Thousands of Legal Questions will be Answered in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Reno, Boulder City, Carson City, Caliente, Elko, Ely, Fallon, Laughlin, Mesquite, Pahrump, Pioche, Tonopah & Yerington
Chances are if you have a legal need or question – and can’t afford a lawyer – you may be able to get free help from a Nevada lawyer in October. As part of Celebrate Pro Bono 2019, Nevada lawyers will be offering assistance throughout the state with answers to legal questions during the month of October with even more events loaded into the week of October 20-26. Free seminars, clinics, workshops and Ask-A-Lawyer sessions will mostly focus on civil legal needs of Nevadans.
Whether you have a legal question about powers of attorney, wills and estate planning, veterans issues, divorce, guardianship, foreclosure, family, child support or custody law, protective orders, landlord/tenant issues, small claims, collections, immigration, bankruptcy, case sealing, small business or many more topics, you’ll likely find a Nevada lawyer willing to lend a hand during Celebrate Pro Bono 2019.
“Every year in Nevada, thousands try to navigate the court system without a lawyer,” said Brad Lewis, Director of the Access to Justice Commission. “For those with limited means, 76% of people get inadequate help or no help at all. Getting free help from a Nevada lawyer during Celebrate Pro Bono 2019, for some, could positively impact the outcome of their issue. For others, it’s great to have free access to experts for advice.”
The Nevada Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission has assembled a complete list of these sessions and has made the list available at www.nvbar.org/probono. Sessions will be offered by many legal aid providers along with a multitude of pro bono lawyers and supporting partners.
Session sponsors include Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Nevada Legal Services, Southern Nevada Senior Law Program, Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevada (VARN), and Washoe Legal Services. Supporting organizations include Civil Law Self-Help Center, Family Law Self-Help Center, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, Clark County Law Library, Clark County Library District, Washoe County Law Library and Self-Help Center, SCORE, Women’s Business Enterprise Council, Nevada Attorney General Office of Military Legal Assistance, Nevada National Guard, Nevada Military Support Alliance, and others.
Many of the programs offered during Celebrate Pro Bono 2019 are made possible with support from Nevada financial institutions through their participation in the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program which raises approximately $3.4 million dollars per year to help Nevada citizens living under 200% of the poverty rate with civil legal needs. Several sessions are also offered in Spanish. Sessions are open to all and all are invited.
About Us – The Nevada Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission was created in 2006 to help coordinate and deliver access to justice in civil cases for persons of limited means in Nevada.
The Commission is responsible for assessing current and future needs of Nevadans struggling to make ends meet, developing statewide policies designed to support and improve the delivery of legal services, improve self-help services, increase pro bono activities, recommend legislation or rules affecting access to justice, investigate and pursue increased funding and enhance the public awareness of the impact limited access to justice has on the courts, government and society.
Making legal help available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay, is how we deliver on the American promise of justice for all. That same help keeps employees on the job, kids in school, and returns seven dollars for every one dollar invested.
More information about the Nevada Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and legal needs in Nevada is available at www.nvbar.org/atj