Friday, September 28, 2018

Confirmation Day?


  • It looks like Kavanaugh may make it out of committee today. What do you think will happen? [KNPR]
  • Were you the least bit curious about Rachel Mitchell--the prosecutor that questioned Dr. Ford on behalf of Republican senators yesterday? [LasVegasNow]
  • Some new fire sprinkler work for the construction defect lawyers? [KTNV]
  • There are only a few days left for people who attended the Route 91 Harvest festival to apply for assistance. [News3LV]

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Trust The System


  • Judge Stefany Miley sentenced suspended attorney Vicki Greco to 90 days in jail and 5 years probation. [RJ]
  • Nevada's rural counties are struggling to provide public defenders. [RGJ]
  • The father of the boy who brought a gun to school last week is being charged with child abuse by the DA. [Fox5Vegas]
  • Almost 60 female Nevada attorneys signed on to a letter calling for a thorough investigation into the claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. [TNI]
  • There is a liveblog over at SCOTUSblog regarding the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing today. As always, you're welcome to discuss it in the comments below as well.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fair And Credible


  • Sentencing of Bill Cosby is under way in Pennsylvania. [AP News]
  • What do you think about the fact finding review of the death of Tashii Farmer yesterday? [News3LV]
  • Are you ready to discuss the proposed changes to the NRCP? [CCBA]
  • While it was discussed in the comments recently, it appears that not all of you were aware about the discipline James Pengilly got for the incident with a gun a deposition. [ABA Journal]
  • The latest on the Kavanaugh situation. [FoxNews; NYTimes]

Monday, September 24, 2018

Autumn Is Here


  • Judge Richard Boulware wants more documents and testimony before deciding whether October 1 negligence cases should be in federal or state court. [US News]
  • This Friday, the 28th, the Federalist Society is hosting a Supreme Court candidate forum at Fogo de Chao for $20 which includes lunch and 1 CLE credit. RSVP by tomorrow.  [Federalist Society]
  • Washoe County Family Court Judge Charles Weller was fined $2500 and ordered to attend classes for his remarks about putting women "back in their place." [Las Vegas Sun]
  • In light of the discussion about the latest on the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, a local attorney, who wants to remain anonymous, wanted to share her #whyididntreport story:

Friday, September 21, 2018

SCOTUS Bar Crawl

SCOTUS has set for conference Monday, September 24, 2018, the cert petition in the suit brought by North Dakota lawyer Arnold Fleck against the North Dakota Bar challenging bar dues use and lawyer First Amendment free speech and associational infringements. The questions presented are:

1. Does it violate the First Amendment for state
law to presume that Petitioner consents to subsidizing
non-chargeable speech by the group he is compelled to
fund (an “opt-out” rule), as opposed to an “opt-in” rule
whereby Petitioner must affirmatively consent to subsidizing
such speech?

2. Should Keller v. State Bar of Cal., 496 U.S. 1
(1990), and Lathrop v. Donohue, 367 U.S. 820 (1961), be
overruled insofar as they permit the state to force Petitioner
to join a trade association he opposes as a condition
of earning a living in his chosen profession?

A copy of the cert petition is here.

SCOTUS September 24th conference cases, including Fleck v. Wetch can be accessed here.

The Pacific Legal Foundation's Debra La Fetra has a good overview of the case and a link to the PLF amicus in support of Fleck here.

Thanks to Mauricio Hernandez for the tip.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Your Votes Don't Count


  • Judge Jim Crockett nullified the results of a Republican primary election for state Assembly District 5. [RJ; KNPR]
  • Former DA David Roger talks about what went wrong in the second Binion trial. [LasVegasNow]
  • What are your predictions about the Kavanaugh confirmation proceedings? [SCOTUSblog]

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Will You Be The One?

Are you a volunteer? Why not?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Puff Puff Crash


  • The DA's office is filing 2nd degree murder charges for a woman who was DUI with marijuana in her system and who caused an accident that killed an 8-year old boy. [LasVegasNow]
  • In another incident a driver who struck two jaywalking pedestrians admitted to having smoked marijuana before the accident. [LasVegasNow]
  • People are ending up in deportation hearings for traffic tickets alone. [TNI]
  • Here's a puff piece on healthcare lawyer Ayesha Mehdi. [Vegas Inc.]
  • Want to search every campaign contribution made to AG candidates Aaron Ford and Wes Duncan? [TNI]
  • There are 11 applicants for appointment to the open family court position--some familiar faces and some new names. [NVCourts]

Friday, September 14, 2018

Job Tips: Futureproof

One of our readers has a simple question that probably does not have a simple answer, but we will pose it to you anyway:  What areas of law do you think are futureproof?  Is there such a thing? 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

A Sham


  • Robert Eglet calls MGM's $500 charity offer in exchange for accepting service "a sham." [Fox5Vegas]
  • Not Nevada specific, but check out this $250 million settlement by State Farm regarding a class action against it for creating a fund to support a judge that later turned over a billion dollar judgment against the company. [ABA Journal]
  • Are you interested in being a magistrate judge? The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of two full-time United States magistrate judges for the District of Nevada to be located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The current annual salary of the position is $191,360. The term of office is eight years. A full public notice for the two magistrate judge positions and an application form is available on the Court’s website (www.nvd.uscourts.gov). Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30, 2018. Questions can be directed to the Clerk of Court at 702-464-5456.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Captain Morgan Pose


  • Remember how MGM was suing victims of the October 1 shooting. Now, they're trying to convince the people they sued to accept service in exchange for a $500 contribution to charity? Good or bad strategy--what do you think? [CBSNews]
  • Remember that lawsuit against the Oregon State Bar that some of you were discussing the other day--here is a copy of the complaint.
  • A summary of the findings into the Phil Kohn sexual harassment investigation has been made public. [RJ]
  • AG/gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt racked up 8 traffic tickets in a 10 year period--and just paid off a 15-year old ticket last month. [TNI]
  • The immigrant mom who was being detained in Henderson could be reunited with her daughter this week. [TNI]
  • Just a few weeks until the new law on ignition locks for DUIs goes into effect. [LasVegasNow]

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Constructive Criticism

There has been a rash of petty, negative, non-constructive criticism, politicking and baiting on here recently.  We suspect that the vast majority of these comments come from just one or two vocal individuals with an ulterior motive, but in any event, and as we've explained previously, that's not the purpose of this blog.  We've removed some of the more egregious examples of these type of comments, but we don't have the time nor the desire to police all these comments real-time.  So, we've shut the comments down on these last two posts, at least for now.  We'll try this again tomorrow.  We apologize to the vast majority of you, who are non-violators.

17 Years Later


  • The Supreme Court says the name of the execution doctor stays secret. [ABC News]
  • The man who sold ammo to the October 1 shooter pleaded not guilty. [LasVegasNow]
  • Never forget. Where were you that Tuesday morning 17 years ago? [Las Vegas Sun]

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Longest Yard


  • Guardianship abuse is the focus of a new documentary. [KTNV]
  • The attacks against Aaron Ford aren't about him says this commentary. [Nevada Current]
  • A civil bench bar tomorrow will feature discovery commissioner Bonnie Bulla talking about proposed changes to discovery rules. [eightjdcourt blog
  • MGM is trying to pay for more schooling for its employees. [TNI]

Friday, September 7, 2018

Smokey And The Bandit


  • The Republican AG Association filed suit against Metro seeking to obtain bodycam footage of an interaction Metro had with AG candidate Aaron Ford last fall. [TNI]
  • While in Vegas to endorse Steve Sisolak, former US AG Eric Holder discussed justice reform. [Nevada Current]
  • The Nevada Commission on Ethics and Metro are investigating the misuse of public funds by the LVCVA. [RJ]
  • CWNevada, one of the state's largest cannabis company faces six separate lawsuits. The CEO of CWNevada is attorney Brian Padgett. CWNevada's attorney for these matters is Todd Bice. [RJ]
  • Elon Musk smoked weed live on Youtube. [Washington Post]

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sleeping In The Street


  • A panel of 9th Circuit judges rules that prosecuting homeless people for sleeping in public is cruel and unusual punishment. [NY Times]

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

For Your Eyes Only


  • Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ruled that the name of the doctor who will be in charge of Scott Dozier's execution must be revealed to drug company lawyers, but will remain sealed for "attorney eyes only." [News3LV]
  • Nevada Department of Public Safety is investigating sexual assault allegations against Dennis Hof. [TNI]
  • Efforts to recall two state senators are just now reaching the Supreme Court. [TNI]
  • Oakland is threatening to sue the NFL and the Raiders. [SF Chronicle]

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Fall Sports


  • Stephen Stubbs was arrested for obstruction last week; he says it was because he told his client not to speak to police. [KTNV]
  • The confirmation for Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court starts today. [SCOTUSblog]
  • A Golden Knights player is suspended for 20 games for PED use. [ESPN]
  • Colin Kaepernick won an early battle against the NFL in a collusion case. [CBSSports]