Friday, March 27, 2015

So Long, Harry

  • Senator Harry Reid announced this morning that he will not seek reelection.  The immediate front runners to replace him are both attorneys:  former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and State Senator Michael Roberson. [NY Times]
  • Back in November of last year, an inmate died at the High Desert State Prison. This week, autopsy findings were released indicating that he was shot by a correctional officer.  Additionally, the inmate was handcuffed with his arms behind his back when he was shot. The AG's office is investigating. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at an instance in 1990 where a district court judge did not recuse himself which may result in a new trial this year. [RJ]
  • Change is afoot at the DA's office as prosecutors who worked exclusively on the Repeat Offender Unit will now start handling other cases. [KTNV]
  • Although the legislature is focused on the Governor's new tax business license fee plan right now, there are a lot of other bills waiting for hearing that could impact you.  For example, SB 296, introduced by Senator Roberson, would prohibit the assertion of claims for punitive damages in certain pleadings in civil actions. What do you think about this proposal? [SB 296]

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Baby Steps

Yesterday the Court of Appeals heard its first oral arguments. Today, it's issuing its first Advance Opinion. Justice Hardesty's baby is growing up.

Anything else going on out there today?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Windy Wednesday

  • The Nevada Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear its first oral arguments today. []
  • Yes, we have trademark cases in Nevada, especially when it involves a casino. [RJ]
  • Days after Justice Hardesty indicated there wasn't enough ticket revenue to pay for courts, the City of Henderson is looking at traffic ticket irregularities including some that were voided for being friends/family of HPD. [RJ]
  • There's a class action lawsuit being filed against the Venetian and Palazzo which alleges that they hid resort fees. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, March 23, 2015

No One Is Driving Better

  • Chief Justice James Hardesty says fewer traffic tickets being issued is resulting in a financial crisis for the Nevada Supreme Court. Note that the article doesn't say anything about the Court of Appeals which is now also impacting the Supreme Court's budget. [RJ]
  • Here's a puff-piece interview with Mark Ricciardi of labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Sad that Uber isn't operating in Nevada right now? Don't be! The Nevada Taxicab Authority is finally rolling out "Ride Genie" and it's ridiculous fees so you can hail one of just 85 cabs with a licensed cab driver anywhere in the valley. [8NewsNow]
  • Did you want to see the FBI's press release about the conviction of a Las Vegas attorney in the HOA scandal? []

Friday, March 20, 2015

Vernal Equinox 2015

Happy first day of spring, everyone!

It seems that the Commission on Judicial Selection's nominees seemed to have struck some nerves. While having diverse and qualified candidates is an important consideration, today we want to focus on the qualified part of things. Some of you have strong feelings about judges from one practice area taking a case load in another. In this instance, the concern is that the nominees do not have the criminal experience to handle a criminal docket. What is it about the idea of a civil litigator handling a criminal docket that irks you so? Can't a good civil lawyer be a good criminal judge? Is this much different than when non-family law practitioners run for family court? How do you propose this be resolved? Does anyone know why we have judges who have both civil and criminal dockets? Doesn't it make more sense to have them focus on one? Does it bother you that the chief judge could change the assigned dockets at any time? Is your bracket already busted?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Madness Begins

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection finished its interviews yesterday and announced the names they would put forward to Governor Sandoval as nominees to fill Departments 15 and 20.  Out of 25 applications, the four nominees are:

Department 15
  • Mary F. Chapman, 51, Las Vegas, with Law Office of Mary F. Chapman, Ltd.
  • Joseph Paul Hardy, Jr., 42, Henderson, with Gordon & Rees
  • Louis Eric Johnson, 54, Las Vegas, with U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada
Department 20
  • Karl Wesley Armstrong, 56, Las Vegas, with Ray Lego & Associates
  • Joseph Paul Hardy, Jr., 42, Henderson, with Gordon & Rees
  • Louis Eric Johnson, 54, Las Vegas, with U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada

Congratulations to the nominees! What do you think about the Commission's selection? Do you have any advice for Governor Sandoval on selecting from these names?

On another note, the NCAA college basketball tournament starts today which means tons of media outlets doing stories on work place productivity? Does it affect your productivity?

When it comes to watching NCAA March Madness games...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

High Dogs

  • All four defendants in the HOA scandal trial, including attorney Keith Gregory, were found guilty.  They'll be sentenced in June, but a hearing is scheduled for next week so U.S. District Court Judge James Mahan can decide whether to issue an order barring Gregory from practicing law while he awaits sentencing. [RJ]
  • The effort to recall North Las Vegas Municipal Judge Catherine Ramsey is generating some off-season work for political consultants David Thomas and Johnny Jackson. [RJ]
  • Body cameras are resulting in the charges against a Metro officer. [RJ]
  • A man named Tick is asking the Nevada Legislature to consider permitting medical marijuana for your pet. [8NewsNow]
  • Interviews for the two vacancies on the bench in the Eighth Judicial District Court continue today.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Being Green

  • After years of build up and just three weeks of trial, jury deliberations begin today in the HOA scandal trial. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Legislature introduced over 120 bills yesterday including one to do away with residency requirements for divorce and one to approve the Equal Rights Amendment. [RJ]
  • Attorney/State Senator Tick Segerblom introduced a bill to permit industrial marijuana farming. [KNPR]
  • If you haven't been following the HBO documentary "The Jinx," it took an interesting turn of events with the subject being arrested the weekend of the finale and the finale episode including what sounds like a possible off-camera, but on-mic confession. [RJ]
  • More details on the shooting of Tammy Meyers from the grand jury transcript. [8NewsNow]

Monday, March 16, 2015

Let's Go Dancing

  • The Nevada legislature versus trial lawyers. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Some very special legislators want to do away with professional licensing in Nevada. Can you imagine? [AB269]
  • Is the legislature violating the Constitution in its failure to address two initiative petitions? [RGJ]
  • In Las Vegas Municipal Court Department 1, Judge Cynthia Leung faces a challenge from Yvette Chevalier. Who should the voters choose? [RJ]

Friday, March 13, 2015

Finding Legal Jobs in Las Vegas 2015

A reader wants to know where you go when you're looking for a new job in Las Vegas. Last year we had a post listing 10 of the most common resources for finding a legal job in Las Vegas which included sources from Dad to casino HR websites. Are you using those resources? Do you know of a new resource? Where do you go to apply for Gentile & Cristalli, PLLC?

On that same topic, for those of you who are employers or doing the hiring--where do you go to post jobs and/or find candidates? Do you call up career services at Boyd or do you take advantage of all the goodness that Craigslist has to offer? Do you use a recruiter? Do you have any interest in sending us your job posting for us to post on a jobs page here at the blog?