Friday, November 30, 2012

Nice Work If You Can Get It.

As reported in the RJ yesterday, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline suspended Judge Steven Jones. Pursuant to state law, he is suspended with pay until his trial date which, earlier this week, was set for August 21, 2013. Now we all know that Judge Jones is innocent until proven guilty, but is 10 months of suspension with pay really the best way to deal with this situation? The laws regarding this situation must have been thought of during better economic times because now instead of just paying Judge Jones, we're also paying Judge Teuton. (According to one of our commenters, he is getting a $1,000 a day to fill in.) One functioning judge for the price of two--what a deal!

Another of our commenters asked yesterday if any junior associates feel like the market is getting better because she was getting an increased number of calls from headhunters. What's the general consensus? Are things looking up for the market? What kind of rumors are you hearing about firms opening up, merging, or shutting down?

Rumor has it that Judge Riegle will be retiring from the bankruptcy court in the near future. Truth or mere speculation? Any details? How will this impact the BK hottie?

Finally, on a serious note, we're in the midst of the holidays and with all the stress surrounding those--in addition to the problems we face every day--it is easy to get overwhelmed. If you are feeling depressed, suicidal, addicted, or otherwise overwhelmed, we encourage you to seek help. Don't turn to abusing drugs or alcohol as a means of temporary escape. Don't endanger yourself or others. For many of these problems, you can anonymously call Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers at 1-866-828-0022. If you are feeling suicidal, call one of the hotlines listed here or call 911.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I'm Not a Lawyer, I Just Play One on TV.

For those of you who weren't aware, earlier this month the Supreme Court of Nevada amended the Rules of Professional Conduct with regard to advertising.  Click here to download the full text of ADKT 445.  Here are a few key changes:

RPC 7.2(b) "If the advertisement uses any actors to portray a lawyer, members of the 1aw firm clients or utilizes depictions of fictionalized events or scenes, the same must be disclosed. In the event actors are used the disclosure must be sufficiently specific to identify which persons in the advertisement are actors, and the disclosure must appear for the duration in which the actor(s) appear in the advertisement." 

RPC 7.2(i) "If the advertisement contains any reference to past successes or results
obtained the communicating lawyer or member of the law firm must have served as lead counsel in the matter giving rise to the recovery, or was primarily responsible for the settlement or verdict. The advertisement shall also contain a disclaimer that past results do not guarantee, warrant, or predict future cases.

If the past successes or results obtained include a monetary sum, the amount involved must have been actually received by the client and the reference must be accompanied by adequate information regarding the nature of the case or matter and the damages or injuries
sustained by the client and if the gross amount received is stated, the attorney fees and litigation expenses withheld from the amount must be stated as well."

RPC 7.3(d) -Changes the time restriction on targeted mail to accident victims from 45 days to 30 days.

Any thoughts on these changes?  This is good news for the public right?  Which law firms/lawyer(s) are going to have start putting a disclaimer that says "Not an actor, no seriously, we really are lawyers."

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gobble, gobble.

Speaking of turkeys... As reported by the RJ, Judge Robert Teuton has been assigned to take over Judge Steven Jones juvenile case load. We haven't see the Administrative Order, but apparently, this temporary reassignment was the result of "unforeseen circumstances" related to management of Judge Jones' cases. REALLY? Unforeseen?

On an unrelated turkey note, Happy Thanksgiving. Also, for those of you lucky ones who get Friday off as well, Happy Family Day!

Friday, November 16, 2012

It's Friday, Friday....Open Thread.

It's Friday again and the floor is open. Talk amongst yourselves. We'll give you some topics:

As Hawkeye noted, there is a lot to talk about with regard to Judge Steven Jones and the top secret judicial discipline committee. The RJ's Jane Morrison did a fairly comprehensive primer here.  

Las Vegas is getting a new (725) area code in 2014, requiring 10-digit dialing for calls across the valley. If you're learning this news for the first time here, the bad news is all the good internet domains with 725 and law are taken. (Shout-out to Michael Hyte, Esq., the quick thinking new owner of The good news is there is still a chance to get the number you always wanted, but you're going to have to beat Richard Harris in a race for all the numbers consisting entirely of the same digit. (This news must be causing his advertising department some consternation.)

Finally, in boxing news, (wait, boxing news?) the Nevada Athletic Commission approved a promoters license for rapper 50 Cent.  It also decided on the three judges for Pacquiao-Marquez IV--wisely choosing one judge from Nevada, one from New Jersey, and one from out of the country.  If only we had that kind of system in our courts!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Construction Defects Sweeps

For those unfortunate few of you who have never been part of the construction defects bar ("CD bar"), you are probably unaware that this is the high holy week of the Dirt Court. Yes, it's sweeps time again--that one week a year where the CD bar comes out of the woodwork and flocks to Judge Earl's courtroom for three days of non-stop fun and excitement. Think of it like spring break for the CD bar. Only it's fall instead of spring and it features the CD bar instead of attractive, young co-eds. 

Anyway, here's your chance to spill, vent, gossip, or otherwise enlighten the rest of us about the CD bar's annual get-together.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day, Observed!

The courts are closed today in observance of Veteran's Day. Hopefully some of your offices are closed as well. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the service and great sacrifice of the many veterans in our community.  Thank you to you and your families.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Open Thread!

You know the drill. What's on your mind? What's going on behind the scenes out there? Anyone want to talk about sentencing of a certain former prosecutor? Was it fair this time? (According to the people on Fox5's the Rant, some people think it isn't.)

Any thoughts on what the Supreme Court will do with "My Two Moms?" How about Justice Gibbons' proposed amendment to District Court Rule 18 requiring judges to file an order setting forth their reasons for seeking to recuse themselves?

What else is going on?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The blog is dead. Long live the blog.

As Mark Twain might have said, the reports of the blog's death are greatly exaggerated.