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?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gluttons For Punishment


  • Here's a look at some of the things getting confiscated at the courthouse security checkpoint. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Metro is moving forward with a plan to start using body cams on officers, with only new officers being required to wear them. Older officers will have a choice whether to document their every move. Gee, wonder what they'll do? At least Metro shooting cases look to get a little more interesting in the future. [8NewsNow]
  • "Pinches Taco," a restaurant slated to open in the downtown Container Park in November is creating controversy with its potentially offensive name. [Vegas Inc.]
  • An article about Judge Jennifer Togliatti says she has no comment on the ongoing FBI investigations of current and former family court marshals. [RJ]

Monday, September 23, 2013

Better Call Saul!

For those of you not watching Breaking Bad, one of the more popular recurring characters is a criminal defense lawyer named Saul Goodman played by comic actor Bob Odenkirk. He's the type of lawyer with the commercials and bus stops ads proclaiming his catchphrase, "Better call Saul!" He is also Walter White's go to guy for all of his legal needs. The character is so well liked that it was recently announced a prequel series is being made based on Saul.

That leads us to today's topic:  If you were in a situation where you needed a criminal defense attorney here in Vegas, who would you call?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Court Jester


  • Brian Greenspun is making a second attempt at getting a TRO to stop the RJ from shutting down the Sun and gaining a monopoly on Las Vegas news. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Several hundred Southern Nevada attorneys will be at Chateau nightclub tonight to be recognized as Top Lawyers. [Vegas Inc.]
  • The new iPhones are here! Expect to see your favorite attorneys flashing the new gold 5s anytime now. [ABC News]
  • A New Jersey judge resigned after the NJ Supreme Court ruled that his comedy and acting career was incompatible with his position on the bench. [RJ]
Speaking of court jesters, which of our local judges do you think would most likely find success as a comedian?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Know When To Fold Them


  • Judge Steven Jones gets at least another three months of salary while suspended as his disciplinary hearing is now set for December 2, 2013. That should enable the commission to make a decision in time for Judge Jones to decide whether to try and be retained in next fall's election. [RJ]
  • Presiding Family Court Judge Gloria Sanchez O'Malley announced that she will not be seeking to be retained next year, opening up a(nother) spot on the family court bench. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Clark County Commissioner approved an $820,000 budget item for creating a new entrance to the RJC for traffic court in an effort to shorten lines to enter the hallowed hall of justice. The entrance will be modeled after the marriage license bureau on the south end of the building. Yay for progress! [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Boxing judge CJ Ross decided to take some time off after handing in a controversial scorecard that arguably did not reflect the reality of the Mayweather fight. Maybe some of our local judges should follow her lead? [8NewsNow]

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Boyd Grads Are Thriving


  • Springsteen fan and new Boyd School of Law "Dean Dan" Hamilton discusses the state of job market and Boyd grads in that market. Are Boyd grads really "thriving?" Is gaming law really the answer? Does Boyd really need to grow? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Glenn Lerner was ordered by a Louisiana judge to show why he shouldn't be disqualified from representing affected by the BP oil spill. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Despite being a lame duck, Sheriff Doug Gillespie is still pushing for the More Cops tax and County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani says the numbers Gillespie is using in support of his argument about the numbers of cops is duplicitous. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The I-team is reporting that the investigation into family court marshals is growing with three Clark County administrative employees--including a staff attorney--served with federal grand jury summons last Friday. [8NewsNow]
  • The Culinary Workers Union is suggesting a strike is possible in the near future. [8NewsNow]

Monday, September 16, 2013

OCI At UNLV

One of our commenters has a question the status of on-campus interviewing at UNLV. Is this still a thing? Does your firm participate in OCI? Which firms do? What do our Boyd readers think of the process? Did any Boyd grads have any success with OCI?

By the way, congratulations to the UNLV football team for coming from 21 points behind to beat a team they were favored to beat in the first place. Is this the beginning of a winning streak?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday The 13th, 2013


  • Glenn Lerner is allegedly in trouble in New Orleans because former FBI director Louis Freeh says there is evidence that Lerner and three other attorneys attempted to corrupt the BP oil spill settlement process. The Heavy Hitter is being represented by Dominic Gentile of Gordon & Silver. [RJ]
  • Jon Ralston says that current Secretary of State Ross Miller appears to have been annointed as Nevada's next attorney general. [Ralston Reports]
  • The Nevada Policy Research Institute is appealing Judge Doug Smith's ruling that the email addresses of Clark County teachers are not public information. [RJ]
  • Zappos' move downtown and the resurgence(?) of Fremont St. could make for an interesting experiment with local code enforcement and civil rights. [RJ]
  • The Reno Gazette Journal pulled a cathartic obituary placed by the children of a less than stellar mother who recently passed away. Practice tip: the dead have no cause of action for defamation. [Fox5Vegas]
  • UNLV president wants the school to be a Tier 1 research facility in the next 5-10 years. No word on his ambitions for Boyd. [MyNews3]
  • The case of Mayweather v. Alvarez is set for trial tomorrow night. Are any of you taking clients as a marketing tool?
  • UNLV is set to take on Central Michigan in what could be its first winnable game of the season. Is there any hope?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Legal Research (Poll)

A few weeks ago we asked about your preferences for legal research. Today we are asking that question again with the assistance of a poll.


Where do you turn first for your legal research needs?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

12 Years Ago Today

We want to start by taking a moment to remember that 12 years ago today was September 11, 2001. Our thoughts are with those who lost loved ones that day and all those others impacted by those tragic events. Never forget.

Meanwhile, in Las Vegas...
  • Senior Judge Charles McGee (who?) ruled that fired family court marshal Ron Fox can sue Clark County for improper termination. For clarification (because it is hard to keep all the marshal stories straight), Fox was involved in the story with hearing master Patricia Doninger and regarding allegations that Fox improperly touched a woman while Doninger ignored her pleas for help. [8NewsNow]
  • The City of San Francisco finally sued the State of Nevada over patient dumping. [8NewsNow]
  • Is Fremont St. turning into a police state on Friday nights? Does anyone care? [Vegas Inc.]
  • Metro has installed 37 HD cameras on the Strip from the Las Vegas sign to Sahara. What happens here stays here and is recorded by Metro. [RJ]
  • At the preliminary hearing for the fake missionaries, prosecutors the "victim" of the home invasion was dealing drugs. [RJ]
  • Two of the charges against the Sovereign Citizens accused of plotting to kill a Metro officer were dropped. They still face a conspiracy charge. [RJ]
  • The RJ's Glenn Cook (@Glenn_CookNV) claims Lisa Willardsen is behind Nevada Judicial Watch (@Nevadajudiciary
 


Monday, September 9, 2013

Best Plaintiff Firm In Town

Simple question:  which is the best plaintiff firm in town? We don't mean the best place to work, we mean the best legal counsel. In other words, if you had a claim, where would you go for representation and why? We won't limit the responses to any one practice area, but please identify a specific one if you think that distinction needs to be made. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Scales Of Justice


  • The Justice Department is starting an investigation into the termination of the Sun/RJ joint operating agreement. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Colleen McCarty had her last day with the I-Team as she leaves for the law. [8NewsNow-Video]
  • Reddit has a conversation going on about what makes a good lawyer "good." [Reddit]
  • In reporting on Gerry Zobrist's sentencing, the RJ opted to focus on his wife's understandably emotional reaction. The comments section contains a variety of opinions on the outcome and raises at least one good question--what will the State Bar of Nevada's reaction be to this. (Currently, he is still listed as active.) [RJ]
So, what is your opinion on Zobrist's sentence. He got what the US Attorney and federal sentencing guidelines recommended, but was it too much? Anyone have any idea where he'll serve out his sentence? Will he be disbarred? Will he ever be able to pay the $31 million restitution? He has until December to report to prison, but when will he go? 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

300,000


  • The City of North Las Vegas wised up and prevented a lot of litigation and other problems by deciding not to use eminent domain to help underwater homeowners. [RJ]
  • A class action suit is being filed against Yelp for hiding the 5 star reviews unless a business pays a fee. Are any of your firms reviewed on Yelp? [MyNews3]
  • Former Assistant Sheriff Ted Moody has joined former constable Bobby Gronauer and former police officer Laurie Bisch in announcing their candidacies for Clark County Sheriff. [RJ]
  • Barring any other delays, Gerry Zobrist's sentencing hearing is scheduled for this morning at 10:30 a.m. As was noted in the comments yesterday, a motion seeking departure from the federal sentencing guidelines was filed asking to lower the level by an amount that would result in a minimal reduction of whatever sentence he receives. 
  • UPDATE:  As reported in the comments and by MyNews3, Judge Mahan sentenced Gerry Zobrist to 87 months (7.25 years), 5 years of supervised release, and ordered Zobrist to pay approximately $31 million in restitution.

Finally, sometime earlier this morning we got our 300,000th page view--just a little over two months after hitting 250,000. That means we have more people than ever reading and participating. We hope that you enjoy the blog and will continue to participate in the valuable discussions about the Las Vegas legal community. If you have any suggestions for how we can make it better or have ideas for posts, please let us know.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Who Goes To Court The Most?

One thing a lot of people don't realize is that not all attorney jobs are the same. Some of us are in court a lot, while some of us are almost never in court. How often are you in court? Which area of law do you think spends the most time actually in court? If you want to be a litigator that is frequently in front of judges what area of practice should you be in?


How often do you go to court?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Firm Spotlight: De Castroverde Law Group

Inspired by the picture below, today's firm spotlight is on the De Castroverde Law Group. Started in 2005 by two brothers, Alex and Orlando, following in the footsteps of their Cuban-born father, the DCLG serves both Spanish and English-speaking clients. The firm has a number of discrete practice areas that generally fall under the categories of personal injury, criminal defense, and immigration law. According to the website, they currently have 6 attorneys. They even recently expanded their office space

Anyone ever worked for or with this firm? Ever been opposite them in trial? Any thoughts on their increasingly prevalent advertising? 



Photo source: http://imgur.com/z4HJgiU