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

Stereotypes

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


  • 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

Aftermath


  • 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

3,000,000

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

Mothballs


  • 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

Civility

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks everyone!



Magistrate Judge Cooke Retiring


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

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lifestyle v. Workstyle

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Drug Court Legacy


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

Friday, September 15, 2017

They Made A List


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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Payable To Cash


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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Unciteable

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

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Green Room


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

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017


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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Guilty Graham


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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Million Dollar Toothpick


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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Job Tips: Socializing

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Summer Is Over


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

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Weekend 2017


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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mulligan


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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Forever And Ever


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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Las Vegas Lights


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

Monday, August 28, 2017

Charitable Giving


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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Mayweather v. McGregor


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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Try, Try, Try Again


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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Good Fortune


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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Slam The Steel Door


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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Turn Around Bright Eyes


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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Barcelona


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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Step Right Up


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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Silent Closing


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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More About The Bar Exam

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Teach Them To Love


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

Friday, August 11, 2017

You've Lost That Lawyer Feeling

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rhinestone Cowboy


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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

She Says


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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Let Them Eat Puff Pieces


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

Monday, August 7, 2017

So Fancy


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

Friday, August 4, 2017

WannaCry


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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Project REAL

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

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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lowering The Bar A Little


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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ignorantia Juris Non Excusat


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

Monday, July 31, 2017

This Post Is Being Recorded


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

Friday, July 28, 2017

So Repealing


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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Job Tips: Moving Out


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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Judge With No Name


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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Down Came The Rain


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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Six Degrees Of Separation


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

Friday, July 21, 2017

In The End, It Doesn't Even Matter


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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Loose The Juice?


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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bar Exam Blues

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Real Problem


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

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blue Slipping And Sliding


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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Monkey See, Monkey Sue


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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Think Of The Tailgaters


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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Future Proof


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

Monday, July 10, 2017

Double Dipped


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

Friday, July 7, 2017

No Sex In The Champagne Room


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

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Not The City's Concern


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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fizzled


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

Friday, June 30, 2017

Safe And Sane


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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Stay Weird Austin


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