Pro Bono Opportunities
Join Our Network of Supporters as a Volunteer or Pro Bono Advocate
Get Involved With NLS
NLS offers pro bono opportunities for law firms, lawyers and other professionals who have an interest in helping our low income clients with their legal matters. If you are a tax professional, immigration or social security advocate, we have clients that need your help even if you are not an attorney! If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the Volunteer Application below. If you are already a volunteer, request an updated copy of our case list with clients that need your help today!
Behind our pro bono program
NLS is the only legal services organization in Nevada with a federal mandate to spend a portion of our funding on a Pro Bono Program. NLS must expend 12.5% of our federal Legal Services Corporation funding on Pro Bono activities each year. NLS serves the entire state from offices in Reno, Carson City, Elko, Yerington, and Las Vegas. Our Pro Bono Program has become a vital aspect of the services we provide for our clients and with YOUR help we continue to provide these vital services. Read more below about the different ways that you can help.
CLE Credit for Volunteer Work
Nevada recently instituted a rule that allows attorneys to obtain CLE credit, up to 4 hours, for taking on a pro bono case. Click here to request a list of our current pro bono options to start earning your CLE credit today! Want to take a case but need a mentor? Let our Pro Bono Program staff know and we will set you up with an attorney that can help you navigate one of our pro bono cases!
Reduced Fee Panel
We generally help low income individuals with civil legal issues. We do not help with criminal issues, although we help seal criminal records. Generally, you must not have enough money to afford an attorney. Finally, you must be here in the United States legally, either a United States Citizen or documented immigrant. We also help undocumented immigrants who have been victims of crime or human trafficking or victims of domestic violence.
Ask-A-Lawyer & Community Law Fairs
NLS provides Ask a Lawyer multiple times every month across Nevada on a variety of legal topics, including family law and estate planning. These Ask a Lawyer events last approximately 4 hours and are currently held virtually – by Zoom or telephone. NLS staff set up volunteer attorneys at each event to speak with our low income clients for 30 minutes about a legal issue with which they need guidance. Help one of our low income clients navigate the legal system by signing up to help with an Ask-A-Lawyer today!
We have also expanded our popular Ask-A-Lawyer program to include Statewide Community Law Fair Events. We will hold Law Fairs on various topics every other month and recruit attorneys and clients across the state.
You can check out our Community Events calendar for a listing of our upcoming Ask-A-Lawyer and Community Law Fair events to sign up to help out today!
Pro Bono Week
October is Pro Bono Month culminating with Pro Bono Week as the last week in October every year. During this month Nevada Legal Services will offer special recruitment lunches, CLEs, legal education classes for the public, and other opportunities for attorneys to volunteer. We also plan to provide virtual estate planning events for those attorneys who cannot travel and will work with local organizations to assist with recruitment of potential clients.