Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Civility

After today's "performance", we're going to try something new on the LVLB moving forward. 

We're certain a small, vocal minority of our readers won't like it (see inevitable complaints to follow), but we believe the vast majority of our target audience will appreciate it. 

We're going to ask that you try to keep your comments civil from now on. That means save the indiscriminate personal attacks, insults, bigotry, hate, shade, bullying, etc. for another forum. If you have a personal axe to grind, please do the same.

This request doesn't mean we can't still freely discuss the comings and goings of our legal community, our peer's actions, inactions, demeanor, temperament, and especially their transgressions - those are, and have always been fair game here. 

We just don't want our little blog to become/continue to be a platform for a few bad apples who want nothing more than to bully and spew hate, for no legitimate or constructive purpose.  That's not why this blog exists, and we know that's not why most of you visit. 

Thanks everyone!



Magistrate Judge Cooke Retiring


  • Metro talks about the way they used a dummy to catch a dummy. [RJ]
  • Marijuana lounges are on hold in Clark County. [Fox5Vegas]
  • In a press release issued yesterday, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada announces that, after 18 years of dedicated service to the Court, United States Magistrate Judge Valerie P. Cooke will be retiring on July 31, 2018. The Court extends its gratitude to Judge Cooke for excellent years of service to the federal judiciary and to the community. Applications for the position of United States Magistrate Judge to fill the vacancy created when Judge Cooke retires will be posted on the Court’s website (www.nvd.uscourts.gov) in the nearfuture.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lifestyle v. Workstyle

Over at Above the Law there is a post about Atrium LTS, a "new" way of offering legal services. Actually it is two entities, one a law firm and the other a service provider for the law firm/law firms. Take a look at it and let us know what you think. Do you see this finding traction? Would it work in Las Vegas? Also, the founding partner is quoted as saying it will not be a lifestyle firm, but rather a workstyle firm where "ambitious lawyers come to dominate the future." What do you think about that?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Drug Court Legacy


  • RIP Jack Lehman. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • 24 people were indicted for racketeering and fraud charges related to a car crash scheme. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court is getting involved in the marijuana distribution dispute. [LasVegasNow]

Friday, September 15, 2017

They Made A List


  • Here are the four candidates being interviewed for the City Attorney position in Boulder City. [BCR
  • The Supreme Court selected 20 Nevadans to serve on the Guardianship Commission. [nvcourts]
  • Scott Dozier can review previously redacted portions of the State's Execution Manual. [RJ]
  • UNLV law students are helping people with DACA paperwork. [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Payable To Cash


  • Aaron Ford is running for attorney general. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A woman claims mistreatment in the CCDC. [LasVegasNow]
  • The DA's office wants your help finding a woman who forged checks and signed up her own clients at a law firm and managed to take $700,000 in the process. Anyone know what firm she was at? [KTNV]
  • The State will pay a $750,000 settlement to family of a veteran who died of legionella in the Nevada State Veterans Home. [TNI]
  • LACSN has a new fundraising plan. [RJ]
  • Condolences to the family and friends of family court marshal William Dathynn. [RJ]
  • Is the Supreme Court really not going to publish any decisions today? 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Unciteable

As mentioned in the comments yesterday, the Supreme Court issued ADKT 0504 amending Supreme Court Rule 36 regarding citation to unpublished opinions. While there was a comment period about the proposed rule change earlier this year, this is undoubtedly the first time some of you are hearing about it.  The key point of the order is that, "Except to establish issue or claim preclusion or law of the case as permitted by subsection 2, unpublished dispositions issued by the Court Of Appeals may not be cited in any Nevada court purpose for any purpose." The Order includes a dissent authored by Justice Pickering and joined by Justices Douglas and Hardesty.

What do you think of the Order? Do the recent grumblings about the lack of opinions from the Supreme Court color your opinion? Does saying that they may not be cited for "any purpose" frustrate you beyond belief? Does it hamper your ability to practice law? Even though the public comment period for the order closed some time ago, we're certain that some of the justices will see your comments, so what did they miss?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Green Room


  • Legislative counsel Brenda Erdoes says marijuana lounges are legal. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
  • Nevada inmate wants to know how to prepare for execution. [RJ]
  • Some of Robert Graham's victims want a tough sentence for him. [RJ]
  • Here are 10 discovery tips from Discovery Commissioner Bonnie Bulla given at last month's civil bench bar meeting. Another meeting is today at noon. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • One of the unpublished orders issued by the Supreme Court yesterday was regarding Robert Graham. [nvcourts]

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017


  • It's been 16 years since 9/11.
  • Requesting public records is expensive in Las Vegas. [RJ]
  • Wes Duncan has left the AG's office to work at Hutchison Steffen. [TNI]
  • Here is an article about the recent "war" in family court involving Judge Bryce Duckworth and others. [RJ] (Feel free to discuss, just remember to keep any discourse civil, slander free, and workplace appropriate.)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Guilty Graham


  • Robert Graham pleads guilty. Sentencing set for January 11. [RJ; KTNV]
  • Judge Wiese declines to dismiss the Save Red Rock case. [Las Vegas SunRJ]
  • Judge Earley sentenced a man to least 10 years for killing his father. [RJ]
  • One of our readers tipped us off to this great dissent by Judge Kozinski, brought to you in part by Costco. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Million Dollar Toothpick


  • A man represented by Dennis Prince was awarded a $1.95 million judgment after eating a sandwich with a toothpick in it. [RJ]
  • An NFL player says race played a role in his interaction with Metro on the night following the Mayweather fight. [RJ]
  • There are some new one-way streets downtown. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Job Tips: Socializing

Today one of our readers is looking for your advice on socializing at work. Should you be friends with your coworkers? Can attorneys only socialize with the other attorneys in your firm? Is it okay for attorneys to hang out with the staff on the weekend? And as a bonus, for those of you who solo practitioners, what do you do to socialize?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Summer Is Over


  • Prolific, witty, 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner is retiring from the bench. [KNPR]
  • An October trial date is set for Cliven Bundy. [RJ]
  • Last week, Deputy Public Defender Kathleen Hamers was struck by her client in court. [RJ]

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Weekend 2017


  • Here's a look at loopholes that allow child marriage in the US. [KNPR]
  • AB 327, which goes into effect October 1, makes Nevada's record sealing law one of the broadest in the US. Good thing? Bad thing? [The Crime Report]
  • Here's a look at the latest on Nevada's first execution in a long time. [I-Team]
  • Murder charges moving forward for the one-punch defendant. [RJ]
  • Have a great weekend and remember not to drink and drive!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mulligan


  • A Nevada think tank is appealing a ruling on separation of powers. [RJ]
  • Here's the story of the inventor of the microprocessor who moved to Nevada and had to fight California over taxes...for over 24 years. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The City of Las Vegas may make a moratorium on golf course redevelopment. [RJ]

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Forever And Ever


  • Goodsprings Justice of the Peace Dawn Haviland was suspended for one year without pay. [nvcourts]
  • Shortly after Judge Joe Hardy appointed a receiver to manage the Legacy Golf Course, the new owners announced they will keep it a golf course "forever and ever." [RJ]
  • The Fontainebleau, once a boon for construction defect lawyers, has been sold for $600 million with plans to finish the property. It is expected it will cost $1 billion to finish it. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • A reader tells us that the law firm of Brooks Hubley is shutting its doors on 8/31 and that the decision to do so was not made amicably. 
  • A reader informed us that starting November 1, Las Vegas Justice Court attorney sessions for traffic tickets will have a business casual attire dress code--i.e. no more jeans. Thoughts? Comments?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Las Vegas Lights


  • A jury decided that one of Tom Pitaro's clients should get life without parole instead of a death sentence 31 years after first being sentenced. [RJ]
  • The Legacy golf course sold for several million less than what was recorded on the deed. [RJ]
  • The new pro soccer team will be called the Las Vegas Lights. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, August 28, 2017

Charitable Giving


  • Who gets to decide when a golf course can close and be redeveloped? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Eighth District Court has formed a technology improvement committee. Check the link for a list of committee members and the email to which you can send suggestions. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Hurricane Harvey hit Texas hard this weekend. What do you do to help in times like this? Do you give money? If so, what organizations do you trust?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Mayweather v. McGregor


  • The DOJ wants a lot of money from Clark County with regard to Bali Hai and Billy Walters. [TNI]
  • Predictions on Mayweather v. McGregor? [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Try, Try, Try Again


  • The 9th Circuit said that while government employers have legitimate interests in regulating their employees' speech, they can't do so with a blanket ban. [RJ]
  • Third time's a charm for Steven Myhre and the US Attorney's Office against two of the Bunkerville defendants? [RJ]

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Good Fortune


  • A loss for the US Attorney's Office on the Bunkerville retrial. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • An Ohio judge returned fire when ambushed outside a courthouse. [KNPR]
  • Here's a look at why you have to drive to Primm to play Powerball. Anyone feeling lucky today? [RJ]

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Slam The Steel Door


  • The jury is still out in the Bunkerville retrial. But not for much longer, right? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Gaming Commission is trying to balance weed and casinos. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Michael Roberson is running for lieutenant governor. [TNI]
  • The eviction of elderly people over the installation of security doors is headed to court. Anyone know which lawyers are involved? [KTNV]

Monday, August 21, 2017

Turn Around Bright Eyes


  • Judge Wiese will issue a decision on a motion to dismiss with regard to development near Red Rock within a month. [KNPR]
  • A federal judge in Florida denied a motion to delay a trial because an agent witness had a pre-booked trip to the zone of totality for the eclipse. [Washington Post]
  • The UNLV Boyd School of Law has openings for two law professors. [Higheredjobs.com]

Friday, August 18, 2017

Barcelona


  • Things are still on track for Nevada's first execution in over 10 years, but questions about where the State is getting the drugs for the procedure could be a hold up. [RJ]
  • Still no clear answer about parking for the Raiders stadium, but the Stadium Authority got lots of new details yesterday, including the average price of personal seat licenses. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A judge cleared the way for more marijuana distributors to be licensed. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Two convicted pimps with life sentences are seeking new trials and alleging police corruption. [I-Team]
  • The Las Vegas Strip will be getting bollards installed this fall. [RJ]
  • HOLO Discovery is hosting a one year anniversary cocktail party at ReBAR on Main Street in downtown Las Vegas this evening from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.  You're invited to the celebration.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Step Right Up


  • The AG is cracking down on those "malicious" ADA lawsuits. [KTNV]
  • DA Steve Wolfson has announced his reelection bid. Who will step up to challenge him this time? [RJ]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Silent Closing


  • The Bunkerville retrial went to the jury yesterday after defense attorneys declined to make closing statements. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
  • A group of Yale students responded to their Dean's opinion piece on protesters in law school. [The Nation]
  • The Best Lawyers list, at least one step above Nevada's Legal Elite, is out. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More About The Bar Exam

Elliot Anderson, Nevada state assemblyman and '15 Boyd grad, wrote an opinion piece in The Nevada Independent yesterday.  In it he discusses several options for improving bar passage rates without lowering standards. Go check it out and come back and let us know what you think. Any better ideas?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Teach Them To Love


  • School is back in session. Please be aware of school zones and watch out for increased pedestrian traffic! [RJ]
  • A vote by the Clark County Commissioners on Tuesday to increase the recording fee would benefit LACSN. Also, shout to Kim Sinatra for her work on behalf of foster children.
  • Public attendees at the Department of Taxation's meeting regarding marijuana distribution last week were required to produce identification to get into the meeting "for safety purposes." [RJ]
  • A Carson City District Judge halted any efforts by the Department of Taxation to license additional distributors. [RJ]
  • Judge Gloria Navarro cut short a defendant's testimony in the Bunkerville retrial. [RJ]
  • Adam Kutner donated $1,000 to Ronzone Elementary School to help with school supplies. [PRNewswire]
  • Easton Harris was disbarred in June and now faces felony theft charges. [KTNV]
  • Here's an article with input from Amanda Connor, Riana Durrett, and Nicholas Wooldridge about the law keeping pace with recreational marijuana. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Here's an article about Jordan Flake of Clear Counsel Law Group. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Here's an article about Joel Henriod and Lewis Roca. [Vegas Inc.]
  • A UNR student became the face of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and is now facing the consequences. [RJ

Friday, August 11, 2017

You've Lost That Lawyer Feeling

What do you do when you start to get burned out or lose your passion for the profession? Do you take a vacation? Do you change things up? Do you change jobs? Does it get better? Do you go back to school? Do you run for judge?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rhinestone Cowboy


  • A CCSD teacher fired for watching porn at school in front of students is fighting the loss of his job. [RJ]
  • The Department of Taxation will evaluate today whether marijuana companies can distribute their own product. [TNI]
  • Five transgender service members sue President Trump over ban. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

She Says


  • Judge Joe Hardy ordered the new owners of the Legacy Golf Course to maintain the status quo. [RJ]  Here's Erika Pike Turner explaining what happened. [via @Journalismsandy]
  • Danny Tarkanian, a Nevada licensed lawyer, is running agains Senator Dean Heller in the primary next year. [RJ]
  • Female lawyers can talk, too. [NY Times]

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Let Them Eat Puff Pieces


  • Here's a look at campaign contributions from Brownstein Hyatt to Clark County Commissioners in light of that firm recently receiving a $500,000 retainer from the County. [RJ]
  • There is a civil bench bar meeting--agenda in the link. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • A new UNLV Boyd law professor is one of the top health law scholars in the nation according to this puff piece. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, August 7, 2017

So Fancy


  • Last week the Nevada Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting information regarding medical marijuana licensees. [TNI]
  • Here's a puff piece on the director of public relations for the Las Vegas Defense Group (relocating to a new location next month). Does your firm have one of those? [Vegas Inc.]

Friday, August 4, 2017

WannaCry


  • A notorious 23 year old British hacker named Marcus Hutchins, also known as MalwareTech, and best known for foiling the global cyberattack called WannaCry in May of this year, was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas by the FBI for his alleged role in spreading malware designed to steal financial information from banks. [RJ]  It looked like the world-wide hacker community was putting together a crowdfunding campaign to hire Hutchins private counsel.  Any word on whether that has worked, and if so, who his counsel might be?
  • The Raiders allegedly owe the city of Oakland close to $1,000,000 for four years of unpaid parking fees. [LVS] Does that concern any of you?  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Project REAL

Project REAL (Relevant Education About the Law) is hosting its first ever Lyrics and Lawyers legal team karaoke competition tonight. You can get more information here.

Project REAL gives students of all ages the opportunity to explore our judicial system, examine current controversial issues and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Are you participating in or attending this event tonight? Why or why not? Do you think programs like this are important? If you're not doing pro bono work and you don't support something like this, what do you do to give back?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lowering The Bar A Little


  • Justice of the Peace Deborah Lippis announced Monday that she won't seek reelection next year. And James Dean Leavitt is already calling dibs on her seat. [RJ]
  • Nevada lowers the bar for passage of the bar exam. [RJ]
  • The Justice Department is going to take on affirmative action. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ignorantia Juris Non Excusat


  • A man was issued a misdemeanor and fined $200 for bringing a baby American kestrel falcon across the state line to care for it. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's a look at last weeks' Supreme Court decisions on privilege. [Compelling Discovery]

Monday, July 31, 2017

This Post Is Being Recorded


  • Judge Andrew Gordon will hear argument today about a water pipeline. [SFGate]
  • Should all police interrogations be recorded? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Blunders by federal prosecutors resulted in a robber striking again. [RJ]
  • Med mal sweeps are next Monday. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, July 28, 2017

So Repealing


  • Here's a look at yesterday's ruling in the Wynn-Okada suit. [RJ]
  • The top lawyer for civil rights in the Justice Department is leaving after six months. [KNPR]
  • After a lot of drama, the Senate rejected an Obamacare replacement/repeal last night. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Project REAL's Lyrics and Lawyers event is next week. Do you have your tickets

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Job Tips: Moving Out


Have you ever thought of moving out of the state, only to be put off by the idea of having to take the bar exam again? Have you given it serious enough thought to look up rules on reciprocity and/or admission by motion to see if you can get admitted somewhere else that way? What have you found? Is there anywhere that a lawyer who is only admitted in Nevada can successfully and legally be admitted to practice? Any thoughts about switching to a federal practice area like immigration or social security? Is going in-house a viable option? Any jobs overseas for a Nevada licensed lawyer? 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Judge With No Name


  • President Trump announced this morning that the US will not allow transgender people to serve in the military in any capacity. [NPR]
  • A defendant in a federal marijuana case was acquitted yesterday, but didn't show up for the verdict. [RJ]
  • Some nameless judge dismissed a suit against state senator Heidi Gansert. [RJ]
  • The RJ's new state courts reporter is @Rachelacrosby. Other than letting her know to make sure and include judges' names, do you have any tips for her?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Down Came The Rain


  • Today is the bar exam. We remind you so you can commiserate with those taking it today and also so you can reminisce on that day so many years ago when you sat down in a seedy casino to take a similar exam. Think about how far you've come. Good for you! We're proud of you!
  • President Trump seems to want fire AG Sessions already. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Metro is trying to educate the community about immigration fears. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The I-Team finds that 10 children died who previously had contact with CPS. [LasVegasNow]
  • Police interrogation is worse than being deposed? [Compelling Discovery]

Monday, July 24, 2017

Six Degrees Of Separation


  • Video has been released showing Alexis Plunkett offering her phone to her client. [News3LV]
  • Did you know Judge Kathleen Delaney testified at the original OJ Simpson trial? [RJ]
  • Do you know Mary Bacon? [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, July 21, 2017

In The End, It Doesn't Even Matter


  • Judge Togliatti ordered prosecutors to prepare an execution warrant for a convicted killer which could lead to Nevada's first execution since 2006. [RJ]
  • OJ got parole and several local attorneys got some play in the media. Ozzie Fumo [Fox5Vegas]; David Roger [LasVegasNow]; and, Malcolm LaVergne [Mediaite].
  • UNLV hired a NY sports law firm to assist it in dealing with the Raiders/stadium issues. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • CCSD must pay $400K in bullying case. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at the Las Vegas Municipal Court Youth Offender Court. [RJ]
  • Bizarre case/article about a squatter--if you can make sense of it. [RJ]

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Loose The Juice?


  • Clark County Commissioners approved a $500,000 retainer to lawyer up with Kirk Lenhard in anticipation of a lawsuit. [RJ]
  • George Tiaffay, convicted of hiring a homeless man to kill his wife, now confesses to the crime in his appeal. [RJ]
  • The Las Vegas City Council approved the use of Cashman Field for a USL soccer team. [RJ]
  • Today is OJ Simpson's parole hearing. [Las Vegas Sun

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bar Exam Blues

Although many of you have probably blocked it from memory, for some of us this time of year always brings up memories of the bar exam. Nevada's July bar exam is next week at UNLV. In honor of those poor souls about to spend three days on the finer points of law they may likely never use so they can practice in Nevada, this post is dedicated to them.  Do you have any tips or advice? Is the bar exam experience from 20 years ago even anything close to what it is today? Any horror stories or words of warning? Is it time for Nevada to adopt the UBE?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Real Problem


  • One of you shared the link to this NY Times article about lawyers and addiction. We hope you will take a few minutes and read it. You'll probably get more out of it than any AAMH CLE you attend. Real question--is this more or less of a problem in the legal profession in Nevada?
  • Some student loan debts are being wiped out because the lender doesn't have a sufficient chain of title. [NY Times]
  • The RJ sued the coroner's office over records. [RJ]
  • Here are some of former DA David Roger's thoughts on the OJ Simpson verdict. [Fox5Vegas; LasVegasNow]

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blue Slipping And Sliding


  • The national spotlight will be on Nevada this week as OJ Simpson gets a parole hearing. [Deadline]
  • Here's a piece on Michael McClinton, one of Simpson's accomplices, featuring some local players throughout. [Heavy.com]
  • Here's a look at a Nevada Supreme Court ruling on equitable adoption. [RJ]
  • Dean Heller's decisions not to sign blue slips on federal court nominees is now coming back to haunt him as he tries to get someone else appointed. [RJ]

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Monkey See, Monkey Sue


  • A federal judge said an ADA serial suer operation is like a carnival shell game. Worth noting the Plaintiff in this case was getting $50 a case---what is the attorney getting? [ABC15 Arizona]
  • Meanwhile, here's a look at the status of the 274 ADA cases filed by Whitney Wilcher which appear to have stopped. [RJ]
  • The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument about whether a monkey owns the copyright on a selfie photo he took. [AL.com]

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Think Of The Tailgaters


  • Tickets for Lyrics and Lawyers--Nevada's first legal team karaoke showdown are now available here.
  • Breaking news: jury selection will be critical in Bunkerville standoff retrial. [RJ]
  • There are still a lot of details to work for the new stadium--like parking. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in town today. [LasVegasNow]
  • There is mention of our own AG, Adam Laxalt, in this article on Sheldon Adelson. [Bloomberg]

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Future Proof


  • Clark Hill PLC is absorbing Morris Polich & Purdy.  The local office will take the Clark Hill name effective July 17, 2017. [Crain's Detroit]
  • A nameless court-appointed arbitrator resolved the Westgate/Elvis exhibit dispute. [KNPR]
  • Clark County will have voting centers next year. [TNI]
  • Faraday Future is backing out of Nevada. [TNI]
  • Dispensaries are running out of recreational marijuana and seeking a declaration of "state of emergency." [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, July 10, 2017

Double Dipped


  • Here's a look at double dippers--who receive payments from PERS and still get paid by the County. The persons making the most from this are Judge Robert Teuton and Appeals Court Judge Michael Gibbons. [RJ]
  • Civil bench bar meeting tomorrow July 11 at noon. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, July 7, 2017

No Sex In The Champagne Room


  • Alexis Plunkett was indicted on a dozen felony charges for allowing a client/inmate to use her cell phone. Her current attorney Michael Becker says she believed the use was permitted under the CCDC guidelines. [RJ; Fox5VegasDaily Mail]
  • Attorney Curtis Cannon, who made headlines a few years back for engaging in a sex act with an inmate client, was sentenced to five years probation yesterday. [RJ]
  • For those of you wondering, Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct 1.8(j) says, "A lawyer shall not have sexual relations with a client unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship commenced. This paragraph does not apply when the client is an organization." [We'd link to the rules, but the Legislature's site is still down/inaccessible because of fires [RJ].]
  • Kathleen Drakulich was appointed as the newest judge in Washoe County. [KTNV]
  • Here's the latest on Legacy Golf Club, including language that requires it to be a golf course until 2038, as lawyers start to get involved. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Some of you have written us complaining about the new e-filing site--please feel free to continue your complaints in the comments as some of the people who make decisions about these types of things read the blog.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Not The City's Concern


  • Las Vegas City Attorney Brad Jerbic says what John Curtas does on his own time as a blogger is not the City's concern. [KTNV]  
  • Death sentence for Thomas Randolph. [RJ]

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fizzled


  • The Legacy Golf Club is Henderson sold and closed immediately--with development plans in the future? [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • How the City of Las Vegas is fighting squatters. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A look at Yelp's grudge against Google. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Old news (to us, but hey's it's a slow news day): all murder cases in Clark County are now being handled by the 4 judges on the murder panel. [LasVegasNow]

Friday, June 30, 2017

Safe And Sane


  • The estate of the Speed Vegas killed earlier this filed suit and is represented by Dominic Gentile and Janiece Marshall. [RJ]
  • Here's a quick look at the new recreation marijuana laws. [Las Vegas Sun]
Have a safe and sane Fourth of July everyone! We're taking a few days off and will be back next week after the holiday!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Stay Weird Austin


  • Today marks day 1 of the State Bar of Nevada's Annual boondoggle Meeting in Austin, Texas. Do we have any readers in attendance willing to give us an update on who is there, what is being said, where next year's meeting will be?
  • Nevada State Senator and member of the Nevada bar Tick Segeblom is going to be the first Nevada legal recreational marijuana customer, creating all kinds of ethical conundrums for Bar Counsel. [PRNewswire]
  • One of Stephen Stubbs' clients is making a documentary about that client's arrest. [KTNV]
  • Prosecutors get a conviction in the Randolph trial. [RJ]
  • Judge Denton ruled that Kaempfer Crowell will have to pay the Vistana Homeowners Association $3.1 million for the former incarnation of the firm's involvement in the HOA scandal. [RJ]

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pied Piper


  • The Supreme Court's review of New Jersey sports betting this fall could be a boon for Nevada gaming lawyers. [Las Vegas Sun; TNI]
  • AG Adam Laxalt's road to the governor's mansion is not a sure thing. [TNI]
  • The man who killed a dummy is taking a plea deal. [Now Report]
  • DLA Piper, a law firm that earlier this year touted its cyber security expertise, was hit hard by the latest ransomware attack. Lawyers had to resort to using their cell phones to conduct business. Is your firm prepared for something like this? [Above the Law]

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Job Tips: Judicial Aspirations

A reader wants to know what advice you have for an attorney with judicial aspirations. With 5 years of experience, she is eligible to run for justice court, but wants to know if she should hold off until she is eligible for district court. Should she get involved with community organizations? Does she absolutely need to hire one of the campaign advisors who everyone else hires? Any special considerations she should be taking?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Positively Glowing


  • Head over to SCOTUSblog to follow the latest on the end of term news and decisions of the Supreme Court, including a reinstatement of the Trump travel ban. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • DUI ignition locks are coming. [Las Vegas Weekly]
  • Lauri Thompson, a UNLV law professor and local attorney, was also once part of GLOW. [LawNewz]

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wishing And Hoping


  • The Golden Knights have a stadium and players, but still no trademark. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The US Supreme Court is wrapping up its term and expected to issue its final decisions of the term on Monday, including possibly on Trump's travel ban. [SCOTUSblog]

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Is This Real Life?


  • How and where OJ Simpson's parole hearing will take place next month. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Badlands developer forces vote; threatens to turn off water to the course. [RJ]
  • Is Reno really looking more like Silicon Valley? [Bloomberg]
  • City of Las Vegas decided homeowners need to get a special use permit if they're going to list their house on Airbnb. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Golden Knights have players. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Despite the race being over, it is worth noting that the RJ reports that Judge Heidi Almase sent out a flyer apologizing for her characterization of criminal defense attorneys:                         
“During the Municipal election cycle, my campaign sent out a negative mailer demeaning criminal defense attorneys. These attorneys serve a necessary, and often thankless, duty within our courts ensuring the adversarial process is founded on principles of fairness and due process.
The campaign literature did not reflect my belief about this important function.
For disappointing those attorneys and the public, who I believe deserve the very best in their elected public servants, you have my personal apology."
— Judge Heidi Almase

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Hottest, Longest Day Of The Year


  • We're still waiting on a decision about whether sales of recreational marijuana will go forward on July 1. [TNI]
  • The City of Las Vegas is deciding whether to further clamp down on rentals of party houses. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Of chokeholds and neck restraints (and lawsuits against Metro). Video features Paola Armeni and Kory Kaplan. [thenowreport.vegas]
  • Nevada Legal Services is having a trivia night benefit at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Pizza Rock downtown. Email rsung@nlslaw.net by tomorrow if you have questions or want to form a team.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Most Puzzling


  • A July 1 launch for recreational marijuana in Nevada may hinge on a court hearing today. [Las Vegas Sun; Fox5Vegas]
  • Here's a look at Nevada's first female attorney general, Frankie Sue Del Papa. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Despite the most important municipal court election of our time, officials are puzzled by low turn out in off year municipal elections. [RJ]
  • Mistrial in the Cosby sexual assault case. Prosecutors in Pennsylvania have already indicated they will retry the case setting off a flurry of opinions about prosecutorial discretion and limitless budgets. Do we have that problem here? [KNPR]

Friday, June 16, 2017

Luxurious Black Sports Car


  • A man asks to wear a Cowboys jersey to his double-murder trial. [RJ]
  • Contractors will start placing bids to do work on the new Raiders stadium next month. [Las Vegas SunRJ]
  • A debate over rules to limit student-teacher contact. [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Knock Knock


  • The 9th Circuit upholds ruling to return $167K seized in traffic stop. [RJ]
  • As mentioned in the comments the other day, the Supreme Court disbarred Easton Harris after he was charged with 116 violations of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct. [nvcourts]
  • A short piece on the legality of door knockers. [Fox5Vegas]

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Yay For Progress

  • Congratulations to Cara Campbell on her election to muni court. [TNIRJ]
  • Here's more on the lawsuit that will possibly delay recreational marijuana. [TNI]

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Most Important Muni Court Election Ever


  • Today is the day we find out whether the Muni Court race will go to Almase or Campbell. Any last minute predictions?
  • From a press release from the Supreme Court:
Governor Brian Sandoval has signed SB 377 creating the Nevada Right to Counsel Commission culminating a 10 year effort by the Supreme Court of Nevada to improve the delivery of indigent defense services in Nevada. Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael A. Cherry will serve as a nonvoting member of the 13-person Commission, which will conduct a study to determine the issues relating to the representation of indigent persons. The Commission will benefit from information learned by the Supreme Court since 2007 when it created its own Indigent Defense Commission, with Justice Cherry serving as chair of that commission. An indigent person is anyone charged with a public offense unable to afford legal representation. “Everyone in our state deserves an attorney regardless of their ability to pay for that representation,” Chief Justice Cherry said. “Thanks to the Governor and the Legislature, this Commission will create the standards needed to create a statewide system especially in our rural communities. It is time we did this and I am pleased we’re moving forward.” The Commission will look at the caseload and workload of defense counsel, minimum standards for legal representation of indigent defendants, and how to fund a statewide indigent defense system. A total of $230,000 has been appropriated to the Supreme Court for expenses related to the Commission’s work.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bitcoin, Please.


  • Back in April of last year, we linked to a story about the Alverson Taylor building being up for sale. Now, a little birdie told us "that Alverson Taylor's building on west Charleston is being foreclosed on and that the firm's name has been ripped off the building and they are being or have already been kicked out. Word is that they stopped paying the mortgage on the building two years ago. Looks like those notoriously low salaries for the associates aren't low enough." Anyone have details?
  • Is there a Legionnaire's disease lawsuit in the Rio's future? [RJ]
  • Do any of you accept Bitcoin as payment? [Vegas, Inc]

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wind'em Up


  • Here's another article on the most important municipal court race of our time. [RJ]
  • Rick Rizzolo pleads guilty to tax charge. [RJ]
  • Courts could impact whether recreational marijuana sales start on July 1. [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Slow Your Roll


Things are getting heated in the most important municipal judge election of our time. It looks like it is all going to come down to whether the Rock endorsed Judge Heidi Almsase. [RJ]

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer Dress

With the school year ending and temperatures rising, it's time to revisit some of our favorite summer topics: summer hours, summer dress, and the Oxford comma. There is often rumor that men don't have to wear a jacket to court in the summer, but does anyone actually do it? Any new rules or recommendations for women dressing for court? Are romper pantsuits going to cut it? Do any of your offices change hours during the summer? Do you get in earlier and leave earlier? As for us, posting may get a little more sporadic during the summer depending on poolside wi-fi connectivity.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sine Die 2017


  • The Legislature wrapped up its 2017 session with a few last minute surprises including a cost of living raise for state employees and a new confidentiality provision for gaming regulators and licensees. [TNI]
  • Alexis Plunkett asked for a month to find new counsel after indicating she paid Robert Langford more for one week than she paid herself in the whole last month. [RJ]
  • Judge Elissa Cadish sentenced War Machine to 36 years to life. [RJ]
  • Manslaughter charges for a Metro officer involved in chokehold death. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, June 5, 2017

Trailblazers


  • Here's a puff piece on Micaela Moore, the new City of North Las Vegas City Attorney. [RJ]
  • One of the three new judges sworn in last week is Nevada's first black female judge. [KTNV]
  • There is a lot that has happened in the Legislature over the last few days as the session draws to a close tonight. [TNI]

Friday, June 2, 2017

No One Should Talk


  • Alexis Plunkett is still posting to Facebook and talking to the RJ; meanwhile, her attorney Robert Langford has filed to withdraw as counsel. [RJ]
  • Three new district court judges are getting sworn in today. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • The Trump administration has asked the US Supreme Court to rule on his travel ban. [RJ]
  • Things are getting heated in the Legislature as we near the end of the session. [Las Vegas Sun]

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

For A Good Time Call


  • The discussion already started in yesterday's comments, but more details have emerged about Alexis Plunkett's relationship with some inmates/clients, including kissing and fondling. [RJ]
  • Rich Tanasi, attorney for former topless cabaret mogul Rick Rizzolo, negotiated a plea deal with regard to his client's tax evasion charges. [RJ]
  • Judge Gloria Navarro handed down the first sentence related to the Bundy standoff. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Paul Haire has joined ARM ADR as a full time mediator. Jay Young has also joined the ARM panel.
  • Here are some details for Project REAL Lyrics and Lawyers Karaoke Showdown set for August 3. 
  • One of our readers would like your input:  "I have been referred some business from another attorney who had a conflict.  I can’t tell whether it’s “good” or not (however you define “good”) and my firm doesn’t pay referral fees.  But I do plan to send a gift as a “thanks for thinking of me” and it got me wondering whether (i) I can come up with a standard gift so I always do the same thing all the time when this occurs, (ii) it’s a sufficiently “PC” gift so I don’t send alcohol to someone who’s maybe recovering, or coffee to someone who doesn’t do caffeine, (iii) is of sufficient value so it isn’t “cheap” but not so expensive that it bankrupts me, and (iv) survives the scorn of some of the group who post on this blog (I’m smart enough to know some folks will never be happy)" Any suggestions?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Talks Too Much


  • Judge Bill Kephart faces ethics charges for giving tv interview. [RJ]
  • Justice of the Peace Amy Chelini found Bishop Gorman football coach, Kenny Sanchez, not guilty of domestic violence. [RJ]

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Title Is Everything Or Nothing

Since there isn't a lot of local legal news this morning, we'll turn to a reader question. How important is the title you have at a firm? Obviously it's better to be a partner than an associate, but what about being of counsel, or a shareholder, or something of that ilk?

What do you think? Does it matter which title you have? Does it affect how you get business?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Ah! The unofficial start of summer is finally here. Are you headed out of town this weekend? Is there anywhere to go that won't be crowded? As a reminder, remember to drink responsibly this weekend and don't get behind the wheel drunk. It's just not worth it.

  • Here's a look at why the DA's office is seeking a murder charge in a non-typical DUI case. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Governor Sandoval vetoed several bills yesterday, including one that would have allowed courts to reduce or suspend sentences for possession of certain controlled substances. [TNI]
  • Will the US Supreme Court take a look at President Trump's travel bans? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's a ProPublica long read featuring several local attorneys and judges and centering on alleged prosecutorial misconduct by Judge William Kephart and Judge Doug Herndon's pursuit of a conviction when they were deputy DAs. As mentioned in the comments from yesterday's post, there is also a separate article focusing just on Kephart.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Party House


  • Early voting in the municipal elections starts Saturday with only one contested judgeship featuring Judge Heidi Almase versus Cara Campbell. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • One analyst says Las Vegas is not building another bubble...yet. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Some of you already discussed this, but here was a follow up article about Alexis Plunkett calling the charges against her a witch hunt. [RJ]
  • Clark County is cracking down on party home rentals this weekend. [8NewsNow]

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester


  • Criminal defense attorney Alexis Plunkett faces multiple felony counts for providing a cell phone to inmates at the CCDC. [RJ]
  • Governor Sandoval will not support the Gaming Control Board having independent counsel. [TNIRJ]
  • The jury found the Sleeping Beauty doctor guilty of rape. [Fox5Vegas]
  • To commenter at 1:40 yesterday--Thanks for your comments. Yes, the topics may have been a little boring or uninteresting to you, but we have a variety of lawyers in different practice areas that like to talk about a number of things. And the blog has more readers now that it ever has. That said, with Memorial Day approaching and the summer heat coming, there will be a few days here and there that we might skip posting. And if you have anything interesting to discuss, please let us know.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tennis Anyone?


  • Cliven Bundy will not get a trial until after the re-trial of his codefendants. [USA Today]
  • The coroner identified the body found encased in concrete at Lake Mead. [RJ]
  • A look at the status of Yucca Mountain. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Lawyers lost in a tennis match to Doctors to raise money for kids. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dummies Everywhere


  • Anyone have any insight on the new Las Vegas stadium lease agreement? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Richard Johnson is representing a tourist in a suit against Planet Hollywood over injuries he got trying to get away from a mannequin in his room. [RJ
  • Speaking of dummies,  there is video footage of the man who bludgeoned a dummy. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Doctor on trial testifies about his sleeping beauty fetish. [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The 49 Percent


  • The February 2017 Nevada bar exam had a 49% pass rate. [nvbar]
  • Here's a look at the testimony of AG Adam Laxalt before the Nevada Legislature yesterday. [TNI]
  • Former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sin City Justice


  • Merrick Garland will remain a judge and will not be the next FBI director. [KNPR]
  • The "Move Over" law is being updated to apply to all NDOT vehicles as well as NHP. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A bill passed and is on to the governor that will allow transgender people to change their name without publishing former and new names in the paper. [RJ]
  • The Las Vegas Law show is changing its name to Sin City Justice. The new season will begin airing on June 8. [Multichannel News]
  • There is a family law bench/bar meeting tomorrow at noon. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Going Social


  • A CCSD police officer, who was fired after it was learned he was an FBI informant, is getting his job back and two years of back pay. [RJ]
  • There is a legislative hearing scheduled tomorrow on a bill that would remove the AG as counsel for the Gaming Control Board. [RJ]
  • Here's a transcript of the conversation between AG Adam Laxalt and Gaming Control Board Chairman A.J. Burnett. [NELIS via @seanw801https://twitter.com/seanw801]
  • Not Las Vegas, but a Nebraska lawyer was suspended for failing to properly communicate with his client. Among his communication practices was responding via Facebook. Do you communicate with clients via social media? Would you ever? [Omaha World-Herald]

Monday, May 15, 2017

Anything You Can Do


  • Precedent for an AG intervening in litigation between private parties on behalf of the Gaming Control board when one party is a licensee? [RJ]
  • Is Nevada headed towards allowing physician-assisted suicide? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Reminder that today the version of Wiznet you know and love goes read only.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Helldorado Days 2017


  • There is a probate/trust/elder law bench bar meeting on Monday at noon. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Robert Draskovich successfully defended a former nightclub promoter client against rape charges. [RJ]
  • Justin Jones and Nicole Lovelock have joined forces to start a new firm. [Facebook]
  • Former AG/current Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto does not agree that current AG Adam Laxalt's actions were routine akin to what she did. [TNI]
  • Anything else exciting going on out there?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Knockout


  • As one of our commenters noted, the State Bar convinced the Supreme Court to issue an order increasing the yearly CLE requirement to 13 hours with the additional hour being a class in addiction and/or mental health. Lest you think no one was thinking when they did this, see Justice Pickering's noble dissent. [ADKT 0478]
  • Should the Clark County DA's office be removed from a case because of the deputy DA's (Liz Mercer) is dating a former Metro detective who is the focus of an ongoing FBI investigation? [LasVegasNow]
  • A former chief deputy DA, Gregory Knapp, is representing James Beach, the man who is facing a murder charge after he one-punched a tourist who ended up dead. [RJ]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Special Prosecutors For Everyone!?!


  • Here are details about the secret recording of AG Adam Laxalt trying to convince someone on the Gaming Control Board to intervene in a civil suit involving Sheldon Adelson. [TNI]
  • President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, setting off calls for a special prosecutor. [NY Times
  • Competency exam ordered for accused pimp. [RJ]
  • Clark County pays a lot of overtime, pushing some salaries over $100K. [RJ]
  • Judge Timothy Williams ordered the CCSD to expand its records search in RJ lawsuit. [RJ]
  • John Mowbray has left Fennemore Craig to open an office for Spencer Fane LLP. [Law360]

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What About The Bloggers!?!


  • Erin Truman was selected to fill the hearing master post for Alternative Dispute Resolution. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • A civil-bench bar today will give you a chance to look inside the new Supreme Court building. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Cisco Aguilar, general counsel for Agassi Graf holdings and a Nevada Athletic Commissioner, is going to Germany on a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship for a year. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court upheld a jury murder conviction that had been overturned by then District Court Judge Abbi Silver. [RJ]
  • A Las Vegas state senator has hired Richard Wright while being investigated for claims of sexual harassment. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A bill could offer more protection to student journalists, but not for blogging. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, May 8, 2017

Batphone


  • Billy Walters is requesting a new trial based on how the "bat-phone" was used. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • More sexual misconduct in the CCSD. [RJ]
  • Over $600,000 was transferred among Nevada legislators during the 2016 election cycle. (Some judges have done the same thing during elections too.) [TNI]
  • Here's a look at the slow death of the death penalty in Nevada. Check out the costs associated with death penalty cases. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • 19 CASA volunteers will be sworn in this morning. [Fox5Vegas; Eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cinco De Mayo 2017


  • Here's a look at how the Background Check ballot initiative ended up unenforceable. [RJ]
  • Is light rail still in the cards for Vegas? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Anyone using the new District Court file and serve? Any suggestions or tips?
  • Anyone going to Richard Harris' party tonight?

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Job Tips: Paralegals In Love

Today's post actually comes from a question asked almost 4 years ago in the comments on this blog:

I've been running my own firm for a short period of time. I recently received an e-mail from my paralegal that was not intended for me, but for a client of mine. 
The e-mail had a tone that made me think that there was more than just a client-paralegal relationship budding between the two of them. Instead of going in to quickly confront my paralegal, I decided to do a bit more investigation. As is my right, I read through the firm e-mails that the paralegal had sent/received from this client.
It appears that my paralegal is engaged in an extra-marital affair with this client. I'm not going to get on my high horse and judge my paralegal for doing this(even if I am morally against it), I'm just worried about the effects it will have on my firm. 
I'd like some advice on how to handle this situation. Are there any Professional Rules I should be concerned about? Any advice is welcome.
What do you think? Previous responses only went so far as to say that's a great question for bar counsel, but how would YOU handle this?