Election Law (Morning Session)
8:30 am Election Law 2020 and Beyond
Wayne J. Bena, Esq., Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office
This session is for any lawyer interested in elections. This seminar will provide lawyers with an overview of election laws, including the conduct of the elections, initiatives, referendums, election contests, candidate filing protests and recalls on the state and local level. A review of recent Nebraska Court cases and legislation will be discussed regarding their impact on the 2020 elections and beyond. The session will also discuss how possible foreign interference has changed the way officials think about election security.
9:30 am Election Laws – A Local Perspective
Charles W. Campbell, Esq., Angle Murphy & Campbell, PC LLO
Gregory H. Perry, Esq., Perry Guthery Haase & Gessford, PC LLO
Brianna L. McLarty, Deputy County Attorney, Dodge County Attorney’s Office
This session will provide an overview of election administration at the local level. This panel will discuss issues related to municipal elections, school bond elections, ballot issues, filling board/council vacancies, recalls, and compliance.
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Elections and Campaigns: A National Perspective
Danielle M. Conrad, Esq., Executive Director, ACLU of Nebraska
This session will focus on emerging national trends and hot topics in election law, including electioneering, voter list purging, and campaign materials.
11:30 am It’s Always Election Season: An Overview of Nebraska’s Campaign Finance Laws Applicable to Businesses and Other Organizations
Frank J. Daley, Jr., Executive Director, Nebraska Accountability & Disclosure Commission
This session will review the law applicable to corporations, unions, limited liability companies and other organizations making campaign contributions in state and local elections. It will also review the requirement to report this activity pursuant to the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Act.
12:15 pm Lunch provided (if attending both sessions)
Ethical Issues In Government Practice (Afternoon Session)
1:00 pm Ethical Issues for Lawyers in Election Campaigns
Margaret M. Blatchford, Assistant City Attorney, Lincoln City Attorney’s Office
Elizabeth D. Elliott, Assistant City Attorney, Lincoln City Attorney’s Office
When a lawyer is a candidate for public office, he or she is faced with the idealistic standards of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the necessities of waging a successful campaign. This session will assist lawyers who may want to someday run for public office or who manage the campaigns for lawyer candidates in understanding what their ethical obligations are under the Rules of Professional Conduct.
1:30 pm Break
1:45 pm Defining the Scope of the Government and Public Sector Attorney’s Duties: Responsibilities, Conflicts and More
David J. Bargen, Esq., Rembolt Ludtke LLP
James B. Gessford, Esq., Perry Guthery Haase & Gessford, PC
Milissa D. Johnson-Wiles, Assistant Attorney General, Nebraska Attorney General’s Office
This session focuses on the unique ethical issues that confront government and public sector attorneys. During this session, attorneys will receive a perspective from a panel of attorneys whose areas of practice include school, state, county and municipal governance. Ethical issues to be discussed include identifying who is the client, avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining confidentiality, preserving attorney-client privilege,
and ensuring proper communication.
3:15 pm Adjourn