Friday, May 29, 2015

Just Be There


  • Over 2,700 signatures were collected in the effort to recall North Las Vegas Municipal Judge Catherine Ramsey. Among the reasons for recalling her are allegations of absenteeism. [RJ]
  • U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Gordon stood strong behind his decision to throw out evidence obtained by the FBI in an illegal gambling bust as fruit of the poisonous tree. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada overturned a $500,000 jury verdict in a priest groping case. [RJ]
  • In another new opinion in Weddell v. Sharp, the Court adopted the doctrine of nonmutual claim preclusion. [Supreme Court of Nevada]
  • Make sure to register today if you plan on attending next week's Meet Your Judges mixer!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The New Format


  • As noted in the comments yesterday, there has been a change in the format of the Nevada bar exam. Does this really signal a move toward the UBE? Is adding an additional MPT really necessary to evaluate critical lawyer skills? [NVbar.org]
  • Brian Bloomfield could lose his law license. [RJ]
  • President Obama's executive action on immigration is still in limbo following a federal court ruling on Tuesday. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Approaching Sine Die

As the legislative session is winding down, we're seeing lots of action and some bills are being signed into law.  Two of those that were signed yesterday are no life without parole sentences for offenders under the age of 18 [RJ] and a bill extending the statute of limitations on rape charges from 4 years to 20 years [RJ]. What do you think about these changes?

Any last minute bills you are hoping to see make it into the books as law?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Here Comes Summer


  • Suspended attorney Barry Levinson, who apparently has the most complaints against him with the Nevada State Bar, got sentenced to 78 months in federal prison. [RJ]
  • The Legislature approved a bill that will allow Uber to operate in Nevada, but it looks like it and other ride sharing companies like Lyft will be managed by the Public Utilities Commission. [RJ]
  • The Legislature is entering the final week of the session. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada issued orders denying writs of mandamus from the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the State Engineer. [8NewsNow]
  • Speaking of the Supreme Court, an unidentified developer wants to build the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals a building in Las Vegas and lease it to them so the Court doesn't have to pay the County for the space it is currently using in the RJC. [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, May 22, 2015

America's 29th Biggest City


  • Changes are happening with regard to who will be hearing guardianship hearings in Clark County. [RJ; EighthJDCourt blog]
  • Now that guardianship is getting fixed, the ACLU wants Nevada's parole program to be fixed. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Did a local high school deny a student the ability to create a pro-life club? [KNPR]
  • The Nevada Senate passed a bill to crack down on squatters. [RGJ]
  • Attorney Kristina Wildeveld had no comment after her client Flavor Flav was arrested yesterday. [USA Today]
  • Las Vegas is now the 29th biggest city in the country. [RGJ]
  • Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Those Who Can

In light of yesterday's news that Boyd law professor Nancy Rapoport would be chairing a committee to review legal fees and expenses in the Caesars bankruptcy, someone questioned the propriety of having a law professor (and law students as the article suggests) reviewing the fees and expenses of practicing attorneys. It was not a question about Rapoport as much as it was a question about law professors and law students. (It should be noted that although it has been awhile, Rapoport's Linked In resume does include 5 years in a law firm. It's also worth noting that she is no longer the Gordon Silver Professor of Law and is now the Garman Turner Gordon Professor of Law at Boyd.)

You've heard that saying, "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." What do you think? Is there any truth to it? Did any of your law school classmates become law professors? Would you like them reviewing your legal fees and expenses? Are there better options for a court to determine the reasonableness of fees and expenses?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

If I Could Turn Back Time


  • An anonymous former employee alleges that North Las Vegas Municipal Judge Catherine Ramsey, who has been in the news quite a bit lately (just search her name), had her run personal errands on taxpayer time, while another alleges Ramsey created a hostile work environment. Ramsey denies the allegations. [8NewsNow]
  • 20 of the defendants from the HOA scandal are being sentenced this week. [RJ]
  • UNLV Boyd Law Professor Nancy Rapoport was appointed chairperson of a legal fee review committee in the Caesars bankruptcy. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Legislature has approved the resolution to keep Nevada on daylight savings time year round. Now it's on to Washington to see if Congress will allow it. [News3LV]

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

For The Better


  • The Eighth Judicial District Court is implementing changes to implement best practices for guardianship cases. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Is there another suspect in the Tammy Myers homicide investigation? [Fox5Vegas]
  • A jury was selected Monday in a case that is putting the spotlight on Nevada's stand-your-ground law. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • An 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit decided that a 3-judge panel erred in telling Google to take down an anti-Muslim film.  [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Judge Kerry Earley reversed a lifetime ban of the UFC's Wanderlei Silva. [News3LV]

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mostly Overcast


  • Here's a look at some legal aspects of the local housing market. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Here's a Q&A puff piece with attorney John Delikanakis of Snell & Wilmer. [Vegas Inc.]
  • A slightly narrower version of AB 193, allowing certain hearsay evidence, passed the Senate and is going on to the governor. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, SB 444, a bill proposed to weaken the Anti-SLAPP law, may be dead is not yet dead. [RJ]

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Thrill Is Gone


  • Jeff Silver is leaving Gordon Silver to join Dickinson Wright, leaving the once lustrous firm without either of the partners whose names it bears. [RJ]
  • The "Senior Sixteen" are represented by Matthew Callister and are suing the Southern Nevada Water Authority for age discrimination. [RJ]
  • Former constable John Bonaventura is in the news again after a warrant is issued for his arrest. [RJ]
  • North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee has hired a Reno PR firm to help with the issue of child pornography and his Ipad. [News3LV]
  • UNLV Boyd Law's Convocation is taking place this morning at 10:00 a.m. Congrats new grads and good luck on the bar.
  • RIP B.B. King. If you haven't heard him lately, do yourself a favor and give this a listen. The thrill is gone indeed.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Going For Distance


  • The Nevada Senate approved a bill that would change Nevada to a primary election state rather than a caucus state. [RJ]
  • KNPR's State of Nevada dedicated a program to free speech in Nevada and features proponents and opponents of SB 444. [KNPR]
  • Speaking of anti-SLAPP, Boulder City taxpayers are paying a $235,000 settlement from a SLAPP lawsuit against the City, with legal fees more than double that amount. [8NewsNow]
  • Lots of people who work in local government don't live here--at least according to where there vehicles are registered. [8NewsNow]
  • The FBI is now getting involved into a report of child pornography on the Ipad of the Mayor of North Las Vegas. [RJ]
  • The Washoe County School District's chief general counsel is taking a demotion and pay cut while the school board refrains from disparaging remarks. [RGJ]
  • Is this now the longest firm name in town--Holley, Driggs, Walch, Fine, Wray, Puzey, Thompson?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Goodbye Gordon Silver?


  • Uber is still alive! The Nevada Senate passed a bill regulating Uber and other ride-hailing apps. [RJ]
  • Snell & Wilmer is learning the consequences of having a governor and lieutenant governor that are both lawyers. [RJ]
  • Military pensions are community property in a divorce. [8NewsNow]
  • The big news today that everyone really wants to hear about is what is going on at Gordon Silver. If you haven't already, go read the Vegas Inc. article detailing changes at the firm including the departure of Jerry Gordon and 15 attorneys who are starting a new firm called Garman Turner Gordon. While that article gives us a few details, there are still many other missing details. What will become of the existing firm and its office space? What will it be called? What about the attorneys? What does this mean for the job market? Is anyone safe?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Smores


  • A look at the rising tide of parental rights termination cases. [RJ]
  • We're finally at the beginning of the end for the HOA scandal. [RJ]
  • Here's another lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao. [8NewsNow]
  • The other day, someone commented about unlicensed documents preparers and nothing being done about them. Someone from the Secretary of State's office replied asking for more information. If you have information about unlicensed documents preparers, please contact the division at docprep@sos.nv.gov

Friday, May 8, 2015

Rock In Rio USA


  • Guardianship in Clark County is getting even more scrutiny after Family Court Guardianship Commissioner Jon Norheim ruled against the children of ailing musician B.B. King. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • SB 401 would crack down further on notarial fraud. [8NewsNow]
  • More tales about the Mayor's office from our crazy municipality to the North. [RJ]
  • The Legislature is taking another crack at "legalizing" Uber in Nevada. [RJ]
  • Rock in Rio USA debuts today and traffic will be impacted as a result. [Fox5Vegas]
Are you going to Rock in Rio? Do you have other big plans this weekend? Does anyone have any substantive rumors about imploding law firms? Are you already annoyed by emails from those campaigning for the Board of Governors?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

May Flowers


  • February bar exam results came out yesterday. With a 61% pass rate, we're adding some 135 new lawyers to our ranks. Welcome!
  • The Nevada Legislature is considering some changes to the law that will impact family law and how courts look at family reunification. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at the sanctions against Glen Lerner in New Orleans in BP oil spill cases. [RJ]
  • Another class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court against Manny Pacquiao. [RJ]
  • Governor Sandoval signed into law SB 177 which allows a person to designate a caregiver when admitted to a hospital. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Uniform Bar Exam

As reported by our friends over at Above the Law yesterday, the Chief Judge on New York's Court of Appeals (that's its highest court) announced that beginning next summer, New York will begin administering the Uniform Bar Exam ("UBE") instead of an entirely state specific exam. (More details are available in a New York Times article.) With New York adopting the UBE, that means next year there almost a quarter of the 50 states will using the UBE, including many states out west. Here is a map of states using the UBE. In adopting the UBE, New York hopes that more of the nation will follow. However, some of the biggest legal markets (including CA, FL, TX, IL, DC) are not yet on board.

What are your thoughts on the UBE? Good idea or bad idea? Should we adopt it here in Nevada? Would adopting the UBE mean we would have to change our reciprocity rules too?

Should Nevada adopt the Uniform Bar Exam?

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Huānyíng Resorts World Las Vegas!


  • Should there be mandatory jail time for leaving the scene of an accident? [8NewsNow]
  • Pacquiao could face discipline over not properly reporting his shoulder injury. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • ed.  Looks like the first law suit has been filed in U.S. District Court with attorney Brandon McDonald representing a putative class. [8NewsNow]
  • Meanwhile, Top Rank boxing's lawyers are looking at making piracy claims after many people watched the fight over live streams like Periscope. [RJ]
  • U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Gordon granted a preliminary injunction preventing Allegiant Air pilots from striking. [Vegas Inc.]
  • The new Judges Eric Johnson (Department 20) and Joe Hardy (Department 15) put on the robes yesterday.  
  • Resorts World Las Vegas is breaking ground today, but not expected to open until 2018. [8NewsNow]

Monday, May 4, 2015

Au Revoir, Riviera


  • Justice Hardesty thinks the guardianship system's problems extend beyond Clark County. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at Sheldon Adelson's performance on the stand last week in Judge Gonzalez's courtroom. [RJ]
  • Will there be lawsuits arising out of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in light of all the pay-per-view issues and the [alleged] fact that Pacquiao was injured? [RJ]
  • It looks like local municipal governments are continuing their efforts to keep someone in the legal industry employed. In Henderson, six family members of the mayor are employed by the City [RJ] and in North Las Vegas, two ethics complaints were filed with the Ethics Commission against the Mayor. [RJ]
  • A few defense attorneys changed their position on the letter about AB 193. [Ralston Reports]
  • Have you been wondering about the status of the piece by piece demolition of the Harmon Hotel at CityCenter? Here's a picture of the current progress. [News3LV]

Friday, May 1, 2015

MayPac


  • Did you know that today is National Law Day? Are you involved with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada's Ask-a-Lawyer event? Why not? [8NewsNow]
  • Gerry Zobrist, currently serving 87 months in federal prison for a mortgage fraud conviction, consented to permanent disbarment. [RJ]
  • Tammy Meyers had prescription drugs in her system after she died. How does this impact the case against the two defendants? [Fox5Vegas]
  • Attorney Mace Yampolsky discusses DUI checkpoints. Do you agree with his tips? [Las Vegas Tribune]
  • Don't forget that tonight is Rick Harris' annual party. You can see the invite here
  • Do you have big plans this weekend? Are you watching the Kentucky Derby? Did your firm splurge on tickets to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight to impress some of your clients?