CARSON CITY — Yesterday, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt proudly announced the launch of the Office of Military Legal Assistance, the nation’s first attorney general-led, public-private partnership offering our military communities access to pro bono civil legal services.
The program pairs Nevada’s active duty, Guard and reserve service members with local attorneys to receive legal assistance for civil matters including: consumer fraud, military rights, immigration, landlord/tenant, predatory lending and creditor/debtor issues. Nevada veterans may also receive assistance with wills and powers of attorney.
“I am proud to honor these military heroes who have given so much in service to this country and state,” said Attorney General Laxalt. “The Office of Military Legal Assistance is dedicated to addressing the legal gaps in representation for our current military service members. I am encouraged by the overwhelming response from more than 100 local attorneys who have pledged their commitment to our mission, and hold high expectations for this program. It is my hope that the Office of Military Legal Assistance will continue to expand its services and become a lasting legacy for the military families of Nevada.”
In February, AG Laxalt assembled a comprehensive group of representatives to help shape the parameters of the program. Members of the committee include representatives from the various military components in the state, the National Association of Attorneys General, the Nevada Military Support Alliance, the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, the Nevada Justice Association, Boyd School of Law, statewide and local legal aid centers throughout Nevada, state and county bar associations, and partners from private law firms throughout the state.
Nevada active duty, Guard and reserve service members in need of legal assistance should contact their local Judge Advocate General’s Office for referral to this program. Veterans should contact their local Veterans Service Officers through the Nevada Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information about how to receive assistance or participate in the program, visit the website at NVAGOMLA.nv.gov or click here.
The Office is grateful to its donors, including the Nevada Military Support Alliance, SWITCH and the Nevada Community Foundation for their support and assistance with this launch.