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Everyone has heard the saying, "you have the right to an attorney." But how true is that statement in reality? What about an abused child who has been placed in foster care and can't bear to be separated from his siblings; or a victim of domestic violence whose estranged husband has set her car on fire and threatened their children; or a senior on a fixed income whose home is being foreclosed upon? If they had committed a crime, an attorney would be appointed to represent them. But for many low-income residents who face civil court matters, their only lifeline is the non-profit law firm Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada exists solely to help those who need a voice in court but are unable to hire an attorney. Legal Aid Center provides a voice for over 1,800 children in our county's foster care system, and assists domestic violence victims with custody and support issues, enabling them to reclaim a life that is free of fear and abuse. The organization helps parents of children with disabilities fight for the accommodations they need to succeed in school.LACSN page image

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada also represents Nevadans who have been victims of consumer fraud, mortgage scams, and those who have been devastated by our recent economic crisis. Many of these people have never needed help before and are shocked to find themselves in a financial mess. Legal Aid Center works to help them achieve financial stability again through direct representation in the courts. They operate the Civil Law Self-Help Center in the Regional Justice Center in cooperation with Clark County and the Clark County Courts. Additionally, in partnership with the William S. Boyd School of Law, Legal Aid Center sponsors self-help classes on a range of legal topics. Some classes are now held in the new facility in both English and Spanish.

Day after day, year after year, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada represents the most vulnerable in our community. Over the past seventeen years, under the leadership of Executive Director Barbara E. Buckley, Esq., the organization has grown into one of the largest law firms in Nevada, with 29 staff lawyers and a total of 65 full-time employees. Through the group's Pro Bono Project, Barbara and her team have recruited nearly 1,000 attorneys to volunteer their professional services, enabling Legal Aid Center to serve over 65,000 people – our friends, neighbors and co-workers -- who would otherwise have had nowhere else to turn.

The growth of Southern Nevada, coupled with the economic crisis, have led to an exponential increase in need for Legal Aid Center's services. By 2007, the organization had outgrown its existing facility and was spending thousands of additional dollars on rented office space. The staff and infrastructure were stretched to the breaking point and there was a critical need for more office space to hire additional attorneys and support staff; for private interview rooms and a play area so that domestic violence victims could tell their stories out of earshot of their children; and for a more classroom space to educate the public on topics such as divorce, child custody, bankruptcy, and foreclosure. The Legal Aid Center Board of Directors determined that a new facility was needed and that it was critical to remain downtown, close to the courts and accessible to public transportation.

To meet this important goal, they turned to Lori Harrison at Bank of Nevada for guidance on potential financing options. Lori and Bank of Nevada worked closely with Barbara, her administrative staff and board of directors to determine the best route to success. In spite of the economic downturn, the team was able to devise a solid financial plan and Bank of Nevada issued a line of credit for construction of their new building. The project was generously supported by some of the community's most charitable foundations including the Engelstad Family Foundation, The Lied Foundation Trust, Boyd Foundation and many other donors large and small. Clark County and the City of Las Vegas also substantially contributed through federal HUD Community Development Block Grants. The facility was completed in just over a year and the staff proudly moved into the gleaming white and steel facility on March 18, 2013.

"Bank of Nevada has been a dedicated partner in our journey of service to this community," said Barbara Buckley. "They understand our mission to provide equal access to justice for all and we could not have accomplished so much without their assistance. Besides helping finance our new facility, they continue to sponsor training seminars for local attorneys with the proceeds benefitting our organization, and they were the first bank in the state to direct more funding to legal aid by pooling the interest on lawyers' trust accounts. We are so grateful to Lori and the entire Bank of Nevada team."