Friday, May 22, 2015

America's 29th Biggest City


  • Changes are happening with regard to who will be hearing guardianship hearings in Clark County. [RJ; EighthJDCourt blog]
  • Now that guardianship is getting fixed, the ACLU wants Nevada's parole program to be fixed. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Did a local high school deny a student the ability to create a pro-life club? [KNPR]
  • The Nevada Senate passed a bill to crack down on squatters. [RGJ]
  • Attorney Kristina Wildeveld had no comment after her client Flavor Flav was arrested yesterday. [USA Today]
  • Las Vegas is now the 29th biggest city in the country. [RGJ]
  • Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Those Who Can

In light of yesterday's news that Boyd law professor Nancy Rapoport would be chairing a committee to review legal fees and expenses in the Caesars bankruptcy, someone questioned the propriety of having a law professor (and law students as the article suggests) reviewing the fees and expenses of practicing attorneys. It was not a question about Rapoport as much as it was a question about law professors and law students. (It should be noted that although it has been awhile, Rapoport's Linked In resume does include 5 years in a law firm. It's also worth noting that she is no longer the Gordon Silver Professor of Law and is now the Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law at Boyd.)

You've heard that saying, "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." What do you think? Is there any truth to it? Did any of your law school classmates become law professors? Would you like them reviewing your legal fees and expenses? Are there better options for a court to determine the reasonableness of fees and expenses?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

If I Could Turn Back Time


  • An anonymous former employee alleges that North Las Vegas Municipal Judge Catherine Ramsey, who has been in the news quite a bit lately (just search her name), had her run personal errands on taxpayer time, while another alleges Ramsey created a hostile work environment. Ramsey denies the allegations. [8NewsNow]
  • 20 of the defendants from the HOA scandal are being sentenced this week. [RJ]
  • UNLV Boyd Law Professor Nancy Rapoport was appointed chairperson of a legal fee review committee in the Caesars bankruptcy. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Legislature has approved the resolution to keep Nevada on daylight savings time year round. Now it's on to Washington to see if Congress will allow it. [News3LV]

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

For The Better


  • The Eighth Judicial District Court is implementing changes to implement best practices for guardianship cases. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Is there another suspect in the Tammy Myers homicide investigation? [Fox5Vegas]
  • A jury was selected Monday in a case that is putting the spotlight on Nevada's stand-your-ground law. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • An 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit decided that a 3-judge panel erred in telling Google to take down an anti-Muslim film.  [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Judge Kerry Earley reversed a lifetime ban of the UFC's Wanderlei Silva. [News3LV]

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mostly Overcast


  • Here's a look at some legal aspects of the local housing market. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Here's a Q&A puff piece with attorney John Delikanakis of Snell & Wilmer. [Vegas Inc.]
  • A slightly narrower version of AB 193, allowing certain hearsay evidence, passed the Senate and is going on to the governor. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, SB 444, a bill proposed to weaken the Anti-SLAPP law, may be dead is not yet dead. [RJ]

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Thrill Is Gone


  • Jeff Silver is leaving Gordon Silver to join Dickinson Wright, leaving the once lustrous firm without either of the partners whose names it bears. [RJ]
  • The "Senior Sixteen" are represented by Matthew Callister and are suing the Southern Nevada Water Authority for age discrimination. [RJ]
  • Former constable John Bonaventura is in the news again after a warrant is issued for his arrest. [RJ]
  • North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee has hired a Reno PR firm to help with the issue of child pornography and his Ipad. [News3LV]
  • UNLV Boyd Law's Convocation is taking place this morning at 10:00 a.m. Congrats new grads and good luck on the bar.
  • RIP B.B. King. If you haven't heard him lately, do yourself a favor and give this a listen. The thrill is gone indeed.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Going For Distance


  • The Nevada Senate approved a bill that would change Nevada to a primary election state rather than a caucus state. [RJ]
  • KNPR's State of Nevada dedicated a program to free speech in Nevada and features proponents and opponents of SB 444. [KNPR]
  • Speaking of anti-SLAPP, Boulder City taxpayers are paying a $235,000 settlement from a SLAPP lawsuit against the City, with legal fees more than double that amount. [8NewsNow]
  • Lots of people who work in local government don't live here--at least according to where there vehicles are registered. [8NewsNow]
  • The FBI is now getting involved into a report of child pornography on the Ipad of the Mayor of North Las Vegas. [RJ]
  • The Washoe County School District's chief general counsel is taking a demotion and pay cut while the school board refrains from disparaging remarks. [RGJ]
  • Is this now the longest firm name in town--Holley, Driggs, Walch, Fine, Wray, Puzey, Thompson?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Goodbye Gordon Silver?


  • Uber is still alive! The Nevada Senate passed a bill regulating Uber and other ride-hailing apps. [RJ]
  • Snell & Wilmer is learning the consequences of having a governor and lieutenant governor that are both lawyers. [RJ]
  • Military pensions are community property in a divorce. [8NewsNow]
  • The big news today that everyone really wants to hear about is what is going on at Gordon Silver. If you haven't already, go read the Vegas Inc. article detailing changes at the firm including the departure of Jerry Gordon and 15 attorneys who are starting a new firm called Garman Turner Gordon. While that article gives us a few details, there are still many other missing details. What will become of the existing firm and its office space? What will it be called? What about the attorneys? What does this mean for the job market? Is anyone safe?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Smores


  • A look at the rising tide of parental rights termination cases. [RJ]
  • We're finally at the beginning of the end for the HOA scandal. [RJ]
  • Here's another lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao. [8NewsNow]
  • The other day, someone commented about unlicensed documents preparers and nothing being done about them. Someone from the Secretary of State's office replied asking for more information. If you have information about unlicensed documents preparers, please contact the division at docprep@sos.nv.gov

Friday, May 8, 2015

Rock In Rio USA


  • Guardianship in Clark County is getting even more scrutiny after Family Court Guardianship Commissioner Jon Norheim ruled against the children of ailing musician B.B. King. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • SB 401 would crack down further on notarial fraud. [8NewsNow]
  • More tales about the Mayor's office from our crazy municipality to the North. [RJ]
  • The Legislature is taking another crack at "legalizing" Uber in Nevada. [RJ]
  • Rock in Rio USA debuts today and traffic will be impacted as a result. [Fox5Vegas]
Are you going to Rock in Rio? Do you have other big plans this weekend? Does anyone have any substantive rumors about imploding law firms? Are you already annoyed by emails from those campaigning for the Board of Governors?