- James J. Jackson, who was an attorney at Thorndal, Armstrong, Delker, Balkenbush, & Eisinger, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep last week. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. A memorial service is being held tomorrow, March 8, 2014, at Palm Mortuary downtown. Details here.
- Thanks to a commenter yesterday, we learned that the Supreme Court of Nevada issued ADKT 0492 adopting new language in the attorney's oath regarding civility. The additional language states, "I will conduct myself in a civil and professional manner, whether dealing with clients, opposing parties and counsel, judicial officers or the general public, and will promote the administration of justice..." Thoughts? [See also RJ]
- Beware of the jury service scam. [Fox5Vegas; RJ]
- Another family court headline. A retired clerk hired to redact some confidential juvenile files lost the usb with the unredacted files. A "good samaritan" found the usb and called asking for a reward. Eventually the usb ended up back at the DA's office. No word on how many times it was uploaded to the internet before then...[RJ]
- The DA's office decided officers involved in the death of an inmate last year will not face charges. In other news, DA Wolfson still has not drawn a challenger. [RJ]
Friday, March 7, 2014
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Thursday, March 6, 2014
- A Californian man is suing the Downtown Grand after losing $500,000 the weekend of the Superbowl. He claims they allowed him to play while he was blackout drunk. [RJ]
- A "brawl" broke out in the courtroom hallway after the sentencing of Amy Bessey for attempted murder. [KTNV-video]
- The "arson puppies" are being raffled off. Don't worry, the Gaming Control Board has reviewed it and it's not a lottery. [RJ]
- Clark County Commissioners are still trying to figure out how to deal with medical marijuana. [Fox5Vegas]
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
- Nevada Secretary of State and candidate for attorney general, Ross Miller, is cracking down on notary publics/notarios who prepare legal documents for the unaware. [RJ]
- The Supreme Court of Nevada heard oral argument on the requirements for ballot initiatives. [RJ]
- In (attorney) candidate filing news, Teresa Lowry made official her campaign bid for the state senate against incumbent Michael Roberson. Justin Jones drew an opponent for his seat, but no opponent has materialized yet for DA Steve Wolfson.
- Demolition of the old Courthouse continues. [Photo by Bethany Barnes of the Las Vegas Sun]
- Another inmate in the custody of Nevada died... [RJ]
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
With open registration for non-judicial candidates ongoing until March 14 (you can see who has filed here) we thought we'd see what you think about the performance of District Attorney Steve Wolfson. Since he was selected by the Clark County Commissioners a little over two years ago, Wolfson has offered plenty of reasons to like or dislike him. So which is it? If you think he needs to be replaced, who is the person for the job?
Should District Attorney Steve Wolfson be retained this fall?
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Monday, March 3, 2014
- Steve Rushfield, the family court marshal supervisor accused of covering up a groping incident (among other things) who then stepped down as supervisor to be a regular marshal for family court Judge Frank Sullivan serving at the behest of the judge, is no longer employed by the Court. [RJ]
- Judge Michael Villani will not have to campaign for his seat this year as his challenge against the qualifications for candidacy of Ross Smillie was successful. [RJ]
- Cirque du Soleil and OSHA reportedly reached a settlement regarding the death of one of the Ka performers. [Las Vegas Sun]
- State Assemblywoman and attorney Lucy Flores has officially announced her candidacy for lieutenant governor. [8NewsNow]
- Meanwhile, candidate filing for non-judicial offices opens today and runs through March 14. Will we see more of our colleagues stepping up?
- Finally, this story has nothing to do with Las Vegas, but is an excellent warning about confidentiality agreements and your client's children... [Above the Law]
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Friday, February 28, 2014
- It was quite a busy day in Carson City yesterday as the Supreme Court of Nevada ruled that if a witness uses confidential documents to refresh his memory before testifying, it constitutes a waiver of any privilege on those documents, but there is no duty to automatically turn them over. More importantly, if you're on the other side, if you want to request those documents, your request needs to be somewhat contemporaneous with the hearing. [Las Vegas Sands v. Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct.; RJ]
- The Supreme Court also issued a ruling with regard to the fee shifting provisions of Chapter 40 when countered by rejected offers of judgment. In short, Plaintiffs' attorney's fees in Chapter 40 are not a guaranteed thing, especially when you don't recover more than an offer of judgment. [Gunderson v. D.R. Horton]
- The Supreme Court also decided to permit another disciplinary case against suspended Judge Steven Jones, should the Commission on Judicial Discipline decide to proceed. The legal takeaway is that due process rights generally do not attach during the investigatory phase of judicial discipline in order to allow the investigation to go forth unimpeded. The narrative take away is that Jones faces more allegations, which are distinct from the ones that have kept him in the news the last few years, stemming from a complaint that Jones first learned of in 2010. The complaint contains several allegations including that Jones encouraged court employees to do business with convicted ex-felons (not sure what is wrong with that without more details); tried to convince his bailiff that the Judge was entitled to a portion of the bailiff's disability retirement payout; that Jones was involved in an intimate relationship with an extern and later allowed her to appear in court before him without disclosing their prior relationship or recusing himself; and that Judge Jones misappropriated marijuana evidence from an ongoing case. [Jones v. Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline; RJ]
- The HOA scandal case is finally set to go before a jury on October 6, 2014. [RJ]
- Not surprisingly, potential jurors' excuses for getting out of jury duty don't always hold water. (Bonus points if anyone knows which criminal defense attorney claimed to be wearing a polyester suit when a juror claimed she was allergic to wool.) [Las Vegas Sun]
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
In honor of those about to complete the February version of the Nevada Bar exam today, let's help them manage their salary expectations. Obviously, salary will depend on a number of factors, so let's just focus on what the minimum salary a first year lawyer in any field of law should expect to earn in Las Vegas. As for the other factors, feel free to discuss those in the comments.
What is the minimum salary a first year lawyer in Las Vegas should expect?
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
- New information has come to light that shows Las Vegas Township constable John Bonaventura, whose office is scheduled to be abolished at the end of his term, started trying to get the position on the ballot as early as last July. Bonaventura recently filed with the Supreme Court to get on the ballot. [RJ]
- Here's an RJ piece on the upcoming federal trial of suspended Judge Steven Jones, which suggests that some people who would otherwise be witnesses are keeping mum thinking that Jones may return to the bench someday.
- Here's a look at the local organization "Veterans in Politics International" and some thoughts on why a judicial candidate may or may not want its endorsement. It begs the question, how important are organizational endorsements in judicial campaigns?
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
- Thanks to the reminder in the comments yesterday, we're all now aware that the February Bar Exam commences today!
- Ostensibly to free up officers for other duties, starting on March 3, Metro will stop responding to non-injury accidents. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
- Speaking of Metro, did you know Mall Cop: Blart 2 is going to film in Las Vegas? [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
- Republican Lieutenant Governor candidates Mark Hutchison and Sue Lowden went head to head on Ralston Reports last night. The winner according to Ralston: Lucy Flores. [RJ]
- For those of you still curious, it appears Gerry Zobrist did start his prison sentence sometime earlier this year. The Bureau of Prisons inmate locator shows him with a release date of May 6, 2020.
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Monday, February 24, 2014
- No bail for a man indicted for pointing a laser point at Metro police helicopters. [RJ]
- Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas attorneys Richard Jost and Joe Brown have created a new practice group at their firm on Aviation, Aerospace, and Autonomous Systems. [RJ]
- Chris Collins, executive director of Las Vegas Police Protective Association, asks in the union's publication Vegas Beat whether Metro's manpower shortage was intentionally created to try and pass the More Cops tax. [Las Vegas Sun]
- Who will get to Nevada's gay marriage ban first--the legislature or the U.S. Supreme Court? [Las Vegas Sun]
- Arizona legislators passed bill that would allow business owners to refuse service to same-sex couples based on the business owner's religious beliefs. [Fox5Vegas]
- Attorney General candidate Adam Laxalt has a fundraising event in Washington, D.C. tonight. [Ralston Reports]
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