Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Direct Say In Their Judges

  • Judge Eric Johnson ruled against North Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge Catherine Ramsey holding that the voters can recall a judge noting that Nevadans like having a direct say in their judges. [RJ]
  • Nevada joined a lawsuit challenging federal authority over water. [RJ]
  • What is in the sealed HOA scandal records that the feds really don't want released? [RJ]
  • The US Supreme Court will not be hearing the Nevada patient dumping case. [Fox5Vegas; LasVegasNow]

Monday, June 29, 2015

Still Hot

  • SCOTUSblog has the details on the last opinions for the U.S. Supreme Court this term, including one upholding the use of a drug in lethal injections.
  • Are these lawsuits really that much of a threat to Las Vegas Sands and Wynn? [Daily Finance]
  • The Clark County Detention Center released over 100 inmates on Friday. [LasVegasNow]
  • Over 200 new laws take effect on Wednesday. [RJ]
  • Anything else going on out there on this first day of a short week?

Friday, June 26, 2015


It's a historic day with the Obergefell opinion from the Supreme Court. You can read the opinion and multiple dissents here.

In local news, the Nevada Supreme Court issued several opinions yesterday. Anyone have thoughts on those?

Here is the link that one of our commenters graciously shared to the Motion for Writ of Attachment regarding Gordon Silver.

A reader suggests that we should ask what is going on at Hutchison & Steffen? Anyone know?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Looking Up

  • Senior U.S. District Judge ruled that a man gets his money back that was wrongfully seized by the government and reminds the government of its duty of candor. [RJ]
  • At least a couple of things have gone right for North Las Vegas lately. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in King v. Burwell upholding subsidies for the Affordable Care Act. You can find the opinion and in-depth coverage at SCOTUSblog.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The End Of The Rebels

As the South (and retailers across the country) begins a movement to eradicate the confederate flag, Senator Harry Reid set off some debate in Nevada yesterday by suggesting that the Board of Regents should take a look at UNLV's "Rebels" nickname and mascot. You can get more details on the history of why the the school has the Rebel nickname and a history of confederate imagery in this article from the RJ. The article quotes two attorneys on the Board of Regents and their opinion. Michael Wixom says he doesn't see it as an issue and James Dean Leavitt says UNLV has fully shed its controversial image. We thought we'd give some more attorneys a chance to weigh in. What do you think? Does the Rebels name need to change? Does "Hey Reb" really convey a mountain man--because he looks an awful lot like a civil war general... Is Nevada anything like South Carolina--maybe if you think like Ralston?

Should UNLV change its mascot?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Heart Will Go On

  • More money for specialty courts. [nvcourts.govRJ]
  • A disciplinary panel is deciding what it will recommend to the Supreme Court of Nevada on the fate of Brian Bloomfield. (The comments offer some interesting insight into how some of the public feels about the situation.) [RJ]
  • In light of the mention of suicide and depression in that last article, we'll take this time to remind you that there are other options. This is a tough profession. There will be hard times. When there are, don't give into despair. Please reach out to those around you for help. Things can get better.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Getting Warmer

  • Here's a profile piece on attorney Dana Dwiggins. [Vegas Inc.]
  • In addition to all the other troubles in North Las Vegas, now it is being reported that Mayor John Lee did not make all the required financial disclosures. [RJ]
  • Is Lucy Flores getting ready to run for Nevada's 4th congressional district? [Ralston Reports]
  • We're nearing the end of the term for the Supreme Court of the United States with some big opinions still to come. Any predictions? [SCOTUSblog]

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Put This To Bed

  • Attorney Keith Gregory, who according to Judge Mahan was the linchpin of the HOA scandal--giving it an air of legitimacy, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The 61 year old has until September 18, 2015, to report to prison. Along with Gregory, an 86 year old veteran who was on the Board at two of the HOAs was sentenced to 2 years in prison and 3 years of supervised release. The "mastermind" of the scandal, Leon Benzer, is due to be sentenced on August 6. [RJ]
  • North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee says the child porn allegations are a hack job and he just wants to put this to bed." [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Black Sheep

  • As mentioned in the comments yesterday, Gordon Silver's landlord is suing the firm for failing to pay over three-quarters of a million dollars in rent. The case number is A-15-719863 if you want to see the gory details. 
  • No raise for Henderson City Attorney Josh Reid, but he does get a 3% bonus. [RJ]
  • No prison time for former lawyer Jeanne Winkler for her role in the HOA scandal. [RJ]
  • On Monday, a whistleblower witness described some of what happened in the neighborhoods affected by the HOA scandal. [RJ]

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Job Tips: Lawyers Dating Lawyers

A reader wants your input on dating other lawyers. Is it okay? Is it okay if the other person is in your firm? What about dating staff? Have any of you had any success dating other lawyers in Las Vegas? How about judges? Did you know that Match.com turned 20 this year? Any luck swiping right on Tinder? What's your advice for a solo lawyer seeking a partnership?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Jurassic World

  • Here's a puff piece on Fennemore Craig's venture accelerator program. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Prosecutors in the HOA scandal are trying to boost prison terms. [RJ]
  • Is Henderson city attorney Josh Reid going to get a pay raise and contract extension? [Ralston Reports]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada is creating a guardianship commission. [nvcourts.gov]
  • The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection is eliminating paper applications and requiring applicants to submit their applications on CD-ROM or a flash drive. Way to catch up with the times!?! [nvcourts.gov]

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bogged Down

  • Judge Catherine Ramsey sued the City of North Las Vegas. [RJ]
  • The DA has mailed out over 230 wiretap notices to people who were secretly recorded during an extortion investigation. [RJ]
  • Metro will no longer cite or arrest individuals for failing to register their handgun. [RJ]

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Little Unsealed

  • Does anyone have details on what's going on, if anything, with family court hearing master Sylvia Beller? Rumor has it that a few weeks ago she was escorted from the family courthouse and that the applications they're accepting are to fill her position...
  • The RJ is trying to get the HOA scandal documents and records unsealed. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, the Guardian is undertaking a similar effort in the Las Vegas Sands/Steven Jacobs case. [RJ]

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Job Tips: Job Hopping

A reader wants your input/advice. We'll frame the question in the form of a hypothetical:

Wilma graduated from UNLV Boyd School of Law in 2013 and passed the bar exam that summer. Since then she has jumped firms several times and is currently unhappily employed at Flintstone & Associates, her fourth firm. She wants to find a new job that she can be at long term, but isn't getting many interviews--a fact that she attributes to the multiple firms on her resume and lack of experience.
Is there anything she can to rectify that? Do you have any advice for her? Is she doomed?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Triple Crown

  • Dickinson Wright is not only picking up Gordon Silver's six Reno attorneys, but also seven Las Vegas attorneys. [Vegas Inc.]

Friday, June 5, 2015

Dr. Seuss Says

Thursday, June 4, 2015

I Will Not Eat Them

  • Judge Michelle Leavitt was publicly reprimanded by the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline for keeping a woman jailed for 10 days without bail or a contempt hearing. (A copy of the stipulation and order for public reprimand is here.) [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, Judge Ron Israel had attorney/UNLV Boyd Law alum Kurt Smith jailed for contempt related to his feelings about jury duty. "Thanks a lot." [RJ]
  • The City of North Las Vegas paid $25,000 to settle a suit over an officer shooting two dogs. The dogs' owner was represented by Cal Potter III. [RJ]
  • The investiture ceremony for District Court Judges Joe Hardy, Eric Johnson, and Justice Court Judge Bita Khamsi will take place tomorrow afternoon. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


  • Allegiant Air pilots are appealing Judge Andrew Gordon's ruling that they can't strike. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Secretary of State approved the petition to recall North Las Vegas Municipal Judge Catherine Ramsey. Judge Ramsey has retained Mueller, Hinds & Associates to challenge the validity of the recall effort. [RJ]
  • According to one list, Las Vegas is the third most well-read city in the country. What have you been reading lately? [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

I Do Not Like

  • For your entertainment, the 2015 Nevada Legal Elite list is out! [Nevada Business]
  • The 2015 Nevada Legislature ended its session last night. Did your favorite bills turn into pumpkins at midnight? [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • A lawsuit against an an anonymous commenter on the RJ website calling him or herself "lawyer" reached a settlement. [RJ]
  • Attorney Luis Rojas was sentenced to three years' probation for his role in a short-sale scheme. [RJ]
  • June means end of term for the U.S. Supreme Court and lots of decisions, including several interesting ones yesterday. [SCOTUSblog]
  • The Eighth Judicial District Court--Family Division is looking for a new hearing master. Applications are due by next Friday.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Green Eggs And Ham

  • The Nevada Assembly passed Governor Sandoval's tax package last night--the Senate is expected to pass it today. [RJ]
  • U.S. Senate candidate and former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto has a net worth in excess of $1 million. [RJ]
  • Here's an in-depth look at Nevada's parole problem. [RJ]
  • Former Deputy Attorney General Timothy Treffinger was arrested on Saturday in Pahrump and is facing drug charges. [8NewsNow]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada ruled on Friday that Clark County School District teacher email addresses are public record. [RJ]