Assemblyman Wesley Duncan testified before the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services in favor of Assembly Bill 183. Sponsored by Assemblyman Duncan, AB183 would revise Nevada statue to enable any person who is 16 years of age to donate blood with the consent of his or her parent or guardian.
Duncan emphasized, “For many high school-aged students their first exposure to blood donation is at their school blood drive. By allowing students 16 years of age to donate with consent of their guardian they are much more likely to continue donating throughout their life.”
“By becoming a blood donor at an early age, Nevada youths are able to garner a sense of civic responsibility. They are able to save up to three lives with just one blood donation,” said Assemblyman Duncan.
Currently Nevada Revised Statutes only allow for persons 17 years of age or older to donate blood.
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As a long time supporter of civil rights and liberties, Natalie Smith, a local paralegal and secretary of Nevada Cure is bewildered and angered by the ACLU’s support (under the heading “equality”!) for AB 74, which would establish fees and registration of documents preparers, who are often the only access to the legal system for poor communities in Nevada. How is this equality? Why would the ACLU support such a bill?
If the ACLU was worried about equality, it would propose and support legislation to require increased pro bono hours by attorneys, AND not give attorneys a pass by paying a few hundred dollars. Poor people do not trust the legal community because the legal community is not trustworthy. This is not about paralegals. This is about attorneys taking people’s money and leaving them high and dry without legal help. These lawyers – and yes, there are many in Nevada – are called dump trucks.
Low income communities need paralegals. We can’t afford attorneys’ outrageous fees. Additionally, how many attorneys in Nevada have EVER done a pro bono case for a prisoner? Prisoners in Nevada are going blind from denial of basic medical care, denied their basic rights in the form of hearing aids and other assistive devices, suffering physical and sexual abuse, retaliation for use of the grievance process and other violations of their constitutional rights. Nevada attorneys, with VERY few exceptions, do not assist prisoners. Now the ACLU would like to take away the paralegals who do help them… and under the heading of “equality”? Really?
Please reconsider your support for AB 74. It is bad for poor people and anyone who has been, and continues to be, denied access to the court system, says Ms. Smith.
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“We are excited to have Nancy join our business litigation and family law practice areas,” says Firm co-founder and managing partner, John T. Steffen. “She is a seasoned professional in both areas and is a strong addition to the Firm.”
Heimerle received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. She then earned a Jurist Doctor from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After graduating from law school, Heimerle became a staff attorney for the Children’s Attorneys Project of Clark County Legal Services, where she practiced for years in civil litigation.
The law firm of Hutchison & Steffen, a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated law firm, provides a wide variety of legal services, including business law and commercial litigation, trust and probate litigation, appellate litigation, insurance litigation, landlord/tenant law, healthcare professionals advocacy, professional liability defense, alternative dispute resolution, personal injury, bankruptcy law, creditor’s rights, construction law, employment law, asset protection and business planning, real estate law, corporate and commercial law, family law, and administrative law.
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The Richard Harris Law Firm is challenging Southern Nevada teens to compete in its annual video public service announcement (PSA) contest this spring. Now in its fourth year, this year’s contest focuses on the topic of bullying. Currently enrolled high school students (grades 9 to 12) in Clark County, Nevada, are encouraged to submit their self-made video PSA for consideration. The Richard Harris Law Firm encourages students to creatively express true stories and life experiences to illustrate the important issue of bullying in society. The videos must be 30 seconds in length, contain no vulgar or inappropriate content and should be all original images and background music.
“It has become a disturbing trend over the past few years to hear about more children and teenagers bullied at school and online,” says Richard Harris, Founder of the Richard Harris Law Firm. “Many children are being sent to school in the morning and tortured by their peers personally and throughout the day on social networks. Too often we wake up to news about another child assaulted at school or taking their own life because of the physical and emotional pain they have to endure. If we can draw enough attention to the issue and impact even one child, we’ve done our job.”
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Big Bed Bug Bust
K-9 Sweeps, the only pest control company in Las Vegas that focuses exclusively on bed bugs, is looking for Las Vegas bed bug infestation horror stories and will provide to the person or family having the most egregious infestation in a single-family home the K-9 Sweeps’ state-of-the-art bed bug elimination method.
Families and individuals should email their bed bug horror stories and up to two photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15th at midnight. Entries should describe the bed bug problem in no more than 300 words, verify that their home is a single family home, and include first and last name and a contact telephone number. Winning entries may be used in promotional photos/films.
Entries must be received by midnight, April 15, 2013.
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