Friday, July 29, 2016

Deal Me In

  • School Choice oral arguments start at 10:00 a.m. You may be able to stream it here. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Judge Eric Johnson sentenced a man to back-to-back life sentences for impersonating cops and raping escorts. [RJ]
  • Chief Judge David Barker granted the DA's request for a third grand jury in Clark County. [news3lv]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court orders retrial for a homeless sex offender. [RJ]

Thursday, July 28, 2016

What Goes Up

  • Attorney Becky Pintar has filed a petition for a writ of mandamus to overturn $257,751.27 in sanctions against her as determined by Judge Jessie Walsh. [Nevada Supreme Court case 70878]
  • The Supreme Court will be hearing oral argument on school choice tomorrow. [RJ;]
  • A change of tact for NV Energy on grandfathering solar customers (before the Supreme Court hears argument in a case on that topic tomorrow). [RJ]
  • Hillary Clinton gets her big moment tonight when she officially accepts the nomination at the DNC. [DailyBeast]

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Temporary Tattoos

  • A robbery defendant gets a makeover so that jurors can give him a fair hearing without judging his tattoos. [RJ]
  • Ammon Bundy's attorney wants to inspect grand jury selection records. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada reversed a $70 million judgment in the Suen v. Sands case. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A nice little piece on the son/legacy of one of Las Vegas' first black lawyers. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • An important resource if you're practicing in Northern Nevada--the Washoe County Bar Association Judicial Survey.
  • Metro to pay $200K settlement in excessive force case. [RJ]
  • Woman gets out of jail on own recognizance for gambler diversion program. [RJ]

Monday, July 25, 2016

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

The July 2016 Bar Exam starts tomorrow, so we thought we'd give you an opportunity to pass on your last minute advice and tips, as well as dredge up some of your horror stories. It looks like the exam this year is at the UNLV Student Union building--but it wasn't always so academic... What casino did you take your exam at? Did the power go out? Was there an earthquake? Did someone wear adult diapers? Did someone run out of the room screaming? Has anyone taken another bar exam years after the first time? Was it easier or harder? Should Nevada adopt the UBE?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Trump's Big Day

  • The mysterious case of Nana I Am-Part 1. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Former Nevada US Attorney Lawrence Semenza is wrapping up his 18-month sentence in federal prison. [RJ]
  • Michael Lowry, our friend behind the Compelling Discovery blog, has moved to Wilson Elser. [press release]
  • Here's information on services for Judge Susan Scann, including a July 28, 3:30 p.m. memorial at the RJC. [eighthjdcourt blogRJ]
  • And here's your feel good story? Parents of toddler killed by alligator at Disney World won't sue. Any guesses on how Disney took care of the family? [RJ]
  • We're not really a national politics blog, but it's hard to ignore the Republican National Convention right now. Last night, Ted Cruz, who refused to endorse Donald Trump, overshadowed the vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence. Tonight, Trump takes the stage. [NY Times]

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Happy Days

  • Hyperloop may be bringing some of their business to Nevada, but they're leaving their litigation in California for now. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • An emergency order was issued in the Switch PUC case to compel Carolyn Tanner to reactivate her Twitter account and blog before they're permanently deleted. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
  • A bench warrant was issued for a court appointed guardian who abandoned her wards. [RJ]
  • $100K bail set for Metro officer accused of DUI. [LasVegasNow]
  • A recent post to the NJA Listserv has Adam Stokes asking, "Who is aggressively handling legal malpractice claims here in town?" He then says to message him privately for a referral. While it doesn't say whether he is "asking for a friend," it does raise a good question: who out there among us is a cannibal  willing to go after bad lawyering without a badge from the Office of Bar Counsel?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Just Words

  • The AG's office wants to get involved in the culinary union trespassing case. [RJ]
  • The 9th Circuit upheld a dismissal in favor of Wynn Resorts board members. [RJ]
  • The Trump campaign is dismissing rumors that Melania Trump's speech lifted paragraphs from Michelle Obama's 2008 convention speech. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Bench trial set for CCSD officer. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, July 18, 2016

RIP Judge Susan Scann

  • RIP Judge Susan Scann, who passed away at age 70 after a 13-month battle with pancreatic cancer. [KTNVRJ]
  • Here's a look at the legacy of Melanie Kushnir. [RJ]
  • Strife over development of the Badlands golf course puts it on a 90-day hold. [RJ]
  • Magistrate Leen issued a protective order protecting most of the government's evidence in the Bunkerville standoff case. [RJ]
  • More on the Switch suit against the PUC. [KNPR]
  • A federal lawsuit says Las Vegas bus stops are too close to the road. [KNPR]

Friday, July 15, 2016


  • More tragedy in the world--this time in Nice, France. [NY Times]
  • Zohra Bakhtary wants her contempt charge thrown out. [RJ]
  • Misconduct allegations against school district police investigator to remain in excessive force case. [RJ
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized for her comments about Donald Trump--but should she have to? Do judges lose their free speech? [LA Times]
  • @realDonaldTrump announced via Twitter that his VP pick is Mike Pence.
  • In the comments, someone mentioned a lawyer telling a judge they don't have to stand in court because it's a security risk...  Anyone have more details or opinions on standing in court?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Lawyers Can Do Anything*

  • Judge Cadish dismissed the claims of one of the candidates who claimed voting errors in the recent primary election. [McClatchyDC]
  • A former Henderson business licensing enforcement officer was tipping off a massage parlor in exchange for services. [RJ]
  • Here's Jane Ann Morrison's latest update on Glen Lerner in Louisiana. [RJ]
  • The new Las Vegas NHL hockey team general manager is a lawyer. [RJ]
  • *some limitations and restrictions may apply.  See local lawyer for details.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Never Too Late

  • Judge Gonzalez turned down the sale of the Moulin Rouge property. [RJ]
  • Murder charges seven years after the crime--even though an inmate passed on specific details to police a month after it happened. [RJ]
  • Switch sues the Nevada Public Utilities Commission in federal court. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Several attorneys are involved in a group touting the economic benefits of recreational marijuana use. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Rumor has it there is an arrest warrant for Judge Ochoa's son. Anyone have the details?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Gotta Catch'em All

  • A death row inmate is seeking a new trial due to the Reno venue and pre-trial publicity. [RJ]
  • Supreme Court Justice Nancy M. Saitta, Governor Brian Sandoval, First Lady Kathleen Sandoval, and House Speaker John Hambrick will launch the initiative. The effort will determine whether state and local resources are being used efficiently and fairly. Nevada will work with the Council of State Government (CSG) Justice Center to complete the review.  Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention chose Nevada as the only state to receive technical assistance to undertake a comprehensive review of its juvenile justice system. Justice Saitta and First Lady Sandoval will co-chair the task force.  Livestream at 2pm at [from a nvcourts press release]
  • Sanders just endorsed Clinton; Trump will be picking his veep ahead of the convention next week; and Pokemon Go is grabbing headlines. What else is going on out there?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Briefcases And Backpacks

Today's post is inspired by two of our favorite plaintiff lawyers:  Dennis Prince and Robert Eglet.

  • A reader tells us they spotted Dennis Prince in court with an "executive backpack."  First of all, does anyone have any more details? Was is it exactly? Is it in place of a briefcase or does it supplement a briefcase? Is it professional looking?
  • Another reader tipped us off to this article from Robert Eglet titled, 'Death of the American Trial Lawyer." It's on a site called Vegas Legal Magazine. The reader wants to know if anyone knows anything about Vegas Legal Magazine--i.e. who runs it; is it legit, etc? Also, what do you think about Eglet's article? Is the jury trial going to go the way of the dodo for civil trials? Should it? 

Friday, July 8, 2016


  • The Nevada Supreme Court has set oral arguments on the educational savings account for July 29, 2016, in Las Vegas. [nvcourts]
  • The Nevada AG's office is suing a subsidiary of AIG for bad faith. [RJ]
  • A group wants a judge to force the release of more info on retiree payouts from PERS. [MyNews4 Reno]
  • Anyone have any details on the passing of attorney George Maglares? There is one comment on his Facebook page mentioning it, but no details anywhere else. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Saddened And Concerned

  • The Eighth Judicial District Court released a statement about the denial of a Temporary Protective Order sought by the mother of three who was shot recently. [RJ]
  • Is the City of Las Vegas improperly annexing county land? [RJ]
  • UNLV accidentally sent out an active shooter warning yesterday. Does the bar need something similar in the event something happens in court? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Not directly Las Vegas related, but it still affect us:  horrific video surrounding two separate incidents of police shooting black men this week. If you're not up to speed on #AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile, here's a link. [BBC]

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Commerce Tax Is Coming

  • Welcome back! We hope you all had an enjoyable long weekend. And for those of you who were in Hawaii last week for the Annual Meeting--where are the details? Any juicy gossip? Any important lessons learned from hanging out with the Board of Governors and judges?
  • In turns out that weeks before a woman and her children were murdered, her request for a temporary restraining order was denied. This is the second incident like this in recent months--is there a problem? Is there a solution? [RJ]
  • Is less than 40 days until the first Nevada commerce tax return must be filed. Is your entity ready? Are your clients ready? For those of you not up to date on the topic, here's an article from William McKean at Fennemore Craig on the topic. [Nevada Business]