Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Things Keep Changing

  • Congrats to Michael Lowry on his Compelling Discovery blog making the 10th Annual Law Blawg 100 list. [ABA Journal]
  • A task force is considering improvements to our juvenile justice system. [RJ]
  • Mystery man's identity theft sentence is upheld. [RJ]
  • The Army is concerned with the Golden Knights an IP battle in the works? [RJ]
  • The UNLV student newspaper is changing its name. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Caesars Properties are going to start charging for parking. What is the world coming to? [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Comp Survey 2016

The last two years we have done a magic numbers survey, but this year we decided to mix things up and do a compensation survey. Go here to let us know how long you've been practicing and how much you're making. We'll share the results before Christmas...

In the meantime, feel free to continue to discuss the Supreme Court's antics or anything else going on out there, just remember to keep it work-appropriate and slander-free.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Turkey

  • A Texas judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the new overtime pay law. [PBS]
  • A permanent injunction was issued regarding Nevada's Educational Savings Account program. [RJ]
  • A Henderson startup is helping people with immigration paperwork. [RJ]
  • Gina Bongiovi shares the top legal mistakes businesses make. [Vegas Inc.]
  • A reader wants to know if anyone has any details regarding In the Matter of Discipline of Jacob Hafter. [Supreme Court case #71744]

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

We are headed out of town for the holiday weekend, but here's a short post for those of you working today. Thanks for reading the blog. We hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! We'll be back to posting on Monday.  And, the Vegas Golden Knights? Really?!?

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pumpkin Pie

  • Congratulations to David Jones on his appointment to the bench in Clark County District Court (filling the vacancy left by the passing of Judge Susan Scann). [News3LV]
  • Tonight the name, colors, and logo for Vegas' first big league team will be revealed. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, November 21, 2016

Cranberry Sauce

  • Are emails that elected officials keep on their private devices considered public records. [Washington Times]
  • Is the ESA program dead in Nevada? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Veterans' Court will recognize military service this afternoon. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, November 18, 2016


  • President-Elect Trump has offered the position of US Attorney General to Alabama senator Jeff Sessions. [NY Times]
  • Judge Linda Bell issued a gag order in the civil case regarding the death of Susan Winters. [RJ]
  • Danny Tarkanian sued Congresswoman-elect Jacky Rosen for defamation. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • The CCSD bullying trial is still going. [LasVegasNow]
  • Illusionist Jan Rouven pleads guilt to child pornography before trial. [RJ]

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fall Is Here

  • They're still battling over Badlands. [RJ]
  • The Department of Corrections received a $978,000 grant to help with recidivism. [RJ]
  • The latest on the case of Susan Winters. [RJ]
  • Here's a list of all the Boyd alumni that won in the recent election--sorry, no Boyd '13s. [Boyd]

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Errant Golf Balls

  • The DA's office is halting prosecution of possession cases involving less than an ounce of marijuana. [RJ]
  • Opening statements took place in a Clark County School District bullying case. [LasVegasNow]
  • You're driving through a neighborhood next to a golf course and suddenly a golf ball smashes into your windshield. A golfer runs over, apologizes, and gives you his number. When you call it, he refuses to pay and denies liability. Who is liable for the damages? [Apparently, KTNV couldn't find anyone willing to opine on the record.]

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Do It Yourself

  • With the election of Donald Trump, local immigration firms are seeing an uptick in business. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Not Vegas related, but the nephew in the documentary "Making a Murderer" was ordered released yesterday. [NY Times]
  • Facebook and Google are under fire for publishing fake news. [KNPR]
  • Meanwhile, Jon Ralston is launching his own news source in 2017 called The Nevada Independent.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nobody Does It Better

  • Big names, bad blood, and Badlands golf course. [RJ]
  • Editorial says Laxalt and Sandoval showed poor judgment on background check ballot question. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • An in-depth look at the case against Billy Walters. [KNPR]

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans Day

  • Thank you to all of our veterans.
  • Washoe County Judge Lidia Stiglich has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Nevada effective January 2, 2017. [KOLO]
  • Judge Richard Scotti sentenced disbarred attorney Jeanne Winkler to seven years in prison. [RJ]
  • Jason Stoffel won the first ever chili wars to benefit the Legal Aid Society of Southern Nevada. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Here are some photos of the new Supreme Court/Court of Appeals building which is scheduled to be done by the end of the year. [RJ]
  • The current issue of Nevada Lawyer reports the disbarment of Keith Gregory and Gerry Zobrist. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

You're So Vain

  • The Foreclosure Mediation Program will no longer accept mediations after the end of the year. []
  • Judge Gloria Sturman got a brief moment in the national spotlight earlier this week. [Vanity Fair]
  • Recreational marijuana won't be "legal" in Nevada until January 1, 2017. [RJ]

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Vicious Circle

Congratulations to the winners of the judicial election yesterday including the unopposed members of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals; retained Judges Joe Hardy and Eric Johnson; and elected/retained Justices of the Peace Sam Bateman, Harmony Letizia, Rebecca Kern, Karen Bennett, and Suzan Baucum. You can view unofficial Clark County vote results here.

All five ballot questions on Clark County ballots yesterday passed--including background checks, and recreational marijuana. And control of the state legislature changed.  What does this all mean? Probably more work for lots of you. What do you think?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Big Day

  • Here is video of an interaction between Judge Rena Hughes and a 12-year old girl in a custody hearing? Is it normal? Appropriate? Concerning? [LasVegasNow]
  • Anything else going on out there?

Monday, November 7, 2016

Election Day Eve

  • Tomorrow's the big day. Here's your last chance to make a pitch for why we should vote for which judges...
  • Was one early voting station kept open late in a Democrat party stronghold? [RJ]
  • RIP Janet Reno. [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, November 4, 2016

Too Little, Too Late

  • The State wants to tax the escort service industry, but can't find them. [RJ]
  • Judge Boulware is set to issue a decision later today on the voter intimidation issue, but it is unlikely to include a restraining order. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Today is the last day to cast an early vote. [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cubs Win!

  • RIP Keith M. Lyons, Jr. [Facebook]
  • Is there a hole in Nevada property tax law that the Trump International Hotel exploits? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's Jane Ann Morrison on the Prince/Ranalli/Esparza suit alleging racketeering. [RJ]
  • Here's an update on the voter intimidation case before Judge Boulware. [KNPR]

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Game Seven

  • Should Nevada have sentencing guidelines for criminal offenses? [RJ]
  • The Trump campaign is in federal court here this morning regarding alleged voter intimidation. [TPM]
  • The Supreme Court will hold a session at Valley High School on November 16. [nvcourts]
  • The day before, the Court of Appeals will hear oral argument at UNLV. [nvcourts]
  • Cubs or Indians?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

One Week More

  • Judge Cynthia Giuliani performed 22 adoptions yesterday in costume. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Nosy parents helps stop potential mass shooting at Vegas high school. [Fox5Vegas; LasVegasNow]
  • Here's a fascinating piece on a "Big League prospect who became a mob hit man" and who also happens to be the father of our local Heavy Hitter, Glen Lerner. [NY Times]
  • There is a fight brewing over whether dental hygienists should be allowed to inject Botox. [RJ]