Thursday, November 30, 2017

End Of November

  • Three prosecutors, including DA Steve Wolfson, are calling on the Governor and AG to enforce the gun background check law approved by voters last year. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada ruled that a psychologist's records were privileged even though the government paid for the court-ordered treatment. [Nevada Appeal]
  • Speaking of the Supreme Court, expect a special announcement about the future plans of the court approximately 15 minutes prior to their en banc argument next Monday.  It is expected that they'll announce the next chief justice as Justice Douglas and likely confirm that Justices Cherry and Douglas are not running for reelection next year. 
  • That means it is time to start thinking about throwing your hat in the ring to challenge expected candidates Elissa Cadish and Abbi Silver.  If you want to see what is required to run for a seat on the high court, are interested in challenging one of the recent appointees for a 2-year term, or want to run for Justice Court, go here to see the requirements and openings.  Also, today is the last day to apply for appointment in Justice Court Department 1. Anyone know who else is applying besides the James Dean Leavitt (who already announced he is running for that position)?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

You Can Still Help

  • To date, Paola Armeni has raised the most money by sharing the link to the Las Vegas Victims' Fund GoFundMe page. [RJ]
  • While more than $16 million has been raised, the fund would need over $560 million to compensate victims on a similar level as the victims of the Orlando Pulse shooting. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, last night in Reno, a gunman was killed after firing shots from a high rise. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Sexual harassment claims are often rejected by courts. [KNPR]
  • A jury convicted Bryan Clay of murder. [RJ]
  • (Unidentified) lawyers helped Las Vegas temporarily protected from deportation. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sexual Harassment

Some of this discussion has come up under the topic of civility before, but one of our readers would like to talk about the frequency that female attorneys experience sexual harassment in the practice of law in Las Vegas. What have you experienced? Is there a lot of it going on? Is is only the creepy, old men or are younger guys part of it too? Feel free to speak your mind, but please keep it work-appropriate, slander and bully-free.

Monday, November 27, 2017

RIP Cal Potter III

  • Cal Potter III passed away last Wednesday. [RJ]
  • Family Court Judge William Potter was suspended for two months without pay. [News3LV]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pumpkin Pie

  • The Supreme Court suspended Jacob Hafter for 6 months. You can view the decision here and decide for yourself if the Court got it right.  [RJ]
  • Another group of victims filed suit over the October 1 shooting in California. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, November 20, 2017

Short Week Syndrome

  • Five have applied for the vacancy in the north left by the passing of Judge Flanagan. [KOLO]
  • Laughlin's current Justice of the Peace is running for reelection next year. [Laughlin Times]
  • UNLV Boyd launched the Edward M. Bernstein and Associates Children's Rights Program. [UNLV]
  • Asylum is denied in most Las Vegas immigration court cases. [RJ]
  • Here is Jeff German's analysis on how a recent Supreme Court ruling could impact MGM with regard to victims suing over the October 1 shooting. [RJ]
  • As for the suit in probate court, it's been moved to Judge Sturman. [RJ]

Friday, November 17, 2017

Compensation Survey 2017

Last year we did an attorney compensation survey that turned out to have some interesting results. We thought we would give it another go this year. Go here to let us know how long you've been practicing and how much you're making. We'll share the results before Christmas...

In the meantime, feel free to continue to discuss the Supreme Court's pacing or anything else going on out there, just remember to keep it work-appropriate and slander-free.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cloudy Day

  • 14 more lawsuits filed over the October 1 shooting. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Bundy trial is under way. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Will Wynn v. Okada head to trial next year? [GGRAsia]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CLE Board

Have you been to the Nevada CLE Board website lately? If not, you may want to give it a visit and make sure you are on track to complete your CLE for the year. There is a lot of news on their front page about the 13 credit requirement for next year (which includes substance abuse every year) and hoping to shift the burden of the $40 annual fee to CLE providers. In the meantime, an email went out yesterday indicating for 2018, the $40 annual fee required in SCR 210(1) will be included as part of a consolidated fee statement that will be sent via email by the State Bar of Nevada. Hopefully, this will make it easier to pay your fees and we won't end up with a long list of CLE suspended lawyers like we did earlier this year.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Since it's a slow legal news morning, we'll take the prompt from one of the comments posted this morning:
When I first started practicing some 25+ years ago there were stereotypes for the various legal specialties. Family law = bottom of the barrel/unintelligent. Criminal defense attorneys = sleazy and sloppy. Civil defense attorneys = boring and stuffy. Plaintiff personal injury attorneys = horny and sexist (males) and slutty (females). I went to Court this week and noticed things seem the same, generally speaking. Thoughts?

Monday, November 13, 2017


  • Groundbreaking for the Raiders Stadium is today. [LasVegasNow]
  • Does AG Adam Laxalt's no vote on the Steese pardon render him unfit to be governor? [TNI op-ed]
  • Attorney Paul C. Ray and the CCBA Community Service Committee will be handing out blankets to the homeless tomorrow. [PRWeb]
  • One of our readers wants to know where they can find out about the status of the proposed changes to the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Veterans Day 2017 (Observed)

Thank you to all of you who serve(d) our country!

  • No execution next week. [RJ]
  • Fred Steese was pardoned and the only no vote was AG Adam Laxalt. [ProPublica]
  • Remember all those ADA filings that Whitney Wilcher represented, he told the Court he got paid $100 a case. [RJ]

Thursday, November 9, 2017

History Repeats

  • DA Steve Wolfson endorsed Aaron Ford for AG. [CBSLasVegas]
  • Tick Segerblom has officially announced he is running for the Clark County Commission. [KNPR]
  • The North Las Vegas Constable sued Clark County so he doesn't lose his job. [RJ]
  • The motion to dismiss in the Bundy trial was denied, but they get some time for discovery. [RJ]
  • Some insurers are making patients question whether an ER visit is really necessary. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Clark County is trying to get the federal suit regarding recalls dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. [TNI]
  • Are deputy marshals and bailiffs employees of the District Court (judicial branch) or of the County (executive branch)? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Project REAL's Lyrics and Lawyers 2 is tonight.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Do Not Disturb

  • The Bundy trial is on hold. [RJ]
  • AG Adam Laxalt has concerns about City of Reno doing its own suit against opioid manufacturers. [TNI]
  • Clark County Commissioners decided to appeal a ruling that autopsy records are public records. [RJ]
  • The fight over recall efforts against three state senators is headed to federal court. [TNI]
  • Do not disturb policies on the Strip are changing. [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Public-Private Partnerships

  • The State has a new chief medical director and Scott Dozier may have his last hearing tomorrow. [RJ; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Could the proposed tax bill in Congress reduce state funding for the Raiders stadium? [TNI]
  • The new Day Reporting Center is open. [TNI]
  • Anything else going on out there?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Sutherland Springs

  • Here's an opinion piece on whether the ACLU's suit is helping or hurting indigent criminal defendants in rural Nevada. [TNI]
  • Opening statements this week in the Bundy trial. [RJ]
  • With lots of questions about the drugs to be used, is an execution going to happen in Nevada this month? [RJ]

Friday, November 3, 2017

Poor Defense

  • The AG's office will release the name and salaries of two dozen workers who were previously not publicly disclosed. [RJ]
  • The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit against Nevada regarding indigent defense in rural counties. [RJ; TNI]
  • An outside complaint was the reason for banning a trustee from school district property. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Judge Cynthia Giuliani continued her tradition of dressing up to finalize adoptions on Halloween. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • As noted in the comments, attorneys should have received an email yesterday from the Board of Governors regarding a survey on auditing trust accounts. It's your chance to let them know what you think about the proposal.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Eglet Delivers

  • A man represented by Robert Eglet is getting a $9 million settlement from Pizza Hut over a 2009 crash involving a delivery driver. [RJ]
  • Clark County is accepting applications until November 30 for those of you who want to be considered for appointment to a 1-year term on the Justice Court Department 1 bench. [RJ]
  • If you want to be a magistrate judge in Reno, applications are due by 12/29. [nvd.uscourts]
  • AG Adam Laxalt has finally announced that he is running for governor. [TNI]
  • So far, Aaron Ford and Wes Duncan will competing to be Nevada's next AG. [TNI]
  • "Just give me a lawyer dog" is, apparently, not an adequate method of demanding your right to counsel in Louisiana. [Washington Post]

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

One Month Later

  • One month later and the fairground is still as it was as lawyers get a look. [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • One month later and there is still a long road of recovery and challenges ahead for victims who survived. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • One month later and venders are unable to retrieve their trucks/goods, etc. [RJ]
  • One month later and there is now plenty of need and opportunity to give blood. [KNPR]
  • A murder trial is under way for Bryan Clay, being defended by Tony Sgro. [RJ]
  • The Chief State Medical Officer, who would be in charge of an upcoming execution, resigned Monday--allegedly for reasons unrelated to the execution. [TNILas Vegas Sun; Fox5Vegas]
  • It's open enrollment time. [TNI]