Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Day 2016

  • Justice Clarence Thomas broke his 10-year silence and asked questions in court this morning. [CNN]
  • There's not much else to link for news right now, but someone suggested we discuss the state of attorney billboard advertising in Las Vegas. While this has always been a special feature of our community, there are several billboards lately that raise the question of when is it okay to call yourself (in an unqualified) matter voted top lawyer or highest-rated injury attorneys. Anyone want to remind of the standard for attorney advertising? Is there a rule against billboard beards in attorney ads? Should there be? 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Trouble In The North

Just when you thought there was no news today, BAM! "The Nevada State Commission on Judicial Discipline has filed charges of professional misconduct against both North Las Vegas Municipal Court judges." [RJ]

You can view the formal statements of charges against Catherine Ramsey and Sean Hoeffgen here.

Thursday, February 25, 2016


  • Governor Brian Sandoval being vetted for the opening on the Supreme Court is creating a lot of discussion about possible outcomes if he gets nominated. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Is the Boulder City asbestos situation really analogous to the Flint water issues? [LasVegasNow I-Team]
  • Just gonna leave this link here about a syphilis outbreak just in case any of you might need to know. [RJ]

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Deep End Of The Pool

  • The 9th Circuit overturned a ruling that allowed Wynn's tip pooling policy. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • The AG's office got a guilty plea from an inmate who was collecting unemployment benefits from jail. [RJ]
  • Results from Republican caucus shows that even if it was a proxy war between Hutchison and Laxalt, more people wanted Trump. [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Republican Caucus Day

  • Serious threats against an ex-federal prosecutor. [RJ]
  • Prosecutors possibly engaged in an abuse of process? [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court upheld a conviction and death sentence. [RJ]
  • Today's the big day for Nevada republicans. Any predictions on the outcome?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Not Ready For Their Closeup

  • Surprise! Some defense lawyers are not totally happy with the filming of "Las Vegas D.A." [RJ]
  • Want to be a family division pro tem hearing master? It's the position that has launched many a candidate into the judicial elections... [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • How to be a better boss. [Vegas Inc.]
  • With Bush having dropped out of the race, some of his backers have moved to Rubio bolstering  LG Mark Hutchison's position in the "proxy war" between he and AG Adam Laxalt who is backing Cruz. [Fox5Vegas]

Friday, February 19, 2016

Nevada Democratic Caucus Tomorrow

  • Attorney JT Moran, III has already raised over $100K to fund his campaign for the Board of Regents. [RJ]
  • Las Vegas City Council repealed a municipal code that makes interfering with a Metro officer a misdemeanor. [RJ]
  • Here is some information on where to caucus tomorrow via LasVegasNow. Here is some information about how you could potentially vote in both the Democratic and Republican caucuses via RalstonReports.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Let It Run

  • Judge David Barker ruled that Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez will stay on the Las Vegas Sands case. [RJ]
  • Cliven Bundy indicted. [RJ]

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Search Your Feelings

  • Is Las Vegas Sands' Motion to Disqualify Judge Gonzalez just a delay tactic? [RJ]
  • A Clark County grand jury is hearing evidence about an extortion plot. [RJ]
  • With the caucus for Democrats on Saturday and Republicans next Tuesday, CNN  has released a poll indicating who they think is leading the pack right now. Any surprises? [Fox5Vegas]
  • All business court cases in Department 29- Judge Scann are being transferred to Judge Joe Hardy in Department 15. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Have you ever visited the Secretary of State's campaign finance disclosure search tool? Anything interesting?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

RIP Antonin Scalia

  • Here are comments from the colleagues of Justice Antonin Scalia on his death--be sure to read Ginsburg's comments. []
  • Here are more details on Las Vegas Sands attempt to disqualify Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez, including some offered by her declaration. [RJ]
  • Here's a nice puff piece on Ballard Spahr attorney Booker T. Evans. [Vegas Inc.]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court is expediting the Education Savings Account case. [RJ]
  • One of our readers wants you to be aware of potential changes to Nevada Federal Local Rules. You can view the proposed changes on a redlined document here.

Friday, February 12, 2016

All For Good

  • Las Vegas Sands filed a motion for reconsideration of Judge David Barker's decision not to disqualify Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez from the case against Steven Jacobs. [RJ-includes copy of motion]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court heard oral argument about marijuana residue and driving under the influence. [RJ]
  • Robert Eglet and Aaron Ford are the attorneys on a class-action suit against the CCSD. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • ICYMI, Cliven Bundy was arrested in Oregon for charges related to the 2014 standoff here in Nevada. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ-includes copy of complaint]

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Brian Bloomfield is in the news again as Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo accused him of lying to a state bar disciplinary panel. You can read the RJ article here.

Our question for you is based on a quote of Mr. DiGiacomo in the article,

"All lawyers are distrusted because of the actions of Mr. Bloomfield. He harmed the community."

What do you think? Do the actions of one lawyer really affect all lawyers like that? Is this really that upsetting to the community? Are there other instances you can think of that cause more damage to the profession (i.e. actions involving judges)?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Love In An Observation Wheel

  • Chris Rasmussen, attorney for 1/2 of the duo caught in the act in the High Roller, says they had an expectation of privacy. Anyone agree? [RJ]
  • Judge Rob Bare ruled the State's medical marijuana registration program is legal. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at Judge Karen Bennett. [LasVegasNow]

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Hampshire Primary Day

  • How much money has Sandra Morgan raised for her campaign in a recall election against Catherine Ramsey? It's a mystery. [RJ]
  • The Steven Jacobs vs Las Vegas Sands battle has expanded to federal court. [RJ]
  • Dining with the dogs? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Woman wins bikini contest, but doesn't get her prizes and needs a lawyer. [KTNV]
  • There is a civil bench bar meeting today at noon. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Any predictions about what will happen after the NH primary?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Judicial Clerkships

Toady on Vegas Inc. there is a puff piece on Tammy Peterson, a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck. She offers this advice to up-and-coming lawyers, "I strongly recommend that any young lawyer or law student consider a judicial clerkship."

We have at least a few Boyd students who read the blog. For their benefit, do you agree with that statement? Are judicial clerkships really the best place to start a career? Did any of you do one and regret it? Do you wish you had done one? 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Results Matter

  • Robert Carlson was the winning defense attorney for the management company sued for $8.9 million by an HOA represented by Terry Wike. [RJ]
  • Judge Kerry Earley sentenced a man to 16 to 40 years for a DUI crash that killed grandmother. [RJ]

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Everything You Dreamed

  • Here are more details on the changes coming to e-filing, including lower prices. With new management, what could possibly go wrong? [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Jury deliberations begin in a case where an HOA is seeking an $8.9 million judgment against a management company. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court will hear the appeal of Dr. Desai in April. [RJ]
  • Looks like Cox and KLAS may not resolve their price negotiations before Sunday, meaning you may have to get creative in watching the game. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Presidential Politics

There's not too much in the way of legal news and/or gossip going on today, so we'll turn to politics. Ralston has a piece up on how the Nevada GOP caucus is a proxy war between AG Adam Laxalt and Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison. Any thoughts on that?

Any thoughts on what will happen in New Hampshire after the results in Iowa? Does Rand Paul dropping out affect the race much? Is Nevada going to go for Bernie or Hillary? Anything else going on out there we should know about today?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pay For Legal Secretaries

A reader wants your input on how much a legal secretary in Las Vegas should be making? What other considerations do you take into account when deciding what to pay a secretary? Do you offer insurance as well? Any other perks that make up for a smaller paycheck?

Generally, how much per year should you pay a legal secretary?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Iowa Caucus Day

  • A pilot program in the family court will ensure one judge oversees a child welfare case from start to finish. [RJ]
  • If a judge allows a convicted felon to use a false identification one more time to retrieve some funds he had in an account under that name, are any laws being broken? [RJ]
  • Here's a look at attorney Homa Woodrum, co-founder of the Allergy Law Project.[RJ]
  • Approximately 2/3 of the funding for the proposed UNLV/Sands/Raiders? stadium would come from public financing. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, the RJ has an editorial lauding the proposal and Ralston is pointing out the conflict of interest.
  • There is a guardianship bench bar meeting today at 11:30. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Some local attorneys have taken to citing blogs, like Compelling Discovery and Nevada Insurance Law Blog, as authority in their briefs. If you'd like to cite us, we recommend you don't.