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


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: 

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.

Friday, July 15, 2011

T-Minus 14400 minutes until the July 2011 Bar Exam..

Yup, its that time of the year again!  I remember it like it was yesterday, and I bet a lot of you do too.  So, lets help out the next generation of bar-takers, and drop some of that, "geez, I wish someone would have told me that 10 days before I took the bar exam" knowledge on them.

On a side note - although it may seem like it, we are not alone: here are the updated blog viewership stats:

las vegas law blog blogviews yesterday: 108

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Harmon Hotel: Someone Has Some 'Splaining To Do

You know that big, blue, vacant, oval looking building sitting at the enterance to City Center?  Its called the Harmon Hotel, and its catching some serious news coverage lately.  For those of you who haven't heard or read about the alleged Harmon Hotel "issues," here's the reader's digest version:

ALLEGEDLY, in 2008, the County ordered MGM to halt construction on the Harmon Hotel after they discovered “various structural discrepancies” in its construction. 

Eventually, MGM had Perini Building Co., City Center’s general contractor, top off the Harmon Hotel at just 26 stories instead of the originally designed 49, but the two still could never get the Harmon Hotel completed and open for business.

This past April, the County sent MGM a letter indicating it was concerned about the Harmon Hotel’s “structural integrity.”  In response, MGM hired an engineering firm to investigate.  The results were, in short, not good. 

Just how bad were they?  According to the report, “the construction defects in the tower . . . are so pervasive . . .” it is “likely” that the Harmon Hotel would not withstand an earthquake.  Yikes. 

Perini says this report is “absolutely untrue.”  And, if there are problems, Perini says, they are design, not construction-related.  Moreover, Perini claims that “MGM never intended to complete the Harmon [Hotel] after the economic downturn,” and “that MGM does not want the Harmon to be repaired because the Harmon is worth more dead than alive to MGM.”

Those sound like fighting words to me..

Anyone know who represents MGM and/or Perini?  Anyone have any thoughts on this case? 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Open Thread

UPDATED - thanks, commenter.

Sorry for the delay in updating this blog, everyone.  It's been a crazy couple weeks, and not just for me. 

I understand that Holland and Hart is moving to from the Howard Hughes Business Park to an office at Summerlin Pkwy and Town Center Dr in Summerlin, literally, as I write this.  Nicholas Vaskov, the North Las Vegas Acting City Attorney apparently can no longer do his job because of "current political environment" in North Las Vegas.  Pursuant to ADKT 428 ADKT 461, EDCR 7.27 Confidential Trial Briefs will no longer be "confidential."  Righthaven's legal troubles appear to be mounting.  Oh yea, and Casey Anthony got a new hair 'do.

Anyone want to weigh in on these topics, or anything else for that matter?  Has anyone received a warning for using their cell phone while driving yet?