Friday, March 30, 2018

Spring Break


  • Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Nevada issued a few opinions, including one ruling that public officials' personal devices are not necessarily exempt from public records requests. [TNI]
  • Anything else we need to know about?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A Beautiful Day


  • The family of a surgeon killed on his bike last year, represented by Will Kemp, obtained a $19 million jury verdict. [RJ]
  • This article about the complaint filed against Judge Susan Johnson includes her statement that mentions the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission had already reviewed her actions and found no misconduct. [TNI]
  • The Wynn battle is heating up. [RJ]
  • Adrian Karimi is representing a woman whose image is being used by Sapphire without her permission. [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Never Tell Me The Odds


  • What is the future of recreational marijuana in Nevada? [TNI]
  • RIP Linda Brown, the woman who was, as a schoolgirl, at the center of Brown v. Board of Education. [NPR]
  • Not Nevada, but after a lawyer gave a one-hour closing argument in a jury trial, the Judge asked him to do a breathalyzer test. He blew a .337. And, yes, he lost. This happened in December and the Kentucky Supreme Court issued an order temporarily suspending him last week. 
  • The Golden Knights have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in their inaugural season. [ESPN]

Monday, March 26, 2018

Fame & Fortune


  • A complaint was filed with the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline regarding Judge Susan Johnson's comments to felons about voting for Donald Trump. [TNI]
  • Nevada Court of Appeals Judge Jerome Tao changed his political registration from Democratic to nonpartisan shortly before filing to run for the Supreme Court. [RJ]
  • The developer of Badlands has a string of lawsuits against the City of Las Vegas. [RJ]
  • Jennifer Isso and her firm have sued Equifax. [News3LV]
  • President Trump tweeted about not hiring some lawyers yesterday and said that "Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted." What do you think? [CNN]

Friday, March 23, 2018

Released


  • The CCSD Board Approved a settlement for alleged workplace harassment--all while the trustee accused of harassment was threatening to sue the Board. [TNI]
  • The Board also approved the creation of a gender-diverse policy. [Fox5VegasTNI]
  • Raiders Stadium is on schedule and on budget, so far. [Las Vegas Sun; RJ]
  • MGM strategically released footage of the October 1 shooter before the shooting. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, Metro and the media are still fighting over release of Metro's files. [Fox5Vegas]

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Rained On


  • There are a number of attorneys (and Boyd grads) on this 40 under 40 list. [Vegas Inc]
  • President Trump's lead lawyer on the Russian investigation has resigned. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Anything else going on out there today?

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

RIP Judge Allan Earl

Judge Earl has passed away. The Nevada Supreme Court issued the following release.

The Nevada Judiciary passes on its deepest condolences following the death of Senior Judge Allan R. Earl.

“To say Judge Earl was a larger than life character would be an understatement,” said Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael L. Douglas. “He provided leadership in construction defect cases, complex litigation, and provided expertise in rewriting Nevada’s Rules of Civil Procedure. He dedicated his life to furthering the profession of law and helped make us better.”

Governor Kenny Guinn appointed Judge Earl to the Eighth Judicial District Court on December 5, 2000. He retired at the end of his term on January 5, 2015 and became a Senior Judge. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Earl served for 25 years as a partner in the law firm of Galatz, Earl & Associates in Las Vegas, where he specialized in Personal Injury Trial Advocacy.

Judge Earl earned a bachelor of science degree, Cum Laude, in 1965 from Brigham Young University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California's Boalt Hall School of Law in 1968. He served as a law clerk to the Nevada Supreme Court from 1968 to 1969 and was admitted to the Nevada State Bar in 1968.

Judge Earl was a member of the Western Trial Lawyers Association, the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and was a Lawyer's Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference from Nevada. He authored numerous articles and was appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court to a Select Committee to redraft the Discovery Rules under the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure. He was a former member of the Standing Committee of Federal Local Practice Rules for the District Court.

In 1994, he was appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court to the Board of Bar Examiners. Judge Earl received the highest possible rating, "AV," by Martindale-Hubbell and was awarded the Peoples Distinguished Counselor Award by the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association in 1994. He was listed in the publication "Best Lawyers in America" since its inception.           


UNLV Boyd Is #59 (tied x2)

Some of you already started the festivities in yesterday's comments, but the US News and World Report Law School Rankings came out and UNLV Boyd School of Law is tied for #59 with two other schools. More astonishingly, the school was ranked #1 in Legal Writing.

In unrelated news, a little birdie tells us that the deadline to submit nominees for Nevada's Legal Elite is this week.

Also, the Nevada Independent has an IndyMatters interview with Maggie McLetchie.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tattled


  • Should DA Steve Wolfson reported the theft and replacement of funds by his aide under election laws? [RJ]
  • Clark County is moving to update its sexual harassment policy--coincidentally, just days after allegations surfaced against employee/public defender Phil Kohn. [TNI]
  • The Las Vegas City Council may take the Badlands development issue to the Supreme Court. [RJ]
  • Meanwhile, the Legacy Golf Club settlement means it will remain a golf course through 2038. [RJ]
  • A student got suspended from school after Congressman Mark Amodei's office reported the student's use of vulgar language to the school. [TNI]
  • REMINDER:  You have until 5 pm on Monday, March 26th to submit an original and 8 written copies of written comments regarding ADKT 533 (trust account audits). No electronic submissions will be docketed. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Challenged


  • Robert Langford filed to challenge Steve Wolfson for District Attorney. [RJ]
  • Possible issue for the DA election: should misdemeanor pot convictions be expunged? [RJ]
  • Clark County has hired an outside law firm to investigate claims of inappropriate behavior by Clark County public defender Phil Kohn. [RJ]
  • Here's a look at AG candidate Craig Mueller. [TNI]
  • Here's a look at when states sue the federal government over public land. [TNI]
  • How about the Wolfpack? [LasVegasNow]

Friday, March 16, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Eve


  • Today is the last day for candidate filing for non-judicial offices. See who files at the last minute here.
  • DA Steve Wolfson kept quiet about aide's theft, didn't press charges, and then hired her back and allowed her to be involved with handling money. As of this post, he is running unopposed for reelection. [RJ]
  • UNLV's president signed an agreement for a $14 million donation to the medical with the condition that he remain in his position--just after he received a negative job evaluation. [TNI]
  • Judge Wiese ruled in a way that could disqualify a large number of recall signatures. [TNI]
  • Judge Linda Marie Bell will be the new chief judge of the EJDC on July 1. [eighthjdcourt blog]

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Least Productive Day Of The Year?

Some people claim that today and tomorrow are some of the least productive business days of the year due to the start of the NCAA basketball tournament. What do you think? Is there a less productive day where people are actually in the office, but work isn't getting done? Does your office have a viewing party? Anything else going on out there we should know about? Any secret ADKT orders or OBC actions?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Walkout


  • Easton Harris was sentenced two to five years in prison. [RJ]
  • The fight over Legacy golf course heads to trial. [RJ]
  • Is UNLV's president on the way out? [TNI]
  • Three days left to file and, so far, no one has stepped up to run against DA Wolfson.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Investigator, Esq.

This article about the "mutual" parting of ways for the City of Henderson and the assistant city manager mentions that the City paid Littler Mendelson almost $11,000 to investigate claims of sexual harassment. This got us wondering how many of you perform investigative services as part of your law practice. We know many of you hire investigators, but do any of you do it yourself? Any recommendations or tips related to this part of the practice of law?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Time Keeps On Slipping


  • Is Judge Scotti making poor decisions from the bench? Jane Ann Morrison seems to think so. [RJ]
  • Lawyers of October 1 shooting victims looking to remove Paddock's estate from their lawsuits so they can move forward. [LasVegasNow]
  • For those of you who didn't know, you can view the Supreme Court's ADKT orders here.  And you can see what's on their calendar here.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Time To Spring Forward


  • Wynn settles with Okada for $2.4 billion. [Bloomberg]
  • The family of the late Judge Diana Hampton are suing a doctor charged in another case with illegal distribution of fentanyl. [RJUSNews]
  • Here's an article about Stephen Stubb's writ of mandamus. [BCR]
  • Deputy DA Melanie Scheible is running for state senate. [RJ]
  • Final arguments yesterday in Air Force sergeant's murder trial. [RJ]
  • Turn your clocks ahead this weekend. Will this madness ever end? [FoxNews]

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Eastside


  • Randolph Goldberg is back in the news. [LasVegasNow]
  • The City of Las Vegas levied $72,000 in fines on a homeowner who rented out a home on AirBNB without a license. [RJ]
  • Peter Wetherall is representing plaintiffs suing the makers of Abilify for failing to warn that it could lead to compulsive gambling. [RJ]
  • Will we soon have a City of East Las Vegas? [Fox5Vegas]
  • Anyone feel like complaining about Project Neon?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Preposterous


  • Another lawsuit against Steve Wynn relating to his visits to an on property salon--including after the story broke in the WSJ? [TNI]
  • There are a pair of Las Vegas defense lawyers on the Cosby legal team:   Kathleen Bliss and Jason Hicks? [CNS]
  • Dick's enforcing a minimum age is not age discrimination? [RJ]
  • Here are more details on the Lamplight HOA case and homeowners considering suing the HOA? [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Nevada Guardianship Compliance Office has established a toll-free guardianship fraud hotline at (833) 421-7711. [nvcourts]

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Utah Topless Bar


  • The Utah State Bar emBARrassed itself yesterday by sending out a picture of a topless woman in the middle of an email about the in-state bar convention. [FoxNews; AboveTheLaw]
  • Maggie McLetchie and the RJ continue to fight for government transparency in Nevada. [RJ]
  • The Lamplight HOA met in a meeting closed to the press last night. At least one family has lawyered up with Alex Laveque. [KTNV]
  • Here are the candidates who have filed so far.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Truth From Fiction


  • Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez denied Steve Wynn's motion to terminate his shareholder agreement. [RJ]
  • A lawsuit was filed related to that recent Grand Canyon helicopter crash. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Sifting truth from fiction in pimp investigation. [TNI]
  • Today is the first day for non-judicial candidates to file for office. Will we see a lot of lawyers throwing their hat in the ring? You can get information about county elections here and statewide elections here.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Most Court Time

A simple question today:  which practice area spends the most amount of time in court?  As a corollary, which practice area spends the most amount of time in trial?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Meanwhile In Boulder City


  • The Boulder City city council approved a contract for Steve Morris as the new city attorney. [BCR]
  • Also in Boulder City, municipal Judge Victor Miller issued an order prohibiting "all counsel are prohibited from engaging in extrajudicial communications that in any way disparage or otherwise comment on opposing counsel relative to this case."  The case is Boulder City v. Hunt, case number (S) 17-CR-68.  Counsel in that case are the aforementioned Steve Morris as acting city attorney and Stephen "Bowtie" Stubbs for the defendant.  The order comes after Stubbs made a post on his Facebook page about Morris. Stubbs also raised concerns about Morris being a Mormon stake president and having religious authority over Judge Miller.