No Easter Parade

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  • Governor Sisolak announced a moratorium on evictions for both residential and commercial tenants for the duration of the state of emergency. [TNI]
  • The Nevada Supreme Court ruled that the State must reveal how it decided prostitutes in legal brothels are employees rather than independent contractors. [Nevada Appeal]
  • For those of you who have been watching “Tiger King,” here is more information on the Vegas connection. [RJ]
  • With President Trump extending federal social distancing guidelines to April 30, it’s almost certain ours will not end on April 16. Are you settling into this new lifestyle? Any great tips you’ve discovered during this time?
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March 30, 2020 5:33 pm

I have been practicing for about a decade. Working from home has been the most stressful chapter of my career so far. Most of that stress is from the unknown. When will this end? What will life be like a year from now? What will my situation be a year from now?

For now, I have PLENTY of work. Too much work! In fact, last week I originated an above average amount of good work. But I am reluctant to read anything into it.

I am scared for our city. We can't leave the Strip shut down for six months or a year.

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March 30, 2020 5:47 pm
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I am going see this as an opportunity to complete all of the projects around the house that I have been putting off because of time spent at the office.

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March 30, 2020 5:52 pm
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Also, I may learn to do nothing. Something I have not experienced since before law school.

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March 30, 2020 5:58 pm
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10:33, if it helps at all, this is totally normal stress given the circumstances. None of us know what is going to happen. The only thing that is certain is that things are changing on a daily basis. You've probably seen comparisons of this to a world war or 9/11–I agree with those who think this is a world changing event. Just like things changed after those, things will change now and we won't quite get back to life as normal. The Strip will rebound, but it may be different for awhile. Maybe less crowds, less entertainment, less restaurants, but we will adjust and get through it. You've got this.

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March 30, 2020 7:27 pm
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I actually really enjoy working from home. The first day or so I wasn't really that productive due to distractions but now I've gotten into a groove. I have a home office set up with two monitors. It also helps that I do not have children.

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March 30, 2020 8:15 pm
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10:33 here. I have kids. Their noise, and my worries for them, is really the root of most of my stress working from home. I could see how this would be quite productive for the childless.

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March 30, 2020 10:47 pm
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The uncertainty is what's killing me, too. My kids are too busy with their distance learning to bother me much, but as I look at my numbers, a really long quarantine will be devastating.

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March 30, 2020 8:19 pm

Old guy here – people lived through wars and great depression (and bar exam) – we'll make it!!

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March 30, 2020 8:21 pm

Old guy again – seriously I'm taking time to learn something I always wanted to do, so I ordered 2 textbooks online, some equipment, and feel satisfied I finally get to do a life long dream always put off

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March 30, 2020 10:48 pm
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Yes, that's the way to approach this.

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March 30, 2020 8:51 pm

I am a solo and I worked from home before all of this happened, so remarkably little has changed for me. I don't have kids, so working from home is no big deal for me, but I can see how it would be really difficult if you have young kids.

Before all this happened friends and family always seemed to assume that "working from home" meant that I'm home but not actually working. Maybe that will change now that so many people are working from home.

Basically all my extracurricular / non-work stuff got cancelled. At first I was disappointed, but now I actually feel a little bit relieved. No pressure to do anything or be anywhere. I'm savoring the time-out.

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March 30, 2020 9:10 pm

I am a solo. I still go into the office every day. My secretary/receptionist is doing some work from home (still on full pay). Not much has changed from my perspective. A bunch of hearings have been continued, I have not had one since this "emergency" was declared.

I have long been a fan of CourtCall, but I have not yet tried this "Bluejeans" video conferencing.

We are not going to be able to put the genie back in the bottle; our practices will have to change. I see this primarily in terms of video conferencing for client conferences, for various case conferences and depositions, and for hearings.

I am just setting my first video-conference depo, with everyone logging in from a different location. I'm not sure how well it will go handling documents — we'll have to learn on the fly!

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March 30, 2020 9:12 pm
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All status checks going forward should be done by BlueJeans. There's no justifiable reason for lawyers to burn up a bunch of time (and client money) going down to the court house for an appearance that lasts a few minutes.

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March 30, 2020 10:42 pm
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I will say I have been disappointed in certain departments that are requiring substantive hearings (motions to dismiss/summary judgment) to proceed via BlueJeans. These are important motions that parties should have the option to continue until the parties can be in front of the court.

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March 30, 2020 10:51 pm
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A partner made me take a deposition remotely once. Never doing it again. I have to be in the room. Ditto for meaningful hearings. I want the judge to look into my pretty eyes. Everything else, bluejean away.

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March 31, 2020 4:24 pm
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You all need to adapt. You can take killer depositions by video conference with preparation. Same thing with the hearings. Adapt or get ready to be extinct.

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March 31, 2020 12:14 am

I wish I had entered the funeral business. Talk about a service that's always in demand, especially during times of crisis. I doubt schools and casinos will reopen before late May. Numbers keep going up

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March 31, 2020 12:22 am
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I've considered doing a combined estate planning / tax prep business. Naturally, it would be called "Death & Taxes, LLP."

Why not add the funeral home? If the taxes don't kill you, our bill will, but at least you will be well prepared!

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March 31, 2020 12:29 am
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Better call Saul!