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?

37 comments:

  1. Ok, I'll start. There is an article in the RJ about another bar complaint against David Phillips from the Nevada Supreme Court. This is not blog-worthy news. But the body of the article quotes "acting bar counsel Brian Kunzi." WTH happened to David Clark?

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    1. DC was relieved of his duties according to inside information from the OBC.

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    2. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/crime-courts/nevada-high-court-asks-investigation-las-vegas-attorney

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    3. Having personally litigated against the David Lee Phillips, and witnessed the open faced lies he makes to the court about opposing counsel, it's about time the bar does something about this joker. What's more appalling is how the judges (other than Cadish) have let him continue to (mal)practice without referring him to the bar.

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    4. David Clark was removed as Bar Counsel and replaced by Brian Kunzi. I suspect that the backlog of discipline cases was the culprit. This is nothing new for Nevada. There have been backlogs for years and this has caused other Bar Counsels demise.

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    5. Nice. Who on earth would want this job?

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    6. Bloomfield gets off. Wtg southern NV disciplinary panel, you are fools. You have karma headed your help way.

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    7. Gets off? 5 year suspension and has to retake the bar. If you think this is getting off, I would hate to see what you think "throw the book at" means.

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    8. Disbarment would be proper.

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  2. What happened to Phil Pattee at the State Bar/Bar Counsel? Bunch of overpaid goons in their new building if you ask me. And why is the lawyer search function not working on the website?

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    1. Good riddance if he's gone. I had a run-in with him a couple of years ago that left me wondering why I should be compelled to pay dues to this organization. David has always seemed like a decent enough guy though.

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    2. if the State Bar attorney search was working, it would be easy to find out.

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    3. Just out of curiosity does anyone know/remember when the State Bar atty search went down? How long has it actually been "Temporarily Down"?

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    4. Yes, it has been down for three full months at least. Every other state's find a member works fine but not Nevada's. I have used California and Arizona's. The State Bar blames it on a computer program they are installing and a transition from their old list to the new. It is total incompetence. We have one of the highest bar dues in the country.The Director should be fired and replaced. What a joke.

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    5. Pat King is a jerk.

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    6. That is nice. Pat King is not there and has not been there for while.

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    7. Once a jerk, always a jerk.

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  3. I feel like the market continues to improve. Potential clients are more willing and able to pay for litigation now than last year, and especially a couple of years ago. Actual clients are more likely to keep on up their bills. But this is only my observation, an anecdote, and it certainly doesn't prove anything about the market generally. Your experiences? Is collection easier now than a year ago?

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  4. Does anyone know what happened to the child support master in Clark County - Sylvia something, I think?

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    1. http://lasvegaslawblog.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-little-unsealed.html

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    2. Isn't Chris Carr the new hearing master? Good hire, Grierson.

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  5. How cold blooded is everyone when collecting on bills? Do you threaten withdrawal if not paid in 10 days? Will you let them go for weeks or months without payment?Lawsuits?

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    1. Call every day. Withdraw after 30 days of nonpayment. Study this carefully.

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    2. OMG, this chart is so freaken awesome! Thanks for sharing! Now I can finally explain to my spouse and children, visually, why I hate clients.

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    3. Dear 10:50am, thank you for sharing that chart, you just made my day!

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  6. A few thoughts. First, at in take, screen out the kind of clients who can't pay. We always tell people at in take that active litigation is going to be five figures a month. If there is ANY hesitation, we don't take them. That's the biggest way to collect - don't take clients who can't or wont' pay. Second, if a client is behind, we always ask for payment just before a critical moment in the case. Third, we don't let clients get behind.

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  7. Blog is officially dead!!

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  8. Place your bets....

    http://www.nvbar.org/find-a-lawyer-down

    This Just In . . .

    From the Nevada Bar "Find A Lawyer" page"

    "Our Find A Lawyer directory is temporarily unavailable while we work to improve this service. Thank you for your patience! We anticipate a return to service by Friday, July 31."

    It is not yet 3 PM. Has anyone had enough to drink to believe the previous statement?

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  9. Just heard Randy Howard passed away. To be clear, I do not consider this to be positive news.

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  10. So apparently the offer of judgment statute (NRS 17.115) has been repealed. AB 69 did it.

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    1. Rule 68 remains in effect.

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    2. Is this right, NRS 17.115 repealed the OJ statute? Unable to confirm in AB 69. Maybe the blog should do an update on the new laws and have a continuing thread. This legislature has changed many statutes.

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    3. Snuck in the end of the bill apparently.

      Sec. 41. NRS 2.260, 4.110, 4.200, 4.250, 4.330, 5.075, 6.050,
      6.060, 6.070, 6.080, 17.115, 19.100 and 177.267 are hereby
      repealed.

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    4. The statute was repealed, yes. The amendment was proposed on May 13. OJs are now exclusively governed by NRCP 68. The Senate Judiciary Committee was told there was a conflict. They asked what the conflict was, and delayed the vote for a day in order to get that on the record. The next day, they apparently forgot all about wanting to know the reasons, and just passed the amendment.

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    5. NRS 40.650 was amended by AB 125 and makes reference to 17.115--what happens to it?

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    6. Nothing. Instead of having three sources from which to obtain the right to issue an OJ, there are now 2: the codified version of AB125, Section 3, and NRCP 68. The CD OJ includes expert fees, and allows for an apportioned OJ. At least, that's the way I read it. Any Chapter 40 experts out there that want to chime in?

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