Thursday, July 31, 2014

Post-Bar/Summer Vacation 2014

The Thursday of bar exam week always brings back a flurry of emotions. Recollections of relief at having finished that beast and a reminder of that great post-bar exam vacation. Last year, we asked about vacation ideas on a budget, but this year let's have no such limits. What vacation are you planning or dreaming of taking? What did you after the bar exam to celebrate? Did you head for another kind of bar? Maybe the beach? Europe or Asia maybe? Are you still planning on squeezing in a vacation before the summer is over?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Grand Master


  • No word from anyone in Nevada being affected by it, but apparently Day 1 of the bar exam was a nightmare for many bar takers who opted to use their computer instead of handwrite. It appears that some takers were unable to upload their answers to ExamSoft. Oh the horror. Above The Law has full coverage of the crisis in bar exam land.
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge George Foley Jr. ordered federal authorities to get medical treatment for a key defendant in the HOA scandal case. [RJ]
  • As mentioned in the comments yesterday, a Nye County rancher faces a huge judgment because her attorney, Harry Kuehn, didn't answer some requests for admission, even after being sanctioned by the court. [RJ]
  • The Clark County DA's office got its first conviction under new sex trafficking laws. [8NewsNow]

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pencils Down


  • Good luck to all those taking the bar exam today!
  • Clark County Public Defender Christy Craig is calling attention to Nevada's lagging efforts at getting treatment for mentally ill offenders. [RJ]
  • North Las Vegas Municipal Judge Catherine Ramsey (already at odds with the city) has sued the city over their duty to defend her in a lawsuit against her for wrongful termination. [RJ]
  • Former Boulder City Police Chief Tom Finn, who was ousted over a year ago, is still speaking out Boulder City public officials, including City Attorney Dave Olsen (he who was an expert witness for his son in an unlawful arrest action against the city). [8NewsNow]
  • Meanwhile, another (tangential) figure in the Boulder City picture, Stephen "Bowtie" Stubbs, is the defendant in an alleged malpractice action. [EJDC Case No. A-14-703315-C)
  • Lucy Flores got the sole endorsement for Lieutenant Governor from the Latin Chamber of Commerce--after preliminary reports that they would endorse both Flores and her opponent, Mark Hutchison. [RJ]

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fist Bump


  • The Supreme Court of Nevada is going to get a chance to take a fresh look at Nevada's adverse possession laws. [RJ]
  • Harvey Whittemore is still trying hard to avoid starting his sentence before his appeals are finished. [RJ]
  • Dear voters: do not believe everything you read. Despite this LasVegasTribune.net article to the contrary, Judge Adriana Escobar was elected to the bench in 2012 and is not misleading anyone when she asks to be reelected in the race against Michael Root this fall.
  • Fist bumps spread less germs that handshakes. Will this affect your social interactions? [USA Today]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Some Days Are Diamonds


  • Looks like there is more going on at the palace of Eglet than just David Wall "retiring." We got a tip that in addition to Wall, the firm is losing two partners, associates, and staff. Maybe Wall knew what was going on and got out while the getting was still good? Anyone got more details on the who and why?
  • Trying to stir up some publicity for the campaign for Attorney General, Adam Laxalt has pledged that he won't accept political gifts because of his concern for potential conflicts of interest. Naturally, he also pointed out that his opponent, Ross Miller, has taken over $70,000 in such gifts. [RJ]
  • Attorney and Regent James Dean Leavitt, acting in his role as a UNLV stadium board member, proposed a county tax hike and increased contributions from UNLV students to pay for a stadium. [RJ]
  • "Scoring irregularities" may result in Nevada sending two representatives to the Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The ABA Journal is working on its Blawg 100 list of best legal blogs and is accepting nominations until August 8, 2014. We can't nominate ourselves, but if you feel like this blog or another legal blog you read (like those in our links section on the left) should be considered, take a minute and submit a nomination here

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Maximum Sentence


  • Judge Kathleen Delaney gave Jason "Blu" Griffith the maximum sentence of 10 years to life. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline spent over $183,000 in FY 2014 on pursuing its case against Judge Steven Jones, who is still receiving his $200,000/year salary until his time on the bench is up at the end of the year. [RJ]
  • Rumors and allegations regarding the relationship between Senator Harry Reid and Federal Judge Jennifer Dorsey persist with a new article by an "interested" party in a case where Dorsey gave Neumont University, which the author Jesse Nickles alleges has ties to the LDS church, a $1 million plus default judgment against the author. Nickles also suggests that some people have surmised that Magistrate Peggy Leen has loyalty to conservative leaning groups. Some of Nickles information comes from an anonymous "well known attorney from Las Vegas"...[College Times

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Intrigue


  • Is something afoot over at Lionel Sawyer Collins? A visit to their site says it is temporarily offline for maintenance. Meanwhile, an anonymous tipster informs us that a possible merger deal between LSC and an upper Midwest firm has gone south. Anyone privy to the details?
  • The Nevada Supreme Court found that a district court's abuse of discretion was a harmless order and upheld a million dollar judgment against a security firm with regard the death of a man in a Walmart parking lot. [Wackenhut of Nevada, Inc. v. SmithRJ]
  • Two Metro supervisors are asking the Nevada Attorney General to investigate a potential cover-up related to the death of David VanBuskirk, who fell from a Metro helicopter last year. [RJ]
  • Judge Kathleen Delaney, who is up for election this fall against Sean Connell, will be sentencing the convicted murderer of a "Fantasy" dancer tomorrow. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mid-Year Review

We're nearing the end of July and the calendar year is more than halfway over. Does your firm have a mid-year review? Do you actually sit down with someone and analyze your performance so far? Does your accountability get tracked to a fiscal year or the calendar year? Are your hours what you need to get a good bonus? Are you on track for a new car?

How are this year's hours/profits stacking up to last year?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I Remember The Bar Exam

The bar exam is less than two weeks away. This year it will be held July 29-31 at UNLV. We know most of those taking the exam are hard at work studying, but we also know they can't resist the urge to go to Google and type in "Nevada bar exam tips" to see what kind of gems of wisdom and experience the web has to offer about their upcoming nightmare. Of course, when they do, this post will come up near the top of the results. Shall we not share our collective wisdom?

For those of you who overcame the PTSD and/or just forgot, the bar exam consists of 8 essay questions, 200 multiple choice questions, and a performance test--spread over the course of 2 and half days. You can view prior years' essay question and model answers here.

What tips do you have for this year's examinees? What horror story do you long to pass on to the next generation of unemployed lawyers? Anyone longing for the days before the current format when you had a limited number of times you could even attempt it? Is it better to hand write than type?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Good Start


  • Attorney R. Christopher Reade was sentenced to 366 days in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $40,000 fine for his role in a money laundering scheme. Reade previously agreed to a temporary suspension of his license (and will probably be out of prison before the bar get arounds to make a disciplinary decision). He has to report to prison by October 17, 2014. [RJ]
  • Judge David Barker opted to not make public the names of five Metro officers who were involved with the release of an informant who killed someone after his release. [RJ]
  • Two former Utah attorneys general were arrested and released yesterday on a variety of charges including bribes and destroying evidence in a bizarre case that has connections to Harry Reid. [KSL]
  • Any members of the family bar want to enlighten us on the controversy related to the Nevada Supreme Court's decision to uphold the decision of Judge William Gonzalez that permitted a mother to move out of state with her child? [RJ]

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Asking For A Friend

Let's say that you get sued for malpractice. Of course, you're going to call your insurance company, but then who do you call? Who would be your go to person for malpractice/professional responsibility defense? Are you going to let the insurance company decide or are you going to insist on using someone certain?

Also, how about Nevada leading the nation in wiretaps with 38 phone wiretaps per 500,000 people in 2013? [RJ]

Monday, July 14, 2014

IKEA!


  • What better news that to start off a slow news day in July than Ikea announcing its first store in Las Vegas! Now we don't have to drive four hours to get cheap furniture! [Fox5Vegas]
  • Here's what's happening on the crackdown on "document preparation services" aka potential UPL. [RJ]
  • Does anyone who attended the Annual Meeting have any news or gossip? The only info we've been provided so far is that next year's Annual Meeting will be held in lovely...Seattle?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

State Bar of Nevada Annual Meeting 2014


  • Ben Nadig's attorney, Michael Sanft, says Nadig sent an email to federal prosecutors six weeks ago telling them he thought his client might be trying to leave the country. Louis Schneider, the client's new attorney, told the press that he was concerned about the breach of the attorney-client privilege. Looks like it's time for multiple people to break out Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6(b). [RJ]
  • Judge Jerome Tao declared a mistrial after a juror saw 15 seconds of a news report on a case and told his thoughts to other jurors. [Fox5Vegas; RJ]
  • A woman who was groped by a family court marshal will get a $200,000 settlement from the state, while the marshal who did the groping looks to get a similar amount for wrongful termination. [8NewsNow]
  • For those of you looking for a new practice area, the idea of drones with vertical banners flying over the Strip offers all kinds of potential litigation. [RJ]
  • A group of mothers held a "nurse-in" at the Centennial Hills YMCA to remind people that it's okay to breastfeed a baby in public, even at a public pool. See NRS 201.232. [RJ]
  • The 2014 State Bar of Nevada Annual Meeting starts in Newport Beach today. Are any of you going? Why not? What do you think about the theme of professionalism and civility? Is having the annual meeting out of state every other year a good idea? Is anyone doing the trial academy? 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

State Of The Market July 2014

It's the middle of the calendar year, the state bar convention is this week, the July bar exam is only a few weeks away, and it is as good as time as any to take a moment and ask for your input on the state of the legal market in Las Vegas. Are things better or worse than they were a year ago? Is your firm growing or laying off? Is what's happening at Lionel Sawyer a sign of the times? Are you seeing any trends that you think indicate where things are going? Is it time to switch practice areas or consider running for judge?

One recent job posting comes from Hire An Esquire, looking for lawyerpreneurs who have two years of experience at an Amlaw 200 law firm, have started a business, and graduated from a top 50 law school. Can these type of requirements be filled by the Las Vegas market?

UNLV is looking for an Associate Director of Career Development and Judicial Clerkship Coordinator. Can law students reasonably expect their school's career development department to help them get employed? What's the best way for new grads to find a job?

Any other thoughts you have on the state of the market?

Monday, July 7, 2014

After The Fireworks


  • Beware your clients! You never know when one of them may be like this double-informer who claims his scheme to leave the country was really just him cooperating with authorities on an investigation into attorney Ben Nadig. [RJ]
  • A felon who turned himself in gets probation. Can someone explain why this story was news? [RJ]
  • Lucy Flores parts ways with her campaign manager in the battle for lieutenant governor. [RJ]
  • Many lawyers for many laws. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Independence Day


  • One of the plaintiffs suing Xerox for its management of Nevada's health insurance exchange died before she could get a resolution. [RJ]
  • Another interesting race this fall will be Ross Miller versus Adam Laxalt for Nevada Attorney General, especially because of issues like the one in this article. [RJ]
  • It looks like the Las Vegas Sun will still be around for a while. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Looking to pad your judicial experience resume? The Las Vegas Township Justice Court is inviting attorneys to apply to be small claims referees, traffic referees, and Justices of the Peace Pro Tempore. [CCBA]
  • Our sincere condolences go out to John and Julie Shook and their family. [MyNews3]
  • Here's an article for lawyers on how to vacation like a pro. [Lawyers Mutual]
  • Speaking of vacation, we're out of here for the weekend. We'll be back next week. In the meantime, have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

USA v. Belgium


  • Did you vote in the Board of Governors election and wonder what the outcome was? Look no further, results are here
  • The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear argument related to Nevada's gay marriage ban on September 8, 2014. [RJ]
  • No class action for you! The Supreme Court of Nevada rejected the argument that the district court abused its discretion in denying class status to homeowners in Sun City Summerlin for stucco-related construction defects. [RJ]
  • On Sunday, the RJ's Glenn Cook listed the five election races he thinks will be the most exciting this fall. Two of the top five were judicial races and included one that many of you may not agree with. His two exciting races? Richard Scotti versus John Glenn Watkins in Department 2 and Douglas Herndon versus Michael Davidson in Department 3 (really?). Are those really the most exciting judicial races we have?