Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Talks Too Much

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Title Is Everything Or Nothing

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

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

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

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Party House

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tennis Anyone?

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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dummies Everywhere

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The 49 Percent

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sin City Justice

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Going Social

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Anything You Can Do

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

Friday, May 12, 2017

Helldorado Days 2017

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017


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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Special Prosecutors For Everyone!?!

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What About The Bloggers!?!

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

Monday, May 8, 2017


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

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cinco De Mayo 2017

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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Job Tips: Paralegals In Love

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

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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Swimming With The Fishes

  • The American Bar Journal published an article on legal malpractice claims by local attorneys Joseph Garin and Jessica Green of Lipson Neilson. [Nevada Business press release]
  • A family whose property was affected by eminent domain seizure near Area 51 claims the government is refusing to pay them what they're owed. [RJ]
  • Here's the obituary for Mitch Cobeaga. A funeral mass will be held at St. Viator's on May 12 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a celebration of life at noon at the Las Vegas Country Club. [RJ]
  • A minor win in court for Save Red Rock. [RJ]
  • A body was found covered in concrete near Nelson's Landing. [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Day After Law Day

  • Now that the Raiders have secured a site for the stadium, it's time to figure out the infrastructure. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • As some of you were discussing in the comments yesterday, a settlement wiped out that $160.5 million Cosmopolitan judgment. [RJ]
  • Could the CCSD reorganization (and accompanying legal work) arrive as early as next year? [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Legislature is trying to update the Nevada constitution to reflect current laws on gay marriage. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, May 1, 2017

Low Profile

  • Prosecutors in the Bundy standoff cases struggle to prove the conspiracy charges. [RJ]
  • Former Judge Steven Jones is keeping a low profile. [RJ]
  • Attorney/aspiring politician Jesse Sbaih announced he will run for the Senate against Dean Heller in 2018. [RJ]
  • Homeowners who violated the building code by building without the proper permit can get amnesty in May. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • An interview with Harry Reid in which he mentions his work at Boyd School of Law. [Las Vegas Sun]