Friday, December 29, 2017

Top Ten Stories of 2017

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

Our top ten Las Vegas related legal stories of 2017 are:

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Finish Strong

  • The Supreme Court of Nevada issued a decision about the best interest of the child standard when choosing where a child goes to school. [RJ]
  • This article about a documentary on the October 1 shooting includes commentary from Stephen Stubbs stating that the casinos called a special back line to Metro instead of 911 which made a difference in the outcome. [Raw Story]
  • Trying to finish the year strong, the Supreme Court is issuing decisions in 11 cases today. [nvcourts]
  • Filing for judicial elections opens up next week. Go here to see the details.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Boxing Day 2017

Here's a post for those of you pretending to work today. Why do we do that to ourselves? What's going on out there?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Nice List

A week or two ago, one of the commenters mentioned that there aren't a lot of positive mentions of lawyers in the press. We agree. Today's post is dedicated to calling out people in our profession that are doing good things, or for pointing out what is working or even just to wax poetic about the things you like about being a lawyer in Las Vegas. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2017 Annual Airing Of Grievances

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

Technically, Festivus is on December 23, but since that's Saturday, we are going to get the festivities started today!  Gather your family, friends, co-workers, enemies, judges, opposing counsel, etc. because it's time for the Airing of Grievances

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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Bonus Round 2017!!!

Each year at this time we like to take a look at bonuses. As an added bonus, we also have the results of another compensation survey this year. (You can see last year's results here.) This is your chance to get an idea of how much money attorneys in Las Vegas make!

While we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of the results of this survey, we had 98 responses this year. Warning:  the results are not for the faint of heart. These numbers may make you think you are underpaid. They may make you think you are not special. Just remember that these are just numbers and do not take into account a number of other factors that come into play when determining compensation. Click through to see the results...

Monday, December 18, 2017

Advised To Chill

  • Amid a growing number of complaints of sexual misconduct, Judge Alex Kozinski is retiring. [Washington Post]
  • Attorney and College of Southern Nevada professor Mark Peplowski was arrested on lewdness charges. [RJ]
  • Gubernatorial candidate Dan Schwartz called for Adam Laxalt to either drop out of the governor's race or resign as AG. [RJ]
  • Tomorrow we'll have our annual discussion of bonuses and the result of our compensation survey.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Last Jedi

  • Judge Gloria Sturman is giving the lawyers involved a chance to come up with a probate plan for the estate of Stephen Paddock. [RJ]
  • Here is must-see video from one of Trump's judicial nominees whose lack of experience and knowledge about some basic legal procedure is sure to make you feel like you are qualified to be a federal judge too. [NPR]
  • Some of you were discussing this in the comments the other day, but given the time of year and the nature of our profession, it can't be said enough:  there is help available. If you are struggling, depressed, stressed, suicidal, or all of the above, please reach out for help. 

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Frosted Cookies

  • Three finalists were announced for the vacancy on the bench in Washoe County created by the death of Judge Patrick Flanagan. [KOLO]
  • This was mentioned in the comments a week or two ago, but RIP Jeffrey Rugg.
  • A lawsuit by the North Las Vegas Constable against Clark County has been removed to Federal Court. [RJ]
  • Trial in the Save Red Rock case is set for September 2018. [RJ]
  • Is today the end of net neutrality? [KNPR]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Figgy Pudding

This morning the Supreme Court is releasing the fiscal year 2017 Annual Report of the Judiciary. While there is lots to talk about in it, we know that some of you have been clamoring to see the numbers regarding dispositions of appeals, which confirm the lowest output of authored opinions in the last four years.  So, here they are:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


  • Judge Navarro hints at possible mistrial in the Bundy case. [RJ]
  • Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett is stepping down to join McDonald Carano. [TNI]
  • Here's the Supreme Court order In re Discipline: Geraldine Kirk-Hughes.  
  • The Las Vegas WNBA team will be known as the Aces. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, December 11, 2017


  • Robert Graham will spend the next 16 to 40 years in prison. [News3LV]
  • #metoo is hitting a little closer to home now:  the 9th Circuit's Judge Alex Kozinski is accused of sexual misconduct. [Washington Post]

Friday, December 8, 2017

Gingerbread Houses

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hours Of Operation 2017

A few years ago, some commenters were discussing the fact that some judges are off the bench quite a bit more than you might expect. Now, it's become a yearly tradition for us to discuss this topic each December.  So, are the judges generally spending enough time in the courtroom this year? Which judges should be spending a little more time on the bench? Is there a minimum standard? Which judges would you commend for making the best use of your time?  Which judges are always late and don't respect your time?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Golden Eglet

  • The Clark County Commission voted to proceed with a suit against opioid manufacturers with the DA office cooperating jointly with Eglet Prince.  The firm is prepared to advance up to $15 million in costs and will only take 25% of any damages awarded or settlement. [TNI]
  • No death penalty for Bryan Clay--just life without parole. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, Scott Dozier is still fighting to be executed. [RJ]
  • The US Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday on whether a baker can refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.  [NPR]

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Jack Frost Nipping

  • The official announcement of retirement for Justices Douglas and Cherry was made yesterday. [RJ]
  • The Court rejected the appeal of man who fatally shot son. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Four more Bunkerville defendants were released. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at oral argument on gambling from yesterday. [SCOTUSblog]
  • Here's a list of the most recorded holiday songs of all time. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, December 4, 2017


  • How was the Eglet party? Pictures? Stories?
  • Speaking of Eglet, Clark County DA Steve Wolfson may team up with him to bring the county's own lawsuit to recover opioid epidemic expenses. [TNI; RJ]
  • Judge Williams issued a TRO preventing Metro from forcing mandatory overtime. [RJ]
  • The US Supreme Court is hearing oral argument today on federal law regarding sports betting. [LasVegasNow; SCOTUSblog]

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Party Season Is Here

  • Turns out that Judge Susan Johnson has made a comment about Defendants being able to vote for Trump after parole more than once...and there is video. [TNI]
  • Despite being offered release during trial, Cliven Bundy is staying behind bars. [LasVegasNow]
  • Here's a little tiny puff piece about Amanda Connor and her cannabis business law practice. [LasVegasWeekly]
  • LACSN has created a financial toolkit for shooting victims who will receive funds. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Vegas Legal Magazine is having their winter launch party tonight. Anyone going?
  • Anyone know when the greatest Supreme Court candidate we'll never have and his wife are throwing their party?
  • What is your firm doing for a holiday party this year?

Thursday, November 30, 2017

End Of November

  • Three prosecutors, including DA Steve Wolfson, are calling on the Governor and AG to enforce the gun background check law approved by voters last year. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada ruled that a psychologist's records were privileged even though the government paid for the court-ordered treatment. [Nevada Appeal]
  • Speaking of the Supreme Court, expect a special announcement about the future plans of the court approximately 15 minutes prior to their en banc argument next Monday.  It is expected that they'll announce the next chief justice as Justice Douglas and likely confirm that Justices Cherry and Douglas are not running for reelection next year. 
  • That means it is time to start thinking about throwing your hat in the ring to challenge expected candidates Elissa Cadish and Abbi Silver.  If you want to see what is required to run for a seat on the high court, are interested in challenging one of the recent appointees for a 2-year term, or want to run for Justice Court, go here to see the requirements and openings.  Also, today is the last day to apply for appointment in Justice Court Department 1. Anyone know who else is applying besides the James Dean Leavitt (who already announced he is running for that position)?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

You Can Still Help

  • To date, Paola Armeni has raised the most money by sharing the link to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund GoFundMe page. [RJ]
  • While more than $16 million has been raised, the fund would need over $560 million to compensate victims on a similar level as the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, last night in Reno, a gunman was killed after firing shots from a high rise. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Sexual harassment claims are often rejected by courts. [KNPR]
  • A jury convicted Bryan Clay of murder. [RJ]
  • (Unidentified) lawyers helped Las Vegas temporarily protected from deportation. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sexual Harassment

Some of this discussion has come up under the topic of civility before, but one of our readers would like to talk about the frequency that female attorneys experience sexual harassment in the practice of law in Las Vegas. What have you experienced? Is there a lot of it going on? Is is only the creepy, old men or are younger guys part of it too? Feel free to speak your mind, but please keep it work-appropriate, slander and bully-free.

Monday, November 27, 2017

RIP Cal Potter III

  • Cal Potter III passed away last Wednesday. [RJ]
  • Family Court Judge William Potter was suspended for two months without pay. [News3LV]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pumpkin Pie

  • The Supreme Court suspended Jacob Hafter for 6 months. You can view the decision here and decide for yourself if the Court got it right.  [RJ]
  • Another group of victims filed suit over the October 1 shooting in California. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, November 20, 2017

Short Week Syndrome

  • Five have applied for the vacancy in the north left by the passing of Judge Flanagan. [KOLO]
  • Laughlin's current Justice of the Peace is running for reelection next year. [Laughlin Times]
  • UNLV Boyd launched the Edward M. Bernstein and Associates Children's Rights Program. [UNLV]
  • Asylum is denied in most Las Vegas immigration court cases. [RJ]
  • Here is Jeff German's analysis on how a recent Supreme Court ruling could impact MGM with regard to victims suing over the October 1 shooting. [RJ]
  • As for the suit in probate court, it's been moved to Judge Sturman. [RJ]

Friday, November 17, 2017

Compensation Survey 2017

Last year we did an attorney compensation survey that turned out to have some interesting results. We thought we would give it another go this year. Go here to let us know how long you've been practicing and how much you're making. We'll share the results before Christmas...

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cloudy Day

  • 14 more lawsuits filed over the October 1 shooting. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Bundy trial is under way. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Will Wynn v. Okada head to trial next year? [GGRAsia]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CLE Board

Have you been to the Nevada CLE Board website lately? If not, you may want to give it a visit and make sure you are on track to complete your CLE for the year. There is a lot of news on their front page about the 13 credit requirement for next year (which includes substance abuse every year) and hoping to shift the burden of the $40 annual fee to CLE providers. In the meantime, an email went out yesterday indicating for 2018, the $40 annual fee required in SCR 210(1) will be included as part of a consolidated fee statement that will be sent via email by the State Bar of Nevada. Hopefully, this will make it easier to pay your fees and we won't end up with a long list of CLE suspended lawyers like we did earlier this year.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Since it's a slow legal news morning, we'll take the prompt from one of the comments posted this morning:
When I first started practicing some 25+ years ago there were stereotypes for the various legal specialties. Family law = bottom of the barrel/unintelligent. Criminal defense attorneys = sleazy and sloppy. Civil defense attorneys = boring and stuffy. Plaintiff personal injury attorneys = horny and sexist (males) and slutty (females). I went to Court this week and noticed things seem the same, generally speaking. Thoughts?

Monday, November 13, 2017


  • Groundbreaking for the Raiders Stadium is today. [LasVegasNow]
  • Does AG Adam Laxalt's no vote on the Steese pardon render him unfit to be governor? [TNI op-ed]
  • Attorney Paul C. Ray and the CCBA Community Service Committee will be handing out blankets to the homeless tomorrow. [PRWeb]
  • One of our readers wants to know where they can find out about the status of the proposed changes to the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Veterans Day 2017 (Observed)

Thank you to all of you who serve(d) our country!

  • No execution next week. [RJ]
  • Fred Steese was pardoned and the only no vote was AG Adam Laxalt. [ProPublica]
  • Remember all those ADA filings that Whitney Wilcher represented, he told the Court he got paid $100 a case. [RJ]

Thursday, November 9, 2017

History Repeats

  • DA Steve Wolfson endorsed Aaron Ford for AG. [CBSLasVegas]
  • Tick Segerblom has officially announced he is running for the Clark County Commission. [KNPR]
  • The North Las Vegas Constable sued Clark County so he doesn't lose his job. [RJ]
  • The motion to dismiss in the Bundy trial was denied, but they get some time for discovery. [RJ]
  • Some insurers are making patients question whether an ER visit is really necessary. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Clark County is trying to get the federal suit regarding recalls dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. [TNI]
  • Are deputy marshals and bailiffs employees of the District Court (judicial branch) or of the County (executive branch)? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Project REAL's Lyrics and Lawyers 2 is tonight.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Do Not Disturb

  • The Bundy trial is on hold. [RJ]
  • AG Adam Laxalt has concerns about City of Reno doing its own suit against opioid manufacturers. [TNI]
  • Clark County Commissioners decided to appeal a ruling that autopsy records are public records. [RJ]
  • The fight over recall efforts against three state senators is headed to federal court. [TNI]
  • Do not disturb policies on the Strip are changing. [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Public-Private Partnerships

  • The State has a new chief medical director and Scott Dozier may have his last hearing tomorrow. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Could the proposed tax bill in Congress reduce state funding for the Raiders stadium? [TNI]
  • The new Day Reporting Center is open. [TNI]
  • Anything else going on out there?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sutherland Springs

  • Here's an opinion piece on whether the ACLU's suit is helping or hurting indigent criminal defendants in rural Nevada. [TNI]
  • Opening statements this week in the Bundy trial. [RJ]
  • With lots of questions about the drugs to be used, is an execution going to happen in Nevada this month? [RJ]

Friday, November 3, 2017

Poor Defense

  • The AG's office will release the name and salaries of two dozen workers who were previously not publicly disclosed. [RJ]
  • The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit against Nevada regarding indigent defense in rural counties. [RJ; TNI]
  • An outside complaint was the reason for banning a trustee from school district property. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Judge Cynthia Giuliani continued her tradition of dressing up to finalize adoptions on Halloween. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • As noted in the comments, attorneys should have received an email yesterday from the Board of Governors regarding a survey on auditing trust accounts. It's your chance to let them know what you think about the proposal.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Eglet Delivers

  • A man represented by Robert Eglet is getting a $9 million settlement from Pizza Hut over a 2009 crash involving a delivery driver. [RJ]
  • Clark County is accepting applications until November 30 for those of you who want to be considered for appointment to a 1-year term on the Justice Court Department 1 bench. [RJ]
  • If you want to be a magistrate judge in Reno, applications are due by 12/29. [nvd.uscourts]
  • AG Adam Laxalt has finally announced that he is running for governor. [TNI]
  • So far, Aaron Ford and Wes Duncan will competing to be Nevada's next AG. [TNI]
  • "Just give me a lawyer dog" is, apparently, not an adequate method of demanding your right to counsel in Louisiana. [Washington Post]

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

One Month Later

  • One month later and the fairground is still as it was as lawyers get a look. [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • One month later and there is still a long road of recovery and challenges ahead for victims who survived. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • One month later and venders are unable to retrieve their trucks/goods, etc. [RJ]
  • One month later and there is now plenty of need and opportunity to give blood. [KNPR]
  • A murder trial is under way for Bryan Clay, being defended by Tony Sgro. [RJ]
  • The Chief State Medical Officer, who would be in charge of an upcoming execution, resigned Monday--allegedly for reasons unrelated to the execution. [TNILas Vegas Sun; Fox5Vegas]
  • It's open enrollment time. [TNI]

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween 2017

Happy Halloween/Nevada Day! Does your office dress up for Halloween? Does your office close early? What is the scariest costume you can think of for a lawyer?

Also, today is the last day of pro bono month? Did you sign up to take on any pro bono cases? Have you donated money instead of your time?

Stay safe out there, kids.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Mischief Night

  • On October 20, a federal jury here in Nevada awarded plaintiff (represented in part by Tick Segerblom) a $1.3 million judgment against Delta (represented by Scott Mahoney) for discrimination. [ETurboNews
  • What to watch for in the Bundy trial as jury selection starts today. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Las Vegas Lights released their logo. [RJ]
  • Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chair, has been indicted on federal charges. [KNPR]

Friday, October 27, 2017

Nevada Day Observed 2017

  • Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos has been staying in an MGM hotel, raising questions about MGM's potential influence over him. Article includes comments from his attorney Frank Flansburg III, as well as Will Kemp and Robert Eglet. [RJ]
  • The banning of a school district trustee from district property is raising legal questions for the school district police. [RJ]
  • Not Las Vegas specific, but a reminder to take care no matter what practice area you are in: Kansas City lawyer shot on front porch after walking kids to school. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Happy Nevada Day! 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Blowflies Tell No Lies

  • The husband of Susan Winters is now facing murder charges. [News3LV]
  • Two defendants from the first two Bunkerville trials took a plea deal to avoid a third trial. [SLTrib]
  • Greenberg Traurig is going to move to Summerlin. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court reversed a death row conviction. [RJ]
  • Here's a long read on the latest about Kirstin Lobato. [The Intercept]
  • Most of you saw the video from the deposition of Dr. Enrico Fazzini posted in the comments yesterday. A non-lawyer reader wrote in with two questions about that: why did anyone let the deposition go forward in the first place and is someone going to be in trouble for posting it on Liveleak/Youtube? (It has since been removed from Liveleak). 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


  • Some undocumented immigrants who were at the Route 91 festival are applying for U visas. [RJ]
  • LACSN is helping victims of the October 1 tragedy. [RJ]
  • Continuing this week's theme on privacy, some transparency advocates are concerned about Nevada's partnership with private prison. [TNI]
  • One of the school board trustees has been banned from school district property. [Fox5Vegas]
  • A group of 16 people will decide how to distribute donations for the shooting victims. [RJ]
  • One of our readers sent in the following question about that distribution:  
If there was ~$11.2M donated, and those who lost loved ones are weighted higher than those that were shot, who are weighted higher than those who were not shot but where there – does this money act as a setoff for recovery in a PI case for wrongful death or IIED?  Is it fair that someone is awarded $X for wrongful death, to also receive funds from the victim’s fund as well?  Is it unfair for them not to?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sealing Of Cases

One of the commenters yesterday suggested today's topic:
The whole sealing of cases (in the absence of a pending criminal investigation or national security implications) is a completely different issue and is completely opposite to the concept of an open and transparent government (including the judiciary).
Do you agree? Are too many cases in Nevada sealed or are we one of the more open states? Or is it both?

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fly Like An Eagle

  • The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline filed a statement of formal charges against Judge Rena Hughes regarding a hearing that took place in June of last year. We talked about it on the blog in November 2016.  Insert slowly turning wheels of justice joke here. [I-Team LasVegasNow]
  • Former vice cop and his wife deputy DA Liz Mercer appeared in court last week [I-Team LasVegasNow]
  • The names and salaries of a large number of state employees, including 50 in the AG's office, have not been made public. [RJ]
  • Here's a puff piece on @casinonemesis Bob Nersesian.  [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Holding companies are getting creative with their names. [RJ]
  • The story about Judge Susan Johnson and here "joke" about voting for Trump made HuffPo.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Spartan Fist

  • Judge Mark Denton approved a temporary restraining order to prevent MGM from destroying any evidence related to the 1 October shooting. [RJ]
  • Local law enforcement used racketeering laws to take down almost an entire gang at one time. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Anything else going on as we head into the weekend?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Job Tips: How Long Should I Stay?

One of our readers has a question:  How long should I stay at my current job? I know in the past the longer you were at a job the better, but these days I'm not sure. I've been at my current job for 5 1/2 years and have been practicing for 8 years now, but have no book of business. Yet, I have the prospect of partnership. Which is more important--partnership or developing my own book?

Any suggestions or comments?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


As one of our astute readers noted in the comments yesterday, sometime on Monday afternoon the blog reached the 3,000,000 page view mark. Thanks for visiting the site. Keep it up and soon we might be among the 100,000 most popular websites in the U.S.

  • Judge Susan Johnson told some felons that they might have their voting rights restored in time to vote for President Trump in 2020. [TNI]
  • DA Steve Wolfson kicked off his reelection campaign yesterday. [RJ]
  • UNLV's Boyd School of Law saw a big jump in its bar passage rate. [RJ]
  • Judge James Mahan denied a request from pharmaceutical companies trying to block a Nevada law requiring them to detail diabetes drug prices. [RJ]
  • MGM Resorts is the new owner of WNBA Stars and the team will take up residence next season at Mandalay Bay Events Center. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Safety First

  • Judge Linda Marie Bell split her decision on $3 million in gambling debts. [RJ]
  • The US Supreme Court will hear a case on sports betting later this fall. [RJ]
  • Resorts World hired a construction manager and is getting one step closer to being a boon for construction defect and personal injury attorneys. [Fox5Vegas]
  • In the wake of the shootings, how will Las Vegas approach New Year's Eve this year? [LasVegasNow]
  • The County has begun installation of bollards on the Strip. [RJ]
  • A law degree doesn't insulate you from sexual harassment. [Above the Law]

Monday, October 16, 2017

No Chance

  • The Golden Knights still face issues with the trademark for their name. Then to top it off, they introduced a mascot that is not a knight. [RJ]
  • Should the Colorado River have legal personhood? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Any good gossip from CPK's party?

Friday, October 13, 2017


  • Goodsprings Justice of the Peace Dawn Haviland resigned after being suspended for one year. [RJ]
  • Michael Cristalli talks about who could be liable for the shooting on 1 October. [LasVegasNow]
  • Zappos has offered to cover the funeral costs of all 58 victims. [RJ]
  • The brother of the shooter fired his counsel in the estate case. [RJ]
  • A lawsuit has been filed regarding the mothballed background check law. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • In a story that got buried by news of the shooting, a 28-year old man has offered conflicting stories to police about what happened when he was involved in a hit and run that killed three boys and injured a fourth. Two of the boys killed were brothers and a gofundme has been set up to help the family. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Is Vegas getting a WNBA team too? [Las Vegas Sun
  • Speaking of basketball, come check out the court at CPK's office at his annual party tonight!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pro Bono Month

It's that time of year again where the legal community focuses a little more attention on pro bono work. This year that effort includes addressing what the legal community can do to help victims of the shooting on October 1. There are plenty of ways for you to get involved. Even Laughlin Township Constable Jordan Ross has pledged to serve whatever summons and execute whatever court orders are needed to help the victims of the tragedy.

Here are a few resources for you if you want to get involved with pro bono work:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Don't Stop Believing

  • The July 2017 bar exam had a 66% passage rate. Those who passed includes some high ranking attorneys at the AG's office. Congrats, everyone! [NVBar]
  • Here's a little more context for Judge William Kephart's public reprimand. [ProPublica]
  • Here's a look at the UNLV mock trial team. [RJ]
  • The comments yesterday has some nice discussion about the lawsuit against SlideFire, the manufacturer of the bump stock used in the shooting. Here are more details. [TNI]
  • A 21-year old college student is the first victim to sue MGM. [KTNV]
  • Attorney Kenneth Feinberg will oversee distribution of the victims' fund. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Zappos and others are still raising funds to help the victims. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Golden Knights won their home opener last night after an emotional tribute to the victims. [Las Vegas Sun; News3LV]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Golden Knights Take The Ice

  • The Vegas Golden Knights have their home opener tonight. Details about where you can watch are here.
  • Details about the timeline for the Route 91 shooting are changing. [LA Times]
  • Anything else going on out there?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Is Here

  • It's a month old, but just came up on our radar: Judge William Kephart signed a stipulation and order of consent to public reprimand for an interview he gave regarding Kirstin Lobato. [Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline]
  • Attorney Richard Patterson is attempting to freeze the assets of Stephen Paddock. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The shooting victims may face an uphill legal battle. [RJ]
  • The Cliven Bundy trial was delayed until the end of the month. [Reuters]
  • RIP Reno Judge Patrick Flanagan. [RGJ]

Friday, October 6, 2017

Invitation To 21st Annual CPK Party

It's almost time for Craig P. Kenny's 21st Annual Party and you're invited:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Some Days Are Diamonds

  • A law student was among those seriously injured in the shooting. [Above the Law]
  • What will happen with the millions of dollars in donations? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Judge Jennifer Elliot honored for 10 years of service to dependency mothers drug court. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • The Supreme Court is issuing several opinions today. [nvcourts]

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Runnin' Down A Dream

  • In case you didn't see it yet, there is a long read in the New Yorker about the elderly and guardianship, heavily featuring April Parks and Clark County. [New Yorker]
  • Two new record sealing laws went into effect. [Public News Service]
  • A CBS attorney was fired for her comments following the Las Vegas shooting. [Above the Law]
  • Is the shooting a good reason to delay the Bundy/Bunkerville trial? [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court heard oral argument about weed distribution at UNLV yesterday. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at some of the victims from Sunday's shooting. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

You Don't Know How It Feels

  • The Las Vegas Victims' Fund has raised over $3 million; Zappos is doing matching donations here up to $1 million. We see some local firms and attorneys on the list of donors--thank you for your contribution. If you're aware of other ways that attorneys can be of assistance, please let us know in the comments.
  • Attorneys are no longer allowed to bring cell phones into the CCDC. [RJ]
  • OJ Simpson was released from prison. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • AG Adam Laxalt postponed plans to launch his gubernatorial bid in the wake of the shooting. [KNPR]

Monday, October 2, 2017

Las Vegas

It's our turn. The deadliest mass shooting in history took place in Las Vegas last night. You can get more details at almost any news site. We hope you and your families are all okay.

A Las Vegas Victims' Fund has already been set up if you're inclined to donate. People are lined up to give blood. Let us know if you are aware of any other ways to help today.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Over My Dead Body

  • Steven L. Morris was selected as the new Boulder City city attorney, somehow disappointing the Boulder City Review. [BCR]
  • Judge Jim Crockett ruled that autopsy reports are public records. [RJ]
  • OJ Simpson could be released soon. [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Little Things

  • RIP Paul Raby. [RJ]
  • Justice of the Peace Deborah Lippis resigned effective September 21. No word yet on exactly how or who will replace her. [TNR]
  • Legislature attorneys getting involved in Big Pharma suit. [TNI]
  • Cliven Bundy's request to represent himself at trial was denied. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Legacy Golf Course suit is still going forward. [RJ]
  • The RJ did report on the Adelson decision yesterday. [RJ]
  • The 9th Circuit says consulting with an asset protection attorney is proof of intent to defeat creditors. [Forbes]

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Job Tips: Setting Your Affairs In Order

If you haven't read all the comments from yesterday, there is some information about the Supreme Court and its caseload. Speaking of which, they will issue some new opinions today that will be available here.

Judah Zakalik has a piece in the Las Vegas Sun about what happens when you die without a will. It got us wondering, do you have a will? If no, why not? Those of you who do--did you draft it yourself or hire someone? Any recommendations on how to do it? Is LegalZoom a good option? Should we be looking at trusts? Do you have plans in place for your firm when you die? Who will take care of your files, etc? Any other advice?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Here Come The Golden Knights

  • The sister of a murder victim was struck by a vehicle outside the RJC in what Metro believes was an intentional act. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
  • No more business lunches or happy hours at McCormick & Schmick's--it was shuttered last weekend so Claimjumper can move in. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • In a press release yesterday, the Supreme Court announced that the full panel will hear oral argument at Boyd Law School on October 3, 2017, on the following three cases:  
  • Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada, Inc.; and Palidin, LLC, vs. The State of Nevada Department of Taxation; and Nevada Tax Commission. The appeal seeks to determine who can be licensed to distribute recreational marijuana in Nevada. The Supreme Court placed an injunction on the distribution of recreational marijuana pending the outcome of the oral arguments. A decision will come later and will not be issued at the hearing.

  • State vs. Brown (Donald): The appeals seeks a writ of mandamus from the Supreme Court instructing the District Court to vacate its order compelling an intrusive psychological evaluation of a child victim.

  • State vs. Baker (Jeffrey): This petition for a writ of mandamus challenges the District Court’s refusal to enter a witness’s testimony from a previous preliminary hearing as evidence in a second preliminary hearing. The witness was unavailable to testify in the second preliminary hearing, and the State asserts the defendant waived his right to cross-examine the witness   

  • At the end of the oral arguments, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the justices and attorneys about the process, the Supreme Court, and the justices themselves.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Right To Be Obnoxious?

  • The undergraduate UNLV Criminal Justice Mock Trial Team will square off against some Boyd students later this week. [UNLV]
  • A Reno attorney was convicted for filing false tax returns. [KRNV]
  • Aviva Gordon writes about steps to try before resorting to business litigation. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Independent contractors are a growing trend, even in the legal industry. [Vegas Inc.]
  • A look at some of the legal aspects of free speech and #takeaknee. [Washington Post]

Friday, September 22, 2017

New Counsel, Please

  • Cliven Bundy no longer wants his current attorney, Bret Whipple, or his standby attorney Angela Dows, to represent him (a month before trial).  [RJ]
  • Here are details on the dismissal of charges against Alexis Plunkett. [RJ]
  • Life is beautiful. It's not just a festival taking place downtown this weekend. Get out and enjoy the nice fall weather this weekend.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


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 ( 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


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


  • 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. []

Friday, August 18, 2017


  • 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]