Tuesday, December 1, 2015

World Aids Day

  • A 60-page analysis by UNLV's diversity chief concludes that the Rebels and Hey Reb! do not have confederate ties. [RJ]
  • Clark County Commissioners are revisiting their decision to require Uber and Lyft drivers to get business licenses after some input from Uber's local counsel Donald Campbell and Clark County Counsel Mary-Anne Miller. [RJ; Vegas Inc.]
  • A DUI driver that killed a local teen texted his girlfriend that he had been DUO, I mean DUI after the incident. [LasVegasNow]
  • Video details about Metro's eighth officer-involved shooting of the year. [LasVegasNow]

Monday, November 30, 2015

Intraoffice Gifting

Hopefully you all had a nice little Thanksgiving break. Not much happened while we were out, so we'll start this week off by discussing intraoffice gifting. Any great gift ideas for your staff? Do you get a gift for the boss? Do you have a stellar white-elephant idea?

Anything else going on out there we should know about?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Magic Numbers 2015

Here are the results for the 2015 Magic Number survey. These numbers are based on what first year associates are making and what the billable requirement is at a firm. These two pieces of information combined give us the salary per billable hour or Magic Number. These numbers come from your survey responses, as well as last year's responses. We make no guarantees regarding their accuracy. If we received more than one response for a firm and the numbers differed, we put the average. (That means if you submitted a response for your first year salary and the number below is higher--that is probably a good sign someone else is making more than you at your same firm.) You also have to remember that this does not take into account benefits or intangibles (like a private chef), so your mileage may vary. If you are an experienced attorney and get sick at the thought of how underpaid you are, enter at your own risk. The results are after the jump.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

All You Need Is Love

  • "War Machine" blew a kiss to the prosecutor in court. [RJ]
  • The witness in one murder case is a suspect in another. [LasVegasNow]
  • The family court adoption day marathon was a success. You can get involved if you want to make a difference. [News3LV; eighthjdcourt blog]

Monday, November 23, 2015

To Your Health

  • Judge Richard Scotti gave Centennial Hills Hospital the "least-onerous sanction" he could impose and still mitigate the extreme prejudice caused by its, ahem, discovery failures. [RJ; copy of Judge Scotti's 39-page order]
  • More on whether that woman the Supreme Court opined about last week is brain dead. [RJ]
  • There is a new veteran-based political advocacy group in Nevada that will be endorsing candidates in the next election. [RJ]
  • A new study says lawyers have the lowest health, highest rates of alcohol use. [CBS Atlanta]

Friday, November 20, 2015

Life Goes On

  • The Supreme Court ordered that a woman be kept on life support. [RJ]
  • The former Green Valley High School banker who stole funds was sentenced yesterday. [RJ]
  • AG Adam Laxalt launched the Office of Military Legal Assistance. Go here if you would like to volunteer. [LasVegasNow]

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Quantity v. Quality

As we near the end of the year, the topic of associate compensation is on many a lawyer's mind. Although it is too late to do anything about it this year, we'll fuel that discussion and/or add to the anxiety by asking the question below. What do you think?

Which is more important in determining associate salary?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hey Racist!?

  • Protecting the sage grouse is hard on rural communities. [RJ]
  • Three people were sentenced with no prison time in the HOA scandal yesterday. [RJ]
  • There was an anti-racism student rally at UNLV yesterday and, guess what, the topic of the Hey Reb! mascot came up again. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Unintended Consequences

  • The AG's office was late to the party and won't get to argue for a preliminary injunction regarding sage grouse. [RJ]
  • Another player in the HOA scandal is looking for no prison time. [RJ]
  • A licensing fee intended for Uber and Lyft could end up affecting other drivers like your pizza delivery guy. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Here's the latest on the Clark County DA reality show. Anyone been affected by it yet? [LasVegasNow]

Monday, November 16, 2015

Dark Days

  • Here's a puff piece on tax attorney Steven Hollingworth of Solomon Dwiggins & Freer. [Vegas, Inc.]
  • A State Commission has approved a "Values Life" specialty license plate. [KNPR]
  • The Supreme Court formally suspended the law license of former US Attorney Lawrence Semenza. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Last call for Magic Number Survey Responses. You can take the survey here and we'll try and get the results up next week.