Thursday, June 30, 2016

Aloha Summer Vacation!

It's that time of year again where the bar congregates in some far off location for the Annual Vacation Meeting. This year, the far off location is the beautiful Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island in Hawaii. You can view a copy of the program here. We expect that some of you wonderful readers will be in attendance and share the gossip from the meeting with the rest of us. Will Justice Douglas be rocking his vacation wear again? Will the retiring Justice Saitta be there? What other judges are there? Any crazy stories? Will the animal law section protest the captive dolphins at the Hilton?

For the rest of us who won't be making the trip to Hawaii, what kind of summer vacations do you have planned? Road trips? Camping? Europe? The Olympics? What ever it is, we hope you're making some plans to have some time away from work and the law this summer. As for us, we're heading out early today to beat the traffic. We'll be back next week. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sweet And Sour Grapes

  • The defendant in the anonymous-businessman sex-tape extortion case wants to challenge his guilty plea. [RJ]
  • AG Adam Laxalt says the Nevada Supreme Court is going to have to revisit a prior search and seizure decision due to a recent US Supreme Court decision. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Six Republican candidates who lost in the primary have filed a court action alleging "possible" malfunction of voting machines.  [RJ]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court denied the ACLU's request to continue a hearing on the school choice bill. [RJ]
  • Nevada will get $5.3 million as part of settlement with Volkswagen. [Las Vegas Sun]
Thanks for all the participation in the comments lately. We appreciate the spirited discussion. Please feel free to continue to speak your mind, but remember to keep it work-appropriate and slander-free. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Right Time For Me

  • Justice Nancy Saitta is retiring effective August 8, 2016. According to a press release from the Supreme Court:

“After nearly 20 years as a judicial officer, with 10 of those years as a Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court, I have decided that it is time to move on to the next chapter,” Justice Saitta said. 

“After careful consideration, I am confident that this is the right time for me. My work on the court has been tremendously rewarding. I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to be of service to the courts and the citizens of the State of Nevada. I am grateful to have had such an amazing experience.”

Justice Saitta, 65, said she intends to continue working on child and juvenile advocacy issues and will continue to chair the Blue Ribbon for Kids Commission, the Coalition to Combat Criminal Sexual Exploitation of Children and the Juvenile Justice Reform Commission. She also will serve as a senior judge. 

The seven permanent members of the Commission on Judicial Selection will now recruit, screen, and interview applicants. The Commission then nominates three finalists from which the Governor makes his appointment.  This thorough, complex, and public process usually takes about 4 months to complete.

All applicants will complete an online application. The Commission will review materials digitally saving copy costs and staff time.

The Commission on Judicial Selection is composed of seven permanent members – the Supreme Court Chief Justice, three non-attorneys appointed by the Governor, and three attorneys appointed by the State Bar of Nevada. Neither the Governor nor the Bar may appoint more than two permanent members from the same political party, and cannot appoint two members from the same county.
  • You can also view this article mentioning the fact that her retirement comes months after her name surfaced in connection to the HOA scandal.  Saitta denies any involvement. [RJ]
  • An attempted murder case is dismissed after the victims, the defendants' parents, refuse to testify raising the question of whether the deputy public defender crossed an ethical line. [RJ]

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mess With Texas

  • A big day at the US Supreme Court with rulings striking down some Texas abortion clinic regulations, upholding weapons bans for domestic violence convictions, and political corruption prosecution. [SCOTUSblog]
  • Is Las Vegas Law going to get renewed for a second season? [RJ]
  • Anything else going on out there? We hear a few judges are already in Hawaii for the State Bar's Annual Meeting.
BREAKING NEWS:  Justice Nancy Saitta is retiring effective August 8, 2016. [@sandrachereb]

Friday, June 24, 2016


  • What the Brexit (British exit from the European Union) might mean for you? [Fox5Vegas]
  • For those of you worried that no one is doing anything about the unauthorized practice of law, you'll be heartened to know the Nye County Sheriff's office made an arrest this week. [Nye County Sheriff's Facebook]
  • Five Clark County School District Police asked the DA's office to investigate an internal affairs investigator. [RJ]
  • Caesars got the green light on its reorganization plan. [RJ]
  • Here are some things you probably shouldn't try to bring into court with you. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Welcome To The Big League

  • Several opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court today on repeat offender convictions, DUI breath vs blood tests, and affirmative action. [SCOTUSblog]
  • A former robbery defendant takes to Youtube to proclaim his innocence and critique the prosecution. [RJ]
  • A last minute attempt to change the sex offender registration law before it goes into effect next month. [RJ]
  • The extortion case with the prominent anonymous local businessman was back in the news. [RJ]
  • No preliminary injunction for the woman banned from the library district after her open carry incident. [RJ]
  • Starting in 2017, Las Vegas will be the home of an NHL team. [RJ]
  • First a hockey, then maybe a football, baseball, and/or soccer team? [NY Times]

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Job Tips: Summerwear

It's just plain hot out there and it has one of our readers asking a very important question: What is appropriate court attire for all those hot lawyers out there?

We get some guidance from the Rules:

EDCR Rule 7.72.  Courtroom conduct and attire.  Proceedings in court should be conducted with dignity and decorum. All persons appearing in open court must be properly attired as befits the dignity of the court. All male attorneys must wear full length trousers, coat and tie; female attorneys must wear suitable dresses or pantsuits.

Seriously?  Do you really need to wear a jacket to court? Does this apply to both sexes? What exactly is a suitable dress when it's 115 degrees?  What about footwear?  Are open toe sandal heels okay? Are Birkenstocks ever appropriate? Where do you draw the line between appropriate and inappropriate?

What about when you don't leave the office on days like this? Does your firm have a summer dress code or a special dress code for heat waves?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hot Vegas

  • It looks like Nevada PUC general counsel Carolyn Tanner is out after a pseudonymous tweet. [RJ]
  • A judicial panel approved spending $3 million to fund 34 specialty courts. [RJ]
  • Here's a Q&A with Michael Feder of Dickinson Wright. [Vegas Inc.]

Monday, June 20, 2016


  • A woman who was banned from the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District for a year over open carrying is suing the district. [RJ]
  • Wondering what cases the US Supreme Court will be deciding between now and the end of June--check the SCOTUSblog.
  • Ticketmaster might have some free tickets for you. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Anyone have more details about what happened with attorney Marisa Border last year? [Lincoln County Record]

Friday, June 17, 2016

Electric Daisies In Bloom

  • Anyone have any reports from the Meet Your Judges Mixer or NJA Gala last night?