Tuesday, May 31, 2016

RIP Melanie Kushnir

  • Our condolences go out to the family, friends, and co-workers of Melanie Kushnir. Melanie was working as the pro-bono project director at LACSN and her presence in community will be missed. [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • The water is off again in the continuing saga at Silverstone Golf Course. [RJ]
  • Here's a video update on the new Supreme Court building downtown. [nvcourts]
  • The Supreme Court is going to review a proposed comment for the Rules of Professional Conduct with regard to advising clients about the medical marijuana industry in light of federal law. [nvcourts]

Friday, May 27, 2016

Lawyer Smart

If you want to discuss a single characteristic of some lawyers, how about telling us who is lawyer smart? Is lawyer smart more or less than real world smart? Is lawyer smart more about strategy or knowledge of the rules or what?


  • here is the silent video of the interaction between Judge Hafen and Zohra Bakhtary, along with a statement from the Clark County Defenders Union. [RJ]
  • Here's an open letter to "Conrad" from the National Association for Public Defense. 
  • Judge Gonzalez rejected a motion to sever Elaine Wynn's claims in the Wynn v. Okada case. [RJ]

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Here Comes Summer

  • Judge Gloria Navarro will not be stepping down from the Bundy trial. [RJ]
  • Nevada prisons are going to be shifting their priorities to inmate rehabilitation. [Fox5Vegas]
  • What else is going on out there? Anyone else bother by the font change on the RJ's website? Any other attorney's been handcuffed lately? Is no one going to utter a peep about whether something is actually happening at Bremer Whyte.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Primary Guide: District Court Department 20

With early voting starting on Saturday, here's your chance to weigh in on which of the 4 candidates for Department 20 should get your vote:

  • Holper, Scott Michael
  • Johnson, Eric
  • Levy, Anat "Annette"
  • Ramsey, Catherine
Also, feel free to discuss the transcript of the exchange that led to Judge Conrad Hafen ordering public defender Zohra Bakhtary be placed in handcuffs.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Primary Guide: Las Vegas Justice Court

Early voting begins on Saturday, so today we're opening the floor to discuss the five openings on the Las Vegas Justice Court bench.  Who do you think should be elected? Who should be avoided at all costs?  Based on the facts available to us, was Judge Conrad Hafen right or wrong to have a public defender put in handcuffs shortly before primary elections? The candidates for the five openings are below.

Before we begin, just remember Nevada Rule of Professional Conduct 8.2:

Rule 8.2.  Judicial and Legal Officials.
      (a) A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory officer or public legal officer, or of a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office.
      (b) A lawyer who is a candidate for judicial office shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Department 3

Connell, Sean P.
Letizia, Harmony
Marshall, Janiece

Department 4

Prieto, Jillian
Saragosa, Melissa A.

Department 6

Kern, Rebecca
Rogan, Jeff
Yeager, Bita

Department 9

Bonaventure, Joe
Goldstein, Steven
Kurth, Robert

Department 14

Chelini, Amy “JoAnne’’
Hafen, Conrad
Jefferson, Phung

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mild Monday

  • If you want to run for the open Henderson Justice of the Peace seat, this week is your chance to file. [RJ]
  • LACSN is going to start offering attorney services to people who may be subject to court-approved guardianships. [RJ]
  • Anything else going on out there this week?

Friday, May 20, 2016

Vote For Me Videos

  • The RJ has a 2016 voting guide up with 1-minute videos from several of the candidates running for justice court. Now's your chance to finally see candidates in a format other than that one picture on the signage. We didn't watch all of them yet, so let us know if there is anything we must see. 
  • Today is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Clark County Public Defender's office. [RJ]

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Just Another Thursday

  • Judge Eric Johnson, who is trying to retain his seat this year, issued a ruling that the ESA school choice program is neutral with respect to religion. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • A Nye county drug case against Heidi Fleiss was dismissed. [RJ]
  • Justice of the Peace Rodney Burr has officially taken Judge Diana Hampton's place on the Henderson Municipal Court bench and Henderson city council member/deputy district attorney Sam Bateman has announced he is running for the justice court position vacated by Burr. [RJ]

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ikea Because I Care

  • In response to a recent spike in crime, the DA's office is expanding the gun crimes unit. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, Sheriff Lombardo is blaming the spike on Metro being understaffed. Time for more cops, again? [RJ]
  • What? The casinos care about money laundering? [Vegas Inc.]
  • Ikea opens today and Topgolf opens tomorrow. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Job Tips: Parental Leave

A reader wants your suggestions on how to deal with the following:  Fred and Wilma are both attorneys who work at different firms. Fred is at the local office of a national firm and a third-year associate. Wilma works at a small local firm and is also a third-year associate. They're expecting their first child later this year and want your advice on how to deal with paternity/maternity leave. They both want to take some time off when the baby arrives, but aren't sure of the best way to approach it. Fred is concerned about billable hour requirements and a certain overbearing partner who won't appreciate paternity leave. Any tips on how to deal with work and a new baby?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Life In The Left Lane

  • Tom Pitaro is representing defendants accused of trespassing and "vagrancy" at Red Rock Casino--a case which is turning into a first amendment issue and drawing the attention of the AG's office. [RJ]
  • Does Nevada need to have an annual legislative session? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Did you know it's against the law to drive too slow--especially in the left lane? [Vegas Inc.]
  • There is a guardianship bench bar meeting today. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Day After

  • Did anyone watch Las Vegas Law last night? Here's DA Wolfson's comments on the show. [RJ]
  • The NSHE Regents accepted the resignation of Dan Klaich amid controversy. [RJ]
  • ICYMI in the comments yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Caesars regarding its ability to ban an individual from its property. [RJ]
  • MGM says locals will still get free parking until at least December 29, 2016. [LasVegasNow]

Thursday, May 12, 2016


  • The Supreme Court rejected Las Vegas Sands' attempt to remove Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez as trial judge. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Sands has agreed to pay a $2 million fine as result of a complaint from the Ganing Control Board. [Vegas Inc.]
  • The Court also ruled against an effort to repeal the commerce tax. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Magistrate Leen issued a temporary protective order on evidence in the Bundy matter. [RJ]

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Higher Than That

  • Dennis Prince got a jury to award his auto-mechanic client $6.6 million for a car accident. [RJ]
  • Here's some insight on Michael Becker's perfect 100 score on lawyer.com. [Courthouse News Service]
  • A senator is asking the Nevada Secretary of State for additional information about the entities connected to the Panama Papers. [RJLas Vegas Sun]
  • Looks like Erich Nowsch is going to get a public defender after changing his plea. [RJ]
  • Does Nevada need to replace the tests it uses for marijuana in impaired drivers? [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Speaking Out

  • Judge Tobiasson speaks out about not revoking bail for the man who killed his ex-wife days later. [RJ]
  • Marc Randazza filed an amicus brief with some phrases in Klingon. [PRI]
  • A Q&A with Wayne Allyn Root, the producer of Las Vegas Law and a "nice version of Donald Trump." [RJ]
  • The lawyer who can't get admitted in Nevada to represent Cliven Bundy plans to sue. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mercury Rising

  • Days before a man killed his ex-wife and shot their two kids, Justice of the Peace Melanie Tobiasson denied a request to revoke his bail. [RJ]
  • Two attorneys weigh in on whether new changes will produce more transparency in LLCs. [RJ]
  • Nevada's school choice law is getting closer to oral argument. [RJ]
  • Mistakes by federal prosecutors result in them getting chewed out and giving two defendants a deal. [RJ]

Friday, May 6, 2016

Moving On Up

  • A lawsuit accuses CCSD of covering up an attack on a high school student. [RJ]
  • Suspects in the killing of  Lee's Liquor store employee were appointed public defenders. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • One of our readers reports that several firms are moving or have moved:  Fisher & Phillips LLP has moved downtown to the Bank of America building; Gordon Rees will be joining them in the near future; Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck are moving down the street; Fox & Rothschild has moved to downtown Summerlin; and, Jolley Urga Woodbury & Little is leaving Howard Hughes Parkway for phase 2 of Tivoli Village. Anyone have any insight into the reason for these moves? Is it all about the bottom line? Are they getting more or less space? Any other firms making big moves?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Tails You Lose

  • Attorney Michael Becker is the only lawyer with a perfect 100/100 rating on lawyer.com. [PRnewswire]
  • Congrats to the 53% of February 2016 Nevada bar exam takers who passed. After overcoming odds like that, what's next--the craps table?
  • Las Vegas City Attorney Brad Jerbic writes that the First Amendment protects the "practically nude." [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The 9th Circuit is to hear another appeal in a 1995 Carson City killing. [RJ]

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fool For A Day

  • Ted Cruz suspends his campaign leaving Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Sky Combat Ace plane crash over the weekend may not have happened, but for a refund policy. [RJ]
  • A lawsuit by an ex-employee of a Nevada assemblyman-owned company says she was required to watch religious videos. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments at Canyon Springs High School next week. [nvcourts.gov]

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Among The Stars

  • Harvey Whittemore has completed his prison sentence. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court heard oral argument on a special diet for a Thelemist prisoner. [RJ]
  • Mitchell Posin was suspended again. [RJ]
  • We're a little over a week away from the premier of Las Vegas Law. We've heard that not only does the show feature DA Wolfson, but Judge Douglas Herndon will be making his small screen debut along with Chief Deputy District Attorney/erstwhile judicial candidate Bernie Zadrowski and defense attorney Warren Geller (but not until the second episode). 

Monday, May 2, 2016

One Too Many

  • A Koch brothers backed group is paying for ads against Senate candidate Catherine Cortez-Masto. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Lots of excuses from drivers ticketed for not knowing the law about operating an automobile and cell phone at the same time. [RJ]
  • Supreme Court of Nevada will hear argument on repealing the commerce tax today. [Fox5Vegas]
  • A Clark County School District board candidate wants to ban football. [KNPR]