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Securing the Future of Access to Justice for All

Announced September 13, 2017

On any given day, Legal Aid Center staff have a stack of new cases on their desks and a lobby full of clients with urgent needs. In Clark County, alone, 36% of the population – over 700,000 people - live at or below 200% of the poverty level, meaning they would qualify for our services.

When there is a need in the community, we respond Over the last ten years, we have taken dramatic steps to help close this justice gap in our community. Our staff has more than doubled – from 21 attorneys to 43. In 2007, Legal Aid Center staff served 13,544 clients. In 2016, we served 135,108, an increase of 888%.

We need to be sustainable, not just now, but for decades to come. We want to leave a stronger legal aid center for our community for the next generation who need help.

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is announcing the second phase of its long-term growth plan: establishing an endowment fund to allow expansion of its vital existing programs, the addition of new legal specialties, and the creation of a “bridge” for those years when a past funding source may sunset.

We are pleased to announce the creation of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Access to Justice Endowment Fund, securing the future of access to justice for all.

The Engelstad Family Foundation tremendous gift is the largest single contribution ever given to Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and towards the cause of equal justice.

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$10,000,000 Challenge Grant

The Engelstad Family Foundation generously seeded the Access to Justice Endowment Campaign with a $10,000,000 challenge.

  • For each dollar raised (up to $5,000,000), the Engelstad Family Foundation will match it 2-for-1.
  • This 200% match will produce a $15,000,000 endowment to assist some of Southern Nevada’s most vulnerable members: abused children, frail seniors, victims of predatory scams, and domestic violence survivors.
  • This endowment will provide a stable future for Legal Aid Center, allowing it the flexibility to respond to crisis in the community efficiently and providing a steady stream of income protecting services during turbulent times.

Thanks to our wonderful donors, we secured the Engelstad Family Foundation match!

Legal Aid Center continues to graciously accept Access to Justice Endowment donations to build the endowment fund for the future.

Early Donors:

  • Wynn Resorts
  • Kemp Jones & Coulthard
  • Caesars Foundation
  • Boyd Gaming & Boyd Foundation
  • Barrick
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Golden Entertainment
  • Southwest Gas Foundation
  • James Adams and Puoy Premsrirut
  • Kim Sinatra
  • Dana & Gregory Lee
  • Jan Caine
  • Switch
  • Karen & Joseph Haller
  • Aldo & Robyn Manzini
  • Rob and Josephine McPeak
  • Don and Dee Snyder
  • Anonymous (2)
  • Inyo Fine Cannabis Dspensary
  • Maryann Boyd Johnson
  • Barbara Buckley
  • Brian Larson
  • DIck Morgan
  • Randy & Dawn Thoman
  • Christine & Chad Miller
  • Mike Sloan
  • Stations Casinos
  • Steve Dahl
  • Mary McCarthy
  • Daniel Hamilton
  • Terry Bratton
  • Lindsey Jydstrup
  • Maximiliano Couvillier
  • Frances Doherty
  • Teresa Bell
  • Noel Anschutz

No one should have to lose their child or their life savings because they do not have funding to afford justice. Your investment in the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada ensures that your giving will be leveraged in perpetuity.



barbara buckley

Greeting Friends:

When a 17-year-old, who has spent half of her life in foster care, says to one of our attorneys, "I want to be a lawyer just like you, to help kids like me," it reminds us that the work we do changes people's lives. As I celebrate my 28th anniversary with Legal Aid Center, I am so proud of the impact we have had. Thanks to our friends and community partners, and a solid financial base of grants, donations, and state and federal funding, we serve 13,000 clients annually, with another 115,000+ who benefit from our legal classes, Ask-A-Lawyer Clinics and two Self-Help Centers - free programs that function as "legal emergency rooms" for people who need trustworthy advice immediately.

Our clients are the city's most vulnerable residents. They are people facing financial ruin and homelessness due to consumer fraud, foreclosure or bankruptcy; domestic violence victims trying to escape their abusers and retain custody of their children; foster children hoping to be adopted by forever families; and seniors and veterans seeking their rights and protection under the law. Thanks to a successful capital campaign in 2007, funded by the generous support of friends like you, we have built a beautiful new headquarters that is debt free, centrally located and close to the courts and bus system.

We are pleased to announce the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Access to Justice Endowment, the second phase of our long-term growth plan. This future-looking financial base will allow the expansion of our existing programs, the addition of new legal specialties and the creation of a "bridge" for those years when a past funding source may sunset. Click here to view the brochure.

We look forward to sharing our growth plan with you and answering any questions that you may have. With your support, the future of equal access to justice will be assured for all at-risk Southern Nevadans.


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Barbara Buckley
Executive Director


Join us in our quest to serve the Southern Nevada community in perpetuity and we will extend to you a very special thank you, one that will also live for generations to come. 

Donate to Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Access to Justice Endowment here

Venicia Considine, Esq.
Director of Development and Community Relations
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
725 E. Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104