Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
800 S. Eighth St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
The mission of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is the preservation of access to justice and the provision of quality legal counsel, advice and representation for individuals who are unable to protect their rights because they cannot find an attorney.
Founded in 1958, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Inc. is the largest legal aid organization in Southern Nevada. As a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada meets the legal needs of low income Nevadans through a variety of both traditional and innovative programs.
The professional staff consists of 28 full- time attorneys working across a wide variety of practice areas. On a daily basis, our staff responds to problems that range from everyday consumer disputes to the most serious forms of child abuse or neglect. Our clients range from battered wives to defrauded customers. Our staff appears in every state and federal court in Nevada. We fufill our mission of providing access to justice by providing free, quality legal counsel, adivce and representation for individuals who cannot afford an attorney Here is an outline of the programs we offer:
Children's Attorneys Project: The primary mission of this program is to ensure that the abused and neglected children in our child welfare system have their own voice in court through legal representation. We also offer a Special Education Program which helps parents fight for the rights of their children with special education needs who have been denied the educational accommodations that are guaranteed by the federal goverment. Additionally, we have created an Educational Surrogate Parent Program where volunteers in the community offer to be a surrogate parent to kids in foster care when dealing with teh school district on special education issues.
Consumer Rights Project: This unit handles a wide variety of consumer related matters including unfair debt collection, used car scams, deceptive trade practices, payday loans, bankruptcy and foreclosure mediation. We assist people appeal the denial of social security disability payments. We also run the Civil Law Self Help Center helping litigants who represent themselves with such issues as landlord/tenant, wage garnishments and small claims matters.
Domestic Violence Project: Victims of domestic violence are often unsure or unaware of their rights and have suffered silently for years before coming forward. We help them obtain protective orders against their abuser, divorce and custody orders, and child support payments. This enables the victim to separate from the abusive environment and experience safety and empowerment, often for the first time in their lives. We provide counsel and advice to anyone staying at the local domestic violence shelters. Within this project we offer services to battered immigrants through our Immigrant Protection Program. This program utilizes the protocal in the Violnce Against Woment Act by assisting victims of domestic violence petition the United States to stay in the country lawfully.
Social Security Project: This project helps clients when they have been wrongfully denied disability benefits by the federal government. Without these benefits, these citizens have no other means of financial support and typically end up on welfare. In 2007, LACSN successfully won 85% of the appeals for clients.
Community Legal Education Project: Since 1999, and in conjunction with the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, we provide free legal information to individuals through the use of law students in topics such as Divorce, Paternity/Custody, Small Claims, Bankruptcy and Guardianship and Foreclosure Mediation in an effort to inform people about their legal rights and the legal process.
Pro Bono Project: This project supplements the efforts of each of our programs through local attorneys who volunteer their time to either directly represent clients or participate in one of our Ask-A-Lawyer programs in family law, landlord/tenant and foreclosure mediation. We provide training, mentorship and malpractice insurance for lawyers who volunteer with us.
You Can Help by Volunteering
We need private attorneys to volunteer to represent our clients on a pro bono basis through our Pro Bono Project and participate in our Ask-A-Lawyer Programs. We need non-attorneys to volunteer with our Educational Surrogate Parent Program.