Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top Ten Stories of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, it's time to take a look back at the top ten stories that affected the Las Vegas legal community this year. Before we do, thanks again for reading, commenting, and offering your input because without you, the blog is dead. As always, we're open to your suggestions on how we can improve the blog, so if you have any comments, criticisms, ideas, gossip, or want to volunteer to write a guest post, let us know. Here's wishing you a prosperous new year! (We'll be back in 2016!)

Our top ten Las Vegas related legal stories of 2015 are:

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Through The Door


  • A 3L was shot and killed last week through a door when he tried to enter the wrong apartment. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada released its annual report. Can anyone find anything good? [NVCourts; RJ]
  • The Silverstone Golf Course case gets curiouser and curiouser with what appears to be some questionable strategies to avoid an injunction, including selling the property to an entity that then files bankruptcy. Judge Boulware still found the original buyer in contempt for not turning over sale documents. [RJ]

Monday, December 28, 2015

Not Much

There's not too much that went on over the weekend, but there's one story that is at least interesting.

  • An off-duty Metro officer and her husband both shot at what they believed to be an intruder. Turns out it was a relative who is now in stable condition. There will likely be no charges since it was an accidental shooting. What do you think? [LasVegasNow]
  • Anything else going on out there?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Eight Tiny Reindeer

We wish you all a joyous holiday weekend! Remember to be safe and smart and don't drink and drive. Also, don't be Ebeneezer Scrooge or the Grinch.

If any of you are feeling down and depressed, please don't hesitate to reach out for help. It's only a phone call away.

1 (800) 273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Confidential help from a fellow lawyer is a phone call away
Toll Free: 866-828-0022
or
702-889-9404
Mitch Cobeaga, LCL Coordinator
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.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

2015 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



Happy Festivus everyone! Gather your family, friends, co-workers, enemies, judges, opposing counsel, etc. because it's time for the annual Airing of Grievances

For some of you, this is what you were born to do--this is your moment to shine. Your gift of complaining is finally welcomed and wanted on this one occasion. This is your chance to (civilly) whine and complain about your salary, your job, your boss, the courts, nepotism, the legislature, Wiznet, Voldemort, the Nevada bar, UNLV Boyd, this blog, etc. It's also your chance to provide some feedback about the way things are done in the Las Vegas legal community (we have it on good authority that a number of judges read the blog). If you want a refresher on what types of things you were disappointed in or complained about last year, here's a link to last year's post

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bonus Round 2015!!!

It time for annual discussion bonuses! Did you get a bonus? Was it bigger than last year? Did you get a raise? What about an adjustment for cost of living increases? Did you get made partner with no pay increase and a higher tax burden? Let us in on your financial situation so we can gloat or commiserate.

How much was your bonus this year?

Monday, December 21, 2015

First Day Of Winter


  • The special legislative session culminated in a bill being signed by Gov. Sandoval. [RJ]
  • The RJ had a team of reporters focusing on Judges Elizabeth Gonzalez, Mathew Harter, and Joseph Sciscento. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at what Adelson's ownership means for the future of the RJ. [@RalstonReports via RGJ]
  • Judge Douglas Smith was disqualified from three cases with defense lawyer Kristina Wildeveld because a reasonable person "would harbor reasonable doubts about Smith's impartiality."  [RJ]
  • Do party retained experts get absolute immunity? Check out what the Nevada Supreme Court said last week. [Compelling Discovery]

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Force Awakens


  • We may never know the names of the public officials who have not been charged criminally or disciplined administratively (read:  judges) in the HOA scandal. [RJ]
  • The special legislative session is dragging on over water issues? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Todd Bice is representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit to stop multi-unit housing from being developed on the Badlands golf course. [RJ]
  • Speaking of golf courses, things took a in interesting turn relative to the Silverstone golf course yesterday when it was disclosed that the course has been sold to another LLC. [LasVegasNow]

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ebeneezer Scrooge


  • Turns out the RJ's mystery buyer was Sheldon Adelson, but not personally. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Defense lawyers in a mortgage fraud case are trying to get a new trial. [RJ]
  • Here are details on the special legislative session that commenced yesterday. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A group is suing to block an increase in Nevada's minimum wage. [LasVegasNow]
  • A little birdy tells us that Eglet's office has fired multiple staff members right before bonus/Christmas time. Apparently, one employee was even fired during her lunch as she heated her lunch. She also happened to be a single mom who had no car and had to sit outside in the cold while she waited for her ride. Our tipster also says that it seems like they haven't been able to keep a full staff since Wall & Christiansen last August. Anyone have more details? Anyone know of any other sightings of Scrooge this Christmas?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Special Session

  • The Federal Justice Tower will open next month. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Legal representation for wards of the state? [RJ]
  • The Nevada Legislature has a two-day special session starting today at 5 p.m. [RJ]
  • Lawmakers are also being asked to allocate $3.7 million to process rape kits. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

States Of Transition


  • Vicki Greco was arrested and booked yesterday. [RJ]
  • New owners of the RJ are remaining anonymous much to the concern of its reporters. [Las Vegas Sun; KNPR]
  • Not Vegas, but missing criminal case records in Orange County sounds like something that could happen here. [Voice of OC]
  • Want to talk about job statistics for Boyd grads, here's a link with their ABA required disclosures. 
  • A year ago today, the managing partner at Lionel Sawyer was telling the press the firm was in a "state of transition."  Any firms in a state of transition this year?

Monday, December 14, 2015

Santa's Little Helpers


  • Santa gets black robe fever at Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court event.  [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • There's a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Venetian tomorrow. Which local attorneys will we spot in the audience? [RJ]
  • It's that time of year where organizations and charities are collecting toys and money to help brighten the holidays for some who don't have the means. We encourage to get involved in one of these projects and do some good for the less fortunate in your community. If you need ideas on how to contribute, just ask in the comments and someone will fill you in.
  • Anything else going on out there?

Friday, December 11, 2015

Hours of Operation 2015

In the past, there has been a lot of discussion about whether the judges in Clark County spend enough time in the courtroom. The late Lisa Willardson was trying to act as a watchdog on this issue and had requested information on how often courtrooms were dark (she even intended to run against a judge she thought was absent too much).  We've had judges get in trouble for altering the schedule in a murder trial to be able to attend a soccer game. We've even had a post or two about judges playing hooky. But we want to know what you're seeing today? Are your hearings going forward as scheduled? Do you see a lot of last minute cancellations? Are there certain judges that should be spending more time on the bench?

As for news, you probably already saw the headline, but Vicki Greco, whose office was raided earlier this year, was indicted yesterday. She faces 138 felony and gross misdemeanor counts. [RJ]

Do Clark County judges spend enough time in the courtroom?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Serial Season 2


  • This is a couple weeks old, but a reader alerted us to this unpublished decision suspending multiple members of the bar for failing to meet the CLE requirements. [In re CLE]
  • A double-murder trial opened up yesterday. [RJ]
  • It looks like Faraday Future is going to bring its electric car plant to North Las Vegas. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • To secure the Faraday deal, the Legislature will likely call a special session next week like they did for Tesla. [LasVegasNow]
  • The RJ now has a searchable database of public records called "For the Record." [RJ]
  • Season 2 of hit podcast "Serial" is out today and focuses on the story of Bowe Bergdahl. [NY Times]

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Holiday Party Post 2015

It's that time of year again where tradition dictates that firms have a holiday party to make everyone awkwardly uncomfortable in a social setting with their co-workers. So what is your firm doing this year in that regard? Fancy dinner, bowling party, Disneyland, layoffs? We already heard that Eglet had his party last weekend--was it at Hyde? Are there any photos? What is your idea for the best firm Christmas party?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

No Mary Kay


  • A Las Vegas attorney with a blackbelt in Taekwondo, Pooja Kumar, won $34,000+ on Wheel of Fortune last night. Congrats! [Wheel of Fortune Recap Blog]
  • A Las Vegas federal jury convicted two men in a multi-million dollar investment scheme. [RJ]
  • Mugshot of CCSD teacher arrested for sex with student. [LasVegasNow]
  • The juvenile justice system as mental health provider. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, December 7, 2015

Pearl Harbor Day 2015


  • Federal prosecutors are seeking to take former Judge Steven Jones' PERS pension funds to compensate victims of the investment scheme in which he was involved. [Trigger Warning: article indicates how much his pension will be and it is higher than the salary many lawyers earn while working, let alone retired. RJ]
  • Robert Langford: lawyer and actor. [RJ]
  • Holland & Hart's Patrick Reilly writes about how to fend off business litigation monsters. [Vegas Inc.]
  • 7 facts you may not have known about Pearl Harbor. [HuffPo]

Friday, December 4, 2015

Interstate Love Song


  • After the story came to the public's attention, an investigation into a Boulder City Animal Control Officer is being turned over to the DA's office. [Fox5VegasRJ]
  • Speaking of the DA's office, they're starting a new unit to review convictions and innocence claims. [RJ]
  • Allegations of (out-of-state) lawyer misconduct are surfacing in a Clark County School District bullying case. [RJ]
  • Really  late-breaking news:  Bob Eglet's joke about Justice Hardesty. [RJ]
  • Congress passed a bill that keeps the dream of I-11 connecting Phoenix to Las Vegas to Northern Nevada alive. [FoxReno]

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dangerous Weapons

You guys did a pretty good job covering the news in the comments on yesterday's post, but here are the links to keep them handy:

  • Grand jury hears evidence regarding Vicki Greco documents in relation to Brian Bloomfield case. [RJ]
  • A lawsuit was filed alleging two doctors engaged in civil racketeering to defraud insurance companies. [RJ]
  • More hearings in Washoe County to determine if a Las Vegas woman is brain dead. [RJ]
  • A Carson City judge ruled efforts to repeal Nevada Commerce Tax can advance. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Here's a link to the unpublished decisions issued by the NV Supreme Court yesterday.
  • Here's a link to NRS Chapter 202 dealing with dangerous weapons and firearms.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Just Swipe Left


  • George Tiaffay was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole plus 81 years. [RJ]
  • Jason Maier of Maier Gutierrez Ayon is representing the anonymous plaintiff in a suit against a woman who he met on Tinder and from whom he allegedly contracted genital herpes. [RJ]
  • Deleted body cam video is at issue in an armed robbery trial. [LasVegasNow]
  • Big changes ahead as electronic filing and public access get upgrades early next year. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

World Aids Day


  • A 60-page analysis by UNLV's diversity chief concludes that the Rebels and Hey Reb! do not have confederate ties. [RJ]
  • Clark County Commissioners are revisiting their decision to require Uber and Lyft drivers to get business licenses after some input from Uber's local counsel Donald Campbell and Clark County Counsel Mary-Anne Miller. [RJ; Vegas Inc.]
  • A DUI driver that killed a local teen texted his girlfriend that he had been DUO, I mean DUI after the incident. [LasVegasNow]
  • Video details about Metro's eighth officer-involved shooting of the year. [LasVegasNow]

Monday, November 30, 2015

Intraoffice Gifting

Hopefully you all had a nice little Thanksgiving break. Not much happened while we were out, so we'll start this week off by discussing intraoffice gifting. Any great gift ideas for your staff? Do you get a gift for the boss? Do you have a stellar white-elephant idea?

Anything else going on out there we should know about?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Magic Numbers 2015

Here are the results for the 2015 Magic Number survey. These numbers are based on what first year associates are making and what the billable requirement is at a firm. These two pieces of information combined give us the salary per billable hour or Magic Number. These numbers come from your survey responses, as well as last year's responses. We make no guarantees regarding their accuracy. If we received more than one response for a firm and the numbers differed, we put the average. (That means if you submitted a response for your first year salary and the number below is higher--that is probably a good sign someone else is making more than you at your same firm.) You also have to remember that this does not take into account benefits or intangibles (like a private chef), so your mileage may vary. If you are an experienced attorney and get sick at the thought of how underpaid you are, enter at your own risk. The results are after the jump.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

All You Need Is Love


  • "War Machine" blew a kiss to the prosecutor in court. [RJ]
  • The witness in one murder case is a suspect in another. [LasVegasNow]
  • The family court adoption day marathon was a success. You can get involved if you want to make a difference. [News3LV; eighthjdcourt blog]

Monday, November 23, 2015

To Your Health


  • Judge Richard Scotti gave Centennial Hills Hospital the "least-onerous sanction" he could impose and still mitigate the extreme prejudice caused by its, ahem, discovery failures. [RJ; copy of Judge Scotti's 39-page order]
  • More on whether that woman the Supreme Court opined about last week is brain dead. [RJ]
  • There is a new veteran-based political advocacy group in Nevada that will be endorsing candidates in the next election. [RJ]
  • A new study says lawyers have the lowest health, highest rates of alcohol use. [CBS Atlanta]

Friday, November 20, 2015

Life Goes On


  • The Supreme Court ordered that a woman be kept on life support. [RJ]
  • The former Green Valley High School banker who stole funds was sentenced yesterday. [RJ]
  • AG Adam Laxalt launched the Office of Military Legal Assistance. Go here if you would like to volunteer. [LasVegasNow]

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Quantity v. Quality

As we near the end of the year, the topic of associate compensation is on many a lawyer's mind. Although it is too late to do anything about it this year, we'll fuel that discussion and/or add to the anxiety by asking the question below. What do you think?

Which is more important in determining associate salary?


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hey Racist!?


  • Protecting the sage grouse is hard on rural communities. [RJ]
  • Three people were sentenced with no prison time in the HOA scandal yesterday. [RJ]
  • There was an anti-racism student rally at UNLV yesterday and, guess what, the topic of the Hey Reb! mascot came up again. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Unintended Consequences


  • The AG's office was late to the party and won't get to argue for a preliminary injunction regarding sage grouse. [RJ]
  • Another player in the HOA scandal is looking for no prison time. [RJ]
  • A licensing fee intended for Uber and Lyft could end up affecting other drivers like your pizza delivery guy. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Here's the latest on the Clark County DA reality show. Anyone been affected by it yet? [LasVegasNow]

Monday, November 16, 2015

Dark Days


  • Here's a puff piece on tax attorney Steven Hollingworth of Solomon Dwiggins & Freer. [Vegas, Inc.]
  • A State Commission has approved a "Values Life" specialty license plate. [KNPR]
  • The Supreme Court formally suspended the law license of former US Attorney Lawrence Semenza. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Last call for Magic Number Survey Responses. You can take the survey here and we'll try and get the results up next week.

Friday, November 13, 2015

When Worlds Collide


  • The Olympic Gardens Gentlemen's Club is being sued for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. [RJ]
  • A motion to recuse Judge Richard Boulware from the Silverstone Golf Course case was denied. The motion was based on the fact that Boulware owns a home a half-mile from the course and his property value might be affected by the case. [LasVegasNow]
  • Attorney Cal Potter is representing Stephen "Bowtie" Stubbs in a federal suit against Metro. [RJ]
  • An Allegiant pilot is suing the airline after being fired for evacuating a plane following an emergency landing. [RJ; LasVegasNow]

Thursday, November 12, 2015

We're Not Alone


  • The family of a dead Nevada inmate is in negotiations with the AG's office. [RJ]
  • The number two player (still living) in the HOA scandal cooperated and prosecutors are recommending no prison time. [RJ]
  • New York thinks Fan Duel and Draft Kings are illegal gambling too. [Vegas Inc.]
  • We'll be voting on background checks for guns next year. [Fox5Vegas]

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day 2015

  • It's Veterans Day. We offer our thanks and acknowledgement to all veterans for their sacrifices and contributions to our society. While the courts are closed today, we know many of you are still working, but we hope that you'll take an opportunity to reflect on the purpose of this federal holiday. If you want a good place to start, check out the History of Veterans Day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

For Good


  • A federal jury awarded a Nevada prisoner $28,800 for civil rights violations. The successful lawyer was Travis Barrick working with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Pro Bono pilot program. [RJ]
  • A win for the DA's office on preventing the RJ from getting its witness payment records. [RJ]
  • A federal judge(?) ruled the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority was in violation of the Fair Housing Act. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at a real estate agent's battle against Bank of America and Nationstar Mortgage. [Vegas Inc.]
  • A reader tells us that today is the annual gathering of some of the legal community's greatest minds and cookie aficionados or, the annual construction defects sweeps hearings. Any juicy gossip coming from that gathering?

Monday, November 9, 2015

F In Public Integrity


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Jury's In


  • The jury says Ammar Harris should get the death penalty. [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • Galina Kilova, the woman who waited until after the Thanksgiving holiday last year to turn herself in for a fatal hit and run, was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident. [RJ]
  • The DA created a new elder abuse department. [RJ]

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wrap It


  • Attorneys Dayvid Figler and Kristina Wildeveld were on Ralston Live the other day talking criminal justice reform. [KNPB- video]
  • Here's the latest on the Silverstone Golf Course--the new owner is being ordered to restore it to the condition in which he bought it. [RJ]
  • Clark County Commissioners are looking at a procedural move to force owners of Fontainebleau to do something about the eyesore. [RJ]

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Law Library

With the recent news that Harvard is creating a digital law library and the suggestion in the comments that Google Scholar already has that, we thought it was time to revisit the topic of your sources for legal research.

Where do you turn first when you're doing research? Are you the time to physically open a dusty book on the shelf or do you head right over to Westlaw. Are you more the Lexis type? Do all your searches begin and end with Google? Do you use Fastcase? Is there another go to source you would recommend?

For those of you who reference books, what would you recommend every new attorney use?

Monday, November 2, 2015

We'll Never Be Royals


  • A Las Vegas photographer sued Universal Pictures over the use of one of his photos in "Steve Jobs." [RJ]
  • Law enforcement doesn't like your locked cell phone. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Ammar Harris is set to be sentenced this week. [RJ]
  • The family of the woman who died at a cryotherapy business hired Richard Harris to represent them. [LasVegasNow]
  • Did you ever wonder what happened to the Harmon tower at City Center. Here's a recent photo from @TomNews3LV

Friday, October 30, 2015

Nevada Day 2015 (Observed)

Today is the day we celebrate Nevada. In honor of that we are taking the day off. For those of you still obligated to work today, feel free to commiserate in the comments.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Justice For All?

More often than we would like to admit, lawyers end up at the other end of the table in our criminal justice system. When they do, they often get more media attention than the average defendant and so we see what happens. Thereafter (like a year or two after), we usually see some action from the State Bar disciplinary panel, so we hear about them again. Finally, we may eventually see a few of them back in court practicing once the sentence is complete.

Recently we've heard about Barry Levinson dying in prison, allegedly because he didn't get the care he needed. The other day, Stephen Stubbs posted on his Facebook page that Parole and Probation has restricted him from practicing law "in the field," although he is okay to practice in his office or court. (He says they say this is due to his clientele and his possible interactions with police and he plans to ask Judge Cadish to rule on this restriction.)

Our question for you today is this:  Can a lawyer who is charged criminally get a fair shake in Nevada? Should a lawyer get the same treatment as everyone else or are lawyers held to a higher standard? Is the system too lenient or too harsh on lawyers?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Law & Politics


  • State Senator Aaron Ford has joined Eglet Prince. [press release]
  • Hutchison & Steffen filed an amicus curiae brief for Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education. [press release]
  • In related news, singling out Ford and Hutchison, Jon Ralston looks at the Nevada legislature and conflicts of interest. [RGJ]
  • Metro pays $80,000 to woman falsely accused of prostitution. [RJ]
  • Yesterday was the groundbreaking for the new Supreme Court downtown. [RJ]
  • The businessman at the center of a stripper-extortion scheme may get out of having his name revealed. [RJ]
  • AG Adam Laxalt defends lawsuit over sage grouse. [KNPR]

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Friends In High Places


  • It took less than 30 minutes for a jury to convict Ammar Harris. [Fox5VegasRJ]
  • Governor Sandoval appointed retired US District Court Judge Phillip Pro to the Nevada Gaming Commission. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Lyft gets the okay to go to McCarran. [RJ]
  • Mistrial in a death penalty case after the jury reviews transcripts not admitted into evidence. [RJ]
  • The Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority was hit with three suits over Section 8 housing. [RJ]

Monday, October 26, 2015

Just Do It.


  • Were you curious about the design of the new Supreme Court/Court of Appeals building being built downtown? Also, the groundbreaking is tomorrow. [RJ]
  • Metro is facing civil rights suits over medical marijuana arrests. [RJ]
  • Yet another challenge to Obamacare. [Fox5Vegas]
  • We've had a good response to the Magic Numbers survey so far, but there are still quite a few firms that we don't have responses for yet. You can take it here

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Mighty Sage Grouse


  • AG Adam Laxalt has signed Nevada on to a lawsuit challenging sage grouse protections. The lawsuit is contrary to Governor Sandoval's position and is made while Sandoval is in China. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The prosecution rested in the Ammar Harris trial. [RJ]
  • Did you know UNLV Boyd grads did better on the Nevada bar exam than others who took it? [UNLV Boyd]

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Welcome Back To The Future

October 21, 2015. The day Marty McFly arrives in the future to the site of flying cars, self-lacing Nikes, and hoverboards. Those are not the only predictions the movie got wrong though. We still have lawyers. In the 2015 of Back to the Future II, the justice system was sped up considerably by the abolishment of lawyers. But, here we are in our 2015 and you should be billing.

Do you have any predictions about the future of law? Is this a profession that could be abolished and society would still be able to function? Will the rise of self-driving cars eliminate the personal injury bar? Will we soon be able to predetermine who will commit a crime ala Minority Report?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Debtors Prison


  • The girlfriend of Ammar Harris testified yesterday at his trial. [RJ]
  • The State of Nevada filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging education savings accounts. [RJ]
  • Local lawyer Robert Langford got some national airtime when 48 Hours did a piece on the Tiaffay murder/trial. [48 Hours]
  • Chief Justice Hardesty on whether no bail money means a debtors prison. [KNPR]

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pot News


  • The RJ, our beloved local newspaper has a section on its website dedicated to "pot news," but no section dedicated to the courts/legal system like it used to. Does this concern you? Is pot news that big of a deal? Are you changing your practice to adapt to this news? What else is going on out there?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Like The Rain


  • RIP Barry Levinson. [RJ]
  • The Ammar Harris trial is officially underway. [LasVegasNow]
  • Floyd Mayweather, Sr. was in court to get a protective order. [RJ]
  • Nevada gaming regulators banned unlicensed daily fantasy sports sites like FanDuel and DraftKings. With the way Nevada's regulatory commissions react to new businesses (Uber, medical marijuana, etc.), is Nevada going to lose it status as a good place for business? [Las Vegas SunRJ]
  • Here's an editorial on whether more details need to be revealed about the extortion case of a Las Vegas businessman involved with a stripper. [RJ]

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Before The Rain


  • Locally-based Rimini Street was ordered to pay Oracle $50 million after a trial in federal court. Anyone know what attorneys should be getting a pat on the back or kicked to the curb? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • With 16 jurors selected, the Ammar Harris murder trial is set to begin today. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Justice of the Peace Ann Zimmerman set bail at $1 million for a phony doctor after prosecutors said they were considering a murder charge. [RJ]

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Job Tips: Politics

With the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle taking place at the Wynn last night (and a Republican debate taking place at the Venetian in December), it's time to start talking politics. People will be talking politics at the gym, the bar, family holiday dinners, and, most shockingly, at the office. How do you deal with the issue of politics at the office? Does everyone know your political affiliation? Do you openly campaign for your candidate? Knowing that your contributions will be a public record, do you purposely contribute to both sides of the aisle? Do you have any tricks for steering the conversation away from politics? Do your clients expect you to be aligned a certain way?

And while we're at, what did you think about the debate last night?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Let It Be Resolved


  • Eglet's Actos trial results in confidential resolution after nearly two months of trial. [RJ]
  • Judge Elissa Cadish sentenced attorney Stephen "Bowtie" Stubbs to 18 months probation for unlawfully notarizing the signature of a client. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the single-subject initiative rule. [RJ]

Monday, October 12, 2015

Magic Number Survey

It's time for the Magic Number survey. For those of you not familiar, go visit last year's results and you'll see what we're talking about. We want to know what first year associates at your firm are making, as well as their billable hour requirement. These two pieces of information combined give us the salary per billable hour (or Magic Number) that is sometimes used by naive associates trying to determine where to work. (Of course, you know better, don't you....)

You can take this year's survey here. You can take it multiple times if you have information about more than one firm. Do your best to be accurate. The great thing about this survey is that if we get conflicting information, we can just average it.

For those of you nervous about taking the survey, please know we value your privacy and anonymity. The settings on the survey are set to keep you anonymous. We're only going to disclose your answers. Although we have it set so it won't even show us your IP address, if you're paranoid about your disclosing that too feel free to use an anonymizer or proxy server if you can figure that out.






Friday, October 9, 2015

Sixty Percent


  • The July 2015 bar exam results are here. The unofficial passage rage was 60% or in real numbers, you have about 186 new competitors entering the practice in Nevada. 
  • Three Las Vegas police unions are suing Metro over the constitutionality of SB 241. [RJ]
  • The road rage trial is continued to March 2016. [RJ]
  • See you all at the CPK party tonight?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

RIP Suvinder Ahluwalia

Suvinder S. Ahluwalia 
Funeral Services

Location: Palm Mortuary - Downtown
1325 North Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015

Time: 7am Indian Prayer Ceremony
8am Viewing and Funeral Ceremony
9am Cremation

More information on the services, and a guestbook, can be found here: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com.

Following the services will be a reception to celebrate Suvinder's life.

Location: Royal India Bistro at the Rio Hotel
3700 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89103

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015

Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm

The CPK Party


  • Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman set a low bail for two drug mules who were only stopped for 'driving while Hispanic.' [RJ]
  • Here's some more coverage on Senator Reid's product liability suit. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun; Fox5Vegas]
  • $2500 fine for Uber driver who tried to give a ride outside of the app. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Tomorrow night is the Craig P. Kenny and Associates' 19th Annual Open House (i.e. the CPK party). Come enjoy the atmosphere and meet some of the future Boyd grads. You can see the invite here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Eye For An Eye

Remember Senator Harry Reid's black eye and the controversy over whether it was really the result of an exercise accident or courtesy of his brother's nasty right hook? Well, it looks like the angry brother theory is busted since Senator Reid decided to sue the manufacturer of the TheraBand that either broke or slipped out of his hand and injured his right eye.  Reid and his wife, as plaintiffs, are represented by James M. Morgan (interestingly enough, an Orange County attorney at a firm specializing in elder abuse). They are suing the Hygienic Intangible Property Holding Company; Hygienic Corporation; and Performance Health LLC in the Eighth Judicial District Court in Nevada. The matter is assigned to Judge Joe Hardy with case number A-15-725704-C. The Reids' complaint alleges damages in excess of $50,000 (meaning this was not properly pleaded under Nevada rules) and includes a cause of action for loss of consortium.  You can see a copy of the complaint here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Wheels On The Bus


  • The Nevada Supreme Court heard oral argument on the recall of Judge Catherine Ramsey. [RJ]
  • Lawyers for Erik Nowsch are again seeking to postpone the upcoming road rage trial after learning the family of Tammy Myers is releasing a book. [LasVegasNow]
  • It also heard argument on the constitutionality of a sex offender registration law. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reached a $400,000 settlement with the City of San Francisco related to the bussing of indigent mental patients. [RJ]
  • New administrative orders are affecting the case flow in district court, including no new business court matters being assigned to Judge Scann's department. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Monday, October 5, 2015

First Monday


  • Judge Togliatti is considering a request to hold the state of Nevada in contempt over failing to provide prompt treatment to mentally ill inmates. [RJ]
  • Gaming lawyer Frank Schreck honored. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The UNLV football team defeated UNR and is bringing home the Fremont cannon. It's not too late to jump on the bandwagon. [Fox5Vegas]

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fall Days


  • Judge Michael Villani reaffirmed his sentencing of disbarred attorney Barry Levinson. As you may recall, Levinson received a harsher sentence than he agreed to when Villani chose to ignore a plea deal. Lawyers practicing criminal law, please weigh in. Did Villani do the right thing? [RJ]
  • Closing arguments are set in federal court for Monday in the Oracle vs. Rimini Street trial. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A Carson City judge tossed out an effort to repeal Nevada's new tax package. [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Burning Questions


  • Some new traffic laws take effect today. [RJ]
  • More on Silverstone golf course. [RJ]
  • The last defendant in the HOA scandal was found guilty. [RJ]
It seems like there are a lot of questions that pop up now and again in the comments. Like us, a lot of you are left wondering what is happening with things that got brought up in the news, but haven't had much coverage since. Here's your chance to ask those questions again and we'll see if someone has the answer.  If you know the answer to any of the following (or have your own new question), put them in the comments:
  • Is Judge Scann still off the bench? How's she doing?
  • Anyone have a status update on the post-Lionel Sawyer issues?
  • Anyone have a status update on the Gordon Silver lawsuits?
  • What's going on with the recall effort in North Las Vegas?
  • Does anyone miss the Las Vegas Constable's office?
  • Is the find-a-lawyer function on the State Bar website functioning properly?
  • ???

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Old Ways


  • Disbarred attorney Barry Levinson has been hospitalized with life-threatening health problems according to his lawyer. Article also includes a list of everyone connected to the HOA scandal who has died. [RJ]
  • The water is back on at Silverstone Golf Course and the new owner is suggesting giving some of the golf course land to the adjoining property owners. [RJ]
  • Good deal? Man convicted of first-degree murder gets a life sentence in exchange for no appeals. [RJ]
  • Did you know Nevada is one of only three states with an opt-in policy for sex education? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Looking to bolster your reputation? Try getting involved in the Truancy Diversion Program. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Long May You Run


  • State Senator Aaron Ford announced the Democratic caucus is supporting the state senate candidacy of Boyd grad and Deputy District Attorney Nicole Cannizzaro. [LasVegasNow]
  • Opening arguments were held for the trial of the last HOA scandal defendant. [RJ]
  • Which is more likely to happen first? A high-speed train to California or an NHL team in Vegas?
  • A man was arrested in Vegas on Friday for involvement in sex trafficking. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, September 28, 2015

Harvest Moon


  • The new owner of Silverstone Golf Course has until Wednesday to turn the water back or disclose his finances to show why he can't. [RJ]
  • The CSI effect in the courtroom. [RJ]
  • There have been a flood of applications for medical marijuana licenses. [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Low Bar


  • Is the bar too low to get into law school? Here are some op-eds on the topic. [New York Times]
  • After two hours of argument yesterday, Judge Richard Boulware is set to issue a decision on a new TRO regarding Silverstone Golf Course. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction. [RJ]
  • The Court also ruled that that NRCP 11 does not supersede NRS 7.085 when it comes to sanctioning lawyers [Watson Rounds v. Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct.] and that Nevada follows California's Cumis rule that requires an insurer to provide independent counsel for the insured when there is an actual conflict of interest between the insurer and insured [State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Hansen]
  • Do you have between 3 and 7 years of experience as a lawyer and need a new job? Shark Pimp Jordan Ross is looking for a few good candidates. [Ross Legal Search]

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na


  • The Batmobile is protected by copyright law. [RJ]
  • Six indicted for Las Vegas-based oxycodone trafficking. [RJ]
  • Use of e-cigarettes banned in all national parks. [RJ]
  • Did you know that Boyd School of Law has an academic success program (ASP) to help students get through school and prep for the bar? [UNLV Boyd School of Law]
  • If you think you're having a bad day as a lawyer, at least you're not this guy. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Birthday To You!


  • Now the City of Las Vegas is getting involved in the Silverstone Golf Course matter through code enforcement. [RJ; News3LV]
  • A man who was behind bars for 6 years without a conviction will stay a little longer due to an outstanding traffic warrant. [RJ]
  • A judge ruled that "Happy Birthday" is in the public domain. [LA Times]
  • RIP Jim Santini. [RJ]

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Extracurricular Activities

One of our readers would like your input on the best use of time when it comes to extracurricular activities--i.e. non-billable hours. If you're not billing time, but doing something related to work or furthering your career, what is the best way to use that time? Are you involved in organizations like Inns of Court; Rotary Club; LACSN? Do you devote your time to doing pro bono or other charitable work? Do you spend it marketing? What have you found to be the most broadly productive activity?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Summer Slowly Ending


  • Q&A with Ellen Schulhofer, co-managing partner of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Las Vegas got its first weekend with Uber and also its first weekend of surge pricing. [RJ]
  • There is a $5,000 reward for information about threats to a Carson City Judge. [Nevada Appeal]
  • (Forgot to mention this one a few weeks ago) Judge Richard Boulware was nominated to serve on the United States Sentencing Commission. [RJ
  • On this day in 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was confirmed as a United States Supreme Court Justice with a vote of 99-0. [Wikipedia]

Friday, September 18, 2015

Game Theory


  • Attorney General Adam Laxalt announced he retained former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement and the firm of Bancroft PLLC to defend against the ACLU's challenge to education savings accounts. Good luck finding their Nevada office. [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • Is there, or should there be, a legal difference between daily fantasy sports and betting? [RJ]
  • The Gaming Commission approved regulations on skill-based slot machines. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Chief Judge David Barker denied a request from Robert Cottle's client to disqualify Judge Joe Hardy from a medical malpractice case against Summerlin Hospital. [RJ]

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fewer But Better


  • Jane Ann Morrison discovers fewer students are enrolling in law school and finds out how that impacts Boyd School of Law. Also, as far as they know, she and Dean Dan Hamilton are only aware of two felonious Boyd grads. [RJ]
  • Some downtown churches are suing over the impact of the Life is Beautiful festival. Anyone have more details? [News3LV]
  • Plea deal rejected in the Tammy Myers case and a jury will get to see/hear Nowsch's taped confession. [RJ]
  • Uber and Lyft drivers are still battling with Clark County and currently getting citations for picking up/dropping off at the airport. [Fox5Vegas]

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Welcome Back Uber


  • Uber and Lyft have started operations despite Clark County introducing a new ordinance requiring a business license. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Probate Division of the Eighth Judicial District Court has finally made the move from the Family Court campus to the RJC/Phoenix building. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • It appears that the Silverstone golf course neighborhood is getting set for quite the battle as the new owner is still now watering the course despite a TRO. [RJLasVegasNow]
  • The Nevada Department of Corrections Director resigned abruptly on Monday. [RJ]
  • You can't have a gaming license and a medical marijuana license...for now. [RJ]

Monday, September 14, 2015

Lend Me Your Ear


  • Remember a few weeks ago when we mentioned the Adam Stokes v. Richard Harris case relating to personal injury loans? Now Stokes and Injuryloans.com LLC are suing the State of Nevada.  Case number A-15-724408-C for those of you who would like more details into the regulatory allegations in the other lawsuit. 
  • Here's an editorial on why district court judges should decide the merits of collective bargaining reform. [RJ]
  • A foster family is appealing the loss of its license after a gun incident. [RJ]

Friday, September 11, 2015

14 Years Ago


  • The Nevada Supreme Court rejected OJ Simpson's appeal based on ineffective assistance of counsel. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • BB King's assistant filed a defamation suit against some of King's daughters. [RJ]
  • The Badlands golf course was sold and will probably be developed into houses. [RJ]
  • Nevada is getting over $5 million in grants to clear a backlog of rape kits. [RJ]
  • If you haven't made it to the 9/11 Memorial in NYC yet, check out this virtual tour courtesy of Google Maps.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

More Oversight Please


  • A second lawsuit was filed against the State challenging the legality of educational savings accounts. [RJ]
  • Here's another look at U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones and the 9th Circuit. [RJ]
  • A Clark County audit finds the DA's witness payment account still needs more oversight. [RJ]

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Greener Grass


  • Judge Joe Hardy signed a TRO requiring the new owner of the recently shuttered Silverstone golf course to continue to irrigate the course and keep its water features full. [RJ]
  • Marta Adams, the State's Yucca mountain attorney who retired in July, is returning as a "consultant" on a two year/$300,000 contract. Nice work, if you can get it. [RJ]
  • Caesars will pay $9.5 million in fines for violating federal money laundering rules. [RJ]
  • A seventeen-year old who wounded an officer may face charges as an adult. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Belabor The Point


  • There is a civil bench bar meeting today at noon in courtroom 15D. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • The Public Defenders' office is making strong moves to timely treatment for mentally ill inmates. [RJ]
  • Did you know the More Cops tax was finally approved? [RJ]
  • Governor Sandoval wants a quick ruling on education savings accounts. [RJ]
  • Anyone aware of any law firms moving into One Summerlin? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • What Happens When You Get a DUI? by the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Notice the step "Speak to an attorney" is missing? [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, September 4, 2015

Labor Day Weekend 2015


  • A jury convicted George Tiaffay. Penalty phase starts today. [Fox5VegasRJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • A Ninth Circuit panel revived a civil rights action in Nevada that had been dismissed by Judge Robert Clive Jones, but they also reassigned it to a different judge...[RJ]
  • DA Steve Wolfson is excited about "LVDA." [RJ]
  • Someone left a threatening Christmas card for a Carson City Justice of the Peace earlier this year. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Anyone got any exciting plans for Labor Day weekend?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Undeflatable


  • As mentioned in the comments yesterday, Dennis Prince got his client, a former high school football player, a $4.2 million judgment. [RJ]
  • Las Vegas now has a municipal mental health court. [LasVegasNow]
  • The Tiaffay jury is still deliberating. [Fox5Vegas]
  • This is Vegas related only inasmuch as it will affect the lines:  a judge nullified the NFL's suspension of Tom Brady. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Changing Minds


  • Jurors are deliberating in the Tiaffay trial. [RJ]
  • A hired consultant says Chancellor Dan Klaich didn't do anything wrong in his handling of a report. [RJ]
  • A lawsuit was filed to block the Legislature's tax package. [RJ]
  • The Las Vegas City Council is considering an ordinance regarding Fremont Street performers. [Fox5Vegas]
  • After she filed a lawsuit, the CCSD decided to let a girl start a pro-life club. [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fair Share

Based on some recent comments, one of our readers wants to know what percentage an associate should get when they bring business to a firm? What does your firm do? Is it fair?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunshine Days


  • Here's the latest on the Tiaffay trial. [RJ]
  • Andrew Rempfer is representing the plaintiffs in an overtime suit against Circle K which just got the oK to proceed as a class action. [RJ]
  • The battle over rooftop solar has been delayed until next year. [KNPR]

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Shiny Happy People


  • The Tiaffay trial (ex-firefighter who allegedly hired a homeless man as a hitman on his wife) is under way in Judge Eric Johnson's courtroom. After getting a glimpse at opening arguments, any predictions on how this will turn out? [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • In the midst of restructuring, Caesars wants to give its general counsel a one-time special retention bonus of $200,000. [RJ]
  • An arbitrator ruled in favor of the County and against the SEIU. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • A police fact-finding panel released video of a Henderson officer-involved shooting from last year. [Fox5Vegas video]
  • Happy people earn more money? [RJ]

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Insert Law & Order Sound


  • Six episodes of Las Vegas D.A., a docu-drama "following Steve Wolfson and his powerhouse team" will air on Investigation Discovery channel some time next year. [RJ]
  • As featured in yesterday's comments, Harris v. Stokes. [Courthouse News; complaint]
  • Las Vegas' first medical marijuana dispensary opened yesterday. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Jury selection is under way for the Tiaffay case. [Fox5Vegas]
  • A child custody battle between a prostitute and ex-cop. [News3LV]

Monday, August 24, 2015

Highway To The School Zone


  • As school starts up again today, please remember to slow down in school zones and watch out for tiny pedestrians. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Five school district employees charged in three months. Keep an eye out for your children. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Did you know the faculty at UNLV Boyd School of Law is in the top 50 most-cited law faculties? [Tax Prof Blog]
  • There is a family division bench bar meeting on Thursday, 8/27. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Thursday, August 20, 2015

And A Cupola On Top

It looks like dreams do come true! Chief Justice Hardesty and the Supreme Court of Nevada (along with the Court of Appeals) will be getting a brand new courthouse in downtown Las Vegas. Leaving their luxury suite on the top floor of the RJC will net them an additional 8,300 sq. ft. at a cost of $400,000 less over the next decade than what they would pay the County.

The new courthouse, which is expected to be completed by the end of next year, doesn't come without a price though as it will be built on a parking lot at the corner of 4th and Clark. Chief Justice Hardesty said making sure there will still be adequate parking was a big concern that will be addressed. Hardesty also suggested that the soon-to-be-empty top floor of the RJC could become the new Complex Litigation Center for construction defects cases.

Here's the write up:  RJ; City of Las Vegas tumblr.

What do you think?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To The Employed

A reader is having problems with employee retention and wants your input on a simple question--what keeps you at your current job? Is it primarily the pay, the people, the private chef, necessity, etc?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Please Hold, Your Claim Is Important To Us


  • Judge William Voy decided a 15 year-old boy will be tried as an adult when he faces murder charge. [RJ]
  • Stanley Rimer, who let his 4 year-old sun die in a hot SUV, is representing himself in a suit claiming his civil rights have been violated in prison. [RJ]
  • Attorney Mark Rouse explains why social security disability needs reformed. [RJ]

Monday, August 17, 2015

Like The McRib


  • Here's the first look at details emerging from the recently unsealed HOA scandal documents. [RJ]
  • A non-lawyer's guide to asset protection in Nevada. [Vegas Inc.]
  • The More Cops tax hike proposal is back. [RJ]