Friday, July 21, 2017

In The End, It Doesn't Even Matter


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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Loose The Juice?


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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bar Exam Blues

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Real Problem


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

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blue Slipping And Sliding


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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Monkey See, Monkey Sue


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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Think Of The Tailgaters


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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Future Proof


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

Monday, July 10, 2017

Double Dipped


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

Friday, July 7, 2017

No Sex In The Champagne Room


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

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Not The City's Concern


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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fizzled


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

Friday, June 30, 2017

Safe And Sane


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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Stay Weird Austin


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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pied Piper


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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Job Tips: Judicial Aspirations

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

Monday, June 26, 2017

Positively Glowing


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

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wishing And Hoping


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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Is This Real Life?


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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Hottest, Longest Day Of The Year


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

Monday, June 19, 2017

Most Puzzling


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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Luxurious Black Sports Car


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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Knock Knock


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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Yay For Progress

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Most Important Muni Court Election Ever


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

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bitcoin, Please.


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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wind'em Up


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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Slow Your Roll


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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer Dress

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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sine Die 2017


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

Monday, June 5, 2017

Trailblazers


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

Friday, June 2, 2017

No One Should Talk


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

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

For A Good Time Call


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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Talks Too Much


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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Title Is Everything Or Nothing

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

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

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

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Party House


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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester


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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tennis Anyone?


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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dummies Everywhere


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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The 49 Percent


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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sin City Justice


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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Going Social


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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Anything You Can Do


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

Friday, May 12, 2017

Helldorado Days 2017


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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Knockout


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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Special Prosecutors For Everyone!?!


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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What About The Bloggers!?!


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

Monday, May 8, 2017

Batphone


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

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cinco De Mayo 2017


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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Job Tips: Paralegals In Love

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

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

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

Freezeframe


  • 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

Centerfold


  • 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

Jugging


  • 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]