Friday, July 20, 2018

Corpus Delicti


  • In a week where MGM was dominating the press with bad headlines, the RJ and AP are trying to get in on the action by pursuing attorney fees under the Anti-SLAPP statute from the widow of the Metro officer who was killed on October 1. [LasVegasNow]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights and the US Army entered into a trademark coexistence agreement. [RJ]
  • Stephen Stubbs is making headlines again by identifying an admitted child molester on Facebook and YouTube because DA Steve Wolfson has, so far, declined to press charges. [Nevada Current]

Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Few Opportunities


  • Do you want to volunteer to help foster children. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Would you like to be a Las Vegas Justice Court Pro Tem Judge or Referee? [CCBA]
  • How about a career as assistant bar counsel? [nvbar]

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

ADKT 0534 Hearing


  • Steve Sisolak's lawyer, Laura Fitzsimmons, is threatening to sue Adam Laxalt over "defamatory statements" on his website. [TNI]
  • LACSN is celebrating 60 years. [Nevada Current]
  • The prices of Raiders Stadium reserved seating PSLs were published yesterday. [RJ]
  • Thomas Fougere won the special election Republican primary for Clark County Public Administrator. [RJ]
  • The Supreme Court hearing on ADKT 0534 proposing mandatory professional liability insurance is set for today at 3:00 p.m. If you want to review any of the comments submitted, you can do that here and, typically, you can view the live stream of arguments on this page

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

MGM v. The October 1 Victims

Last Friday, a group of MGM entities including MGM Resorts International, Mandalay Resort Group, filed a complaint in federal court seeking declaratory relief against victims of the October 1 shooting who filed (or have threatened to file) suit against the various MGM entities.  Three different firms, with James Pisanelli serving as lead attorney, are on the Complaint that alleges that CSC--the security company used by the MGM entities for the Route 91 festival--was certified by the Department of Homeland Security. The Complaint further alleges that the shooting was An Act of Terrorism under the SAFETY Act. If the allegations are true, then the federal courts (not state court) have jurisdiction and the claims against the MGM entities must be dismissed.

Now, it's time for a little armchair lawyering and an opportunity for you to weigh in on this unique situation. MGM is a publicly traded company and is Nevada's largest employer.  It relies on tourism, but finds itself in a position where it has to fight against the interests of its customers to protect its own bottom line. Is this a good strategy? Who is ultimately making the decisions for MGM? Given the facts and firms involved, it is likely that an insurance company is behind at least some of this decision, but is getting out in front of this the best move? Does it look to much like forum shopping? Will a court find it was Act of Terrorism? Is the bad publicity MGM going to get from this going to be worth the result? Any predictions on where this goes or how it ends?

Here are a couple of news links about the story:

Monday, July 16, 2018

End Of An Era


  • Nicholas Trutanich--Adam Laxalt's chief of staff--was nominated to serve as the United States attorney for Nevada. [Las Vegas Sun; News3LV
  • Michelle Fiore thinks the City Council should work together on the Badlands issue and the eight lawsuits related to it. [RJ]
  • The fight over water at Coyote Springs. [TNI]
  • Taxicab Authority whistleblower not guilty of illegal wiretapping. [LasVegasNow]
  • To the chagrin of some and to the overwhelming joy of others, Jane Ann Morrison is out at the RJ. [RJ]
  • The Annual Meeting is over and the Pocker era has begun at the State Bar of Nevada

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Last Blockbuster


  • Could Mark Amodei be nominated for a federal judgeship? [TNI]
  • Steve Sisolak's ex-girlfriend asks Adam Laxalt to not use allegations about Sisolak's impropriety with her daughter in campaign ads. [Nevada Current; TNI]
  • With the closure of two Blockbuster video stores in Alaska, we're down to one remaining Blockbuster in Bend, Oregon. Is this in any way analogous to the practice of law? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Anything else going on out there? Any updates from the Drake?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Real People


  • Here's a version of the story of what went down with Kym Cushing and Wilson Elser. [Law.com/NewYorkLawJournal]
  • Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez's ruling yesterday indefinitely postponed the execution of Scott Dozier. [TNI]
  • The Annual Meeting of the State Bar is underway with last night's packed opening night reception and ice-cube icebreakers. Anyone have any more details? [@nevadabar and #ruleoflawsbn]
  • Just a reminder that the people mentioned in these links and articles and in the comments are real people with feelings, families, and reputations. Feel free to speak your mind, but please keep it work-appropriate, slander and bully-free. Thanks.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Welcome To The Drake


  • The State Bar of Nevada's Annual Meeting kicks off tonight at the Drake in Chicago. Are you there? We'd love to hear your observations. For those of you who can't make it, you can follow @nevadabar and #ruleoflawsbn.
  • There is a new Facebook group called Nevada State Bar to Require Liability Insurance. This group seeks comments and opinions regarding the proposed Bar petition. Attorney Lynn Conant is drafting a statement to the Supreme Court and will accept your comments/opinions via email at skinering[@]yahoo.com (remove the brackets) or at the Facebook page.
  • Alvogen, Inc., represented in part by Pisanelli Bice, is suing to stop the State of Nevada from using its drug in the execution of Scott Dozier scheduled for tonight. A hearing for a TRO and preliminary injunction in case A777312 is set before Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez this morning at 9 a.m. [RJ; Fox5Vegas]
  • Here's a look at the evolution of the death penalty in Nevada. [TNI]
  • A reader tells us that Justice Court Department 1 candidate James Dean Leavitt has a Facebook ad attacking his opponent Elana Graham that suggests she is taking contributions from defense attorneys and then giving their clients favorable deals. Anyone seen this or have more details?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

State-Sponsored Executions


  • President Trump's nominee to replace Justice Kennedy is former Kennedy clerk Brett Kavanaugh. [SCOTUSblog]
  • Senator Heller will support the nomination while Senator Cortez-Masto is undecided. [TNI]
  • Here's more on the Gamages and their link to the death of a police informant. [RJ]
  • AG Adam Laxalt will not file charges against an embattled rural county sheriff, but he also won't campaign with him. [TNI]
  • Justice of the Peace Sam Bateman orders trial for two accused in murder of local teen. [RJ]
  • Kim Sinatra is out as general counsel at Wynn and now the question is whether she should receive severance pay. [RJ]
  • The maker of one of the drugs planned for Scott Dozier's execution doesn't want it used in state-sponsored executions. [TNI]
  • Do survivors get any closure from an execution? [Nevada Current]

Monday, July 9, 2018

Monsoon Season


  • Attorneys William Gamage and Amy Gamage face charges as an accessory to murder. [RJ]
  • Stephen Paddock's homes will be sold. [RJ]
  • A 1-year-old goes to court. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • President Trump is expected to announce his nominee for the Supreme Court today. [SCOTUSblog]
  • If you haven't checked out the comments from Friday's post, be sure to get caught up on some of the discussion regarding mandatory professional liability insurance. A proposed Joint Opposition against the Board of Governors' petition to impose mandatory malpractice insurance is being circulated ahead of the the Court's July 11, 2018, 5 p.m. deadline. Anyone interested in joining those opposed to the rule petition should email mo[@]lawmrh.com (remove the brackets from the address) ASAP for particulars and to add your name to the opposition.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Mandatory Professional Liability Insurance


  • As you saw in the email from the State Bar yesterday, ADKT 0534 proposing amendments to SCR 79 requiring mandatory professional liability insurance is going before the Supreme Court. You can view the petition here (which includes hundreds of your survey responses about the idea). Per an Order, a hearing will be held Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom in Carson City and videoconferenced to Nevada Supreme Court in Las Vegas. Comments may be submitted electronically or in hard-copy format due to Clerk by 5 p.m. on July 11, 2018. Persons interested in participating must notify the Clerk no later than July 11, 2018. Here is your chance to make your voice heard again. 
  • Todd Bice got a $3.5 million win for his artist client whose Las Vegas Statue of Liberty was used on a USPS stamp without permission. [CNN]
  • Naqvi Injury Law pledges multi-year support of Cure 4 the Kids Foundation. [Nevada Business]
  • A chaotic scramble to reunite migrant families by deadline. [Las Vegas Sun]

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Constabulary Crisis


  • Another constable investigated for misconduct--this time in Mesquite. [RJ]
  • Marc Randazza and Jay Wolman are defending Alex Jones in a Sandy Hook case. [NY Times]
  • The I-team has a look at the cage where a child was allegedly held. [LasVegasNow]
  • The State finally released its controversial plans for executing Scott Dozier next week. [RJ; LA Times]

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Terrible Tuesday


  • Is Metro considering issuing an arrest warrant for Tupac's murder? [News3LV]
  • Richard Wright and Monti Levy got a jury to acquit their client of murder charges. [RJ]
  • One of the local morning news guys says today is known as "Terrible Tuesday" because of all the travel today. May your travels be smooth.  Have a great Fourth and please don't drink and drive.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sparklers


  • Second Judicial District Judge Jerome Polaha ordered the Washoe County School District to turn over documents related to bullying sought by the RGJ. [RGJ]
  • Judge Michael Villani vacated the death sentence for a 71-year old Vietnam Vet. [KTNV]
  • A California attorney for the husband of an October 1 victim says her client's wife might be alive, but for the (in)action of Metro. [Baltimore Post Examiner]
  • 40 under 40 alumni: Paola Armeni Androvandi. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Some cautionary tales about drinking while practicing law include one from Vegas. [Law.com]

Friday, June 29, 2018

The Capital Gazette


  • Family Court Judge Jennifer Elliott announced her retirement from the bench.  [eighthjdcourt blog; RJ]
  • Video of officers waiting a floor below the October 1 shooter raise questions about Metro training and liability with attorney Louis Schneider weighing in. [RJ]
  • Another community is reeling from the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. [GoFundMe]

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Cushiest Job In Town


  • Know the law regarding fireworks in Clark County. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The City of Las Vegas has been discussing marijuana lounges. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • CCSD general counsel Carlos McDade is leaving his job to join the City of Henderson as its chief labor negotiator. [RJ]
  • Speaking of marijuana lounges and city jobs, one of our readers wants to know what you think is the cushiest lawyering gig in town? Is it a government job, a certain firm, something else?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Janus


  • The Supreme Court finished out their term with a ruling affecting unions and no retirement announcements. [SCOTUSblog]
  • A federal judge says families separated at the border must be reunited within 30 days. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Represented by Les Stovall, the former police chief of Henderson is suing the Mayor and City Council. [RJ]
  • You heard it here first last week, but here is an article on the Golden Knights suing Stubhub (that actually includes references to lawyers, the judge, and the complaint). [RJ]
  • BREAKING:  Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring. [CNBC]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Judicial Impacts


  • The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision rejecting a challenge to President Trump's 2017 travel ban. Tomorrow they will issue their last two decisions and close out the term. [SCOTUSblog]
  • Wynn dealers are closer to a big pay day thanks to the Supreme Court. [RJ]
  • Names of most Nevada sex offenders to be posted October 1. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, June 25, 2018

Keep 'Em Guessing


  • Nicholas Vaskov was selected as the new Henderson City Attorney, creating a job opening at the Nevada System of Higher Education. [RJ]
  • Is President Trump filling the judicial branch with extremists? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Some undocumented immigrants separated from their children have ended up in Nevada. [LasVegasNow]
  • Last week, Lisa Rasmussen wrote this opinion piece about why the DA should stop disproportionately excluding minorities from juries. [TNI]
  • The U.S. Supreme Court handed out some decisions today including one on gerrymandering.  More tomorrow and maybe a retirement announcement? [SCOTUSblog]

Friday, June 22, 2018

Do Not Embarrass The Future


  • The U.S. Supreme Court issued four new decisions today, including one narrow holding that police need a warrant to get location information from cell phone tower sites. [SCOTUSblog]
  • Yesterday the same court issued a decision that will allow states to collect sales tax from more online retailers--meaning Nevada could have $30 million more in tax revenue per year. [TNI]
  • Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC dba Vegas Golden Knights, represented by Dan Polsenberg, has sued StubHub Inc. for $1.4 million in profits from playoff tickets that StubHub has yet to pay the Golden Knights. (Case No. A-18-776361-B.)  For some mysterious reason, the Complaint was filed under seal. Anyone have any other details? 
  • With the 4th of July coming up, Clark County and Metro want you to report illegal fireworks at ispyfireworks.com. [RJ]

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Longest Day Of The Year 2018


  • Scott Dozier's execution is set for July 11. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Adam Laxalt's aunt is endorsing Aaron Ford for AG. [TNI]
  • More than half of the Nevada occupational licensing boards don't keep their salaries in line with state directives. No word on whether this would include the Nevada bar. [TNI]
  • The Las Vegas City Council voted to authorize payment of up to $100,000 in attorney fees for McDonald Carano to defend it in two separate cases related to the Badlands development. [RJ]

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Spaceballs


  • Family Court Judge Rena Hughes was publicly reprimanded and has to take a course on managing challenging family law cases. [LasVegasNow]
  • Here's a look at ballot measures you will see this fall. [TNI]
  • District court honors those who go above and beyond to keep it running. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Here's a quick look at funding of the Nevada judiciary. [nvcourts]
  • Here are the administrative orders regarding interdepartmental reassignment of civil cases and criminal cases in the Eighth Judicial District Court.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Space Force


  • Potential double voting in last week's primary might mean a special election for the Clark County public administrator primary on the Republican side. [TNI; RJ]
  • Here's a look at where Nevada politicians/candidates stand on separating children from adults at borders. [Nevada Current; RJ]
  • Does Clark County really want to avoid trial in the Save Red Rocks case? [RJ]

Monday, June 18, 2018

Pimp Scandal


  • Washoe County family court judge David Hurnke was suspended without pay for three months and fined $1,000 for mishandling child support cases and refusing to discipline his former judicial assistant. [RGJRJ]
  • The Zoloft defense didn't work: the jury found Brandon Hanson guilty of murder. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Does Metro really know where all the security cameras are on the Strip or not? [Baltimore Post-Examiner]
  • Larry Bertsch, the forensic accountant put in charge of figuring out the financial Stephen Paddock's assets, said through his lawyer Alice Denton last week that the banks are giving him some resistance. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Should the AG be investigating the LVCVA? [RJ]
  • With campaigns over, the sheriff and DA can now address the pimp scandal, right? [TNI]

Friday, June 15, 2018

World Cup 2018


  • An apparently anonymous defense attorney argued that his client's mental illness and side effects from Zoloft were to blame for his client killing his client's ex-girlfriend. Can anyone identify the defense attorney featured in the video? [Fox5Vegas]
  • Post election interview with Robert Langford. [Nevada Current]
  • Today is Richard Bryan day at the City of Las Vegas. [KNPR]
  • No charges for a man who shot a burglar. [KTNV]
  • A reader wrote in saying that the number of construction defect judges is being reduced to two:  Judge Susan Johnson and Judge Joanna Kishner. Sometime in July (we have yet to see an order confirming any of this), Johnson's criminal cases will be reassigned and the defect cases being handled by Judges Timothy Williams (who will be taking on business court duties), Richard Scotti, and Jerry Wiese will be redistributed. No word on what other changes will coincide with this. Anyone have more details?
  • While trying to verify the above, we found three recent administrative orders for the Eighth Judicial District:  one dealing with judicial funeral processions; one about the establishment of a Probate/Adult Guardianship committee; and one mandating electronic filing in the court annexed arbitration program.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Job Tips: Marketing Yourself

For those of you enamored with lists, Super Lawyers released their list of the top 100 lawyers in the  Mountain States--including two recently (re)elected to the Board of Governors. For those of you not so in love with the lists, one of our readers wants to know how you market yourself. Not your firm, but yourself. Do you work on your Avvo profile? Do you post frequently to your Linked In, Facebook, and Twitter pages? Is your face on the side of a Zamboni? Any tips that would help a young lawyer get ahead in the game?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Results Oriented

  • Adam Laxalt will face off against Steve Sisolak for governor. [TNI]
  • Wes Duncan and Aaron Ford will battle to be successor to Laxalt as AG. [Nevada Appeal]
  • Steve Wolfson defeated Robert Langford to secure another term as Clark County District Attorney. [RJ]
  • Elissa Cadish and Jerome Tao will square off for a spot on the Supreme Court bench this fall. [RJ]
  • In Las Vegas Justice Court, Melissa De La Garza got more than 50% of the primary vote to be elected outright, while Elana Graham beat James Dean Leavitt, but will still have to face off against him this fall since Vinny Ginn took such a large portion of the vote. [RJ]
  • Here are the results from the Board of Governors election: 1 incumbent and 3 new governors were elected. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Primary Election 2018


Monday, June 11, 2018

Insensitive


  • Big spending in the DA race. [RJ]
  • Judge Sandra Pomrenze will not be removed from a custody case for making an "insensitive" comment about a child's hair. [RJ]
  • Dotty's settled an ADA suit for $3.5 million. [KNPR]
  • In light of the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, we are sharing the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, again. If you are feeling down or are even thinking about hurting yourself, please reach out for help:  1-800-273-8255

Friday, June 8, 2018

Golden Season

The Golden Knights’ season came to an end last night, bringing their inaugural season to a close. And what a season it was. Also coming to an end soon is primary election season, thankfully. Any last minute pitches for your favorite candidate? Anything else going on out there today?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Backs Against The Wall


  • Here's a look at the policy positions of DA Steve Wolfson. [TNI]
  • Judge Joe Hardy heard argument about the gun buyer screening law that passed in 2016, but has yet to be implemented. [News3LV]
  • The DMV has made it easier to change gender on a a driver's license. They are working on adding an option for those who don't identify as male or female. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Plea deal raises questions about ties between cops and pimps. [Nevada Current]
  • Did you know Nevada has a Judicial Education Unit?
  • With the Golden Knights facing elimination tonight, one local fan is facing fines from his HOA for hanging a flag. [News3LV]
  • There will be a Legally Blonde 3. [News3LV]
  • Ever want to be part of the American Ninja Warrior audience? [RJ]

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Current Affairs


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Better Security


  • Here's Jane Ann Morrison's latest gripe piece on Judge Robert Clive Jones. [RJ]
  • Two paralegals in Arizona were killed last week (along with a psychologist and a psychiatrist) by a man with a grudge from his divorce (8 years ago). It's an unfortunate reminder to stay alert when dealing with angry clients. [Washington Post]
  • Damian Sheets argued that there is no evidence his client was driving in a fatal DUI. The prosecution says statements at the time say otherwise. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Questions surround recent shooting death of two-year old boy. [LasVegasNow]
  • For those of you who missed it in the comments yesterday, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did a piece on the guardianship scandal which included April Parks and some of her victims. 
  • A letter to the editor thinks schools should a single pubic entry and better security like the RJC. [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, June 4, 2018

Clutching At Straws


  • Wes Duncan says Craig Mueller's suit against him is "beneath the [AG] office we are both seeking." [RJ]
  • Several new decisions from the US Supreme Court today, including the same-sex wedding cake case. [SCOTUSblog]
  • President Trump claims he can pardon himself. What do you think? [Politico]
  • Remember how they were going to try and do away with the $40 annual CLE fee we pay? Have you wondered how that is working out? Well, Marshal Willick wrote a newsletter concluding that the new CLE fee structure stinks and needs to change. What do you think? Are CLE providers just passing the new fees back to the lawyers? Does the $25 fee you pay the Nevada CLE board (plus $5 per credit) discourage you from presenting CLEs or publishing articles for CLE credit? 

Friday, June 1, 2018

National Donut Day


  • There are four months left for victims of the October 1 shooting to apply for assistance through the Nevada Victims of Crime program. [Fox5Vegas]
  • A tentative deal avoids a strike for Caesars properties, but negotiations are still ongoing for others. [KNPR]
  • Court of Appeals affirms excluding a liability expert. [Compelling Discovery]
  • Is your office more of a donut office or a bagel office?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Wealthy Montanan


  • DA Steve Wolfson is on the defensive in his latest campaign ad. [TNI]
  • Suspended attorney Vicki Greco pleaded guilty to three felonies yesterday. [RJ]
  • Is Stan Hunterton still bar counsel or is he not? The bar counsel contact page no longer lists him where it once did. Anyone have the details?
  • President Trump exploring the possibilities of the presidential pardon power. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Dayvid Figler wrote an opinion piece on the Golden Knights and hockey in Clark County. [TNI]
  • AG candidate Craig Mueller filed a suit in the Eighth Judicial District Court against opponent Wes Duncan alleging Duncan violated the Nevada Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. More specifically, Mueller alleges Duncan solicited campaign contributions from businesses, public utilities, and gaming licensees over which Duncan had regulatory and/or disciplinary authority by virtue of his position as First Assistant Attorney General. The Case is A-18-775255-C.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

And For My Next Act...


  • A jury found both the Plaintiff and David Copperfield (and co-defendants) negligent, but ultimately found the Plaintiff 100% responsible for the proximate cause of his accident.  Copperfield was defended by Elaine Fresch and Jerry Popovich of Selman Breitman. [Fox5Vegas; NPR]
  • In a Republican interview in lieu of debate that aired last night, Adam Laxalt was asked about his vote on the Fred Steese pardon. [TNI]
  • Metro may not have record of every officer that responded on October 1. [RJ]
  • Businessman (who had a residence in Las Vegas) is now representing himself after two criminal convictions. [Forbes]

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Not Throwing Away My Shot


  • Early voting is now open.
  • Her'es a guide for voting for Attorney General. [Nevada Appeal]
  • Here's a guide for voting for Supreme Court Candidates for Seat C. [Nevada Appeal]
  • If campaign contributions determined winners, Judge Elissa Cadish would be elected to the Nevada Supreme Court. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at the policy positions of DA candidate Robert Langford. [TNI]
  • Note: nearly 60% of registered voters in Clark County are excluded from voting for the DA this time around. [RJ]
  • Explainer: how legal prostitution works in Nevada. [TNI]
  • Are landlords forcing renters to pay fraudulent fees? [RJ]
  • A story about a lawyer, aka Broadway hit "Hamilton," kicks off its run at the Smith Center tonight. [RJ]
  • The Golden Knights won game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. [USA Today]

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend 2018


  • The 9th Circuit berates Judge Clive Jones. [CNS]
  • Here's an article on that mass incarceration panel that took place earlier this week. [TNI]
  • A "sovereign citizen" was sentenced yesterday. [RJ]
  • Closing arguments started in the David Copperfield trial. [RJ]
  • The Vegas Golden Knights will face the Washington Capitals in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday. [RJ]
  • It's Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of summer. Are any of you getting out of town? What's the hot vacation spot this year? Please don't drive if you've been drinking and we'll see you back here next week!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Inadequately Staffed


  • A complaint was filed with the AG alleging that four University Regents violated open meeting laws. [LasVegasNow]
  • Legislators to act now that they've been made aware of weaknesses in Secretary of State's business portal? [RJ]
  • Recognizing those serving in the truancy diversion program. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Jury awards $540,000 in negligence claim against CCSD. [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bail Me Out Here

We haven't found an article yet regarding it, but there was a panel on mass incarceration last night featuring DA candidate Robert Langford, PD Phil Kohn, Assemblyman Jason Frierson, and Boyd law professor Michael G. Kagan.  As you can see from the above tweet from The Nevada Independent's Michelle Rindels, Candidate Langford would like to do away with cash bail systems. What do you think? Good idea or bad idea?

Monday, May 21, 2018

A Few Clicks


  • The war over confirming federal judges is heating up. [KNPR]
  • A Nevada assembly candidate is accused of forging documents in a family court case. [RJ]
  • Damian Sheets, who is representing the alleged driver in last week's double fatality DUI, says his client wasn't behind the wheel at the time of the crash. [RJ]
  • More on the Ocean Fleming/Metro vice squad story. [Baltimore Post-Examiner]
  • AG Jeff Sessions moved to curb immigration judges' authority. [KNPR]
  • Nevada business entities as risk of fraud due to weak safeguards on the Nevada Secretary of State web portal. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at cases the U.S. Supreme Court is set to issue decisions on in the next month. [Constitution Daily]
  • Holy crap, the Golden Knights. [Deadspin- by the author who less than a year ago wrote about how bad they would be]

Friday, May 18, 2018

Nowhere To Go


  • The Meet Your Judges Mixer was last night. Here are photos. Any good stories?
  • The race for Justice Court Department 1 is heating up to be an expensive one between Elana Graham, James Dean Leavitt, and Vinny Ginn. Graham is releasing an ad with dirt on Leavitt and Leavitt is dishing it back claiming he is more experienced. Ginn is lurking quietly in the background waiting to play spoiler. [RJ]
  • Capitalizing on the hockey excitement, Sean Connell and Andrew Muehlbauer are marketing their firm as Power Play Legal
  • About 300 people eligible for parole are being held in Nevada prisons because there is no transition plan in place. [TNI]
  • One of our commenters pointed out that the Board of Governors page of the State Bar of Nevada website has been updated with upcoming meetings--including next year's annual meeting in Vail. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Just One Thing

If you could change just one thing about the practice of law in Nevada, what would it be?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Not That It Matters


  • AG Adam Laxalt, who is running for governor, just made national headlines by suing Purdue Pharma LP, the maker of Oxycontin. [TNI]
  • A lawyer who claims to have billed 3,600 hours in 2017 at the firm of Howard and Howard billed some of those hours in their Las Vegas office. [Law.com]
  • A follow up on the Ocean Fleming plea deal. [Baltimore Post-Examiner]
  • One of our readers wants your input on "what would you say is the most prestigious firm in Las Vegas?"

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Judges Packing Heat


  • What yesterday's Supreme Court decision on sports betting means. [Washington Post]
  • OurNevadaJudges.com is updated with this year's races. 
  • According to a survey by the National Judicial College, 1 out of every 4 judges carries a gun. [Dayton Daily News]
  • Judge Michelle Leavitt dismissed the claims against the RJ by the widow of an LVMPD officer killed on October 1. [RJ]
  • Judge Togliatti extends treatment for developmentally disabled man set to be released in California with no transition plan. [TNI]
  • Heads up about nightmarish traffic this weekend with Project Neon closures during EDC. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Wire


  • Sometimes things start to come together in a most curious fashion--like this for instance. Remember convicted pimp Ocean Fleming, who was sentenced to life. Well, he may get released soon after a renegotiation of his charges in light of allegations that surfaced about the LVMPD pimp enforcement team being corrupt (a detective was having a relationship with the lead prosecutor Elizabeth Mercer. You'll have to read the article to get all the details, but it ties in an unsolved double murder, a special prosecutor, and even the recent news about Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson. Moreover, it reveals that after her story made headlines, DA Steve Wolfson and others had a meeting with Chief Judge of the Las Vegas Justice Court Joe Bonaventura about having Judge Andress-Tobiasson reassigned from criminal matters to strictly civil matters. It also reveals that former judge Janiece Marshall, representing Fleming, has added Andress-Tobiasson to a witness list and wants to question the current judge (who is married to a retired LVMPD officer) in court about what she knows about LVMPD corruption. And most curious of all? All these revelations are from an article in the Baltimore Post-Examiner.  Stay tuned? 
  • Attorneys at Perkins Coie, a firm with no office in Nevada, are getting involved in the gubernatorial ad campaign on behalf of candidate Steve Sisolak. [RJ]
  • Nevada could be on the hook for $60 million in unpaid prison guard time. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • The AG's office is getting involved in the DUI prosecution of John Duffy, a local attorney who defends DUIs. [RJ]

Friday, May 11, 2018

Procedurally Improper


  • The Nevada Supreme Court, seemingly in an effort to show how nimbly it can act despite all your comments to the contrary, has already issued a decision on the Scott Dozier execution case. [TNI]
  • The I-Team looks into the real numbers behind Nevada's opioid deaths. [LasVegasNow]
  • Could Vegas really have an NBA team within the next 5 years? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Clark County attorneys should be getting an email today about elections for the Board of Governors. There are a total of 10 candidates for 4 positions (meanwhile, in the North there were exactly 2 candidates for 2 positions). You can read the candidate statements here:

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Stretching


  • It came up in the comments yesterday, but the I-team took an in-depth look at the relationship between Steve Morris and Boulder City. [LasVegasNow]
  • Here's a look at Judge Jerry Tao and his political affiliations and advocacy raising questions as he runs for the Supreme Court. [KNPR]
  • Lucky Dragon developers want to sell the property in bankruptcy court. [RJ]
  • Here's more of AG candidate Craig Mueller making the media rounds. [RJ]
  • The unofficial pass rate for the Nevada Bar February 2018 was 51%. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Stand Up


  • The Supreme Court heard argument yesterday about the sanctuary cities ballot measure. [TNI]
  • They also heard argument about whether lethal injection and execution. [TNI]
  • Steve Sebelius sits down with AG candidate Craig Mueller. [LasVegasNow]
  • The Culinary Union endorsed Robert Langford for DA. [RJ]
  • February bar exam results come out today around 3 pm. 
  • The Supreme Court denied the Board of Governors petition for random trust account audits.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Take The Stairs


  • The Supreme Court of Nevada will hear argument on whether the state should move forward with an execution. [Fox5Vegas; Las Vegas Sun]
  • Jurors in the David Copperfield trial are not going on a field trip tonight. [KNPR]
  • Gloria Allred is going to be in Las Vegas Justice Court today? [RJ]
  • 35% of elevators in Nevada did not have a safety certificate last year. [RJ]
  • NY's attorney general resigned yesterday after 4 women allege physical attacks. [NPR]

Monday, May 7, 2018

Unsheltered


  • A Brooklyn jury acquitted Las Vegas attorney Kyleen Cane of securities fraud. [Law 360]
  • The mystery of John Momot's 1979 car fire. [RJ]
  • Las Vegas sees victories and setbacks in the quest to help the homeless. [TNI]
  • Tomorrow's civil bench-bar meeting offers a free CLE on motions in limine. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Also tomorrow is a CLE on the opioid epidemic if you haven't gotten your yearly AAMH credit.
  • The former University of Texas Law facilities director was arrested for tampering with government records when it was discovered he was falsifying his time sheets while living it up in Vegas and Cozumel. [Above the Law]
  • The Golden Knights historic inaugural season continues with the team heading to the Western Conference Finals. [USA Today]

Friday, May 4, 2018

Cinco de Mayo Eve 2018


  • Boyd grad Sandra Douglass Morgan has been appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission. [RJ]
  • Judge William Voy makes life changing decisions for troubled teens. [News3LV]
  • Here's an editorial about the Boulder City crosswalk case and small town "justice." [RJ]
  • Nearly 1/3 of Nevada payday lenders violated the rules over the last 5 years. [TNI]
  • A Reno attorney got 25 months for tax evasion. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Federal judges refuses to clear Joe Arpaio's record despite presidential pardon. [KNPR]
  • Governor Sandoval has proclaimed next week "Animal Kindness and Welfare Awareness Week in Nevada."
  • Golden Knights tickets are the priciest in the NHL. [RJ]

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Being Accountable

The May issue of Nevada Lawyer is out and deals primarily with professional responsibility. Of note is the message from the president, Gene Leverty, on Being Accountable. In it he discusses the success of the Office of Bar Counsel, the proposal for random trust account audits and mandatory malpractice insurance, as well as recent changes to advertising rules (for more information on rule changes visit here). For those of you clamoring to know what the Board of Governors is up to, here it is. What are your thoughts? Anyone have more details on the mandatory malpractice insurance proposal? Any predictions?

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Lucky #13


  • Dayvid Figler writes about the Marsy's law ballot question. [TNI]
  • Boyd School of Law Professor Michael Kagan writes about immigration questions for Nevada candidates. [TNI]
  • Josh Reid is out at the City of Henderson on June 4 to join Lewis Roca. [RJ]
  • Former bar counsel Dave Clark has been selected to chair the well-being committee for the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. [Nevada Business]
  • The David Copperfield personal injury case continues. [RJ]
  • Do politics play a role in judicial opinions? [Las Vegas Sun]

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Roundabouts


  • Next week, the Nevada Supreme Court will hear argument on an anti-sanctuary ballot measure. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Steve Wynn filed a defamation suit against a former salon director. [Daily Mail]
  • Democrats are attacking Adam Laxalt and Wes Duncan over endorsements by Storey County Sheriff who has been accused of harassment. [TNI]
  • A former Boulder City officer is accused of making threats to shoot up a courthouse, judges, and attorneys. [LasVegasNow]
  • Thousands of new names were suggested for the 51s. [Fox5Vegas]

Monday, April 30, 2018

RIP Andrew Rempfer


  • RIP Andrew Rempfer. [gofundme]
  • The Supreme Court of Nevada ruled that Metro must release bodycam video and 911 calls audio from the October 1 shooting. [RJ]
  • The Nevada Court of Appeals overturned Judge Denton's and ruled that Nevada law protects against the public disclosure of trade secrets during litigation. [Nevada Appeal]
  • The SEIU Nevada Local 1107 is backing Robert Langford for DA. [RJ]
  • The Eighth Judicial District Court Family Division is accepting applications for pro tem hearing masters. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Friday, April 27, 2018

But Not Dr. Huxtable


  • Bill Cosby was found guilty yesterday. [NY Times]
  • A Metro officer was demoted for failing to stop a chokehold death. [RJ]
  • Today's the last day to nominate someone for the Bar Board of Governors.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Boulder City Pariah


  • No mistrial due to media coverage in the David Copperfield case. [US News]
  • Here's a summary of all that's gone down in the Boulder City first amendment fight involving Stephen Stubbs and his client versus the City. [LasVegasNow]
  • Video vault: When Oscar Goodman tried to put journalists on the stand. [News3LV]

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Race For AG

The Nevada Independent released results of polling it did earlier this month. You can see the results here. In the race for AG, Aaron Ford has a slight advantage over Wes Duncan. Both are virtual unknowns to voters. Duncan still has to beat Craig Mueller in a primary if he wants to be on the ballot in November. What are your thoughts on these candidates? Any other poll results you found interesting?

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Meet And Greet Supreme

Today at noon the Appellate Law Section is hosting a meet and greet with five Nevada Supreme Court candidates at UNLV.  The five candidates expected to be in attendance are:

Justice Lidia Stiglich
Court of Appeals Judge Jerome Tao
District Court Judge Elissa Cadish
Alan Lefebvre, Esq.
John Rutledge, Esq.

Anyone going and want to let us know what they say?  Anyone plan to ask them about trust account audits, Court of Appeals efiling, fiscal transparency, citable decisions, timely decisions, etc?

Meanwhile, Boyd '18 grad Alex Velto has written an opinion piece for The Nevada Independent about how this fall's election could affect the Court of Appeals--commending the Court on reducing the Supreme's case load and speculating that the CoA could eventually change to a pass through court instead of the pass-down model.  

Monday, April 23, 2018

It's A Boy!


  • The developers aiming to build at the Badlands golf course have sued Las Vegas and Judge Jim Crockett, bringing the total number of Badlands related lawsuits to eight. [RJ]
  • DA Wolfson is being pressured to release information regarding the theft of $41,792 in  campaign funds. [RJ]
  • Robert Freeman, from Lewis Brisbois, was selected as an outside investigator to investigate claims by a former employee against a CCSD administrator.  [RJ]
  • Attorneys and judges beat doctors in an annual kids' charity tennis tournament. [eighthjdcourt blog]
  • Have you seen the State Bar of Nevada Past Presidents Wall
  • Speaking of royalty, the newest royal baby is a boy. [News3LV]

Friday, April 20, 2018

Green Holidays


  • Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro appointed acting U.S. Attorney Dayle Eliason to the post until President Trump nominates and the Senate confirms someone for the job. [RJ]
  • Efforts are underway to outlaw brothels in two Nevada counties. [RJ]
  • Today is the last day to submit your comments on random trust account audits. 
  • Today is Nevada's first 4/20 holiday with legal recreational marijuana. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Sunday is Earth Day. How are you celebrating?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dirty Air


  • The battle over Badlands continues as developers have singled out three residents who are responding with an anti-SLAPP motion. [LasVegasNow]
  • Here's a follow-up article on the Boulder City gag order case involving Stephen Stubbs. [BCR]
  • David Copperfield took the stand yesterday. [Fox5Vegas; RJ]
  • Las Vegas is one of the most polluted metropolitan areas in the country. [Las Vegas Sun]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

RIP Jacob Hafter

Jacob Hafter passed away yesterday at age 42. [RJ]

Battle For DA

The primary election is a little under two months away on June 12, but today is as good as any to start talking about the two candidates in the race for district attorney. 

INCUMBENT- Steve Wolfson.  (Did you know he did an AMA on Reddit last year in conjunction with his tv show?)

CHALLENGER- Robert Langford.

Both have a long history in the community, have been in the national limelight related to their cases, and both have even gone head to head on cases before. What do you think is important to consider in this race? Does the recent story about Wolfon's assistant and the campaign funds spell doom for this campaign? Or is he a shoo in? What does the public need to know about these two candidates?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rebrand and Rebuild


  • According to a press release, Chief Judge Gloria Navarro has announced that Carla Higginbotham has been selected to replace Valerie P. Cooke (who is retiring July 31, 2018) as a United States Magistrate Judge in Reno.  Higginbotham is currently an AUSA in the criminal division in Reno and must undergo investigations by the FBI and IRS--a process expected to take 10-12 weeks.  Once officially appointed, her term will be for eight years.
  • Steve Wynn and Elaine Wynn have settled their epic six-year court battle. [RJ]
  • They're replacing some HVAC ducts in the Grant Sawyer building after finding the presence of two species of mold. [RJ; TNI]
  • Is it time to reform the NSHE (i.e. more work for some lucky lawyers)? [Las Vegas Sun]
  • There is still a backlog of untested rape kits in Nevada. [LasVegasNow]
  • Not wanting to miss out on all the excitement surrounding new sports in southern Nevada, the 51s will rebrand and get a new name when they move to Summerlin next year. [LasVegasNow]

Monday, April 16, 2018

RIP John Momot

Attorney John Momot, who represented mob defendants and played himself in the movie "Casino" has died at age 74. [RJ]

Deflated And Concerned


  • According to President Trump, all lawyers are deflated and concerned because of the raid on his attorney Michael Cohen. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Judge Denton has decided to keep the courtroom open in a personal injury case against David Copperfield that may require him to reveal the secret behind one of his illusions. [KTNV]
  • Danny Tarkanian was sued by his former law partner Samira Knight over $200,000 that she claims he took without authorization. [TNI]

Friday, April 13, 2018

All About Steves


  • Steven Myhre is no longer the number 2 prosecutor in Nevada. [RJ]
  • Boulder City Municipal Judge Victor Miller has recused himself from the crosswalk protest case in which he issued a gag order against Stephen Stubbs. [BCR]
  • Steve Wynn sued the AP for defamation. [RJ]
  • Judge Melanie Andress-Tobiasson talks about her interactions with and fears concerning Metro vice detectives. [LasVegasNow]

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Job Tips: Naming The Practice

One of our readers called Tumbledorf writes in with the following question:

I'm leaving my firm to go into solo practice. I have a very common last name - might as well be "Smith." That means there are approximately 900,000 "Smith Law Offices," "Smith Law Group," etc. Also, there's no way I would ever be able to get a simple domain like smithlaw.com Something like smithlawofficenevada.com might be possible, but it's really long and guaranteed people will leave the "nevada" part out. 

I am on the fence about generic names like "Hot Desert Law Center". But that might be practically necessary to get a reasonably short domain name.


Thoughts? Obviously it can't be something that implies the firm is bigger than just me. What is good and what just sounds dumb? Does anyone even care? What is best for clients? (I do civil litigation mostly.)

Smith Law Firm / Group (for a solo?)
[Generic geographic reference] Law (e.g., High Desert, Desert, Red Rock, etc.)
Lawyer McLawface
A completely made-up word? (e.g., "zillow")

Other ideas? What say you?

Thanks!

Reminder:  Today is the first day to submit nominations for the Board of Governors. You only have until April 27, 2018, to get them in.