Friday, January 30, 2015

Big Game

  • The fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine is alive and well in Nevada. [RJ]
  • The Department of Family Services is getting heavy scrutiny over whether it took any steps to prevent a baby's death. [8NewsNow]
  • Attorney General Adam Laxalt explains why Nevada joined in the immigration lawsuit. [RJ]
  • Everyone is buzzing about the Super Bowl or "Big Game" on Sunday. We hope you enjoy the game, wings, guacamole, adult beverages, and whatever else will be at your party. Just remember to be smart about driving. The AAA is offering Tipsy Tow on Sunday evening in case you need it. [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Smog Spotters

  • And here are your candidates for the two open spots on the Eighth Judicial District Court bench. Quite possibly the strongest, most qualified class of candidates we've had in quite some time. What do you think--is it time for a Judge Bulla? 
  • A former Nevada corrections officer was sentenced to five years probation for his key role in smuggling cell phones, cds, chicken, and alcohol into High Desert State Prison. Meanwhile one of the prisoners involved got an additional 2-5 years prison time. A tipster tells us that Judge Kathleen Delaney, who sentenced the former officer, says that the PSI determines the sentence. The tipster goes on to ask, "Why do we pay her to 'judge'?" What do you think? [RJ]
  • Caesar's bankruptcy will get to stay in Chicago and not be forced to go to Delaware at the request of the creditors. [RJ]
  • Attorney General Adam Laxalt's decision to join the lawsuit against President Obama's immigration action resulted in protesters outside his office. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Meanwhile, Governor Sandoval is scrambling to deal with the consequences of his AG's unilateral decision. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The DMV wants you to be a Smog Spotter and tattle on cars that are smoking. [RJ]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Carson City Circus

  • As the legislature gets ready to go into action on Monday, here's a look at some of the issues we may see getting a lot of play this session. [RJ]
  • Here are five people to keep an eye on during the session. [RJ]
  • Maybe it's time for some usury laws for payday loan operations? [8NewsNow]
  • Maybe we'll have our first recall of a legislator? [RalstonReports]
  • Here's a handy link to a list of the BDRs (Bill Draft Requests).
What are your expectations for the upcoming legislative session? Are we likely to see big changes or more of the same? How many of you get work out of the legislative session? Surely there are lawyers involved in this process, right?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Going Rogue

  • Attorney General Adam Laxalt decided Nevada will be joining a lawsuit against President Obama's executive order on immigration--without consulting Governor Sandoval first. [RalstonReports]
  • The 9th Circuit upheld the conviction of lobbyist and former LSC partner Harvey Whittemore. [RJ]
  • We're one step closer to IKEA! [RJ]

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hiring An Attorney In Las Vegas

Yesterday the Las Vegas Sun included some content created and presented by Judah Zakalik of Peters and Associates on "How do I Hire a Lawyer?".

Two questions. What do you think about advertising in the form of an article talking about hiring a lawyer? And, any commentary, critiques, or other suggestions on what people should look for when hiring an attorney in Las Vegas?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy Friday

  • Our condolences go out to the family of Patrick Driscoll on the loss of his daughter. If you want to help the family offset funeral/medical costs, go here.
  • Leon Benzer, the central figure in the HOA scandal, is scheduled to plead guilty this morning. [RJ]
  • With so little going on in the news, the RJ can't seem to keep itself out of it. The Clark County communications director is using the County website to complain about the RJ's recent reporting on Family Services. [RJ]
  • Also, the RJ shut down its commenting feature yesterday. [Facebook]

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Baby's First Ruling

  • The Nevada Court of Appeals issued its first decision yesterday! [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's a look at post-election campaign contributions (no real mention of judicial candidates though...). [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's one reason to run for judge. [RJ]
  • The sentencing of Steven Jones has been continued to February 17. [RJ]

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Keep Running

  • Judges are not the only ones taking in money after the election. Attorney General Adam Laxalt has received $355,000 since the election. [@Ralstonreports via RGJ]
  • Attorney Kristina Wildeveld is trying to get the prosecutors removed from a sex abuse case where she says they've intimidated/scared witnesses, made verifiably false statements, and interviewed child victims who should have had representation. [RJ]
  • A hearing on whether the Summerlin Hospital TB case will be a class action was continued. [8NewsNow]
  • Our eight new district court judges have hit the ground running (according to the self promoting eightjdcourt blog).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Money For Judges

We're already three weeks into 2015 and last year's November elections are over two months behind us, but we're still seeing the effects of that campaign. As we mentioned last week, there are still lots of campaign signs up around the valley. Also, judges are still asking for money. Presently, their requests are to help them "retire the debt," but isn't it a little disconcerting that judges are still taking bribes asking for funds after the campaign is over and they should be focusing on the job they were elected to do? Over the course of last year's election season, the I-team as 8NewsNow did a series of stories on judicial fundraising. Despite all that focus on a very questionable process, nothing comes of it. We remain in the status quo with attorneys and firms sponsoring their favorite judges and those judges continuing to hear the cases of their contributors without recusing themselves. Is this ever going to change? Is it actually possible to change this system or are we, as Robert Eglet said, "stuck in the system we have?" What changes would you make? Do you think the appointment/retention system would work any better? Should we have stricter controls on contributions and recusals? What are your thoughts?

Monday, January 19, 2015

MLK, Jr Day 2015

Once again, some of us are at work today on a national holiday where both state and federal courts are closed and furniture sales are out of this world. Whether you're working today or not, sources say you should take the time to go see the film Selma.

  • Racism is still a problem Las Vegas and currently a problem that is facing Metro. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • One citizen is going to seek refund of his premiums from Nevada Health Link in small claims court. [RJ]
  • In 2013, more than 75% of wiretaps issued in Clark County were signed by one of three judges: Ron Israel, Gloria Sturman, and Nancy Allf. [RJ]
  • Not about a Las Vegas attorney, but a warning story nonetheless:  don't lick the back of your client's ears. [Fox5Vegas]

Friday, January 16, 2015

Finish This Sentence.

  • Former US Attorney for Nevada Lawrence Semenza got 18 months in prison, one year of supervised release, and $290,000 in restitution for failing to file tax returns. [8NewsNow]
  • Unsuccessful Clark County District Attorney Candidate Raymond James "Jim" Duensing was sentenced to five years probation for three felony charges stemming from an incident he had with Metro. [RJ]
  • The largest operating unit of Caesars Entertainment filed for bankruptcy in Chicago yesterday. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Remember some comments last year about an incident with Stephen Stubbs at Mark Coburn's office? There's video. [Yahoo Groups-Boulder City Political Forum]
  • Volunteers are needed to serve as judges for the UNLV-USC Rebel Trojan All-In Mock Trial Tournament. [CCBA]

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

White Castle

It's been a slow start to the year as far as legal news goes, so here are some stories from outside Las Vegas:
  • A $1 million suit says Elko County detectives exposed their confidential informant by including his name on a search warrant that was left on the table at the site of a drug raid. [San Diego Union-Tribune]
  • The US Supreme Court gave some borrowers relief yesterday by unanimously ruling that they have a 3-year right to rescind if the lender doesn't deliver certain disclosures. [WSJ]
  • If you're looking for a new job, White Castle is having a job fair today! [RJ]
  • If you have something else interesting to talk about, let us know in the comments!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Juror Pay

  • The 9th Circuit will not rehear the Nevada /Idaho gay marriage cases. [mynews3]
  • Think your pay is bad? At least you're not a juror. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Based on some of your comments, it seems like a lot of the former candidates with signs still up are family court practitioners. Is that what you're seeing?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Musical Chairs

  • Motion to dismiss denied in the HOA scandal case. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court says the State has to report on the nutritional adequacy of prison food diets. [8NewsNow]
  • Investiture ceremonies take place today for four more judges in the Eighth Judicial District Court. [eighthJDcourt blog]
  • The Las Vegas office of Dickinson Wright is expanding by adding eight attorneys!
  • Here's Jane Ann Morrison's puff piece on the Court of Appeals and how she predicted the three judges. [RJ]
  • Does anyone have any details on the narrowed down candidates to replace Kephart in Las Vegas Justice Court?
  • Interested in being appointed as a district court judge on one of the benches left open by our new Court of Appeals judges? Get your application here. Due by 5:00 pm on January 28, 2015.
  • Want to be on the committee that helps whittle down the applicants submitted to the Governor? Application is due by January 20, 2015. 
  • Want to be a law clerk for one of the new Court of Appeals judges? The job postings are here.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Je Suis Charlie

  • The Las Vegas City Council opted not to approve a ballot advisory question on whether they should proceed with funding a downtown soccer stadium. [RJ]
  • The City of North Las Vegas, looking for new ways to generate revenue, are replacing marshals with bailiffs in the courtrooms to free up the marshals to a backlog of 33,000 warrants. [RJ]
  • Should Nevada require adult film actors to wear condoms? [KNPR]
  • Consider getting a Real ID next time you need to renew your drivers license. [8NewsNow]
  • Here's a good article summing up what happened in Paris yesterday. [The Guardian]

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


What's going on out there today? No, not the skywriting--that's for CES. What's happening at your firms? Any signs of impending doom? Is your firm the next LSC? Did you get a copy of the Richard Harris Law Firm full color magazine in the mail? Were you not impressed? Do you have an opinion you would like to share?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Generally Speaking

  • The Boyd School of Law is now accepting applications for its Gaming Law and Regulation LLM which it will begin offering this fall. [press release]
  • Dean Dan Hamilton is out promoting the new LLM. [KNPR]
  • Former Constable John Bonaventura is still fighting the County Commission on the elimination of his position and duties (which were taken over by Metro). [RJ]
  • Settlement talks are happening in one of the mental patient bussing cases. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • In an press release yesterday, it was revealed that our new attorney general Adam Laxalt will be referred to as "General Laxalt." Use of the title "General" for an attorney general is a somewhat recent trend. [@Ralstonreports]

Monday, January 5, 2015

Job Satisfaction 2015

January tends to be a month where a lot of people in the legal profession change jobs. Maybe its because of resolutions that are made, maybe it's because the bonuses have been paid, or maybe it's just because firms start hiring again. Now that the holidays are over and you made it through another calendar year, let us know where you stand on job satisfaction. Are you satisfied where you are at? Do you plan on looking for a new job? Are you already looking? If you're not satisfied where you are at, why? What could get you to change your mind?

Are you satisfied with your current job?

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy 2015 everyone! Here are a few headlines for those of you working today:

  • Here's a puff piece with a very positive spin on the end of Lionel Sawyer. [RJ]
  • Here's a story to help remind you to properly take care of and dispose of client records. [8NewsNow]
  • Justice James Hardesty will serve as Nevada Supreme Court's Chief Justice this year and one of his first tasks will be assigning the new Court of Appeals its first 163 cases. [RJ]
  • The investiture ceremony for four of our newly elected judges will take place this afternoon. [CCBA]