Monday, November 30, 2015

Intraoffice Gifting

Hopefully you all had a nice little Thanksgiving break. Not much happened while we were out, so we'll start this week off by discussing intraoffice gifting. Any great gift ideas for your staff? Do you get a gift for the boss? Do you have a stellar white-elephant idea?

Anything else going on out there we should know about?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Magic Numbers 2015

Here are the results for the 2015 Magic Number survey. These numbers are based on what first year associates are making and what the billable requirement is at a firm. These two pieces of information combined give us the salary per billable hour or Magic Number. These numbers come from your survey responses, as well as last year's responses. We make no guarantees regarding their accuracy. If we received more than one response for a firm and the numbers differed, we put the average. (That means if you submitted a response for your first year salary and the number below is higher--that is probably a good sign someone else is making more than you at your same firm.) You also have to remember that this does not take into account benefits or intangibles (like a private chef), so your mileage may vary. If you are an experienced attorney and get sick at the thought of how underpaid you are, enter at your own risk. The results are after the jump.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

All You Need Is Love


  • "War Machine" blew a kiss to the prosecutor in court. [RJ]
  • The witness in one murder case is a suspect in another. [LasVegasNow]
  • The family court adoption day marathon was a success. You can get involved if you want to make a difference. [News3LV; eighthjdcourt blog]

Monday, November 23, 2015

To Your Health


  • Judge Richard Scotti gave Centennial Hills Hospital the "least-onerous sanction" he could impose and still mitigate the extreme prejudice caused by its, ahem, discovery failures. [RJ; copy of Judge Scotti's 39-page order]
  • More on whether that woman the Supreme Court opined about last week is brain dead. [RJ]
  • There is a new veteran-based political advocacy group in Nevada that will be endorsing candidates in the next election. [RJ]
  • A new study says lawyers have the lowest health, highest rates of alcohol use. [CBS Atlanta]

Friday, November 20, 2015

Life Goes On


  • The Supreme Court ordered that a woman be kept on life support. [RJ]
  • The former Green Valley High School banker who stole funds was sentenced yesterday. [RJ]
  • AG Adam Laxalt launched the Office of Military Legal Assistance. Go here if you would like to volunteer. [LasVegasNow]

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Quantity v. Quality

As we near the end of the year, the topic of associate compensation is on many a lawyer's mind. Although it is too late to do anything about it this year, we'll fuel that discussion and/or add to the anxiety by asking the question below. What do you think?

Which is more important in determining associate salary?


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hey Racist!?


  • Protecting the sage grouse is hard on rural communities. [RJ]
  • Three people were sentenced with no prison time in the HOA scandal yesterday. [RJ]
  • There was an anti-racism student rally at UNLV yesterday and, guess what, the topic of the Hey Reb! mascot came up again. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Unintended Consequences


  • The AG's office was late to the party and won't get to argue for a preliminary injunction regarding sage grouse. [RJ]
  • Another player in the HOA scandal is looking for no prison time. [RJ]
  • A licensing fee intended for Uber and Lyft could end up affecting other drivers like your pizza delivery guy. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Here's the latest on the Clark County DA reality show. Anyone been affected by it yet? [LasVegasNow]

Monday, November 16, 2015

Dark Days


  • Here's a puff piece on tax attorney Steven Hollingworth of Solomon Dwiggins & Freer. [Vegas, Inc.]
  • A State Commission has approved a "Values Life" specialty license plate. [KNPR]
  • The Supreme Court formally suspended the law license of former US Attorney Lawrence Semenza. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Last call for Magic Number Survey Responses. You can take the survey here and we'll try and get the results up next week.

Friday, November 13, 2015

When Worlds Collide


  • The Olympic Gardens Gentlemen's Club is being sued for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. [RJ]
  • A motion to recuse Judge Richard Boulware from the Silverstone Golf Course case was denied. The motion was based on the fact that Boulware owns a home a half-mile from the course and his property value might be affected by the case. [LasVegasNow]
  • Attorney Cal Potter is representing Stephen "Bowtie" Stubbs in a federal suit against Metro. [RJ]
  • An Allegiant pilot is suing the airline after being fired for evacuating a plane following an emergency landing. [RJ; LasVegasNow]

Thursday, November 12, 2015

We're Not Alone


  • The family of a dead Nevada inmate is in negotiations with the AG's office. [RJ]
  • The number two player (still living) in the HOA scandal cooperated and prosecutors are recommending no prison time. [RJ]
  • New York thinks Fan Duel and Draft Kings are illegal gambling too. [Vegas Inc.]
  • We'll be voting on background checks for guns next year. [Fox5Vegas]

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day 2015

  • It's Veterans Day. We offer our thanks and acknowledgement to all veterans for their sacrifices and contributions to our society. While the courts are closed today, we know many of you are still working, but we hope that you'll take an opportunity to reflect on the purpose of this federal holiday. If you want a good place to start, check out the History of Veterans Day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

For Good


  • A federal jury awarded a Nevada prisoner $28,800 for civil rights violations. The successful lawyer was Travis Barrick working with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Pro Bono pilot program. [RJ]
  • A win for the DA's office on preventing the RJ from getting its witness payment records. [RJ]
  • A federal judge(?) ruled the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority was in violation of the Fair Housing Act. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at a real estate agent's battle against Bank of America and Nationstar Mortgage. [Vegas Inc.]
  • A reader tells us that today is the annual gathering of some of the legal community's greatest minds and cookie aficionados or, the annual construction defects sweeps hearings. Any juicy gossip coming from that gathering?

Monday, November 9, 2015

F In Public Integrity


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Jury's In


  • The jury says Ammar Harris should get the death penalty. [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • Galina Kilova, the woman who waited until after the Thanksgiving holiday last year to turn herself in for a fatal hit and run, was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident. [RJ]
  • The DA created a new elder abuse department. [RJ]

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wrap It


  • Attorneys Dayvid Figler and Kristina Wildeveld were on Ralston Live the other day talking criminal justice reform. [KNPB- video]
  • Here's the latest on the Silverstone Golf Course--the new owner is being ordered to restore it to the condition in which he bought it. [RJ]
  • Clark County Commissioners are looking at a procedural move to force owners of Fontainebleau to do something about the eyesore. [RJ]

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Law Library

With the recent news that Harvard is creating a digital law library and the suggestion in the comments that Google Scholar already has that, we thought it was time to revisit the topic of your sources for legal research.

Where do you turn first when you're doing research? Are you the time to physically open a dusty book on the shelf or do you head right over to Westlaw. Are you more the Lexis type? Do all your searches begin and end with Google? Do you use Fastcase? Is there another go to source you would recommend?

For those of you who reference books, what would you recommend every new attorney use?

Monday, November 2, 2015

We'll Never Be Royals


  • A Las Vegas photographer sued Universal Pictures over the use of one of his photos in "Steve Jobs." [RJ]
  • Law enforcement doesn't like your locked cell phone. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Ammar Harris is set to be sentenced this week. [RJ]
  • The family of the woman who died at a cryotherapy business hired Richard Harris to represent them. [LasVegasNow]
  • Did you ever wonder what happened to the Harmon tower at City Center. Here's a recent photo from @TomNews3LV