Friday, July 31, 2015

Let The Justice System Run Its Course

  • Mayor Goodman plans to "let the justice system run its course" before deciding whether to return $50,000 in campaign contributions from the mastermind of an international ponzi scheme. [RJ]
  • Stephen "Bowtie" Stubbs is going to plead guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge of unlawful notarization of a signature by a notary. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at the Ceasar's bankruptcy. [Vegas Inc.]

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Worst Penalty

  • A disciplinary hearing panel recommends that Brian Bloomfield's license be suspended for five years followed by the ultimate punishment of being required to take the bar exam again. However, the panel's recommendation is just that and the State Bar is still asking for him to be disbarred. Ultimately, it is the decision of the Supreme Court of Nevada. (Really? What does that say about our profession that the entrance exam is considered punishment?) [RJ]
  • Speaking of punishment, congrats to those who survived day 3 of the bar exam? Anyone have any wild stories to share from this year's exam?
  • A medical marijuana dispensary represented by Maggie McLetchie is considering a lawsuit against the county over delay and roadblocks to getting the dispensary open. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Donald Campbell is representing a family suing Cowabunga Bay over a lack of lifeguards. [RJ]

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Something Good

It's a slow news week and some of you are suffering PTSD from the reminder that the bar exam is taking place right now. Does anyone have any positive news, stories, gossip, etc?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fool For A Client

  • Here's a story about a real estate agent representing himself in trial. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at the on-the-record spending and gifts done by lobbyists during the 2015 Nevada legislative session. [RJ]
  • Couple sentenced in fire that killed three children. [LasVegasNow]

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Bar Exam In July

  • Golightly & Vannah got a $684K judgment in their first Reno jury trial since opening a Washoe County office. [CVN]
  • Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California. [LA Times]
  • Here's a look at some new drone law in Nevada. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Wayne Howle will be Nevada's new Yucca Mountain attorney. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The July bar exam starts tomorrow. Any fond memories or advice you want to share?

Friday, July 24, 2015

It's Always The Details

  • Here's why it is extra important that settlement terms/plea agreements are clearly spelled out in the record. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court overturned a sexual assault conviction because Judge Doug Smith refused to swear in prospective jurors prior to jury selection. [RJ]

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Big Money

  • Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge Martin Hastings issued a narrow ruling to avoid getting into the issue of courtroom collection practices. [RJ]
  • The Caesar's bankruptcy could be getting more complicated. [RJ]
  • And, in just four short months managed to accrue more than $47 million in fees. [FoxBusiness]
  • RIP John Peter Lee. Services are this Saturday. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Partners Lounge

If you head over to Vegas Inc. you will see an article detailing the 54,000 sq. ft. Hughes Center office Gordon Silver left behind when it moved to its new 2,883 sq. ft. first floor office. Oh how the mighty have fallen. From the article, it looks like their new office does not have a well-ventilated cigar and poker room known as the Partners Lounge. Which got us thinking? Do any other firms have the equivalent of a Partners Lounge? How about a game room? We know Craig Kenny has got a basketball court. What other special features do Las Vegas law offices have?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dr. Feelgood

  • More sentencing in the HOA scandal. [RJ]
  • The party doctor was sentenced to five years probation. [RJ]
  • One of the firms that got Project Neon eminent domain work is Carbajal & McNutt. Also, details about how much money is being paid out. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, July 20, 2015

Total Recall

  • Here are two looks at the latest on the historic effort to recall North Las Vegas Municipal Judge Catherine Ramsey. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
  • Are you one of the rare few that has paid for a .vegas domain name? [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, July 17, 2015

Dead End Job

Here are seven signs you're at a dead end job. Are there any specific signs you would add for those in the legal profession?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Slow Thursday

  • A little birdie tells us that the firm of Pezzillo Lloyd has joined up with Howard & Howard. Anyone have more details?
  • Make sure you comply with Supreme Court orders. [RJ]
  • The new guardianship panel met yesterday. [RJ]

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Genghis Law

  • Nevada's chief attorney on Yucca Mountain, Marta Adams, is retiring. [Las Vegas SunRJ]
  • Judge Eric Johnson refused to reduce bail for the man who has been behind bars for six years without a conviction. [RJ]
  • Judges from Mongolia will be visiting our family courts later this month. The jokes almost write themselves. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Job Tips: Social Networking

As a lawyer, how do you use social networking? Do you have a fan page on Facebook? Do you tweet on Twitter? Have any of you had any success in attracting clients through your social media endeavors?

On a related note, Wilma's boss Fred sent her a friend request of Facebook. Should she accept it?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Educational Debauchery

  • Attorney Craig Mueller is challenging the Las Vegas Municipal Court's fees and collection practices. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at Legal 2000 holds. [RJ]
  • Here another, more detailed look at the DA's office and payment of witnesses. [RJ]
  • After some of you mentioned Judge Scann in the comments, we reached out to court information officer Mary Anne Price whose official response was, "Judge Scann is on leave." 
  • Anyone have any good stories/gossip of the educational debauchery that was the Annual Meeting? Where will it be next year?

Friday, July 10, 2015

State of the Market July 2015

It's the middle of the calendar year year again, the state bar convention is going on, the July bar exam is only a few weeks away, and it is as good as time as any to take a moment and ask for your input on the state of the legal market in Las Vegas. Are things better or worse than they were a year ago? Is your firm growing or laying off? Is what's happening at Gordon Silver a sign of the times? Are you seeing any trends that you think indicate where things are going? Has your civility improved? Is it time to switch practice areas or careers?

Generally speaking, compared to this time a year ago, rate the state of the Las Vegas legal market.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Annual Meeting

  • Today marks the start of State Bar of Nevada's Annual Meeting. This year it is in Seattle. Are any of you attending? Any gossip you heard on the flight up while sitting behind a certain judge and their spouse?
  • Here's an updated story on the unprecedented move of North Las Vegas City Attorney Sandra Douglass Morgan announcing for a recall election before the election is even set. [RJ]
  • More details on Gordon Silver and their eviction from Hughes Center. [Vegas Inc.]
  • A little birdie tells us that the son of a family court judge is being held on charges related to a robbery. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Just Say No

  • North Las Vegas City Attorney Sandra Douglass Morgan is jumping into the recall election against Judge Catherine Ramsey.  Is that how this works? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The new Judge Johnson was shocked to learn that a Vegas man has been locked up for 6 years without a conviction. [RJ]
  • Adam Kutner sued Google. [RJ]
  • Here are some opinions about new Justice of the Peace Bita Khamsi. [Veterans in Politics]
  • The annual medical and dental malpractice sweep is set for August 3. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Bill Cosby's now unsealed admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women has a Las Vegas connection. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Go Get 'Em, Tiger

  • The Attorney General's office has hired 11 outside firms on Project Neon condemnation cases. Anyone know who the lucky firms are? [RJ]
  • Looks like another lawsuit against Gordon Silver for monies owed. Case A-15-720985-C.
  • Maybe Gordon Silver should have gotten into construction defect plaintiff work--this article says that the firm of Canepa Riedy & Rubino made more than $200 million in fees from construction defect cases. [RJ]
  • No harm, no foul for Metro if they're shooting at you, but you shoot yourself first. [RJ; LasVegasNow
  • Seems like civil forfeiture is getting a lot of attention lately. [RJ]

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Property Man

  • Fox News is launching a new weekend show starring Las Vegas attorney Bob Massi called "Bob Massi is the Property Man" It debuts this Saturday. [Variety]
  • Ever thought about being a volunteer judge in the Truancy Diversion Program? [eigthjdcourt blog]
  • The Family Court bench recently issued a resolution on rules of professional cooperation. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Independence Day

  • Police raided the home and office of attorney Vicki Greco.  [RJ]
  • The headline says it all, "Prosecutors baffled by sealed records of doctor in child porn case." [RJ]
  • Have a safe and happy Independence Day everyone!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Job Tips: Hiring A Secretary

One of our readers wants your input:  what is the best way to find a good secretary in Las Vegas? Is there a secret to finding these needles in a haystack? Do you recommend putting an ad in the RJ, using Monster or Craigslist, or just ? Do recruiters look for secretaries--and if so, is it worth the money? The reader works in a two-attorney office--does that change your advice?