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.

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  1. Congratulations to the BigLaw associates whose firms paid to have their names on their list! In all seriousness for the sole practicioners who paid to get their names on the list--you made a wise marketing move. Now you can post the accolade on your website. Don't worry the general public doesn't know how the sausage is made.

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  2. I am on the list and the voting system is ridiculous--but it's not pay for play at least.

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  3. Not listed: Sam Lionel, Dan Polsenberg, Jerry Gordon, Dennis Kennedy, Will Kemp, Kirk Lenhard, Mark Hutchison, Bob Eglet, Steve Morris, Todd Bice, Randall Jones, Tony Cabot, Nick Santoro...

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    1. I can't believe we have this argument every year. Of course these lists, are, for the most part, a crock of shit. But they're great for marketing. I'm a 2011 admittee and having watched a couple of my buddies pull this off with a very marginal campaign, I plan to do the same next year. This is about one thing - MARKETING. There's nothing to bitch about, unless you insist on denying that this list is something other than what it really is.

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    2. ^^ I am on the list and it is basically friends emailing you saying vote for me. Clients think it is cool. Lawyers know it is bullshit but who cares.

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    3. Out with the old... Bahahahaha.... !!!

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  4. And that crock-o-shit aspect is worth pointing out every year.

    But, there, now it's done.

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  5. I would be embarrassed to have my name in that list. And I'm on EVERY best lawyers list --- um, except this one.

    It's like making the t-ball all-star team when someone who is your age plays real baseball.

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    1. LOL. So true.

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    2. Agreed. I looked at the names on the list and about 10% of them actually belong in my opinion. Every year they get negative feedback, so it's a wonder why they keep doing it. I guess they're making enough money off of the advertising and not getting embarrassed enough to stop the list.

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    3. Haters (attorneys not named) gonna hate.. Yawn.

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    4. Us "haters" who are listed in the Best Lawyers book. LOL

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    5. Hilarious. On one side of the ring we have the actual Best Lawyers who make the legitimate book. On the other side, we have the Nevada Legal Elite who use that for marketing but aren't actual top lawyers. Sounds like a fair fight. Maybe in a boxing ring, but not in a courtroom!

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    6. Just throwing in a "me too" here. That list is a disgrace to our industry. Some of the attorneys on that list I know to be average or below average.

      I think the Nevada Ethics Committee should step in and rule that you can't use it in your marketing. We all know it's not a true list of the "elite" lawyers, so why are lawyers even allowed to put it on their CVs?

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    7. At the 32 minute remark, Judge Pregerson on the Ninth Circuit has some fun comments on the Super Lawyers list:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObZDipKRH0c

      Judge Pregerson: "you're a great lawyer"
      Lawyer: "I really appreciate that."
      Judge Pregerson: "That's what your ad says when we go on the internet, right? I wonder how many Super Lawyers there are in this country."
      ...
      Judge Pregerson: "There are a lot of them, and a lot of it is BS too."

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    8. 9:51 - LOL, so true.

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    9. Ha... that was a beautiful moment in that video in regards to Super Lawyers.

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  6. Serious question. Do you think that you family court experience should be a prerequisite for the family court hearing master position? Would it be better to have an outsider?

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    1. I saw that position too, and I was wondering why they don't get more specific as to what area the hearing master position is for? Juvenile? Or any of the other areas that they have hearing masters/commissioners ?

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    2. Does it mean the guardianship commissioner is really out? The announcement was vague about if he'd still handle mental health, etc.

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    3. @ 8:36. Judge Steel doing the bulk of guardianship. Norheim assigned to another department, but still doing the mentals. Can't get rid of him, a workhorse, knowledgeable & doesn't suffer from black robe fever.

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  7. What about this. http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/america-tonight/articles/2015/5/28/lawsuit-allegation-fake-spinal-parts-used.html

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