Thursday, March 4, 2021

Light A Candle

  • Should pretrial house arrest count as time served? [Nevada Current]
  • Sigal Chattah is running for Nevada attorney general in 2022. [@RileySnyder]
  • Nevada has passed 5,000 COVID related deaths. [News3LV]
  • A reader wants to know if anyone attended the hearing on the annexation of the CLE board yesterday?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Leaving: Las Vegas Sands

  • Judge Kent Dawson ruled against Egg Works' action for COVID-19 business interruption coverage. [HarrisMartin -sub. req'd for full story]
  • Two months after Sheldon Adelson's death and despite keeping its corporate headquarters here, Las Vegas Sands has sold its Vegas properties for $6.25B and effectively left the market. [TNI; RJ]
  • Lawsuit filed by Kemp Jones and Eglet Adams alleges baby foods have high levels of toxic metals. [RJ]
  • Where the "Unspiked Rail" bested a future Nevada Supreme Court justice. [National Law Review
  • No, not everyone but you knew that Jay Young was selected for the role of the EJDC's second discovery commissioner. It was discussed at last month's civil bench bar meeting (the next one is next Tuesday), but it does not appear there has been any official announcement or press release yet. 

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Not Throwing Away My Shot

  • Judge Jasmin Lilly-Spells approved a roughly $1.4 million settlement for Fred Steese to compensate him for serving over 21 years on a wrongful conviction--a moral victory for him and his lawyer Lisa Rasmussen. [RJ]
  • Clark County agreed to pay $1.5 million as part of a broader $14.5 million settlement to resolve a wrongful conviction suit brought by DeMarlo Berry (represented by Samantha Wilcox).
  • DETR has a backlog of nearly 2,000 unscheduled PUA appeals. [TNI]
  • Years long legal battle over Opportunity Scholarship growth freezes continues in the Supreme Court. [TNI]
  • A company claims CCSD stole copyrights. [Nevada Current]
  • Commentary: Take Blockchains LLC seriously? You first, Governor. [Nevada Current]
  • Clark County has expanded its vaccine eligibility. [8NewsNow]
  • Nevada expects 24,000 doses of the new one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, March 1, 2021

Children In The School Zones

  • It's a big day in the pandemic in Clark County as some kids head back to school and fans return to the Golden Knights games. Here is your friendly reminder to keep an eye out for little pedestrians as you make your commute today. (BTW, are you commuting or still working from home?)
  • Did you see the California doctor who appeared for a virtual traffic court trial while in the middle of a surgery? [BBC]
  • Judge Richard Boulware reduced a 10-year sentence to 2 years for a drug dealer. [8NewsNow]
  • You may have seen the comments from Friday, but the Nevada Supreme Court issued a ruling in the Pintar v. Eighth Judicial District Court et al (AA Primo Builders).  You can go back to this post from 2016 for a little context on the saga of attorney Becky Pintar's personal liability for sanctions and why you should read every filing.  
  • Governor Sisolak urges critics to keep an open mind about "Innovation Zones." [TNI]
  • A child's unexplained death and the coroner's refusal of an autopsy. [RJ]
  • There is a hearing today to approve a $1.35 million settlement to Fred Steese for wrongful conviction. [RJ]

Friday, February 26, 2021

Your Money At Work

  • AB151 would prevent the poor from losing their license over unpaid traffic tickets. [TNI]
  • SB93 would help provide personal care to Nevadans at home. [Nevada Current]
  • State engineer prevails in Pahrump water order case. [PVTimes
  • Boulder City fired its city clerk. [BCR]
  • Changes at the website? 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Out Of My Mind

  • Eglet Adams filed 10 class-action lawsuits against major car insurers over premiums during the pandemic. [News3LV
  • Congress dives into national paucity of federal judges. [CourthouseNews]
  • CCSD is allowing sports to resume and has dates for all students to be able to return to school. [TNI]
  • Man recants confessions to unsolved killings in jailhouse interview. [RJ]

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

If You Could Change One Thing

 If you could change one thing about the way we practice law in Nevada, what would it be? 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

A Little Bar Exam, Anyone?

  • Nick Trutanich on election integrity, unemployment fraud, and what's next. [TNI]
  • The Supreme Court has taken off the public hearing for ADKT 0575 regarding alternative dispute resolution and short trial rules. [NVcourts]
  • The AG's office announces sentencing in medicare fraud case. [AG press release]
  • A proposal introduced in the legislature yesterday would ban summary evictions. [RJ]
  • Athletes and parents pressure CCSD to bring back sports. [RJ]
  • Despite ditching Hey Reb!, UNLV is still dealing with structural racism. [TNI]
  • For those of you who like to remember the bad memories as well as the good: the Nevada bar exam starts today. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

Random Access Memories

  • Judge Tierra Jones ruled that a murder suspect can act as his own attorney at trial. [RJ
  • Margaret Rudin still maintains her innocence. [WTVD]
  • The family of a man killed by Metro during protests last June, represented by Rodolfo Gonzalez, released five videos they claim show Metro's actions were unnecessary. [News3LV]
  • Metro issued a statement in response. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Lewis Roca Rothberger was one of the biggest 2020 legislative campaign contributors. [TNI]

Friday, February 19, 2021

Happy Hour Hearings?

  • Nicholas Trutanich is leaving the US Attorney's Office feeling fulfilled. [RJ; News3LV]
  • Fired Boulder City employees file appeal. [BCR]
  • Lawyers smoke cigars, drink wine during Zoom hearings. What's the craziest thing you've seen in your virtual hearings? [ABA Journal]

Thursday, February 18, 2021

No Different Than Members Of The Public

  • Sigal Chattah is representing a group of conservative activists suing over the closure of the legislative session to lobbyists. [TNI; RJ]
  • Tony Hsieh's family, represented by Dara Goldsmith, will sell nearly 100 downtown properties. [RJ]
  • Nevadans age 65 and older are eligible for the vaccine next week. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Legislature is considering whether to restrict no-knock warrants. [Nevada Current]
  • Governor Sisolak announced the state is permitting high school sports to resume, but will CCSD join in the fun? [News3LV]
  • North Las Vegas Justice Court will resume criminal hearings March 1. [NVbar]
  • Should public defenders be tweeting? [Vice]

Wednesday, February 17, 2021


  • Applications are being accepted by the the Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada Judicial Commissions for consideration for presidential nomination to District Court and the 9th Circuit. 
  • Victor Joecks thinks the Nevada Supreme Court's desired raise is a bit too much. [RJ]
  • Judge Jennifer Dorsey tapped her extensive library of beer-related puns in a lawsuit accusing Red Robin of failing to pour full pints. [Law and Crime]
  • Renewed efforts to decriminalize traffic tickets. [Nevada Current]