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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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Las Vegas Justice Court’s New Policy Regarding Restitution Payments – Effective August 1, 2014

Effective on August 1, 2014, the Las Vegas Justice Court will no longer accept restitution payments for criminal cases. Instead, restitution payments will be accepted at the following location:

Clark County District Attorney
Victim-Witness Assistance Center
200 Lewis Avenue, 3rd Floor of the Regional Justice Center
Las Vegas, NV 89155-2212
(702) 671-2525

All restitution must be tracked by defendants or their attorneys. Also, restitution must be made payable to the victim and must be in the form of a Cashier’s Check, Money Order, or Attorney Trust Account. Restitution will not be accepted in the form of Cash or Personal Checks.

This policy change will allow for restitution payments to be processed in one centralized location so that such payments can be processed quickly and effectively. Any questions about this policy change may be directed to Court Division Administrator Louis Kozlowski at (702) 671-2890.

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U.S. District Court Conference Set for May 7, 2015

The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has set the date for their next conference.  The U.S. District Court Conference will be held on May 7, 2015 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino, West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada. More details about the 2015 event will be announced by the court.

The District Court Conference is a great opportunity for members of the bar to interact with the federal judges and to learn more about federal practice. Learn more about the conference at http://www.usdistrictcourtconferencenv.com/

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Amendments to Justice Court Rules of Civil Procedure – Effective July 16, 2014

On June 19, 2014 an order was filed by the Supreme Court of Nevada in the matter of amendments to the Justice Court Rules of Civil Procedure. The changes are to Rule 3 (Commencement of Action) and Rule 102 (Filing of Summary Eviction Cases) and are detailed in Exhibit A of the order.  See ADKT 0496. The amendments shall be effective 30 days from the date of this 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=33807.

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Amendments to Nevada Supreme Court Rule 216 – Effective July 16, 2014

On June 19, 2014 an order was filed by the Supreme Court of Nevada in the matter of amendments to the proposed amendment to the rules that address the State Bar of Nevada members’ clients’ interest bearing trust accounts (IOLTA). The changes are to Supreme Court Rule 216 (Creation of Foundation). See ADKT 0479. The changes are detailed in Exhibit A 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=29799

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New Cover Sheets Required for Civil & Business Filings at Eighth Judicial District Court – Effective July 1, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, in accordance with NRS 3.275, the Eighth Judicial District Court will require the use of new cover sheets when submitting civil case and business court filing types.

To get copies of the new cover sheets, download this guide (PDF): EJDC-Cover-Sheets-Civil-Business-Filings. Contents of the four-page PDF guide are:

  • Page 1 – Business Court Cover Sheet – Two selections needed
  • Page 2 – Civil Court Cover Sheet
  • Page 3 – Business Court Cover Sheet
  • Page 4 – Civil Cover Sheet Mappings (Old vs. New)

NOTE: Failure to use the new cover sheets starting on July 1st will result with the submission being rejected by the court.

The cover sheets were modified based upon feedback received from the district courts, as well as to assist with gathering statistical information from the courts. Accordingly, these cover sheets should now be used for filing matters in the state’s district courts.

Questions about this change in procedure can be directed to Nevada’s Administrative Office of the Court at 702-486-9333.

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Las Vegas Justice Court Reassigns Case to Henderson Justice Court

The Las Vegas Justice Court has filed an administrative order regarding the disqualification of the court’s justices of the peace in the matter of a particular case.

Effective June 18, 2014, the order transfers case #14F-03035X to the Henderson Justice Court for future proceedings.

To learn more, read Administrative Order 14-02 (PDF): LVJC-14-02-JPs-Disqualied-Case-#14F-03035X

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Administrative Changes for “Q-Cases” at the Las Vegas Justice Court are Effective Immediately

On June 4, 2014, an administrative order was filed with the Las Vegas Justice Court in the matter regarding the scheduling of certain criminal cases for hearing regarding matters known as “Q-Cases” that involve violations of the Nevada State Contractor’s Board and violations involving Clark County Animal Control.

The changes in procedure are outlined in the order and effective immediately. Download AO 14-01 (PDF): LVJC-14-01-Criminal-Calendar-Schedule-Q-Cases

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