Friday, September 30, 2016

We All Win


  • The Supreme Court ruled against the Educational Savings Account law--yet, both sides are claiming victory. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • The ruling might have a national impact. [RJ]
  • Have you made up your mind about Ballot Question 1 yet? Steve Wolfson spoke in favor of the initiative. [RJ]
  • Have you made up your mind about Ballot Question 2 yet? A local church may be trying to influence the outcome. [Las Vegas Weekly]
  • Anyone have the scoop on the comment from yesterday about the Morris/Snell merger not happening?  ed. Apparently the merger is postponed until a certain conflict can be resolved, but for now it is no longer imminent. 
  • For those looking for a little money on the side, the County needs poll workers. [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, September 29, 2016

On The Side

The Blogger polls are not working very well in the posts, but we have one up on the side relating to a suggestion from a reader. How many of you work more than one job? It's probably not typical for lawyer types, but surely some of you do a little something on the side? What do you do to make extra money? Something law related, teaching, physical labor, etc...

Breaking:  Supreme Court issues ruling on ESAs.  The Supreme Court's site is being hammered, so good luck getting the opinion, but local reporters are tweeting about it.  Check out @NealTMorton for more information and screenshots.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Don't Forget To Register To Vote


  • They've heard every excuse for getting out of jury service. [RJ]
  • Dennis Prince is going after a former governor's son who is accused of running a ponzi scheme. [RJ]
  • Caesars has reached a restructuring deal with its major creditors. [RJ]
  • Don't forget to make sure you have registered to vote. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Did you know UNLV Law has a blog?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Job Tips: The Limited Partner

A readers wants your input and advice:

"I was made a limited partner at a small firm (less than 10 attorneys) back in January and I'm doing it wrong. The incentive to hoard work instead of giving it to paralegals or an associate has been too strong and I'm leaving money on the table (for the firm) by not getting to everything my clients are willing to pay for. Back in January, the idea of profit sharing for work given out or supervised was ruled out. I'm still well compensated with the projects I am able to get to myself, but I haven't been feeling generous enough to give work away. Frankly, I've been stingy with my time when the others in the practice group I used to supervise at straight salary want help or work. If/when I make equity partner, I will have some bad habits to undo if I stay on this path. 
The blog's experience would be appreciated to help me figure out how to approach the mismatched incentives. I think I need to adjust my perspective."

What do you think?

Job Opening

RENO - COMMERCIAL TRUST OFFICER/ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL - NEW LISTING SEPTEMBER 2016

Multi-state trust management firm has an immediate need seeking an experienced trust officer to serve as resident Assistant General Counsel in their Reno office. Must have extensive commercial trust experience providing service to individuals of high net worth. Non-attorneys will NOT be considered for this position. Must be able to manage time and workload without local supervision. This is an In House position; a portable book of business is not required and the position does not require marketing. Incumbent will enjoy a full benefits package and a 40 hour work week. Salary range is 125-175K DOE.

Contact:

Jordan Ross, Principal
Ross Legal Search, LLC

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Great Debate


  • The State Bar Disciplinary Panel recommends that Jacob Hafter be suspended for six months.[RJ]
  • With reports about a disgruntled attorney shooting up a firm in Houston, if you are feeling angry, depressed, or facing trouble of any kind, please contact Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers.
  • What lessons can Nevada learn from Colorado about recreational marijuana? [RJ]
  • Here is another opinion on the topic. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Here are the applicants seeking to be appointed to Judge Scann's spot on the bench:
Karl Wesley Armstrong, 58, Las Vegas, Attorney
Chris William Davis, 56, Las Vegas, Attorney        
Bruce L. Gale, 61, Las Vegas, Attorney
Mark L. Gentile, 56, Las Vegas, Attorney
David M. Jones, 50, Las Vegas, Attorney
Jacob A. Reynolds, 37, Las Vegas, Attorney
Berna L. Rhodes-Ford, 45, Las Vegas, Attorney
Esther C. Rodriguez, 50, Las Vegas, Attorney
  • Tonight:  Clinton vs. Trump. 6pm. On pretty much every channel except ESPN. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Save the date, because you're invited!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Careful What You Like


  • A State Bar of Nevada disciplinary hearing for Jacob Hafter started yesterday. [RJ]
  • Attorney Erika Ballou ended up removing her Black Lives Matter button. [RJ]
  • If you live in Assembly District 1 or 5 and want to get appointed to the Legislature, now's your chance to apply. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Pro-tip:  Your children's online actions may affect your political race. [KNPR]

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autumnal Equinox 2016


  • Interviews of applicants for the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Nancy Saitta will be conducted on October 17-18. [nvcourts.gov]
  • Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow is being investigated by the FBI. Who is his attorney? [RJ]
  • Things are falling into place for Governor Sandoval to call a special session on the NFL stadium proposal to take place as soon as October 7. That means he has the votes right? [RJ]
  • Is wearing a Black Lives Matter button more a statement of solidarity than a political statement? [RJ; Las Vegas Sun; Fox5Vegas]

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Buttons In Court


  • One of the nation's most popular governors appointed his current general counsel, Joe Reynolds, to the Nevada PUC. Daniel Stewart will take over as Sandoval's general counsel on October 3. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Controversy is brewing over whether defense attorneys can wear "Black Lives Matter" pins in court after an incident between Judge Douglas Herndon and deputy public defender Erika Ballou. What do you think? Is this political speech? Is there any harm with wearing a button like this outside the presence of a jury? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Downtown will be extra difficult this weekend with Life Is Beautiful festival going on.  How is it affecting your practice?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Job Tips: Flexing Your Schedule

A reader wants your input on attorney schedules--specifically wondering about flexibility concerning the workday for attorneys and whether they are expected to be present from 8 to 5 or if they can set their own schedule (assuming they are present for court and meetings).  How does it work for you? Do you have to "use leave" for doctor appointments? If you work large numbers of hours in the early week and finish a huge project, etc., can you take a three-day weekend without "using leave?" Do you have to "use leave" at all or do you just come and go as you please so long as you meet your hours? It be would helpful if you identify whether you are an associate or partner and whether you are in private practice or are working for the government.