Without reviewing the alleged defamatory email statments, it would be nearly impossible for any attorney to ascertain whether the emails were indeed defamatory and/or harassment. I suggest you make a consultation with a Nevada lawyer experienced with these type of issues (i.e., defamation, slander, libel, and harassment). Thank you and I wish you the best of luck!
I am unclear if this trial is for the criminal matter/citation with respect to the person that hit you or if this is the trial for your personal injury complaint for damages against him/her. Regardless, you should be present and attend.
Each law firm has their own retainer and contigency fee agreement, so I can't comment on another law firm's retainer agreement. In my law firm, we would take this case on a contigency fee base and the attorney fees would be negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, I (and generally most attorneys) would at the very minimum seek the max amount from the person that caused the accident (or their insurance policy), while at the same time trying to reduce the medical bills and liens. This...
I suggest you initiate a convesation about your concerns with the administrators of the school of which you attended. If it fails to further your goals, retain a local attorney to explain your options. Thank you and I wish you the best of luck!