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-- Orientation/training on February 20, 2013 --

LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2013 – Some of the most vulnerable children – children in the foster care system with disabilities – need someone to make sure they get necessary services to excel in school. A six-year-old program is providing that support but needs more volunteers to meet the growing demand for children who have no one else to help them in local schools. Sponsored by the non¬profit Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, the Educational Surrogate Parent Program trains volunteers to serve as student advocates during school meetings and for special education issues.

May 22, 2013
By Colleen McCarty
8 News Now

Foreclosures by homeowner's associations have increased dramatically in the last year. What used to be a last resort for HOAs is becoming a regular practice, often to the surprise of homeowners. An HOA is in the legal right to take a house. HOAs have the power to foreclose, even if the homeowner owes just a small amount of money.

It happened to Venise Abelard and hundreds of others who once thought the only thing they had to fear was their bank.

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Spanish-language classes in family law, small claims court and bankruptcy now available with a special one-time class to address children’s special education needs

LAS VEGAS – February 19, 2013 – As part of a long-standing partnership between Legal Aid Center and the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, the two organizations are offering free legal information classes taught in Spanish in family law, small claims, bankruptcy and special education. Class days and time vary and materials and class schedules are available through www.lacsn.org/free-classes.  The current schedule of Spanish classes is listed below.

April 2, 2013
By Tovin Lapan
Las Vegas Sun

It’s a tough but essential question for anyone advocating for Nevada’s foster children: How do you make children aware of their rights and empower them without overwhelming them and causing panic when they have just been taken from their home?

At the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, which actively represents about half of the 3,200 children in Clark County’s foster care system and will provide a lawyer for any foster child who requests one through its children’s attorney project, work on the answer has been under way for at least four years.

Thanks to two Girl Scouts, the Legal Aid Center finally has a book it thinks does the dual job of engaging foster children while still delivering the essential information. The scouts and the center will be honored Tuesday morning by the Clark County Commission.

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Dec 20, 2012
By Colleen McCarty
8 News Now

Autistic students who need in-home behavioral therapy will now receive it free of charge, according to the Nevada Department of Education. The decision follows the department's review of autism services at the Clark County School District. Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by social, communication and behavioral challenges.

The education department concluded that the district is in violation of state and federal law and that it must submit a plan to fix the problem within the next 30 days.

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Dec 13, 2012
By Colleen McCarty
8 News Now

About 4,000 students in the Clark County School District have been diagnosed with some form of autism, a developmental disorder characterized by social, communication and behavioral challenges.

In the coming weeks, the state Department of Education is expected to decide how the district should provide resources for autistic kids and who will have to pay for them.

The school district is proud to be one of a few districts in the country to provide in-home services for some autistic children.

But some parents who get them said they come with a dysfunctional bureaucracy, one that not only delays treatment, but drains families financially.

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Nov 09, 2012
By Colleen McCarty
8 News Now

In the post-recession economy, many Las Vegans are living paycheck to paycheck, often turning to payday lenders to help make ends meet. For some, those high interest loans lead to a crippling cycle of debt. Nevada has no rules restricting the interest rate on payday loans -- 100 percent, 500 percent or 1,000 percent -- it's all legal.But Nevada does have some state laws that protect consumers from predatory practices, unless the lenders get their way on Capitol Hill.

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October 8, 2012
By Benjamin Spillman
Las Vegas Review Journal

Sileshi Kassa is nothing if not persistent.

The 61-year-old Ethiopian immigrant slogged through a bureaucratic bog for two years so that he could save his family's Las Vegas-area house from foreclosure.

But the global recession arrived like a tsunami in 2008 and swamped Kassa, and more than 150,000 others. Driving a cab was no longer enough to maintain the mortgage.

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Monday, June 18, 2012
By Tovin Lapan 
Las Vegas Sun

Matthew Stewart Pitzer was 9 years old when his mother decided she could no longer care for him.

Pitzer's drug-addicted mother left him at Montevista Hospital, a psychiatric and chemical dependency hospital in the western valley. A few days later, social services called to ask Pitzer's mother to come pick up the child. She refused.

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December 13, 2011
By Herb Jaffe
LVRJ

You've heard the scores of lawyer jokes. You've heard the gamut of horror stories about lawyers, especially incidents of outlandish lawyer avarice. You've heard the late-night comedians throw barbs at lawyers, and the midnight talk show hosts who dredge up one insulting story after another about lawyers whenever they run thin on material.

And so it goes when often discussing the men and women who represent our legal profession. Generally, we tend to hear the besmirching remarks only from those on the losing side. Remember, lawyers represent contestants in a legal battle, where there is almost always a winner and a loser. And, of course, it's the loser who's inclined to find fault with his lawyer.

But how about the other side of the coin? How about considering less tarnish and more acclaim for a profession without which our society could not function? How about a story that talks about the good things that lawyers do? About how they give of themselves to help others?

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December 4, 2011
By Mark Roth
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Barbara Buckley realized early in 2009 that Las Vegas was entering a full-blown housing crisis.

That's when the executive director of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada began to see clients who were struggling to make their house payments, but couldn't reach any accommodation with their lenders.

The people coming through her door had a recurring complaint.

"The refrain was common: 'I'm in trouble, I need help. And if only I could get someone on the phone who had a brain, we could work this out. I have an adjustable rate mortgage, the interest rate is out of whack, my hours were cut -- anybody with a brain would work this out and stop yet another senseless foreclosure, but I can't get anybody on the phone.'"

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December 4, 2011
By Michael Henninger
Post-Gazette

It was one of the most melodramatic scenes in this city's 4-year-old housing crisis.

In the broiling heat of summer, with daytime temperatures sometimes soaring to 107 degrees, Armando Cortinas and his wife Beatrice were camped out in their backyard after being locked out of their home when their lender filed an eviction action against them.

Mrs. Cortinas, a school cook, and Mr. Cortinas, an electrician, slept in a tent, cooked on their grill, washed up with the hose and kept drinks in an ice chest, all the while sharing space with their five dogs and two desert turtles.

The Cortinases, who have owned their home for 15 years, insist they always kept up with their mortgage payments, even during the period a few years ago when they were in Chapter 13 bankruptcy because of high credit card bills. They have hired an attorney to fight the expulsion.

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Nov 23, 2011 
By George Knapp
8 News Now

Housing experts now estimate more than 100,000 homes in the Las Vegas valley have been foreclosed since 2007. Bad enough, but they also predict another 100,000 could face foreclosure before the housing crisis ends.

Banks and other lenders have been haughty and crass in their dealings with troubled homeowners. As people have struggled to hold onto their homes, they have been subjected to dirty tricks, scams, and indifference. But progress has been made and small steps have been taken by some Nevadans who are standing by to help even more.

Nevada Speaker of the Assembly Barbara Buckley saw the trouble coming years ago, not because of her legislative position, but because of her day job as head of the non-profit Legal Aid of Southern Nevada.

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Aug. 3, 2011
By Steve Kanigher
Las Vegas Sun

A middle-aged Las Vegas salesman who lives in an apartment was served a five-day eviction notice he insists is “totally bogus” because he pays his rent on time. He showed up at Las Vegas Justice Court after the eviction was to take effect. That was because the notice was initially sent to the wrong apartment, something he thinks the landlord did on purpose.

The angry tenant spoke with a court clerk at the Regional Justice Center and was directed downstairs, where off to one side of the main lobby is what is fast becoming one of the most popular spots in the courthouse — the Civil Law Self-Help Center.

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Jul 29, 2011
By Alex Brauer
8 News Now

Help can often seem out of reach for the tens of thousands of Nevada homeowners underwater in their mortgages. But despite growing pains, the state's Foreclosure Mediation program is making strides to get the banks and homeowners on the same page.

The plan is supposed to be simple. First, you get a default notice on your house. Next, the state requires three people to get into a room. And then, the homeowner, bank and  mediator sort it all out. It could be the lifeline so many need.

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