Case Number: 2022-012520 (Urgent)

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

Case Number: 2022-014032 (Urgent)

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

Case Number: 2022-014440 (Urgent)

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

Case Number: 2022-017473 (Pending Placement)

A 6-year-old girl came into DFS custody due to allegations of physical risk. Mother experiences symptoms of depression, self-harm and other mental health conditions, which are inadequately treated and impair her ability to care for the minor. The mother was placed on a Legal 2000 by law enforcement and transported to hospital at the time of removal. The natural father is not listed on the minor’s birth certificate, therefore, she could not be placed with him until DFS verifies he is a fit placement. This minor girl is in need of an attorney to represent her legal wishes and rights as to permanency, placement, visitation, and to ensure appropriate services are in place. The next hearing(s): Status Check (Confirmation of CAP Attorney) on 04/04/2023 at 11:00 am and Adjudicatory Trial on 04/20/2023 at 11:00 am in Courtroom 13.

Case Number: 2022-015212 (Urgent)

Because of a serious motorcycle accident, Toney has a severe head injury that causes seizures. He was on an effective plan of care, including a regular medication, that proved to control seizures 97% of the time. In 2007, he was then diagnosed with a fungal infection in his left wrist that resulted in five surgeries and daily medication. He went into custody in 2016 and is currently at High Desert State Prison. He alleges that, in 2017, the defendants stopped administering the required medication for his seizures despite the medication’s common use in the medical field for seizures and the number of seizures he has had since has increased. He alleges they added fraudulent entries in his medical records to justify stopping the medication. He also alleges that, upon re-entry to the NDOC system in 2019, his left wrist brace, seizure medication, and anti-fungal medication were confiscated despite all being medically necessary. He also states he was cuffed on his left wrist without his brace, causing injury to his wrist. He eventually got a replacement brace after filing a grievance and other requests and he got his seizure medication back only after they witnessed a severe seizure. He got his anti-fungal medication back only after his wrist became re-infected. He filed a 1983 civil rights suit alleging 1st, 8th, and 14th amendment violations. He is in need of an attorney to represent him through the Federal Pro Bono Program. Next Deadline(s): Discovery due by 7/20/2023. Motions due by 9/19/2023. Proposed Joint Pretrial Order due by 10/19/2023. 

Case Number: 2022-015805 (Urgent)

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

Case Number: 2022-016252 (Urgent)

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

Case Number: 2022-017132 (Urgent)

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

Case Number: 2022-016770 (Urgent)

An inmate of Ely State Prison filed a civil rights suit alleging a violation a 14th Amendment Due Process violation because he was allegedly precluded presenting witnesses and/or documentary evidence at a disciplinary hearing. He is in need of an attorney through the Federal Pro Bono Program because the Court found that he has difficulty understanding the difference between re-litigating the underlying disciplinary proceeding and a due process violation, does not understand the legal process, has difficulties articulating his claims pro se, and may not fully understand the parameters of discovery. Next Deadline(s): No upcoming deadlines.