Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Post Memorial Day Round-Up!

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Good morning, my Las Vegas legal colleagues! 

I don't know how your Memorial Day was, but it had to be better than the approximately 1040 or so attorneys who found out that they used to work at one of the country's largest law firms - Dewey & LeBoeuf.  D&L filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday after nearly "all of its partners quit," and "negative economic conditions, combined with the firm’s rapid growth and partnership compensation arrangements, created a situation where the cash flow was insufficient to cover capital expenses and full compensation expectations."  Is it just me, or does this story sound familiar?

And, in case you missed the Boulevard story from last week, the LVLB comment from last week quoting the Boulevard story, and/or the recent mass emailings from PrivateTrials inviting you to a meet and greet next Wednesday, June 6th from 5pm to 7pm were intercepted by your spam filter, former Las Vegas District Court Judge Jackie Glass is back in town after CBS failed to renew her television show "Swift Justice with Jackie Glass" for a second season.

Finally, I have it on good authority that after five years, Dean White will be leaving his post with Boyd Law to become the executive vice president and provost of UNLV.*  Congrats, and good luck to Dean White, and also to Boyd as it begins its search for a new Dean.
  
*Thanks for the tip, tipster!

18 comments:

  1. Anyone know what happened with Jones Vargas closing their doors?
    Also, I heard Greer is leaving Boyd (head of externship program and general jerk)

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  2. I have heard nothing along the lines that Jones Vargas "closed their doors." They are still answering the phone if they are closed....

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  3. BLOG IS SO DEAD.

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  4. I still check the blog. Keep it going! I have faith that some good gossip will emerge!

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  5. The best gossip subjects have, one way or another, managed to stay out of the spotlight recently - Amber C., Adam Stokes, The Mileys, Awand, BK Hottie, Nancy Quon, etc. We need someone to stir something up. Maybe someone needs to take Randy Miley out drinking, then tell him Stefany's seeing another guy and that his dog's been misbehaving, and then hand him a set of car keys. Then get Tosh.0 to videotape what happens next. That should provide fodder for the blog.

    Don't lose faith, Amber Candelaria will soon actually have enough years of practice to legally run for a judicial position. That'll be sweet!

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  6. What is everyone's opinion of the transition into practice program? Protectionist bullshit by shitty solos trying to protect market share? Huge waste of time? Something that might improve quality of representation?

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  7. Transitioning to Practice is far better than the "Bridge the Gap" that it replaced which was a waste of time. There is no protectionist element to it-- its mandatory mentoring. And if you get a shitty mentor, ask for a better one.

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  8. Jones Vargas BK, whats left joins whats left of Fennemore. Hot rumour

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  9. Latest in Nancy Quon case:

    ASSOCIATE GETS SCREWED BY PARTNERS, AGAIN

    From today's paper:

    "Former Las Vegas attorney Brian Jones, 38, admitted in his agreement with prosecutors that he misled state officials about his knowledge of election rigging at Vistana and Chateau Nouveau. He also acknowledged that he allowed co-conspirators to stuff ballots at his law office.

    Jones, who is now said to be practicing law in Utah, worked at the time for the politically connected law firm of Kummer, Kaempfer, Bonner, Renshaw & Ferrario. The firm broke up in 2009."

    Do you get the feeling that he was forced to allow this to happen by whoever originated the business, and now has to take the fall?

    Ah, life in a stodgy firm...

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  10. Personally, I prefer the Mick Taylor era to the Brian Jones era.

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  11. http://www.lvrj.com/news/anonymous-lawyer-may-be-revealed-156105895.html

    Anyone want to take bets as to who "lawyer" is, before we find out??

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  12. 9:20,

    I'm curious. At what point in the whole misleading-state-officials and permitting-fraudulent-ballot-stuffing-in-his-office situation does the 38-year-old associate become responsible for his own actions? Could he have been told to permit it by a ranking partner? Sure. Does that excuse him and give him the option of closing his eyes? Nope. If he can't stand up to a partner asking him to sell out his integrity, exactly where will he draw the line?

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  13. Now that -- 10:37 AM -- is a good topic.

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  14. "I'm curious. At what point in the whole misleading-state-officials and permitting-fraudulent-ballot-stuffing-in-his-office situation does the 38-year-old associate become responsible for his own actions? Could he have been told to permit it by a ranking partner? Sure. Does that excuse him and give him the option of closing his eyes? Nope. If he can't stand up to a partner asking him to sell out his integrity, exactly where will he draw the line?"

    Technically, he would have been about 5 years younger at the time of the HOA ballot stuffing, still in his 30's.

    In any event, it is a very difficult situation being an associate and being forced to do something that you are not comfortable doing by a senior attorney (if this is what happened - we do not and never will know what actually happened).

    How many true stories do each of us know about an insurance defense attorney's first day of practice and being sent to court, alone, to appear on a case that they have never seen?

    The thing that gets me about this story is what did Jones get out of this? It does not look like Jones gained in any way. So why would he have participated?

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  15. I have completely changed my position on this entire investigation. Jones went down on a felony for allegations that "he misled state officials about his knowledge of election rigging at Vistana and Chateau Nouveau. He also acknowledged that he allowed co-conspirators to stuff ballots at his law office."

    So he did not stuff ballots at his office. Instead when the heat was on, he sought to protect his clients and failed to tell State Investigators that he knew that his client allegedly committed a crime (which I think some of us would have been unsure was a crime)." Grounds for a Bar Investigation? Sure. Grounds for a felony conviction and destroying his life?

    I dont know Brian Jones, never met Brian Jones and honestly was never aware that KKBRF ever employed a Brian Jones. But seriously? You have Benzer walking the streets with nary a scratch but are trumpeting the accomplishments that you tried to take down Matthew Broderick in "Election"?

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  16. The blog is alive!

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  17. I may need to flip flop on this issue. Today's paper has a different story about Jones:

    "Brown and a co-conspirator were allowed inside the law office of co-defendant Brian Jones to replace legitimate ballots with phony ones supporting a candidate backed by the conspirators.

    Jones, 38, who worked for a politically connected firm at the time, was supposed to be overseeing the election, but he really was on the payroll of the conspirators.

    He had the same arrangement at another condominium complex in southwest Las Vegas, Chateau Nouveau.

    When homeowners there became suspicious of ballot-tampering in April 2007, Brown's plea agreement stated, his co-conspirators arranged for a phony break-in of Jones' car to remove all evidence of the forged ballots."


    Now they are saying that he did get paid and staged a break in of his car. Opps.

    Maybe we can read about him in a future issue of Nevada Lawyer.

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