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 one of the below cases or request additional information, please click on the corresponding Case Number and submit the case interest form.

Bankruptcy (Chapter 7)

Case Number: Multiple Cases

Clients wishing to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy are accepted for pro bono representation on a weekly basis. If you are interested in representing one of these clients, please submit the case interest form and indicate your interest in the Comments section.

Children's Attorneys Project (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Case Number: 2016-001714

Two brothers, ages 9 years and 6 years, came into DFS care with their sisters in April, 2016 due to allegations that their father sexually abused their sisters. The children are currently placed in foster care but reportedly want to return home to their parents’ care. They need an attorney to represent their wishes regarding placement, permanency, and visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-001693

Three siblings, ages 3 years to 11 months, came into care due to unexplained healing fractures in one child and another child testing positive for marijuana. The mother was arrested on unrelated charges, and the children were brought into care. This is the second time the child tested positive for marijuana, and DFS may file a motion to waive reasonable efforts. The locations of both putative fathers are unknown. The children are currently at Child Haven, and need a placement that can accommodate all three children. All three children have significant medical issues including developmental delays, seizures, low weight, etc. An attorney is needed to ensure the children’s legal interests are protected regarding placement, visitation, and permanency and to ensure the appropriate medical treatment and services are in place. There is an Adjudicatory Trial on June 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM in Courtroom 21.

Case Number: 2016-002474

Twin brother and sister, 1 month old, came into DFS care in April, 2016, immediately after birth. As a result of their mother’s long history with DFS, DFS received an alert upon the children’s birth. The babies’ mother suffers from bipolar disorder, hypomanic episodes, and narcissistic personality traits, but refuses medication. Her mental disorders were evident when caring for the twins. She demonstrated difficulty changing the babies and was disinterested in feeding the babies regularly. The babies currently reside in a foster home together. While both babies are relatively healthy, the baby girl has difficulty gaining weight and has several slow healing wounds. The twins’ permanency plan is reunification with their mother. An attorney is needed to ensure their legal interests are protected in regards to permanency and placement.

Case Number: 2016-001006

Four siblings, ages 4 years to 1 year, came into DFS care in February, 2016 due to inadequate supervision and neglect. The mother left her 9 month child with a neighbor, who failed to provide supervision. The 2-year old was initially placed with her father who soon after neglected her. Currently, all four children are placed together with the paternal aunt and grandmother. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal interests regarding permanency, placement and visitation and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-003013

A 4-ear old girl came into DFS care in June, 2016 when police officers found her sleeping with her parents in an apartment complex laundry room. Her parents reportedly struggle with heroin addiction and have been unable to secure housing and stable work. The client is currently placed with her paternal grandparents and has visitation twice weekly with her parents. She needs an attorney to represent her wishes regarding placement, permanency, and parental visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-001803

A 12-year old girl came into DFS custody due to an open Child Protective Services case involving her step-father, who sexually assaulted his biological daughter, this client’s step-sister. The child is currently placed with her mother. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes and legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-002713

A 12-year old boy and his older sibling came into DFS custody in September, 2013 due to neglect by his mother. In fall 2015, the mother relinquished her parental rights, and his father had his parental rights terminated. Presently, the subject minor is placed with an adoptive maternal aunt, and the older sibling is under voluntary jurisdiction. An attorney is need to represent the child’s wishes and legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation, and to ensure that the proper services are in place. There is a Review Hearing on November 8, 2016 at 2:30 PM in Courtroom 14.

Case Number: 2016-002292

Three siblings, ages 5 years to 4 years, were brought into DFS custody in May, 2016 due to alleged neglect by their mother. The children’s mother is a victim of domestic violence with her boyfriend and is accused of failing to protect her kids. Currently, the children are placed with maternal cousins. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal interests regarding permanency, placement, and visitation and to ensure that the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-003350

A 5-month old baby girl came into DFS care in July, 2016 when law enforcement officials arrested her mother for illegally occupying a vacant property. The child’s mother also struggles with substance abuse which has affected her ability to care for the child. Currently, the child is placed with her maternal grandmother. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s legal interests regarding permanency and placement and to ensure that the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-002855

A 4-year old girl came into DFS custody in June, 2016 due to neglect by her father and mother. The child was left with her father’s girlfriend when he was incarcerated, however she was not an appropriate caregiver. The child’s mother has not been located at this time. Currently, the child is placed with fictive kin. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding placement and permanency and to ensure that the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-002261

Two siblings, ages 5 years and 2 years, came into DFS care in November, 2014 due to improper supervision and neglect. The children’s mother was subsequently arrested for violating probation related to a child abuse case. Currently, the children are placed together in a licensed foster home, separate from their half sibling who is placed with a paternal grandmother at this time. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal interests regarding permanency, placement and visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place. There is a Termination of Parental Rights Initial Hearing on August 31, 2016 at 1:30 in Courtroom 22. There is a Permanency Planning Hearing on November 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM in Courtroom 22.

Case Number: 2016-003646

Two siblings, ages 10 years and 8 years, came into DFS custody in July, 2016 due to inadequate shelter. The children and their parents were found living inside of their car because they were kicked out of their previous residence. Drug residue and paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle and both parents were arrested. Currently, the children are placed with fictive kin. Supervised visitation occurs in the home twice per week. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes regarding permanency, visitation, and placement and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-003576

A 1-year old girl was brought DFS custody in July, 2016 due to a domestic violence incident between her mother and maternal uncle.  The child’s mother was subsequently arrested, and the only eligible caregiver was hospitalized during the incident. Currently, the child is placed with her maternal grandmother, along with her three siblings. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding permanency, visitation, and placement and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-003573

An 8-year old boy came into DFS custody in July, 2016 due to neglect and physical abuse by his mother, who reportedly was being evicted from her home at that time.  Both parents have substance abuse issues, and the father is incarcerated. Currently, the child is placed with paternal grandparents. An attorney is needed to represent the child’s wishes regarding permanency, visitation, and placement and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Case Number: 2016-003723

Two siblings, ages 5 years and 3 years came into DFS custody in July, 2016 due to neglect and inadequate supervision by their mother and father. Both parents were arrested after being pulled over for a traffic violation. The children were found at home along, with no suitable caregiver. The children are currently placed with their maternal aunt. An attorney is needed to represent the children’s wishes and legal interests regarding placement, permanency, visitation, and to ensure the proper services are in place.

Consumer Fraud

Case Number: 2016-003661

Client brought his 1999 Lincoln Continental (valued at $1,185) to shop for repair because the car was overheating. Client paid $590 to repair and replace radiator. On drive home after repairs, car overheated again. Client brought car back and was told water pump and ignition needed repair, he paid $140 for those repairs. Again, on drive home, car overheated again. He called shop and they sent a tow truck to bring car back to shop. Over about 3 weeks client and shop went back and forth regarding repairs. Client then received an invoice from shop for $6,900 for repairs which includes removing and replacing a cylinder head gasket, among other repairs. Client states he was not provided an estimate and did not authorize $6,900 in repairs. He cannot afford and never authorized this level of repair on his vehicle that is only worth $1,185. Legal Aid attorney wrote a demand letter to shop on 7/22 requesting confirmation of client authorization for these repairs. Shop did not respond in writing but on or around 7/27, the area service manager called client and told him they have done $4,000 of work but he can have the car for $2,000. Client told manager he did not authorize repairs and cannot pay. Manager threatened to place mechanic’s lien on his car. Client would like attorney’s help to sue shop for return of his vehicle which is his only mode of transportation. He has been forced to use the bus since June. Complaint needs to be filed ASAP to prevent lien and auction of vehicle; Legal Aid Center will provide sample language for Complaint to attorney who takes this case.

Case Number: 2014-003990

A Spanish-speaking client needs assistance with an auto repair matter. In August 2014, he was involved in a minor auto accident. The other party, who was at fault, advised the client to take his car to a specific shop and he agreed to cover all costs for repairs. The client was told by the shop that the repairs would take place the same day, but after eleven days, his car wasn’t ready. He requested access to his vehicle and was denied. Client couldn’t see his car anywhere at shop, so he called LVMPD and reported stolen. On or about December 31, 2014 the client’s vehicle was found. Client picked up the vehicle and it is in worse shape than when he initially left it at the repair shop. The shop doesn’t appear to have completed any repairs. He would like an attorney’s assistance to sue the repair shop so he can repair his vehicle. The repair shop may be out of business now but they did have a bond in place at the time of repair. The bond information is included in the client’s file. A pro bono attorney was previously assigned to assist the client, but had to return the case due to time constraints.

Domestic Violence

Case Number: 2016-002334

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in April, 2014 and separated in May, 2016 due to a domestic violence incident in which they were both cited; client states she was acting in defense. Client is currently pregnant with the adverse party’s child and they also have a 2-year old. Client is seeking joint legal custody and primary physical custody with two days visitation for the adverse party. She is also seeking child support and spousal support as she has stayed home to care for the children throughout the marriage. Client currently lives in marital home that was purchased before marriage; both names are on title and adverse party is on mortgage. She would like to keep the home, if possible. She would also like to keep one of the vehicles.

Case Number: 2016-002504

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. The parties married in May, 2015 and are separated but still living in the same home in Las Vegas. The adverse party demands sex but constantly threatens to divorce her. She has also suffered emotional and financial abuse. There is no property or debt to divide but the client would like to request spousal support to get on her feet.

Case Number: 2016-002429

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce matter. The parties married in June, 2012 and are separated but still living in the same home in Las Vegas. The client doesn’t feel safe in the home due to the adverse party’s domestic violence. She called the police in March, 2016 when the adverse party punched the wall because he was upset she wouldn’t have sex with him. The police came and diffused the situation. The client would like to keep her vehicle and possibly her deceased son’s vehicle. She would like to sell the marital home and receive half of the proceeds. She would like half of his retirement savings. She would also like to keep the cemetery plots since she recently buried her son there and she wants to be buried next to him.

Case Number: 2016-002759

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in February, 2010 and separated in September, 2012 due to the adverse party’s domestic violence. Both parties live separately in Las Vegas. The latest domestic violence incident occurred in January, 2016 when the adverse party argued with the client in front of family court and threatened to beat her like he did when she was pregnant. There is a TPO in place that expires in January, 2017. Their four children live with the client and last saw their father in October, 2015. There was briefly an open CPS case as one of the children accused the client’s brother of inappropriate touching but the case is now closed. The client is requesting sole legal and sole physical custody of their children as well as child support and spousal support. There is no property to divide but she would like their debt equally divided. The client has filed and served a Complaint for Divorce but there are no dates currently scheduled.

Case Number: 2016-003142 & 2016-003113

One client needs assistance with two cases.

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce and custody matter. The parties married in 1994 in Mexico and separated in May, 2005 due to the adverse party’s domestic violence. The have one 16-year old child who resides in Las Vegas with the client and has not seen the adverse party in many years. The client is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody. The adverse party is believed to be in Mexico but the client has a last known address for him in Las Vegas. There is no property or debt to divide.

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a custody and support matter. The parties never lived together but separated in March, 2015. The adverse party was recently arrested for domestic violence against the client and is currently incarcerated. The client lives with her 5-year old daughter in Las Vegas. She is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody and would like to request child support. She states the adverse party has not seen the child since their separation in March, 2015.

Case Number: 2016-003503

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. The parties married in February, 2014 and separated on July 14, 2016 due to physical, verbal and mental abuse. The adverse party was arrested for domestic violence against the client in 2014 but it appears charges were dismissed. When the client recently informed adverse party she wanted a divorce, he locked her out of the home with their 1-year-old child, denied her access to their bank accounts, and took both vehicles. She is currently living with her mother. She filed a Complaint for Divorce seeking sole legal and primary physical custody of their child with visitation for the adverse party every other weekend. She is also requesting child support and spousal support and wants half of the airbrush business. Client’s name is not on business but client states adverse party used money from her bank account to start the business. Adverse party is represented and is seeking joint legal and joint physical custody and claims the business is not community property. Temporary custody orders are in place providing joint legal and joint physical custody. Client was also provide temporary child support and spousal support. Return from Mediation 11/3/16 at 9:00 am. Calendar Call 12/13/16 at 9:00 am. Trial 1/3/17 at 1:30 pm. Case is in Department E.

Case Number: 2016-003453

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. Parties married in 2003 and separated in 2013 due to domestic violence and alcohol abuse. The client lives in Las Vegas with the children and the adverse party lives separately in Las Vegas. CPS was involved in 2012 due to the adverse party’s sexual abuse of their daughters. The mother removed the children from the home as soon as the allegations were made. The client is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody with only supervised visitation for the adverse party due to the sexual abuse. She is requesting child support. There is no property or debt to divide.

Case Number: 2016-003627

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a custody and support matter. The parties lived together in 2011 and separated in 2012 due to domestic violence. The client lives in Las Vegas with their 7-year old daughter who has sickle-cell disease and the adverse party lives separately in Las Vegas. He last saw the child in November, 2015. The child is in the hospital 4-5 days per month due to her illness. The client is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody. Child support has been established through the District Attorney’s office but the adverse party is appealing the amount.

Case Number: 2016-003741

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in June, 2004 and separated in February, 2014 due to the adverse party’s infidelity. The parties live separately in Las Vegas and are currently sharing joint custody but there is no order in place. The client is seeking to keep joint legal and joint physical custody of their 2 children. She is also seeking child support and spousal support and she would like the adverse party to pay the security system debt. They have no property to divide.

Family Law (Divorce/Custody)

Case Number: 2016-002334

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in April, 2014 and separated in May, 2016 due to a domestic violence incident in which they were both cited; client states she was acting in defense. Client is currently pregnant with the adverse party’s child and they also have a 2-year old. Client is seeking joint legal custody and primary physical custody with two days visitation for the adverse party. She is also seeking child support and spousal support as she has stayed home to care for the children throughout the marriage. Client currently lives in marital home that was purchased before marriage; both names are on title and adverse party is on mortgage. She would like to keep the home, if possible. She would also like to keep one of the vehicles.

Case Number: 2016-002504

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. The parties married in May, 2015 and are separated but still living in the same home in Las Vegas. The adverse party demands sex but constantly threatens to divorce her. She has also suffered emotional and financial abuse. There is no property or debt to divide but the client would like to request spousal support to get on her feet.

Case Number: 2016-002429

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce matter. The parties married in June, 2012 and are separated but still living in the same home in Las Vegas. The client doesn’t feel safe in the home due to the adverse party’s domestic violence. She called the police in March, 2016 when the adverse party punched the wall because he was upset she wouldn’t have sex with him. The police came and diffused the situation. The client would like to keep her vehicle and possibly her deceased son’s vehicle. She would like to sell the marital home and receive half of the proceeds. She would like half of his retirement savings. She would also like to keep the cemetery plots since she recently buried her son there and she wants to be buried next to him.

Case Number: 2016-002703

Spanish speaking client needs assistance with a divorce matter. The parties married in July, 1996 and separated in June, 2010 because the adverse party found someone else. Both parties live separately in Las Vegas. The client would like each to keep their own vehicles and their own debts but she would like to request spousal support, if possible. Client would also like a portion of his retirement savings.

Case Number: 2016-002759

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in February, 2010 and separated in September, 2012 due to the adverse party’s domestic violence. Both parties live separately in Las Vegas. The latest domestic violence incident occurred in January, 2016 when the adverse party argued with the client in front of family court and threatened to beat her like he did when she was pregnant. There is a TPO in place that expires in January, 2017. Their four children live with the client and last saw their father in October, 2015. There was briefly an open CPS case as one of the children accused the client’s brother of inappropriate touching but the case is now closed. The client is requesting sole legal and sole physical custody of their children as well as child support and spousal support. There is no property to divide but she would like their debt equally divided. The client has filed and served a Complaint for Divorce but there are no dates currently scheduled.

Case Number: 2016-003142 & 2016-003113

One client needs assistance with two cases.

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce and custody matter. The parties married in 1994 in Mexico and separated in May, 2005 due to the adverse party’s domestic violence. The have one 16-year old child who resides in Las Vegas with the client and has not seen the adverse party in many years. The client is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody. The adverse party is believed to be in Mexico but the client has a last known address for him in Las Vegas. There is no property or debt to divide.

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a custody and support matter. The parties never lived together but separated in March, 2015. The adverse party was recently arrested for domestic violence against the client and is currently incarcerated. The client lives with her 5-year old daughter in Las Vegas. She is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody and would like to request child support. She states the adverse party has not seen the child since their separation in March, 2015.

Case Number: 2016-003503

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. The parties married in February, 2014 and separated on July 14, 2016 due to physical, verbal and mental abuse. The adverse party was arrested for domestic violence against the client in 2014 but it appears charges were dismissed. When the client recently informed adverse party she wanted a divorce, he locked her out of the home with their 1-year-old child, denied her access to their bank accounts, and took both vehicles. She is currently living with her mother. She filed a Complaint for Divorce seeking sole legal and primary physical custody of their child with visitation for the adverse party every other weekend. She is also requesting child support and spousal support and wants half of the airbrush business. Client’s name is not on business but client states adverse party used money from her bank account to start the business. Adverse party is represented and is seeking joint legal and joint physical custody and claims the business is not community property. Temporary custody orders are in place providing joint legal and joint physical custody. Client was also provide temporary child support and spousal support. Return from Mediation 11/3/16 at 9:00 am. Calendar Call 12/13/16 at 9:00 am. Trial 1/3/17 at 1:30 pm. Case is in Department E.

Case Number: 2016-003347

A Farsi-speaking refugee needs help with a divorce matter. (Court interpreter can be scheduled for meetings and language line can be utilized for phone calls.) Parties married in Turkey in 2014 and separated in June, 2016 because they could not get along. Both parties live separately in Las Vegas. There are no children and there is no property to divide. Client would like debt split in half.

Case Number: 2016-003453

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. Parties married in 2003 and separated in 2013 due to domestic violence and alcohol abuse. The client lives in Las Vegas with the children and the adverse party lives separately in Las Vegas. CPS was involved in 2012 due to the adverse party’s sexual abuse of their daughters. The mother removed the children from the home as soon as the allegations were made. The client is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody with only supervised visitation for the adverse party due to the sexual abuse. She is requesting child support. There is no property or debt to divide.

Case Number: 2016-003627

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a custody and support matter. The parties lived together in 2011 and separated in 2012 due to domestic violence. The client lives in Las Vegas with their 7-year old daughter who has sickle-cell disease and the adverse party lives separately in Las Vegas. He last saw the child in November, 2015. The child is in the hospital 4-5 days per month due to her illness. The client is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody. Child support has been established through the District Attorney’s office but the adverse party is appealing the amount.

Case Number: 2016-003741

Domestic violence victim needs assistance with a divorce, custody, and support matter. The parties married in June, 2004 and separated in February, 2014 due to the adverse party’s infidelity. The parties live separately in Las Vegas and are currently sharing joint custody but there is no order in place. The client is seeking to keep joint legal and joint physical custody of their 2 children. She is also seeking child support and spousal support and she would like the adverse party to pay the security system debt. They have no property to divide.