NSBA Programming Changes in Response to COVID-19 - March 25, 2020
Recognizing that the health and safety of our members needs to be our priority, and in response to growing concerns about Covid-19, the NSBA has rescheduled, changed the format for, or postponed a number of its upcoming events.
Continuing Legal Education Requirements and Credit Options
The Nebraska Supreme Court has temporarily removed the 5-hour cap on distance learning for CLE. In 2020, when Nebraska lawyers file their annual MCLE report with the Attorney Services Division, ASD will accept reports that have no live education as long as report 10 credits, 2 of which are professional responsibility/ethics hours. If you earn more than 10 CLE hours in 2020, please note that only the live hours can be carried over to 2021.
Thousands of lawyers rely on NSBA sponsored CLE each year. We are committed to continuing to provide a robust calendar of CLE options. In the coming weeks, those options will be limited to distance learning options, such as webcasts (visit the CLE calendar at www.nebar.com for options) and the 100+ programs available on the NSBA’s on-demand platform: www.nebarondemand.com
The 2020 Barristers Ball Rescheduled
The Nebraska Lawyers Foundation’s 2020 Barristers Ball: The Galactic Gala, has been rescheduled from Saturday, April 18, 2020 to Saturday, August 8th. We apologize for any inconvenience the date change may cause and hope that you will join us for this premier event. Funds raised support programs that are designed to strengthen the legal profession and expand access to the justice system, including programs like the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP), the LSAT Prep Scholarship Program, and the Rural Practice Initiative (RPI). You can register to join us on August 8th via this link: https://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1345497&group=
Self Help Centers- Temporarily Closed
The Volunteer Lawyers Project operates Self Help Centers for self-represented litigants in Douglas, Lancaster, Hall, Buffalo, Madison, Scottsbluff and Kimball Counties. For the safety of our volunteers, we are temporarily closing the Self-Help Centers. We will be directing low-income Nebraskans to post their civil legal questions on Nebraska Free Legal Answers (www.ne.freelegalanswers.org). If you are not already signed up to provide pro bono through Nebraska Free Legal Answers, we would encourage you to do so and help us fill the need at this time.
We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide additional updates as they become available. We appreciate your membership and continued support at this time. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the NSBA at 402-475-7091.