Thursday, June 30, 2016

Aloha Summer Vacation!

It's that time of year again where the bar congregates in some far off location for the Annual Vacation Meeting. This year, the far off location is the beautiful Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island in Hawaii. You can view a copy of the program here. We expect that some of you wonderful readers will be in attendance and share the gossip from the meeting with the rest of us. Will Justice Douglas be rocking his vacation wear again? Will the retiring Justice Saitta be there? What other judges are there? Any crazy stories? Will the animal law section protest the captive dolphins at the Hilton?

For the rest of us who won't be making the trip to Hawaii, what kind of summer vacations do you have planned? Road trips? Camping? Europe? The Olympics? What ever it is, we hope you're making some plans to have some time away from work and the law this summer. As for us, we're heading out early today to beat the traffic. We'll be back next week. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sweet And Sour Grapes

  • The defendant in the anonymous-businessman sex-tape extortion case wants to challenge his guilty plea. [RJ]
  • AG Adam Laxalt says the Nevada Supreme Court is going to have to revisit a prior search and seizure decision due to a recent US Supreme Court decision. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Six Republican candidates who lost in the primary have filed a court action alleging "possible" malfunction of voting machines.  [RJ]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court denied the ACLU's request to continue a hearing on the school choice bill. [RJ]
  • Nevada will get $5.3 million as part of settlement with Volkswagen. [Las Vegas Sun]
Thanks for all the participation in the comments lately. We appreciate the spirited discussion. Please feel free to continue to speak your mind, but remember to keep it work-appropriate and slander-free. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Right Time For Me

  • Justice Nancy Saitta is retiring effective August 8, 2016. According to a press release from the Supreme Court:

“After nearly 20 years as a judicial officer, with 10 of those years as a Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court, I have decided that it is time to move on to the next chapter,” Justice Saitta said. 

“After careful consideration, I am confident that this is the right time for me. My work on the court has been tremendously rewarding. I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to be of service to the courts and the citizens of the State of Nevada. I am grateful to have had such an amazing experience.”

Justice Saitta, 65, said she intends to continue working on child and juvenile advocacy issues and will continue to chair the Blue Ribbon for Kids Commission, the Coalition to Combat Criminal Sexual Exploitation of Children and the Juvenile Justice Reform Commission. She also will serve as a senior judge. 

The seven permanent members of the Commission on Judicial Selection will now recruit, screen, and interview applicants. The Commission then nominates three finalists from which the Governor makes his appointment.  This thorough, complex, and public process usually takes about 4 months to complete.

All applicants will complete an online application. The Commission will review materials digitally saving copy costs and staff time.

The Commission on Judicial Selection is composed of seven permanent members – the Supreme Court Chief Justice, three non-attorneys appointed by the Governor, and three attorneys appointed by the State Bar of Nevada. Neither the Governor nor the Bar may appoint more than two permanent members from the same political party, and cannot appoint two members from the same county.
  • You can also view this article mentioning the fact that her retirement comes months after her name surfaced in connection to the HOA scandal.  Saitta denies any involvement. [RJ]
  • An attempted murder case is dismissed after the victims, the defendants' parents, refuse to testify raising the question of whether the deputy public defender crossed an ethical line. [RJ]

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mess With Texas

  • A big day at the US Supreme Court with rulings striking down some Texas abortion clinic regulations, upholding weapons bans for domestic violence convictions, and political corruption prosecution. [SCOTUSblog]
  • Is Las Vegas Law going to get renewed for a second season? [RJ]
  • Anything else going on out there? We hear a few judges are already in Hawaii for the State Bar's Annual Meeting.
BREAKING NEWS:  Justice Nancy Saitta is retiring effective August 8, 2016. [@sandrachereb]

Friday, June 24, 2016


  • What the Brexit (British exit from the European Union) might mean for you? [Fox5Vegas]
  • For those of you worried that no one is doing anything about the unauthorized practice of law, you'll be heartened to know the Nye County Sheriff's office made an arrest this week. [Nye County Sheriff's Facebook]
  • Five Clark County School District Police asked the DA's office to investigate an internal affairs investigator. [RJ]
  • Caesars got the green light on its reorganization plan. [RJ]
  • Here are some things you probably shouldn't try to bring into court with you. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Welcome To The Big League

  • Several opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court today on repeat offender convictions, DUI breath vs blood tests, and affirmative action. [SCOTUSblog]
  • A former robbery defendant takes to Youtube to proclaim his innocence and critique the prosecution. [RJ]
  • A last minute attempt to change the sex offender registration law before it goes into effect next month. [RJ]
  • The extortion case with the prominent anonymous local businessman was back in the news. [RJ]
  • No preliminary injunction for the woman banned from the library district after her open carry incident. [RJ]
  • Starting in 2017, Las Vegas will be the home of an NHL team. [RJ]
  • First a hockey, then maybe a football, baseball, and/or soccer team? [NY Times]

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Job Tips: Summerwear

It's just plain hot out there and it has one of our readers asking a very important question: What is appropriate court attire for all those hot lawyers out there?

We get some guidance from the Rules:

EDCR Rule 7.72.  Courtroom conduct and attire.  Proceedings in court should be conducted with dignity and decorum. All persons appearing in open court must be properly attired as befits the dignity of the court. All male attorneys must wear full length trousers, coat and tie; female attorneys must wear suitable dresses or pantsuits.

Seriously?  Do you really need to wear a jacket to court? Does this apply to both sexes? What exactly is a suitable dress when it's 115 degrees?  What about footwear?  Are open toe sandal heels okay? Are Birkenstocks ever appropriate? Where do you draw the line between appropriate and inappropriate?

What about when you don't leave the office on days like this? Does your firm have a summer dress code or a special dress code for heat waves?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hot Vegas

  • It looks like Nevada PUC general counsel Carolyn Tanner is out after a pseudonymous tweet. [RJ]
  • A judicial panel approved spending $3 million to fund 34 specialty courts. [RJ]
  • Here's a Q&A with Michael Feder of Dickinson Wright. [Vegas Inc.]

Monday, June 20, 2016


  • A woman who was banned from the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District for a year over open carrying is suing the district. [RJ]
  • Wondering what cases the US Supreme Court will be deciding between now and the end of June--check the SCOTUSblog.
  • Ticketmaster might have some free tickets for you. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Anyone have more details about what happened with attorney Marisa Border last year? [Lincoln County Record]

Friday, June 17, 2016

Electric Daisies In Bloom

  • Anyone have any reports from the Meet Your Judges Mixer or NJA Gala last night?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Meet Them Again

  • Judge Rob Bare released the man sentenced by Judge Conrad Hafen while the man's sentence is appealed. [RJ]
  • The DA is seeking the death penalty for two of the three defendants in the Lee's liquor store killing. [Las Vegas Now; RJ]
  • The oral arguments in the school choice case have been rescheduled. [RJ]
  • Caesars gets a temporary reprieve from lawsuits. [Reuters]
  • The CCBA Meet Your Judges mixer is tonight. Will you be meeting your judges tonight? Feel free to share any great stories that come out of it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Primary Fallout

  • The primary is over and you can see Clark County's unofficial final results here.
  • The first big news out of the results is that Las Vegas Justice Court Department 14 is going to have a lame duck judge for the next 6 months. That's right--Amy "JoAnne" Chelini got the majority of the vote and soundly defeated Judge Conrad Hafen. Under the new rules, if the winner in a primary election for a justice court judge (this doesn't apply to the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, or District Court judges) gets the majority of vote, they win and do not have to face another challenge at the general election. Judges Bonaventure and Saragosa also benefitted from this rule as they easily secured the majority. Harmony Letizia and Judge Janiece Marshall will face off in the general election for Department 3 and Judge Bita Yeager will face Rebecca Kern in Department 6. [RJ]
  • For District Court Department 20, the general election will see Judge Eric Johnson square off against Anat "Annette" Levy.
  • The AG's office wants oral arguments on school choice to be postponed. [RJ]
  • Unofficially, Las Vegas is getting an NHL hockey team. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Au Revoir Riviera

  • The Riviera was imploded last night. [RJ
  • Today is primary election day--i.e. your last chance to officially weigh in before the general election this fall. Any predictions?  Will any incumbents fail to make it out of the primary? [RJ]
  • There is a civil bench bar meeting today at noon, which will include a discussion on testimony via videoconferencing. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Monday, June 13, 2016

Love For Orlando

  • The man who was sentenced while his attorney was in handcuffs is appealing his sentence. [RJ]
  • Harmony Letizia has raised four times more money than incumbent Janiece Marshall in the race for Justice Court Department 3. [RJ]
  • Law firms make up around 46% of all judicial fundraising contributions; also, Judge Conrad Hafen doesn't take donations from attorneys. [RJ]
  • The proposed rule change about marijuana could create problems for attorneys like Gary Schnitzer who have invested in the dispensary business. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The legislature passed a bill that kept legislators from being investigated. [RJ]
  • One of our hard-hitting commenters created an image to show how Aaron Ford was added to the Eglet Prince photo. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Greatest

  • The public memorial for Muhammad Ali takes place today. [ESPN]
  • Will that 9th Circuit ruling on concealed carry really have little impact on Nevada? [Fox5Vegas]
  • North Las Vegas has a chronic squatter problem. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Did you know the 2016 Nevada Legal Elite list had 105 Boyd alumni? And that only 7 of them were class of 2013? [Boyd School of Law]

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Job Tips: Am I Forgetting Something?

Memory loss. It's something everyone will experience at some time and is sure to cause problems for you in one way or another. One of our readers wants your input on how to deal with a partner who seems to be experiencing some age-related memory loss (she seems pretty sure it's not directly drug/alcohol related). If you were an associate working for a partner who seems to be forgetting things how would you suggest dealing with that situation? Assume this partner is the boss and there is no HR person or senior partner you can turn to, then what would you do?

Are any of you dealing with situation? Are any of you the forgetful boss? How do you compensate for your aging, overworked memory? Post-it notes, i-reminders, ticklers from a brilliant secretary, gingko biloba?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Say Cheese

  • Here's an editorial on why you shouldn't vote to legalize recreational marijuana this fall. [RJ]
  • Rise in crime = more money for Metro. Lesson learned. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Any other firms have interesting group photos?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

End Of Presidential Primaries?

  • Attorney JT Moran is spending a lot of money in his campaign for a seat on the Nevada Board of Regents. [RJ]
  • The three men implicated in the death of a Lee's Liquor Store employee are expected to plead not guilty. [Fox5Vegas]
  • It appears Hillary Clinton may have the votes to clinch her party's nomination--assuming today's vote in California doesn't change anything. [LasVegasNow]
  • What do you think about the Stanford rape case? [The Atlantic]

Monday, June 6, 2016

Challenging The Authority

  • District Attorney Steve Wolfson is challenging the authority of municipal and justice courts to hold veteran specific courts. [RJ]
  • In just under a month, hundreds of "low-risk" sexual offenders will be added to the public database. [RJ]

Friday, June 3, 2016

Stay Cool Kids

  • A Celebration of Life Ceremony for Melanie Kushnir will take place today at 3:30 in the jury room at the Federal Courthouse. [LACSNRJ]
  • In case you missed it in the comments yesterday, the Supreme Court issued an important opinion on attorney's liens that also says you don't have to deposit interpleader funds with the court if you keep them in your trust account.
  • The Eighth Judicial District Court issued a new administrative order about the destruction of certain physical evidence. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • A reader wants to know if anyone knows what was up with the guy dressed like Hitler marching in front of the RJC yesterday. Anyone else see that?   

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Summer Associates

School is out and the mercury is rising marking the start of another summer in Las Vegas! One of our readers wants to know if there are any firms in town that still hire summer associates. While we're on the topic, does anyone have good stories or advice about being/dealing with summer associates?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Imagine That

  • The Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice filed an ethical complaint against Judge Conrad Hafen and cite additional instances where he may abused his powers by finding pro per defendants in contempt. [RJ]
  • Here are some nice words about Melanie Kushnir and the impact she made on our legal community. [RJ]
  • With a trial on the horizon, Las Vegas Sands settled with Steve Jacobs for an amount in excess of $75 million. [WSJ
  • Anyone see any potential issues with this off-Strip Court as a civil diversion program? [RJ]