Nevada’s rising poverty population results in unmet legal needs

A survey conducted last year found that households with income less than 125 percent of the federal poverty level have a total of about 147,000 legal “needs” every year — yet 76 percent of those needs are never addressed or resolved.

News Story (Nevada)

Riley Snyder
Nevada Independent
August 26, 2018

Tags: Access to Justice, Poverty

Organizations mentioned/involved: Nevada Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission (NSCAJC), Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada


The survey, which sampled 1,050 people between October and December 2017, was conducted on behalf of the Nevada Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission, which is composed of 18 members and is co-chaired by Justices James Hardesty and Michael Douglas.

Though the survey focused on documenting access to legal resources for low and middle class Nevadans, it also underscored an underlying cause — a persistently large population of people living at or below the federal poverty level of $12,140 in annual income for an individual, or $20,780 for a family of three.