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]

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  1. Slow news day - might be a good time to chat about bonuses. What is considered the minimum for support staff? Associates where there isn't much collection data yet?

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    1. Considering the insult the firm I work for considered a "bonus" - $100 before they taxed it - I'd rather not. I expect this year's bonus to be a membership to the Jelly of the Month club. Looks like that new pool will have to wait.

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    2. As support staff, I usually get 1-2 weeks pay for a bonus. I've been getting that pretty consistently for the past few years.

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    3. Fourth-year attorney here, small firm. I got a $2,000 bonus. About what I got last year too. So I made roughly $100K overall.

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    4. My bonus will almost certainly be $0. I jointed the firm from a clerkship in mid-October, and they gave me a clerkship bonus.

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    5. Dear 12:25:

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      An Attorney not making roughly 100k overall.

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    6. We got bonuses today! Don't know what the others received in the office but the entire staff (non attorneys) are very happy. Our boss treats us right in good times and in bad. Thanks Mr. B!

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  2. Thank God Sandoval didn't pick Gentile lol

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  3. David Jones is a solid selection for District Court. He has a ton of real experience and moves the curve in the right direction.

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    1. If only he actually voted in ANY election in at least 10 years. (Don't believe me? Check out question 36 of his application for the Department 29 position.) I just LOVE the idea of giving a job that requires people to vote for him to someone who doesn't think HE has to vote for anyone. Nice job, Gov. Sandoval. I used to think you had integrity, but no more. After this, I won't vote for you for DOG CATCHER.

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    2. @4:24 - Are you serious? Nobody HAS to vote for anybody. And whether he has voted in the last 10 years certainly doesn't have any impact on whether he's qualified to the do the job. What a strange thing to go off on.

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    3. 5:07 -- You don't have any problem with an elected official not respecting the system enough to exercise his own franchise, but asking others to vote for him? If he doesn't think the democratic process is important enough to participate in, he shouldn't be judging others who should have the right to expect their judge to respect the system he is sworn to protect.

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    4. Hey, 5:07. You are partially right. Nobody has to vote for anyone IN PARTICULAR. But if you don't vote AT ALL, you ought not to be in a position where you have to ask others to FOR YOU to keep your job. Mr. Jones may be a good guy, but with his voting track record he should not have been appointed to an elected governmental position.

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  4. Dave Jones is outstanding. He has significant experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants, so he understands both sides of the "v." He is a smart and practical lawyer. Also, unlike many of our local judges who came to the bench with an almost exclusively criminal law background, he has decades of experience with civil litigation.

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    1. He understands both side of the "V." In some circles, that would make him the hinge.

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  5. Mayor Libby Schaaf: Framework Deal Reached to Keep Raiders in Oakland

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Mayor-Libby-Schaaf-Says-Framework-Deal-Reached-to-Keep-Raiders-in-Oakland-402478366.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_BAYBrand

    ahh ha ha ha ha!

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    1. From that article:

      “But there are two big hurdles," he said. "First, you need the buy-in of the most important stakeholder, (owner) Mark Davis. And two, don’t forget there are some very powerful owners who have lined up behind the Las Vegas deal.” Zelinksi noted that despite what the mayor and Lott might have worked out, Davis has said more than once that he is ready to move to Vegas.


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    2. Because I'm sure Davis was sincere, and not using vegas to prop up his bluff

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    3. Oakland can't match the deal here in Vegas. Their public servants aren't servile to a certain billionaire casino magnate like ours are. Raiders to Vegas is a done deal, thanks to the largest public subsidy in the history of professional sports. But don't worry, this time the subsidy will work! Because Vegas! It's totally different!

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    4. Maybe Davis is using Oakland to get some leverage in his negotiations with Mr. Big here in Vegas, which (the negotiations, not Mr. Big) seem to be languishing.

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  6. 5th year. $140k, including origination bonuses. Small firm. $2k Christmas bonus. I think it's generous. If I didn't get one AND I didn't get some nice origination bonuses, I would be miffed. My firm is good to me and I will bust my nut for them when they need it. Two way street.

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    1. That's pretty good for a small firm. I bet that's close to what Snell and Greenberg Traurig 5th years make.

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    2. No, that's REALLY good for a small firm. Perhaps too good to be true.

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    3. $140K for 5th year at a non-national firm in Las Vegas does sound fishy, but maybe he/she works at one of those big-law spinoff firms like Pisanelli Bice, Santoro Whitmire, etc. They may pay closer to the salaries of their former firms.

      and, isn't it "bust my hump" to imply working hard; "bust my nut" means something entirely different that is not safe for work. Or is it just me?

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    4. I was thinking Bailey Kennedy. But I agree with 12:49

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    5. BK's 1st years used to start at over 100k. Wouldn't be unheard of for a good 5th year to have climbed the ladder to 140k.

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    6. @12:49 Maybe he's willing to bust his hump AND bust his nut. You know, when they need it.

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  7. I am a 3 year attorney at a small to midsize plaintiffs' firm. We get a decent origination bonus and a xmas bonus of one paycheck. I have made over $100k this year before bonus, but obviously with some hustle and fire under my ass. Can't complain. My friends are ecstatic for just breaking $70k. Unfortunate that there are a lot of cheapie law firms out there not paying their people right.

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    1. I'm a third-year attorney at a mid-sized firm. I made $75K this year plus a $3,500 bonus. That's about what most of my law school classmates tell me they're making.

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    2. 7th-year attorney, small firm...$110,000 this year including bonus.

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    3. 6th-year attorney, small firm ... $120K total, including bonus.

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    4. 15th year atty, medium size firm, junior partner, $150K including bonus and owner distributions

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    5. 5th year attorney, 80k, and a bonus pie.

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    6. 7th year attorney, big firm, 150k plus $6k bonus (others got a better bonus, some got nothing)

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    7. Senior associate. 400k. But I don't live in Vegas. Just clerked these for a year. And I probably won't make partner ever.

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    8. 8th-year atty. $120K plus $4K bonus.

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    9. 5th year attorney...$90K salary, $4K bonus

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    10. 10 year lawyer and partner at regional firm. $290k salary plus $80k bonus.

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    11. 2nd year attorney, mid-size defense firm. $90k a year with a bonus of about $3.5k. Love my employer.

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  8. I got $5 on Knight Knights.

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    1. My money is on "Wasted Knights"

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    2. Las Vegas Golden Knights it is!

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  9. It's looking like Vegas may have been used as a pawn to keep the Raiders in Oakland. Good news for Nevada residents if true - we would no longer have to publicly finance a stadium for some billionaires.

    http://www.upi.com/Sports_News/2016/11/22/Oakland-Raiders-Mayor-announces-agreement-on-framework-of-new-stadium/3551479848320/

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    1. No. We would have to publicly finance a stadium for the perpetual celler-dwellers at UNLV.

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    2. While I would LOVE to get out from underneath this Raiders boondoggle, there is no agreement. Oakland has agreed with itself to finance an undetermined amount of money towards an unspecified stadium.

      "The Raiders and owner Mark Davis are not involved in the agreement. Davis is attempting to move the team to Las Vegas and hoping to gain approval from the NFL owners. Details of the agreement with the Lott group weren't revealed by Schaaf but she indicated the arrangement would satisfy some of Davis' previous demands."

      So if the Raiders are not part of the "agreement", there is no Agreement.

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    3. Las Vegas getting the Raiders is one of the greatest things to happen to Vegas...ever. Most of us having been waiting much of our lives for this.

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