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.