Friday, December 29, 2017

Top Ten Stories of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, it's time to take a look back at the top ten stories that affected the Las Vegas legal community this year. Before we do, thanks again for reading, commenting, and offering your input because without you, the blog is dead. As always, we're open to your suggestions on how we can improve the blog, so if you have any comments, criticisms, ideas, gossip, or want to volunteer to write a guest post, let us know. Here's wishing you a prosperous new year! Maybe we'll see you again next year!

Our top ten Las Vegas related legal stories of 2017 are:

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Finish Strong

  • The Supreme Court of Nevada issued a decision about the best interest of the child standard when choosing where a child goes to school. [RJ]
  • This article about a documentary on the October 1 shooting includes commentary from Stephen Stubbs stating that the casinos called a special back line to Metro instead of 911 which made a difference in the outcome. [Raw Story]
  • Trying to finish the year strong, the Supreme Court is issuing decisions in 11 cases today. [nvcourts]
  • Filing for judicial elections opens up next week. Go here to see the details.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Boxing Day 2017

Here's a post for those of you pretending to work today. Why do we do that to ourselves? What's going on out there?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Nice List

A week or two ago, one of the commenters mentioned that there aren't a lot of positive mentions of lawyers in the press. We agree. Today's post is dedicated to calling out people in our profession that are doing good things, or for pointing out what is working or even just to wax poetic about the things you like about being a lawyer in Las Vegas. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2017 Annual Airing Of Grievances

"The tradition of Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you're gonna hear about it." --Frank Costanza

Technically, Festivus is on December 23, but since that's Saturday, we are going to get the festivities started today!  Gather your family, friends, co-workers, enemies, judges, opposing counsel, etc. because it's time for the Airing of Grievances

For some of you, this is what you were born to do--this is your moment to shine. Your gift of complaining is finally welcomed and wanted on this one occasion. This is your chance to (civilly- meaning work appropriate and slander free) whine and complain about your salary, your job, your boss, the courts, nepotism, the Board of Governors, bar counsel, UNLV Boyd Class of 2013, this blog, etc. It's also your chance to provide some feedback about the way things are done in the Las Vegas legal community. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who read this blog and see your comments and suggestions (including administrators, judges, and other lawyers). If you want a refresher on what types of things you were disappointed in or complained about last year, use the search box and enter "airing."

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Bonus Round 2017!!!

Each year at this time we like to take a look at bonuses. As an added bonus, we also have the results of another compensation survey this year. (You can see last year's results here.) This is your chance to get an idea of how much money attorneys in Las Vegas make!

While we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of the results of this survey, we had 98 responses this year. Warning:  the results are not for the faint of heart. These numbers may make you think you are underpaid. They may make you think you are not special. Just remember that these are just numbers and do not take into account a number of other factors that come into play when determining compensation. Click through to see the results...

Monday, December 18, 2017

Advised To Chill

  • Amid a growing number of complaints of sexual misconduct, Judge Alex Kozinski is retiring. [Washington Post]
  • Attorney and College of Southern Nevada professor Mark Peplowski was arrested on lewdness charges. [RJ]
  • Gubernatorial candidate Dan Schwartz called for Adam Laxalt to either drop out of the governor's race or resign as AG. [RJ]
  • Tomorrow we'll have our annual discussion of bonuses and the result of our compensation survey.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Last Jedi

  • Judge Gloria Sturman is giving the lawyers involved a chance to come up with a probate plan for the estate of Stephen Paddock. [RJ]
  • Here is must-see video from one of Trump's judicial nominees whose lack of experience and knowledge about some basic legal procedure is sure to make you feel like you are qualified to be a federal judge too. [NPR]
  • Some of you were discussing this in the comments the other day, but given the time of year and the nature of our profession, it can't be said enough:  there is help available. If you are struggling, depressed, stressed, suicidal, or all of the above, please reach out for help. 

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Frosted Cookies

  • Three finalists were announced for the vacancy on the bench in Washoe County created by the death of Judge Patrick Flanagan. [KOLO]
  • This was mentioned in the comments a week or two ago, but RIP Jeffrey Rugg.
  • A lawsuit by the North Las Vegas Constable against Clark County has been removed to Federal Court. [RJ]
  • Trial in the Save Red Rock case is set for September 2018. [RJ]
  • Is today the end of net neutrality? [KNPR]

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Figgy Pudding

This morning the Supreme Court is releasing the fiscal year 2017 Annual Report of the Judiciary. While there is lots to talk about in it, we know that some of you have been clamoring to see the numbers regarding dispositions of appeals, which confirm the lowest output of authored opinions in the last four years.  So, here they are:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


  • Judge Navarro hints at possible mistrial in the Bundy case. [RJ]
  • Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett is stepping down to join McDonald Carano. [TNI]
  • Here's the Supreme Court order In re Discipline: Geraldine Kirk-Hughes.  
  • The Las Vegas WNBA team will be known as the Aces. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, December 11, 2017


  • Robert Graham will spend the next 16 to 40 years in prison. [News3LV]
  • #metoo is hitting a little closer to home now:  the 9th Circuit's Judge Alex Kozinski is accused of sexual misconduct. [Washington Post]

Friday, December 8, 2017

Gingerbread Houses

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hours Of Operation 2017

A few years ago, some commenters were discussing the fact that some judges are off the bench quite a bit more than you might expect. Now, it's become a yearly tradition for us to discuss this topic each December.  So, are the judges generally spending enough time in the courtroom this year? Which judges should be spending a little more time on the bench? Is there a minimum standard? Which judges would you commend for making the best use of your time?  Which judges are always late and don't respect your time?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Golden Eglet

  • The Clark County Commission voted to proceed with a suit against opioid manufacturers with the DA office cooperating jointly with Eglet Prince.  The firm is prepared to advance up to $15 million in costs and will only take 25% of any damages awarded or settlement. [TNI]
  • No death penalty for Bryan Clay--just life without parole. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, Scott Dozier is still fighting to be executed. [RJ]
  • The US Supreme Court heard oral argument yesterday on whether a baker can refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.  [NPR]

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Jack Frost Nipping

  • The official announcement of retirement for Justices Douglas and Cherry was made yesterday. [RJ]
  • The Court rejected the appeal of man who fatally shot son. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Four more Bunkerville defendants were released. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at oral argument on gambling from yesterday. [SCOTUSblog]
  • Here's a list of the most recorded holiday songs of all time. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, December 4, 2017


  • How was the Eglet party? Pictures? Stories?
  • Speaking of Eglet, Clark County DA Steve Wolfson may team up with him to bring the county's own lawsuit to recover opioid epidemic expenses. [TNI; RJ]
  • Judge Williams issued a TRO preventing Metro from forcing mandatory overtime. [RJ]
  • The US Supreme Court is hearing oral argument today on federal law regarding sports betting. [LasVegasNow; SCOTUSblog]

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Party Season Is Here

  • Turns out that Judge Susan Johnson has made a comment about Defendants being able to vote for Trump after parole more than once...and there is video. [TNI]
  • Despite being offered release during trial, Cliven Bundy is staying behind bars. [LasVegasNow]
  • Here's a little tiny puff piece about Amanda Connor and her cannabis business law practice. [LasVegasWeekly]
  • LACSN has created a financial toolkit for shooting victims who will receive funds. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Vegas Legal Magazine is having their winter launch party tonight. Anyone going?
  • Anyone know when the greatest Supreme Court candidate we'll never have and his wife are throwing their party?
  • What is your firm doing for a holiday party this year?