Public Legal Resources
Legal Resource Guide for Southern Nevada
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada The ACLU of Nevada defends and advances civil rights, civil liberties and other fundamental human rights. They are a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to the promotion of civil rights in the State of Nevada through education, legislation, and when necessary, litigation. The ACLU of Nevada is located at 601 S. Rancho Drive, Suite B-11, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106. Phone: (702) 366-1226. Visit the ACLU of Nevada’s Web site .
Southern Nevada Senior Law Program (SLP) Offers legal services to individuals who are 60 years of age or over, the Senior Citizens Law Project can help with many issues, including: simple wills (the law project does not prepare living trusts); advance directives (living wills and durable power of attorney for health care); power of attorney (general and special); long-term health care planning issues; consumer disputes and small claims instructions; landlord/tenant disputes, Social Security problems and other public entitlements; homesteads; termination of joint tenancy; affidavits of entitlements; intervention of elder abuse matters; and legal advice, information and referrals. The SCLP also assists hundreds of seniors annually with the preparation of legal pleadings including but not limited to Ex Parte Petitions and Orders to transfer small estates, open safe deposit boxes, name changes, sealing records and release of medical records. In addition, the SCLP assists seniors with filing Affidavits Claiming Exemption, Writs, Small Claims Affidavits of Complaint, Pro Se Answers and other legal pleadings. The SCLP does NOT presently handle: traffic citations, living trusts; criminal matters; bankruptcies; fee generating cases; guardianships; malpractice cases; divorces or real estate transactions. The administrator of the SCLP is Sugar Vogel. The SCLP assists 4,000 clients annually and serves as a “law office on wheels” as its staff regularly visits seniors at their homes, hospitals, hospice centers and senior centers. For further information or if you are interested in volunteering pro bono services, please contact Executive Administrator Sugar Vogel at (702) 229-6596. Seniors are seen by appointment only; the office is located in the credit union plaza at Downtown Senior Services Building, 310 S. 9th Street, 2nd Floor, Las Vegas, NV, 89101. To schedule an appointment, call (702) 229-6596. TDD: 386-9108. For more information on the Southern Nevada Senior Law Program, visit http://snslp.org/.
City of Las Vegas – Victim Witness Advocate Unit The Victim Advocate Unit works in cooperation with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit. Victims and witnesses are encouraged to speak with a Victim Witness Advocate in the city’s Victim Advocate Unit. An advocate will listen to concerns and be available throughout the court process. The advocate may also provide referrals, answer questions, communicate with the prosecutor and accompany the victim or witness to court. Call (702) 229-2525. The telephones are staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A message can be left with calls returned as soon as possible. For more information, visit the City of Las Vegas’ Domestic Violence Web page.
Clark County Bar Association (CCBA) is a 501(c)(6), non-profit, voluntary member organization that includes members throughout the county, state and nation. Established in 1923, CCBA traditionally has been an organization of attorneys focused on professional development and community service. The actual articles of incorporation for were eventually filed in the 1990.
The Purpose of the Clark County Bar Association is to:
• Provide Meaningful Services to Members
• Provide Opportunities for Collegiality and Social Interaction
• Perform Outreach Services to the Community at Large
• Promote Professionalism
CCBA membership includes attorneys, judges, legal assistants, legal secretaries, law students and merchants. Membership numbers average 2,000 annually.
Clark County Clerk’s Office maintains five offices to serve the Eighth Judicial District Court – four in Las Vegas and one in Mesquite: civil/criminal, family, marriage bureau, county commission and Mesquite. The clerk’s very large and user-friendly Web site offers many features of their office online. The site offers an index of services that include: access to court records, court rules, forms, information on divorce processing, passport applications and a frequently asked questions section. The clerk’s office maintains five physical locations: 1) District Court Office, 200 Lewis Ave., 3rd Floor, Las Vegas. Phone: (702) 671-0500; 2) Family Court Office, 601 N. Pecos Rd., Las Vegas. Phone: (702) 455-2590; 3) Marriage Bureau Office, 201 Clark Ave., Las Vegas. Phone (702) 671-0600; 4) County Commission Division, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, 6th Floor, Las Vegas. Phone (702) 455-4431; and 5) Mesquite Office, 500 Hillside Drive, Mesquite. Phone: (702) 346-1867.
Clark County District Attorney’s Office is the legal branch of local government representing the Clark County Commission and other county agencies in administrative and litigation matters. The Clark County District Attorney’s Office maintains four divisions. The Civil Division provides the defense of all civil suits brought against the county and against officers and employees in civil actions based on alleged acts or omissions relating to their public duties and employment; to prosecute all civil actions for the recovery of debts accruing to the county; to bring civil actions for abatement of nuisances; to attend administrative hearings; to prosecute all other civil actions by the county as directed by the Board of County Commissioners; to give legal opinions to all county, township and district officers within the county on all matters relating to the duties of their respective offices; and to attend meetings of the Board of County Commissioners, render opinions on legal questions that arise during those meetings, and oppose such accounts or claims as are deemed illegal or unjust. The Civil Division can be reached at 500 Grand Central Pkwy, 5th Floor and reached via phone at (702) 455-4761. The Criminal Division of the office prosecutes all felony crimes and many misdemeanors occurring within Clark County. The Criminal Division is located in the Regional Justice Center at 200 Lewis Ave. in Las Vegas and can be reached at (702) 671-2501. The Family Support Division enforces child support through the court system. Family Support Division is located at 301 Clark Avenue, Ste. 100, Las Vegas and can be reached at (702) 671-9200; and The Juvenile Division processes criminal matters concerning juveniles. The Juvenile Division is located at 601 North Pecos Road, North Building, Room 470 in Las Vegas and can be reached at (702) 455-5320. The DA’s office also has a Bad Check Unit, located in the Regional Justice Center at 200 Lewis Ave. in Las Vegas and can be reached at (702) 671-4701. The Bad Check Unit provides businesses information and notices. The DA’s office also provides extensive services for victims of crime and witnesses are provided through the Victim-Witness Assistance Center (see listing below). Visit their website at http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/district_attorney/Pages/default.aspx .
Clark County Department of Family Services is the local public agency whose role is to help keep children safe, as required by the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act. The agency was formed on July 1, 2002 in response to the merger of state and county child welfare services. They can be found online at http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/family_services/pages/default.aspx . The agency offers information on the following topics:
- Child Abuse Hotline (702) 399-0081. Child Abuse Hotline accepts reports of abuse and neglect 24 hours a day;
- Child Protective Services investigates reports of child abuse and neglect; as needed, links families to community services; and provides guidance and supervision to families at risk of abuse and neglect. Contact the Child Abuse Hotline at (702) 399-0081 for more information;
- Child Haven and emergency shelter homes provide a temporary, safe, nurturing environment for children who cannot safely remain with their families. When a child cannot remain with family, the goal is to place the child in a safe, nurturing environment. Children are temporarily placed in Child Haven or an emergency shelter home. Child Haven is a part of the Clark County Department of Family Services (DFS) and provides temporary care and treatment for abused, neglected and abandoned children between 3 days to 17 years of age. Children are placed into protective custody in Child Haven by police or DFS workers. The Child Haven campus consists of eight cottages, and activity and school centers. Children are assigned to a cottage based on their age and sex. The cottages are capable of housing 12 children each, except for the infants cottage, which is capable of housing 20 infants. Child Haven contracts with licensed shelter homes in the community. Licensed shelter homes provide children with qualified and quality one-on-one care in emergency situations. Want to become a Child Haven Volunteer? Call (702) 455-5390. Want to become a Shelter Parent? Call (702) 455-2023. When children require care beyond a few weeks, they are moved to foster homes. Foster Parents are specially-trained and state licensed to meet the needs of the children. Foster Parents provide a stable, nurturing home for children until they can return to their parents or another permanent home. Want to become a Foster Parent? Call (702) 455-4024 or 1-888-4AFAMLY (423-2659).
- Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is a program which provides a neutral, child-friendly setting for children where they can be interviewed about reports of child abuse, particularly sexual abuse, have forensic medical examinations and receive appropriate therapeutic services. The CAC offers a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach involving police, prosecutors, child protective workers, therapist and medical personnel working together as a team. Children’s Advocacy Center, Clark County Family Services, 701 N. Pecos Road, Building K, Las Vegas. Phone: (702) 455-5371.
- Parenting Project offers programs that help parents have positive, healthy and nurturing relationships with their children. Parenting Project, Cambridge Community Center, 3900 Cambridge St., #203, Las Vegas, NV, 89119. Phone: (702) 455-5295.
- Adoption Services provides an alternative permanent home for children who cannot be reunited safely with their parents. When children cannot be safely reunited with their parents, an alternate plan is made to enable them to have a permanent home. Adoption is one of those alternatives. Adoption is a legal process. An individual who adopts a child has the same rights and responsibilities of a birth parent. When a child with special needs is adopted, the agency may provide ongoing financial support to that child and family. The support is provided through an adoption subsidy. Want to become an Adoptive Parent? Call (702) 455-0181.
Clark County Family Law Self-Help Center provides forms and information for individuals representing themselves in family court. They are located at the Family & Youth Services Center & Courthouse, 601 S. Pecos, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Their phone number is (702) 455-1500. Visit their useful and informative Web site at http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/shc/index.htm .
Clark County Law Library has many resources and is conveniently located in downtown Las Vegas on the 4th floor of 309 S. Third St., Las Vegas, NV 89155. Their phone number is (702) 455-4696. The library is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Visit their useful Web site at http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/LawLibrary.
Clark County Neighborhood Justice Center (NJC) was established by the Nevada Legislature in 1991 and provides no-cost information, referral and mediation services to residents of Clark County who have disputes with neighbors, relatives, businesses, landlords, etc. Please note, that the NJC does NOT provide legal advice or an attorney. Mediation services are provided by trained volunteers from a cross-section of the community. The Neighborhood Justice Center has also established innovative youth programs to promote peaceful conflict resolution. These programs include the School Peer Mediation Program, the Culture of Peace Program, and the Conflict Intervention Team. The NJC helps residents of Clark County resolve conflicts at no cost through a comprehensive information and referral program and through mediation services. The NJC can assist in a variety of disputes, including neighborhood disputes, consumer/merchant disputes, employer/employee disputes, family disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, hospital-doctor/patient disputes, and parent/child disputes. The NJC will not mediate problems that cannot be settled through negotiation, matters involving violent activity, and those in which one of the parties refuses to willingly participate. For additional information on the Neighborhood Justice Center, visit their Web site at http://www.clarkcountycourts.us/lvjc/njc/njc.htm , via phone at (702) 455-3898 or visit their offices between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. located at 330 S. 3rd St., Suite 600, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101.
Clark County Public Defender’s Office provides legal assistance with criminal matters. They can be reached at (702) 455-4685. The office has a Web page on Clark County’s Web site. The Public Defender maintains offices in two locations. The main office is located in the South Third Street Building, 309 S Third St, 2nd Floor, (702) 455-4685. This office represents indigents charged with criminal offenses filed in the Eighth Judicial District Court, and the Justice Courts in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, and all other jurisdictions in Clark County. The Public Defender’s Juvenile Office, located in the Family & Youth Services Center, 601 N. Pecos,Las Vegas, NV 89101-2610, Phone: (702) 455-5475, represents juveniles whose parents cannot afford to retain private counsel. The Public Defender’s Office CANNOT represent individuals in civil matters.
Clark County Victim-Witness Assistance Center (VWAC) is a unit within the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. It has been in operation since 1976, providing services to victims and witnesses of crime in the community of Clark County, Nevada.
The staff of VWAC is able to provide the following assistance to you:
Initial notification of the status of your case, by mail
Explanation of court procedures
Transportation to and from court, if necessary
Assistance in applying for crime compensation
Expediting the return of property held as evidence
Providing vouchers for witness fees
Processing restitution payments
Referral to appropriate social service agencies
The Victim-Witness Assistance Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It is located on the 3rd floor of the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has a Domestic Violence Unit. To learn more about domestic violence and the services the Domestic Violence Unit offers, call (702) 229-4431. If you need to speak with a detective or victim advocate, please call (702) 229-4451 or go to the unit’s office at 3016 W. Charleston, Ste. 220, Las Vegas NV 89102. The LVMPD also has several bureaus within the department including, area commands, communications, transportation safety, missing persons, K-9 unit, crime stoppers, mounted police, records, search & rescue, special events, tourist safety, violent crimes, financial/property crime, firearms, gang crimes and homicide. Visit the LVMPD Web site for more information.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Deparment also has a Victim Advocates program through their Victim Services detail. Victim Advocates can be reached at 229-2955. They are generally available in the office from 7:00 Am to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. While advocates are available to provide support to the victims of all crime categories, they do not have financial resources to replace or repair property damaged during the crime. It is the mission of the Victim Services Detail to help victims of crime by providing crisis intervention, support, referrals, and encouraging safety practices to reduce the likelihood of future victimization. Victim Services educates and empowers victims to seek justice by participating in investigations and following through with prosecution. The Victim Services Detail exhausts all available resources to aid victims in gaining strength and security after victimization. Visit the LVMPD Web site for more information.
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (LACSN) is a private, non-profit, public interest law firm that provides free legal information, counseling and representation to eligible low-income residents of Clark County, Nevada. Eligibility for their services is based on household income and the number of people living in the client’s household. Types of legal matters handled by LACSN include: helping victims of consumer fraud scams; victims of domestic violence, family law issues, public and private housing violations; Special Education issues; those denied access in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act; restoration of Social Security Benefits; assisting with legal issues for people suffering from HIV / AIDS; and the Children’s Attorney Project, which provides representation of abused and neglected children who are in foster placements or are wards of the state. LACSN now does limited immigration work specific to helping non-documented immigrants who are victims of domestic violence get their documentation. LACSN does NOT handle legal matters regarding: personal injury, criminal, worker’s comp, employment, unemployment or business law issues. View their client income eligibility chart on their informative Web site. Their offices are located in the Lied Center for Legal Services building at 800 S. Eighth Street, Las Vegas. Phone: (702) 386-1070. Pro Bono Project at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada can be reached at (702) 386-1070.
LRIS Locate an attorney usine the State Bar of Nevada’s lawyer referral service. They may be reached by calling (702) 382-0504. There is also a toll-free number for Nevada residents outside of Las Vegas, and that number is 1 (800) 789-5747. Individuals calling from outside Nevada must dial (702) 382-0504.
Nevada Attorney for Injured Workers (NAIW) represents injured workers in litigation seeking workers’ compensation benefits. A division of the State of Nevada’s Department of Business & Industry, NAIW answers questions regarding the Nevada workers’ compensation system and benefits and particular situations. The job of NAIW is to assist injured workers through the administrative process in their efforts to obtain deserved workers’ compensation benefits in accordance with the Nevada statutory scheme. Of course, workers may choose to be represented by their own attorneys instead of using appointed counsel. The Las Vegas office of NAIW is 2200 S. Rancho Dr., Ste. 230, Las Vegas, NV 89102. Phone: (702) 486-2830. More information about NAIW is available online.
Nevada Disability Law Center (NDALC) is Nevada’s federally mandated protection and advocacy system for the human, legal, and service rights for individuals with disabilities. The main office of the NDALC is at 6039 Eldora Avenue, Suite C – Box 3, Las Vegas, NV 89146. Phone: Toll-free in Nevada at (888) 349-3843 or (702) 257-8150, TTY: (702) 257-8160. Visit the informative NDALC Web site.
Nevada Legal Resources Directory is a statewide collection of free legal assistance organizations and other related resources www.nvlawdirectory.org.
Nevada Legal Services may provide assistance with routine landlord/tenant problems, welfare, Medicaid and food stamp problems. Nevada Legal Services is located at 530 S. 6th Street, Las Vegas. Phone: (702) 386-0404. Visit Nevada Legal Services online. They also have an information-based site at www.lawhelp.org/NV. This site is powered by Legal Services Center the private, non-profit organization established by Congress.
State Bar of Nevada has many features of their office available online at www.nvbar.org. Get information on a variety of topics from checking to see if an attorney is licensed to practice in Nevada’s state courts to attorney ethics and discipline. Learn how to order bar exam applications or find information on how to handle attorney fee dispute issues. The State Bar offers printed pamphlets on frequently asked legal questions as well as online versions. They also maintain a free phone lawyer referral service that can be reached at (702) 382-0504. The referral service offers a toll-free number for Nevada residents outside of Las Vegas, and that number is 1 (800) 789-5747. Individuals calling from outside Nevada should call (702) 382-0504. The State Bar of Nevada’s main office is located at 600 E. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, 89104. Phone: (702) 382-2200.
State of Nevada – Legislature Online In addition to the detailed legislative session information on the state’s recent 73rd session, it includes information on sessions from 1993 including interim session particulars. Newcomers can learn who their elected representatives are as well as detailed information about the current state assembly, senate, and committees and a calendar of meetings. The site also offers access to many of the state’s statues, court rules, local codes, and recent Supreme Court of Nevada decisions. The site includes information about the Legislative Counsel Bureau and information for lobbyists. www.leg.state.nv.us.
Wiener-Rogers Law Library is located on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus, and is the largest law library in Nevada. The library offers access to basic sources of American law for all jurisdictions, including treatises, loose-leaf services, and periodicals. This user-friendly library is open to the academic community, the practicing bar and the public at large. Main phone: (702) 895-2400. Reference desk: (702) 895-2420. Driving directions and hours of operation are available online.
*NOTE: This is by no means an exhaustive list of the legal services and resources available in the community. This information is subject to change at any time without notice. If you have specific legal questions or concerns, you should contact the listed entity directly or consult a licensed, Nevada attorney.