Wednesday, September 20, 2017


After today's "performance", we're going to try something new on the LVLB moving forward. 

We're certain a small, vocal minority of our readers won't like it (see inevitable complaints to follow), but we believe the vast majority of our target audience will appreciate it. 

We're going to ask that you try to keep your comments civil from now on. That means save the indiscriminate personal attacks, insults, bigotry, hate, shade, bullying, etc. for another forum. If you have a personal axe to grind, please do the same.

This request doesn't mean we can't still freely discuss the comings and goings of our legal community, our peer's actions, inactions, demeanor, temperament, and especially their transgressions - those are, and have always been fair game here. 

We just don't want our little blog to become/continue to be a platform for a few bad apples who want nothing more than to bully and spew hate, for no legitimate or constructive purpose.  That's not why this blog exists, and we know that's not why most of you visit. 

Thanks everyone!

Magistrate Judge Cooke Retiring

  • Metro talks about the way they used a dummy to catch a dummy. [RJ]
  • Marijuana lounges are on hold in Clark County. [Fox5Vegas]
  • In a press release issued yesterday, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada announces that, after 18 years of dedicated service to the Court, United States Magistrate Judge Valerie P. Cooke will be retiring on July 31, 2018. The Court extends its gratitude to Judge Cooke for excellent years of service to the federal judiciary and to the community. Applications for the position of United States Magistrate Judge to fill the vacancy created when Judge Cooke retires will be posted on the Court’s website ( in the nearfuture.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lifestyle v. Workstyle

Over at Above the Law there is a post about Atrium LTS, a "new" way of offering legal services. Actually it is two entities, one a law firm and the other a service provider for the law firm/law firms. Take a look at it and let us know what you think. Do you see this finding traction? Would it work in Las Vegas? Also, the founding partner is quoted as saying it will not be a lifestyle firm, but rather a workstyle firm where "ambitious lawyers come to dominate the future." What do you think about that?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Drug Court Legacy

  • RIP Jack Lehman. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • 24 people were indicted for racketeering and fraud charges related to a car crash scheme. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court is getting involved in the marijuana distribution dispute. [LasVegasNow]

Friday, September 15, 2017

They Made A List

  • Here are the four candidates being interviewed for the City Attorney position in Boulder City. [BCR
  • The Supreme Court selected 20 Nevadans to serve on the Guardianship Commission. [nvcourts]
  • Scott Dozier can review previously redacted portions of the State's Execution Manual. [RJ]
  • UNLV law students are helping people with DACA paperwork. [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Payable To Cash

  • Aaron Ford is running for attorney general. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A woman claims mistreatment in the CCDC. [LasVegasNow]
  • The DA's office wants your help finding a woman who forged checks and signed up her own clients at a law firm and managed to take $700,000 in the process. Anyone know what firm she was at? [KTNV]
  • The State will pay a $750,000 settlement to family of a veteran who died of legionella in the Nevada State Veterans Home. [TNI]
  • LACSN has a new fundraising plan. [RJ]
  • Condolences to the family and friends of family court marshal William Dathynn. [RJ]
  • Is the Supreme Court really not going to publish any decisions today? 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


As mentioned in the comments yesterday, the Supreme Court issued ADKT 0504 amending Supreme Court Rule 36 regarding citation to unpublished opinions. While there was a comment period about the proposed rule change earlier this year, this is undoubtedly the first time some of you are hearing about it.  The key point of the order is that, "Except to establish issue or claim preclusion or law of the case as permitted by subsection 2, unpublished dispositions issued by the Court Of Appeals may not be cited in any Nevada court purpose for any purpose." The Order includes a dissent authored by Justice Pickering and joined by Justices Douglas and Hardesty.

What do you think of the Order? Do the recent grumblings about the lack of opinions from the Supreme Court color your opinion? Does saying that they may not be cited for "any purpose" frustrate you beyond belief? Does it hamper your ability to practice law? Even though the public comment period for the order closed some time ago, we're certain that some of the justices will see your comments, so what did they miss?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Green Room

  • Legislative counsel Brenda Erdoes says marijuana lounges are legal. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
  • Nevada inmate wants to know how to prepare for execution. [RJ]
  • Some of Robert Graham's victims want a tough sentence for him. [RJ]
  • Here are 10 discovery tips from Discovery Commissioner Bonnie Bulla given at last month's civil bench bar meeting. Another meeting is today at noon. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • One of the unpublished orders issued by the Supreme Court yesterday was regarding Robert Graham. [nvcourts]

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

  • It's been 16 years since 9/11.
  • Requesting public records is expensive in Las Vegas. [RJ]
  • Wes Duncan has left the AG's office to work at Hutchison Steffen. [TNI]
  • Here is an article about the recent "war" in family court involving Judge Bryce Duckworth and others. [RJ] (Feel free to discuss, just remember to keep any discourse civil, slander free, and workplace appropriate.)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Guilty Graham

  • Robert Graham pleads guilty. Sentencing set for January 11. [RJ; KTNV]
  • Judge Wiese declines to dismiss the Save Red Rock case. [Las Vegas SunRJ]
  • Judge Earley sentenced a man to least 10 years for killing his father. [RJ]
  • One of our readers tipped us off to this great dissent by Judge Kozinski, brought to you in part by Costco.