Thursday, August 31, 2017


  • A Nevada think tank is appealing a ruling on separation of powers. [RJ]
  • Here's the story of the inventor of the microprocessor who moved to Nevada and had to fight California over taxes...for over 24 years. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The City of Las Vegas may make a moratorium on golf course redevelopment. [RJ]

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Forever And Ever

  • Goodsprings Justice of the Peace Dawn Haviland was suspended for one year without pay. [nvcourts]
  • Shortly after Judge Joe Hardy appointed a receiver to manage the Legacy Golf Course, the new owners announced they will keep it a golf course "forever and ever." [RJ]
  • The Fontainebleau, once a boon for construction defect lawyers, has been sold for $600 million with plans to finish the property. It is expected it will cost $1 billion to finish it. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • A reader tells us that the law firm of Brooks Hubley is shutting its doors on 8/31 and that the decision to do so was not made amicably. 
  • A reader informed us that starting November 1, Las Vegas Justice Court attorney sessions for traffic tickets will have a business casual attire dress code--i.e. no more jeans. Thoughts? Comments?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Las Vegas Lights

  • A jury decided that one of Tom Pitaro's clients should get life without parole instead of a death sentence 31 years after first being sentenced. [RJ]
  • The Legacy golf course sold for several million less than what was recorded on the deed. [RJ]
  • The new pro soccer team will be called the Las Vegas Lights. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, August 28, 2017

Charitable Giving

  • Who gets to decide when a golf course can close and be redeveloped? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Eighth District Court has formed a technology improvement committee. Check the link for a list of committee members and the email to which you can send suggestions. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Hurricane Harvey hit Texas hard this weekend. What do you do to help in times like this? Do you give money? If so, what organizations do you trust?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Mayweather v. McGregor

  • The DOJ wants a lot of money from Clark County with regard to Bali Hai and Billy Walters. [TNI]
  • Predictions on Mayweather v. McGregor? [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Try, Try, Try Again

  • The 9th Circuit said that while government employers have legitimate interests in regulating their employees' speech, they can't do so with a blanket ban. [RJ]
  • Third time's a charm for Steven Myhre and the US Attorney's Office against two of the Bunkerville defendants? [RJ]

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Good Fortune

  • A loss for the US Attorney's Office on the Bunkerville retrial. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • An Ohio judge returned fire when ambushed outside a courthouse. [KNPR]
  • Here's a look at why you have to drive to Primm to play Powerball. Anyone feeling lucky today? [RJ]

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Slam The Steel Door

  • The jury is still out in the Bunkerville retrial. But not for much longer, right? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Gaming Commission is trying to balance weed and casinos. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Michael Roberson is running for lieutenant governor. [TNI]
  • The eviction of elderly people over the installation of security doors is headed to court. Anyone know which lawyers are involved? [KTNV]

Monday, August 21, 2017

Turn Around Bright Eyes

  • Judge Wiese will issue a decision on a motion to dismiss with regard to development near Red Rock within a month. [KNPR]
  • A federal judge in Florida denied a motion to delay a trial because an agent witness had a pre-booked trip to the zone of totality for the eclipse. [Washington Post]
  • The UNLV Boyd School of Law has openings for two law professors. []

Friday, August 18, 2017


  • Things are still on track for Nevada's first execution in over 10 years, but questions about where the State is getting the drugs for the procedure could be a hold up. [RJ]
  • Still no clear answer about parking for the Raiders stadium, but the Stadium Authority got lots of new details yesterday, including the average price of personal seat licenses. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A judge cleared the way for more marijuana distributors to be licensed. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Two convicted pimps with life sentences are seeking new trials and alleging police corruption. [I-Team]
  • The Las Vegas Strip will be getting bollards installed this fall. [RJ]
  • HOLO Discovery is hosting a one year anniversary cocktail party at ReBAR on Main Street in downtown Las Vegas this evening from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.  You're invited to the celebration.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Step Right Up

  • The AG is cracking down on those "malicious" ADA lawsuits. [KTNV]
  • DA Steve Wolfson has announced his reelection bid. Who will step up to challenge him this time? [RJ]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Silent Closing

  • The Bunkerville retrial went to the jury yesterday after defense attorneys declined to make closing statements. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
  • A group of Yale students responded to their Dean's opinion piece on protesters in law school. [The Nation]
  • The Best Lawyers list, at least one step above Nevada's Legal Elite, is out. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More About The Bar Exam

Elliot Anderson, Nevada state assemblyman and '15 Boyd grad, wrote an opinion piece in The Nevada Independent yesterday.  In it he discusses several options for improving bar passage rates without lowering standards. Go check it out and come back and let us know what you think. Any better ideas?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Teach Them To Love

  • School is back in session. Please be aware of school zones and watch out for increased pedestrian traffic! [RJ]
  • A vote by the Clark County Commissioners on Tuesday to increase the recording fee would benefit LACSN. Also, shout to Kim Sinatra for her work on behalf of foster children.
  • Public attendees at the Department of Taxation's meeting regarding marijuana distribution last week were required to produce identification to get into the meeting "for safety purposes." [RJ]
  • A Carson City District Judge halted any efforts by the Department of Taxation to license additional distributors. [RJ]
  • Judge Gloria Navarro cut short a defendant's testimony in the Bunkerville retrial. [RJ]
  • Adam Kutner donated $1,000 to Ronzone Elementary School to help with school supplies. [PRNewswire]
  • Easton Harris was disbarred in June and now faces felony theft charges. [KTNV]
  • Here's an article with input from Amanda Connor, Riana Durrett, and Nicholas Wooldridge about the law keeping pace with recreational marijuana. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Here's an article about Jordan Flake of Clear Counsel Law Group. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Here's an article about Joel Henriod and Lewis Roca. [Vegas Inc.]
  • A UNR student became the face of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and is now facing the consequences. [RJ

Friday, August 11, 2017

You've Lost That Lawyer Feeling

What do you do when you start to get burned out or lose your passion for the profession? Do you take a vacation? Do you change things up? Do you change jobs? Does it get better? Do you go back to school? Do you run for judge?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rhinestone Cowboy

  • A CCSD teacher fired for watching porn at school in front of students is fighting the loss of his job. [RJ]
  • The Department of Taxation will evaluate today whether marijuana companies can distribute their own product. [TNI]
  • Five transgender service members sue President Trump over ban. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

She Says

  • Judge Joe Hardy ordered the new owners of the Legacy Golf Course to maintain the status quo. [RJ]  Here's Erika Pike Turner explaining what happened. [via @Journalismsandy]
  • Danny Tarkanian, a Nevada licensed lawyer, is running agains Senator Dean Heller in the primary next year. [RJ]
  • Female lawyers can talk, too. [NY Times]

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Let Them Eat Puff Pieces

  • Here's a look at campaign contributions from Brownstein Hyatt to Clark County Commissioners in light of that firm recently receiving a $500,000 retainer from the County. [RJ]
  • There is a civil bench bar meeting--agenda in the link. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • A new UNLV Boyd law professor is one of the top health law scholars in the nation according to this puff piece. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, August 7, 2017

So Fancy

  • Last week the Nevada Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting information regarding medical marijuana licensees. [TNI]
  • Here's a puff piece on the director of public relations for the Las Vegas Defense Group (relocating to a new location next month). Does your firm have one of those? [Vegas Inc.]

Friday, August 4, 2017


  • A notorious 23 year old British hacker named Marcus Hutchins, also known as MalwareTech, and best known for foiling the global cyberattack called WannaCry in May of this year, was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas by the FBI for his alleged role in spreading malware designed to steal financial information from banks. [RJ]  It looked like the world-wide hacker community was putting together a crowdfunding campaign to hire Hutchins private counsel.  Any word on whether that has worked, and if so, who his counsel might be?
  • The Raiders allegedly owe the city of Oakland close to $1,000,000 for four years of unpaid parking fees. [LVS] Does that concern any of you?  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Project REAL

Project REAL (Relevant Education About the Law) is hosting its first ever Lyrics and Lawyers legal team karaoke competition tonight. You can get more information here.

Project REAL gives students of all ages the opportunity to explore our judicial system, examine current controversial issues and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Are you participating in or attending this event tonight? Why or why not? Do you think programs like this are important? If you're not doing pro bono work and you don't support something like this, what do you do to give back?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lowering The Bar A Little

  • Justice of the Peace Deborah Lippis announced Monday that she won't seek reelection next year. And James Dean Leavitt is already calling dibs on her seat. [RJ]
  • Nevada lowers the bar for passage of the bar exam. [RJ]
  • The Justice Department is going to take on affirmative action. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ignorantia Juris Non Excusat

  • A man was issued a misdemeanor and fined $200 for bringing a baby American kestrel falcon across the state line to care for it. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Here's a look at last weeks' Supreme Court decisions on privilege. [Compelling Discovery]