Tuesday, May 23, 2017


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Swimming With The Fishes

  • The American Bar Journal published an article on legal malpractice claims by local attorneys Joseph Garin and Jessica Green of Lipson Neilson. [Nevada Business press release]
  • A family whose property was affected by eminent domain seizure near Area 51 claims the government is refusing to pay them what they're owed. [RJ]
  • Here's the obituary for Mitch Cobeaga. A funeral mass will be held at St. Viator's on May 12 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a celebration of life at noon at the Las Vegas Country Club. [RJ]
  • A minor win in court for Save Red Rock. [RJ]
  • A body was found covered in concrete near Nelson's Landing. [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Day After Law Day

  • Now that the Raiders have secured a site for the stadium, it's time to figure out the infrastructure. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • As some of you were discussing in the comments yesterday, a settlement wiped out that $160.5 million Cosmopolitan judgment. [RJ]
  • Could the CCSD reorganization (and accompanying legal work) arrive as early as next year? [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Legislature is trying to update the Nevada constitution to reflect current laws on gay marriage. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, May 1, 2017

Low Profile

  • Prosecutors in the Bundy standoff cases struggle to prove the conspiracy charges. [RJ]
  • Former Judge Steven Jones is keeping a low profile. [RJ]
  • Attorney/aspiring politician Jesse Sbaih announced he will run for the Senate against Dean Heller in 2018. [RJ]
  • Homeowners who violated the building code by building without the proper permit can get amnesty in May. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • An interview with Harry Reid in which he mentions his work at Boyd School of Law. [Las Vegas Sun]

Friday, April 28, 2017

And Then There Were Two

A lot of discussion was had here after hours yesterday, but in case you missed it, Governor Sandoval selected Tierra Jones and Mark Bailus for appointment to the Clark County District Court yesterday.  Judges Jones and Bailus will fill vacancies left by the former Judges Jessie Walsh and David Barker. [LVRJ]

Speaking of Tierra Jones, good news if you are a fan of Las Vegas Law - the "reality" television show about the Clark County district attorney’s office - the Supreme Court of Nevada ruled unanimously yesterday that Las Vegas Law is "a news program", meaning that the show and production company meet the definition of news, so they can continue filming and producing, despite objections from the defense bar.  Season two is due out later this year. [LVRJ]

Speaking of bars, side bar - someone recently asked us to do a post soliciting suggestions/discussion on firm websites.  Apparently they are looking to revamp theirs.  I know we've had this discussion before, but anyone care to comment on who's doing websites right, or wrong these days?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Just Visiting

  • A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration cannot withhold funds from sanctuary cities. [KNPR]
  • A Family Court judge ruled that a 15-year old will be tried as an adult on charges related to a gang rape. Anyone want to clue us in on the judge and whether this was the right call? [RJ]
  • Former Family Court judge Steven Jones was released from federal prison on April 12. [RJ]
  • Here's an update on the bills that survived Tuesday's legislative deadline. [TNI]

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Job Tips: Administrative Professionals' Day

Here's a tip: today is Administrative Professionals' Day and it's not too late to do something special for the administrative professionals in your life.  Even if you can't get something done today, you have until Friday to make it right when the week long observance of this special time of year comes to an end.

What do you do to celebrate?  Lunch? Gifts? Money? Time off?  Do you do something for everyone or just the ones you work with? Any other tips?

Thank you to all the administrative professionals who help make this blog possible (you know who you are)!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

RIP Mitch Cobeaga

  • RIP J. Mitch Cobeaga. A good guy, friend, and mentor to many in our community. If you didn't know Mitch, take a quick look at his impressive resume. [RJ]
  • Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the Bundy standoff case after jurors became deadlocked. Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre said they have not decided whether they will retry the six men. [RJ]
  • We just posted this recently, but as a tribute to Mitch, who recently headed up the program, here is the information on Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers:
Confidential help from a fellow lawyer is a phone call away
Toll Free: 866-828-0022 
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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

No Sanctuary Here

  • A juvenile justice bill of rights bill passed in the Assembly and is on to the Senate. [RJ]
  • Other bills have until Tuesday at midnight to pass or die. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Justice Department threatened Clark County as a sanctuary city, but we're not? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Have you started using the new File and Serve for district court e-filing? What do you think? [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, April 21, 2017

Lyrics & Lawyers?

Do you, or does an attorney you know have the voice of an angel?  Does your, or their voice sound like a combination of Fergie and Jesus

If so, you just might want to check out Project REAL's Lyrics & Lawyers Karaoke Showdown  at Mariposa (Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show Mall) Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Below is more information about what promises to be an interesting event:

What else is going on out there on this beautiful Friday?

Boyd's Beacon

  • Before a full house of over 200 people, Harry Reid was officially introduced as Boyd's first Distinguished Fellow in Law and Policy. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • There are lots of possible logistical and legal issues yet to arise, but County Commissioner Steve Sisolak is confident that the new Raiders stadium can be complete by the fall of 2020. [RJ]
  • Could Nevada become a primary election state? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • One of our readers tipped us off to an upcoming Lyrics & Lawyers karaoke contest sponsored by Project Real on June 1, 2017. Can your firm lip sync better than all the rest? [Project REAL]

Thursday, April 20, 2017

In The Legal Business

  • At least 3 non-citizens voted in Nevada in the 2016 election. [TNI]
  • Boyd School of Law's Nevada Law Journal has launched a Nevada Law Journal Forum, an online companion to the printed journal. 
  • Kirk D. Helmick said he is "in the legal business" and called reporting on his incident with an elderly ticket writer "fake news." [RJ]
  • A 93-year old doctor convicted in a drug case wants his gold coins back. [RJ]

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Eighth Judicial Death Panel

  • An administrative order  (17-05) was used to create the Eighth Judicial District Court homicide team. The judges on the team are Herndon, Adair, Togliatti, and E. Johnson. 
  • The Assembly is working on a bill to fire municipal justices and justice of the peace who don't complete their training. [RJ]
  • Kirk D. Helmick, who may have a connection to 702-Traffic (the pink house), was arrested allegedly hitting an elderly LVMPD volunteer ticket writer with his car. [LasVegasNow]

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Light Rail

  • The Bunkerville standoff jury is still deliberating. [RJ]
  • A look at acquiring the trademark for the Las Vegas Raiders. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's an article about the photojournalist arrested at a protest at Trump Tower. Be sure to check the comments... [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Nevada Senate is helping make way for a Las Vegas light rail!?! [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, April 17, 2017

Tax Day 2017

Hope you had a nice weekend everyone. Here are a few stories from the end of last week in case you missed them:
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada ruled that elected judges cannot be recalled. [RJ]
  • Go here to make sure you haven't been suspended for failing to pay your CLE fees or report your compliance.
  • The Commission on Judicial Selection selected six individuals to be considered by Governor Sandoval for appointment to the Eighth Judicial District Court:
    • The Commission’s three nominees for Dept. 10, in alphabetical order, are:
      • Terrance Allen Coffing, 52, Las Vegas, attorney
      • Tierra Danielle Jones, 35, Las Vegas, attorney
      • Esther C. Rodriguez, 51, Las Vegas, attorney
    • The Commission’s three nominees for Dept. 18, in alphabetical order, are:
      • Soonhee Bailey, 46, Las Vegas, attorney
      • Mark B. Bailus, 64, Las Vegas, attorney
      • Jay P. Raman, 38, Las Vegas, attorney
  • Today Tomorrow is tax day. Do you do your own taxes? Do you hire a CPA? Or a tax attorney? Any tips?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring Weekends

We're headed out for the weekend, but thought we'd put up a post for those of you stuck in the office today. Try and get out and enjoy the nice weather if you can. If any of you are struggling, please don't lose hope. There are people out there willing to help and things can get better.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255
Confidential help from a fellow lawyer is a phone call away
Toll Free: 866-828-0022 
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, April 13, 2017


  • Judge Susan Johnson and Judge Joanna Kishner are swapping courtrooms for what is anticipated to be a year-long civil trial. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Here's a reminder from Compelling Discovery that the Rules of Civil Procedure are being revised. 
  • Las Vegas is the home to the nations first needle vending machine for drug users. [RJ]

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


  • The Nevada Senate Judiciary Committee discussed a proposed bill that would require people convicted of stalking or with extended protection orders against them to surrender their firearms. Judges already have the option to order this. [RJ]
  • Governor Sandoval signed into law AB 99, mandating that courts and foster care facilities treat transgender children as their identifying gender. [KNPR]
  • Marc Randazza is representing an officer in a federal suit against Metro regarding its unconstitutionally vague social media policy. [RJ]
  • Former Dr. Depak Desai, serving a life sentence for his role in the Hep-C outbreak, died in prison. [Fox5Vegas
  • Someone in the comments yesterday mentioned a list of CLE-suspended lawyers. Anyone have a link to the list?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My, What A Distinguished Fellow You Have!

  • Former Senator Harry Reid is joining Boyd Law School as its first distinguished fellow in law and policy. [RJ]
  • Nicholas Woodridge, attorney for an MIT grad charged facing terrorism accusations, says his client was overcharged. [RJ]
  • April Parks appeared in court yesterday. [8NewsNow]

Monday, April 10, 2017

Spring Break 2017

  • Here's a look at some of the victims of Robert Graham's decision to pilfer his trust account. [RJ]
  • Neil Gorsuch is being sworn in as the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. [Las Vegas Sun
  • Current Boyd students are trying to change the law in Nevada to clarify the statutes on pari-mutuel wagering. [RJ]
  • This week is spring break for the CCSD, which explains why some of your colleagues are out this week and why others won't be returning your calls. Any spring break traditions or recommendations?

Friday, April 7, 2017

Blue Pinwheels

  • The City of Henderson hired Bailey Kennedy as outside counsel in a battle against the RJ regarding access to documents. Since the RJ is the one writing the story, they're sure to point out that senior partners at Bailey Kennedy bill at $495 hour andJ that Henderson has 12 civil attorneys and a City Attorney who receives more than $300,000 a year in salary and benefits. [RJ]
  • Jacob Hafter argued before the Supreme Court the other day about the propriety of a medical marijuana registry. [RJ]
  • The SpeedVegas suit reached a settlement and SpeedVegas will remain open for now. [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • 300 blue pinwheels are being planted at the Family Court to raise awareness of child abuse prevention month. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. [NPR]
  • Someone has alerted us to an older article with ties to current events in Nevada. A serial-ADA suer (read: ADA troll) has moved into Nevada and is connected to hundreds of suits in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Here, the Plaintiff behind the suits is Kevin Zimmerman and he is represented by attorney Whitney Wilcher. [ABC15-Arizona]

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Job Tips: RPC 1.9 Duties to Former Clients

Las Vegas is a relatively small legal market, made even smaller when you break it down to individual areas of practice. This can create a bit of an issue when a young associate decides to look for employment elsewhere and the only jobs she is qualified for are in the same practice area.  Inevitably, her new firm will end up with a case against a former client of a previous firm and then you have to decide whether she has to be screened off or she can work on the file. The big problem stems from Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1.9:
  Rule 1.9.  Duties to Former Clients.
      (a) A lawyer who has formerly represented a client in a matter shall not thereafter represent another person in the same or a substantially related matter in which that person’s interests are materially adverse to the interests of the former client unless the former client gives informed consent, confirmed in writing.
      (b) A lawyer shall not knowingly represent a person in the same or a substantially related matter in which a firm with which the lawyer formerly was associated had previously represented a client:
             (1) Whose interests are materially adverse to that person; and
             (2) About whom the lawyer had acquired information protected by Rules 1.6 and 1.9(c) that is material to the matter;
             (3) Unless the former client gives informed consent, confirmed in writing.
      (c) A lawyer who has formerly represented a client in a matter or whose present or former firm has formerly represented a client in a matter shall not thereafter:
             (1) Use information relating to the representation to the disadvantage of the former client except as these Rules would permit or require with respect to a client, or when the information has become generally known; or
             (2) Reveal information relating to the representation except as these Rules would permit or require with respect to a client.
For those of you who struggle with this conundrum, the Supreme Court of Nevada has decided to lend you a helping hand in the form of an opinion issued today in New Horizon Kids Quest III, Inc. v. Eighth Judicial District Court, Case No. 69920. The Court held that "an attorney who was not directly involved in a law firm's representation of a client cannot be imputed with actual knowledge of confidential information once that attorney resigns from employment with that firm." Id (quoting Edwards v. 360 Communications, 189 F.R.D. 433, 436 (D. Nev. 1999)).

With that in mind, do any of you have any other tips for dealing with conflicts that arise with former clients? Any landmines to avoid? Any war stories? Any advice?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

No Cheap Parking Either

  • Judge Cedric Kerns retained his seat and Judge Heidi Almase will have a runoff against Cara Campbell. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • SpeedVegas responds to allegations that the track is inherently dangerous. [Fox5Vegas]
  • MGM Resorts are already raising the parking rates they implemented last year. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Municipal Election Day 2017

  • Remember a few months ago when someone asked what was going on at Bremer Whyte? Well, someone has now pointed out that In re: Discipline of Nelson Cohen is available on the Supreme Court website.  Allegedly, on 52 separate occasions, Cohen fabricated and submitted false reimbursement requests after changing the firm policy and making arrangements with an insurer to waive the requirement for receipts on any reimbursement under $500. Between April 2011 and April 2016, he collected an estimated $214,345. Cohen has been temporarily suspended from the practice of law during the disciplinary hearing process.
  • Here's that article on Judge William Potter facing ethics charges. [RJ]
  • AB 376 addresses discovery in criminal cases and could fundamentally alter how prosecutors have to deal with their cases. [RJ]
  • Today is municipal election day. Did you vote? Any bold predictions? [TNI]

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hating Change

  • It's finally here. This is the month that the Clark County courts move to a new e-filing platform called File and Serve. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • There are currently 81 inmates on death row in Nevada and the Legislature is considering doing away with the death penalty. [TNI]
  • Here are two different articles about how this legislative session is a boon to Adam Laxalt's gubernatorial aspirations. [TNI; RJ]
  • Convicted pimp gets assigned heavyweight attorneys Michael Cristalli and Janiece Marshall. [8NewsNow]
  • The RJ changed up its nameplate and website. We'd like to announce that we anticipate no major changes* here at the official blog of who you people.  

*this statement is guaranteed for today only.

Friday, March 31, 2017


  • The Supreme Court of Nevada will start using the new facility downtown when it hears oral argument en banc on Monday for four cases. [nvcourts]
  • A proposed bill would require lawyers for minors during police interviews. [RJ]
  • Here's an article on that $2.2 billion judgment Judge Cory awarded. [RJ]
  • Will voters get to consider tossing the tampon tax? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Police arrest some tourists for "jugging." [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, March 30, 2017

How Did We End Up Here?

When people find out you're a lawyer, they will inevitably ask what area of law you practice? What do you say? Do you identify a general area of law or your specific niche? What do you say when they ask how you ended up doing that specific area of law? How many of you out there are practicing in the area of law you thought you wanted to practice in during law school? How many of you are stuck practicing in an area of law you would have never imagined? Any luck changing practice areas mid-career?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Zombie HOA Scandal

  • The HOA Scandal lives on--this time with regard to the law firm of Kaempfer Crowell. [RJ]
  • A bill would allow judges to decide whether Nevada youth are placed on the sex offender registry. [RJ]
  • The Boulder City attorney job starts out with a salary up to $138,200. They're also hiring a paralegal. [nvbar]

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Unrealistic Orders

  • If you weren't at the ribbon-cutting ceremony or haven't yet seen the photos, you must look at the Supreme Court of Nevada's plush new Vegas courthouse. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Metro settles lawsuit for $199K involving shooting of dog. [RJ]
  • Recreational pot creates problems for federally-regulated casinos. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Anyone have more info on Judge Navarro withdrawing a NRAP 5 question from the Nevada Supreme Court?
  • Sanctuary cities vow to fight pulling of federal funding. [KNPR]

Monday, March 27, 2017

Battle For The RJC

  • Today is the ribbon cutting for the new courthouse downtown. This article has a photo tour with Justice Hardesty as well as a discussion about what might become of the top floor of the RJC with competing ideas from Judge Gonzalez and DA Wolfson. [RJ]
  • Here's a puff piece on Angela Turriciano Otto, a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt and one of the attorneys working as counsel for the Las Vegas Stadium Authority. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Speaking of the stadium, today could be the day we find out it is actually going to be the home of the Las Vegas Raiders. [RJ]
  • The public is invited to comment on three finalists for the hearing master over Alternative Dispute Resolution:  Paul Haire; James Chrisman; and Erin Truman. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, March 24, 2017

Healthy As An Ox

  • Noel Palmer Simpson, who worked as an attorney for former-guardian April Parks, is facing two felony charges. [KTNV]
  • Goodsprings Justice of the Peace Dawn Haviland responded to allegations of ethical violations. [RJ]
  • Judge Nancy Allf dismissed a lawsuit over plans to build on Badlands golf course. [RJ]
  • A hearing in the SpeedVegas suit will take place on April 6. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Monday is the ribbon cutting for the new Supreme Court/Court of Appeals courthouse downtown. [nvcourts]

Thursday, March 23, 2017


  • Here's a look at the Las Vegas Municipal Court elections. [RJ]
  • Boulder City is looking for a new city attorney. [RJ]
  • Silverstone Association is going to sue for restoration of their golf course. [RJ]
  • A panel of the Nevada Supreme Court reversed an attempted murder conviction. [RJ]
  • SpeedVegas responds to allegations of safety violations. [Fox5Vegas]

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Confirmation Hearing

  • Death penalty for Javier Righetti. [RJ]
  • Will Nevada be joining the popular vote movement? [Las Vegas SunRJ]
  • A lawsuit has been filed seeking to close SpeedVegas for unsafe conditions. [Fox5Vegas]
  • SCOTUSblog is live blogging day 3 of the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Help Me Stan

Have you ever called the State Bar of Nevada Ethics Hotline? What are your thoughts? Are you getting your money's worth? Is it the type of resource we need more of in Nevada? Any better ideas?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Johnny B. Goode

  • Ashley Sisolak, the public defender (and Boyd '13 grad) representing the mannequin attacker, is not going to be challenging her client's mental competency. [RJ]
  • Several lawyers are on the Vegas Inc. 40 under 40 list, including Stacie Michaels, VP and General Counsel at Wynn; Robin Perkins, a partner at Snell & Wilmer; Greg Riches, VP and legal counsel at MGM Resorts International; Timothy O'Reilly, O'Reilly Law Group president; and Judah Zakalik, founding partner at Peters and Associates. No sign of any Boyd '13s, but their day is coming. [Vegas Inc.]

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day 2017

  • A jury convicted Javier Righetti of first-degree murder. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, another jury is about to begin deliberations on the War Machine trial. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Early voting for municipal races, including some municipal judges, starts Saturday. Anyone feel strongly about any of the races? [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Here Comes Cinderella

  • The 9th Circuit ruled that a lawsuit against Metro over a man's 2013 death can proceed. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at the use of private emails and devices by elected officials in Nevada. [RJ]
  • Attorney Dayvid Figler opines on bail bond reform. [TNI]
  • Two federal judges have already blocked President Trump's second attempt at a travel ban. [CNN]
  • The Commission on Judicial Selection submitted these three names to the Governor for appointment to the Second Judicial District Court [KOLO]:
    • Wesley M. Ayres, 56, Reno, Discovery Commissioner
    • Barry L. Breslow, 54, Reno, Attorney
    • James Eric Keller, 45, Reno, Attorney

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Ides of March

  • Steven Myrhe named acting US Attorney for Nevada. [RJ]
  • Marc Randazza is representing Mormonleaks, a wikileaks type site, in a copyright dispute with the LDS Church. [Salt Lake Tribune; Gizmodo]
  • Immigration officials arrested 61 people in Nevada last week. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • It is unlikely War Machine will testify at trial. [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


  • Metro's focus is on crime, not immigration enforcement. [RJ]
  • Juvenile offender bill is meant to codify existing rights, not create new ones. [RJ]
  • Save Red Rock alleges the county violated open meeting laws. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Local attorney Emily Montgomery, currently at Olson Cannon by way of the DA's office, has invented and launched legal keypad software called Citepad, available as an OS X download on the App StoreCitepad reduces 8-19 key strokes for a properly formatted citation signal to one click. Users can toggle between italic and underline formatting, and insert footnotes with a click of a button. It supports Word, Pages, OpenOffice, and Google Docs, with more supported word processors on the way. She will also be adding Windows and iPad apps soon, so users will be able to have Citepad on every device seamlessly. Citepad will sell for $49.99 regularly, with a limited-time special introductory price of $39.99. More info here

Monday, March 13, 2017

Inalienable Right To Vote

  • A Q&A with Nevada Supreme Court Justice Michael Douglas. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Chief Justice Michael Cherry urges reform to improve representation of indigents. [KNPR]
  • Should felons be entitled to vote? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The CCSD spends an increasing amount of money on legal fees. Here's a look at some of the firms doing that work. [TNI]

Friday, March 10, 2017

Here Comes Nascar

  • If you want to see Chief Justice Cherry's State of the Judiciary speech, click here and fast forward to 73:00. 
  • KTNV asks whether the family court judges have any responsibility with regard to April Parks crimes...
  • A bill was introduced in the Legislature to incentivize police to crack down on notarios. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Not Las Vegas, but a Canadian judge resigns over "keep your knees together" comment in rape trial. [Guardian]

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Guardians Of Doom

  • Harvard Law will no longer require the LSAT, giving applicants the opportunity to use GRE scores instead. [Washington Post]
  • At a budget hearing for the AG's office yesterday, the Legislature asked about Laxalt's absence from the hearing and the seven attorneys who work in the office, but have not passed the Nevada bar. [RJ]
  • Laxalt wasn't at that hearing because he was indispensable to the photo-op grand jury indicting April Parks on over 200 charges related to her services as a guardian.  Also charged was her former attorney,  Noel Palmer Simpson. [RJ]

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day

  • No comment from DA Steve Wolfson on the Rippo case following the Supreme Court's decision. [RJ]
  • A former prospective juror in the War Machine trial brought him a gift to the courtroom yesterday. [Fox5VegasRJ]
  • Goodsprings Justice of the Peace Dawn Haviland is being represented by Al Marquis with regard to a laundry list of ethics charges. [RJ]
  • The investiture for Nevada Supreme Court Justice Lidia Stiglich, which was previously postponed due to weather, is set for tomorrow March 9, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Carson City. [nvcourts]
  • Attempted murder charge for the man who bludgeoned a dummy. [RJ]

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

No More Squatters

  • Opening statements in the War Machine trial were the first chance for Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth and defense attorney Jay Leiderman to make an impression on the jury. [RJ]
  • Will requiring lease agreements to be notarized really impact the number of squatters? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here are more links and info about Rippo v. Baker. [SCOTUSblog]
  • Progress on the Raiders' lease agreement and financing? [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, March 6, 2017

Sign Your Life Away

  • A family that pleaded guilty to misdemeanors were listed in a database of felons. [RJ]
  • Attorney Brian Egan writes about why successful couples need a pre-nup. [Vegas Inc.]
  • What else is going on out there this week?

Friday, March 3, 2017

Perfect For Napping

  • Although not yet specific to Nevada, the California Supreme Court made a ruling that could definitely have an impact here:  public officials' private emails are a matter of public record if they deal with public business. [LA Times]
  • A juror in the Bunkerville trial was dismissed for nodding off. [RJ]
  • Some jurors are being asked to sit through at 12-month trial...anyone know what the trial is? [KTNV]

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I'm So Happy Here

In an article in the RJ, they mention a survey finding that 70% of Las Vegas residents are overall satisfied with city services. While that doesn't equate to necessarily being happy here, we know that a large percentage of you love living in Vegas, and some percentage of you love practicing law here. That leads to a question:

What do you love about practicing law in Las Vegas, Nevada?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Let's Stip To That

  • Conrad Hafen stipulated that he will never be a judge in Nevada again. [RJ; Stipulation]
  • Judge Doug Smith also stipulated to a public reprimand for misleading campaign endorsements  made by his judicial campaign. [Stipulation]
  • The Supreme Court is now in its new building downtown. [RJ]
  • Could a change in property taxes happen this legislative session? [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nasal Ranger

  • The Commission on Judicial Discipline publicly reprimanded and fined Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson $1,000. [Decision; RJ]
  • Jury selection started in the War Machine trial. [RJ]
  • The Legislature is discussing the length of non-compete agreements. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Could the City of Las Vegas soon be enforcing an odor ordinance with the Nasal Ranger? [RJ]

Monday, February 27, 2017

3 Minutes to Wapner

  • RIP Judge Joseph Wapner of the People's Court fame. [RJ]
  • The threat of a crackdown on illegal immigrants is causing fear in several communities and the possible legal repercussions are more widespread than you might think. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here are some items the Legislature is inviting public comment on this week. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A. William Maupin is returning to the bench via taking retired justice senior status. [Nevada Business]
  • From a press release issued by the Supreme Court of Nevada, here are the applicants for the vacancies on the bench in the Eighth Judicial District:

Friday, February 24, 2017

Stay Cool

  • Today's the last day to get in your application to be considered for appointment to the bench in departments 10 and 18. Here are the applicants so far.
  • Here's a nice article about the CCBA. [Nevada Business

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Keep Churning

  • Solar City reached long-term lease agreements with owners shortly before or during foreclosure. What does that mean? More legal work. [New York Times]
  • The County Commission's decision on development near Red Rock means more legal work too! [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Innocence Project lawyers for Kirstin Blaise Lobato are asking the newly formed DA Conviction Review unit to analyze her case. [RJ]
  • Will Nevada finally ratify the Equal Rights Amendment? [RJ]

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Slayer Rule

  • The Nevada Legislature is joining the AG's office in opposing CCSD's lawsuit over its reorganization. [RJ]
  • Lawyers for the family of Susan Winters say her husband is profiting off of her death. [RJ]
  • The Clark County Commission wants to create a "Green Ribbon Panel" to make recommendations regarding zoning and regulations on recreational marijuana. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The County Commission will be looking at development near Red Rock today. [News3LV]

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Zipper Merging

  • The FTC is taking a closer look at auto lenders who use GPS to track borrowers' cars in case they need to repossess them. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • This article about the NDOT promoting zipper merging (probably not what you think it is), also mentions they had to acquire 190 parcels of land for Project Neon and of the 26 that involved eminent domain, only 2 went to trial. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Las Vegas Raiders might have some investors? [Fox5Vegas]
  • Meanwhile, Nevada roads have a backlog of $450 million in needed repairs. [KNPR]

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Judges And New Rules

  • In case you weren't already aware, there are two openings on the Eighth Judicial District Court bench. Applications for those openings in Depts. 10 and 18 are due on February 24, 2017. Because the Nevada Supreme Court and the Nevada Court of Appeals are moving from the Regional Justice Center on February 21, no applications will be accepted in Las Vegas. All applications must be delivered to the Supreme Court in Carson City by 5 pm on February 24. The appointment process is open to all Nevada attorneys with 10 years of legal experience, including two years in Nevada. More info and applications here
  • Defender of the First Amendment, Marc Randazza, got a big win in the 11th Circuit for his client Dr. Steven Novella. [Published Opinion]
  • The Supreme Court has decided it is time to update the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure and have selected a committee. We have it on good authority that at least one, if not more of the people on that committee, are readers of the blog, so do you have any suggestions on rules you would like to see changed or added. Arizona recently did this and you can get a taste of the changes they did here.  [ADKT 0522]

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Now Recording

  • The Chairman of the Gaming Control Board surreptitiously recorded a phone call from AG Adam Laxalt who may have been asking the Board to intervene in lawsuit involving the Sands--one of Laxalt's biggest donors. [TNI]
  • One of our readers wants to know what is the best parking option for someone who has to go to the RJC an average of twice a week?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

These Days

  • Greenberg Traurig was hired to represent Nevadans for Background Checks and is seeking public records about why the ballot measure is being blocked from being implemented as law. [RJ]
  • Jacob Hafter shared an article on Facebook last week and commented about he is happy that the State of Nevada and the State Bar are not the only anti-semitic state and court system.  [Facebook-login required]
  • It looks like development may happen on at least part of the Badlands golf course. [RJ]
  • Should the DMV automatically register people to vote? [TNI]
  • @RileySnyder reports, "With high caseload in state Court of Appeals, CJ James Hardesty says court will likely ask  for another panel of 3 judges in 2019"  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lawyers In Love

  • Here is slightly more information about the AG's office against the State Bar--for which there is no legitimate reason that it be sealed. [TNI]
  • Markel Insurance wants to void the policy it issued to Robert Graham because he lied about claims against him. Okay, coverage lawyers, how will this play out? [RJ]
  • Our Legislature is hard at work making sure...we don't have to get microchipped? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's a special Valentines Day song for you straight from the '80s and Jackson Browne. [Not a Rickroll, I promise]

Monday, February 13, 2017

Office Love

  • Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson was tearful before the Commission on Judicial Discipline. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada added a note to Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 8.4 to clarify that because federal law still prohibits it, the use of marijuana by attorneys could result in discipline. [TNI]
  • Property owners adjacent to the Badlands Golf Course are appealing their property assessments. [RJ]
  • Whitney Selert, of Fisher Phillips, offers his tips on office romance. Do you have any advice? [Vegas Inc.]

Friday, February 10, 2017


  • Save Red Rock's Motion to Dismiss was denied by Judge Wiese, but was still a small legal victory according to its attorney Justin Jones. [RJ]
  • The 9th Circuit panel upheld the suspension of the travel ban. [RJ]

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Secret Lovers

  • Did the new Stadium Authority already violate the Open Meeting law? [TNI]
  • Former constable John Bonaventura was indicted for unlawful interception of wire communications--including one involving Judge Bare. [News3LV]
  • Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch calls Trump's tweets about the judiciary  "disheartening' and "demoralizing." [RJ]
  • The Legislature's hot topic so far seems to be whether we should ditch Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day or combine the two. [RJ]
  • Anyone have details on Case No. 72321, State, Office of Att'y Gen. v. State Bar of Nevada?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Nutty 9th

  • CCSD settles a lawsuit with a transgender police officer. [RJ]
  • Here's more on the proposal to split the "Nutty 9th" Circuit. [RJ]
  • A 9th Circuit panel appeared skeptical of President Trump's travel ban executive order. [NY Times]
  • Do you want Commissioner Beecroft's job? The time to apply is now. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2017 Legislative Session

The 2017 Nevada Legislature kicked off its 120-day session yesterday. There are a lot of bills up for consideration. Anyone have any bold predictions about what we will see become law out of this session? Any bills that the legal community in particular should be watching?

Also, on of our readers wants to know how to get into the lobbying business in Carson City. Any pointers?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Post-Patriot Bowl 2017

  • Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson faces a disciplinary hearing this week. [RJ]
  • In the wake of Robert Graham, did you know that the Client Security Fund pays out a maximum of $50,000, provided there are sufficient resources. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Legislature kicks off today! [RJ]
  • A look at the legislature and transparency. [TNI]
  • The first of three Bunkerville standoff cases goes to trial today. [RJ]

Friday, February 3, 2017

12th Circuit

  • Elaine Wynn's lawyers from Quinn Emanuel are temporarily barred from participating in her case while Judge Gonzalez decides whether to permanently disqualify them. [Bloomberg]
  • Susan Winters' death, once ruled a suicide, is now a murder and her husband has been charged. [RJ]
  • The CCSD is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop its reorganization. [RJ]
  • Arizona's congressional delegation wants to create a 12th Circuit Court of Appeals. [KNPR]

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Highly Unlikely

  • There are allegations of extortion in the Badlands golf course development matter by the developers against Frank Schreck. [RJ]
  • The We The People competition starts this weekend and features an all-star lineup of local judges and officials. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Is the stadium deal dead in the water? [TNI]

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Justice Gorsuch

  • President Trump announced his nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the open spot on the United States Supreme Court. [NPR]
  • Here are reactions from some of our elected officials, including AG Adam Laxalt. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Sentencing took place yesterday for the former Boulder City Animal Control officer who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Ryan Bundy made a big speech in court yesterday. [RJ]
  • Nevada will get $5 million in settlement with Western Union. [RJ]

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mustang Sally

  • President Trump fired acting attorney general Sally Yates after she ordered the Department of Justice not to defend his immigration executive order. [Washington Post]
  • The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection is accepting applications for two judicial seats in the Eighth Judicial District Court left vacant by the retirements of Judge David Barker and Judge Jessie Walsh. Cue the applications from our perennial candidates. This time, however, there's a twist. "Applicants must apply for only one judicial department, may not switch departments after submission, and may no longer apply for both open judicial seats." The application period ends at 5 p.m. on February 24, 2017. [nvcourts.gov]
  • The Adelson family is out of the possible Las Vegas Raiders/stadium deal--apparently the $1 rent proposal was a surprise to them too. Does this mean the end of Vegas' NFL dreams? [TNI; RJ]

Monday, January 30, 2017

Separation Of Powers

  • Nevada's solicitor general Lawrence VanDyke has not taken the bar and his two year temporary license has expired. And he is paid more that most of you.  [TNI]
  • At least one local couple was affected by the executive order regarding refugees and immigration while much of the country was getting a fresh reminder on how the three branches of government work. No one was detained in Las Vegas. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Med malpractice sweeps status hearings are taking place next week. [eightjdcourt blog]

Friday, January 27, 2017


  • What is a sanctuary city? [TNI]
  • Sanctuary status for Clark County School District. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Las Vegas and Clark County are not sanctuaries? [TNI]
  • The Raiders proposed lease agreement calls for rent of $1/year. [TNI]
  • A compliance investigator with the Nevada Transportation Authority is still driving on the job despite three previous DUIs. [RJ]

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Just Us?

  • If the Las Vegas Municipal Court moves out of the RJC, then Jane Ann Morrison thinks the Las Vegas Justice Court should move too. What do you think? [RJ]
  • Did you know there is a satellite Justice Court office at the Flamingo branch of the DMV? [Las Vegas SunRJ]
  • A Carson City judge ruled that PERS has the release names and information of thousands of public workers. [RJ]
  • Did the Stadium Authority already violate the Open Meeting law? [TNI]

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Attorney's Oath

During our end of year poll last year, several people requested that the blog include more practice tips. To that end, and in light of some recent comments on the blog--which we acknowledge are not all from attorneys--today's post is a reminder of the oath that an attorney takes when being admitted to the Nevada Bar (as set forth in Supreme Court Rule 73):

Upon being admitted, each applicant shall take and subscribe to the following oath:

     I will support the Constitution and government of the United States and of the State of Nevada;
     I will maintain the respect due to courts of justice and judicial officers;
    I will support, abide by and follow the Rules of Professional Conduct as are now or may hereafter be adopted by the Supreme Court;
     I will conduct myself in a civil and professional manner, whether dealing with clients, opposing parties and counsel, judicial officers or the general public, and will promote the administration of justice; and
    I will faithfully and honestly discharge the duties of an attorney at law to the best of my knowledge and ability.