Monday, July 31, 2017

This Post Is Being Recorded

  • Judge Andrew Gordon will hear argument today about a water pipeline. [SFGate]
  • Should all police interrogations be recorded? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Blunders by federal prosecutors resulted in a robber striking again. [RJ]
  • Med mal sweeps are next Monday. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, July 28, 2017

So Repealing

  • Here's a look at yesterday's ruling in the Wynn-Okada suit. [RJ]
  • The top lawyer for civil rights in the Justice Department is leaving after six months. [KNPR]
  • After a lot of drama, the Senate rejected an Obamacare replacement/repeal last night. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Project REAL's Lyrics and Lawyers event is next week. Do you have your tickets

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Job Tips: Moving Out

Have you ever thought of moving out of the state, only to be put off by the idea of having to take the bar exam again? Have you given it serious enough thought to look up rules on reciprocity and/or admission by motion to see if you can get admitted somewhere else that way? What have you found? Is there anywhere that a lawyer who is only admitted in Nevada can successfully and legally be admitted to practice? Any thoughts about switching to a federal practice area like immigration or social security? Is going in-house a viable option? Any jobs overseas for a Nevada licensed lawyer? 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Judge With No Name

  • President Trump announced this morning that the US will not allow transgender people to serve in the military in any capacity. [NPR]
  • A defendant in a federal marijuana case was acquitted yesterday, but didn't show up for the verdict. [RJ]
  • Some nameless judge dismissed a suit against state senator Heidi Gansert. [RJ]
  • The RJ's new state courts reporter is @Rachelacrosby. Other than letting her know to make sure and include judges' names, do you have any tips for her?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Down Came The Rain

  • Today is the bar exam. We remind you so you can commiserate with those taking it today and also so you can reminisce on that day so many years ago when you sat down in a seedy casino to take a similar exam. Think about how far you've come. Good for you! We're proud of you!
  • President Trump seems to want fire AG Sessions already. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Metro is trying to educate the community about immigration fears. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The I-Team finds that 10 children died who previously had contact with CPS. [LasVegasNow]
  • Police interrogation is worse than being deposed? [Compelling Discovery]

Monday, July 24, 2017

Six Degrees Of Separation

  • Video has been released showing Alexis Plunkett offering her phone to her client. [News3LV]
  • Did you know Judge Kathleen Delaney testified at the original OJ Simpson trial? [RJ]
  • Do you know Mary Bacon? [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, July 21, 2017

In The End, It Doesn't Even Matter

  • Judge Togliatti ordered prosecutors to prepare an execution warrant for a convicted killer which could lead to Nevada's first execution since 2006. [RJ]
  • OJ got parole and several local attorneys got some play in the media. Ozzie Fumo [Fox5Vegas]; David Roger [LasVegasNow]; and, Malcolm LaVergne [Mediaite].
  • UNLV hired a NY sports law firm to assist it in dealing with the Raiders/stadium issues. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • CCSD must pay $400K in bullying case. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at the Las Vegas Municipal Court Youth Offender Court. [RJ]
  • Bizarre case/article about a squatter--if you can make sense of it. [RJ]

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Loose The Juice?

  • Clark County Commissioners approved a $500,000 retainer to lawyer up with Kirk Lenhard in anticipation of a lawsuit. [RJ]
  • George Tiaffay, convicted of hiring a homeless man to kill his wife, now confesses to the crime in his appeal. [RJ]
  • The Las Vegas City Council approved the use of Cashman Field for a USL soccer team. [RJ]
  • Today is OJ Simpson's parole hearing. [Las Vegas Sun

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bar Exam Blues

Although many of you have probably blocked it from memory, for some of us this time of year always brings up memories of the bar exam. Nevada's July bar exam is next week at UNLV. In honor of those poor souls about to spend three days on the finer points of law they may likely never use so they can practice in Nevada, this post is dedicated to them.  Do you have any tips or advice? Is the bar exam experience from 20 years ago even anything close to what it is today? Any horror stories or words of warning? Is it time for Nevada to adopt the UBE?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Real Problem

  • One of you shared the link to this NY Times article about lawyers and addiction. We hope you will take a few minutes and read it. You'll probably get more out of it than any AAMH CLE you attend. Real question--is this more or less of a problem in the legal profession in Nevada?
  • Some student loan debts are being wiped out because the lender doesn't have a sufficient chain of title. [NY Times]
  • The RJ sued the coroner's office over records. [RJ]
  • Here are some of former DA David Roger's thoughts on the OJ Simpson verdict. [Fox5Vegas; LasVegasNow]

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blue Slipping And Sliding

  • The national spotlight will be on Nevada this week as OJ Simpson gets a parole hearing. [Deadline]
  • Here's a piece on Michael McClinton, one of Simpson's accomplices, featuring some local players throughout. []
  • Here's a look at a Nevada Supreme Court ruling on equitable adoption. [RJ]
  • Dean Heller's decisions not to sign blue slips on federal court nominees is now coming back to haunt him as he tries to get someone else appointed. [RJ]

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Monkey See, Monkey Sue

  • A federal judge said an ADA serial suer operation is like a carnival shell game. Worth noting the Plaintiff in this case was getting $50 a case---what is the attorney getting? [ABC15 Arizona]
  • Meanwhile, here's a look at the status of the 274 ADA cases filed by Whitney Wilcher which appear to have stopped. [RJ]
  • The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument about whether a monkey owns the copyright on a selfie photo he took. []

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Think Of The Tailgaters

  • Tickets for Lyrics and Lawyers--Nevada's first legal team karaoke showdown are now available here.
  • Breaking news: jury selection will be critical in Bunkerville standoff retrial. [RJ]
  • There are still a lot of details to work for the new stadium--like parking. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in town today. [LasVegasNow]
  • There is mention of our own AG, Adam Laxalt, in this article on Sheldon Adelson. [Bloomberg]

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Future Proof

  • Clark Hill PLC is absorbing Morris Polich & Purdy.  The local office will take the Clark Hill name effective July 17, 2017. [Crain's Detroit]
  • A nameless court-appointed arbitrator resolved the Westgate/Elvis exhibit dispute. [KNPR]
  • Clark County will have voting centers next year. [TNI]
  • Faraday Future is backing out of Nevada. [TNI]
  • Dispensaries are running out of recreational marijuana and seeking a declaration of "state of emergency." [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, July 10, 2017

Double Dipped

  • Here's a look at double dippers--who receive payments from PERS and still get paid by the County. The persons making the most from this are Judge Robert Teuton and Appeals Court Judge Michael Gibbons. [RJ]
  • Civil bench bar meeting tomorrow July 11 at noon. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, July 7, 2017

No Sex In The Champagne Room

  • Alexis Plunkett was indicted on a dozen felony charges for allowing a client/inmate to use her cell phone. Her current attorney Michael Becker says she believed the use was permitted under the CCDC guidelines. [RJ; Fox5VegasDaily Mail]
  • Attorney Curtis Cannon, who made headlines a few years back for engaging in a sex act with an inmate client, was sentenced to five years probation yesterday. [RJ]
  • For those of you wondering, Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct 1.8(j) says, "A lawyer shall not have sexual relations with a client unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship commenced. This paragraph does not apply when the client is an organization." [We'd link to the rules, but the Legislature's site is still down/inaccessible because of fires [RJ].]
  • Kathleen Drakulich was appointed as the newest judge in Washoe County. [KTNV]
  • Here's the latest on Legacy Golf Club, including language that requires it to be a golf course until 2038, as lawyers start to get involved. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Some of you have written us complaining about the new e-filing site--please feel free to continue your complaints in the comments as some of the people who make decisions about these types of things read the blog.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Not The City's Concern

  • Las Vegas City Attorney Brad Jerbic says what John Curtas does on his own time as a blogger is not the City's concern. [KTNV]  
  • Death sentence for Thomas Randolph. [RJ]

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


  • The Legacy Golf Club is Henderson sold and closed immediately--with development plans in the future? [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • How the City of Las Vegas is fighting squatters. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A look at Yelp's grudge against Google. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Old news (to us, but hey's it's a slow news day): all murder cases in Clark County are now being handled by the 4 judges on the murder panel. [LasVegasNow]