Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Have You Ever


  • The Legislature began discussing Uber in Nevada yesterday. Don't worry, taxi drivers statewide are looking out for your safety and fighting the good fight against Uber. [RJ]
  • One proposed bill would eliminate the penalties for underage drinking if a medical emergency is being reported. That should work just fine, right? [Fox5Vegas; 8NewsNow]
  • Did you know there was mayoral debate last night? Did you know there is an election next week? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • AG Adam Laxalt wants the 9th Circuit to rehear the Margaret Rudin appeal. [KNPR]
  • For those of you not paying attention to the comments yesterday, there was a nice discussion about Rule 11. To follow it up:

With regard to Rule 11, I have:

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Break 2015

For those of you without kids, today may be just another Monday with less traffic than last Monday. But for those of you with kids, today is the first day of a long because you know that there is no school because of spring break. What do you do when the kids are on spring break? Do you try and schedule a family vacation at the same time? Do you just go to work and let them fend for themselves during the day? Do you think the State Bar should implement a spring break?

Also, does anyone have any new, solid information about Prince & Keating or Gordon Silver?

Friday, March 27, 2015

So Long, Harry


  • Senator Harry Reid announced this morning that he will not seek reelection.  The immediate front runners to replace him are both attorneys:  former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and State Senator Michael Roberson. [NY Times]
  • Back in November of last year, an inmate died at the High Desert State Prison. This week, autopsy findings were released indicating that he was shot by a correctional officer.  Additionally, the inmate was handcuffed with his arms behind his back when he was shot. The AG's office is investigating. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at an instance in 1990 where a district court judge did not recuse himself which may result in a new trial this year. [RJ]
  • Change is afoot at the DA's office as prosecutors who worked exclusively on the Repeat Offender Unit will now start handling other cases. [KTNV]
  • Although the legislature is focused on the Governor's new tax business license fee plan right now, there are a lot of other bills waiting for hearing that could impact you.  For example, SB 296, introduced by Senator Roberson, would prohibit the assertion of claims for punitive damages in certain pleadings in civil actions. What do you think about this proposal? [SB 296]

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Baby Steps

Yesterday the Court of Appeals heard its first oral arguments. Today, it's issuing its first Advance Opinion. Justice Hardesty's baby is growing up.

Anything else going on out there today?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Windy Wednesday


  • The Nevada Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear its first oral arguments today. [NVCourts.gov]
  • Yes, we have trademark cases in Nevada, especially when it involves a casino. [RJ]
  • Days after Justice Hardesty indicated there wasn't enough ticket revenue to pay for courts, the City of Henderson is looking at traffic ticket irregularities including some that were voided for being friends/family of HPD. [RJ]
  • There's a class action lawsuit being filed against the Venetian and Palazzo which alleges that they hid resort fees. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, March 23, 2015

No One Is Driving Better


  • Chief Justice James Hardesty says fewer traffic tickets being issued is resulting in a financial crisis for the Nevada Supreme Court. Note that the article doesn't say anything about the Court of Appeals which is now also impacting the Supreme Court's budget. [RJ]
  • Here's a puff-piece interview with Mark Ricciardi of labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Sad that Uber isn't operating in Nevada right now? Don't be! The Nevada Taxicab Authority is finally rolling out "Ride Genie" and it's ridiculous fees so you can hail one of just 85 cabs with a licensed cab driver anywhere in the valley. [8NewsNow]
  • Did you want to see the FBI's press release about the conviction of a Las Vegas attorney in the HOA scandal? [FBI.gov]

Friday, March 20, 2015

Vernal Equinox 2015

Happy first day of spring, everyone!

It seems that the Commission on Judicial Selection's nominees seemed to have struck some nerves. While having diverse and qualified candidates is an important consideration, today we want to focus on the qualified part of things. Some of you have strong feelings about judges from one practice area taking a case load in another. In this instance, the concern is that the nominees do not have the criminal experience to handle a criminal docket. What is it about the idea of a civil litigator handling a criminal docket that irks you so? Can't a good civil lawyer be a good criminal judge? Is this much different than when non-family law practitioners run for family court? How do you propose this be resolved? Does anyone know why we have judges who have both civil and criminal dockets? Doesn't it make more sense to have them focus on one? Does it bother you that the chief judge could change the assigned dockets at any time? Is your bracket already busted?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Madness Begins

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection finished its interviews yesterday and announced the names they would put forward to Governor Sandoval as nominees to fill Departments 15 and 20.  Out of 25 applications, the four nominees are:

Department 15
  • Mary F. Chapman, 51, Las Vegas, with Law Office of Mary F. Chapman, Ltd.
  • Joseph Paul Hardy, Jr., 42, Henderson, with Gordon & Rees
  • Louis Eric Johnson, 54, Las Vegas, with U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada
Department 20
  • Karl Wesley Armstrong, 56, Las Vegas, with Ray Lego & Associates
  • Joseph Paul Hardy, Jr., 42, Henderson, with Gordon & Rees
  • Louis Eric Johnson, 54, Las Vegas, with U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada

Congratulations to the nominees! What do you think about the Commission's selection? Do you have any advice for Governor Sandoval on selecting from these names?

On another note, the NCAA college basketball tournament starts today which means tons of media outlets doing stories on work place productivity? Does it affect your productivity?

When it comes to watching NCAA March Madness games...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

High Dogs


  • All four defendants in the HOA scandal trial, including attorney Keith Gregory, were found guilty.  They'll be sentenced in June, but a hearing is scheduled for next week so U.S. District Court Judge James Mahan can decide whether to issue an order barring Gregory from practicing law while he awaits sentencing. [RJ]
  • The effort to recall North Las Vegas Municipal Judge Catherine Ramsey is generating some off-season work for political consultants David Thomas and Johnny Jackson. [RJ]
  • Body cameras are resulting in the charges against a Metro officer. [RJ]
  • A man named Tick is asking the Nevada Legislature to consider permitting medical marijuana for your pet. [8NewsNow]
  • Interviews for the two vacancies on the bench in the Eighth Judicial District Court continue today.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Being Green


  • After years of build up and just three weeks of trial, jury deliberations begin today in the HOA scandal trial. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Legislature introduced over 120 bills yesterday including one to do away with residency requirements for divorce and one to approve the Equal Rights Amendment. [RJ]
  • Attorney/State Senator Tick Segerblom introduced a bill to permit industrial marijuana farming. [KNPR]
  • If you haven't been following the HBO documentary "The Jinx," it took an interesting turn of events with the subject being arrested the weekend of the finale and the finale episode including what sounds like a possible off-camera, but on-mic confession. [RJ]
  • More details on the shooting of Tammy Meyers from the grand jury transcript. [8NewsNow]

Monday, March 16, 2015

Let's Go Dancing


  • The Nevada legislature versus trial lawyers. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Some very special legislators want to do away with professional licensing in Nevada. Can you imagine? [AB269]
  • Is the legislature violating the Constitution in its failure to address two initiative petitions? [RGJ]
  • In Las Vegas Municipal Court Department 1, Judge Cynthia Leung faces a challenge from Yvette Chevalier. Who should the voters choose? [RJ]

Friday, March 13, 2015

Finding Legal Jobs in Las Vegas 2015

A reader wants to know where you go when you're looking for a new job in Las Vegas. Last year we had a post listing 10 of the most common resources for finding a legal job in Las Vegas which included sources from Dad to casino HR websites. Are you using those resources? Do you know of a new resource? Where do you go to apply for Gentile & Cristalli, PLLC?

On that same topic, for those of you who are employers or doing the hiring--where do you go to post jobs and/or find candidates? Do you call up career services at Boyd or do you take advantage of all the goodness that Craigslist has to offer? Do you use a recruiter? Do you have any interest in sending us your job posting for us to post on a jobs page here at the blog?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Just Add Water


  • A recall effort is underway to remove North Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge Catherine Ramsey. Ramsey previously made headlines when she sued the City over their failure to defend her in a wrongful termination action. [RJ]
  • 8NewsNow's George Knapp tweeted yesterday that former Secretary of State Ross Miller is partnering up with Gordon Silver's Dominic Gentile and Michael Cristalli to form a new law firm. Anyone have more details? Does this mean Gordon Silver is going the way of LSC?
  • Coming this summer:  powdered alcohol. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Inmates staged a food protest at the maximum security prison in Ely because their portions were reduced. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Denied


  • All seven of the Nevada Supreme Court justices who were sitting at the time of the FBI raids in the HOA scandal deny having tipped off Nancy Quon. [RJ]
  • (As mentioned by a commenter yesterday,) Margaret Rudin may be getting a new trial. [RJ]
  • Justice Court Chief Judge Joe Bonaventura talks about DUI cases. [8NewsNow]
  • After the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up a case, Metro is facing a possible trial over illegal entry into a home. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • UNLV's climb up the rankings also included it maintaining its #3 ranking in legal writing. Anyone one to give us insight into what makes their legal writing program so great? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Two and a half years after she issued sanctions for it, Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez is still ordering a Las Vegas Sands subsidiary to hand over documents. [KNPR]

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Higher Than You


  • Remember all the rumors during the HOA scandal that a judge was involved? Well, someone testified yesterday that a Nevada Supreme Court justice tipped Nancy Quon off to the FBI investigation. No one pressed for an identification of the justice, but Justice Hardesty made it clear it wasn't him. [RJ]
  • The latest US News and World Report Best Law School rankings put UNLV's Boyd School of Law in a 4-way tie for #67. It also reports lower tuition costs than last year when the school landed in a 4-way tie at #83. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Vroom Vroom


Nascar weekend in Vegas is over (did any of you go?) and now it's time to get back to the grind. Here are a few stories for you including some future potential work the Nevada legislature is creating just for you!
  • Attorney Jeffrey Barr wants to revive a class-action lawsuit against the now defunct Las Vegas Constable's Office. [RJ]
  • There is a legitimate chance of the Nevada legislature passing a law permitting concealed carry on college campuses. [KNPR]
  • They're also looking at a bill requiring law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. [8NewsNow]
  • How about putting lawyer advertisements on the Strip pedestrian bridges? [RJ]
  • And for those of you still dragging this morning from the time change, the legislature is looking at staying in Pacific Daylight Time all year round! [RJ]

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring Ahead This Weekend!


  • Effective immediately, the Clark County Probate Court is moving all its hearings from the Family Court to Courtroom 3F in the RJC.  Chambers for Probate Commissioner Wesley Yamashita will remain at the Family Court for the time being.
  • Here is the schedule of interviews for the candidates applying for the two vacancies on the bench in the Eighth Judicial District Court. 
  • Judge Susan Scann heard three hours of argument yesterday regarding the RJ's request of witness payment records from the DA's office. [RJ]
  • Did you know there was a Las Vegas Municipal Court Women in Need of Change (WIN) Court? [Fox5Vegas]
  • In Nevada Supreme Court Case 66876, Breeden v. Eighth Judicial District Court, the Court issued a decision in favor of attorney Adam Breeden saying you don't get attorney fees for a voluntary dismissal. 
  • Brian Jones, a suspended attorney who pleaded guilty to charges in the HOA Scandal, testified the other day about his role. [RJ]

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cloak Of Invisibility


  • Settlement money makes overtime lawsuit against David Copperfield disappear. [RJ]
  • The 2015 Nevada Legislature is starting to get physical. [Ralston Reports]
  • Attorney and Nevada Senate Minority Leader Aaron D. Ford wants the State to help you with your student loans. [RJ]
  • The Alabama Supreme Court ordered a halt to gay marriages in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court order to the contrary. [Reuters]

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mischief Managed


  • A witness in the HOA Scandal trial said Leon Benzer bragged that he had "special relationships and benefits" with local judges, but Chris Rasmussen, who was doing the cross-examination, did not press her for names. And, as you know, no judges were charged in the scandal. [RJ]
  • The slow-moving State Bar of Nevada filed a complaint against Brian Bloomfield for charges he pleaded guilty to in December 2013. [RJ]
  • Public review took place yesterday of the shooting of a man in a confrontation with Nevada Highway Patrol and BLM rangers out at Red Rock last year. [Fox5Vegas]
  • SB 114 proposes a comprehensive electronic database of prescriptions given to patients. [8NewsNow]
  • Five Reno Police Officers went to Ukraine for what was to be a two-month trip to train officers there in community policing. Apparently, the Reno City Council was never told about the trip beforehand and ordered the officers home. See, it's not just Las Vegas. [KNPR]
  • A reader wants to know if any of you can "tell me if there is a difference between statutes of limitation and statutes of repose in Nevada?"

Monday, March 2, 2015

Rainy Monday


  • When you sign a marker at a Las Vegas casino, make sure you read the small print because the Supreme Court of Nevada is going to hold you to it. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Defense attorney Herb Sachs died last week at 83. RIP. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • We still don't know the names of everyone who was awarded medical marijuana licenses last year. [RJ]
  • What is it with local government and not wanting their employees speaking to the press? [RJ]