Friday, May 13, 2022

Business As Usual, Definitely

  • Judge William Voy is retiring at the end of the month. [RJ]
  • Next month, Nevada will have its first all-female Supreme Court panel. [News3LV]
  • Judge Tara Clark Newberry affirms lower court ruling regarding medical records of the girlfriend of Henry Ruggs III. [RJ
  • The Nevada Gaming Commission approved MGM's acquisition of the Cosmopolitan. [TNIRJ]
  • Here's a look at the four candidates vying for the newly created justice court department 16. [Nevada Current]
  • Kansas legalizes sports betting, then gets sued by casino operated by Boyd Gaming. [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Zealously Guarded Secrets

  • Congrats to Jason Frierson on being sworn in as new U.S. Attorney for Nevada. [News3LV
  • Will Nevada adopt ranked choice voting? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Senior citizens living in mobile home park forced to leave over rezoning. [Fox5Vegas]
  • How the leak might have happened. [SCOTUSblog]

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

No Room For Gamesmanship In The Discovery Process

  • The Eighth Judicial District issued Administrative Order 22-08 governing the rules of depositions.  
  • Congrats to the 59% of takers who passed the February iteration of the Nevada bar exam. 
  • Here is a profile piece on the four candidates for justice court department 10. [Nevada Current]
  • Judge Michelle Leavitt sentenced the husband of Susan Winters to 3-10 years. [RJ]
  • There are just two applicants to be appointed to the vacancy in District Court department 9. [NVcourts]
  • Arizona has a new law requiring the state bar to pay attorney's fees and costs if it seeks to discipline a lawyer and ends up losing. [Fox10Phoenix]

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

With A Closed Fist And Screwdriver In Hand

  • The is a civil bench bar meeting today at noon. [CCBA
  • Here are some articles on Judge Jasmin Lily-Spells, a 2009 Boyd grad and former public defender, being arrested for domestic battery. [Fox5Vegas; RJ]
  • Opinion: DA's race: gambler's case folds quietly and now Wolfson is fielding accusations. [TNI]
  • Former AG Adam Laxalt and Sam Brown squared off in first debate of Republican Senate primary. [TNI; Nevada Current]
  • Here's a look the three candidates for Justice Court department 7. [Nevada Current]
  • The Royal Links golf course is on its way to becoming a sprawling housing tract. [RJ]
  • No probation or prison time for former Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura. [RJ]
  • Sentencing today for the husband who signed an Alford plea for voluntary manslaughter in death of his wife, attorney Susan Winters. [8NewsNow]

Friday, May 6, 2022

Job Tips: Taking Clients

Check out this ABA Journal article about the Colorado Court of Appeals voiding a firm's fee imposed on departing lawyers who take clients with them. it is the impetus for today's topic: taking clients from your current firm to somewhere new. What tips do you have for this? Have you always talked it through with the firm you're leaving before telling clients or vice-versa? Any words of warning on what not to do? Is it worth the trouble? 

Have you read Administrative Order 22-07? Any complaints about keeping remote appearances? And what else is going on out there today?

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Rate-Hike Red

  • Robinhood702, represented by Robert Langford, gets some charges dropped and reduced in Resorts World case. [Nevada Current
  • The Vegas Justice League has donated $5,000 to fund DNA testing of the body in the barrel. [RJ]
  • Attorney April Becker appears to be in the lead to challenge Susie Lee in the general election. [TNI]
  • The DA's office gets a conviction on the case of the father accused of killing his son. [RJ]
  • The most fabulous office manager ever agrees to prison time. [8NewsNow]
  • Nevada's affordable housing shortage is the "most severe" in the country. [Las Vegas Weekly]

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Hiding In The Bushes

  • Republican activists in Clark and Washoe filed suit seeking "meaningful voter observation." [TNI]
  • What happens to Nevada abortion laws if Roe v. Wade is overturned. [TNI]
  • Jury weighs evidence in case of man accused of teen son's death. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at the four candidates running for Justice Court Department 6. [Nevada Current]
  • Residents voice concerns over HOA speed enforcement in Rhodes Ranch. [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The Leak

As you all know by now thanks to Politico, a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade has been leaked. Here’s your chance to civilly discuss it with your fellow members of the Las Vegas legal community. You guys know the drill, if the comments get out of control, they’ll get deleted and/or the post will get locked. (Pro tip: if a offensive comment is part of a reply chain, the only way to get rid of it is to delete the whole chain, so if you have a comment you don’t wanted deleted as collateral damage, make it as a separate comment and not a reply.)

Monday, May 2, 2022

Reschedule It

  • Finger-pointing over school violence targets restorative justice law. [TNI]
  • Human remains found in barrel in the mud at Lake Mead. [RJ; 8NewsNow]
  • Judge Carli Kierny sentenced a man to 20-50 years for shooting Officer Shay Mikalonis during a protest in 2020. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Man accused of killing 4-year-old counterclaims against the mom saying she knew the body was in the freezer. [RJ]
  • Who hired the person on the bench? [KNPR
  • Commentary: Time for Nevada to end the loophole that leads to criminal prosecutions for cannabis. [Nevada Current]

Friday, April 29, 2022

Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

  • Metro arrested 13 men in a 2-day undercover online sex sting. [RJ
  • DNA found in a pocket leads to cold-case murder arrest. [8NewsNow]
  • Home sale profits dip in half of big cities, including Las Vegas. [Nevada Current]
  • There's still time to apply for appointment to the bench in Department IX. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Not Nevada, but law grad who passed the bar after 20 tries is denied admission by the MA Bar. [ABA Journal]
  • How do you say "amicus?" [ABA Journal]

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Vegas Hosts The NFL Draft

  • Here's a profile piece on the three candidates for Justice Court Department 9. [Nevada Current
  • Olivia Wilde was served with custody papers while onstage at CinemaCon in Vegas. [Rolling Stone]
  • Jury trial begins for father accused in son's killing, featuring former judicial candidate Jacob Villani for the prosecution and current candidate Jonathan MacArthur for the defense. [RJ]
  • Remember when Superintendent Jara was fired and then made a big demand and then got his job back--well, according to this article, he is still seeking a payout plus a contract extension. [Nevada Current]
  • A reader wants to know what your preferred digital devices is for depositions/mediations, etc. Laptop, tablet, what brand?

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Job Tips: Dealing With Difficult Clients

 One of the commenters yesterday asked an important question:

I'm a litigation attorney (field isn't important) and I am about to have a conversation with a client and it will involve this client degrading me about nonsense (complete nonsense) and I'm wondering why have I kept this up for 20 years, and why do I continue to let clients treat me this way. As an aside, more than ninety percent of my clients are polite and professional- dare I say some are even complimentary. They keep me going I guess - not sure. This particular client I am about to speak to is a General Counsel. It is always the lawyers - General Counsel/In House Counsel who act this way. Do they get off on speaking to other lawyers like they are children? If this were "my" client I would fire them - but it is a firms client. I'd like some feedback. How do you cope? I'm seriously burned out and sick of being degraded for b.s.

What do you think? What tips do you have for dealing with difficult clients? What about when you're the associate being assigned to work with them versus the partner that can fire them? What makes a client difficult?