Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top Ten Stories of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, it's time to take a look back at the top ten stories that affected the Las Vegas legal community this year. Before we do, thanks again for reading, commenting, and offering your input because without you, the blog is dead. As always, we're open to your suggestions on how we can improve the blog, so if you have any comments, criticisms, ideas, gossip, or want to volunteer to write a guest post, let us know. Here's wishing you a prosperous new year! (We'll be back in 2016!)

Our top ten Las Vegas related legal stories of 2015 are:

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Through The Door

  • A 3L was shot and killed last week through a door when he tried to enter the wrong apartment. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada released its annual report. Can anyone find anything good? [NVCourts; RJ]
  • The Silverstone Golf Course case gets curiouser and curiouser with what appears to be some questionable strategies to avoid an injunction, including selling the property to an entity that then files bankruptcy. Judge Boulware still found the original buyer in contempt for not turning over sale documents. [RJ]

Monday, December 28, 2015

Not Much

There's not too much that went on over the weekend, but there's one story that is at least interesting.

  • An off-duty Metro officer and her husband both shot at what they believed to be an intruder. Turns out it was a relative who is now in stable condition. There will likely be no charges since it was an accidental shooting. What do you think? [LasVegasNow]
  • Anything else going on out there?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Eight Tiny Reindeer

We wish you all a joyous holiday weekend! Remember to be safe and smart and don't drink and drive. Also, don't be Ebeneezer Scrooge or the Grinch.

If any of you are feeling down and depressed, please don't hesitate to reach out for help. It's only a phone call away.

1 (800) 273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Confidential help from a fellow lawyer is a phone call away
Toll Free: 866-828-0022
Mitch Cobeaga, LCL Coordinator
If you, or any lawyer in Nevada, are in need of confidential assistance with an alcohol, drug, depression, stress or gambling problem, help is readily available through the LCL Hotline.When calling, leave your first name and telephone number. A fellow lawyer, who has also had problems, will call you back. You'll be listened to with an understanding heart rather than scorn, judgment and condemnation. You can talk frankly. The person returning your call is solving problems just like yours, and is living happily and usefully doing so.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

2015 Annual Airing of Grievances

"The tradition of Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you're gonna hear about it." --Frank Costanza

Happy Festivus everyone! Gather your family, friends, co-workers, enemies, judges, opposing counsel, etc. because it's time for the annual Airing of Grievances

For some of you, this is what you were born to do--this is your moment to shine. Your gift of complaining is finally welcomed and wanted on this one occasion. This is your chance to (civilly) whine and complain about your salary, your job, your boss, the courts, nepotism, the legislature, Wiznet, Voldemort, the Nevada bar, UNLV Boyd, this blog, etc. It's also your chance to provide some feedback about the way things are done in the Las Vegas legal community (we have it on good authority that a number of judges read the blog). If you want a refresher on what types of things you were disappointed in or complained about last year, here's a link to last year's post

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bonus Round 2015!!!

It time for annual discussion bonuses! Did you get a bonus? Was it bigger than last year? Did you get a raise? What about an adjustment for cost of living increases? Did you get made partner with no pay increase and a higher tax burden? Let us in on your financial situation so we can gloat or commiserate.

How much was your bonus this year?

Monday, December 21, 2015

First Day Of Winter

  • The special legislative session culminated in a bill being signed by Gov. Sandoval. [RJ]
  • The RJ had a team of reporters focusing on Judges Elizabeth Gonzalez, Mathew Harter, and Joseph Sciscento. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at what Adelson's ownership means for the future of the RJ. [@RalstonReports via RGJ]
  • Judge Douglas Smith was disqualified from three cases with defense lawyer Kristina Wildeveld because a reasonable person "would harbor reasonable doubts about Smith's impartiality."  [RJ]
  • Do party retained experts get absolute immunity? Check out what the Nevada Supreme Court said last week. [Compelling Discovery]

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Force Awakens

  • We may never know the names of the public officials who have not been charged criminally or disciplined administratively (read:  judges) in the HOA scandal. [RJ]
  • The special legislative session is dragging on over water issues? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Todd Bice is representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit to stop multi-unit housing from being developed on the Badlands golf course. [RJ]
  • Speaking of golf courses, things took a in interesting turn relative to the Silverstone golf course yesterday when it was disclosed that the course has been sold to another LLC. [LasVegasNow]

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ebeneezer Scrooge

  • Turns out the RJ's mystery buyer was Sheldon Adelson, but not personally. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Defense lawyers in a mortgage fraud case are trying to get a new trial. [RJ]
  • Here are details on the special legislative session that commenced yesterday. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A group is suing to block an increase in Nevada's minimum wage. [LasVegasNow]
  • A little birdy tells us that Eglet's office has fired multiple staff members right before bonus/Christmas time. Apparently, one employee was even fired during her lunch as she heated her lunch. She also happened to be a single mom who had no car and had to sit outside in the cold while she waited for her ride. Our tipster also says that it seems like they haven't been able to keep a full staff since Wall & Christiansen last August. Anyone have more details? Anyone know of any other sightings of Scrooge this Christmas?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Special Session

  • The Federal Justice Tower will open next month. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Legal representation for wards of the state? [RJ]
  • The Nevada Legislature has a two-day special session starting today at 5 p.m. [RJ]
  • Lawmakers are also being asked to allocate $3.7 million to process rape kits. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

States Of Transition

  • Vicki Greco was arrested and booked yesterday. [RJ]
  • New owners of the RJ are remaining anonymous much to the concern of its reporters. [Las Vegas Sun; KNPR]
  • Not Vegas, but missing criminal case records in Orange County sounds like something that could happen here. [Voice of OC]
  • Want to talk about job statistics for Boyd grads, here's a link with their ABA required disclosures. 
  • A year ago today, the managing partner at Lionel Sawyer was telling the press the firm was in a "state of transition."  Any firms in a state of transition this year?

Monday, December 14, 2015

Santa's Little Helpers

  • Santa gets black robe fever at Howard D. McKibben Inn of Court event.  [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • There's a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Venetian tomorrow. Which local attorneys will we spot in the audience? [RJ]
  • It's that time of year where organizations and charities are collecting toys and money to help brighten the holidays for some who don't have the means. We encourage to get involved in one of these projects and do some good for the less fortunate in your community. If you need ideas on how to contribute, just ask in the comments and someone will fill you in.
  • Anything else going on out there?

Friday, December 11, 2015

Hours of Operation 2015

In the past, there has been a lot of discussion about whether the judges in Clark County spend enough time in the courtroom. The late Lisa Willardson was trying to act as a watchdog on this issue and had requested information on how often courtrooms were dark (she even intended to run against a judge she thought was absent too much).  We've had judges get in trouble for altering the schedule in a murder trial to be able to attend a soccer game. We've even had a post or two about judges playing hooky. But we want to know what you're seeing today? Are your hearings going forward as scheduled? Do you see a lot of last minute cancellations? Are there certain judges that should be spending more time on the bench?

As for news, you probably already saw the headline, but Vicki Greco, whose office was raided earlier this year, was indicted yesterday. She faces 138 felony and gross misdemeanor counts. [RJ]

Do Clark County judges spend enough time in the courtroom?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Serial Season 2

  • This is a couple weeks old, but a reader alerted us to this unpublished decision suspending multiple members of the bar for failing to meet the CLE requirements. [In re CLE]
  • A double-murder trial opened up yesterday. [RJ]
  • It looks like Faraday Future is going to bring its electric car plant to North Las Vegas. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • To secure the Faraday deal, the Legislature will likely call a special session next week like they did for Tesla. [LasVegasNow]
  • The RJ now has a searchable database of public records called "For the Record." [RJ]
  • Season 2 of hit podcast "Serial" is out today and focuses on the story of Bowe Bergdahl. [NY Times]

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Holiday Party Post 2015

It's that time of year again where tradition dictates that firms have a holiday party to make everyone awkwardly uncomfortable in a social setting with their co-workers. So what is your firm doing this year in that regard? Fancy dinner, bowling party, Disneyland, layoffs? We already heard that Eglet had his party last weekend--was it at Hyde? Are there any photos? What is your idea for the best firm Christmas party?

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

No Mary Kay

  • A Las Vegas attorney with a blackbelt in Taekwondo, Pooja Kumar, won $34,000+ on Wheel of Fortune last night. Congrats! [Wheel of Fortune Recap Blog]
  • A Las Vegas federal jury convicted two men in a multi-million dollar investment scheme. [RJ]
  • Mugshot of CCSD teacher arrested for sex with student. [LasVegasNow]
  • The juvenile justice system as mental health provider. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, December 7, 2015

Pearl Harbor Day 2015

  • Federal prosecutors are seeking to take former Judge Steven Jones' PERS pension funds to compensate victims of the investment scheme in which he was involved. [Trigger Warning: article indicates how much his pension will be and it is higher than the salary many lawyers earn while working, let alone retired. RJ]
  • Robert Langford: lawyer and actor. [RJ]
  • Holland & Hart's Patrick Reilly writes about how to fend off business litigation monsters. [Vegas Inc.]
  • 7 facts you may not have known about Pearl Harbor. [HuffPo]

Friday, December 4, 2015

Interstate Love Song

  • After the story came to the public's attention, an investigation into a Boulder City Animal Control Officer is being turned over to the DA's office. [Fox5VegasRJ]
  • Speaking of the DA's office, they're starting a new unit to review convictions and innocence claims. [RJ]
  • Allegations of (out-of-state) lawyer misconduct are surfacing in a Clark County School District bullying case. [RJ]
  • Really  late-breaking news:  Bob Eglet's joke about Justice Hardesty. [RJ]
  • Congress passed a bill that keeps the dream of I-11 connecting Phoenix to Las Vegas to Northern Nevada alive. [FoxReno]

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Dangerous Weapons

You guys did a pretty good job covering the news in the comments on yesterday's post, but here are the links to keep them handy:

  • Grand jury hears evidence regarding Vicki Greco documents in relation to Brian Bloomfield case. [RJ]
  • A lawsuit was filed alleging two doctors engaged in civil racketeering to defraud insurance companies. [RJ]
  • More hearings in Washoe County to determine if a Las Vegas woman is brain dead. [RJ]
  • A Carson City judge ruled efforts to repeal Nevada Commerce Tax can advance. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Here's a link to the unpublished decisions issued by the NV Supreme Court yesterday.
  • Here's a link to NRS Chapter 202 dealing with dangerous weapons and firearms.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Just Swipe Left

  • George Tiaffay was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole plus 81 years. [RJ]
  • Jason Maier of Maier Gutierrez Ayon is representing the anonymous plaintiff in a suit against a woman who he met on Tinder and from whom he allegedly contracted genital herpes. [RJ]
  • Deleted body cam video is at issue in an armed robbery trial. [LasVegasNow]
  • Big changes ahead as electronic filing and public access get upgrades early next year. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

World Aids Day

  • A 60-page analysis by UNLV's diversity chief concludes that the Rebels and Hey Reb! do not have confederate ties. [RJ]
  • Clark County Commissioners are revisiting their decision to require Uber and Lyft drivers to get business licenses after some input from Uber's local counsel Donald Campbell and Clark County Counsel Mary-Anne Miller. [RJ; Vegas Inc.]
  • A DUI driver that killed a local teen texted his girlfriend that he had been DUO, I mean DUI after the incident. [LasVegasNow]
  • Video details about Metro's eighth officer-involved shooting of the year. [LasVegasNow]