Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Primary Guide: District Court Department 20

With early voting starting on Saturday, here's your chance to weigh in on which of the 4 candidates for Department 20 should get your vote:

  • Holper, Scott Michael
  • Johnson, Eric
  • Levy, Anat "Annette"
  • Ramsey, Catherine
Also, feel free to discuss the transcript of the exchange that led to Judge Conrad Hafen ordering public defender Zohra Bakhtary be placed in handcuffs.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Primary Guide: Las Vegas Justice Court

Early voting begins on Saturday, so today we're opening the floor to discuss the five openings on the Las Vegas Justice Court bench.  Who do you think should be elected? Who should be avoided at all costs?  Based on the facts available to us, was Judge Conrad Hafen right or wrong to have a public defender put in handcuffs shortly before primary elections? The candidates for the five openings are below.

Before we begin, just remember Nevada Rule of Professional Conduct 8.2:

Rule 8.2.  Judicial and Legal Officials.
      (a) A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory officer or public legal officer, or of a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office.
      (b) A lawyer who is a candidate for judicial office shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Department 3

Connell, Sean P.
Letizia, Harmony
Marshall, Janiece

Department 4

Prieto, Jillian
Saragosa, Melissa A.

Department 6

Kern, Rebecca
Rogan, Jeff
Yeager, Bita

Department 9

Bonaventure, Joe
Goldstein, Steven
Kurth, Robert

Department 14

Chelini, Amy “JoAnne’’
Hafen, Conrad
Jefferson, Phung

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mild Monday

  • If you want to run for the open Henderson Justice of the Peace seat, this week is your chance to file. [RJ]
  • LACSN is going to start offering attorney services to people who may be subject to court-approved guardianships. [RJ]
  • Anything else going on out there this week?

Friday, May 20, 2016

Vote For Me Videos

  • The RJ has a 2016 voting guide up with 1-minute videos from several of the candidates running for justice court. Now's your chance to finally see candidates in a format other than that one picture on the signage. We didn't watch all of them yet, so let us know if there is anything we must see. 
  • Today is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Clark County Public Defender's office. [RJ]

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Just Another Thursday

  • Judge Eric Johnson, who is trying to retain his seat this year, issued a ruling that the ESA school choice program is neutral with respect to religion. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • A Nye county drug case against Heidi Fleiss was dismissed. [RJ]
  • Justice of the Peace Rodney Burr has officially taken Judge Diana Hampton's place on the Henderson Municipal Court bench and Henderson city council member/deputy district attorney Sam Bateman has announced he is running for the justice court position vacated by Burr. [RJ]

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ikea Because I Care

  • In response to a recent spike in crime, the DA's office is expanding the gun crimes unit. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, Sheriff Lombardo is blaming the spike on Metro being understaffed. Time for more cops, again? [RJ]
  • What? The casinos care about money laundering? [Vegas Inc.]
  • Ikea opens today and Topgolf opens tomorrow. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Job Tips: Parental Leave

A reader wants your suggestions on how to deal with the following:  Fred and Wilma are both attorneys who work at different firms. Fred is at the local office of a national firm and a third-year associate. Wilma works at a small local firm and is also a third-year associate. They're expecting their first child later this year and want your advice on how to deal with paternity/maternity leave. They both want to take some time off when the baby arrives, but aren't sure of the best way to approach it. Fred is concerned about billable hour requirements and a certain overbearing partner who won't appreciate paternity leave. Any tips on how to deal with work and a new baby?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Life In The Left Lane

  • Tom Pitaro is representing defendants accused of trespassing and "vagrancy" at Red Rock Casino--a case which is turning into a first amendment issue and drawing the attention of the AG's office. [RJ]
  • Does Nevada need to have an annual legislative session? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Did you know it's against the law to drive too slow--especially in the left lane? [Vegas Inc.]
  • There is a guardianship bench bar meeting today. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Day After

  • Did anyone watch Las Vegas Law last night? Here's DA Wolfson's comments on the show. [RJ]
  • The NSHE Regents accepted the resignation of Dan Klaich amid controversy. [RJ]
  • ICYMI in the comments yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Caesars regarding its ability to ban an individual from its property. [RJ]
  • MGM says locals will still get free parking until at least December 29, 2016. [LasVegasNow]

Thursday, May 12, 2016


  • The Supreme Court rejected Las Vegas Sands' attempt to remove Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez as trial judge. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Sands has agreed to pay a $2 million fine as result of a complaint from the Ganing Control Board. [Vegas Inc.]
  • The Court also ruled against an effort to repeal the commerce tax. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Magistrate Leen issued a temporary protective order on evidence in the Bundy matter. [RJ]