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


  • 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 [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


  • 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


  • 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?