Friday, December 30, 2016

Top Ten Stories of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, it's time to take a look back at the top ten stories that affected the Las Vegas legal community this year. Before we do, thanks again for reading, commenting, and offering your input because without you, the blog is dead. As always, we're open to your suggestions on how we can improve the blog, so if you have any comments, criticisms, ideas, gossip, or want to volunteer to write a guest post, let us know. Here's wishing you a prosperous new year! (We'll probably be back in 2017, but with the way 2016 has gone, who knows?!)

Our top ten Las Vegas related legal stories of 2016 are:

Thursday, December 29, 2016

RIP Troy Atkinson

  • Troy Atkinson passed away yesterday.  Condolences to his family and friends. 
  • The AG's office says the new background check law is unenforceable. [RJ]

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

RIP Chris Beecroft

  • Chris Beecroft, ADR Commissioner and Discovery Commissioner in the Eighth Judicial District Court passed away on Monday. [NV Bar]
  • It is being reported that Tadas Arlauskas, a Las Vegas lawyer and Boyd grad, allegedly sent emails to members of the Oregon State Bar inviting them to form a group for the "preservation of the white race." [Willamette Week]
  • Justice Cherry and Judge Silver will be heading up their respective appellate benches in 2017. [RJ]

Friday, December 23, 2016

Visions of Sugar Plums

Merry Christmas everyone! A lot of you are already out on vacation--good for you. For those of you at work, pretending to work, stop, go home and spend some time with your loved ones.

If you're drinking this holiday, don't drive.  If you're feeling down this time of year, please reach out for help.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255
Confidential help from a fellow lawyer is a phone call away
Toll Free: 866-828-0022
Mitch Cobeaga, LCL Coordinator
If you, or any lawyer in Nevada, are in need of confidential assistance with an alcohol, drug, depression, stress or gambling problem, help is readily available through the LCL Hotline.When calling, leave your first name and telephone number. A fellow lawyer, who has also had problems, will call you back. You'll be listened to with an understanding heart rather than scorn, judgment and condemnation. You can talk frankly. The person returning your call is solving problems just like yours, and is living happily and usefully doing so.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2016 Annual Airing of Grievances

"The tradition of Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you're gonna hear about it." --Frank Costanza

Technically, Festivus is tomorrow--on December 23, but we just can't wait to get the festivities started!  Gather your family, friends, co-workers, enemies, judges, opposing counsel, etc. because it's time for the Airing of Grievances

For some of you, this is what you were born to do--this is your moment to shine. Your gift of complaining is finally welcomed and wanted on this one occasion. This is your chance to (civilly- read: work appropriate and slander free) whine and complain about your salary, your job, your boss, the courts, nepotism, Robert Graham, Wiznet, the Nevada bar, bar counsel, UNLV Boyd Class of 2013, this blog, etc. It's also your chance to provide some feedback about the way things are done in the Las Vegas legal community. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who read this blog and see your comments and suggestions (including administrators, judges, and other lawyers). If you want a refresher on what types of things you were disappointed in or complained about last year, use the search box and enter "airing."

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice 2016

  • Here's a list of the firms that applied to be considered for the position of counsel to the Stadium Authority. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at one family affected by Robert Graham. [KTNV]
  • Paul Hejmanowski got his client a $28.7 million judgment against Bishop Gorman high school. [RJ]

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Bonus Round 2016!!! (Plus Compensation Survey Results)

Each year at this time we take a look at bonuses. As a special bonus to you this year, we also have the results of our compensation survey. The last two years we did a magic numbers survey, but this year we have something a little different--we gave you a chance to tell us how much you make based on how long you've been working without asking where you work. This is finally your chance to get an idea of how much money attorneys in Las Vegas make!

While we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of the results of this survey, we had over 100 responses. The numbers we are sharing are the first 100 responses (since that is all SurveyMonkey will let you see without paying for an upgrade).  Warning:  the results are not for the faint of heart. These numbers may make you think you are underpaid. They may make you think you are not special. Just remember that these are just numbers and do not take into account a number of other factors that come into play when determining compensation. Click through to see the results...

Monday, December 19, 2016

Rogue One

  • Could the Legislature do away with Nevada's death penalty this spring? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Are the City and County close to an annexation agreement? [RJ]
  • Linda Graham says she filed for divorce from Robert Graham. [News3LV]
  • For the first time, women now make up the majority of US law students. [NY Times]

Friday, December 16, 2016

Pots and Kettles

  • Former clients of Robert Graham, now represented by a one, Mr. Gerald Gordon, have filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition against Graham's practice. [RJ]

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Winter Is Coming

  • A grand jury is hearing about the Susan Winters case. [RJ]
  • Is Linda Graham implicated in the missing millions too? [RJ]
  • The Legislature allegedly approved a deal for Faraday Future without any knowledge of the company's finances. [Jalopnik]
  • Here's the latest on the trademark rejection of the Vegas Golden Knights. [IPWatchdog]

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Growing Pains

  • In an interview, Robert Graham claims he didn't abandon his clients, but didn't answer questions about what happened to the millions of missing client funds. His attorney for the criminal portion of his case is Lance Hendron. [RJ]
  • Clark County filed suit with regard to the development of Blue Diamond Hill. [RJ]
  • Magistrate Leen ordered three separate trials related to the Bundy standoff. [RJ]
  • A British citizen who wanted to kill Donald Trump in Las Vegas gets a year in federal prison. [News3LV]

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Empty Stockings

  • Here are a few more details on Robert Graham and LawyersWest. [RJ]
  • Facing life in prison, Erik Nowsch plans to keep fighting. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Civil bench bar meeting today. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Monday, December 12, 2016

Lump Of Coal

  • As was first reported in the comments here, LawyersWest shut down suddenly, firing employees and leaving clients in the lurch. Now, attorney Robert Graham's law license has been temporarily suspended and there are allegations that his trust account, which should have had $13 million in it, has significantly less. Jasen and Brandi Cassady, the attorneys appointed to take over LawyersWest files set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for the clients. Other probate attorneys have stepped up to help. Graham is being represented in the bar proceedings by P. Sterling Kerr and has said that Graham voluntarily relinquished his license, is not a flight risk, and is going to be represented by someone else with regard to a criminal investigation. [RJ; LasVegasNow]
  • A lot of details are missing from the reports in the news--can you fill in the rest? Where did the money go? How did it suddenly see the light of day? Do you think this GoFundMe account is the right idea?
  • Judge Michael Villani upheld the guilty plea of Erik Nowsch. [News3LV]
  • Questions about defendants' mental capacity in death penalty cases. [RJ]

Friday, December 9, 2016

Hours of Operation 2016

A few years ago, some commenters were discussing the fact that some judges are off the bench quite a bit more than you might expect. That's not to say that they might not be justified--you have to remember that they are government employees with certain benefits. But excuses aside, are our judges generally spending enough time in the courtroom? Which judges should be spending a little more time on the bench? Is there a minimum standard? Which judges would you commend for making the best use of your time? 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Knights Who Say No

  • The USPTO rejected the Vegas Golden Knights trademark application. They plan to challenge the ruling. [Forbes; RJ]
  • Raad Sunna, the smoke shop employee who shot a 13-year old boy, is being represented by Dominic Gentile. [RJ]
  • North Las Vegas will make its determination about eliminating a judicial seat on Dec. 21. [RJ]
  • The Stadium Authority is looking for counsel. Applications are due by Dec. 19. 
  • Search warrants issued in the Susan Winters case. [RJ]

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor- 75 Years

  • Someone mentioned it in the comments yesterday and someone else let us know in a survey response, but apparently LawyersWest shut down abruptly on December 2. Anyone have details?
  • Here are some details about the $14.5 million medical malpractice award a jury returned last week. [RJ]
  • One side effect of marijuana legalization? The smell. [RJ]
  • Today is the last day for the position of District Court hearing master. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • 75 years since Pearl Harbor. [KNPR]

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

  • Murder charge for smoke shop worker who shot teen boy. [RJ]
  • Threats are flying about the State Treasurer's continued work on ESAs. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Allegations that a girl was killed over $450 in death penalty trial. [RJ]
  • North Las Vegas is considering eliminating one municipal judge position. [LasVegasNow]
  • Gag order lifted in the civil case regarding the death of attorney Susan Winters. [RJ]
  • It seems no one really wanted to talk about holiday parties yesterday, but someone did write in asking for your feedback on whether staff would prefer a holiday party or just putting the money that would go to a party into their "bonus." What do you think?

Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday Parties 2016

  • A pre-trial release pilot program is more successful than expected. [Nevada Appeal]
  • Alisa Nave-Worth co-authored an article about getting your business ready for legal marijuana. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Not Vegas specific, but Charleston church shooter Dylan Roof decided maybe he does want lawyers to help him in his trial. [RJ]
  • Any stories from the Eglet holiday party? What is your firm doing this year? A fancy dinner? A casual trip to the bowling alley? A cruise? 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Job Tips: Sanity

Our 2016 compensation survey is still open, so if you haven't responded yet, please click here. One of you responded with a suggested topic:  what hobbies or activities have you decided to pursue outside of the legal practice to help counteract the soul-crushing, stressful nature of our profession? In other words, how do you keep your sanity?