Friday, March 31, 2017


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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

How Did We End Up Here?

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Zombie HOA Scandal

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Unrealistic Orders

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

Monday, March 27, 2017

Battle For The RJC

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Healthy As An Ox

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017


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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Confirmation Hearing

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Help Me Stan

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Johnny B. Goode

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day 2017

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Here Comes Cinderella

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Ides of March

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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


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

Monday, March 13, 2017

Inalienable Right To Vote

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

Friday, March 10, 2017

Here Comes Nascar

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

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Guardians Of Doom

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day

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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

No More Squatters

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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Sign Your Life Away

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

Friday, March 3, 2017

Perfect For Napping

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

I'm So Happy Here

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

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Let's Stip To That

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