Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mustang Sally

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

Monday, January 30, 2017

Separation Of Powers

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

Friday, January 27, 2017


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

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Just Us?

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Attorney's Oath

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sweet Charity

  • Robert Graham poured an average of $187K a month from his trust account into his operating account and made contributions to the LDS church, Boys Town of Nevada, and the Colorado State University sports program. [RJ]
  • Attorney Tisha Black is seeking a seat on the Clark County Commission in 2018. [TNI]
  • The Stadium Authority is expected to select Andrews Kurth and Brownstein Hyatt as counsel. [RJ]
  • The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and six district court judges are teaming up to offer a CLE on recent Supreme Court rulings--free for those willing to take a pro bono case. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Monday, January 23, 2017

Alternative Facts

  • The City of North Las Vegas approved a salary of $180K per year for its new City Attorney Micaela Moore. [RJ]
  • The US Supreme Court to declined to review a case that would have looked at whether non-lawyer judges can put someone in jail. Nevada is one of eight states that allow such a circumstance. [National Law Journal]
  • Voters in Nevada do not favor moving the state capital. [TNI]

Friday, January 20, 2017

President Trump

  • With the Raiders having formally filed to moved to Vegas, the Stadium Authority has a lot of work to do--including picking their legal counsel next week. [RJ]
  • It appear Robert Graham was using his trust account as a piggy bank. [RJ]
  • Based on your comments, it seems like the local media is missing the Alessi Koenig story....

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Inauguration Eve

  • Tomorrow is the big day. We've heard that some local attorneys will be D.C. for the big event. 
  • Anyone want to spill details about the 341 hearing for Alessi & Koenig?
  • Anything else exciting go on out there?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Job Tips: Resumes

A readers wants your input on resumes in the Las Vegas legal market. Does it need to be limited to one page? How much work history should be included? Should it really include hobbies? Is a cover letter really necessary? Anyone hiring?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Contributions To Society

  • Deputy marshals suing Clark County are having issues with their own attorneys. [RJ]
  • AG Adam Laxalt collected $1.2 million in campaign contributions, but no word yet on whether he is going to be running for governor. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Independent launched today with a look at campaign finance--unfortunately no analysis about contributions to the judiciary. [TNI]

Monday, January 16, 2017

MLK, Jr. Day 2017

We're closed today, but for those of you who need a place to vent about being open--here you go!

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Bobbie

  • Judge Nancy Allf confirmed an arbitrator's award of $28.7 million for Tiberti against Bishop Gorman. [RJ]
  • The Stadium Authority has the list of law firms to consider for legal counsel down to three. [RJ]
  • Here's a quick look at Judge Barker's career. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Firms On Craigslist

As a follow up to our recent post about finding jobs in Las Vegas, someone pointed out that there are several jobs on Craigslist with the firm name listed--including, but not limited to, Eglet Prince; Marquis Aurbach;, and, Wilson Elser. For anyone in the market, these could potentially be great jobs. Our question is what do you think about firms posting jobs on Craigslist? What, if anything, does it say about the job market in Vegas right now?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


  • Already briefly mentioned in the comments, Jennifer Abrams filed suit against Louis Schneider an erstwhile commenter of this blog who shall remain nameless. [RJ]
  • Robert Graham pleads not guilty; gets bail set at $5 million; and, gets a September trial date. And his wife filed for BK in December with over $10 million in liabilities. [RJ]
  • According to OSHA, a construction had the same problems with scaffolding a month after the death of a worker at Tivoli Village. [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Finding Legal Jobs In Las Vegas 2017

A reader wants to know where you go when you're looking for a new job in Las Vegas. A couple years ago we had a post listing 10 of the most common resources for finding a legal job in Las Vegas which included sources from Dad to casino HR websites. Are you using those resources? Do you know of a new resource? What is your go to resource to know what jobs are out there?

On that same topic, for those of you who are employers or doing the hiring--where do you go to post jobs and/or find candidates? Do you call up career services at Boyd or do you take advantage of all the goodness that Craigslist has to offer? Do you use a recruiter? How do you respond to cold calls from Boyd '13s?

Monday, January 9, 2017

Pineapple Express


    CARSON CITY, Nevada, Jan. 8, 2017 - The Supreme Court and the Nevada Court of Appeals in Carson City will be closed Monday (1/9) due to the catastrophic flooding in northern Nevada. All deadlines will be extended one (1) court calendar day to accommodate this rare occurrence.  The Las Vegas location of both courts will be open.
  • Likewise the investiture ceremony for Justice Stiglich is postponed, to be rescheduled at a later date.
  • One of our readers would like your input/assistance on the following question: "I'm an associate at a small firm and my name is associated with several cases handled by the firm. I'm leaving to go to another opportunity and am not taking any of these cases with me. I do not want to have my name on those files and be potentially liable for anything going forward. What steps do I need to take to protect myself? Just a notice that I'm no longer associated with the firm?"

Friday, January 6, 2017

Judicial Drones

  • Judge Jessie Walsh is retiring next week. [RJ]
  • There is a scandal heating up over at the Nevada Dental Board regarding attorney John Hunt and his conflicting roles of "outside counsel" and "general counsel." [WorldHealth.net]
  • As was already mentioned in our comments, there is a lot of changing of courtrooms going on this weekend. Make sure you check this out before heading to court next week. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Bita Yeager has been named as the hearing master for specialty courts. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Jurors will hear details about a rape fantasy in the "War Machine" case. [RJ]

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Self-Driving Lawyers

  • Robert Graham was indicted and arrested. [News3LV]
  • FBI identifies agent accused of tipping off Billy Walters. [RJ]
  • David Chesnoff is now representing Kirstin Lobato. [RJ]
  • CES officially starts today. Anything exciting going to come out of it?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Warrant Wednesday

  • A celebration of the life of Discovery Commissioner Chris Beecroft will take place on January 12. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • There is a civil bench-bar/chili cookoff next week on the 10th. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • The DA's office is launching Warrant Wednesdays. Kinda like Taco Tuesday, but not as delicious. See today's target here. [RJ]
  • Justice Court is rolling out a restorative justice program. [KNPR]
  • Judge Barker's retirement is almost official. [RJ]

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

First Post Of 2017

  • Here's Marc Randazza on whether Melania Trump's libel suit threatens a free press. [CNN]
  • The 9th Circuit vacated a BLM approval of a mining project in central Nevada. [RJ]
  • Recreational marijuana means a new era in Nevada criminal law--including no driving while smoking. [Las Vegas SunRJ]