Friday, January 29, 2016

Our Own Drummer

  • A domed stadium? The Las Vegas Raiders? Madness. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State Engineer in a water rights case. [RJ]
  • An update on efforts to repeal a tax increase. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Taxicab Authority didn't like the audit that came out saying it should be dissolved. [LasVegasNow]
  • Negotiations between KLAS and Cox are at a stalemate and may result in the local affiliate of CBS not being carried on the cable provider a week before the Superbowl. Maybe they need a good lawyer. [LasVegasNow]

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Just Another Thursday

  • Could a change to election law result in people filing for office as part of a strategy to get someone else elected? [RJ]
  • Surprise! Insurance fraud can land you in jail. [RJ]
  • There is a Family Division Bench Bar meeting today. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Is the fact that the judges on the Nevada Court of Appeals used to be district court judges unfairly affect their decision making process? [Las Vegas Tribune]

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Big Guns

  • The Oregon standoff involving the Bundy's ended with several arrests, some shooting, and a death. [NPR; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Wynn is using Pisanelli Bice to try and invalidate an exit fee for leaving NV Energy. [RJ]
  • Speaking of Todd Bice, he went up against Alan Dershowitz before the Nevada Supreme Court yesterday. [RJ]
  • Nevada could lose its status as an early caucus state after this election cycle. [RGJ]

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Second Time Around

  • The Supreme Court of Nevada will hear oral argument in the Las Vegas Sands v. Suen case today--the second time this matter has been in front of them. [RJ; NVCourts]
  • President Obama is moving to ban solitary confinement for juveniles and low-level federal offenders. [RJ]
  • What else is going on out there?

Monday, January 25, 2016

Retroactive Review

  • A look at asset forfeiture and where those monies go. [RJ]
  • Here is Jane Ann Morrison's assessment of judicial races. [RJ]
  • An editorial on why you shouldn't vote for Catherine Ramsey. [RJ]
  • The US Supreme Court held that the ban on automatic life sentences for juveniles is retroactive. [NPR]
  • Former AG and current senatorial candidate Catherine Cortez-Masto's husband runs security for two medical marijuana businesses. [Free Beacon]

Friday, January 22, 2016


  • Federal Judge Robert Clive Jones is taking senior status next month. [RJ]
  • Actor/Defense attorney cum Special Prosecutor Robert Langford got a jury to convict a former pastor of sexual assault. [RJ]
  • The AG's office is asking the Supreme Court to be quick about its decision on education savings accounts. [Fox5Vegas]
  • A Carson City judge ruled that efforts to get a minimum wage increase on the ballot this November can move forward. [LasVegasNow]

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Job Tips: Should I Lease A Nice Car

Today we have an open question from reader without a lot of background information:  "Should I lease a nice car?" Of course, most of you will give the standard lawyer answer of it depends, unless we give you more facts, so less ask more specific questions. Should anyone lease vs buy? Does a lawyer need a nice car as part of the job? Does a first-year associate need a nice car? Who is the car impressing? What is it compensating for? What do you think?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dissolved Or Replaced

  • Judge Barker is going to decide if Judge Gonzalez should be disqualified from the Las Vegas Sands case. [RJ]
  • A state audit calls for the Taxicab Authority to be dissolved or replaced. [RJ]
  • Speaking of things that should be dissolved or replaced, the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline is expending more resources on ex-Judge Steven Jones to determine whether he should receive a life-time ban from the bench. [RJ]

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

You Can Check Out Any Time You Like

  • A win for the federal government in a case against a Nevada rancher. [RJ]
  • The Judicial Selection Commission is considering changes to the application process. [NVcourts]
  • Many challengers filed to run for judicial office this time. [RJ]
  • The US Supreme Court is going to review President Obama's executive order on immigration, just in time for the election. [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, January 15, 2016

Last Call For Judicial Candidates

  • Today's the last day to file to run for a judicial position this year. There are still a couple uncontested statewide positions as well as local justices of the peace.
  • Justice Parraguirre, who is up for reelection without a challenger (so far), is dealing with some controversy involving his wife and $180,000. [RJ
  • The speciality courts are having a graduation and getting ready to expand. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • General Laxalt and Lieutenant Hutchison have called a truce in their ESA battle. Guess who won? [RJ]

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Your Lucky Numbers Are...

  • After the chief of police resigned, Boulder City is relying on Clark County prosecutors to figure out what all happened. [RJ]
  • The intrigue behind the sale/purchase of the RJ has made its way into the Las Vegas Sands lawsuit. [RJ]
  • A former Metro officer is facing federal charges thanks to footage from a body-cam. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Meanwhile, a current Metro officer was arrested and charged with kidnapping and battery. [Fox5Vegas]
  • UNLV Boyd School of Law is naming an intellectual property chair after Sam Lionel. [UNLV Boyd]

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Deep End

  • Here's a look at who is running for judge so far. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Court of Appeals ruled that Judge Michelle Leavitt improperly excluded evidence just days after hearing oral argument. [RJ]
  • A Carson City District Judge granted a preliminary injunction halting implementation of education savings accounts. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • "Las Vegas gaming attorney Jeff Silver says contracts are key to office pools." [News3LV]

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ground Control To Major Tom

  • You have until this Friday to file to run for judicial office this year. 
  • There is a shortage of parking spots downtown and it's only getting worse. [RJ]
  • Dave Rice is out as the coach of the UNLV men's basketball team. [Fox5Vegas]
  • RIP Davie Bowie. [BBC]
  • Powerball is at $1.4 Billion--are you playing?
  • What else is going on out there?

Friday, January 8, 2016

At Their Finest

  • As is bound to happen when your state executive branch is full of lawyers, Nevada AG Adam Laxalt has filed a motion to dismiss a complaint brought by plaintiffs represented by sitting Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison's firm. Oh, and Laxalt has also filed a motion to disqualify Hutchison for ethical conflicts. [RalstonReports; RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez is getting some national media attention relative to Sheldon Adelson and the purchase of the RJ. [Time]
  • Judge Boulware is deciding whether to sanction the now former owner of Silverstone golf course. [RJ]
  • Actor/defense lawyer Robert Langford is acting as special prosecutor in the sexual assault trial of a former pastor. [RJ]

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Bad Lawyer Backlog

  • North Las Vegas Municipal Judge Catherine Ramsey has filed to run for the district court bench against Eric Johnson. 
  • Tomorrow the Supreme Court of Nevada Judicial Council Committee to Study Evidence-Based Pretrial Release will review the planned assistance of the National Institute of Corrections to establish a pilot site program. [press release]
  • Jane Ann Morrison explores the backlog of attorney complaints in Nevada. [RJ]
  • Metro is responding to non-injury crashes again, if you want them to. [LasVegasNow]

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

After The Rain

  • Here's where you can see who has filed for statewide judicial office.
  • The getaway driver in some robberies was was sentenced to 121 years in prison; her co-defendant got about half that. Can anyone explain? [RJ]
  • The last defendant in the HOA scandal was sentenced to 15 months in prison. [RJ]
  • The 9th Circuit ruled in favor of Clark County with regard to Dotty's challenge. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Winter Rain

  • Justice Ron D. Parraguirre assumed the post of Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court yesterday. [nvcourts]
  • Metro released body cam footage of a New Year's Eve officer-involved shooting. [RJ]
  • Judge Kathleen Delaney sentenced Ammar Harris to death. [RJ]
  • Here's a handy link for you to check and see who else has filed to run for judicial office this year. 
  • What do you think about the FFZero1? [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, January 4, 2016

Judicial Openings 2016

  • It's an election year and that means there are some judicial openings. The RJ says that most of the statewide judges and Clark County judges intend to try and retain their positions. Among those up for reelection are Justice Hardesty, the new appeals court judges, their district court replacements, and some justice court positions. There is only a small window of time to get your name on the ballot. If you want more information, go here and get your application done by January 15.