2019 E.P.I.C. End-of-Year CLE
Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend

When: Tuesday, Decembr 31, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:15 PM CT
Where: Hruska Law Center, 1st Flr Cn Rm
635 S 14th St
Lincoln, Nebraska  68508
United States

Online registration is closed.
« Go to Upcoming Event List  

MCLE Accreditation
NE MCLE #186005. 4.0 CLE Hours, including 2.0 Ethics Hours (Regular/Traditional)

Download PDF Registration Form

Registration Fees
We are allowing attorneys to register for each hour of CLE on an a la carte basis.
$65.00 per CLE credit hour – Regular Registration
$50.00 per CLE credit hour – NSBA Voluntary Dues-Paying Member
Free – Law students

NSBA Dues Paying Members:  If you have not already claimed your 2 hours of FREE Ethics for 2019, you can apply the following code ethics2019 on the two sessions that qualify for ethics. You will apply the code when checking out in the store. Be sure to click the "Apply" button to ensure the discount is applied.***

***PLEASE NOTE: As a voluntary dues-paying member you are only eligible to attend ONE NSBA two-hour FREE ethics program each year.  If you are unsure whether you have already used the promo code to attend one of the member benefit ethics CLE programs for free, then please contact Karla Roscoe at 402-475-7091 or email her at kroscoe@nebar.com before registering, otherwise you will be invoiced the full registration price.

This EPIC end-of-year CLE will provide many topics geared toward all attorneys, ranging from ethics to pro bono to collections to pro se parties—something for everyone!

Sessions include:

  • Effective and Ethical Equal Justice
  • Procrastination, Perfectionism and Paralysis
  • Issues and Interactions with Pro Se Individuals
  • Common Conundrums for the Casual Collections Counsel




9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.

Effective and Ethical Equal Justice (Ethics)

Helping persons with nowhere else to turn is a core value of the legal profession and the Nebraska State Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project. Nebraska lawyers have an ethical obligation to perform pro bono work. This one-hour CLE will address the Nebraska Rules of Professional Conduct as they relate to a lawyer’s special responsibility to provide voluntary pro bono legal services. The CLE will discuss ethical considerations related to participation in pro bono programs facilitated by the Volunteer Lawyers Project: full and limited scope representation, assisting self-represented persons at a courthouse help desk, providing short-term limited representation online or at a limited advice clinic. Issues critical to pro bono representation will be addressed through a series of hypotheticals demonstrating the application of ethics rules applicable to pro bono cases.

Laurel Heer Dale, Director of Volunteer Lawyers Project, Nebraska State Bar Association
Laurel Heer Dale is Director of the Nebraska State Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project. She is responsible for developing, managing, and advancing innovative pro bono programs for Nebraska lawyers. Laurel started her legal career at Legal Aid of Nebraska in 2002, serving as Director of Client and Community Engagement Services, Director of Access, Managing Attorney for Legal Aid’s AccessLine® centralized intake unit and coordinator of the Private Attorney Involvement program. Laurel also designed and launched Legal Aid’s Breast Cancer Legal Hotline, Disaster Relief Response Hotline, Autism Legal Hotline, and the Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline. She also developed and implemented an online intake system.

Shannon Seim, EVOLVES Program Attorney, Nebraska State Bar Association
Shannon Seim is the EVOLVES Program Attorney and Clinic Facilitator. EVOLVES
is a federally funded program that helps victims of violent crime by placing victims’ civil suits related to the crime perpetrated against them with an attorney for a reduced fee. Shannon graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2011. After college, she moved back to Nebraska and worked with low-income populations for five years, including serving two years as an AmeriCorps member and two years as the Director of a Heartland Family Service’s Ready in 5 Program which focusses on school readiness for refugee families. Shannon was also active with the Benson Area Refugee Task Force prior to law school, serving on their Board for four years and as Chair for two years.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Procrastination, Perfectionism and Paralysis (Ethics)

It’s not uncommon for NLAP to receive calls from lawyers who feel stuck – they are struggling to keep up with work, and they have lost a sense of purpose in their legal career and often do not see a viable path forward. These lawyers are often facing malpractice claims, disciplinary complaints, and low job satisfaction. Why do lawyers end up in these circumstances? What are the alternatives and consequences?

This CLE will look the common causes of mental paralysis, including procrastination and perfectionism. Join Chris Aupperle, Director of NLAP, to examine the research on this issue and to explore solutions for lawyers to get unstuck.

Chris Aupperle, Director of the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program, Nebraska State Bar Association
Chris Aupperle assumed the role of Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP) Director in May of 2017. Prior to joining NLAP, Chris worked in both private practice and as in-house counsel in Omaha. He has been a member of the NLAP Committee since 2001 and previously served as chair of the NLAP Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Independence Center at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln. Chris is a graduate of Creighton University School of Law.

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Issues and Interactions with Pro Se Individuals

Pro se litigants create a unique court experience for attorneys and their clients. This session will provide firsthand knowledge of some of the complications in cases involving pro se litigants and tips on what to do when a pro se litigant becomes your client, what to do with a difficult pro se party, and how to manage your own clients’ expectations when litigating against a pro se party.

Edward Hoffman, J.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Concordia University
BA, Pepperdine University, JD, University of Nebraska College of Law. Former attorney with the law office of Cada, Cada, Hoffman and Jewson for approximately 19 years. Adjunct instructor at Doane University for 12 years and currently an Associate Professor at Concordia University. Member of the Nebraska State Bar Association (House of Delegates, nominating committee and formerly the legislative committee), the Iowa Bar Association (inactive status) and the California Bar Association (inactive status). Vice Chair of the City of Lincoln Telecommunications and Cable Advisory Board, former member and chair of the Nebraska State Commission on Problem Gambling, Member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Former State Chair, American Collector’s Association. Presented at 12 separate CLE seminars between 2010 and 2018.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Common Conundrums for the Casual Collections Counsel

Although debtor/creditor law is an area of specialization, it is not uncommon for attorneys in all practice areas to occasionally encounter debtor/creditor issues in their cases. For the practitioner who does not specialize in this area of law, confidently responding to client questions on these issues can be challenging and time-consuming. The aim of this session will be to provide some basic knowledge of Nebraska law regarding debtor/creditor issues, update attendees on the latest changes in this area of law and furnish expert tips, tools, and best practices on advising clients who seek counsel as a debtor or creditor.

John T. Rogers, VLP Program Attorney, NSBA
John is a graduate of Creighton University School of Law and has been practicing law in Nebraska for more than 25 years, both as in-house counsel and in private practice, primarily in the areas of debtor/creditor law and bankruptcy. John has been a frequent lecturer on various legal topics, including debt collection litigation, judgment enforcement, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and creditors' rights in bankruptcy. As the VLP Program Attorney, John primarily assists with recruiting private attorneys to engage in pro bono efforts, case placement of pro bono cases, and facilitation of self-help centers and legal clinic events.