Wednesday, April 23, 2014

High Times

  • Clark County received 206 applications for various marijuana related businesses--including 90 for the 10 dispensaries allowed under the law. [RJ]
  • Just remember, as attorney Stacy Rocheleau warns in this article, even medical marijuana use can have a heavy sway in child custody hearings depending on personal philosophies of the judge. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The U.S. Supreme Court backs Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions to public universities. [NY Times]
  • An Arizona jury awarded $300,000 to a man whose penile implant didn't work out. [RJ]

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day To You!

  • Robert Draskovich will be allowed to continue as counsel for suspended Judge Steven Jones in his federal fraud trial. [RJ]
  • Looks like Judge Michelle Leavitt is going to get a chance to decide whether e-cigarettes are a tobacco product that would break a lease agreement forbidding fellow tenants of a 7-Eleven franchise from selling tobacco products. [RJ]
  • Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge Martin Hastings has launched a formal specialty veterans court after several years of trying to do it informally. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Las Vegas uses a lot of water and our primary water source, Lake Mead, might not be able to provide us with water past 2036. Be water smart. [Fox5Vegas; LA Times]

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sugar High Comedown

  • Bob Bennett, current head of security for the Eighth Judicial District Court, is going to be the next executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission. [RJ]
  • Are eyewitnesses trumped by science in criminal cases? [RJ]
  • Street performers who are not being allowed to use the restrooms at Fremont Street casinos are "speaking with lawyers" about their plight. [8NewsNow]

Friday, April 18, 2014

Far From Over

  • The family of Justice Court marshal Louis "Ziggy" Reale, who committed suicide last month, filed a federal suit alleging his death was the result of a hostile work environment. The suit, which alleges the hostile work environment stemmed from labor organization efforts, names several defendants including:  Las Vegas Justice Court; Clark County; Clark County Deputy Marshals Association; former marshal and VP of the union, Carl Beavers; and Reale's supervisor, Timothy Shea. [RJ]
  • Senator Harry Reid called Cliven Bundy and his supporters at the "Battle of Bunkerville" domestic terrorists. [RJ
  • Here are the opinions of two other attorneys, Tom Pitaro and Marc Saggese, on what might happen with Bundy in light of disregard of court orders. What do you think the future holds for Bundy? [8NewsNow]

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Reefer Madness

As you're probably already aware, the April issue of Nevada Lawyer contains an interesting message from Alan J. Lefebvre, President, State Bar of Nevada. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, the article was finally posted online in all of its glory here.

So, any other thoughts on it? How about substantive issues it raises? For those of you calling for Mr. Lefebvre's head after his interview on Ralston last week followed by this article, you can relax knowing his term is almost up. If you want a different type of person on our Board of Governors, you should consider applying by filling out this nomination form (more info here-but do it before the April 25, 2014, deadline).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Job Tips: Administrative Professionals

Love or hate them, we all have to deal with them. And speaking of dealing with them, all of next week is "Administrative Professionals Week" with Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (Wait a minute, how did this thing turn into a whole week?)

Anyway, this post is more of a reminder to think about doing something for those special someones in your office that always have your back (or are waiting for you to turn your back). What do you do for Administrative Professionals Day? Any tips on how to get the most mileage out of this proverbial pat on the back? Any words of wisdom for new associates still making less money than their secretaries?

What are you doing for your administrative professional(s) next week?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wish You Were Here

  • As attorneys in the CityCenter case gear up for a possible trial later this year, others are gearing up to take down the Harmon in a very undramatic fashion. [LA Times]
  • Wells Fargo sued Libo Agwara alleging unlawful detainer. A-699209
  • Attorney and candidate for lieutenant governor, Mark Hutchison, got the endorsement of Mitt Romney yesterday. [RJ]
  • The family court/medical marijuana case that the Las Vegas Tribune wrote on a few weeks ago is now off limits to the media. [Las Vegas Tribune]

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Break 2014

As many of you are very aware, the Clark County School District is on Spring Break this week. That means that several of your colleagues are dragging their kids to various locations in Southern California to congregate with other "Spring Breakers." (Check these prior posts out if you want advice on how to schedule a vacation or various ideas on where to go.) The remainder of you are stuck in the office dreaming about the good life that might have been...
  • For those of you were anxiously following the Bundy v. BLM "Battle of Bunkerville," it ended over the weekend with the BLM retreating over concern for its employees' safety. [RJ]
  • According to a former BLM boss, Bundy is not a victim. [Ralston Reports]
  • Meanwhile, the BLM's "Free Speech Areas" are sparking some debate. [RJ]
  • The disbarred attorney, John Michael Schaefer, who was recently told he can't run for Nevada State Controller because he didn't satisfy the residency requirement, is making a fourth attempt at reinstatement to the bar. (He is also appealing the residency requirement.) According to the article, it looks like Justices Gibbons and Cherry are already in his corner. [RJ]
  • The chances of getting audited are the lowest they been in years, but you should probably still get your taxes or request for extension filed on time. [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Feeling Perky?

Feel free to continue to discuss judicial elections, the follically-challenged, or the militias mobilizing for the Battle of Bunkerville/Great Range War of 2014.

In addition to those topics, we'd like to know what kind of benefits you get for being a lawyer in Las Vegas. Are your benefits so slim that you were had to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act or are perhaps you one of the lucky ones that has access to a chef, a gym, a helicopter and the company car? What kind of special perks does your firm give you to keep you happy?

What kind of benefits does your firm provide?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Great And Powerful

  • Ralston Reports last night (video link) featured two more interviews germane to the David Thomas/Randy Tindall/Bob Eglet/Judge Rob Bare affair. His first guest was perennial judicial candidate Michael Davidson who confirmed in the RJ article that a representative of Sheldon Adelson contacted him asking him to run against Judge Betsy Gonzalez. Davidson mentioned others had contacted him too, but even after prodding by Ralston, Davidson offered no specifics about the offers or who made them, ostensibly because he is "in the business of confidentiality." The second guest was State Bar of Nevada President Alan Lefebvre who had a difficult time explaining why there isn't really anything the State Bar can do about this situation. Ralston also reported that, surprise, Judge Kerry Earley denied the motion for a mistrial in the Robert Eglet multi-billion Actos trial (TM).
  • The hits just keep coming for suspended Family Court Judge Steven Jones. New allegations from federal prosecutors suggest that Jones used his position and influence to get his brother-in-law released on his own recognizance for a felony bad check case despite prosecutor's recommendations that he be held without bail. Now, felony bad checks don't normally get you held without bail, but you know what they say about throwing a federal prosecutor a bone... The judges whom he allegedly influenced were then-justices of the peace Doug Smith, Tony Abbotangelo, and James Bixler. [RJ]
  • The jury awarded comedian George Wallace $1.3 million in suit against the Bellagio, much less than the $9 million he was seeking. Wallace was represented by Dominic Gentile, who wasn't thrilled by the damages the jury awarded. It looks like the payday wasn't enough to keep Wallace's show at the Flamingo from shuttering. And, in comments afterward, Wallace indicated he was offended by a caricature that Bellagio's counsel, Paul Haire, put up next to a photo of Wallace during closing arguments. Apparently Haire apologized to Wallace, but does anyone have the details? [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
  • Finally, we have something they like to call a *blind item*. A tipster let us know that the named partner in a firm with several offices in southern Nevada, who has a hard time keeping associates, was cited for battery a few weeks ago. Apparently, firing an associate wasn't enough and had to be followed up with a shove...