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CLE Seminar to Focus on How to Bring a Case to Trial

Join us on Thursday, September 25, 2014 for the CLE seminar, “How to Bring a Case to Trial”. This seminar will help you prepare for the outline of proof, organization of facts and documents, graphics, and provide practical pointers.

Featured speakers are Phillip S. Aurbach, Esq. from Marquis Aurbach Coffing and Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Susan Scann from Dept. 29 from that Clark County court.

Get event details and registration information

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NOTICE: CCBA’s Office Communications are Offline

info-2UPDATE:  At this time, the outage seems to be limited to phone and fax transmissions. (4:50 p.m., 8/15/2014)

Our telecommunications service is no longer working. This outage includes all phone, fax, e-mail, and internet service. We are working to remedy this problem.

If you have business to conduct with the staff of the Clark County Bar Association, then you may contact CCBA’s Communications Coordinator Steph Abbott via the alternative e-mail, ccbastephabbott@outlook.com or 702-241-9150. She will try to respond back as quickly as possible; however, it may take  72 hours or more.

We truly appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.

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Amendments to Nevada Rule of Civil Procedure Regarding Entry of Judgment – Effective September 29, 2014

On July 31, 2014 an order was filed by the Supreme Court of Nevada in the matter of amendments to the proposed amendment to Rule 58 of the Nevada Rule of Civil Procedure. The changes are to Part E (Entry of Judgment). See ADKT 0488. The changes are detailed in Exhibit A of the order. The amendments shall be effective 60 days from the date of the order.

To download the full order and review the administrative case, visit the Appellate Case Management System at http://caseinfo.nvsupremecourt.us/public/caseView.do?csIID=31249.

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Amendments to Eighth Judicial District Court Rules of Practice Regarding Probate; Trusts and the Administration of Estates – Effective August 30, 2014

On July 31, 2014 an order was filed by the Supreme Court of Nevada in the matter of amendments to the proposed amendments to Part IV of the Rules of Practice for the Eighth Judicial District Court. The changes are to the rule are extensive and outlined within Exhibit A to the order. See ADKT 0498. The amendments shall be effective 30 days from the date of the order.

To download the full order and review the administrative case, visit the Appellate Case Management System at http://caseinfo.nvsupremecourt.us/public/caseView.do?csIID=33996.

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Las Vegas Justice Court Purges Unserved Arrest Warrants

On August 4, 2014 an order was filed by the Chief Justice of the Peace Karen Bennett-Haron for the Las Vegas Justice Court in the matter of unserved arrest warrants in older civil cases. The court determined that “the outstanding arrest warrants in those cases should be quashed, and the related cases should be closed, due to the passage of time…” See Administrative Order 14-04 (PDF): 14-04-LVJC-Civil-Bench-Warrants

The list of affected cases are detailed in Exhibit A of the order. The order was made effective immediately.

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Las Vegas Justice Court Order Addresses Restitution Amounts Due to be Paid for Specific Criminal Cases

On July 31, 2014 an order was signed by the Chief Justice of the Peace Karen Bennett-Haron for the Las Vegas Justice Court in the matter of restitution in criminal cases. The order included the list of cases with unpaid restitution amounts due to be paid to the Clark County District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Assistance Center and locations for such payments to be made. See Administrative Order 14-03 (PDF): 14-03-LVJC-Restitution-Payments-Criminal

The very long list of affected cases is included as Exhibit A of the order. The order was made effective August 1, 2014.

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New Benefit for CCBA Members: Professional Liability Coverage

Kimberly A. Buchanan, Esq. CCBA President 2014

Kimberly A. Buchanan, Esq.
CCBA President 2014

We are excited to announce a new benefit for members of the Clark County Bar Association!

The CCBA has partnered with AFPD, a division of NSM Insurance Group and Kaercher Insurance to provide members with a terrific new professional liability policy.

Learn more from CCBA President Kimberly Buchanan at https://www.clarkcountybar.org/about-us/letter-from-the-president/

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CCBA’s August 14 Luncheon to Feature Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller

Join us on Thursday, August 14, 2014 for lunch at Mundo, a “Latin chic’ restaurant. Featured speaker Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller will present a legal update of new changes to the Secretary of State’s office from the 2013 legislative session. Bank-of-Nevada-Logo

The August luncheon is sponsored by AFPD Insurance for Professionals, Bank of Nevada, Data Clone Labs, and Kaercher Insurance.DCL_logoV2_taglineKaercher Insurance_rev
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Take a break. Catch up with colleagues. Support your local bar association.

To attend the luncheon, please register with payment by Friday, August 8, 2014. Get more information and link to event registration on our Luncheons page.

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Medical/Dental Malpractice Status Check Calendar – Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Eighth Judicial District Court has announced that it will hold the next Medical/Dental Malpractice Status Check Calendar at 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. See EJDC-Med-Mal-Sessions-8-12-14 .

The calendar will be held at the Complex Litigation Center, 333 S. Sixth Street in downtown Las Vegas. Endoscopy cases will not be included. The calendar will be heard in numerical case number order with the oldest case being heard first, as follows:

  • 8/12/14 at 8:30 a.m. – Case No. A-08-571528-C through A-13-679172-C
  • 8/12/14 at 1:00 p.m. – Case No. A-13-679493-C through A-14-702328-C

Attorneys are expected to bring a list of their cases for which they will be appearing to the hearing.

The Discovery Commissioner, Bonnie Bulla, will be available to address any discovery issues.

The court will work to enforce NRS 41A.061.1(b), and will attempt to set all medical/dental malpractice trials (not already scheduled) within two years of the date that the complaint was filed.

Questions regarding the status check calendar should be directed to Tatyana Ristic at (702) 671-3633.

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Remembering Bob Faiss

Submitted by Jennifer Roberts, Esq.

Bob Faiss, Esq.

Bob Faiss, Esq.

I wish that all of you could have known Bob Faiss, although I am aware that he touched many lives in the legal community. Bob was the ideal attorney. He was sharp, always prepared, and truly respectful to opposing counsel, board and commission members, legislators, and judges, even in the face of the most adversarial of proceedings. He was never egotistical or concerned about being in the spotlight. He also never said a bad word about anyone. He was one of the most respected men I’ve ever met, yet was so humble.

Bob Faiss was the founder of gaming law practice. He worked with then Governor Grant Sawyer when the present gaming regulatory system was created — the Nevada State Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission. He helped author many of the gaming laws currently on the books. Bob was also a consultant for several foreign countries that looked for guidance when deciding whether to legalize gaming in their jurisdiction.

Bob was the Chair of the Gaming Law practice group at Lionel Sawyer & Collins, where he worked for over 40 years of his legal career. He was a tireless representative for clients who were seeking gaming licensing, facing disciplinary action against a gaming license, or challenging a decision from an administrative body. One of his favorite clients was Mike Tyson, whom he represented before the Nevada Athletic Commission.

One of my favorite stories Bob told me was that he was invited to be part of a panel presentation on casino gaming regulation. It was a late afternoon session at a hotel surrounded by golf courses. Bob, of course, diligently prepared for the presentation, dressed in his suit and tie (when everyone else was in polo shirts and Bermuda shorts) and gave his hour-long presentation to the four people sitting in the audience. When he finished the panel presentation, he advised the four audience members that there was one concluding panel scheduled. The four members got up from their chairs to then set up their panel discussion. They were the last panel! Most attorneys would have been embarrassed and never repeated the story, but Bob sat through that last presentation with a smile on his face and proudly shared that story whenever he could.

Bob loved practicing gaming law so much that he helped develop the gaming law program at the William S. Boyd School of Law. There were so many students who took his courses who never had any interest in gaming law until they learned about it from Bob. He dedicated much of his time getting students to experience lobbying firsthand by having students testify before the Nevada State Assembly and Senate each legislative session. He had students appear before the Nevada State Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission so they could have the experience of being a gaming lawyer. One of his most cherished moments was when students were invited to the boardroom of MGM Resorts International to hear Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of the company, talk about his career. Another was when Bob took students to one of the VIP suites at the Venetian Casino Resort for a presentation from one of the company’s executives.

Bob wanted others to learn about his specialty practice area of gaming law. He loved seeing the gaming industry grow on both a national and international level, knowing that gaming lawyers helped drive such advancement. The industry grew from a suspect industry only permitted in one state to a legitimate entertainment business involving public companies, anti-money laundering efforts, and responsible gaming initiatives.

There will never be another Bob Faiss. However, he taught so many attorneys in this community the importance of integrity and reputation. When you ask someone about Bob Faiss, there will be nothing but positive remarks. He was a true inspiration and his impact on one of Nevada’s largest industries can never be duplicated. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Jennifer Roberts worked with Bob Faiss at Lionel Sawyer & Collins for almost 11 years. She is a shareholder in the firm’s Gaming & Regulatory Practice Group and also teaches at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

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