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I. Data and information Collected

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada respects visitor privacy. Legal Aid Center collects the data you share with us to improve your visit to our website and the services we provide. This data may include your IP address, geographic location, search criteria, and access time. Legal Aid collects user data through Google Analytics and Google Adwords. This data helps us tailor advertisements to your needs. Legal Aid Center will not and will not assist or permit any third party to, pass information to Google that Google could use or recognize as personally identifiable information. Legal Aid Center will comply with all applicable laws, policies, and regulations relating to the collection of information from visitors. Legal Aid Center uses cookies to collect visitor data. Legal Aid Center uses Google Analytics to collect and process visitor data. More information about how Google uses data is available at:  https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/. By accessing and using Legal Aid Center’s website you consent to the storing and accessing of cookies or other information on your device where such activity occurs in connection with the website. Legal Aid Center adheres to the Google Analytics Advertising Features policy, which is available at: support.google.com/analytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&topic=2611283&answer=2700409/ . You may opt-out of Google Analytics Advertising Features by visiting: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/. 

II. Visitor Provided Data and Information

Any and all data and information that visitors provide to Legal Aid Center website is not protected by attorney client privilege. If you need assistance with a legal matter, please contact an attorney. Legal Aid Center may use the information that you provide to contact you; i.e., your name, telephone number, and address. This privacy policy only applies to Legal Aid Center’s website—not to data and information provided by any other means. Your use of Legal Aid Center’s website establishes your consent and agreement to these terms and Legal Aid Center’s privacy policy. If you do not wish to be contacted in the future, please let us know.

III. Sharing Visitor Data and Information

Legal Aid Center shares data and information with trusted third-parties that operate the website. In addition, Legal Aid Center will share visitor data and information with a third-party when a visitor gives consent. The data and information you provide to Legal Aid Center’s website will not be traded or sold. Legal Aid Center reserves the right to share your data and information with law enforcement if there is a threat to person or property.

IV. Keeping Your Data and Information Secure

Legal Aid Center has security and procedural safeguards in place to protect the data and information you provide. We are committed to protecting and securing your information from misuse.

V. Alterations

Legal Aid Center may create updated versions of the privacy policy, which will be posted here. This privacy policy will terminate when a new privacy policy is implemented. Any new policy will not have retroactive effect.

VI. Contact

For all inquiries, please contact:

Address:

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
725 E. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Telephone: (702) 386-1070

Thank You

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.)

Conclusion

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:
General Civil Law
Family Law

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 the 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. Unfortunately, however, victims of civil legal issues have no right to a free attorney and civil legal aid is funded at a severely anemic level in relation to the intense need that exists.

Civil legal aid is defined as free legal assistance that is provided by a nonprofit law firm to low and middle income people who have civil (non-criminal) legal challenges with issues that include:

o Safety and stability (domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse),

o Basic necessities (Social security benefits, veterans benefits, and housing), and/or

o Economic security (predatory lending, consumer protection, and managing debt).

 • Local legal assistance is provided by attorneys employed by the nonprofit law firm Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and by volunteer attorneys who are recruited through our Pro Bono Project. Legal support can span from participation in free legal classes to assistance at a self-help center (providing downloadable legal forms and instruction on next steps) to free legal advice one-on-one to full representation on an entire case.

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

o The number of children living in poverty in Nevada is at 22%, up from 15% in 2008.

o Nationally, it is estimated that 50% of those who seek help are turned away because of limited resources.

o This is also true of our other programs, such as the Guardianship Advocacy Project. There are thousands of senior citizens and adults with disabilities who have no legal line of defense against financial exploitation.  Our Consumer Rights Project is often the last stop for unlawful exploitation of victims of financial fraud, and our Civil Law Self-Help Center helps provide eviction assistance to the 90 percent of tenants who struggle to represent themselves.

Fellowship Details

One law student from an ABA-accredited law school will be selected annually to receive the Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellowship. Through an annual competitive process, interested law students will be asked to submit a proposal on how to improve access to justice in civil law in Southern Nevada or increase pro bono participation in the valley. 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.  The winner 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 through the development of their proposal.  

Each fall, details on how to apply for the Fellowship will be announced.  Advisors will be available to work with students on their chosen topic to help guide them toward new ideas that have not been previously explored. The Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellowship selection committee will be 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.  Interviews may follow the application process.

Once the selection is made, the Fellow will begin their Fellowship in May, following completion of the law school year. The Fellow will be paid a stipend of $10,000 for full-time work throughout that summer.  The Fellow will develop their idea during their Fellowship term as well as work with Legal Aid Center staff on recruiting pro bono attorneys and assisting with access to justice projects currently underway. 

In addition to the Fellowship, the Fellow will receive the opportunity to attend the State Bar of Nevada Annual Conference during the summer of their Fellowship, with payment of registration/travel/hotel accommodations as part of the Fellowship.  At the State Bar of Nevada Conference, the Fellow will be able to 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, a lunch usually attended by 800 individuals.  

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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Children's Attorneys Project Sample Pleadings

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Findings of Fact and Recommendations

Motions and Petitions

Objections

Stipulations and Orders

Miscellaneous

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Family Law Sample Pleadings

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Starting Your Case

Responding to Complaint and Answer

Interim Relief and Motions

Mediation

Service Issues

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Summary Disposition

Financial Disclosure

Miscellaneous

Trial Documents

Orders and Decrees

Closing Your Case

 Additional Resources for Volunteers

2014 Family Law Lunch-n-Learn CLE Series
COPE Brochure – English
COPE Brochure – Spanish
 

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.

Disclaimer

The provision of forms and other material through this website is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice, and/or representation of any person by Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Inc., William S. Boyd School of Law or any affiliated agency, company, group or individual. By accessing the information herein you have not retained Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Inc. as your attorney. You are advised to consult with an attorney to discuss your legal matter. You may only have a limited time to resolve your legal problem, so act quickly. While effort is made to update content located on this site, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Inc. makes no warranty or guaranty and assumes no liability for the accuracy or reliability of the content located at this site or any site to which we link. The links provided to other sites are for assistance and information only and are not endorsements for the site, its owner, company and/or any affiliates.

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