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]

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Pied Piper


  • The Supreme Court's review of New Jersey sports betting this fall could be a boon for Nevada gaming lawyers. [Las Vegas Sun; TNI]
  • AG Adam Laxalt's road to the governor's mansion is not a sure thing. [TNI]
  • The man who killed a dummy is taking a plea deal. [Now Report]
  • DLA Piper, a law firm that earlier this year touted its cyber security expertise, was hit hard by the latest ransomware attack. Lawyers had to resort to using their cell phones to conduct business. Is your firm prepared for something like this? [Above the Law]

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Job Tips: Judicial Aspirations

A reader wants to know what advice you have for an attorney with judicial aspirations. With 5 years of experience, she is eligible to run for justice court, but wants to know if she should hold off until she is eligible for district court. Should she get involved with community organizations? Does she absolutely need to hire one of the campaign advisors who everyone else hires? Any special considerations she should be taking?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Positively Glowing


  • Head over to SCOTUSblog to follow the latest on the end of term news and decisions of the Supreme Court, including a reinstatement of the Trump travel ban. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • DUI ignition locks are coming. [Las Vegas Weekly]
  • Lauri Thompson, a UNLV law professor and local attorney, was also once part of GLOW. [LawNewz]

Friday, June 23, 2017

Wishing And Hoping


  • The Golden Knights have a stadium and players, but still no trademark. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The US Supreme Court is wrapping up its term and expected to issue its final decisions of the term on Monday, including possibly on Trump's travel ban. [SCOTUSblog]

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Is This Real Life?


  • How and where OJ Simpson's parole hearing will take place next month. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Badlands developer forces vote; threatens to turn off water to the course. [RJ]
  • Is Reno really looking more like Silicon Valley? [Bloomberg]
  • City of Las Vegas decided homeowners need to get a special use permit if they're going to list their house on Airbnb. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Golden Knights have players. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Despite the race being over, it is worth noting that the RJ reports that Judge Heidi Almase sent out a flyer apologizing for her characterization of criminal defense attorneys:                         
“During the Municipal election cycle, my campaign sent out a negative mailer demeaning criminal defense attorneys. These attorneys serve a necessary, and often thankless, duty within our courts ensuring the adversarial process is founded on principles of fairness and due process.
The campaign literature did not reflect my belief about this important function.
For disappointing those attorneys and the public, who I believe deserve the very best in their elected public servants, you have my personal apology."
— Judge Heidi Almase

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Hottest, Longest Day Of The Year


  • We're still waiting on a decision about whether sales of recreational marijuana will go forward on July 1. [TNI]
  • The City of Las Vegas is deciding whether to further clamp down on rentals of party houses. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Of chokeholds and neck restraints (and lawsuits against Metro). Video features Paola Armeni and Kory Kaplan. [thenowreport.vegas]
  • Nevada Legal Services is having a trivia night benefit at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Pizza Rock downtown. Email rsung@nlslaw.net by tomorrow if you have questions or want to form a team.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Most Puzzling


  • A July 1 launch for recreational marijuana in Nevada may hinge on a court hearing today. [Las Vegas Sun; Fox5Vegas]
  • Here's a look at Nevada's first female attorney general, Frankie Sue Del Papa. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Despite the most important municipal court election of our time, officials are puzzled by low turn out in off year municipal elections. [RJ]
  • Mistrial in the Cosby sexual assault case. Prosecutors in Pennsylvania have already indicated they will retry the case setting off a flurry of opinions about prosecutorial discretion and limitless budgets. Do we have that problem here? [KNPR]

Friday, June 16, 2017

Luxurious Black Sports Car


  • A man asks to wear a Cowboys jersey to his double-murder trial. [RJ]
  • Contractors will start placing bids to do work on the new Raiders stadium next month. [Las Vegas SunRJ]
  • A debate over rules to limit student-teacher contact. [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Knock Knock


  • The 9th Circuit upholds ruling to return $167K seized in traffic stop. [RJ]
  • As mentioned in the comments the other day, the Supreme Court disbarred Easton Harris after he was charged with 116 violations of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct. [nvcourts]
  • A short piece on the legality of door knockers. [Fox5Vegas]

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Yay For Progress

  • Congratulations to Cara Campbell on her election to muni court. [TNIRJ]
  • Here's more on the lawsuit that will possibly delay recreational marijuana. [TNI]

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Most Important Muni Court Election Ever


  • Today is the day we find out whether the Muni Court race will go to Almase or Campbell. Any last minute predictions?
  • From a press release from the Supreme Court:
Governor Brian Sandoval has signed SB 377 creating the Nevada Right to Counsel Commission culminating a 10 year effort by the Supreme Court of Nevada to improve the delivery of indigent defense services in Nevada. Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael A. Cherry will serve as a nonvoting member of the 13-person Commission, which will conduct a study to determine the issues relating to the representation of indigent persons. The Commission will benefit from information learned by the Supreme Court since 2007 when it created its own Indigent Defense Commission, with Justice Cherry serving as chair of that commission. An indigent person is anyone charged with a public offense unable to afford legal representation. “Everyone in our state deserves an attorney regardless of their ability to pay for that representation,” Chief Justice Cherry said. “Thanks to the Governor and the Legislature, this Commission will create the standards needed to create a statewide system especially in our rural communities. It is time we did this and I am pleased we’re moving forward.” The Commission will look at the caseload and workload of defense counsel, minimum standards for legal representation of indigent defendants, and how to fund a statewide indigent defense system. A total of $230,000 has been appropriated to the Supreme Court for expenses related to the Commission’s work.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bitcoin, Please.


  • Back in April of last year, we linked to a story about the Alverson Taylor building being up for sale. Now, a little birdie told us "that Alverson Taylor's building on west Charleston is being foreclosed on and that the firm's name has been ripped off the building and they are being or have already been kicked out. Word is that they stopped paying the mortgage on the building two years ago. Looks like those notoriously low salaries for the associates aren't low enough." Anyone have details?
  • Is there a Legionnaire's disease lawsuit in the Rio's future? [RJ]
  • Do any of you accept Bitcoin as payment? [Vegas, Inc]

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wind'em Up


  • Here's another article on the most important municipal court race of our time. [RJ]
  • Rick Rizzolo pleads guilty to tax charge. [RJ]
  • Courts could impact whether recreational marijuana sales start on July 1. [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Slow Your Roll


Things are getting heated in the most important municipal judge election of our time. It looks like it is all going to come down to whether the Rock endorsed Judge Heidi Almsase. [RJ]

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer Dress

With the school year ending and temperatures rising, it's time to revisit some of our favorite summer topics: summer hours, summer dress, and the Oxford comma. There is often rumor that men don't have to wear a jacket to court in the summer, but does anyone actually do it? Any new rules or recommendations for women dressing for court? Are romper pantsuits going to cut it? Do any of your offices change hours during the summer? Do you get in earlier and leave earlier? As for us, posting may get a little more sporadic during the summer depending on poolside wi-fi connectivity.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sine Die 2017


  • The Legislature wrapped up its 2017 session with a few last minute surprises including a cost of living raise for state employees and a new confidentiality provision for gaming regulators and licensees. [TNI]
  • Alexis Plunkett asked for a month to find new counsel after indicating she paid Robert Langford more for one week than she paid herself in the whole last month. [RJ]
  • Judge Elissa Cadish sentenced War Machine to 36 years to life. [RJ]
  • Manslaughter charges for a Metro officer involved in chokehold death. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, June 5, 2017

Trailblazers


  • Here's a puff piece on Micaela Moore, the new City of North Las Vegas City Attorney. [RJ]
  • One of the three new judges sworn in last week is Nevada's first black female judge. [KTNV]
  • There is a lot that has happened in the Legislature over the last few days as the session draws to a close tonight. [TNI]

Friday, June 2, 2017

No One Should Talk


  • Alexis Plunkett is still posting to Facebook and talking to the RJ; meanwhile, her attorney Robert Langford has filed to withdraw as counsel. [RJ]
  • Three new district court judges are getting sworn in today. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • The Trump administration has asked the US Supreme Court to rule on his travel ban. [RJ]
  • Things are getting heated in the Legislature as we near the end of the session. [Las Vegas Sun]

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

For A Good Time Call


  • The discussion already started in yesterday's comments, but more details have emerged about Alexis Plunkett's relationship with some inmates/clients, including kissing and fondling. [RJ]
  • Rich Tanasi, attorney for former topless cabaret mogul Rick Rizzolo, negotiated a plea deal with regard to his client's tax evasion charges. [RJ]
  • Judge Gloria Navarro handed down the first sentence related to the Bundy standoff. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Paul Haire has joined ARM ADR as a full time mediator. Jay Young has also joined the ARM panel.
  • Here are some details for Project REAL Lyrics and Lawyers Karaoke Showdown set for August 3. 
  • One of our readers would like your input:  "I have been referred some business from another attorney who had a conflict.  I can’t tell whether it’s “good” or not (however you define “good”) and my firm doesn’t pay referral fees.  But I do plan to send a gift as a “thanks for thinking of me” and it got me wondering whether (i) I can come up with a standard gift so I always do the same thing all the time when this occurs, (ii) it’s a sufficiently “PC” gift so I don’t send alcohol to someone who’s maybe recovering, or coffee to someone who doesn’t do caffeine, (iii) is of sufficient value so it isn’t “cheap” but not so expensive that it bankrupts me, and (iv) survives the scorn of some of the group who post on this blog (I’m smart enough to know some folks will never be happy)" Any suggestions?