National Pro Bono Week: Nevadans Get Free Legal Advice Today
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - It's National Pro Bono Week, and today Nevadans have access to free (pro bono) legal advice offered to fill the huge gap for people who need help protecting their rights but cannot afford a lawyer. Melanie Kushnir, pro bono project director with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, says her team reaches out every day to seniors, people with disabilities and Nevadans who need help with issues ranging from child custody to foreclosure.
However, as is the case in most of the nation, there are not enough legal aid services to reach all the Nevadans who need help, she says.
"You have 80 percent of people with cases in which they need an attorney to protect their rights, yet they're not able to get access to help. Most attorneys are not providing pro bono services."
Starting at noon today, Nevadans can get free advice on civil matters at the Ask-A-Lawyer Clinic being offered at the East Las Vegas Senior Center. Details are at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada website, www.lacsn.org.
Kushnir says the clinic will run for two hours this afternoon, and Nevadans can pre-register or just walk-in and sit down at a table across from a volunteer lawyer and get answers to just about any type of legal question.
"We will have lawyers in every area of civil law who are going to be available to provide free counsel and advice, from bankruptcy to family law to Social Security, immigration, foreclosure."
Kushnir says this week is also a time to remind the majority of Nevada lawyers who do not do pro bono work to join their fellow attorneys who donate hundreds of hours each year to the Legal Aid Center Pro Bono Project.
The clinic takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at 250 N. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. More information is available at www.lacsn.org or by calling (702) 386-1070 ext. 129 (English) or ext. 149 (Spanish).