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 Something like 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?


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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Go Knights Go

  • Judge Stefany Miley thinks Metro is engaged in gamesmanship with regard to releasing records related to October 1. [RJ]
  • The CCSD is appealing the arbitration ruling that went in favor of teachers. [TNI]
  • Here are the latest developments from the Lamplight HOA case as Michael McKelleb is representing the HOA in a deal that will likely see the HOA filing a claim against the insurance company and the Plaintiff agreeing not to pursue the judgment from the homeowners. [Fox5Vegas]
  • The Golden Knights have their first game in the NHL playoffs tonight. [NYTimes]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Long Live Attorney-Client Privilege

  • Judge Herndon sentenced a man 32 years to life for a random killing on I-15. [RJ]
  • The City of Henderson paid Littler Mendelson PC almost $11,000 for work related to investigating claims of sexual harassment against a former assistant city manager. [RJ]
  • Two petitions to recall elected state lawmakers don't have enough signatures after a court ruled that people could withdraw their signatures. [KTNV]
  • After a raid involving one of his lawyers, President Trump declared on Twitter that "Attorney-client privilege is dead." Thoughts? [WaPo]

Monday, April 9, 2018

I Got Chills

  • The arrest of a woman who showed up for her green card appointment has the Las Vegas immigrant community on edge. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Might the City of Las Vegas be getting in on the opioid lawsuits? [RJ]
  • How major Nevada cities and counties deal with sexual harassment. [TNI]

Friday, April 6, 2018

April's Nevada Lawyer

By now you should have received your copy of the April Nevada Lawyer and it is full of hot-button topics ripe for discussion:


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Job Tips: Language

One of our readers wants to know where the line is for appropriate cussing in the workplace if at all? We know some of you will say it's never appropriate. But what about behind a closed office door? Is it ever appropriate to use strong language talking to opposing counsel?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Too Much, Too Fast

  • Notarios are still a problem. [LasVegasNow]
  • An arbitration resulted in a ruling for the Clark County teacher's union. [TNI]
  • If you want to hear the latest from "As Boulder City Turns," Stephen Stubbs has posted a video discussing the latest with regard to Judge Miller. [Facebook]
  • Is East Las Vegas going to happen? [Fox5Vegas]

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

RIP R. Glen Woods

R. Glen Woods passed away on Sunday at age 60 following a brief illness.  Our condolences to his friends and family.

Were You Heard?

  • Here is an article about the passing of 9th Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt. [Washington Post]
  • Here's a puff piece with Mark Goldstein at Bailey Kennedy. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Thanks to Project Real and the Eighth Judicial District Court, some local elementary school kids will get to put Harry Potter on trial this Friday. [Fox5Vegas]
  • What did you think about yesterday's hearing on random trust account audits? 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Peep Hangover

  • The new federal tax plan will affect alimony. [RJ]
  • Pursuant to a settlement, the DA's office must now release more information about witness payments. [RJ]
  • This afternoon is the hearing on ADKT 0533 on random trust account audits.