Monday, December 30, 2013

Too Much

We were going to be on hiatus until after the New Year, but too much is going on to not make a post.


  • Las Vegas Justice of the Peace (and Son of the Mayor) Eric Goodman suffered a traumatic head injury in a Summerlin park restroom on December 15. No one seems to know exactly what happened, but it appears his injuries are likely the result of an assault. The good news is he is "recovering well." [RJ, Las Vegas Sun]
  • In a 4-page decision released on Christmas Eve, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline found that special prosecutors proved 8 of the 12 charges against Judge Steven Jones. A hearing is scheduled for January 27th (well after the judicial candidate filing deadline), to determine the sanctions he will face as a result. [RJ]
  • According to her Facebook page, a private celebration honoring the life of Lisa Willardson will take place in Utah on January 4, 2014. In lieu of flowers and in honor of her dedication to the rights and welfare of abused and neglected children, her family asks that donations be made in her name to Childhaven.
  • The RJ published the results of its 2013 Judicial Performance Evaluation and is publishing a series of articles on "Judging the Judges." We'll have a post focusing specifically on the results later (only 12 out of 90 judges had a majority say do no retain). For today, let's take a look at an RJ article on how Nevada Supreme Court incumbents usually draw no challengers. The article reads a carefully crafted warning that you're wasting your time and money if you run against a Nevada Supreme Court incumbent. This year, the two seats up for contention are Justices Pickering and Gibbons. What do you think? Is it already a foregone conclusion or is it worthwhile for someone to challenge them?

Friday, December 27, 2013

RIP Lisa Willardson

The RJ is reporting that Lisa Willardson died Thursday night at age 45. No information at this time on the cause of death. Our condolences go out to her friends and family affected by her death.

Although we don't know how she died, we'll still take this opportunity to remind you that help is available. The law is a high stress profession and it never hurts to talk to someone. If you or someone you know is struggling, don't be afraid to reach out for help or to offer some kind words.
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If you, or any lawyer in Nevada, are in need of confidential assistance with an alcohol, drug, depression, stress or gambling problem, help is readily available through the LCL Hotline.When calling, leave your first name and telephone number. A fellow lawyer, who has also had problems, will call you back. You'll be listened to with an understanding heart rather than scorn, judgment and condemnation. You can talk frankly. The person returning your call is solving problems just like yours, and is living happily and usefully doing so.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Top Ten Stories of 2013

As the end of 2013 rapidly approaches and we enter the least productive week of the year, it's time to reflect on the year gone by. Before we do, we just want to say thanks for reading, commenting, and offering your input. Like we have said before, we make the effort to keep the blog going because we think it provides an important venue to the Las Vegas legal community where you can hear about what's going on, ask questions, compare bonuse, get advice, etc. As always, we're open to your suggestions on how we can better fill that role, so if you have any comments, criticisms, ideas, gossip, or want to volunteer to write a guest post, let us know. We wish you all warm holidays and a properous new year! (We'll be back next week/next year!)

After the jump, we take a look at the top ten Las Vegas-related legal stories of 2013...

Friday, December 20, 2013

Chestnuts Roasting


  • Family Court marshal Steve Rushfield, whose name has come up in several of this year's stories about misconduct in the Family Court, was put on paid vacation administrative leave. [RJ; 8NewsNow]
  • Speaking of marshals, Clark County approved a $200,000 settlement with 18 marshals who sued the county in federal court for unpaid overtime. [RJ]
  • Another Nevada Department of Corrections inmate died...[RJ]
  • The deadline to get yourself insured for next year is fast approaching. Are you covered or going to risk the penalty? [Fox5Vegas]
  • Governor Sandoval named 18 people to a Nevada mental health council--including Ret. Judge Jackie Glass and her husband, District Attorney Steve Wolfson. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Still no word on the Nevada Commission of Judicial Discipline's decision on Judge Steven Jones. What's up with that?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

BONUS ROUND 2013!!!

It's that time of year again--time to talk bonuses! Last month we did a poll where 59% of you were holding out hope at some chance for a bonus. For the 39% of you who expected no bonus, here's hoping you were wrong.

To help us help you know if you're being fairly compensated, we have a poll question with general bonus ranges. Additionally, feel free to provide as much detail as you want about: how many years you've been practicing, billable requirements for bonus consideration, extenuating circumstances, typicality, and what type of practice you're in (big/small firm, public/private). 


How much of a bonus did you get this year?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Annual Airing of Grievances

"The tradition of Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you're gonna hear about it." --Frank Costanza



Although Festivus isn't normally celebrated until December 23, we like to get the Airing of Grievances out of the way a little earlier so that we can more fully enjoy the holiday season without all the pent-up, excess negativity. 

This is your chance to whine and complain about your salary, your job, your boss, the courts, the Commission on Judicial Discipline, not being lawyer hot, this blog, etc. It's also your chance to provide some feedback about the way things are done in the Las Vegas legal community. Like we said last year, if it helps, think of it as a virtual bench/bar meeting. You never know when you might be the squeaky wheel that gets greased.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

400,000


  • The American Tort Reform Association's Annual List of Judicial Hellholes doesn't include Clark County. Don't worry, though. We're still on the watch list thanks to the HPN/Hep C verdicts. [ATR; 8NewsNow]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada issued its Annual Report of the Nevada Judiciary with one possible explanation for why Clark County may be a judicial hellhole--Clark County district judges have an average of 1,840 cases each.[Las Vegas Sun]
  • Las Vegas may, or may not, have lost its gig as host city for the National Finals Rodeo. [RJ]
  • Sometime tonight the page view monitor at the bottom right of this page will roll over to 400,000 page views. Thanks for reading and let us know if you have any suggestions on how to improve the blog.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Demographically Perfect


  • It looks like Nevada will be implementing a strict sex offender registration law from 2007 that could potentially include the addition of anyone convicted of a felony sex crime or crimes involving children since 1956. The article sets forth several potential problems with its implementation. [RJ]
  • A U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of the "Sister Wives" family by holding that a Utah law prohibiting cohabitation with another person violated the First Amendment. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Department of Corrections is trotting out a new autopsy policy after seven deaths in two months. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • In a Jon Ralston piece on Senator Harry Reid, Ralston suggests that Lucy Flores' chances as a candidate for lieutenant governor are better than you might think, in part because Reid sees her as "demographically perfect." [Politico]
  • With less than a month before the judicial candidate filing deadline, we hope you are encouraging "qualificationally perfect" candidates to to make a run.
  • We have had commenters asking about the attorneys who are the subject of letters of reprimand in the Bar Counsel Report in December's Nevada Lawyer. We don't know who they are, but perhaps the bigger question is why are they just now getting around to issuing these letters when the events in question took place 3-6 years ago? And were anonymous letters really the best way of dealing with these issues?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Hours of Operation

A common complaint that pops up in the comments of many articles about local judges is that they're not earning what they're paid. Specifically, people complain that when you walk through the RJC at three in the afternoon, you'd be hard pressed to find more than a handful of courts in session. (See this editorial from the Las Vegas Tribune on the topic.)

Since you are generally better informed about what is going on in the courthouse, what do you think? Are our judges following in the footsteps of Judge Valorie Vega or are they just not in the courtroom because they're hard at work in chambers with the paper pushing aspect of the job? Are you aware of any judges who are at one extreme or the other? Any judge whose work ethic you would deem exemplary?

Do Clark County judges spend enough time in the courtroom?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I'm Gettin' Nuttin' For Christmas


  • Here's a puff piece on U.S. District Court Judge Phillip Pro and his efforts to teach the world about the "Rule of Law." [RJ]
  • Attorney Brian Bloomfield pleaded guilty to several charges related to a courthouse counseling certificate scheme. He also agreed to cooperate against other defendants. He faces up to 11 years in jail or could just get probation. [RJ]
  • Yesterday, video footage of the October shooting at Bally's was released. Warning: the video is graphic in nature and shows the fatal gunshots and aftermath. The shooter, Benjamin Frazier, is being represented by his cousin, Bob Beckett (former Nye County District Attorney who made headlines for repeated DUIs) and Vicki Greco, who appeared on MyNews3 last night (video: about 4 minutes in) and who made it clear they are not laying out their whole case because the "Supreme Court discourages us trying the case in the media." DA Steve Wolfson hasn't decided yet whether to pursue the death penalty. [RJ]
  • The Washington Times did an article on Harry Reid's involvement in getting the SLS Casino project a little help. And who represents SLS? Harry's son, Rory Reid, and the team at Lionel Sawyer & Collins. [Ralston Reports]
  • Gary A. Modafferi, who (along with Robert Flummerfelt) represents Lisa Willardson in her suit against the Clark County DA's office, and represents (along with Robert Draskovich) Judge Steven Jones in his federal criminal matter, made a blog post commenting on the Glenn Cook editorial on Willardson that was in the RJ last weekend. 
  • Willardson is using her Nevada Judicial Guardian Facebook page to take opening shots against one of her opponents for the bench, Mary Perry. That Facebook page also lists several unconfirmed family court judicial candidates including: Robert Kurth, Jason Stoffel, Linda Norvell Marquis, Lisa Brown, and Maria Maskall (who Willardson says will be running against Steven Jones).

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Holiday Party Post

What's your firm doing for the annual holiday party this year? Did they forego the fancy party to pad your bonus or did they book a firm cruise? Is it dinner and a show or merely ugly sweaters and a potluck lunch? Any classic firm party faux pas you want to share?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Job Tips: Chubby & Plump

"He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself."
Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore

Last year during the Annual Airing of Grievances, one of you wrote, "Our legal community suffers from obesity. The state bar should require Weight Watchers in addition to CLEs." Unfortunately, whether from legal work being primarily a desk job or just too many catered meals/cookies at depositions and events, a lot of our legal community is obese. There's no hiding that fact (although wearing a black robe and sitting on the bench helps). The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way. We all know people who have made changes in their life and shed some weight. The better news is, you can do it too!

Here's your chance to offer some suggestions on how to manage your burgeoning waistline. To get you started, check out this post extolling the virtues of "A Year in Juicing" from J. Devoy over at the Legal Satyricon. What do you think? Does juicing work for you or is CrossFit the answer? Have any of you had success with WeightWatchers? Is it possible to lose the pounds without exercise? How do you deal with all the candies and cookies being delivered this time of year?

Monday, December 9, 2013

I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm


  • The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline hearing for Judge Steven Jones wrapped up on Friday. The Commission is expected to meet and decide on the outcome sometime this week. [RJ; 8NewsNow]
  • Meanwhile, Lisa Willardson is still in the spotlight. The RJ's Glenn Cook, who outed Willardson as the person behind Nevada Judicial Watch (now Nevada Judicial Guardian), wrote an editorial on Willardson's "unhealthy obsession with judges." Naturally, you will find several comments from Willardson in the comment section for the editorial. [RJ]
  • Not Vegas-centric, but to remind you we're not alone--northern Nevada judge Michael Gibbons was charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in death of a 61-year old cyclist. [RGJ; RJ]
  • Approval of the demolition plan for the Harmon at CityCenter was delayed again to give an insurance carrier a chance to explain why it still needs to do more investigation. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Congrats to the UNLV football team on beating the odds. They'll be playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day after a 13-year bowl drought. [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, December 6, 2013

Exceedingly Offended


  • As was to be expected, Lisa Willardson didn't get the same softball questions on cross-examination that she got on direct. (Willardson continues to post in the comments at the RJ and on Facebook.) Special Counsel for the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline Kathleen Paustian revealed that Willardsen and Judge Steven Jones exchanged some 2,500 text messages from October 17, 2011, to December 15, 2011. Jones also took the stand yesterday and according to reports, was "exceedingly offended" that someone took a picture of his crotch. He faces cross-examination today followed by closing arguments. [RJ; 8NewsNow]
  • As a follow up on our debate on the topic, according to the poll conducted by a national pollster, Lucy Flores is a viable candidate for lieutenant governor, though at present, she would still be edged out by Mark Hutchison
  • Here's a video made by some Boyd students about the relation back doctrine--an integral part of civil procedure? [Youtube via Above the Law]

Thursday, December 5, 2013

What The Definition of "Is" Is


  • Here's the latest RJ update on the Judge Steven Jones hearing. Jim Jimmerson began presenting Judge Jones' case and calling witnesses including Judge Jennifer Togliatti and Judge Gloria O'Malley who talked about they dealt with the repercussions of the incident. Jimmerson also put Lisa Willardson on the stand, who denied appearing before Jones in court while they were romantically involved. Things will get more interesting today when she faces cross-examination. [RJ]
  • Family Court marshal, Angel Barboza, is running for Clark County Sheriff and had a fundraising event last night. The I-Team obtained an invitation that appears to have been faxed from the family court's fax machine. [8NewsNow]
  • Nevada's Supreme Court (along with 41 other states and the District of Columbia) got an "F" grade with respect to their financial disclosures according to The Center for Public Integrity. [RJ]
  • Eminent domain ambulance chasers start your engines! NDOT provided more details last night on Project Neon, which will add lanes between Sahara and the Spaghetti Bowl and displace 345 residences and 445 businesses. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Freaking Cold


  • Surprise! O.J. Simpson's legal team filed a notice of appeal to the Supreme Court of Nevada. [RJ]
  • Day 2 of the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline v. Judge Steven Jones includes details about a court administrator who tried to broker a deal between Jones and former DA David Roger (oh, and said administrator had previously dated Lisa Willardson). [RJ]
  • The woman who is at the center of the investigation into Family Court marshals was set to testify yesterday, but then told she wasn't needed after waiting at the courthouse for two hours. [8NewsNow; RJ]
  • On Monday, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a large NY firm announced its annual bonus amounts. Read 'em and weep, literally. [Above the Law]

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Freaking Hot

In what is surely an unpleasant experience for everyone involved, the hearing for Judge Steven Jones before the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline commenced yesterday. The RJ has an article up with details from the day including when exactly the relationship between Jones and Lisa Willardsen allegedly started, how it came to light, and how that all might have violated the code of judicial conduct. Jones' attorney, Jim Jimmerson, said, "This case is about the independence of the judiciary over the bullying of the district attorney's office." Former DA David Roger, who took the stand yesterday, said about dealing with the situation as it arose, "All I wanted to do was get out of Dodge. I was 30 days from retirement." (But he also wanted to do the right thing.) Finally, it came out that in an email to one of the judge's assistants, Willardsen said Judge Jones was "freaking hot." (Might that explain how he made an appearance in the comments on our Lawyer Hot post earlier this year?)

For some interesting opinions from the public, see the comments at the RJ. What do you think? Is this being handled the right way? Is this rightfully getting a lot of attention or should it be more low key? Is there anything that upsets people more about this than the fact that Jones is suspended with pay for the last year while this takes place?

The hearing continues today and throughout the week.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Leftovers


  • Judge Steven Jones finally goes before the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline today. Among those expected to testify are Judge Jennifer Togliatti and former D.A. David Roger. [RJ]
  • One of our anonymous commenters was quoted in a Las Vegas Sun article about Judge Kathleen Delaney's green robe and her basset hound decor.
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada issued several opinions last week. One of those reversed a conviction because the prosecution showed a powerpoint slide that had the defendant's booking photo with the word "GUILTY" across it. [RJ]
  • In a split decision that came back to the Court after a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court upheld the Ethics Commission's censure of a councilman. [RJ]
  • The Court also held that sealed juvenile delinquency records cannot be used in subsequent proceedings. [RJ]
  • The Court also issued an opinion reinforcing Nevada's shield law for journalists. [RJ]

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013!

Well folks, what a great short week it's been! Hopefully most of you are already on the way to Grandma's house, but for those of you still at work, here are a couple of items to discuss. We'll be back on Monday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

  • Judge Linda Bell finally (read: some 6 months later) ruled that OJ Simpson will not get a new trial. His legal team at Pitaro & Fumo and Palm Law Firm vow to continue the fight. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Last week, we mentioned that some 2,900 people took advantage of Southern Nevada Project Homeless Connect. Looks like some people really took advantage of it and turned it into amnesty day. (Did no one really see that coming?) [8NewsNow]
  • Apparently, it can be quite difficult to get a speedy trial in Las Vegas. Do the judges grant too many continuances? [8NewsNow]
  • What do you think? Should Nevada be on the hook to pay for an inmate's genetic health condition when if she were on parole she would have private health insurance that would cover it? [RJ]
  • Clark County will be paying $38 million to a land-owning partnership for air rights and building height restrictions near the airport. Congrats to Robert Eisenberg who was at the helm for the win--but he and his clients still have to deal with prior counsel's claim to $14 million of that sum. [RJ]
  • Politician and lawyer Tick Segerblom has nobly offered to run against Brian Sandoval in next year's gubernatorial election "if no one else ran and people wanted me to run." [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada is set to release seven opinions today, including a follow up on Carrigan v. Commission on Ethics which already made one detour to the US Supreme Court.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Job Tips: Office Gifting

Since it's already kind of dead out there thanks to Thanksgiving and everyone (especially our support staff) is checking out the Black Friday deals online, we thought this was a good opportunity to open up the floor to your tips on office gifting. What are your rules for office gifting? Does it all depend on your bonus? Do you get something for everyone or just a choice few? Do you participate in the gift exchanges the staff do? Have you ever gotten your boss a gift? Are you expected to do so? (By the way, the first tip we'll throw out there is that you don't need to gift up.)

What tips and rules do you have for office gifts during the holidays?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Piece By Piece


  • Another Nevada inmate died--bringing the total to seven inmate deaths in two months...[Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada refused to delay the disciplinary hearing of Judge Steven Jones, noting that he failed to show "irreparable or serious injury." The disciplinary hearing is set to go forward on December 2. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
  • More details are surfacing about the family court marshal drama and the allegations surrounding Steve Rushfield. [RJ]
  • It looks like the Harmon will not go down in a blaze of glory. Rather, it will be taken down piece by piece. When, exactly, will depend on when MGM's insurance carrier for construction of the building completes its investigation into CityCenter's $393.8 million claim for the hotel as a total loss. [RJ]
  • U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer Dorsey denied Google's request to squash a subpoena and now someone from Google will take the stand in a federal racketeering trial. [RJ]
  • Jim Crockett is officially running for Judge Bixler's seat on the bench in Department 24. [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dogs & Cats Living Together--Mass Hysteria


  • Thanks to the Nevada Supreme Court, the "Shark Pimp," aka Laughlin Township Constable Jordan Ross, and his fellow constable in Henderson got a vote of confidence for continuing to offer their services in Las Vegas. The two were sued by lame duck Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura. [RJ
  • Visit DAStevewolfson.com and you can donate to District Attorney Steve Wolfson's campaign for election; visit DAWolfson.com and you can sign a petition asking DA Wolfson to allow DNA testing Kirstin Blaise Lobato. Guess which site DA Wolfson mentioned in his campaign video? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Another Nevada inmate has died--making this the sixth inmate death in the last two months...[Las Vegas Sun]
  • Family Court judges finalized 102 adoptions of foster children yesterday as part of National Adoption Day. [Fox5Vegas]
  • WHAT!?!?! The UNLV Rebels football team is bowl eligible. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • WHAT!?!?! It's raining. [8NewsNow]

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Great Expectations

With only a week until Thanksgiving and 33 days until Christmas, one thing is (un)certain for many lawyers this time of year: BONUSES! Although some of you may have already found out what kind of bonus you're getting this year, for many of us, that day is just around the corner and the anticipation is nearly unbearable. Here's your chance to weigh in with your expectations about what kind of Christmas you may be having this year. We'll check back later and see if your expectations were truly great.

What are your expectations with regard to a bonus this year?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thankful For Student Attorneys


  • Attorney Matthew Callister filed suit on Monday on behalf of eight plaintiffs affected by the tuberculosis at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center. [RJ]
  • The Clark County Commissioners are still considering increasing taxes for "More Cops"--although the matter was tabled at yesterday's meeting. [Fox5Vegas]
  • An estimated 2900 people took advantage of the Southern Nevada Project Homeless Connect at the Cashman Center yesterday. Among other essentials that were provided, bench warrants were quashed and fees totaling in the thousands were waived. [Las Vegas Sun
  • "Student attorneys" at Boyd's Immigration Clinic interviewed 29 immigration detainees at the Henderson Detention Center and report that 11 of those 29 were mistreated, called racial slurs, and/or denied access to their attorneys. [8NewsNow]
Ed. The RJ is reporting that a man that committed suicide at the Las Vegas LDS Temple last night is the son of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jay Bybee. Our condoleneces go out to Judge Bybee and his family.  More details at MyNews3.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thankful For Logic


  • Three local mayors would like to increase your property tax faster than state law allows because "limits on how fast tax bills can increase relative to property values are hindering recovery from the recession." Really!?! For who!?! [RJ]
  • Suspended Family Court Judge Steven Jones is making more efforts to move the scheduled hearing before the Commission on Judicial Discipline from next month to some time after the election filing deadline in January. The concern voiced by his attorney, Jim Jimmerson, is that if the commission wrongly proceeds with the hearing, the commission would have the ability to bar Jones from running for reelection. Isn't that a possibility if they rightly proceed as well? The commission's special counsel, Kathleen Paustian, said the commission has to move forward "so as not to impact the reputation of the judiciary and public confidence in the judiciary and the commission." Nice thought, but we may have passed that point a year ago. [RJ]
  • According to Jon Ralston, attorney/assemblywoman @LucyFlores has a national pollster checking on her chances as a potential candidate for lieutenant governor. Flores made national headlines earlier this year with her impassioned pleas for sex education reform. [Ralston Reports]
Finally, as most of you know, next week is Thanksgiving. For a number of reasons, local food banks are facing shortages with more requests for food and less available to give out to those in need. We encourage you to take those feelings of gratitude you've been expressing of late on Facebook and put them to action. Please consider helping those in need by donating food and/or money to local charities/food banks.

Monday, November 18, 2013

You Make The Call: The Right To Counsel

Attorney Stephen Stubbs found himself in the headlines again Friday after getting arrested for obstructing an officer while trying to represent a biker client who had been stopped for a traffic infraction. Stubbs, who is a tax lawyer, also represents several members of biker groups (like the Mongols) and was in the news earlier this year after a biker rally in Boulder City when he filed suit on their behalf against Metro. (He is also one of the parties in a Nevada Supreme Court opinion, Stubbs v. Strickland, from earlier this year on Anti-SLAPP filings.) The comments section to the article includes a video of his arrest.

So, what brilliant legal analysis do you have to offer? Was he within his legal rights? Does the procedure for handling your right to counsel differ when the attorney happens to be standing right there? Are the results different if he hadn't filed suit against Metro earlier this year?

Friday, November 15, 2013

French Renaissance Style

  • DA Steve Wolfson has called for an audit of payments made to witnesses--a practice he recently ended when it came to the attention of the media and public. The Sun is reporting that their own investigation into the payments is turning up a lot of potential problems including payments for hotel and airfare for people who didn't even testify. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The DA decided not to charge the owner of a gun that killed a teenage girl when it was accidentally discharged by one of her friends. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Clark County School District got sued in the Western District of Kentucky for copyright infringement because a book was scanned and put on the web. [RJ]
  • U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey appointed a defendant's fifth counsel in a case. [RJ
  • Last month we had a post about the nicest office in town and we may have the winner after the jump....

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Judicial Wish List

With only 40 days until Christmas and the official news yesterday that Judge Earl will retire after next year, its time to start talking about your judicial wish list. With a January 17, 2014, deadline for judicial candidate registration, now is the time to be convincing your peers to step up to the plate to sit on the bench. We all know how difficult it is to get our best and brightest to run, but maybe a little anonymous peer pressure on the Internet will get them to at least consider the possibility.

Who do you think should be running for district court judge or the Nevada Supreme Court next year?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Evading Service


  • Speaking of people who can't stay out of the news, Constable John Bonaventura, whose office was recently sued for sexual harassment, is apparently evading service. Ralston Reports has an email exchange between Bonaventura's attorney, Robert Pool, and opposing counsel Andrew Rempfer
  • Bringing up the Mormon question about Judge Doug Smith and Mark Hutchison seemed to help the case of some plaintiffs suing Health Plan of Nevada. Judge Elissa Cadish, who got the case after Smith withdrew, denied HPN's motion to dismiss. [RJ]
  • The formal investiture ceremony for U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey was held yesterday at the Smith Center. Did anyone go?
  • A Coronado high school student was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis...any relation to the TB outbreak at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center earlier this year? [MyNews3]
  • The gathering of one of our community's greatest brain trusts, the construction defects sweeps status hearings, start today. If anything exciting happens, let us know.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Probably Inappropriate


  • After getting caught with their proverbial "hand in the cookie jar," the DA's office is ending the practice of paying trial witnesses more than the $25 courthouse appearance fee and gas reimbursement to which they're entitled. DA Steve Wolfson's comment, "I will tell you that practice is probably inappropriate." [8NewsNow I-team]
  • Here's a puff piece on Dean Dan Hamilton. One of his more interesting comments, "Boyd is a great success story that is known in academia." [RJ]
  • In the hepatitis case against the Health Plan of Nevada, Gerald Gillock, attorney for two plaintiffs suing HPN, filed a motion to disqualify Judge Doug Smith. The basis for disqualification being that Mark Hutchison, who had joined the HPN legal team two months prior, was in a leadership position over Judge Smith in the Mormon church thereby creating a situation in which, allegedly, Smith's impartiality could be reasonably questioned. Both Smith and Hutchison subsequently withdrew from the case and the Supreme Court of Nevada refused to intervene upon HPN's request to reinstate Smith. Judge Smith, who has had a difficult time staying out of the news lately, is rumored to be retiring next year. [RJ]

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day 2013


We begin today by taking a moment to recognize those who have served in the Armed Forces. Thank you for your service and dedication to our great country.

Both federal and state courts are closed today, but on the chance that some of you are working, here is some news:
  • U.S. Magistrate George Foley, Jr. declined to dismiss the federal indictment against Judge Steven Jones. As pointed out by our commenters, judicial candidate Lisa Willardsen makes an appearance in the comments. [RJ]
  • Speaking of Ms. Willardsen, according to her Facebook page, Nevada Judicial Watch has changed its name to Nevada Judicial Guardian due to trademark concerns. 
  • Like the beginning of a mystery novel, another Nevada inmate died recently, bringing the total to six over the last two months...[RJ]
  • We already have our first set of contestants for the 2014 judicial election. Both Richard Scotti and Phung Jefferson have announced their campaign for the Department 2 bench being vacated by Valorie Vega.
  • From the Veterans in Politics Talk Show schedule we've learned that Jim Crockett and Amy Chelini are likely candidates for district court in 2014. Rumor has it that Crockett may be running for the seat on the bench being vacated by Judge James Bixler in Department 24.
  • Anyone else have any word on newly announced or about-to-announce candidates?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Surprise, Judge!


  • Robert Cottle, Matthew Minucci, and Ryan Dennett are representing a man who lost his wife and infant twin daughters after the Summerlin Hospital Medical Center failed to test for tuberculosis. [RJ; 8NewsNow]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court upheld a $250,000 award to the family of a man who was killed when a Metro officer ran a red light. [RJ; LVMPD v. Yeghiazarian]
  • Nearly monopolistic NV Energy announced that it plans to join a California energy sharing network that could reduce your power bills next year. [Vegas Inc.]
  • The I-Team reports that Nevada's Department of Administration failed to file state employee tax forms correctly for the last 27 years and now the IRS wants that money. This means that some local judges have been getting emails from Carson City telling them, "Surprise, you owe several thousand dollars in back taxes!" [8NewsNow]

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sanctioned

Today's topic is simple, have you (not your client) ever been sanctioned? Did you deserve it? Where is the law library that benefits from all those sanctions?


Have you ever been sanctioned?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The News Racks Are Safe For Now...


  • The Clark County Commissioners took no action on banning Strip news racks. One of the opponents of the proposed ban is attorney Dominic Gentile, who also publishes an Italian-American newspaper. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The City of Henderson has given its City Attorney, Josh Reid, a three-year contract extension and a $6,000 raise. [RJ]
  • Attorneys Don Campbell and Dan Carvalho shared the media spotlight before the Supreme Court yesterday in oral arguments for the Crazy Horse II case. [RJ]
  • The Northern Nevada Correctional Center had four inmates die last month and they aren't releasing the causes of death, drawing the attention of civil rights activists. [Las Vegas Sun
  • Not surprisingly, the unarmed man who was shot by a Metro officer at a 7-11 last month has decided to sue.  Even less surprising, he is represented by attorneys Cal Potter and Joseph Reiff. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Job Tips: Performance Evaluations

It's that time of year again when many of you will be given an opportunity to "self-evaluate" your performance over the last year. While the approach you take to doing these evaluations will largely depend on your specific situation, we imagine that most of you know better than to evaluate yourself as above average in all categories. Likewise, you know better than to score yourself low across the board. What tips or tricks do you have for successfully navigating the tricky waters of self-evaluations? What kind of impact do these types of reviews have on you? Do you have any horror stories or words of wisdom for those facing their first review?

Also, what advice do you have for another aspect of performance evaluations:  doing them for other attorneys, paralegals, or secretaries who work under you? Is there ever a better opportunity to make friends? Or can you score more points by attacking them or building them up through constructive criticism?


Monday, November 4, 2013

Firm Spotlight: Smith Larsen & Wixom

Since the Las Vegas Business Press decided to do an article on one of their partners, Mike Wixom, we thought we'd start off the week by putting the firm spotlight on Smith Larsen & Wixom. With nine attorneys, this firm focuses on both litigation and transactional work, with emphasis on: banking, business, commercial, contracts, personal injury/product liability, and appellate law.

So, what can you tell us about SLW? Ever worked with them or for them? Any idea on pay/billable hours? Are bowties a required part of the dress code?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sweet November

Family Court Judge Cynthia Giuliani dressed up like a fairy godmother yesterday to finalize eight adoptions. While it never hurts to get a little free publicity leading up to a election year, it's also nice to see a story about something good happening in our courts. Far too often we focus solely on the antics of the few and neglect to mention when good things are happening. Hopefully, there is far more good going on than we hear about in the press.

Today is November which means the year is starting to wind down. In the coming weeks, we'll be looking at end-of-the-year reviews, the best and worst holiday parties, and talking about raises and BONUSES! For those of you who recently passed the bar and are looking for work, keep looking (here's a resource for finding legal jobs in Las Vegas--hiring will slow down a little around the holidays, but will pick up again in January). For those of you who are thinking about running for judge, judicial candidate pre-registration is open. Finally, for those of you who aspire to something more, Above the Law has a piece on the lawyers/law grads who made the Forbes list of the World's Most Powerful People.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013


  • District Attorney Steve Wolfson officially kicked off his campaign yesterday with one of the biggest endorsements you can get in Vegas--Rick Harrison from Gold & Silver Pawn. [RJ]
  • Robert Langford (potential opposition for Wolfson next year) and Thomas Ericsson were appointed to represent Ammar Harris after the Public Defender's office withdrew its representation. [RJ]
  • The Harbor Cove HOA got a $65,000 penalty for refusing to allow a family to park an ambulance in their driveway that was needed to take their son to and from medical appointments lying down. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The FAA has decided it is time to end the long national nightmare--you no longer have to put away your Ipad during takeoff or landing. No word on when this will go into effect, so tread lightly. [Fox5Vegas]
  • For those of you who missed the Craig P. Kenny annual party or those of you who enjoyed yourselves a bit too much at the party, the pictures are posted here.
  • Remember to be smart tonight--there will be lots of trick or treaters running to and fro--and if you drink, don't drive.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The District Attorney

The Las Vegas Sun has a puff piece on District Attorney Steve Wolfson as he kicks off his 2014 campaign today. He handles the softball questions like a seasoned pro.

As you may recall, Wolfson was appointed DA in 2012 after David Roger stepped down--meaning Wolfson was not necessarily the choice of the people. You have had a year and a half to see how he has done in the position and we want to know what you think? Is he living up to your expectations? If not, why? What qualifications do you need to be a DA? Who do you think should run for DA? Does the DA have to have criminal law background or can any old civil litigation attorney step in and get the job done? Is the job as much about the law as about being smart in running a business?

Should Clark County retain Steve Wolfson as district attorney next year?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Second Highest


  • 80% of the Boyd students who took the Nevada bar for the first time in July passed--that's the second highest pass rate for the school since it was founded. [UNLV]
  • The Public Defender's office was granted its request to withdraw as counsel for Ammar Harris--who has said he plans on suing the office for violating his civil rights while representing him. Harris will get a less than speedy trial now that he will have attorneys coming in a month before the trial date. [RJ]
  • Sheriff Doug Gillespie and Commissioner Steve Sisolak have toned down their rhetoric about the LVPPA arbitration, with Gillespie acknowledging that it was less than transparent. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Metro announced a $1.5 million settlement with the widow of Stanley Gibson--the veteran killed by a Metro officer. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada officially launches its new website today. You have to admit that some Nevada courts do a pretty good job of staying up to date on technology. [Supreme.nvcourts.gov]

Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday, October 28


  • The Public Defender's office is seeking to withdraw from its representation of Ammar Harris. [RJ]
  • Is Clark County going to ban all newsracks on the Strip? [RJ]
  • Attorney Gregory Kamer is advising the district court on how to deal with the FBI investigation into the family court. [RJ]
  • More lawsuits against Metro means an increasing number of expensive settlements. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • After eight long years, UNLV finally beat UNR again! [RJ]

Friday, October 25, 2013

Nevada Day, Observed

Happy Nevada Day, Observed! Hopefully some of you are taking it a little bit easier today with state courts closed and school kids running amuck. For those of you stuck at work, here are a few items:
  • Judge Valerie Adair sentenced 63-year old Dr. Dipak Desai to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 18 years. Co-defendant and nurse anesthetist Ronald Lakeman got 8-21 years. [RJ]
  • US District Judge James Mahan sentenced suspended lawyer Stanley Walton to 41 months in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme. [RJ]
  • Clark County Prosecutor Teresa Lowry has decided to run for the state senate seat currently held by attorney Michael Roberson. [Ralston Reports]
  • As one of our commenters noted yesterday, Lisa Willardson, the attorney behind Nevada Judicial Watch, has announced that she will be trying to unseat Judge Jennifer Elliot over in the Family Court. As you will recall, there was some controversy about Willardson being behind Nevada Judicial Watch, but a quick trip to her Facebook page (you have to be logged in to see all the good stuff) confirms that she is its owner/editor. (There is also a nice picture of her and Judge Steven Jones). By poking around, you can also discover that Roger Giuliani and Romeo Perez will also be judicial candidates for the Family Court.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Boyd Ranked Higher Than BYU & Utah?

A website called Tipping the Scales, a site whose mission is to be a must-read destination for law school applicants, recently debuted its ranking of the top 50 law schools. Thanks to a tip from one of you, we learned that UNLV fared pretty well on this list--coming it at number 27 and beating out BYU at number 34 and Utah at number 43. We'll let you discuss the merits of the gravity-defying ranking method, but props to Boyd for being that high on somebody's list.

Speaking of lists, Desert Companion recently issued its list of top lawyers in Nevada (around page 79). While the list was nothing exciting, Boyd thought it was and made an attempt at identifying Boyd Professors and Alumni that made the list.  

So, how are things at Boyd these days? Is Dean Dan Hamilton, author of this article in Nevada Lawyer, having any impact on things? Any word on what percentage of Boyd students passed this most recent bar exam? Did very many firms show up for OCI?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Sixty-Six Percent


  • Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was in town last night for Red Mass. There is a picture of him at the Mass, but nothing on what happened at his keynote address. Anyone care to fill us in? [RJ]
  • Here's a piece about "Deputized Attorney Robert Pool" getting sanctioned for his handling of a lawsuit for Constable John Bonaventura in the turf wars case involving the Shark Pimp. Commenters say the article doesn't have the facts right, can someone set us straight? Also, what's a deputized attorney? [RJ]
  • The jury in the Saudi airman rape trial got to hear attorney and erstwhile judicial candidate Don Chairez deliver a rendition of most of the plot of Lawrence of Arabia in his closing argument before prosecutors objected. The article mentions that his better judgment prevented him from reciting the plot of his other choice, The Hangover. Jury deliberations continue today. [Las Vegas Sun
  • Here's the list of the 66% that passed the July 2013 Nevada Bar Exam. Any guesses on what percent of the 66% are already employed? 
  • For those soon-to-be new licensed attorneys not already employed, it looks like Greenberg Traurig might be hiring--if you're interested in being involved in their new "residency" program where you get less pay AND have a lower billable hour requirement. [Above the Law

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

July 2013 Bar Exam Results


  • The unofficial results from the July 2013 Nevada Bar Exam will be posted online later today. Congratulations for those that passed and keep your chin up for those who didn't. Ed. Results are up--66% pass rate with 233 new admittees.
  • The LVPPA issued a memo, co-authored by Kathy Collins and former DA David Roger, responding to the memo by Mary-Anne Miller about the legality of that arbitration award that gave Metro a pay raise. They don't agree. [Ralston Reports]
  • Speaking of Metro, an officer shot a man last night that he mistook for a suspect. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A California lawyer, John Thornton, has teamed up with local attorney Peter Wetherall to sue Sunrise Hospital for buying cardiac drugs from an unaccredited compounding pharmacy which allegedly led to the death of two children in 2012. [RJ]
  • It's National Pro Bono Week. You can find a list of local events going on this week at the bottom of the page here
  • Our condolences go out to the families of the victims of the shootings at Bally's and Sparks Middle School yesterday. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Is In The Air


  • Here's a summary (and a little more detail) about the FBI's investigation into the drama at family court. [RJ]
  • The St. Thomas More Society of Nevada is sponsoring its second annual Red Mass tomorrow.  It will be followed by the Society's annual gala which features a keynote address from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. [RJ]
  • Spread the word, if you get a call from someone telling you that you missed jury duty and have to pay up, it is probably a scam. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Culinary Union Local 226 workers protesting outside the Cosmopolitan are harassing tourists exercising their First Amendment rights? [Fox5Vegas
  • Get ready for downtown to be a mess this weekend due to the Life is Beautiful festival. [RJ]

Friday, October 18, 2013

On News, Rumors, Gossip, Etc.

As was so astutely pointed out by a commenter yesterday morning, the blog has had a lot more news and etc. lately than it has had rumors and gossip. When this blog started up, we warned you that we would probably not be able to live up to our predecessors--especially in terms of rumors and gossip. We've done our best though to keep the news and etc. posts going because of the opportunity it gives the legal community to discuss and comment on what is going on in Las Vegas. Fostering that feeling of a legal community was part of the reason this blog was started.

The blog continues to get more and more traffic. With a little help from a mention at Above the Law yesterday, we had one of our busiest days yet with almost 1300 site views. Would we love to have more rumors and gossip? You bet! But as we've mentioned before, we can't post juicy rumors and gossip without your support. (Is this starting to sound too much like an NPR funding drive?) Please drop us a line if you've got something to share. Or, if you prefer, just leave your anonymous tip in the comments. Do you have a great idea for a post or want to be a guest poster? Let us know. Want your firm to be the focus of a firm spotlight? Let us know. Got a scenario you want us to present as a job tip? Send it in. Has your firm started prepping you for extra big or small bonuses this year? We wanna know. Is a partner, or better yet an associate, in your office getting ready to run for district judge? Please share.

Now, please sit back and enjoy several comments which are sure to have the juiciest rumors and gossip yet...

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Up and Running


  • Congress got the government running in the nick of time, but with Nevada's delegation split on the measure by a vote of 4-2. [RJ]
  • The Metro officer who shot Gulf War veteran Stanley Gibson was fired; appeals/lawsuits are possible. Fox5Vegas has video of an interview with the officer and his side of the story. [RJ; 8NewsNow]
  • To back up his suspicions about the legality of the police pay raise arbitration, Commissioner Steve Sisolak got county counsel Mary-Anne Miller to write a memo on everything that was wrong with the process. Turns out there are several issues. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline announced the appointment of Paul Deyhle, of McDonald Carano's Reno office, as its new executive director and general counsel. [RJ]
  • Justin Teixeira, who is still awaiting the results of the California bar, was sentenced to 190 days of boot camp. [RJ]
  • It looks like some changes will be coming to family court, including domestic violence education and sensitivity training. Apparently, the reform is being led by Judge Frank Sullivan. Anyone seen the memo with the rest of the changes? [8NewsNow]

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Deadline To Default


  • Congress is one day of failed negotiations away from potentially putting the U.S. in default on its debts. Are national debts dischargeable in bankruptcy? [USA Today]
  • William S. Reed, a Colorado lawyer, who was taking advantage of Nevada's favorable corporations laws to hide assets for clients, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Phillip Pro to 108 months in prison and ordered to pay $40 million in restitution for conspiracy to defraud the U.S., aggravated identity theft, and attempted tax evasion. [RJ]
  • The Clark County DA's office ruled that an officer involved in a fatal shooting last November acted lawfully, keeping the streak of officer-favorable rulings alive. [8NewsNow; RJ]
  • The DA's office also decided not to prosecute two nurses who were fired in connection with the death of a 2-month old at Sunrise Hospital. [RJ]
  • According to an informal poll conducted by Jon Ralston, Lucy Flores is the current favorite to be the Democratic Party's candidate for lieutenant governor. If that is what happens, it could set up a potential face off against Mark Hutchison. [Ralston Reports]
  • Justin Teixeira, the UC Berkeley law student who pleaded guilty to killing Turk the bird, has a sentencing hearing set before Judge Stefany Miley today. [MyNews3, Dist. Ct. Case No. C289436] Ed. Teixeira was ordered to boot camp at Nevada High Desert State Prison for 6 months, after which he will return to court April 14, 2014, for evaulation and further determinations regarding sentencing and/or parole. [8NewsNow; Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Firm Spotlight: Pisanelli Bice

Time to turn the ol' firm spotlight on Pisanelli Bice. Founded in 2010 by Jim Pisanelli and Todd Bice, the firm already has a number of high-profile clients and focuses on meeting the complex litigation needs of those clients. Currently employing 10 attorneys, the firm's practice areas include:  litigation, health care, hotels and gaming, election, construction, and appellate law. They're even in the news today as counsel for Fremont St. Experience LLC in this RJ article on Judge Elizabeth "Betsy" Gonzalez's Friday night field trip to Fremont St.

So, what have been your experiences with this firm so far? Does their reputation proceed them? Are they a formidable foe? Are they good to work for? Is the pay good?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Rebels On A Roll


  • So, how many of you were at the party Friday night? Any good gossip to share?
  • Naturally, Sheriff Doug Gillespie denied any collusion with an arbitrator. [RJ]
  • Nevada Assembly Majority Leader and attorney William Horne, caught the attention of the local press by representing a client at a public hearing related to the medical marijuana regulation law he helped pass earlier this year. The article includes a brief discussion of the ethical implications--pay attention, this will be on the quiz. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's a discussion about the DA's practice of paying witnesses to attend pretrial meetings with prosecutors, but not keeping receipts of the payments. Anyone have any further insight on this? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Miracle of miracles! The UNLV football team has its first regular season 4-game winning streak since 1984. While it is unlikely to continue next week at Fresno St., bowl eligibility is now on their minds. [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, October 11, 2013

Excuses, Excuses

  • Craig P. Kenny & Associates' 17th Annual Open House is tonight.
  • Attorney Robert Flummerfelt is representing a Hawaiaan woman in her suit against Boyd Gaming for discrimination against her when employees confronted her coming out of a ladies' restroom thinking she was a man. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • County Commissioner Steve Sisolak thinks there was some collusion between Sheriff Doug Gillespie, the police union, and arbitrator Robert Perkovich to secure a pre-determined outcome before an arbitration took place that resulted in raises for officers. That might explain why they went all the way to Illinois to pick an arbitrator. [RJ]
  • Finally a list where Nevada is neither first, nor last:  lawyers per capita. Nevada ranks 42nd with a mere 24.83 lawyers per 10,000 people (until bar exam results come out in a few weeks). [The Law School Tuition Bubble via Above the Law]
  • Only one public defender per customer, Leon Benzer! The alleged mastermind behind the HOA scandal's current lawyer Daniel Albregts argued that a second attorney was necessary to handle all the evidence in play. Magistrage George Foley, Jr. disagreed. [RJ]
  • Five months after the evidentiary hearing, Judge Linda Marie Bell issued a statement that she is still working on a ruling in O.J. Simpson's attempt at getting a new trial. No indication on when to expect it. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • National Pro Bono Week is coming up and on October 23, 2013, LACSN is sponsoring a pro-bono Ask-a-Lawyer event. Volunteer attorneys are needed to provide counsel and advice for all areas of civil law. If you have two hours of time you can spare that morning, contact Sara Freest at sfreest@lacsn.org or (702) 386-1070 ext. 1444.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Family Court: Beyond Thunderdome


  • More trouble in Family Court as a man seeks $20 million in damages for alleged use of excessive force when marshals slammed him into the concrete. The article includes a 911 call recording with a witness reporting that two officers slammed the guy and that an ambulance is needed ASAP because the guy might be dead. [RJ]
  • Looks like Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is about to pay $1.5 million to the widow of the disabled veteran who was shot and killed by an officer two years ago. The article mentions the widow has lawyers, but not who they are. Nice work though. [RJ]
  • Attorney David Mincin got his client, a widow whose husband died after being shoved, $108,000 in punitive damages after the wife of the shover tried to hide assets. [RJ]
  • After his recent sentencing, Harvey Whittemore's law license was suspended and he will go before the Disciplinary Board. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • So far, 28 people have tested positive for tuberculosis after exposure to a contagious mother at Summerlin Hospital this summer. First lawsuit in 3, 2, 1....[8NewsNow; Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Nicest Office In Town

Location, location, location? Grand lobbies and conference rooms? Multiple corner offices with a Strip/mountain view? Basketball courts? What makes for a "nice" office and who do you think has the nicest office in town?

Monday, October 7, 2013

Judicial Candidate Pre-Registration

It's hard to believe it's that time again already, but Clark County Judicial Candidate Pre-Registration opened last week. While the official registration is January 6-17, 2014, this is your opportunity to get all your paperwork lined up ahead of time. Along with preregistration, the County has issued the 2014 Judicial Candidate Guide which answers most questions you might have including what qualifications you need to run for judicial office as well as the campaign finance laws governing your candidacy.

According to the Judicial Candidate Guide, all district court judgeships, including those in the family court division are up for grabs. There are also two Supreme Court Justice seats available if you think you can beat Justice Kris Pickering or Justice Mark Gibbons. (Visit the Nevada Secretary of State election page for information on how to challenge them.) Additionally, there are a total of five justice of the peace positions (two each in Las Vegas and Henderson townships, and one in North Las Vegas).

For those of you unsure about whether you meet the time requirements to qualify as a judicial candidate, we suggest reading In the Matter of the Challenge to the Candicacy of Amber Lynn Candelaria, 126 Nev. Adv. Op. 40 (2010).


Friday, October 4, 2013

The Busiest Supreme Court In The Land

My what a busy Supreme Court Nevada has! Yesterday, they churned out what must have surely been a record number of opinions and even introduced the beta version of their new website. We have a few of the highlights after the jump:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Shutdown


  • The I-Team is reporting that the FBI hauled out boxes of court internal affairs documents on Monday in its investigation into abuse by family court marshals. Anyone heard anything else about what's going on? [8NewsNow]
  • The County Commissioners opted not to raise taxes for more cops. [RJ]
  • The owner of the D Las Vegas was the winner (and only bidder) of the auction for the old Clark County Courthouse. The price--a paltry $10 million. So far, he isn't saying what he plans to do with it other than demolish it. [RJ, Fox5Vegas]
  • A group of Nevada World War II veterans will take their honor flight to DC to see the memorial even if the government remains shutdown. [RJ]
  • Speaking of the shutdown, are any of you seeing any of the effects of it in your lives yet? Any rumors on when courts will actually start being affected? Any proposal on how to end the shutdown? Any suggestions on how to prevent this from happening again?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Opportunities Are Endless


  • The government is shutdown as Congress continues "negotiations" over the budget. The good news is federal courts will remain operational for at least 10 days before they have to begin furloughs. [Guardian]
  • Developer/lobbyist/attorney Harvey Whittemore was sentenced to 24 months in prison for illegal campaign contributions. [RJ]
  • A defamation action filed by Sheldon Adelson against the National Jewish Democratic Council was dismissed yesterday in New York. See, venue is important. [RJ]
  • More than 150 new Nevada state laws went into effect today. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Supreme Court overturned Judge Michael Villani's dismissal of charges against former UMC Hospital chief, Lacy Thomas. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Clark County Commissioners decide today whether to increase taxes for "More Cops." [8NewsNow]
  • The old Clark County Courthouse goes on the auction block today at 10:00 a.m. Could this be the site of your new office? Or a new Starbucks? Or some decent lunchtime fare? One can hope. [8NewsNow]

Monday, September 30, 2013

Craig P. Kenny & Associates 17th Annual Open House

Here's your official invitation to everyone's favorite fall party in Las Vegas:


Friday, September 27, 2013

Happy Hour Networking

An important part of being a lawyer is networking. Pretty much everyone has to do it for one reason or another and one of the best opportunities is through happy hour. Happy hours come in all shapes and sizes, but we want to know what you think makes a successful happy hour. Do you go to any and all or are you selective and only go to ones sponsored by certain individuals/companies? What are the best bars/restaurants in town for happy hour? Does your firm do happy hour? Any great stories about drunken judges at happy hour?

On a related note, someone's happy hour sense is tingling and they want to know the date and time of Craig P. Kenny's annual party. Anyone know the details for this years festivities?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Try, Try Again


  • Attorney Matthew Callister filed a class action suit against the Regional Transportation Commission regarding the location of death trap bus stops. The commenters are not impressed. [8NewsNow]
  • Would you like a raise? Why not try arbitration? It worked for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association. [RJ]
  • Brian Greenspun's second attempt at getting a TRO to prevent a deal that may eliminate the Sun was rejected for not being ripe. Now he's headed to the 9th circuit according to his special anti-trust lawyer Joseph Alioto. You know what they say about if at first you don't succeed... [RJ, Las Vegas Sun, RalstonReports]

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Senior Judges

Pursuant to Article 6, Section 19 of the Nevada Constitution, the Chief Justice can recall to service any retired justice or judge of the court system who consents to such recall and who has not been removed or retired for cause or defeated for retention in office--in other words, that section is the basis for the current senior judge program

We want to hear about your thoughts on the current use of senior judges. Have you had good experiences or bad experiences when faced with a senior judge? Are there any senior judges to avoid? Any recommendations on improving their involvement at the district court level?


What do you think about the use of senior judges?