Case Number: 2021-025377 (Urgent)

This 9-year-old boy and his two younger sisters, ages 7 and 3, came into care in May 2020 after their younger sister was born substance exposed. The family has significant history with the Department that indicates the mother is diminished in her protective capacity. She has given birth to three substance exposed babies. The 9-year-old son in particular shows indications of being exposed to sexual abuse, which the mother denies and refuses to set healthy boundaries. He has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This child is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next hearing(s): Permanency Planning Hearing on 05/31/2023 at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-030506 (Urgent)

A man has multiple injuries after he fell in the shower and hit his head while in Nevada Department of Corrections custody causing nausea, spinning feeling/vertigo, confusion, shakes/tremors, slurred speech, and equilibrium issues in May 2017. Despite the concussion-like injury and repeated requests for treatment, he alleges he was not seen for two months and only after repeated requests for a doctor’s appointment and filing an informal grievance. He was then given multiple medications that were ineffective so he was taken off the medications. He had an MRI in November 2017 but allegedly did not receive the results until a year later and the results were inconclusive. It took a year for him to be approved to see a specialist for the medical issues. He was prescribed a new medication but was allegedly denied the prescribed medication. His condition has caused additional injuries. He filed a civil rights complaint under 42 USC 1983 against NDOC. He alleged deliberate indifference to serious medical needs, a policy to callously delay or deny ordered treatment, and issues involving insufficient medial staffing at Lovelock Correctional Center. He would like representation in this matter through the Federal Pro Bono Program.

Case Number: 2021-033064 (Urgent)

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

Case Number: 2022-000505 (Pending Placement)

A 7-year-old girl, 5-year-old boy, and 3-year-old boy were removed from their parents in July 2019 after a domestic violence incident in which the parents were arrested. They came into care with their old siblings. These three siblings are placed with their maternal grandmother. The parents have since had another child who is also with them now. The parents have substance abuse issues and there is a history of domestic violence between them. At the review hearing on 1/4/22, DFS asked the Court to change the permanency goal to termination of parental rights (TPR) for these children. The younger siblings have different goals although TPR was requested for them too. The judge granted the request and TPR is now the goal for all children except for the baby. These four children need an attorney to advocate for their desire to represent their wish to be reunified with their parents and legal rights as to permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure appropriate services are in place. Next Hearing(s): Review Hearing on 01/03/2023 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 14.

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: 2021-028756 (Urgent)

A 13-year-old girl came into DFS care on March 3, 2020 with another child. She was living with her legal guardians because her father was found to be responsible for environmental neglect, medical neglect, and educational neglect in addition to lacking resources. He is currently unable to provide care for her due to physical or mental incapacity that requires him to live in a skilled nursing facility. The 13-year-old was then removed from the home after they reported physical and emotional abuse by the adults, including excessive punishment and physical abuse. The adults forced her and the 9-year-old to stand in a corner for between 1 day and 2 weeks, struck them on the head, pulled their hair, and choked them. There were also two foster children in the home (referred to as “the fosters”) who she stated had different rules to follow in the home. She fears the adults and is afraid of returning to their care. She was represented but the attorney is no longer available to assist. In addition, the 13-year-old has another DFS case pending with the 9-year-old against the guardians. Next hearing(s): Calendar Call on 02/21/2023 at 10:30 a.m., Adjudictory Trial on 03/10/2023 at 9:30 a.m, and Review on 03/28/2023 at 2:15 p.m. in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-018850 (Urgent)

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. 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): Permanency Planning Hearing on 03/01/2023 at 2:00 pm

Case Number: 2022-014678 (Pending Placement)

A 5-year-old came into DFS care on March 16, 2022 with her older sister because their father stated he was unable to care for the minors, arrange childcare, and he did not have a home. Mother is reported to be deceased. This case is specific to the 5-year-old who is living in foster care and would like to remain there. She does not want to see her dad or her grandmother. She reports her grandmother is physically abusive and she has not seen her dad very much. She is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement and visitation. Next Hearing(s): Termination of Parental Rights Hearing (TPR) on 01/03/2023 at 9:30 a.m., and Permanency Planning Hearing on 03/07/2023 at 3:00 p.m. in Courtroom 10.