Case Number: 2021-013574 (Urgent)


On April 17, 2021, a newborn baby girl born drug-exposed came into care because there was a present danger to her. There were concerns that one or more of her parents struggled with emotional instability, developmental status, or cognitive deficiency that seriously impaired their ability to care for the child and no adult was identified as protective. Her mother has ongoing mental health issues which require extensive medication management and she has not been consistent with treatment because of insurance issues. This baby girl is in need of an attorney to represent her 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 21.

Case Number: 2021-014298 (Urgent)


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): Review Hearing on 10/26/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 18.

Case Number: 2021-016728 (Urgent)


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: 2021-019472 (Urgent)


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): Review Hearing on 10/19/2021 at 2:20 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-019857 (Urgent)


A 16-year-old girl came into DFS care on June 7, 2021. Her parents are divorced and her father was allowed to visit her at the home where she lived with her mother and other siblings who were not his children. One of the other girl siblings reported that the teenager’s father had, on multiple occasions, touched her under her clothing and 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 their mother about what had happened and she initially denied knowing what he had done it but later admitted that she knew he had molested the girls but stated she had “taken care of it.” She did not  take any action to protect the girls from contact with father. This teenage girl is at risk of abuse by her father and her mother has failed to protect her other daughters from him. She is currently living with her uncle. She is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place to protect her from any harm. Next hearing(s): Calendar Call on 9/29/2021 at 10:15 am; Adjudicatory Trial on 10/21/2021 at 9:30 am in Courtroom 11.

Case Number: 2021-017081 (Urgent)


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: 2021-020622 (Pending Placement)


Appellant is seeking assistance appealing the characterization of the parties’ relationship in a divorce case. 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. Appellant appealed this decision. Respondent is represented by counsel and Appellant is pro se and would like assistance in this appeal. Next Deadline(s): NOA due October 5, 2021

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. Next Hearing(s): Status Conference October 8, 2021 at 9:30am.

Case Number: 2021-021206 (Urgent)


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): Review Hearing on 12/08/2021 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 10.

Case Number: 2021-020932 (Urgent)


A sibling group of four children, a 5-year-old, 3-year-old, 2-year-old, and a 9-month-old, were removed from their parents’ care due to concerns of housing resources, domestic violence issues, mental health, and repeatedly leaving the kids unsupervised. The children have been placed with a fictive kin, with an order asking not to be separated. The 3-year-old is reported to have autism and a seizure disorder and must be under the care of a neurologist. Next hearing(s): Case Plan Hearing (Father) on 9/29/2021 at 11:00 am and Review Hearing on 01/04/2022 at 1:30 pm in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2021-020046 (Urgent)


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): Status Check Hearing (Paternity) on 10/05/2021 at 11:00 am; Review Hearing on 12/16/2021 at 2:30 pm in Courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-021837 (Urgent)


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.

Case Number: 2021-023061 (Urgent)


A 2-year-old girl and her older brother were removed from the home on September 23, 2019 due to domestic violence between the father and mother and because her brother demonstrated significant developmental delays resulting from neglect. The two children are in separate foster homes and have different wishes for future placement. Both foster homes are adoptive resources. The children have court ordered sibling contact that goes well. Fosters work well together on setting these visits up. Her mother is currently very unstable and does not demonstrate an understanding of her son’s needs. She 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. Next Hearing(s): Status Check on 11/09/2021 at 10:30 a.m., and Permanency Planning Hearing on 03/08/2022 at 2:30 p.m., in courtroom 12.

Case Number: 2021-012774 (Urgent)


An individual, her husband, and her daughter are seeking asylum from Cuba. They fear that if they are returned to Cuba they will be imprisoned and tortured for their political opinions. They have already been harassed by the regime’s police for their opinions, which is what prompted them to flee the country. The I-589, Application for Asylum, has been filed and they are in removal proceedings in Texas. They will need a change of venue. This individual is seeking assistance for her and her family in their asylum case. Next hearing(s): June 21, 2022. Client is Spanish-speaking and an interpreter is available through the Legal Aid Center’s Volunteer Interpreter Program upon request.

Case Number: 2021-021964 (Urgent)


This is an appeal from a denial of a Motion for Review and Modification of Child Support and Respondent is seeking representation. The parties share joint legal custody of their minor child. Respondent has primary physical custody. Appellant had been ordered to pay child support. In June of 2020, the Washoe County District Attorney filed a notice of intent to enforce child support and Appellant sought to modify the amount of support based on his changed financial circumstances. The Motion for Review and Modification was denied and Appellant filed a Notice of Appeal on March 31, 2021. Appellant filed a Pro Per Brief on May 3, 2021 and Respondent attempted to file an Answer on July 9, 2021 but the court returned it unfiled. On July 19, 2021, the court determined that the appointment of pro bono counsel to represent both appellant and respondent would assist this court in reviewing this appeal.

Case Number: 2021-021958 (Urgent)


This is an appeal from a denial of a Motion for Review and Modification of Child Support and Appellant is seeking representation. The parties share joint legal custody of their minor child. Respondent has primary physical custody. Appellant had been ordered to pay child support. In June of 2020, the Washoe County District Attorney filed a notice of intent to enforce child support and Appellant sought to modify the amount of support based on his changed financial circumstances. The Motion for Review and Modification was denied and Appellant filed a Notice of Appeal on March 31, 2021. Appellant filed a Pro Per Brief on May 3, 2021 and Respondent attempted to file an Answer on July 9, 2021 but the court returned it unfiled. On July 19, 2021, the court determined that the appointment of pro bono counsel to represent both appellant and respondent would assist this court in reviewing this appeal.

Case Number: 2021-027670 (Urgent)


A 17-year-old boy came into DFS care with his three siblings in August 2021 because of allegations of inadequate supervision and abandonment by their guardian/grandmother. The grandmother is diminished in her ability to care for the children due to her own medical needs and she is refusing to engage in services. The family has previous history with the department as well as previous history out of state. Their mother has extensive substance abuse history and lacks the resources to care for the children. None of the fathers have been involved, but a diligent search was requested for the natural fathers. The children will be placed in a foster home.  This teenager is in need of an attorney to represent his wishes and legal rights as to permanency, placement, visitation and to ensure appropriate services, including educational services, are in place. Next hearing(s): Disposition Hearing on 10/12/2021 at 11:00 a.m., and Adjudicatory Hearing on 01/13/2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2021-026259 (Urgent)


A 16-year-old boy and his younger siblings were removed from their home in February 2020 due to being neglected by both parents, domestic violence between their dad and his girlfriend, and environmental neglect. Since entering care the placement issues have been ongoing. This teenager ran away from the initial placement from the very beginning, and was never brought back in care longer than a few days, until August 2021. It’s suspected that he ran to be with his natural father at his home, but was then kicked out of that home when his younger sister ran away to the home and there was conflict between them. All of the kids have special educational, therapeutic, and behavioral needs. In particular, this teenager struggles with depression and is chronically suicidal and was recently hospitalized as a result. He appears to want full termination of his parents’ rights and would rather age out in foster care. The mother has not been raising the kids and does not maintain contact consistently with them outside of a birthday call. Her rights are pending termination and a prove up was done as she is not participating in the court process. The dad however was at least trying to engage in services recently, but is just not showing true behavioral change. This 16-year-old kid 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): Calendar Call Hearing on 10/27/2021 at 10:30 a.m., Adjudicatory Trial on 11/15/2021 at 11:30 a.m., Motion to Appoint Person Responsible for Psychiatric Care of Child on 11/17/2021 at 11:30 a.m., and Permanency Planning Hearing on 01/18/2022 at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 12.