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. []
  • 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]
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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]