Most Lawyers Are Introverted, and That's Not Necessarily A Bad Thing
By Leslie A. Gordon, Originally Published in ABA Journal Magainze.
As a child, Airina Rodrigues was an early reader and, by choice, spent a lot of time alone. "I had friends," she recalls, "but I needed time alone to unwind and decompress. That's where I gained energy." Rodrigues, who is an intellectual property associate at DLA Piper in New York City, has long identified herself as an introvert. A former competitive figure skater, Rodrigues doesn't mind performing or being in court. Rather, "being an introvert is really about how I approach problems and how I recharge," she explains. "I'm not shy, but I find networking draining. I love meeting new people, but it requires extra energy." Full Article
Mastering Social Media: Five Tips for Law Firms
By Nicholas Gomez, Originally Published in Attorney at Work
If you want to stay relevant, you need to master the art of social media. According to data from the Pew Research Center, 65 percent of adults in the U.S. now use social networking sites, compared to just 7 percent in 2005. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have become an integral part of people’s everyday lives. People turn to social media to connect with others and share experiences, but they also use it to learn more about businesses and services. Full Article
How to Make Money Practicing Elder Law
By Andrea G. Van Leesten, Originally Published in ABA GP Solo Magazine
For the past 20 years I have been practicing in the area of estates, trusts, and probate law—and that is my definition of elder law. The elder law practitioner advises clients on business assets, family inheritance, Social Security benefits, advance directives, and more. As individuals mature, all that they have accomplished becomes their estate, and elder law touches on all of it. Practicing elder law as a solo, you can make a great living and also find personal satisfaction in making a difference for your clients. Along the way you will be involved with some of the best attorneys in the practice. Full Article
Public Notice For Appointment Of New Magistrate Judge
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States magistrate judge for the District of Nebraska at Omaha. The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging: (1) conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge; and (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants. The basic authority of a United States magistrate judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. § 636. Complete information available here.
The Nebraska Lawyer Cover Art Competition
Calling all attorney-artists! Would you like to see your art on the cover of The Nebraska Lawyer? The NSBA is now accepting submissions for its Nebraska Lawyer Cover Art Competition! Please see rules and guidelines regarding all submissions.
International Law CLE and Informal Discussion
NSBA is offering a two-hour CLE seminar on “Cross-Border Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Involving Canadian Entities: Key Considerations for U.S. Lawyers” on Thursday, Feb 25 in Omaha. The seminar will be 10 am to noon, followed by an hour lunch and informal discussion of the seminar material, issues faced by Nebraska lawyers working internationally, and whether there would be value in forming a section or committee of lawyers interested in international law. Details for the event should be finalized in the next day or two and will be available on the CLE calendar on the NSBA website. Contact NSBA Section Facilitator Lorrie Benson with questions.
The Nebraska Legal Fee Arbitration Program Has 2 Vacancies for District Administrators
The purpose of the Nebraska Legal Fee Arbitration Program is to provide for the expeditious resolution through voluntary arbitration of disputes involving fees charged by attorneys. Additionally, the purpose is to provide for voluntary arbitration of fee disputes between attorneys in their professional capacity and physicians, stenographers, consultants and expert witnesses. As a service to the Courts, attorneys and clients, the NSBA offers a voluntary legal fee arbitration program. The program is administered by District Administrators, appointed by the NSBA President from each of the six judicial districts. The NSBA currently has a vacancy in the 4th Judicial District and the 6th Judicial District (of the Supreme Court Districts). Additional information about the program is available via the NSBA website. If you are interested in serving as a District Administrator, please submit your statement of interest and resume to Liz Neeley by January 26, 2016.
Classes for Guardian and Conservator Education
The Office of Public Guardian provides Guardian and Conservator Education to meet Court Requirements for 2016
Schedule: Training dates, sites, and times are located on the Office of the Public Guardian’s website at http://ne.gov/go/guardianeducation
Associate Public Guardians provide monthly education in the Office of Public Guardian service areas across the state. Each class is a 3 hour live session.
Registration: Online: http://ne.gov/go/guardianeducation OR By phone: 402.471.2862
Fee: $35 per person
Electronic payment available with online registration OR Mail payment option available AFTER phone registration to:
OPG Education, P.O. Box 98910, Lincoln NE 68509-8910
**Registration AND Payment required ONE Week prior to class date
Contact the Office of Public Guardian at 402.471.2862 for limited English-proficient attendees
For more information on NE guardianship and conservatorship:
• Court forms, general information: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/guardians-and-conservatorship
• Office of Public Guardian: http://ne.gov/go/publicguardian or 402.471.2862
• Guardianship Education: http://ne.gov/go/guardianeducation
Nebraska Find-A-Lawyer: Reestablishing Our Statewide Lawyer Referral Service
In 2016, the NSBA will be reestablishing its Lawyer Referral Service via a new website: www.nefindalawyer.com. The new service will allow the NSBA to both provide attorneys with a low-cost marketing opportunity and to help connect members of the public with legal services. The Lawyer Referral Service will be live on or before January 18, 2016. The webpage will allow the public to search for attorneys by city, county, area of practice, and language. Search results will present the full list of attorneys that qualify under the search criteria but will randomize the order of the results. To participate in Nebraska Find-A-Lawyer, complete and return the application form to the Nebraska State Bar Association, along with the appropriate registration fees, and the requisite certificate of insurance addressed to the NSBA or with a copy of the declaration page of your policy showing that you carry the requisite professional liability insurance.
Trivia Night, February 18, 2016
Sponsored by the NSBA Corporate Counsel & Young Lawyers Sections
Know it all? Support the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation and Prove it!
February 18, 2016
Liv Lounge; 2285 S 67th St., Omaha
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Appetizers & cocktails provided.
Proceeds benefit the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation
Register your Team Today!!!
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of January 8, 2016
Week of December 31, 2015
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
13th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble
The 13th Annual Greater Nebraska golf scramble is Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Prairie Club in Valentine, Nebraska. Please reserve your foursome soon. You also have the option of playing your own ball on Thursday, June 2nd or Saturday, June 4th. To make tee times or reserve a sleeping room, please contact Janeen Arens at 888-402-1101, option 0. When reserving your room, make sure you tell her it is for the NSBA tournament. All proceeds go to the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Did you know that thousands of individuals contact the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project for assistance each year. For the majority of persons who seek assistance from VLP, it is a place of last resort. During the nine months of 2015, VLP assisted 2,227 persons with case placement or service at one of six self-help centers located in county courthouses. More than 90% of these persons were self-represented. VLP assisted 2,806 telephone callers by providing information and resources about access to the justice system or referral to legal service providers. Download and complete the registration form to sign up for the tournament.
Member Benefit Spotlight: Tabs3 - Up to 20% discount on Tabs3 Software extended through January 2016 for NSBA Members
Due to high interest, Tabs3 Software is extending their 10% discount off Tabs3 and PracticeMaster orders (both new licenses and upgrades of additional users/timekeepers), through the end of January 2016. In addition, if you purchase or upgrade to our Platinum level, we will add on an additional discount of 10%, making your total savings 20%! Platinum benefits you with faster reporting, mobile access using your tablet or smart phone, convenient backups you can do anytime, even while others are still working in the software, and more! Tabs3 Software, based in Lincoln, has been at the forefront of developing software for law firms since 1979. Since that time, over 1,000 legal professionals in Nebraska have relied on Tabs3 Billing software, with tens of thousands currently using it nationwide. If you would like to download a free trial of our software, visit Tabs3.com/nsba. If you would like to take advantage of the 10% to 20% discount, head to Tabs3.com/nsba10, email us at email@example.com, or call us at 402-419-2200.
New Member Benefit Spotlight: SoFi
SoFi: Reduce the Cost of your Student Loans
You got a degree and a great job. If you’re still paying the one-size-fits-all student rate, you could be overpaying. You could save money and simplify your payments by consolidating and refinancing your federal and private loans with SoFi. Fixed rates start at 3.50% and variable rates start as low as 1.90% APR (with AutoPay). SoFi is the largest provider of student loan refinancing with $5B+ in loans funded. To apply for free and to qualify for a $300 welcome bonus, just complete the online application at SoFi.com/NebraskaBar.
ABA TECHSHOW 2016 - March 17-19
The ABA TECHSHOW Conference and EXPO is where lawyers, legal professionals, and technology all come together. For three days, attendees learn about the most useful and practical technologies available. Our variety of CLE programming offers a great deal of education in just a short amount of time.
As a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, we want you to know that you can get a discount on the ABA TECHSHOW 2016. This discount only applies to registrants that qualify for the Standard registration. You can register online, or download this registration form and include this unique discount code: EP1615 to receive a discount.
Learn and network with legal technology experts from across the country, March 17 -19, at the Hilton Chicago. Visit www.techshow.com for up-to-date information on ABA TECHSHOW 2016, the best event for bringing lawyers and technology together.