Friday, September 29, 2017

Over My Dead Body

  • Steven L. Morris was selected as the new Boulder City city attorney, somehow disappointing the Boulder City Review. [BCR]
  • Judge Jim Crockett ruled that autopsy reports are public records. [RJ]
  • OJ Simpson could be released soon. [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Little Things

  • RIP Paul Raby. [RJ]
  • Justice of the Peace Deborah Lippis resigned effective September 21. No word yet on exactly how or who will replace her. [TNR]
  • Legislature attorneys getting involved in Big Pharma suit. [TNI]
  • Cliven Bundy's request to represent himself at trial was denied. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • The Legacy Golf Course suit is still going forward. [RJ]
  • The RJ did report on the Adelson decision yesterday. [RJ]
  • The 9th Circuit says consulting with an asset protection attorney is proof of intent to defeat creditors. [Forbes]

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Job Tips: Setting Your Affairs In Order

If you haven't read all the comments from yesterday, there is some information about the Supreme Court and its caseload. Speaking of which, they will issue some new opinions today that will be available here.

Judah Zakalik has a piece in the Las Vegas Sun about what happens when you die without a will. It got us wondering, do you have a will? If no, why not? Those of you who do--did you draft it yourself or hire someone? Any recommendations on how to do it? Is LegalZoom a good option? Should we be looking at trusts? Do you have plans in place for your firm when you die? Who will take care of your files, etc? Any other advice?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Here Come The Golden Knights

  • The sister of a murder victim was struck by a vehicle outside the RJC in what Metro believes was an intentional act. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
  • No more business lunches or happy hours at McCormick & Schmick's--it was shuttered last weekend so Claimjumper can move in. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • In a press release yesterday, the Supreme Court announced that the full panel will hear oral argument at Boyd Law School on October 3, 2017, on the following three cases:  
  • Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada, Inc.; and Palidin, LLC, vs. The State of Nevada Department of Taxation; and Nevada Tax Commission. The appeal seeks to determine who can be licensed to distribute recreational marijuana in Nevada. The Supreme Court placed an injunction on the distribution of recreational marijuana pending the outcome of the oral arguments. A decision will come later and will not be issued at the hearing.

  • State vs. Brown (Donald): The appeals seeks a writ of mandamus from the Supreme Court instructing the District Court to vacate its order compelling an intrusive psychological evaluation of a child victim.

  • State vs. Baker (Jeffrey): This petition for a writ of mandamus challenges the District Court’s refusal to enter a witness’s testimony from a previous preliminary hearing as evidence in a second preliminary hearing. The witness was unavailable to testify in the second preliminary hearing, and the State asserts the defendant waived his right to cross-examine the witness   

  • At the end of the oral arguments, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the justices and attorneys about the process, the Supreme Court, and the justices themselves.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Right To Be Obnoxious?

  • The undergraduate UNLV Criminal Justice Mock Trial Team will square off against some Boyd students later this week. [UNLV]
  • A Reno attorney was convicted for filing false tax returns. [KRNV]
  • Aviva Gordon writes about steps to try before resorting to business litigation. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Independent contractors are a growing trend, even in the legal industry. [Vegas Inc.]
  • A look at some of the legal aspects of free speech and #takeaknee. [Washington Post]

Friday, September 22, 2017

New Counsel, Please

  • Cliven Bundy no longer wants his current attorney, Bret Whipple, or his standby attorney Angela Dows, to represent him (a month before trial).  [RJ]
  • Here are details on the dismissal of charges against Alexis Plunkett. [RJ]
  • Life is beautiful. It's not just a festival taking place downtown this weekend. Get out and enjoy the nice fall weather this weekend.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


After today's "performance", we're going to try something new on the LVLB moving forward. 

We're certain a small, vocal minority of our readers won't like it (see inevitable complaints to follow), but we believe the vast majority of our target audience will appreciate it. 

We're going to ask that you try to keep your comments civil from now on. That means save the indiscriminate personal attacks, insults, bigotry, hate, shade, bullying, etc. for another forum. If you have a personal axe to grind, please do the same.

This request doesn't mean we can't still freely discuss the comings and goings of our legal community, our peer's actions, inactions, demeanor, temperament, and especially their transgressions - those are, and have always been fair game here. 

We just don't want our little blog to become/continue to be a platform for a few bad apples who want nothing more than to bully and spew hate, for no legitimate or constructive purpose.  That's not why this blog exists, and we know that's not why most of you visit. 

Thanks everyone!

Magistrate Judge Cooke Retiring

  • Metro talks about the way they used a dummy to catch a dummy. [RJ]
  • Marijuana lounges are on hold in Clark County. [Fox5Vegas]
  • In a press release issued yesterday, the United States District Court for the District of Nevada announces that, after 18 years of dedicated service to the Court, United States Magistrate Judge Valerie P. Cooke will be retiring on July 31, 2018. The Court extends its gratitude to Judge Cooke for excellent years of service to the federal judiciary and to the community. Applications for the position of United States Magistrate Judge to fill the vacancy created when Judge Cooke retires will be posted on the Court’s website ( in the nearfuture.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lifestyle v. Workstyle

Over at Above the Law there is a post about Atrium LTS, a "new" way of offering legal services. Actually it is two entities, one a law firm and the other a service provider for the law firm/law firms. Take a look at it and let us know what you think. Do you see this finding traction? Would it work in Las Vegas? Also, the founding partner is quoted as saying it will not be a lifestyle firm, but rather a workstyle firm where "ambitious lawyers come to dominate the future." What do you think about that?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Drug Court Legacy

  • RIP Jack Lehman. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • 24 people were indicted for racketeering and fraud charges related to a car crash scheme. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court is getting involved in the marijuana distribution dispute. [LasVegasNow]

Friday, September 15, 2017

They Made A List

  • Here are the four candidates being interviewed for the City Attorney position in Boulder City. [BCR
  • The Supreme Court selected 20 Nevadans to serve on the Guardianship Commission. [nvcourts]
  • Scott Dozier can review previously redacted portions of the State's Execution Manual. [RJ]
  • UNLV law students are helping people with DACA paperwork. [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Payable To Cash

  • Aaron Ford is running for attorney general. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A woman claims mistreatment in the CCDC. [LasVegasNow]
  • The DA's office wants your help finding a woman who forged checks and signed up her own clients at a law firm and managed to take $700,000 in the process. Anyone know what firm she was at? [KTNV]
  • The State will pay a $750,000 settlement to family of a veteran who died of legionella in the Nevada State Veterans Home. [TNI]
  • LACSN has a new fundraising plan. [RJ]
  • Condolences to the family and friends of family court marshal William Dathynn. [RJ]
  • Is the Supreme Court really not going to publish any decisions today? 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


As mentioned in the comments yesterday, the Supreme Court issued ADKT 0504 amending Supreme Court Rule 36 regarding citation to unpublished opinions. While there was a comment period about the proposed rule change earlier this year, this is undoubtedly the first time some of you are hearing about it.  The key point of the order is that, "Except to establish issue or claim preclusion or law of the case as permitted by subsection 2, unpublished dispositions issued by the Court Of Appeals may not be cited in any Nevada court purpose for any purpose." The Order includes a dissent authored by Justice Pickering and joined by Justices Douglas and Hardesty.

What do you think of the Order? Do the recent grumblings about the lack of opinions from the Supreme Court color your opinion? Does saying that they may not be cited for "any purpose" frustrate you beyond belief? Does it hamper your ability to practice law? Even though the public comment period for the order closed some time ago, we're certain that some of the justices will see your comments, so what did they miss?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Green Room

  • Legislative counsel Brenda Erdoes says marijuana lounges are legal. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
  • Nevada inmate wants to know how to prepare for execution. [RJ]
  • Some of Robert Graham's victims want a tough sentence for him. [RJ]
  • Here are 10 discovery tips from Discovery Commissioner Bonnie Bulla given at last month's civil bench bar meeting. Another meeting is today at noon. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • One of the unpublished orders issued by the Supreme Court yesterday was regarding Robert Graham. [nvcourts]

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

  • It's been 16 years since 9/11.
  • Requesting public records is expensive in Las Vegas. [RJ]
  • Wes Duncan has left the AG's office to work at Hutchison Steffen. [TNI]
  • Here is an article about the recent "war" in family court involving Judge Bryce Duckworth and others. [RJ] (Feel free to discuss, just remember to keep any discourse civil, slander free, and workplace appropriate.)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Guilty Graham

  • Robert Graham pleads guilty. Sentencing set for January 11. [RJ; KTNV]
  • Judge Wiese declines to dismiss the Save Red Rock case. [Las Vegas SunRJ]
  • Judge Earley sentenced a man to least 10 years for killing his father. [RJ]
  • One of our readers tipped us off to this great dissent by Judge Kozinski, brought to you in part by Costco. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Million Dollar Toothpick

  • A man represented by Dennis Prince was awarded a $1.95 million judgment after eating a sandwich with a toothpick in it. [RJ]
  • An NFL player says race played a role in his interaction with Metro on the night following the Mayweather fight. [RJ]
  • There are some new one-way streets downtown. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Job Tips: Socializing

Today one of our readers is looking for your advice on socializing at work. Should you be friends with your coworkers? Can attorneys only socialize with the other attorneys in your firm? Is it okay for attorneys to hang out with the staff on the weekend? And as a bonus, for those of you who solo practitioners, what do you do to socialize?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Summer Is Over

  • Prolific, witty, 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner is retiring from the bench. [KNPR]
  • An October trial date is set for Cliven Bundy. [RJ]
  • Last week, Deputy Public Defender Kathleen Hamers was struck by her client in court. [RJ]

Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Weekend 2017

  • Here's a look at loopholes that allow child marriage in the US. [KNPR]
  • AB 327, which goes into effect October 1, makes Nevada's record sealing law one of the broadest in the US. Good thing? Bad thing? [The Crime Report]
  • Here's a look at the latest on Nevada's first execution in a long time. [I-Team]
  • Murder charges moving forward for the one-punch defendant. [RJ]
  • Have a great weekend and remember not to drink and drive!