Two siblings, ages 16 years and 10 years, came into DFS care after their father refused to allow them in the home. The maternal aunt’s guardianship of the children has been terminated and the mother’s whereabouts are unknown. The children have been temporarily placed with their adult sibling and are in need of an attorney to represent their rights and wishes and help them find stability. Next hearing(s): Plea Hearing on 7/27/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-020046

Twin 2-year-old children are in need of representation because they came into DFS care in June 2021 after tragically witnessing their father’s girlfriend shot in the back, potentially by their father. Their father has an extensive criminal history and their mother lives in Florida. 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 8/10/2021 at 10:30 am; Review Hearing on 12/16/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-008900

A 4-month-old baby boy came into DFS care on March 13, 2021 because his mother lacked resources at the time of birth to provide for him. Additionally, natural mother has an older child who is currently a ward of the court and she has not complied with the conditions of her case plan in that case. The newborn baby boy 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): Adjudicatory Trial on 8/6/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-021398

A newborn baby boy came into DFS care on July 10, 2021, the day after his birth, because his mother tested positive for drugs and had exposed the newborn. The ability for the mother to protect and care for him is unknown at this time and she has a significant history of drug abuse. As a result, he is in need of an attorney to represent his legal wishes and rights, ensure the appropriate services are in place, and get him in the direction of success in life.  Next hearing is a Plea Hearing on 8/9/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-022614

A newborn baby girl was born with multiple complications and health conditions as a result of exposure to substances. Her mother appeared to have injuries in the hospital, potentially from ongoing domestic violence in the home, and she has a new substance abuse issue. The baby is currently with the former partner of the placement for the four older siblings and both parents visit the baby. At this time, this newborn baby girl is in need of an attorney to represent her wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Adjudicatory Trial 8/18/21 at 10am

Case Number: 2021-022276

The District Attorney did a direct file for protective custody of a 16-year-old boy because his parents struggle with substance abuse that compromises their ability to provide proper care and safety for the teenager. The boy is currently with his parents as they are avoiding DFS. This teenager 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): Plea Hearing on 8/2/2021 at 10:00 am in Courtroom 10.

Civil

Case Number: 2020-006900

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

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

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

Case Number: 2021-002147

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

Case Number: 2021-004845

Client seeks assistance with a consumer fraud claim concerning the purchase of a 2013 Nissan Maxima on November 5. 2020 from opposing party (OP). Client states he paid about $2,510 in cash. He further states OP gave him the temporary placard for registration. However, OP never gave him the final documents required by the DMV to complete the registration process. Client filed a complaint with DMV, which subsequently requested Client appear for a 2nd interview. Client states DMV wrongly believes he only paid half the price of the vehicle, whereas Client states he paid the full purchase price. Client states that DMV informed him that OP claims he can return the vehicle or pay half of what the vehicle is worth. Client simply wants the vehicle registered and title transferred.

Case Number: 2021-006756

Client requests help with a Small Claims action against an auto repair shop. Client was involved in an auto accident in December 2020 wherein he inadvertently rear-ended another vehicle. Client’s vehicle sustained damage to the front end and is not operable. Client made a timely claim to his insurance carrier and had the vehicle towed to opposing party’s (OP) garage. OP accepted funds from the insurance carrier to repair the vehicle. However, OP appears to have pocketed the funds without working on the vehicle. Client retrieved the vehicle and had it towed back to his residence. Client simply wants his vehicle repaired. He wants OP to turn over the funds it accepted from the carrier so that he may find another repair shop to complete the work.

Case Number: 2021-008688

Client, a veteran, requests representation for a breach of contract claim for about $5,350 against the opposing party (OP). OP is a local trailer park. It sold Client a trailer for $1200 in December 2020. Client used his savings to purchase approx. $3,000 worth of materials and paid $1,150 in labor to private parties. However, OP only provided Client with a bill of sale- no title was given. Client reached out to MHD, which conducted an inspection shortly after and determined that the trailer is considered sub-standard. Client was told that OP should have never sold the trailer in a private sale and that the bill of sale is invalid. MHD also concluded that OP violated building codes due to the poor condition of the trailer (electrical, roof, hot water). Client states MHD gave OP a 90 day deadline to remedy the issues or destroy the trailer.
OP has offered to reimburse client for the $1,200 purchase price, but not Client’s other costs. Client needs help asserting his claim against OP and getting all his money back.

Case Number: 2021-008899

Client, 67 years old, needs assistance with a possible real estate scam. He owned a condo unit until 2018, subject to a mortgage and unpaid HOA dues. Client quit claimed the property to the opposing party (OP) in 2018 for only $2,000 and agreed to pay $555 per month pursuant to a standard residential lease agreement with a 5 year term.
Client recently received notice from the bank which holds the first mortgage, that his transfer of the deed triggers the acceleration clause of the bank’s deed of trust. The bank is threatening to foreclose. Client states he wasn’t sure what he was signing when he gave up the property as he had recently suffered a stroke and had many financial problems that OP claimed he would address. Client also signed a POA in favor of OP before the transaction. Client wants to know his options.

Case Number: 2021-002145

Client needs counsel to assert a breach of warranty claim (and possible other claims) against an online auto dealer. In March 2020, she purchased a used car from the opposing party dealer (OP). In September 2020, the vehicle was totaled in an auto accident. Client’s insurance carrier was preparing to pay the claim to the lienholder, but discovered that the lien holder does not have title to the car. OP never transferred the title to the lienholder. To avoid defaulting and being sued, Client continues to make the monthly payments, making it impossible for her to purchase another vehicle. Client hopes to retrieve the payments she has unjustly made due to OP’s failure to transfer the title to the lien holder back in March 2020.

Case Number: 2021-020011

A 71-year-old woman who is disabled and has a limited income is seeking representation to carry on with her current pending matter against Bolmer Restoration and CAT Detailing. Initially hired to fix a backup in her shower, the opposing parties took advantage of the client and manipulated her into believing the issue was much worse and much more expensive than they had thought. They convinced her not to get a second opinion because it would be expensive for her but to allow them to make the repairs and finance the cost with their company. Upon offering to pay with credit card instead, they told her they found additional damage to the property needing repair, told her they would handle the insurance, and assured her the insurance would pay the $20,000 plus it would cost for the supposedly required repairs. The elderly woman promptly boarded her dogs and went to a hotel to get out of the supposedly dangerous and uninhabitable home. Two days later, she returned to the home to check on the work and the opposing parties had tore up seven rooms in the home and demolished all the dry wall. She was informed they found asbestos and was escorted out despite her protests that she has never had an asbestos issue. On the same day, multiple lines of credit were opened in her name for thousands of dollars. She put a padlock on the door and moved to Michigan temporarily to be with family as she no longer had a home to stay in. She is now back in Las Vegas and is temporarily living with her son because the home has not been repaired. She sued the opposing parties and was represented by counsel but he was recently suspended by the State Bar leaving her case at a stand still. CAT sued the woman for Title in 2019, however the case was transferred to after she hired her previous counsel. Bolmer and CAT Detailing’s filed bankruptcy and Notice was served on the client. Next Hearing(s): Status Check on August 9, 2021.

Case Number: 2021-014863

A woman is seeking assistance getting the title of the mobile home she is currently living in and paying for. The woman’s ex-husband bought the mobile home in 2004 and received the bill of sale but did not receive the title. She got the mobile home in the divorce settlement in 2021. Upon searching the Manufactured Home Title database, the previous owner is still listed as the owner and there is now a lien on the property. Client is Spanish-speaking but her niece interprets for her and an interpreter is available upon request.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2021-004845

Client seeks assistance with a consumer fraud claim concerning the purchase of a 2013 Nissan Maxima on November 5. 2020 from opposing party (OP). Client states he paid about $2,510 in cash. He further states OP gave him the temporary placard for registration. However, OP never gave him the final documents required by the DMV to complete the registration process. Client filed a complaint with DMV, which subsequently requested Client appear for a 2nd interview. Client states DMV wrongly believes he only paid half the price of the vehicle, whereas Client states he paid the full purchase price. Client states that DMV informed him that OP claims he can return the vehicle or pay half of what the vehicle is worth. Client simply wants the vehicle registered and title transferred.

Case Number: 2021-002619

Client requests representation to assert a claim for the return of her vehicle. She is 76 years old and took her vehicle to the opposing party’s (OP) auto repair shop in preparation for selling the vehicle. She was originally told that the repairs would cost $2500, and when she asked for a discount, OP dropped the price to $2400. She did not receive a written estimate.
After two weeks at the shop, Client states the manager told her that she needed a new transmission, and that it would cost another $5,000. OP demanded payment of $2500 for repairing the fan belt, brakes, and the shifter. However, Client was under the impression that OP was going to repair the transmission for the $2500 and that the car would be fully operable and ready to sell. She does not want to pay the $2500 or the $5000, and would like to pick up the vehicle. She aims to find a used transmission and have another mechanic install it. OP will not allow her to pick up the vehicle unless she pays the $2500 for the work already completed.
Client already sent a certified demand letter to OP, but OP has not complied. She needs to engage counsel to help her get the vehicle returned.

Case Number: 2021-010461

Client needs assistance with a claim against an auto repair shop. Client brought her 2015 Nissan Sentra in to opposing party’s (OP) repair shop several months ago to replace a transmission. The estimate was 2500, and Client states she made arrangements with OP for partial payments. Client has paid 1700 so far. However, OP has apparently relocated and will not disclose its new location. Client has continued to make monthly car payments but has not had access to the car for over six months. Client would like help locating OP and retrieving her vehicle.

Case Number: 2021-008868

Client owns a mobile home and rents a space at the opposing party’s (OP) mobile home park. Client states that around June-August 2020, she didn’t have any running water and had sewage back-up. This has caused a pest issue in her home and medical problems due to her inability to shower. She filed a complaint with the Nevada Manufactured Housing Division. MHD fined the property manager for negligence and non-compliance. Client would like assistance to negotiate withheld rent for those three months.

Client also agreed to work for OP during this time in lieu of rent. She would like counsel and advice and/or limited scope representation regarding unpaid wages, rent arrears and assistance in negotiating a resolution with landlord.

Case Number: 2020-005790

Applicant is 65 years old, income qualified, receives $865 a month from SSDI. She’s seeking her options against adverse. She was awarded a home in a divorce in 2015 without a mortgage. In January 2020, she was diagnosed with kidney disease. During that time she was contacted by a real estate broker and entered into an agreement to sell her home to him through seller financing for $288k which was about $112k below market value. After the close of escrow, in June 2020, he convinced her to sign a loan modification agreement (without consideration) lowering the note’s principal balance from 273k to 223k and extending the due date from August 8th, 2002 to a 30 year note with monthly payment. The purchaser convinced her to sign a subordination agreement allowing him to take a $200k loan which is now in a first position above her loan. At this point, she has received $15k and has a 30 year note in a second position.

Case Number: 2021-001588

Client seeks assistance with a dispute over a security deposit. Client states she attended a virtual tour of an apartment unit with opposing party (OP). She made an online payment of $300 to hold the apartment and $50 for background check. She then signed a one year lease agreement online. She made a security deposit of $400 and first month pro-rated rent of $520.26. After payments, she was directed to pick up the keys and inspect the apartment.
Client states that when she appeared for the inspection, she witnesses OP attempting to repair the balcony area, which had uneven and unstable floor boards and stains from pet feces. Client did not feel comfortable moving into the apartment. She notified management in writing about the habitability issues pursuant to NRS 118A.280: Delivery of Possession of Premises.
Client states the $300 online payment was returned, but OP also provided an early lease termination agreement and a final move-out statement with a balance of $2,722.32 for early lease termination. Client disputes the fee and seeks her security deposit and first month’s rent.

Case Number: 2021-020011

A 71-year-old woman who is disabled and has a limited income is seeking representation to carry on with her current pending matter against Bolmer Restoration and CAT Detailing. Initially hired to fix a backup in her shower, the opposing parties took advantage of the client and manipulated her into believing the issue was much worse and much more expensive than they had thought. They convinced her not to get a second opinion because it would be expensive for her but to allow them to make the repairs and finance the cost with their company. Upon offering to pay with credit card instead, they told her they found additional damage to the property needing repair, told her they would handle the insurance, and assured her the insurance would pay the $20,000 plus it would cost for the supposedly required repairs. The elderly woman promptly boarded her dogs and went to a hotel to get out of the supposedly dangerous and uninhabitable home. Two days later, she returned to the home to check on the work and the opposing parties had tore up seven rooms in the home and demolished all the dry wall. She was informed they found asbestos and was escorted out despite her protests that she has never had an asbestos issue. On the same day, multiple lines of credit were opened in her name for thousands of dollars. She put a padlock on the door and moved to Michigan temporarily to be with family as she no longer had a home to stay in. She is now back in Las Vegas and is temporarily living with her son because the home has not been repaired. She sued the opposing parties and was represented by counsel but he was recently suspended by the State Bar leaving her case at a stand still. CAT sued the woman for Title in 2019, however the case was transferred to after she hired her previous counsel. Bolmer and CAT Detailing’s filed bankruptcy and Notice was served on the client. Next Hearing(s): Status Check on August 9, 2021.

Domestic Violence

Case Number: 2020-00801

Client seeks representation for a custody matter. The opposing party (OP) has filed a Petition for Custody even though he was arrested and incarcerated for domestic violence against Client. CPS removed the children (ages 1 and 3) in 2018. After Client met all of her goals with DFS, the children were reunited with her and the Dependency case was closed. However, when she requested child support, OP filed for custody. He has limited supervised visits at present, is not involved in child rearing and does not provide support. Client merely seeks to protect both herself and her young children from him.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2020-00801

Client seeks representation for a custody matter. The opposing party (OP) has filed a Petition for Custody even though he was arrested and incarcerated for domestic violence against Client. CPS removed the children (ages 1 and 3) in 2018. After Client met all of her goals with DFS, the children were reunited with her and the Dependency case was closed. However, when she requested child support, OP filed for custody. He has limited supervised visits at present, is not involved in child rearing and does not provide support. Client merely seeks to protect both herself and her young children from him.

Case Number: 2021-008913

Client requests representation on a custody modification matter. Client was married to opposing party (OP) and they have 4 sons from age 5 to 11. They divorced around 2018. Client moved to California and agreed to joint legal custody with OP having primary physical custody of the boys. The parties reconciled and Client moved back in with the family in Las Vegas several months ago. They did not remarry and the current custody order remains in effect.
Client wants to end the relationship and move out, but she wants 50-50 physical custody this time. OP is threatening to prevent her from having as much time with the boys as she has in the Decree. Client does not want to have to endure a bad relationship just to continue to be present for the children.

Case Number: 2021-009063

Client needs assistance filing a divorce. He attempted to do so last year but was unable to effectuate service. The Court Clerk told him to re-file. Client states there are no children and no DV issues. There is some property and debt to distribute. The marriage was of relatively short duration, client does not seek alimony and even if the opposing party does, Client’s only income is unemployment. He seeks a clean break and a fresh start. Client is Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available upon request.

Case Number: 2021-010981

Client is seeking assistance with a non-pending divorce. She has been living with her son since her husband forced her out of their property. Client and her husband have been married since October 1989 and their final separation took place May 2021. While Client was hospitalized, her husband changed the locks to prevent her entry. Community property includes a marital home, other property, 2 vehicles, furniture, an RV and checking/savings account. Client is requesting alimony of $2500 per month. Community debt includes car loans, IRS, mortgage and 2 creditors. There are no minor children involved and there is no physical DV.

Case Number: 2021-014545

Client is seeking assistance with a divorce. Client is a resident of Las Vegas and her husband’s residence is unknown. The reason for the separation is due to her husband being taken away by police from their home. She has not known anything about her husband’s whereabouts since 2005. Client has no community or property debt and there are no children or domestic violence issues.

Case Number: 2021-009103

Client is seeking assistance with a non-pending Divorce with a minor. No DV or CPS history. They have been married since June 2002 and have been back and forth with separation since September 2020 however, they still reside together. Assets include their marital home, 4 vehicles, 1 RV, 1 boat, Wells Fargo checking and savings account with approximately $6k. Client believes OP (“opposing party”) has $11k in their “joint” account which she has no access to allegedly. She has knowledge of the funds because he told her about it. Debts include 7 credits cards and 2 bank loans. Client would also like to request spousal support of $500 per month for 1 year. They have a 16 year old minor who lives in Las Vegas with her. Client is seeking Joint/Primary custody with visitation. She believes OP will want to fight her for custody to be spiteful. She isn’t capable of self representation due to language barrier. She thinks she will have a hard time navigating the filing system and court procedures. Client is Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available upon request.

Case Number: 2021-020622

After respondent filed a complaint for custody of the parties’ minor child, appellant filed a counterclaim for divorce. Alternatively, appellant sought to establish that she was respondent’s putative spouse based on the parties’ participation in a religious ceremony called a Nikah. Appellant asserted that both parties believed they were married after the ceremony. Respondent countered that the Nikah was a ceremony only and both parties were aware that it did not result in a legally binding marriage. The district court concluded that they putative spouse doctrine did not apply because both parties consciously and jointly decided not to take the steps necessary to perform a legally recognizable marriage. On appeal, appellant challenges the district court’s characterization of the parties’ relationship.

Case Number: 2021-021837

Appellant found himself unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it has been difficult for him to find other work. He does not have family or friends he can financially rely on either. As a result, he filed a motion to modify child support based on changed circumstances. The court ordered the parties to submit tax returns for the years 2016 through 2018. Appellant failed to submit his tax returns and stated that he was unemployed. The court found that both parties are capable of being employed full-time, determined that appellant is intentionally unemployed, denied the motion to modify child support, and awarded attorney fees to the respondent. Appellant now appeals that decision pro se because he disagrees with the judge’s ruling and believes that the district court erroneously concluded that appellant could find other work or could rely on family and friends to financially support him. Respondent is also proceeding pro se.

Federal

Case Number: 2021-020750

Plaintiff is an inmate at High Desert State Prison suffering from chronic pain resulting from a car accident prior to incarceration. In 2006, Plaintiff started pain management and underwent multiple tests in which surgery was deemed necessary, but Plaintiff never received it. Plaintiff then became a Clark County Detention Center (CCDC) inmate in 2010 and received medical care for his chronic pain until September 2015. Despite multiple requests to continue treatment and medication, Plaintiff alleges he did not receive the care requested and that had been received previously from September 2015 to March 2016. In March 2016, Defendants allegedly removed him from “sick call” altogether without explanation and denied him an annual exam for his chronic pain. After submitting multiple grievances to the jail, he filed a 1983 claim alleging Eighth Amendment cruel and unusual punishment and Fourteenth Amendment due process and equal protection violations. Client is seeking counsel through the Federal Pro Bono Program. There is a status hearing on July 30, 2021 to address the status of counsel appointment.

Case Number: 2019-006745

Plaintiff is an inmate at High Desert State Prison who submitted a complaint alleging that the Nevada Department of Corrections’ (NDOC) medical staff failed to provide treatment for his chronic hepatitis C (HCV). On August 6, 2019, the U.S. District Court stayed Plaintiff’s individual case and consolidated it as part of a class action relating to HCV. The class action litigation resulted in a consent decree which requires NDOC to provide treatment to all inmates with chronic HCV. The consent decree does not preclude Plaintiff from continuing his individual lawsuit seeking monetary damages, from seeking declaratory or injunctive relief on his as-applied individual claims, or from asserting other claims that do not pertain to the general prospective relief issues about NDOC’s policies and practices that were addressed in the consent decree. The case remained stayed for an opportunity to settle until June 2, 2021 when the court lifted the stay. No settlement agreement was reached and Plaintiff seeks representation for his individual case.

Case Number: 2019-007317

Plaintiff is an inmate a Lovelock Correctional Center who has submitted a complaint alleging that the Nevada Department of Corrections’ (NDOC) medical staff failed to provide treatment for his chronic hepatitis C (HCV). On August 6, 2019, the district court stayed Plaintiff’s individual case and consolidated it as part of the class action relating to HCV. The class action litigation resulted in a consent decree which requires NDOC to provide treatment to all inmates with chronic HCV. The consent decree does not preclude Plaintiff from continuing his individual lawsuit seeking monetary damages, from seeking declaratory or injunctive relief on his as-applied individual claims, or from asserting other claims that do not pertain to the general prospective relief issues about NDOC’s policies and practices that were addressed in the consent decree. On November 12, 2020, the district court entered an order lifting the stay in Plaintiff’s case and he now seeks representation to help him obtain monetary damages and injunctive relief.

Case Number: 2019-007314

Plaintiff is an inmate at Lovelock Correctional Center and filed a First Amended Complaint alleging Defendant’s refusal of treatment for his chronic hepatitis C (HCV). Plaintiff became a class representative for a class action relating to HCV and, on November 12, 2019, the district court stayed Plaintiff’s individual case and consolidated it as part of the class action. The class action litigation resulted in a consent decree which requires NDOC to provide treatment to all inmates with chronic HCV. The consent decree does not preclude Plaintiff from continuing his individual lawsuit seeking monetary damages, from seeking declaratory or injunctive relief on his as-applied individual claims, or from asserting other claims that do not pertain to the general prospective relief issues about NDOC’s policies and practices that were addressed in the consent decree. Defendants filed an answer to Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint on March 3, 2021. Plaintiff seeks representation for his individual case. Important Date(s): Plaintiff has filed two motions to extend time, which were entered on May 17, 2021 and July 13, 2021. Discovery is now due by September 6, 2021, Motions are due by October 6, 2021, and a Pretrial Order is due by November 5, 2021.

Case Number: 2019-004183

Plaintiff is an inmate at Warm Springs Correctional Center and has alleged two Eighth Amendment claims for deliberate indifference to serious medical needs as well as a Fourteenth Amendment equal protection claims. Plaintiff became a class representative for a class action relating to chronic hepatitis C (HCV) and on August 6, 2019, the district court stayed Plaintiff’s individual case to consolidate it as part of the class action. The class action litigation resulted in a consent decree which requires NDOC to provide treatment to all inmates with chronic HCV. The consent decree does not preclude Plaintiff from continuing his individual lawsuit seeking monetary damages, from seeking declaratory or injunctive relief on his as-applied individual claims, or from asserting other claims that do not pertain to the general prospective relief issues about NDOC’s policies and practices that were addressed in the consent decree. Plaintiff seeks representation for his individual case to help him pursue monetary damages, declaratory relief, and injunctive relief for injuries related to chronic HCV and other injuries.

Case Number: 2021-021550

While incarcerated, the plaintiff suffered severe injuries leaving him legally blind. He was assaulted by another inmate while sleeping. The assailant beat the plaintiff in the face with a metal cane and caused injury to his eyes. He was taken to the infirmary, but a lack of sufficient medical care resulted in pain and suffering and the eventual permanent loss of vision. Three days prior to the attack, the plaintiff was approached by another inmate who was very aggressive toward him and made threatening and homophobic remarks directed at the plaintiff. He reported the incident to four different prison officials and expressed his fear of additional attacks, including his case worker. He asked to be moved to another unit but he was not moved and the case worker would not meet with him. On September 15, 2019, the plaintiff was attacked by the inmate he had had the previous encounter with, leaving him with significant physical injuries and mental health issues. The plaintiff filed a 1983 complaint against the Nevada Department of Corrections and others in their official capacity and would like assistance with this matter.

Landlord/Tenant

Case Number: 2020-006900

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

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

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

Case Number: 2021-000052

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

Case Number: 2021-002147

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

Case Number: 2021-012783

Client requests assistance with a dispute she has with a former landlord (opposing party, “OP”). She vacated a townhome in August 2019 because she could no longer obtain transportation to her health care providers. She is disabled and continues to need treatment for her condition. She states she provided OP with the necessary notice regarding her disability when she terminated her lease early. She paid for August 2019, but not September 2019, which OP is billing her for. OP is also billing her to replace flooring and carpeting. Client states the flooring and carpeting have normal wear and tear. Client wants to contest the bill and obtain her security deposit. The total balance owed, according to Landlord is approximately $3k. Client disagrees with these costs and tried to mediate a solution by contacting the Neighborhood Justice Center who referred her to contact LACSN.

Real Estate Fraud

Case Number: 2021-008283

The Defendant in a quiet title claim needs assistance defending her right to the home she has lived in for over ten years. Plaintiff and Defendant started a relationship together in 2003. In 2011, Plaintiff won a wrongful death lawsuit for $14.1 million dollars. He offered to pay off Defendant’s house in a short sale transaction and payed $40K and title was transferred into his name. The parties’ relationship ended in 2011, and Defendant asked to have title transferred back into her name before Plaintiff moved away. On or about 02/03/2012, the parties engaged counsel to prepare and execute a quitclaim deed transferring title of the property back into Defendant’s name but she did not record it at that time. After they separated, they remained in contact and Plaintiff began talking about selling the property and that the property belongs to him. As a result, Defendant found the quitclaim deed that was executed in 2012 and recorded the deed on 11/13/2019. The Plaintiff now alleges the deed was fraudulent and he filed a Complaint for Quiet Title on 3/21/2021 and filed an Answer on 3/23/2021. Plaintiff is represented by counsel. Plaintiff claims that the Defendant improperly and fraudulently recorded a deed naming her owner to the property in question but Defendant vehemently denies this and has the records. Client wants to keep her house and wants representation to fight for it. Client is Spanish-speaking but her adult daughter is available to assist her and an interpreter is available upon request. Next hearing(s): Status Check on 3/2/2022 at 9:00am; Pre-trial Conference on 12/8/2022 at 10:15am; Calendar Call on 12/20/2022 at 9:00am; Bench Trial on 1/3/2023 at 9:00am.

Case Number: 2021-008899

Client, 67 years old, needs assistance with a possible real estate scam. He owned a condo unit until 2018, subject to a mortgage and unpaid HOA dues. Client quit claimed the property to the opposing party (OP) in 2018 for only $2,000 and agreed to pay $555 per month pursuant to a standard residential lease agreement with a 5 year term.
Client recently received notice from the bank which holds the first mortgage, that his transfer of the deed triggers the acceleration clause of the bank’s deed of trust. The bank is threatening to foreclose. Client states he wasn’t sure what he was signing when he gave up the property as he had recently suffered a stroke and had many financial problems that OP claimed he would address. Client also signed a POA in favor of OP before the transaction. Client wants to know his options.

Spanish/Non-English Speaking

Case Number: 2021-008283

The Defendant in a quiet title claim needs assistance defending her right to the home she has lived in for over ten years. Plaintiff and Defendant started a relationship together in 2003. In 2011, Plaintiff won a wrongful death lawsuit for $14.1 million dollars. He offered to pay off Defendant’s house in a short sale transaction and payed $40K and title was transferred into his name. The parties’ relationship ended in 2011, and Defendant asked to have title transferred back into her name before Plaintiff moved away. On or about 02/03/2012, the parties engaged counsel to prepare and execute a quitclaim deed transferring title of the property back into Defendant’s name but she did not record it at that time. After they separated, they remained in contact and Plaintiff began talking about selling the property and that the property belongs to him. As a result, Defendant found the quitclaim deed that was executed in 2012 and recorded the deed on 11/13/2019. The Plaintiff now alleges the deed was fraudulent and he filed a Complaint for Quiet Title on 3/21/2021 and filed an Answer on 3/23/2021. Plaintiff is represented by counsel. Plaintiff claims that the Defendant improperly and fraudulently recorded a deed naming her owner to the property in question but Defendant vehemently denies this and has the records. Client wants to keep her house and wants representation to fight for it. Client is Spanish-speaking but her adult daughter is available to assist her and an interpreter is available upon request. Next hearing(s): Status Check on 3/2/2022 at 9:00am; Pre-trial Conference on 12/8/2022 at 10:15am; Calendar Call on 12/20/2022 at 9:00am; Bench Trial on 1/3/2023 at 9:00am.

Case Number: 2021-009063

Client needs assistance filing a divorce. He attempted to do so last year but was unable to effectuate service. The Court Clerk told him to re-file. Client states there are no children and no DV issues. There is some property and debt to distribute. The marriage was of relatively short duration, client does not seek alimony and even if the opposing party does, Client’s only income is unemployment. He seeks a clean break and a fresh start. Client is Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available upon request.

Case Number: 2021-009103

Client is seeking assistance with a non-pending Divorce with a minor. No DV or CPS history. They have been married since June 2002 and have been back and forth with separation since September 2020 however, they still reside together. Assets include their marital home, 4 vehicles, 1 RV, 1 boat, Wells Fargo checking and savings account with approximately $6k. Client believes OP (“opposing party”) has $11k in their “joint” account which she has no access to allegedly. She has knowledge of the funds because he told her about it. Debts include 7 credits cards and 2 bank loans. Client would also like to request spousal support of $500 per month for 1 year. They have a 16 year old minor who lives in Las Vegas with her. Client is seeking Joint/Primary custody with visitation. She believes OP will want to fight her for custody to be spiteful. She isn’t capable of self representation due to language barrier. She thinks she will have a hard time navigating the filing system and court procedures. Client is Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available upon request.

Case Number: 2021-014863

A woman is seeking assistance getting the title of the mobile home she is currently living in and paying for. The woman’s ex-husband bought the mobile home in 2004 and received the bill of sale but did not receive the title. She got the mobile home in the divorce settlement in 2021. Upon searching the Manufactured Home Title database, the previous owner is still listed as the owner and there is now a lien on the property. Client is Spanish-speaking but her niece interprets for her and an interpreter is available upon request.