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Free Legal Guidance Available At UNLV This Weekend

PHOTO: Free legal guidance is available at the 5th Annual Community Law Day this Saturday at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Photo credit: U.S. Justice Department.
PHOTO: Free legal guidance is available at the 5th Annual Community Law Day this Saturday at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Photo credit: U.S. Justice Department.
August 21, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Nevadans who cannot afford an attorney can receive free legal guidance in areas of family law, bankruptcy and other matters at the University of Nevada Las Vegas this Saturday.

Gabrielle Jones is an attorney with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, which is sponsoring the 5th Annual Community Law Day at the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.

"So the attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the applicable law in those areas, the various procedural processes, and they will also have the opportunity at the end of the class to get the application to sign up for a pro bono attorney," she explains.

Jones says since its founding, students at the William S. Boyd School of Law have provided more than 50,000 Nevadans with legal education services through classes taught in partnership with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and Nevada Legal Services.

She adds that there will also be a class on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which can provide temporary legal status for some undocumented immigrants.

"The numbers that I've heard is that there are numerous people here that would qualify but haven't applied,” she says. “So I'm hoping that through us getting the word out some of those people will show up and take advantage of this opportunity."

The Migration Policy Institute reports that Nevada is among the states leading the nation for its high percentage of applicants for the DACA program.

The institute reports that 61 percent of 17,000 eligible in Nevada have applied, and most have been approved.




Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV