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Wednesday, October 26, 2016   

LAS VEGAS – Navigating legal matters can be tricky, especially for people struggling to pay the bills, so lawyers are offering free legal advice during National Pro Bono Celebration Week.

Nevadans can get one-on-one consultations with lawyers on civil legal matters at the Ask-A-Lawyer clinic, to be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at the East Los Angeles Community Center and hosted by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

Noah Malgeri, project director for the center's pro bono project, said the clinic can have a big impact on the lives of people who couldn't otherwise afford attorneys in child abuse cases, fraud cases and many other issues.

"All kinds of issues that folks who don't have a lot of means really benefit quite a bit from help from an attorney who's a competent counsel, who knows the legal system, who knows the laws and can spend some time helping them to be a voice for them, and advocating on their behalf," he said.

People who aren't able to afford counsel have the scales of justice tilted against them from the start, Malgeri said. This is especially the case with children who need representation, for example, in abuse or neglect cases.

"They're going to be at a distinct disadvantage," he said, "because if they have a job or some other obligations that take up their time, they're not going to have the ability to spend time paying attention to their own case in terms of the progress of their case through the system."

The free Ask-A-Lawyer sessions are 15 minutes long and open to the public. You can sign up or find out about future clinics at LACSN.org.

National Pro Bono Celebration Week originally was created by the American Bar Association to highlight the need for free legal services around the country. The celebration runs until Saturday, with events across the state.


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