2017 NSBA Membership Survey
The NSBA requests 10 minutes of your time to complete an important survey. The survey solicits feedback on your needs, potential new member discounts and benefits and the value of existing member benefits, services and programs. Survey results will be used to guide decisions about the benefits, services and programs to be provided/administered by the NSBA in the future. Thank you in advance for your participation. Please access the survey via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017NSBA
Sasse Announces Nebraska Justice and Judicial Nominations Advisory Commission
Kay Orr and Cynthia Milligan will serve as Co-Chairs
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced his Nebraska Justice and Judicial Nominations Advisory Commission for reviewing candidates for Senate-confirmed federal offices in Nebraska such as U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal.
Senator Sasse’s Nebraska Justice and Judicial Nominations Advisory Commission is an independent body of well-respected Nebraska leaders that will review applications, interview candidates, and make recommendations to Senator Sasse. Each Senator makes his or her recommendation to the White House. After the White House sends a nomination to the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its confirmation process which, by longstanding precedent, requires the approval of both home-state senators. Full Press Release
February 28, 2017, 4:00 p.m. Application Deadline Set for County Court Judge Vacancy, Third Judicial District
According to Supreme Court Justice William B. Cassel, the Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 3rd Judicial District (consisting of Lancaster County) will hold a public hearing in the Supreme Court Courtroom, Room 2200, State Capitol Building, Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of County Judge due to the resignation of Judge Thomas W. Fox, effective January 5, 2017. Full Press Release
March 2, 2017, Application Deadline Set for District Court Judge Vacancy, Second Judicial District
According to Supreme Court Justice Stephanie F. Stacy, the Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 2nd Judicial District (consisting of Cass, Otoe, and Sarpy Counties) will hold a public hearing at the Sarpy County Courthouse, 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Courtroom #7, in Papillion, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of District Judge due to the appointment of Judge David K. Arterburn to the Court of Appeals bench. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Papillion, Sarpy County, Nebraska. Full Press Release
March 2, 2017, 4:00 p.m. Application Deadline Set for County Court Judge Vacancy, Fourth Judicial District
According to Supreme Court Justice John F. Wright, the Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 4th Judicial District (consisting of Douglas County) will hold a public hearing in District Courtroom No. 412, Douglas County Courthouse, Hall of Justice, 1701 Farnam Street, Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of County Judge due to the resignation of Judge Susan M. Bazis, effective January 1, 2017. Full Press Release
March 14, 2017, Application Deadline Set for District Court Judge Vacancy, First Judicial District
According to Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, the Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 1st Judicial District (consisting of Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer Counties) will hold a public hearing in the District Court Courtroom at the Gage County Courthouse in Beatrice, Nebraska, beginning at 2 p.m. on April 4, 2017. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Auburn, Nemaha County, Nebraska, or another site within the district to be determined by the appointed judge. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of District Judge due to the retirement of Judge Daniel E. Bryan, Jr. effective December 31, 2016.
Full Press Release
Updated File Closing and Retention Instructions
You don’t have to practice very long before files start piling up. The time to manage closed files is when you begin practicing, not when it’s time to change careers or retire and the piles of files are overwhelming Last summer the Nebraska Counsel for Discipline’s Office provided detailed guidance on managing closed files. It came in the form of a memo to be included in NSBA’s practice manual on Planning for Your Unexpected Absence, Disability or Death. The same information was incorporated into a revised version of NSBA’s practice manual, Closing a Practice. Both manuals provide the Council’s memo, along with detailed instructions and checklists valuable for lawyers creating and implementing file closing, retention and destruction policies. Both manuals are available in the NSBA’s online store.
ABA TECHSHOW: Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together - March 15 - 18, 2017
ABA TECHSHOW has over 30 years of experience bringing lawyers and technology together. Legal work is dependent on technology to manage day to day activities, practice more competently, and service clients more effectively. ABA TECHSHOW teaches you how technology can work for you. Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations, and workshops, you will be able to get your questions answered and learn from the top legal professionals and tech innovators, all under one roof. Regardless of your expertise level, there’s something for you at ABA TECHSHOW!
As a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, we want you to know that you can register for ABA TECHSHOW 2017 at a special reduced rate. This discount only applies to registrants that qualify for the Standard registration and will save you $150. You can register online and include this unique discount code: EP1709 at checkout to receive the discount.
Celebrate over 30 years of legal technology and innovation. Network with legal technology experts from around the globe, March 15-18, at the Hilton Chicago. Don’t forget to visit www.techshow.com for current information on ABA TECHSHOW 2017 – the best place for bringing lawyers and technology together.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of February 17, 2017
Week of February 10, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Law Firms of the Future Will Give Clients an Effortless Experience
By Jack Newton, Originally Published in ABA Journal
The highest-performing law firms of the 21st century will distinguish themselves along two dimensions. The first is the client-facing dimension: Leading law firms will focus on delivering effortless experiences that reduce the amount of friction involved in accessing legal services.
The second dimension is inward-facing, where best-in-class firms will continuously monitor and benchmark key performance indicators against industry standards and optimize internal processes to achieve operational excellence. Full Article
Defending Against Ransomware Attacks
By Derek Brost, Originally Published by Attorney at Work
Cybercriminals tend to target industries that are the most dependent on the timely availability and strict confidentiality of their business-critical information. This means law firms are at high risk, since they are often moving data to cloud-based case management, record searching, research and communication platforms. With both on-site and cloud-based data storage, it’s increasingly important to protect clients’ sensitive case information against these threats. Full Article
Your Business Plan: Make Time for This Important Tool
By Marie DeForest, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Having a business plan is an invaluable tool to strategically guide the business side of your career. As you worry about your billable hours and fitting in to your firm, it is also likely the last thing you feel that you have time to do. Once convinced that you should sit down and set out a business plan, your next thoughts are likely—what is a business plan and how do I go about creating an effective one? Full Article
Casemaker Weekly Updates
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2017 Barristers' Ball - March 18, 2017
The 2017 Barristers' Ball will be held at the Embassy Suites La Vista on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The theme is Emerald City.
Proceeds from the Barristers’ Ball benefit the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation
COCKTAILS & SILENT AUCTION 6:00 PM • DINNER 7:30 PM
LIVE AUCTION 8:30 PM • DANCING TO THE MUSIC OF PAM & THE PEARLS 9:00 PM
BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
Reserve your seats today!
14th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble - June 2, 2017
Presented by The Nebraska State Bar Association - Nebraska Lawyers Foundation
The Dismal River Golf Club
83040 Dismal River Trail, Mullen NE 69152; (308) 546-2900
Register Your Team Today Sponsorship Opportunities
Format: 4-Person Scramble
Lunch & Driving Range: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Shotgun Start: 12:30 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: $200 per golfer
Includes: Lunch, dinner, green fee, cart, range balls & door prize drawings
Players: Pairings will be made for individual and partial team entries