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?

27 comments:

  1. I heard Judge Scann was suffering from an aggressive form of stomach cancer.

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    1. That's horrible news. Prayers to her and her family.

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    2. Oh dear. Susan Scann is a kind person and a terrific judge.

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    3. Duplicate all above sentiments

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    4. She was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and most likely won't be returning.

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    5. That's a shame. I hope she is resting comfortable and can be with her family.

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  2. Next year's meeting is in Hawaii. Because our State Bar has to do something to burn our dues.

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    1. Well, how else are they going to convince people to attend? I'm guessing that Seattle was less attended than the past Hawaii conferences. People need a good reason to write off a vacation.

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    2. I wish they would burn some dues on fixing the "Find A Lawyer" feature of the website. I would like to see an accounting of how much we spend for Bar officers and employees to attend the annual convention.

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    3. It's in Waikoloa on the Big Island June 30-July 2.

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    4. I see sacrifices of bar officials into the volcano if the website is not functioning by then.

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    5. Why do people care so much about find a lawyer? Use the Nevada legal directory.

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    6. 12:03: Because civilians use the State Bar website. Also, members of the Bar are required to update Bar but not the legal directory. This is important when big firms implode and associates scatter like cockroaches. Try finding LSC and GS associates with your November 2014 or March 2015 directories.

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    7. I find them on this fancy new website called Google.

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    8. You can still use the find a lawyer service if you know the name of the person already. Just search "Joe A. Lawyer NVbar" in google and the lawyer's profile will pop up.

      That being said, I switched firms a few months ago, alerted the bar, but my info hasn't been updated yet. :(

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    9. Also, the Find A Lawyer service hasn't been updated to include anyone who passed the bar from July 2014 forward. Kind of difficult to verify their contact information if they never had a profile on the NV Bar website to begin with.

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    10. Forget the website and I may go back to using pocket parts instead of Westlaw as well.

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    11. What the fuck are pocket parts? ;-)

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    12. I switched firms last November and still hasn't been updated on the Nevada Bar yet,, so I still get significant mailings and telephone calls.

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  3. Good on Mueller!

    What possible things are done in Muni Court that could not be more professionally, efficiently, and economically handled in Justice Court?

    The City court is an absolute joke - useless, brain-dead, overpaid clerks milling about and trying to look busy plus unnecessary judges who take tons of time off, are paid way too much money, and receive unbelievable benefits packages. If that entire sham of a court were simply shut down and all of the expensive and useless public employees and judges were let go, it would be a net gain for the City. Send these stupid cases to Justice Court where they can be handled by DA's. The City uses this supposed court as a fund-raising exercise.

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  4. Don't forget 4 days a week for City Judges and employees. Not so easy to abolish an incorporated City and its courts. Has anyone had any experience with the City parking violations. They force you to go to ARBITRATION. Some company in Phoenix does the administration. If you complain, they send you to Muni Court which is more cumbersome and you still get hammered.

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  5. I know of no other state bars that hold their annual membership meetings out of state like NSB does? NSB should always hold the annual members meeting in Nevada, where all members can easily attend economically. NSB pays for its own executive members and some NSB employees to attend resorts and stay in luxury hotels. They also pay NSB delegates to attend investigative trips for meeting planning ahead of time. Members of the judiciary also attend for free. That's easily 50 to 100 people attending luxury resorts every year on the members' dime. So in a time of attorney layoffs, attorneys' clients facing reduced disposable income for lawsuits and legal fees, families losing homes or finding it difficult to manage household budgets, the NSB soaks its members for $450 per year members dues plus CLE costs but basically excludes the majority of its membership from meaningfully participating at the annual members meetings. What nexus does Newport Beach Hyatt Regency, Seattle or Hawaii have with serving the needs of Nevada State Bar members? I would challenge the NSB executives to make the entire conference available online and hold it locally so it may serve the membership's needs, not just as a perk for Kim Farmer or her Board of Governors to fulfill their self-serving desires for free luxury trips to the blatant exclusion of the very members they are expected to serve ad fiduciaries.

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    1. Hear, hear! Thanks for making this excellent point. Unfortunately, this hellhole we practice in just isn't conducive to such practical, logical and equitable decision-making. I'm sad for all of us.

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    2. 30 years ago, Justice Gunderson formed a Study Committee and the Committee required that all bar conventions be held in state. Nobody came so they changed it to every other year. Nobody came to the in-state convention so they threw out the requirement.

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  6. The local bar has a members directory or two. One is free to CCBA members. One is not. See https://www.clarkcountybar.org/findalawyer/.

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  7. I'm sorry but almost every city court judge works more than the JPs. I'm not saying that the work that they do is good or useful, but they work more in 4 days than the average JP works in 5. Try going to Baucums court 15 minutes late on Friday. Try finding her, goodman, lippis, or Zimmerman after lunch time on any day.

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  8. I'm still waiting on gossip from the bar conference! All of those drunk lawyers and judges, there must be some dirt out there!

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