Friday, October 30, 2015

Nevada Day 2015 (Observed)

Today is the day we celebrate Nevada. In honor of that we are taking the day off. For those of you still obligated to work today, feel free to commiserate in the comments.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Justice For All?

More often than we would like to admit, lawyers end up at the other end of the table in our criminal justice system. When they do, they often get more media attention than the average defendant and so we see what happens. Thereafter (like a year or two after), we usually see some action from the State Bar disciplinary panel, so we hear about them again. Finally, we may eventually see a few of them back in court practicing once the sentence is complete.

Recently we've heard about Barry Levinson dying in prison, allegedly because he didn't get the care he needed. The other day, Stephen Stubbs posted on his Facebook page that Parole and Probation has restricted him from practicing law "in the field," although he is okay to practice in his office or court. (He says they say this is due to his clientele and his possible interactions with police and he plans to ask Judge Cadish to rule on this restriction.)

Our question for you today is this:  Can a lawyer who is charged criminally get a fair shake in Nevada? Should a lawyer get the same treatment as everyone else or are lawyers held to a higher standard? Is the system too lenient or too harsh on lawyers?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Law & Politics

  • State Senator Aaron Ford has joined Eglet Prince. [press release]
  • Hutchison & Steffen filed an amicus curiae brief for Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education. [press release]
  • In related news, singling out Ford and Hutchison, Jon Ralston looks at the Nevada legislature and conflicts of interest. [RGJ]
  • Metro pays $80,000 to woman falsely accused of prostitution. [RJ]
  • Yesterday was the groundbreaking for the new Supreme Court downtown. [RJ]
  • The businessman at the center of a stripper-extortion scheme may get out of having his name revealed. [RJ]
  • AG Adam Laxalt defends lawsuit over sage grouse. [KNPR]

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Friends In High Places

  • It took less than 30 minutes for a jury to convict Ammar Harris. [Fox5VegasRJ]
  • Governor Sandoval appointed retired US District Court Judge Phillip Pro to the Nevada Gaming Commission. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Lyft gets the okay to go to McCarran. [RJ]
  • Mistrial in a death penalty case after the jury reviews transcripts not admitted into evidence. [RJ]
  • The Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority was hit with three suits over Section 8 housing. [RJ]

Monday, October 26, 2015

Just Do It.

  • Were you curious about the design of the new Supreme Court/Court of Appeals building being built downtown? Also, the groundbreaking is tomorrow. [RJ]
  • Metro is facing civil rights suits over medical marijuana arrests. [RJ]
  • Yet another challenge to Obamacare. [Fox5Vegas]
  • We've had a good response to the Magic Numbers survey so far, but there are still quite a few firms that we don't have responses for yet. You can take it here

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Mighty Sage Grouse

  • AG Adam Laxalt has signed Nevada on to a lawsuit challenging sage grouse protections. The lawsuit is contrary to Governor Sandoval's position and is made while Sandoval is in China. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The prosecution rested in the Ammar Harris trial. [RJ]
  • Did you know UNLV Boyd grads did better on the Nevada bar exam than others who took it? [UNLV Boyd]

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Welcome Back To The Future

October 21, 2015. The day Marty McFly arrives in the future to the site of flying cars, self-lacing Nikes, and hoverboards. Those are not the only predictions the movie got wrong though. We still have lawyers. In the 2015 of Back to the Future II, the justice system was sped up considerably by the abolishment of lawyers. But, here we are in our 2015 and you should be billing.

Do you have any predictions about the future of law? Is this a profession that could be abolished and society would still be able to function? Will the rise of self-driving cars eliminate the personal injury bar? Will we soon be able to predetermine who will commit a crime ala Minority Report?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Debtors Prison

  • The girlfriend of Ammar Harris testified yesterday at his trial. [RJ]
  • The State of Nevada filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging education savings accounts. [RJ]
  • Local lawyer Robert Langford got some national airtime when 48 Hours did a piece on the Tiaffay murder/trial. [48 Hours]
  • Chief Justice Hardesty on whether no bail money means a debtors prison. [KNPR]

Monday, October 19, 2015

Pot News

  • The RJ, our beloved local newspaper has a section on its website dedicated to "pot news," but no section dedicated to the courts/legal system like it used to. Does this concern you? Is pot news that big of a deal? Are you changing your practice to adapt to this news? What else is going on out there?

Friday, October 16, 2015

Like The Rain

  • RIP Barry Levinson. [RJ]
  • The Ammar Harris trial is officially underway. [LasVegasNow]
  • Floyd Mayweather, Sr. was in court to get a protective order. [RJ]
  • Nevada gaming regulators banned unlicensed daily fantasy sports sites like FanDuel and DraftKings. With the way Nevada's regulatory commissions react to new businesses (Uber, medical marijuana, etc.), is Nevada going to lose it status as a good place for business? [Las Vegas SunRJ]
  • Here's an editorial on whether more details need to be revealed about the extortion case of a Las Vegas businessman involved with a stripper. [RJ]

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Before The Rain

  • Locally-based Rimini Street was ordered to pay Oracle $50 million after a trial in federal court. Anyone know what attorneys should be getting a pat on the back or kicked to the curb? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • With 16 jurors selected, the Ammar Harris murder trial is set to begin today. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Justice of the Peace Ann Zimmerman set bail at $1 million for a phony doctor after prosecutors said they were considering a murder charge. [RJ]

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Job Tips: Politics

With the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle taking place at the Wynn last night (and a Republican debate taking place at the Venetian in December), it's time to start talking politics. People will be talking politics at the gym, the bar, family holiday dinners, and, most shockingly, at the office. How do you deal with the issue of politics at the office? Does everyone know your political affiliation? Do you openly campaign for your candidate? Knowing that your contributions will be a public record, do you purposely contribute to both sides of the aisle? Do you have any tricks for steering the conversation away from politics? Do your clients expect you to be aligned a certain way?

And while we're at, what did you think about the debate last night?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Let It Be Resolved

  • Eglet's Actos trial results in confidential resolution after nearly two months of trial. [RJ]
  • Judge Elissa Cadish sentenced attorney Stephen "Bowtie" Stubbs to 18 months probation for unlawfully notarizing the signature of a client. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the single-subject initiative rule. [RJ]

Monday, October 12, 2015

Magic Number Survey

It's time for the Magic Number survey. For those of you not familiar, go visit last year's results and you'll see what we're talking about. We want to know what first year associates at your firm are making, as well as their billable hour requirement. These two pieces of information combined give us the salary per billable hour (or Magic Number) that is sometimes used by naive associates trying to determine where to work. (Of course, you know better, don't you....)

You can take this year's survey here. You can take it multiple times if you have information about more than one firm. Do your best to be accurate. The great thing about this survey is that if we get conflicting information, we can just average it.

For those of you nervous about taking the survey, please know we value your privacy and anonymity. The settings on the survey are set to keep you anonymous. We're only going to disclose your answers. Although we have it set so it won't even show us your IP address, if you're paranoid about your disclosing that too feel free to use an anonymizer or proxy server if you can figure that out.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Sixty Percent

  • The July 2015 bar exam results are here. The unofficial passage rage was 60% or in real numbers, you have about 186 new competitors entering the practice in Nevada. 
  • Three Las Vegas police unions are suing Metro over the constitutionality of SB 241. [RJ]
  • The road rage trial is continued to March 2016. [RJ]
  • See you all at the CPK party tonight?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

RIP Suvinder Ahluwalia

Suvinder S. Ahluwalia 
Funeral Services

Location: Palm Mortuary - Downtown
1325 North Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015

Time: 7am Indian Prayer Ceremony
8am Viewing and Funeral Ceremony
9am Cremation

More information on the services, and a guestbook, can be found here:

Following the services will be a reception to celebrate Suvinder's life.

Location: Royal India Bistro at the Rio Hotel
3700 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89103

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015

Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm

The CPK Party

  • Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman set a low bail for two drug mules who were only stopped for 'driving while Hispanic.' [RJ]
  • Here's some more coverage on Senator Reid's product liability suit. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun; Fox5Vegas]
  • $2500 fine for Uber driver who tried to give a ride outside of the app. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Tomorrow night is the Craig P. Kenny and Associates' 19th Annual Open House (i.e. the CPK party). Come enjoy the atmosphere and meet some of the future Boyd grads. You can see the invite here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Eye For An Eye

Remember Senator Harry Reid's black eye and the controversy over whether it was really the result of an exercise accident or courtesy of his brother's nasty right hook? Well, it looks like the angry brother theory is busted since Senator Reid decided to sue the manufacturer of the TheraBand that either broke or slipped out of his hand and injured his right eye.  Reid and his wife, as plaintiffs, are represented by James M. Morgan (interestingly enough, an Orange County attorney at a firm specializing in elder abuse). They are suing the Hygienic Intangible Property Holding Company; Hygienic Corporation; and Performance Health LLC in the Eighth Judicial District Court in Nevada. The matter is assigned to Judge Joe Hardy with case number A-15-725704-C. The Reids' complaint alleges damages in excess of $50,000 (meaning this was not properly pleaded under Nevada rules) and includes a cause of action for loss of consortium.  You can see a copy of the complaint here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Wheels On The Bus

  • The Nevada Supreme Court heard oral argument on the recall of Judge Catherine Ramsey. [RJ]
  • Lawyers for Erik Nowsch are again seeking to postpone the upcoming road rage trial after learning the family of Tammy Myers is releasing a book. [LasVegasNow]
  • It also heard argument on the constitutionality of a sex offender registration law. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reached a $400,000 settlement with the City of San Francisco related to the bussing of indigent mental patients. [RJ]
  • New administrative orders are affecting the case flow in district court, including no new business court matters being assigned to Judge Scann's department. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Monday, October 5, 2015

First Monday

  • Judge Togliatti is considering a request to hold the state of Nevada in contempt over failing to provide prompt treatment to mentally ill inmates. [RJ]
  • Gaming lawyer Frank Schreck honored. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The UNLV football team defeated UNR and is bringing home the Fremont cannon. It's not too late to jump on the bandwagon. [Fox5Vegas]

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fall Days

  • Judge Michael Villani reaffirmed his sentencing of disbarred attorney Barry Levinson. As you may recall, Levinson received a harsher sentence than he agreed to when Villani chose to ignore a plea deal. Lawyers practicing criminal law, please weigh in. Did Villani do the right thing? [RJ]
  • Closing arguments are set in federal court for Monday in the Oracle vs. Rimini Street trial. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A Carson City judge tossed out an effort to repeal Nevada's new tax package. [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Burning Questions

  • Some new traffic laws take effect today. [RJ]
  • More on Silverstone golf course. [RJ]
  • The last defendant in the HOA scandal was found guilty. [RJ]
It seems like there are a lot of questions that pop up now and again in the comments. Like us, a lot of you are left wondering what is happening with things that got brought up in the news, but haven't had much coverage since. Here's your chance to ask those questions again and we'll see if someone has the answer.  If you know the answer to any of the following (or have your own new question), put them in the comments:
  • Is Judge Scann still off the bench? How's she doing?
  • Anyone have a status update on the post-Lionel Sawyer issues?
  • Anyone have a status update on the Gordon Silver lawsuits?
  • What's going on with the recall effort in North Las Vegas?
  • Does anyone miss the Las Vegas Constable's office?
  • Is the find-a-lawyer function on the State Bar website functioning properly?
  • ???