Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Old Ways

  • Disbarred attorney Barry Levinson has been hospitalized with life-threatening health problems according to his lawyer. Article also includes a list of everyone connected to the HOA scandal who has died. [RJ]
  • The water is back on at Silverstone Golf Course and the new owner is suggesting giving some of the golf course land to the adjoining property owners. [RJ]
  • Good deal? Man convicted of first-degree murder gets a life sentence in exchange for no appeals. [RJ]
  • Did you know Nevada is one of only three states with an opt-in policy for sex education? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Looking to bolster your reputation? Try getting involved in the Truancy Diversion Program. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Long May You Run

  • State Senator Aaron Ford announced the Democratic caucus is supporting the state senate candidacy of Boyd grad and Deputy District Attorney Nicole Cannizzaro. [LasVegasNow]
  • Opening arguments were held for the trial of the last HOA scandal defendant. [RJ]
  • Which is more likely to happen first? A high-speed train to California or an NHL team in Vegas?
  • A man was arrested in Vegas on Friday for involvement in sex trafficking. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, September 28, 2015

Harvest Moon

  • The new owner of Silverstone Golf Course has until Wednesday to turn the water back or disclose his finances to show why he can't. [RJ]
  • The CSI effect in the courtroom. [RJ]
  • There have been a flood of applications for medical marijuana licenses. [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Low Bar

  • Is the bar too low to get into law school? Here are some op-eds on the topic. [New York Times]
  • After two hours of argument yesterday, Judge Richard Boulware is set to issue a decision on a new TRO regarding Silverstone Golf Course. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction. [RJ]
  • The Court also ruled that that NRCP 11 does not supersede NRS 7.085 when it comes to sanctioning lawyers [Watson Rounds v. Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct.] and that Nevada follows California's Cumis rule that requires an insurer to provide independent counsel for the insured when there is an actual conflict of interest between the insurer and insured [State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Hansen]
  • Do you have between 3 and 7 years of experience as a lawyer and need a new job? Shark Pimp Jordan Ross is looking for a few good candidates. [Ross Legal Search]

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na Na-Na

  • The Batmobile is protected by copyright law. [RJ]
  • Six indicted for Las Vegas-based oxycodone trafficking. [RJ]
  • Use of e-cigarettes banned in all national parks. [RJ]
  • Did you know that Boyd School of Law has an academic success program (ASP) to help students get through school and prep for the bar? [UNLV Boyd School of Law]
  • If you think you're having a bad day as a lawyer, at least you're not this guy. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Birthday To You!

  • Now the City of Las Vegas is getting involved in the Silverstone Golf Course matter through code enforcement. [RJ; News3LV]
  • A man who was behind bars for 6 years without a conviction will stay a little longer due to an outstanding traffic warrant. [RJ]
  • A judge ruled that "Happy Birthday" is in the public domain. [LA Times]
  • RIP Jim Santini. [RJ]

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Extracurricular Activities

One of our readers would like your input on the best use of time when it comes to extracurricular activities--i.e. non-billable hours. If you're not billing time, but doing something related to work or furthering your career, what is the best way to use that time? Are you involved in organizations like Inns of Court; Rotary Club; LACSN? Do you devote your time to doing pro bono or other charitable work? Do you spend it marketing? What have you found to be the most broadly productive activity?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Summer Slowly Ending

  • Q&A with Ellen Schulhofer, co-managing partner of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Las Vegas got its first weekend with Uber and also its first weekend of surge pricing. [RJ]
  • There is a $5,000 reward for information about threats to a Carson City Judge. [Nevada Appeal]
  • (Forgot to mention this one a few weeks ago) Judge Richard Boulware was nominated to serve on the United States Sentencing Commission. [RJ
  • On this day in 1981, Sandra Day O'Connor was confirmed as a United States Supreme Court Justice with a vote of 99-0. [Wikipedia]

Friday, September 18, 2015

Game Theory

  • Attorney General Adam Laxalt announced he retained former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement and the firm of Bancroft PLLC to defend against the ACLU's challenge to education savings accounts. Good luck finding their Nevada office. [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • Is there, or should there be, a legal difference between daily fantasy sports and betting? [RJ]
  • The Gaming Commission approved regulations on skill-based slot machines. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Chief Judge David Barker denied a request from Robert Cottle's client to disqualify Judge Joe Hardy from a medical malpractice case against Summerlin Hospital. [RJ]

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Fewer But Better

  • Jane Ann Morrison discovers fewer students are enrolling in law school and finds out how that impacts Boyd School of Law. Also, as far as they know, she and Dean Dan Hamilton are only aware of two felonious Boyd grads. [RJ]
  • Some downtown churches are suing over the impact of the Life is Beautiful festival. Anyone have more details? [News3LV]
  • Plea deal rejected in the Tammy Myers case and a jury will get to see/hear Nowsch's taped confession. [RJ]
  • Uber and Lyft drivers are still battling with Clark County and currently getting citations for picking up/dropping off at the airport. [Fox5Vegas]

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Welcome Back Uber

  • Uber and Lyft have started operations despite Clark County introducing a new ordinance requiring a business license. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Probate Division of the Eighth Judicial District Court has finally made the move from the Family Court campus to the RJC/Phoenix building. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • It appears that the Silverstone golf course neighborhood is getting set for quite the battle as the new owner is still now watering the course despite a TRO. [RJLasVegasNow]
  • The Nevada Department of Corrections Director resigned abruptly on Monday. [RJ]
  • You can't have a gaming license and a medical marijuana license...for now. [RJ]

Monday, September 14, 2015

Lend Me Your Ear

  • Remember a few weeks ago when we mentioned the Adam Stokes v. Richard Harris case relating to personal injury loans? Now Stokes and LLC are suing the State of Nevada.  Case number A-15-724408-C for those of you who would like more details into the regulatory allegations in the other lawsuit. 
  • Here's an editorial on why district court judges should decide the merits of collective bargaining reform. [RJ]
  • A foster family is appealing the loss of its license after a gun incident. [RJ]

Friday, September 11, 2015

14 Years Ago

  • The Nevada Supreme Court rejected OJ Simpson's appeal based on ineffective assistance of counsel. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • BB King's assistant filed a defamation suit against some of King's daughters. [RJ]
  • The Badlands golf course was sold and will probably be developed into houses. [RJ]
  • Nevada is getting over $5 million in grants to clear a backlog of rape kits. [RJ]
  • If you haven't made it to the 9/11 Memorial in NYC yet, check out this virtual tour courtesy of Google Maps.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

More Oversight Please

  • A second lawsuit was filed against the State challenging the legality of educational savings accounts. [RJ]
  • Here's another look at U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones and the 9th Circuit. [RJ]
  • A Clark County audit finds the DA's witness payment account still needs more oversight. [RJ]

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Greener Grass

  • Judge Joe Hardy signed a TRO requiring the new owner of the recently shuttered Silverstone golf course to continue to irrigate the course and keep its water features full. [RJ]
  • Marta Adams, the State's Yucca mountain attorney who retired in July, is returning as a "consultant" on a two year/$300,000 contract. Nice work, if you can get it. [RJ]
  • Caesars will pay $9.5 million in fines for violating federal money laundering rules. [RJ]
  • A seventeen-year old who wounded an officer may face charges as an adult. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Belabor The Point

  • There is a civil bench bar meeting today at noon in courtroom 15D. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • The Public Defenders' office is making strong moves to timely treatment for mentally ill inmates. [RJ]
  • Did you know the More Cops tax was finally approved? [RJ]
  • Governor Sandoval wants a quick ruling on education savings accounts. [RJ]
  • Anyone aware of any law firms moving into One Summerlin? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • What Happens When You Get a DUI? by the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Notice the step "Speak to an attorney" is missing? [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, September 4, 2015

Labor Day Weekend 2015

  • A jury convicted George Tiaffay. Penalty phase starts today. [Fox5VegasRJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • A Ninth Circuit panel revived a civil rights action in Nevada that had been dismissed by Judge Robert Clive Jones, but they also reassigned it to a different judge...[RJ]
  • DA Steve Wolfson is excited about "LVDA." [RJ]
  • Someone left a threatening Christmas card for a Carson City Justice of the Peace earlier this year. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Anyone got any exciting plans for Labor Day weekend?

Thursday, September 3, 2015


  • As mentioned in the comments yesterday, Dennis Prince got his client, a former high school football player, a $4.2 million judgment. [RJ]
  • Las Vegas now has a municipal mental health court. [LasVegasNow]
  • The Tiaffay jury is still deliberating. [Fox5Vegas]
  • This is Vegas related only inasmuch as it will affect the lines:  a judge nullified the NFL's suspension of Tom Brady. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Changing Minds

  • Jurors are deliberating in the Tiaffay trial. [RJ]
  • A hired consultant says Chancellor Dan Klaich didn't do anything wrong in his handling of a report. [RJ]
  • A lawsuit was filed to block the Legislature's tax package. [RJ]
  • The Las Vegas City Council is considering an ordinance regarding Fremont Street performers. [Fox5Vegas]
  • After she filed a lawsuit, the CCSD decided to let a girl start a pro-life club. [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fair Share

Based on some recent comments, one of our readers wants to know what percentage an associate should get when they bring business to a firm? What does your firm do? Is it fair?