Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's!

Updated

As you can tell, we probably won't get any news posts in this week, and I'm taking the day off tomorrow to start my New Year's celebration early. Is anybody making any work-related resolutions? I'm resolving to make up better excuses for not talking to my clients.

Also, any updates on bonuses now that Christmas has come and gone? As one commenter pointed out on our last post, he only got "$85,000.00 bonus cash plus the base model breitling watch" for billing 1850 hours. If you did get a bonus, what do you plan on doing with it?

UPDATE:

As the LV Sun just reported, the Supreme Court of Nevada issued a 5-2 decision (Bobby Armstrong - 127 Nev. Adv. Op. No. 84) yesterday, where the Court ruled that retrograde extrapolation - the practice of measuring blood-alcohol levels after an arrest and then estimating the blood alcohol level at the time of the arrest - may be "unfairly prejudicial and therefore inadmissible" in DUI cases. 

In the majority opinion written by Justice Michael Douglas, the Court ruled that many factors must be considered when evaluating the evidence of retrograde extrapolation.  Among these additional factors are gender, weight, type of food in the stomach, the time between the arrest and the time of the measurement and whether there was only one test.

According to the Court, decisions related to retrograde extrapolation must be made on a case-by-case basis.  And, "[t]here may be circumstances consistent with this opinion in which a calculation based on the results of a single blood sample is reliable and whose relevance is not substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice."

Anyway, regardless of this interesting development in our jurisprudence, drive carefully this weekend, everyone! - L.D.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Open Thread


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Hey Everyone! TGIF and Happy Holidays!

Feel free to share whatever is on your mind!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Crazy Deposition Stories!

This is probably better suited for an Friday Open Thread post, but I've been called "unprofessional" and "unethical" one too many times today so I thought I'd find something to raise my spirits.

I found the video below, courtesy of Above the Law . I've been in some crazy depositions, but I have to admit I've never heard a reference to a "jurisprudential hymen" before. I have seen two attorneys come at each other across the conference table, doing the pre-fight press conference stare down until other attorneys in the room had to restrain them.

That's my craziest story, anybody else have a good deposition story to share? Extra points if you name names.

Check out the video, the deponent's response is actually better than the lawyer's question, and it's only about a minute long:



-JD

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Is Righthaven Dead Yet?

I don't know how many of you care about Righthaven anymore, but it appears that the firm that is notorious for bullying bloggers for alleged copyright violations is now on life support, if not just dead.

On Monday the Randazza Law Group, which represented one of Righthaven's targets, sought to have a US Marshal drag Righthaven officers into Court to explain their failure to comply with a previous court order.

Apparently back in August a judge ordered Righthaven to pay $34,000 in attorney's fees for filing a frivolous lawsuit. Unfortunately Righthaven only had about $1,000 in its bank account (suddenly I don't feel so poor!), so the Court ordered Righthaven to transfer its copyrights to be auctioned off. It appears that the driving force behind Righthaven, attorney Stephen Gibson, has given up on pursuing his dream of extorting thousands from poor bloggers around the country.

Meanwhile, anybody want to go in on some copyrights with me? They've gotta be worth something, right?

(Source: Ars Technica: Law & Disorder)


Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Open Thread

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Hey Everyone!  What's going on out there? 

Since its Friday, and close to the holidays, I though I would keep it festive today.

So, who else has been caught holiday shopping when they're supposed to be working?

Who else gets their boss(es) holiday presents?  If so, what?

Does your assistant/staff get you presents?  Do you do anything for them?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Quick Legal News Roundup

I don't have much time to do one of those long and in-depth articles that make this site so famous, but there are a few items of note in the legal news today:

As we pointed out yesterday, there is a battle brewing between David Roger and Family Court Judge Steve Jones. The latest casualty: Roger fired the prosecutor who was allegedly getting "cozy" with the judge. Who's the bully now?

Two civil rights groups are requesting that the Department of Justice investigate Metro's use of deadly force in a recent shooting of an unarmed veteran.

And, as one of our anonymous commenters pointed out yesterday, Harry Reid's son just landed a $190k/year job as the City Attorney of Henderson. Apparently there is some controversy involved in his appointment, after it was learned that his father "called at least two city council members to lobby for his son."

And in sports news, the Rebels finally got a win last night against UTEP, 65-54, after losing their last two games.

That's all I've got for now, have a great Thursday!

- JD

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My First Post and We Already Have Some Family Court Drama!

UPDATE

First off, I'd like to thank Law Dawg, Esq. for the great introduction yesterday. Like most of the readers of this site, I used to read Wild Wild Law frequently and also read Elle Woods' short-lived blog until its unfortunate demise. I'm excited to start contributing to this blog because I believe that the Las Vegas legal community deserves a place to get updates on what's going on as well as a forum to discuss those events. I know how hard it is to maintain a blog like this and to update it frequently, so instead of whining about the blog, I thought I'd offer to contribute and Law Dawg was kind enough to accept my help. Just remember that I have a real job just like the rest of you, so I can't make any guarantees as to how often I'll be able to post, but hopefully having two writers on the blog will keep the content updated more frequently.
That being said, I will pay any tipster $3.27 for the "clandestine" photo referenced in this RJ article about Family Court Judge Steve Jones and his alleged "cozy" relationship with former prosecutor Lisa Willardson (I tried to find her on Facebook, but apparently she doesn't waste her time there). This situation has set up a battle between Judge Jones and District Attorney David Roger after Judge Jones barred two prosecutors, Michelle Edwards and Janne Hanrahan, from appearing in his Court, citing "inappropriate and unprofessional behavior" for providing the photo to their supervisor. David Roger is now calling Jones a "bully." Those sound like fighting words to me!

What do you think, is there more to this story than is being reported? If the report is correct, will there be any repercussions for Judge Jones?

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Introducing...

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JD McNugent, Esq.!  Welcome to the Las Vegas Law Blog!

It's no secret that the Las Vegas Law Blog could benefit from some new energy and attention.  So, JD will be contributing whenever s/he feels like it, on pretty much whatever s/he feels like blogging about.  Thanks, JD McNugent!

In the meantime, here are a few things going on in the Las Vegas legal community the past few days:



Also, word on the street is that a smaller bankruptcy firm is merging with MAC at the beginning of the year.  Anyone know if this is true, and if so, what the details are?

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

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Happy Friday, everyone! What's new?

What is everyone doing for their firm holiday parties, if anything?  Cruise ships?  Country clubs?  Basement blowouts?  Bowling?

Please share.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

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UPDATED

TGIF, everyone!  Whats going on out there?

Also, since its that season, lets talk bonuses..

Who's getting a bonus this year?  When do you get it, how much is it and how was it its calculated?

Who's giving bonuses?  To whom, when, and how much are you giving?

Update - Judge Herndon has recused himself from sentencing the former Las Vegas Deputy District Attorney David Schubert, claiming he couldn't "reconcile" himself with the probation plea agreed to by the parties.  Thoughts?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Open Thread

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The LV Sun is running an interesting article about bad lawyers.   

What else is going these days?

How many of you have to work through Thanksgiving?

How many of you end your billing year this month?  Hows that going?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

David Amesbury Found Beaten

As a commenter pointed out yesterday, Las Vegas attorney David Amesburywho recently pled guilty for participating in a number of fraudulent schemes, was was found on the side of the road "severely assaulted" yesterday morning in an area near South Eastern Avenue and Sunridge Heights Parkway

Please discuss.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

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Happy Friday Everyone!  What's going on out there? 

I don't have much for you today, other than an interesting editorial on Roger's departure.

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Clark County District Attorney David Roger to Retire

As a commenter pointed out yesterday afternoon (thanks for the tip!), the LVRJ is reporting that long-time Clark County District Attorney David Roger plans to retire from his position on Jan. 3, 2012, and may make a formal announcement on the subject as early as today.

Rumor has it that after his "retirement" Roger might join the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, the union that represents about nearly 3,000 police officers, as a general counsel.

There are quite a few entertaining comments on the LVRJ website, if you are interested..

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thursday News Roundup!

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On Monday, Las Vegas attorney David Amesbury pleaded guilty for his role in the well-publicised scheme to fraudulently gain control of condominium homeowners’ associations (HOAs) in the Las Vegas area so that the HOAs would direct business to a certain law firm and construction company, and for his role in a scheme to commit bank fraud.
 
According to the DOJ website, Amesbury, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.  Amesbury is the eighth person to plead guilty in connection with the scheme to defraud HOAs in the Las Vegas area.  Amesbury also pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to submit false information to a bank with the intention of obtaining a bank loan for a cafĂ© in downtown Las Vegas of which he was an owner.

As a tipster pointed out: the ABA website has the details here.

I wonder how Amesbury's wife is handling all this? 

The Righthaven beat-down continues - most recently on Wednesday when U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt ordered Righthaven to pay nearly $120,000 in attorney fees and court costs after yet another  infringement lawsuit was dismissed because Righthaven apparently lacks standing to bring its copyright suits on behalf of LVRJ owner Stephens Media LLC.




Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday News Roundup!


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As many of you know, its party time tonight at CPK's place!  I could be mistaken, but I think the party is at thier new offices - convieniently located at 501 S. 8th Street in downtown Las Vegas.  Please report all good gossip and forward all good pictures from the party.

Also, it looks like MAC finaly got a long overdue website makeover.  Some of the attorneys now even have videos on their profile pages.  Lookin good, MAC!

And speaking of MAC, word on the street is that they just hired former New Orleans public defender and Las Vegas contract defender Greg Denue as an associate attorney. 

A quick google search turned up an unflattering article about Denue.  If he shows up at CPK's party tonight, Im sure he and Kenny - who attended law school in New Orleans - will have a lot to chat about.

Finally, J. Mac was in the news again this week.  That guy just can't seem to catch a break.

Anything else going on? 

Happy Friday, everyone!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

UPDATE

Congratulations are in order for Robert Eglet and Will Kemp.  Yesterday, a jury found three drug companies (Teva Parenteral Medicines Inc., Baxter Healthcare Corp. and McKesson Corp.), liable in the latest high-profile hepatitis C case involving Dipak Desai and the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada.  The jury awarded $20.1 million in compensatory damages so far in this case, and Eglet and Kemp will ask for an additional $600 million in punitive damages in the next phase of the trial.

The RJ has the story here.

So, does that mean nice bonuses this year for everyone at Mainor Eglet and Kemp Jones & Coulthard?



Thursday, October 6, 2011

...Drumroll Please...

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UPDATE- Call the State Bar - They are giving results over the phone - 382-2200

I'm not sure if you had heard, but bar exam results come out today! 

Good luck everyone, and for those of you who need a link to the State Bar exam results main page, click here.

Or, if you want the link straight to where the results will be posted, click here.

In the meantime...

If you just can't concentrate and need something to read instead of pretending to work, click here for the latest on the Hep-C trial.

And, if you have an office (or cubicle) where your computer screen doesn't face the world, click here.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Open Thread


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What's happening?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

And The Survey Says...


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Ok, so the LV Sun just ran a story about how the Senate Joint Economic Committee (a bipartisan group of 20 members of the House and Senate) recently put out a report claiming that Nevada had the "biggest drop in wages" compared to all states - 11.9%, between 2007 and 2010

This story made me wonder, does this trend hold true for the Las Vegas legal community?  Perhaps we can conduct a study of our own.  What do you make now?  What did you make in 2007?  Has your employment situation changed during this time period?  If so, how?  

Friday, September 23, 2011

Congratulations, Carolyn Ellsworth

Yesterday, Governor Sandoval appointed Carolyn Ellsworth to serve as a Clark County District Court Judge, at least until elections in November, 2012.  Judge Ellsworth fills in the vacancy left by Judge Jackie Glass, who resigned to star in the TV show "Swift Justice."

Word on the street is that Ellsworth was most recently the administrator of the securities division in the Secretary of State’s office. Prior to working with the SOS, Ellsworth served as assistant general counsel to Mirage Resorts and vice president of Mirage Resorts Risk Management team.  Ellsworth also used to work for the Clark County District Attorney’s office.  That seems like a fairly impressive, albeit somewhat plaintiff oriented, resume to me.

What do you all think?  Does anyone have any experience with Judge Ellsworth? 

 More information on this national story can be found: here. Seriously, the Houston Chronicle is even reporting on Ellsworth.  Must be a slow news day in Texas...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ready, Set, Gossip


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Attention lurkers and trolls: its time to step it up.  This particular blog is a two-way street, and I can't always be the source of the posting fodder, ya heard?

So, lets hear the gossip.  Who's merging?  Who's struggling?  Who's hiring?  Who's firing?  Who's being mean to you?  Who's being nice to you?  Who recently kicked your butt in court?

Who's going to CPK's annual party on October 14Who wants to rehash their favorite memories from prior CPK bashes?

Who knows how the Hep-C trial is going?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

UPDATED
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TGIF! I apologize for neglecting my posting duties for the past few weeks.  I have a good excuse, I promise, I just can't tell you what it is..

Anyway, here's a conversation starter from a tipster: 

Has your firm come up with "creative ways" to conserve resources in these difficult economic times?  

For instance, have the Friday afternoon happy hours been scaled back?  Have discretionary bonuses dried up?  Has the toilet paper in your bathroom gone missing?  I have it on good information that the later was/is being considered by at least one local firm.  Yikes!   

And, in other [legitimate] news, the LVRJ just broke the story about a "major rift" between the U.S. Attorneys Office and the Clark County District Attorneys Office over the Nancy Quon-related construction defect/HOA criminal investigation.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Nice Guy and His Money are Soon Parted..

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Wow, this is a good one.  So the website Deadspin recently broke a story about a "multi-talented" woman named Hannah Cornett and an unnamed and apparently "unlucky fella whose credit card absorbed the $20,626.61 in charges [that Cornett allegedly] racked up at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas this past May."

A local attorney named William Kennedy has been retained by said unlucky chap to try and sort this mess out.  Good luck with that!

 Thanks for the story, tipster!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Social Media v. Lawsuits

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VegasInc recently reported on the interesting lawsuit between Carrie Zeravica and the New York - New York Hotel and Casino, which stems from a 2007 shooting at the casino that injured 5 people.

Zeravica sued NY-NY after being shot, alleging that lax security was responsible for a number of permanent injuries (an alleged permanent leg injury from a gunshot requiring her to wear a brace and that she has allegedly suffered severe emotional distress with fear and anxiety about being in crowded places and being alone).

What makes this case interesting, is that NY-NY recently sought private MySpace and Facebook posts through discovery to determine if Zeravica really is permanently injured, as she claims.

According to the article, NY-NY attorneys have surveillance footage from a private investigator showing, among other things, Zeravica allegedly "depositing a large trash bag into a garbage can, and then departing for a concert with a large cooler.  At the concert, she walked half a mile up a hill to the stadium entrance, the investigator reported.  In the parking lot before the concert, plaintiff is seen drinking beer, talking with friends and tailgating."

Allegedly, NY-NY also has at least partial MySpace postings in which Zeravica's mood is listed as "Sooooo excited" and she posted on another page that she had been having "so much fun doing everything!!" 

Now, it looks like NY-NY's attorneys have sought to compel the production of all Zeravica's Facebook and MySpace postings and pictures since 2007. 

So, what did you all learn from this story?  Has anyone had this discovery issue come up in an local state court case?  If so, how did it turn out for you?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

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Sorry for the lack of posts this week, everyone.  Next week I'll be back at it again, I promise.  In the meantime, what's going on out there?

Also, does anyone have any thoughts on the three finalists for the EDCR seat left vacant by Jackie Glass?  Apparently, Governor Sandoval will soon appoint the new judge from this list:

Michael Davidson, 57, Las Vegas, with Kolesar & Leatham
Carolyn Ellsworth, 56, Las Vegas, Nevada Secretary of State’s Office
Adriana Escobar, 52, Las Vegas, Attorney General’s Office, Fraud Unit



Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

What's going on out there? Any good Labor Day plans?

Anyone want to rant about the partner making you work past 3 today or even over the weekend?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Attorney at Work

Earlier this week, the RJ profiled Jason Gerber, a newly appointed director at Marquis Aurbach Coffing, for one of its columns entitled "Nevadan at Work."  Jason seems like someone I could have a beer with.  What do you think?

Monday, August 29, 2011

Best of the August 26, 2011 Friday Open Thread!


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Wow! I'm not sure who/what to thank, but as you might have noticed, the Las Vegas Law Blog has been getting some much needed traffic these past few days.  In fact, since last Friday, there have been almost 600 page-views and we are quickly closing in on 10,000 total hits since the blog's inception just three months ago.
I also want to thank everyone for all the comments and address just a few things from Friday and today:
  1. I agree that the Las Vegas Law Blog could use a Facebook page and Twitter account.  Unfortunately, this blog makes me approximately $0,000,000.00 and as long as I’m lucky enough to have a paying gig, I’ve decided to focus my limited resources just on this blog.  Of course that could change at some time in the future, but for now, this is about what you should expect.
  2. On the one hand, I agree that anonymous commenting (and blog hosting) has the potential for abuse.  However, I also agree that anonymous commenting (and blog hosting) is absolutely necessary for the free-flow of information, which is what we all come here to read.  I try to manage this blog with these competing perspectives in mind, and so far, I think the commenters have done a good job at balancing them as well.  That being said, if anyone a problem with a particular post or comment that can't be addressed with a simple follow-up comment, shoot me an email and depending on the situation, I will consider how to best address the issue (See also Comment Guidelines to the right).
  3. Along these lines, I agree that we can't have commenters trying to "out" "Elle."  Please give Elle a break and save me the hassle of having to delete those comments.
  4. @ 7:51am(8.26.11)/11:00am(8.26.11)/ 11:00am(8.26.11) – The new judges’ performance is a good topic.  I’ll do a post about that soon.
  5. @12:34pm(8.26.11) – For some strange reason, your first post got caught in the auto “spam” filter – sorry!
  6. @12:20pm(8.26.11) - #3 doesn’t apply to you.  That comment was funny.
  7. @1:53pm(8.26.11)/2:08pm(8.26.11)/2:57pm(8.26.11) – I think the CPK party is also a good topic and I will cover that as well.
  8. @4:36pm(8.26.11) - Did you hit a happy hour between the time when you typed the first two paragraphs and the third?
  9. @6:48pm(8.26.11) – Possibly - refer to #2 (above).
  10. @12:01am(8.27.11) – Jordan, thanks for reading, commenting, and bringing some aspect of legitimacy to the blog.
  11. @12:01am(8.27.11) – Jordan, don’t you have anything better to do on a Friday night at midnight?
  12. @8:29am(8.29.11) – Thank you, I appreciate your comments.
  13. @8:55am(8.29.11) – I agree.  Please get on that, pronto.
  14. Here are a few of the google searches that led people to the blog today:
      • @mainorwirth.com
      • amber candelaria vampire
      • aria hotel class action
      • candelaria vampire las vegas attorneys
      • changes to edcr 7.27
      • las vegas law blog blogspot
      • las vegas legal news blog
      • legal blog las vegas
      • nancy quon the lawyer
      • whos hiring in las vegas 2011
Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

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Happy Friday everyone!  What's on your minds?  Anything interesting going on this weekend? 



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

City Center Updates!

Ok, so I hate to say "I told you so," but it looks like a group of at least six plaintiffs have now sued the Aria over the Legionnaires disease debacle. Did anyone else find it amusing that the VegasInc reporter covering this story seemed particularly interested in the loss of consortium claims? 

Also, it looks like plans are now in the works to implode the still-vacant Harmon Hotel, but the County wants more information before giving the green light. In addition to generating more legal fees, I bet there's some reality tv money to be made there...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Good Day My Dear Friends. . .


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So did you see the LVRJ story today about Valner Johnson Esq.?  Apparently, the already disbarred (for life) Johnson was sentenced today to three years of probation after pleading guilty to felony charges of making false statements to FBI agents who were conducting an investigation into Johnson's attempts to bribe an individual he believed was a bank employee. 

According to the Justice Department's website, Johnson thought it would be a good idea to try and locate "a bank employee who could assist Johnson in carrying out a scheme to misrepresent his bank balance to third parties in order for Johnson to earn large profits." 

I'm not sure exactly how this scheme was supposed to work, but it reminds me of the time I tried to assist "Wumi Abdul; the only Daughter of late Mr and Mrs George Abdul retrieve a very large sums of money from a suspense accounts in a local Bank here in Abidjan . . . ."

Anyway, is it just me or does three years of probation seem like just a slap on the wrist?  Does anyone know if the underlying fraud case still being investigated?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Open Thread

Happy Friday, everyone! 

Other than the LDS judiciary ratio in Nevada, what's on your mind?

Here are a few starter topics:

Does anyone else (other than a tipster) think there may be an unusually high associate attrition rate at Gordon & Silver?

Does anyone know what's going on with Judge Earl?  I hear he is quite ill these days (and if that is true, I wish him a speedy recovery).

Does anyone have any thoughts about the latest Desai/Hep-C trial that just got underway?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Nancy Quon (Hellen) Arrested . . . Again

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Nancy Quon, who is now apparently using the name Nancy Hellen, was arrested (again) yesterday after a grand jury indicted her on charges of: (1) False Claim For Insurance Benefits; (2) Arson-1st Degree; (3) Conspiracy To Violate Uniform Control Substance Act; (4) Conspiracy To Commit A Crime; and (4) Arson For Insurance Fraud.

For those of you who haven't been following the sad/bizarre/fascinating story of Nancy Quon, et al., she was is a local attorney who is separately being investigated by the FBI for allegedly rigging homeowner association elections, and her boyfriend is former Las Vegas Metro police officer William Ronald Webb Jr.  Last year, they were allegedly involved in a botched suicide/insurance fraud scheme in which Webb allegedly acquired drugs to help Quon stage what was to look like an accidental death and give her assets to her family.



Monday, August 15, 2011

November 11, 2011 = Vampire Killing Day?


Well, this story isn't about Amber, its about her (purported ex) husband, Clarke D. Walton, who owns the Walton Law Firm, "a boutique Internet law firm that serves website owners worldwide."
 
 
According to Clark County Detention Center records, a "Clarke D. Walton" was recently arrested on felony grand larceny and burglary charges.  Can anyone confirm whether this is the same Mr. Walton who owns the Walton Law Firm?  Does anyone have any more details on this story?

And, regardless of whether or not its the same Mr. Walton, can anyone explain what's going on with Mr. Walton's profile on the State Bar of Nevada Website (which was changed after the initial post)?  Apparently, November 11, 2011 is a very special date for him... Maybe he's going to be killing vampires that day?

Bonus: Here's a link to what appears to be a manifesto authored by the vampire killer himself (this webpage was deleted after the initial post).  To view it, hold the control button and scroll-out with your mouse..

Thanks for the story, tipster!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

Happy Friday, everyone, and as always, please feel free to speak your mind.

If you need a starter topic, apparently "Howard Awand is in the news" again, even though I can't seem to find the story...   Maybe someone will be kind enough to post a link?

For those of you who don't know the Howard Awand history, here are some past links:

CNN Money Story on Awand

LV Sun Story on Awand

US Dept of Justice Story on Awand

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Congratulations, Miranda Du - Nevada's First (nominated) Asian-American Federal Judge!

Corrected, thanks commenters!

This past Thursday, President Obama nominated Reno-based, soon-to-be-former partner with McDonald Carano Wilson, Miranda Du to serve as a in the US District Court for the District of Nevada.

According to an article in the Asianjournal.com:
""Miranda Du will be an esteemed addition to the Federal bench for the people of Nevada,” President Obama said in a statement, adding. “I am grateful for her dedication to public service.”  US Sen. Harry Reid, who recommended Du, noted the lawyer’s extensive litigation experience and deep understanding and dedication to the Nevada community. . . .  A refugee of Vietnam who immigrated to the US when she was nine years old, Du would be the first Asian-American judge in the history of Nevada."
Congratulations, Ms. Du!

Wall Street to The Strip

Well, the stock market has had a wild past few days, and that is putting it mildly.  Unless you have been living under a rock, you should already know that Standard & Poor's downgraded the the United States' credit rating from "AAA" to "AA+" last Friday (we are now ranked below: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom).

On Monday, investors reacted poorly to the downgrade - the Dow Jones industrial average lost 636 points, the worst single-day decline in three years and the sixth-steepest single-day decline ever.  It looks like the Dow is doing a little better so far today, but it stocks have still lost approximately 15 percent of their value in just 2½ weeks.

However, according to a VegasInc.com interview published this morning, Jim Murren - the Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International says that "so far the company hasn’t been affected by" the Wall Street rollercoaster ride. 

That sounds like good news for MGM, but what do you all think this means, if anything, for the rest of Las Vegas and specifically, for the lawyers here?

Oh yea, and in other news: Henderson City Attorney Elizabeth Quillin accepted a $99,500 severance package and resigned Monday following her May DUI arrest.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Friday Open Thread!

Happy Friday, everyone! What's going on out there? What are your plans for the weekend?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

LIBOLAW

So, a commenter recently asked if anyone had heard that Mr. Libo Agwara had some trouble with the law.  Is that true?  Does anyone have the goods?  I couldn't find anything in the news or on Odyssey

I don't know much about Mr. Agwara, other than what I just learned from the Dope Game News and what I remembered from WWL: that Mr. Agwara apparently drives a sweet car with an even sweeter vanity plate.  However, I did just learn from his online profile, that "[b]efore attending law school, Libo Agwara was a ???????? with a strong background in ?dadadadadadada."  Amazing...

Someone fill us in!

Also, to make up for not posting in nearly a week, here is a link to the LV Sun story today about the Nevada Supreme Court's "revised rules for television, broadcasting, camera and recording coverage of court hearings."

And, here is another link to the LVRJ story today about "Henderson City Attorney Elizabeth Quillin" and the fact that she will soon "face City Council members on Monday for the first time since her May 23 arrest on drunken driving and other charges."

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Congratulations - Its Over!

Congratualtions to all the July 2011 bar takers - the hard part is now over!Results come out when, mid-October sometime?   

So, does anyone have any war stories they want to share?  Did you get a remedies - commercial paper - criminal law - trust & estates - secured transactions cross-over question?  Did your computer crash?  Did the exam taker across from you never come back from lunch on the first day? 

Here's a true story from my bar exam: about 20 minutes into the afternoon session of the MBE, a water pipe burst in the ceiling.  For a few seconds, we just heard running water - then the ceiling tiles - about 20 feet above our heads - collapsed, and water began pouring down right behind our table, splashing all over us and our tests.  All four of the people sitting at my table (myself included) grabbed our tests and sat down next to whoever was nice enough to scoot over.  Good times..

*historically, for between 65-70% of you, at least. 

Las Vegas Legal Job Market

Corrected

For those of you who haven't yet seen it, the Las Vegas Sun is featuring a story today called "Law school graduates face flooded job market."  If you're scared of hyperlinks, heres the website:

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jul/28/law-school-graduates-face-flooded-job-market/ 

The article cites heavily to a State Bar of Nevada survey published last month, which was put together by two local attorneys: Ryan Works, an associate with the law firm McDonald Carano Wilson, and Layke Stolberg, Boyd’s recently appointed career services director.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

According to the article, "Boyd, which had 153 first-year students last school year, saw 93.2 percent of its 2010 graduates get jobs within nine months of earning their degrees."  Not bad, considering that there was a reported 94.3 percent job-placement rate for 2009 Boyd graduates.

However, these fresh Boyd graduates' "average starting salary was $71,456, according to the law school."  That's "roughly $3,500 less on average than what Boyd’s 2007 graduates earned in their first year out of school," four years ago.  Ouch.  And, thats especially painful news considering that according to the study, the median student loan debt for Boyd all surveyed law school graduates is currently $60,001 to $70,000.

As for laterals looking for work, Stolberg claims that "we’re seeing a lot of firms seeking attorneys with one to five years of experience,” although "attorneys with expertise in bankruptcy law have a better chance of finding work than those who specialize in real estate deals, which have been pummeled by the recession."

Finally, for those of you who have been practicing less than five years, consider yourself fortunate if you are making more than $85k/year, as the survey is reporting average ranges from $80,001 to $85,000, compared with $90,001 to $95,000 for that same demographic in 2007.

Comments from the peanut gallery?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Legionnaires disease at the Aria Hotel?

As you may have heard, and according to Aria's website, from June 21 to July 4, water tests detected elevated levels of Legionella bacteria in several of their guest rooms and at least a few guests "were diagnosed with, treated for, and recovered from Legionnaires' disease," since then.

So what, if anything is the legal fallout from this fiasco?  Do I smell a class action brewing? 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday News Roundup!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Update: The City of North Las Vegas has an (Acting) City Attorney Again!  Congratulations and good luck to Jeffrey Barr - who has worked in the civil division of the North Las Vegas for the past five or so years - he's been named as the Acting City Attorney for the City of North Las Vegas, and it seems like he is going to need all the help he can get.

In other breaking news, the State Bar of Nevada looks like it recently had a website makeover.  I like it.  What do you think? 

And, for those of you who haven't been following the story about the Cooley Law School, and its attempts to discover the identity of and sue anonomous blog posters who allegedly defamed the school online (and the law firm who allegedly solicited plaintiffs to sue Cooley first on Craigslist), I highly recommend checking it out:





That's all I have for you today - have a good weekend and good luck bar takers!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Slow News Day

Hey, you! Yes, you - please send in some juicy law-related tips and gossip; otherwise, I will be forced to blog about stories such as lawsuits filed against Nevada’s DMV for thier allegedly discriminatory decision to deny a request for a "GOPALIN" license plate while apparently issuing license plates such as “GOGREEN,” “DMOCRAT,” “AL GORE,” “KERRY,” “EDWARDS,” “DEAN,” “HILLARY” and “RONPAUL.”    Along these lines, whats your favorite law-related personalized plate cruising around town? 

Or, perhaps the Boyd students want to share details about where they plan to apply/interview at this fall?  That seemed to be a topic of interest this past weekend.