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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

To begin the endowment campaign, 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.

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.

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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.

Sincerely,

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Barbara Buckley
Executive Director


JOIN US

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
vconsidine@lacsn.org
702-386-1442

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Your registration for the Federal Court Ask A Lawyer program has been successfully submitted. 

Filling out this form does not guarantee you a spot in the upcoming program.  If you are eligible, we will contact you by email or phone before the event to provide you with a registration number, appointment time, location and other important information. If you have questions, please call 702-386-1070 Ext. 1755.

If you are not eligible to participate because your matter doesn’t involve a Federal or prospective Federal matter, we will contact you and refer you to other available services.

Inaugural 2017 Fellowship

APPLICATION:
Inaugural 2017 Fellowship

  1. The application proposal is due no later than 5:00 pm on January 23, 2017. The Committee will review the proposals and announce the Fellowship recipient on February 15, 2017.  

  2. Proposals must include a cover letter, resume, and narrative application.  The narrative application is limited to five (5) numbered pages with one inch margins. Brevity is preferred, so if you can describe your project in less than 5 pages, please feel free to do so.

The narrative should include:

An overview

A program description including project purpose, project’s target population, documented community need for the project, specific impact of this project, steps required before implementation, hurdles to implementation, whether the concept has been tried in any communities, timeline, and budget (if any costs are involved other than the time spent planning/implementing the proposal.)

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Proposals should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Inaugural 2017 Fellowship

  1. What does a winning proposal look like?

    A winning proposal presents an idea that is likely to either:
    a) Lead to an increase in pro bono participation
    b) Identify a barrier to access to justice and a way to eliminate the barrier

  2. Can the idea have been tried before, either in the State or country?

    Yes.  The idea may be new or it can be a previously considered idea with a new implementation proposal.  It may have been tried before somewhere in the country.

  3. Is there anyone I can speak to about my idea and if it might work?

    Yes!  As long as you do not speak to anyone on the Selection Committee (ask first if they are on it), you may speak to anyone you wish about your idea. There is no such thing as a ban on communication with this Fellowship!  For 2017, we have three project advisors available to speak to you:

    Angela Washington, Director, Access to Justice Commission, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 702-384-0504

    Kimberly Abbott, Former Pro Bono Director, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 702-386-1470

    Ogonna Brown, 2015 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 702-791-0308

  4. When does the Fellowship begin/end and how much does it pay?

          a. The Fellowship begins on May 15, 2017 through August 15, 2017 (dates negotiable).
          b. The Fellowship stipend is $10,000.

 

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Military & Veterans

FREE LEGAL RESOURCES FOR MILITARY & VETERANS

Legal Aid Center offers all of our program services to Veterans and active-duty military in our community. 

We offer a monthly Veterans Ask-A-Lawyer Program at the CRRC.  Details about this program and our other Ask-A-Lawyer programs can be found here

VETERANS RESOURCES

  • Veterans who have qualified through US Vets have access to a free legal check-up at the CRRC on Tuesdays and Fridays.

  • Veterans who have legal questions can attend the free Ask-A-Lawyer held monthly at the CRRC.

  • Veterans who want to learn about Guardianship,Bankruptcy, Small Claims, Divorce, Custody, Record Sealing and Collection practices can attend one of our free legal information classes.

  • Veterans who need legal representation in any of our program areas can apply for our services.

 MILITARY RESOURCES

  • Income guidelines are waived for active duty men and women who need legal services in any of our program areas.

  • Trainings for JAG officers and staff on landlord/tenant, family law, bankruptcy and guardianships.

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For information on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act for active duty military, click the links below:
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Military and Veterans Resources

Veterans Resources

Legal Aid Center offers all of our program areas to Veterans in our community.  Veterans who are accepted for legal representation will be assigned one of our pro bono attorneys or a staff attorney. 

We offer a monthly Veterans Ask-A-Lawyer Program at the CRRC.  Details about this program and our other Ask-A-Lawyer programs can be found here

Below is a list of additional resources for Veterans. 

Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellowship

 

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About Melanie and the Fellowship that Honors Her Memory

The Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellowship was created in honor of Melanie Kushnir, who dedicated her life to inspiring pro bono attorneys, law students, bar leaders, the judiciary, the community, and co-workers to donate their time, knowledge, and experience to those in need. She believed that those who face domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, consumer fraud or other civil legal challenges can have their lives forever changed for the better with an attorney who will stand and fight for their rights -- and that they deserve nothing less.

Melanie’s career in law reflected her passionate commitment to access to justice for the poor, middle class and underserved. Her enthusiasm, intelligence, resourcefulness and warmth won over legions of new volunteer attorneys for the Pro Bono Project at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and increased participation by nearly 35 percent over her five years with us. From the start of her legal training, Melanie demonstrated a singular focus on pro bono work. Prior to graduating from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, she served as a public service fellow, a research fellow with the Pro Bono Research Group, and President of the Public Interest Law Foundation.  Melanie won the CALI Award for Children and the Law.  After law school, she spent eleven years in public interest law representing abused children in Chicago; working to place students in public interest careers at Chicago-Kent College of Law; as Assistant Staff Counsel for the American Bar Association Center for Pro Bono; and finally as Directing Attorney of the Pro Bono Project at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. She also published and lectured on pro bono and access to justice topics. In her time in Southern Nevada, she made an indelible imprint on the lives of so many and we wish to keep her memory and spirit alive in a way that she would have loved, through support of public interest law education.

About Access to Justice and Civil Legal Aid

In our system of justice, if individuals accused of a crime cannot afford an attorney they are provided with free counsel by the court. However, victims of civil legal issues have no right to a free attorney. Civil legal aid is defined as free legal assistance provided by a nonprofit law firm to low and middle income people who have non-criminal legal challenges. Civil legal aid is funded at a severely anemic level in relation to the intense need that exists.

Legal Aid Center provides free legal assistance on issues that include safety and stability (domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse), basic necessities (Social Security benefits, veterans benefits, and housing), and economic security (predatory lending, consumer protection, and managing debt). Assistance is by provided by Legal Aid Center staff attorneys and by volunteer attorneys who are recruited through our Pro Bono Project. Free assistance is offered in many forms, including:

  • Legal information community service classes;
  • Ask-A-Lawyer sessions;
  • Self-Help Centers located in the Family Court and the Regional Justice Center; and
  • Direct representation.

 

Fellowship Details

One law student from an ABA-accredited law school will be selected annually to receive the Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellowship. Each fall, interested law students will submit a proposal on how to improve access to justice in Southern Nevada or increase pro bono participation. Ideas can include identifying barriers to access to justice and ways to eliminate them and/or targeted initiatives to involve more volunteer attorneys in pro bono activities. Advisors are available to work with students on their chosen topic and help guide them toward new ideas. Finalists may be asked to present their ideas to the Selection Committee. The Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellowship selection committee is comprised of one Legal Aid staff member; one Legal Aid Center board member; one member of the Legal Aid Center Pro Bono Advisory Council; one representative of the William S. Boyd School of Law; one Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court or their designee; one representative of the Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission; and Ira Kushnir, Melanie’s father, or a family representative, if available.

Through their proposal, the winning student will have demonstrated a commitment to public interest law and the capacity to carry on Melanie’s work in assisting those unable to afford the civil legal help they need. The Fellowship begins in May or at the end of the law school year. The Fellow will receive a $10,000 stipend for the summer to develop their idea at Legal Aid Center while working within the Pro Bono Department assisting with access to justice projects currently underway. 

In addition to the Fellowship, the Fellow will attend the State Bar of Nevada Annual Conference during the summer of their Fellowship and may present their winning idea and proposed implementation to the Board of Governors. While the full time employment of the Fellow will come to a close at the end of August, the Fellowship will officially conclude at the end of the year. During that time, the Fellow will be able to take advantage of judicial mentoring organized by the Eighth Judicial District Court in honor of Melanie. The Honorable Frank Sullivan will coordinate court observation and/or mentoring with the Fellow. The Fellow will also be invited to attend the Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission meeting during the fall to present their final work product. Finally, the student will be recognized at the Annual Pro Bono Project Awards Luncheon, to be held in December of each year, before the Nevada Supreme Court, the judiciary, and the attorney community.  

Upon conclusion of the fellowship, the Fellow will be asked to participate as an ambassador in publicizing the availability of the fellowship during the following year.  The Fellow may also be asked to serve as a mentor to the Fellow selected in the following year.

Click Here to view application details.

Nominate a Colleague for Volunteer of the Month

Nominate a Colleague for Volunteer of the Month Program

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada highlights a pro bono attorney each month who is doing exemplary work. Winners are generally announced at the Civil Judges Meetings or Family Law Bench Bar Meeting and the award recipient will have their photo taken with the judges and receive a certificate. You can nominate a deserving attorney by completing this form.

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Pro Bono Project for Clients

About the pro bono project

The Pro Bono Project coordinates private attorneys who generously volunteer to provide free legal assistance to individuals who cannot afford an attorney. While the attorneys do not charge the clients their hourly rates, the clients are responsible for any costs in the case that cannot be waived.

Through the Project, pro bono attorneys provide assistance with matters including, but not limited to, real estate, consumer fraud, bankruptcy, and family law, including representation of domestic violence victims and child victims of abuse/neglect.

The attorneys who contribute their services to residents of Clark County through our Project are honored each year at a Pro Bono Awards Luncheon. Volunteers who contribute more than 100 hours in a year have their names added to a Pro Bono Honor Roll plaque displayed in our lobby.

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Do I Qualify?

Client Income Eligibility Standards

Clients will be eligible for LEGAL AID CENTER services if their income and number of people in their household conform to the following guidelines:

People in Household Max. Yearly Income Max. Month Income
1 $ 24,755.50 $2,062.96
2 $ 28,292.00 $2,357.67
3 $ 31,828.50 $2,652.38
4 $ 35,365.00 $2,947.08
5 $ 38,194.20 $3,182.85
6 $ 41,023.40 $3,418.62
7 $ 43,852.60 $3,654.38
8 (& above) $ 46,681.80 $3,890.15

Prospective clients should also not have more than $5,000 in net assets other than one motor vehicle and/or work related equipment.

Revised and effective January 1, 2012.

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