2017 Nebraska Legal Diversity Summit
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9/7/2017
When: Thursday, September 7, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM CT
Where: Creighton Harper Center Ballroom
602 N 20th St.
Omaha, Nebraska  68102
United States


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MCLE Accreditation
*Nebraska MCLE #144563. Iowa MCLE #267909. 2 CLE ethics hours. (Regular/live)

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Registration Fees
$70 - Regular registration
$40 - NSBA dues-paying member (discounted price for NSBA dues-paying members)
FREE - Law student

Optional Fees
$15 - Organizational Lunch

Networking Event from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.


12:00 pm   Organizational Lunch on the NSBA’s New Diversity Section

1:00 pm     Ethical Considerations and LGBT Nebraskans (1 hour ethics)
Danielle Conrad and Amy Miller, ACLU of Nebraska

With the win of marriage equality for same sex couples in the U.S. Supreme Court, what is the current landscape of ethical expectations for lawyers who are working with a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (“LGBT”) person? Speakers will discuss lawyers’ obligations under the Nebraska
Rules of Professional Conduct, and guidance provided by the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct as they relate to treatment of litigants, witnesses, lawyers, judges, judicial officers or court personnel. Speakers will also discuss ethical obligations towards prospective clients, and lawyers’ obligation as officers of the court.

2:10 pm    Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Legal Profession (1 hour ethics)
Ann Jenrette-Thomas, Stinson Leonard Street, LLP

The legal profession continues to struggle with diversity efforts. The culprit may be unconscious bias. Unconscious bias prevents objective decision-making and can adversely impact workplace equality and inclusion. This program will address how unconscious bias shows up in law firm environments and identifies specific strategies to disrupt potential bias. Lawyers will learn the science behind unconscious bias and the competencies necessary for being an inclusive leader.  By understanding and appreciating the differences between people and strategies to disrupt bias, participants could learn to contribute better to the long term success the profession.

3:20 pm     How to Apply for a Judicial Vacancy
Justice Stephanie Stacy, Nebraska Supreme Court; Hon. Stefanie Martinez, Sarpy County District Court

A panel comprised of recently appointed judges and judicial nominating commission members will provide a general overview of the application and interview process, discussion on the political realities of judicial appointments, discussion on the role of judicial nominating commissions, a discussion of how the process differs geographically, and the need for diversity on Nebraska’s bench and judicial nominating commissions.

4:30 pm     Networking Event


Thank You to Our Sponsors


Seminar Sponsors

  • Creighton University School of Law
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • University of Nebraska College of Law

Law Student Sponsor

  • Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather,
    LLP
  • Kutak Rock LLP

Pre-Law Student Sponsor

  • Baird Holm LLP
  • Fraser Stryker PC LLO
  • Legal Aid of Nebraska