Friday, April 28, 2017

And Then There Were Two

A lot of discussion was had here after hours yesterday, but in case you missed it, Governor Sandoval selected Tierra Jones and Mark Bailus for appointment to the Clark County District Court yesterday.  Judges Jones and Bailus will fill vacancies left by the former Judges Jessie Walsh and David Barker. [LVRJ]

Speaking of Tierra Jones, good news if you are a fan of Las Vegas Law - the "reality" television show about the Clark County district attorney’s office - the Supreme Court of Nevada ruled unanimously yesterday that Las Vegas Law is "a news program", meaning that the show and production company meet the definition of news, so they can continue filming and producing, despite objections from the defense bar.  Season two is due out later this year. [LVRJ]

Speaking of bars, side bar - someone recently asked us to do a post soliciting suggestions/discussion on firm websites.  Apparently they are looking to revamp theirs.  I know we've had this discussion before, but anyone care to comment on who's doing websites right, or wrong these days?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Just Visiting

  • A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration cannot withhold funds from sanctuary cities. [KNPR]
  • A Family Court judge ruled that a 15-year old will be tried as an adult on charges related to a gang rape. Anyone want to clue us in on the judge and whether this was the right call? [RJ]
  • Former Family Court judge Steven Jones was released from federal prison on April 12. [RJ]
  • Here's an update on the bills that survived Tuesday's legislative deadline. [TNI]

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Job Tips: Administrative Professionals' Day

Here's a tip: today is Administrative Professionals' Day and it's not too late to do something special for the administrative professionals in your life.  Even if you can't get something done today, you have until Friday to make it right when the week long observance of this special time of year comes to an end.

What do you do to celebrate?  Lunch? Gifts? Money? Time off?  Do you do something for everyone or just the ones you work with? Any other tips?

Thank you to all the administrative professionals who help make this blog possible (you know who you are)!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

RIP Mitch Cobeaga

  • RIP J. Mitch Cobeaga. A good guy, friend, and mentor to many in our community. If you didn't know Mitch, take a quick look at his impressive resume. [RJ]
  • Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the Bundy standoff case after jurors became deadlocked. Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre said they have not decided whether they will retry the six men. [RJ]
  • We just posted this recently, but as a tribute to Mitch, who recently headed up the program, here is the information on Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers:
Confidential help from a fellow lawyer is a phone call away
Toll Free: 866-828-0022 
If you, or any lawyer in Nevada, are in need of confidential assistance with an alcohol, drug, depression, stress or gambling problem, help is readily available through the LCL Hotline.When calling, leave your first name and telephone number. A fellow lawyer, who has also had problems, will call you back. You'll be listened to with an understanding heart rather than scorn, judgment and condemnation. You can talk frankly. The person returning your call is solving problems just like yours, and is living happily and usefully doing so.

Monday, April 24, 2017

No Sanctuary Here

  • A juvenile justice bill of rights bill passed in the Assembly and is on to the Senate. [RJ]
  • Other bills have until Tuesday at midnight to pass or die. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Justice Department threatened Clark County as a sanctuary city, but we're not? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Have you started using the new File and Serve for district court e-filing? What do you think? [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, April 21, 2017

Lyrics & Lawyers?

Do you, or does an attorney you know have the voice of an angel?  Does your, or their voice sound like a combination of Fergie and Jesus

If so, you just might want to check out Project REAL's Lyrics & Lawyers Karaoke Showdown  at Mariposa (Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show Mall) Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Below is more information about what promises to be an interesting event:

What else is going on out there on this beautiful Friday?

Boyd's Beacon

  • Before a full house of over 200 people, Harry Reid was officially introduced as Boyd's first Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • There are lots of possible logistical and legal issues yet to arise, but County Commissioner Steve Sisolak is confident that the new Raiders stadium can be complete by the fall of 2020. [RJ]
  • Could Nevada become a primary election state? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • One of our readers tipped us off to an upcoming Lyrics & Lawyers karaoke contest sponsored by Project Real on June 1, 2017. Can your firm lip sync better than all the rest? [Project REAL]

Thursday, April 20, 2017

In The Legal Business

  • At least 3 non-citizens voted in Nevada in the 2016 election. [TNI]
  • Boyd School of Law's Nevada Law Journal has launched a Nevada Law Journal Forum, an online companion to the printed journal. 
  • Kirk D. Helmick said he is "in the legal business" and called reporting on his incident with an elderly ticket writer "fake news." [RJ]
  • A 93-year old doctor convicted in a drug case wants his gold coins back. [RJ]

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Eighth Judicial Death Panel

  • An administrative order  (17-05) was used to create the Eighth Judicial District Court homicide team. The judges on the team are Herndon, Adair, Togliatti, and E. Johnson. 
  • The Assembly is working on a bill to fire municipal justices and justice of the peace who don't complete their training. [RJ]
  • Kirk D. Helmick, who may have a connection to 702-Traffic (the pink house), was arrested allegedly hitting an elderly LVMPD volunteer ticket writer with his car. [LasVegasNow]

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Light Rail

  • The Bunkerville standoff jury is still deliberating. [RJ]
  • A look at acquiring the trademark for the Las Vegas Raiders. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's an article about the photojournalist arrested at a protest at Trump Tower. Be sure to check the comments... [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Nevada Senate is helping make way for a Las Vegas light rail!?! [Fox5Vegas]