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CCBA New Lawyers Committee Highlights

The New Lawyers Committee consists of attorneys admitted to practice in Nevada within the last five years regardless of age. In addition to publishing the Lawyer’s Survival Guide, producing CLE seminars of special interest to new attorneys, hosting networking and social events for new attorneys, and volunteering at CCBA events such as the Meet Your Judges Mixer, the New Lawyers Committee works closely with the William S. Boyd School of Law’s Society of Advocates to coordinate volunteers for law school competitions.

Highlights from Recent William S. Boyd School of Law Competitions

From January through April, 2015, the New Lawyers Committee aided in the organization of the Eighth Annual In-House Negotiation Competition and the Seventeenth Annual Moot Court Competition.

On January 30, 2015, twenty-two student teams competed in the Eighth Annual In-House Negotiation Competition, which was held at the William S. Boyd School of Law. The Bank of Nevada generously provided cash prizes to the members of the top three teams:

  • First Place: Andrea Orwoll & Michael Viets, recipients of a $200.00 cash prize
  • Second Place: Jonathan Chung & John Mowbray, recipients of a $150.00 cash prize
  • Third Place: Andrew Coats & Todd Weiss, recipients of a $100.00 cash prize
William S. Boyd School of Law Eighth Annual In-House Negotiation Competition Second Place Team: Jonathan Chung (left) and John Mowbray (right)

William S. Boyd School of Law Eighth Annual In-House Negotiation Competition Second Place Team:
Jonathan Chung (left) and John Mowbray (right)

William S. Boyd School of Law Eighth Annual In-House Negotiation Competition Third Place Team: Andrew Coates (left) and Todd Weiss (right)

William S. Boyd School of Law Eighth Annual In-House Negotiation Competition Third Place Team:
Andrew Coates (left) and Todd Weiss (right)

William S. Boyd School of Law Eighth Annual In-House Negotiation Competition First Place Team: Andrea Orwell (left) and Michael Viets (right)

William S. Boyd School of Law Eighth Annual
In-House Negotiation Competition First Place Team: Andrea Orwell (left) and Michael Viets (right)

On April 24 and 25, 2015, seventy-five students participated in the Seventeenth Annual Moot Court Competition, which was held at the William S. Boyd School of Law. On the second day of the competition, the four student finalists competed for cash prizes provided by the Bank of Nevada and BARBRI scholarships provided by BARBRI.

  • First Place: Michael Viets, recipient of a $150 cash prize and a $1,000 BARBRI scholarship
  • Second Place: Aarin E. Kevorkian, recipient of a $100 cash prize and a $1,000 BARBRI scholarship
  • Third Place: Garrett Chase, recipient of a $75 cash prize
  • Fourth Place: Emily Ross, recipient of a $50 cash prize
William S. Boyd School of Law Seventeenth Annual Moot Court Competition Judges and Finalists: UNLV Law School Dean Hamilton with law student Garrett Chase, Supreme Court of Nevada Justice Kristina Pickering, United States District Court Judge Richard Boulware, United States District Court Judge Jennifer Dorsey, Law students Emily Ross, Aarin Kevorkian and Michael Viets, and attorney Michael Hughes.

William S. Boyd School of Law Seventeenth Annual Moot Court Competition
Judges and Finalists:
UNLV Law School Dean Hamilton with law student Garrett Chase, Supreme Court of Nevada Justice Kristina Pickering, United States District Court Judge Richard Boulware, United States District Court Judge Jennifer Dorsey, Law students Emily Ross, Aarin Kevorkian and Michael Viets, and attorney Michael Hughes.

Special thanks to all who volunteered!

The New Lawyers Committee and the Clark County Association wishes to extend thanks to the volunteers who made these competitions a tremendous success:

Boyd Law Competition Volunteers
Michelle Alarie Crystal Eller Natalie Lehman Chad Schatzle
Erik Aldrian Frank Ellis Mark Lerner Adam Schneider
Melissa Alessi Michael Esposito Jeffrey Luszak Jeffrey Segal
Elizabeth Ashley Abe Flores Karissa Mack Marisa Shapoval
Jae Barrick Kylie Foster Theresa Mains Alina Shell
Travis Barrick Mark Gentile Judge Janiece Marshall Matthew Sibert
Liane Binowitz Greg Gordillo Michael McKellab Marsha Stephenson
Brian Blaylock Saman Heidari Nadine Morton Jaimie Stilz-Outlaw
Judge Richard Boulware Lawrence Hill Jared Moser Kelly Stout
Lauren Calvert Michael Hughes Lydia Nussbaum Anita Webster
Patrick Chapin Josh Igeleke Judge Vincent Ochoa Brenda Weksler
Benjamin Childs Amy Ismail Casey Perkins Amber White-Davidson
Miles Clark Joni Jameson Robin Perkins Lynsey Williams
Jamie Combs Brandon Kemble Justice Kristina Pickering Cayla Witty
Judge Kenneth Cory Samuel Kern Brian Ramsey Alejandro Yanez
Dana Cotham Judge Bita Khamsi Jennifer Roberts Kristopher Zeppenfeld
Andrew Craner Pooja Kumar Esther Rodriguez
Judge Cynthia Cruz Elham Khomassi Michael Saltman
Judge Jennifer Dorsey Paul Lal Eduardo San Miguel

 

Michael Hughes serves as the Chair of the CCBA’s New Lawyers Committee. Michael is an attorney at the law firm of Cohen-Johnson, LLC.

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Standard Bail Schedule Updated for Las Vegas Justice Court

On May 21, 2015, the Las Vegas Justice Court has released an updated Standard Bail Schedule for felonies, gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors, violations of protection order, and additional penalties. The schedule is effective May 26, 2015. As such, beginning at 6:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015, the Clark County Detention Center will utilize the new bail schedule for all new CCDC bookings.

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Clark County Seeks Proposals from Law Firms to Provide Civil Defense Legal Services

Clark County is soliciting submittals from qualified firms/agencies to provide civil defense legal services to Clark County. Clark County is seeking outside legal counsel with qualifications to give legal advice and civil litigation representation of Clark County and its employees in any of the following practice areas:

  • Civil Rights Personal Injury/Tort Defense
  • Employment Bankruptcy
  • Eminent Domain General Contract Disputes
  • Flood Litigation Construction Contract Disputes
  • Public Utilities Commission Special Improvement District Litigation
  • Real Property Transactions

Law firms interested in submitting a proposal to provide these services must complete the document, “STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS, SOQ NO. 603696-15, CIVIL DEFENSE LEGAL SERVICES FOR CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA” See PDF file at http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/finance/purchasing/Bid_Documents/603696_abb.pdf.

Those who wish to propose their services should note the following tentative schedule set by the county:

  • Last Day to Ask Questions: May 29, 2015
  • Last Day County Will Provide Addendum: June, 3, 2015
  • Proposal Due Date: June 10, 2015 3:00 p.m. Pacific
  • Final PROPOSER Selection: June, 2015
  • Award & Approval of the Final Contract(s): July 21, 2015

To get all the details, visit the Clark County’s website at http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/finance/purchasing/Pages/listingdetails.aspx?bidID=1337.

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Bar Luncheon to Feature Nevada Attorney General Laxalt

Event registration extended to Noon, Wednesday, May 20, 2015!

HResGenLaxalt(1)Join us on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from Noon to 1 p.m. for a luncheon at the Las Vegas Country Club with featured speaker Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt. Laxalt’s presentation will include information about the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee for the Office of Military Legal Assistance. Entrée choices are Ginger Orange Grilled Salmon, Pesto Grilled Chicken Breast, and Pasta Caprese. Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m. outside the LVCC’s main dining room.

To attend this event, please register by Noon, Wednesday, May 20, 2015 using one of the following methods:

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Note: All reservations to CCBA events must be pre-paid. Each person who arrives without a prior reservation will not be guaranteed a seat, a meal, or entry to the event. If space becomes available to accommodate the unexpected person, then there will be an additional fee of $15 in addition to the listed price to attend. To receive a full refund for cancellations, a written request must be made to CCBA 72 hours prior to the luncheon.

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Administrative Order Regarding Matters of Electronic Recording of Courtroom Proceedings in Juvenile Cases at Eighth Judicial District Court 

On May 7, 2015, the Eighth Judicial District Court filed an order in the matter of electronic recording of courtroom proceedings in juvenile cases. In Administrative Order 15-05 (AO 15-05), the court addresses the conditions and concerns for how electronic proceedings in juvenile dependency and juvenile delinquency cases may be opened to inspection or released only to the attorneys of record or by court order to persons who have a legitimate interest in the records. The court further ordered the clerk of the court to develop policies and procedures to ensure that electronic recordings of all juvenile proceedings are not disseminated without compliance with the order as well as conditions for their release. See Administrative Order 15-05, a PDF document.

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New Administrative Order to Address Misdemeanor Releases at Las Vegas Justice Court

On May 6, 2015, the Las Vegas Justice Court Chief Judge Joe Bonaventure signed an order (effective immediately) that addresses the condition for release of defendants who are arrested on one or more misdemeanor charges, and no gross-misdemeanor or felony charges. See Amendment to Administrative Order 15-05 (AO 15-05), a detailed four-page PDF document: 15-05-Misdemeanor-Releases-(Final)

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Procedures Amended for Assignments of DUI and Vehicular Crime Cases at Las Vegas Justice Court

On April 21, 2015, the Las Vegas Justice Court ordered amendments (effective immediately) to the policies and procedures for the assignment of cases involving DUI cases and vehicular-crime cases. To read the detailed four-page document, download the PDF file: 15-03-DUI-Case-Assignments-(Amended-Final)

 

 

Related story (April 7, 2015): “Las Vegas Justice Court Changes Procedures for Assignments of DUI Cases,” (April 7, 2015) https://www.clarkcountybar.org/2015/las-vegas-justice-court-changes-procedures-for-assignments-of-dui-cases/

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Procedures Amended for Assignments of Domestic Violence Cases at Las Vegas Justice Court

On April 21, 2015, the Las Vegas Justice Court ordered amendments (effective immediately) to procedures for the assignment of cases involving domestic violence. To read the detailed three-page document, download the PDF file: 15-04-DV-Case-Assignments-(Amended-Final)

 

Related story (April 7, 2015): “Las Vegas Justice Court Clarifies Procedures for Assignments of Domestic Violence Cases,” https://www.clarkcountybar.org/2015/las-vegas-justice-court-clarifies-procedures-for-assignments-of-dv-cases/

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Eighth Judicial District Court Civil/Criminal Case Reassignment Effective May 4, 2015

Effective May 4, 2015, the Eighth Judicial District Court reassigned cases in conjunction with the arrival of its newly appointed district judges and as reflected in Administrative Order 15-03. The following reassignments and track changes are in effect:

  1. 1. Department 2’s entire case load will be transferred to Department 15.
  2. 2. Department 15’s entire caseload will be transferred to Department 2.
  3. 3. Department 2 will replace Department 15 in Track 8 of the Criminal Case Flow Model.

Attorneys should review the posted administrative order and the Odyssey electronic case management system for further specifics on the aforementioned transfers and to confirm upcoming hearing dates. In the event a party is eligible pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 48.1, he or she may exercise a peremptory challenge as a result of the case having been reassigned.

To read the full administrative order (AO 15-03), it is available as “May 2015 Civil/Criminal Case Reassignment” under “Court News” at http://www.clarkcountycourts.us. Questions can be directed to Assistant Court Administrator Timothy Andrews at (702) 671-3312.

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Public Hearing Scheduled for July 1, 2015 by Nevada Supreme Court in Regards to Amendments to Court Rules Regarding Attorney Discipline

On April 28, 2015, the Supreme Court of Nevada filed an order setting a public hearing for July 1, 2015, at 1 p.m. to consider amendments to various attorney discipline rules discussed in ADKT 0505 and ADKT 0506. Links to the appropriate petitions and orders scheduling hearing accompany each of the following petition descriptions:

  • ADKT 0505
    The Supreme Court will consider ADKT petition 0505 from the State Bar of Nevada’s Board of Governors to amend Supreme Court Rule (SCR) 105, regarding attorney discipline. The petition seeks a change in the standard of review by the Supreme Court in attorney discipline cases upholding a discipline panel’s findings of fact unless they are clearly erroneous. The Supreme Court would continue to review de novo the conclusions of law and impose an appropriate sanction. The petition can be found online at the following link: http://caseinfo.nvsupremecourt.us/public/caseView.do?csIID=35776
  • ADKT 0506
    This petition from the State Bar of Nevada’s Board of Governors arises out of a number of recommendations from the State Bar of Nevada Discipline Taskforce and seeks amendment of several Supreme Court rules including SCR 102, 103, 104, 105, 105.5, 110, 111, 113, 116, and 117. The petition can be found online at the following link: http://caseinfo.nvsupremecourt.us/public/caseView.do?csIID=35777

These matters are set for public hearing in Carson City and Las Vegas on July 1, 2015 at 3 pm. Written comments from the bench, bar, and public must be submitted in hard copy format by 5 p.m. on June 26, 2015 for each petition. An original document and 8 copies of written comments must be submitted to Tracie K. Lindeman, Clerk of the Supreme Court, 201 South Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada 89701.

This information was provided by Michael S. Sommermeyer, Office of Public Information, Administrative Office of the Courts, Supreme Court of Nevada, 200 Lewis Avenue, 17th Floor, Las Vegas, NV, 89101-6204. Phone: 702-486-3232.

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