2017 NSBA Election Notices
Nominations for NSBA President-Elect Designate
The nominee for President-Elect Designate for 2019-2020 will be selected from the members who reside in Greater Nebraska. If you are interested in serving, please send your name and a short statement of interest (300 words) to Liz Neeley, NSBA Executive Director, at email@example.com, no later than April 1, 2017.
The Executive Council will meet in April to nominate one individual for the position of President-Elect Designate. When the nominee has been selected by the Executive Council, an announcement will be mailed to all active members of the NSBA. Any member from the designated counties may submit a petition (signed by 25 active bar members) to run against the nominee of the Executive Council. If no petition is filed within 30 days of the announcement of the nominee, he or she is declared as President-Elect Designate for 2019-2020. If a petition is filed, electronic ballots will be sent.
The President-Elect Designate automatically succeeds to the position of President-elect, and then President.
NSBA Executive Council- 4th District
Notifications and petitions will be sent to the 4th Supreme Court District on April 28, 2017, for the Executive Council vacancy.
The deadline for returning a petition will be May 30, 2017. Executive Council terms are four years.
NSBA House of Delegates- Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12
Notifications and petitions will be sent to the even-numbered Supreme Court Districts on April 28, 2017, for House of
Delegates vacancies. The deadline for returning a petition will be May 30, 2017. House of Delegates terms are four years.
In October of 2016, the NSBA’s House of Delegates amended the NSBA By-Laws to allow for electronic elections. The 2017 elections for President-Elect Designate, Executive Council and House of Delegates will be conducted electronically. Electronic ballots will be disseminated on July 3, 2017.
Evidence Handbook Super-Fast Survey
The Nebraska Evidence Handbook (often referred to as Judge Gossett’s Evidence Handbook) has not been updated since 2012. A team of volunteers is planning an update, but wants to make sure it’s as useful as possible. If you use Nebraska evidence rules, please take this very brief online survey regarding the contents, organization and formatting of the Handbook.
If you’re not familiar with the Nebraska Evidence Handbook, NSBA dues-payers will find it in the NSBA online Library. (You must be logged into the NSBA website to view the online NSBA Library.) Note the update team sees the Handbook as a tool to be used in addition to, and not as a replacement for, Professor Mangrum’s excellent evidence reference.
Nebraska Briefs Collection
The Nebraska Briefs collection contains Nebraska Supreme Court and Nebraska Court of Appeals briefs held by the Creighton University Klutznick Law Library / McGrath North Mullin & Kratz Legal Research Center. Briefs are searchable by: issue date, authors, titles and subjects. The Brief Bank is accessible via Creighton University’s website: https://dspace2.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/8023. A link to the Nebraska Briefs Collection will also be accessible under Practice Tools on the NSBA’s website.
Opportunity to Use Your “2 Free Hours of Ethics CLE” Member Benefit - March 29, 9 – 11 am CST
Governmental Ethics Laws and the Accountability and Disclosure Commission
Attend in person at the Hruska Law Center at 635 S. 14th St. in Lincoln or via live webcast
Attorneys representing the State and local governments are often called upon to provide advice to public officials and public employees on issues such as conflicts of interest, prohibited interest in a government contract, nepotism, and the restrictions on the use of public resources and property. This session will describe how these situations are regulated by the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Act, including the application of the Act to public officials, public employees and to government attorneys themselves.
Three Submit their Names for District Judge in the Second Judicial District
Steven M. Delaney, Bellevue; PaTricia A. Freeman, Papillion; and Stefanie A. Martinez, Papillion, have submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 2nd Judicial District consisting of Cass, Otoe, and Sarpy counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Papillion, Sarpy County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the appointment of Judge David K. Arterburn to the Court of Appeals bench. Full Press Release
Six Submit their Names for County Judge in the Fourth Judicial District
William J. Acosta-Trejo, Beau G. Finley, John J. Kohl, Jeffrey T. Palzer, Stephanie S. Shearer, and Steven J. Twohig, all of Omaha, have submitted applications for appointment as County Judge in the 4th Judicial District (Douglas County). The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the resignation of Judge Susan M. Bazis. 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
Holt County Judge Alan Brodbeck to Retire March 31, 2017
Judge of the County Court, 8th Judicial District, Alan L. Brodbeck, is retiring March 31, 2017 after 33 years of service on the bench.
In his retirement letter to the Governor, Judge Brodbeck noted, “…I have worked with numerous judges, attorneys and court staff. I believe the Nebraska court system is second to none in quality, efficiency and integrity. In my primary service area in north central Nebraska, courts are staffed by individuals with extraordinary dedication to the people of our state.”
Judge Brodbeck has served on numerous Nebraska Supreme Court Committees, including the Nebraska Judicial Resources Commission as both secretary and member, and the Gender Fairness Task Force from inception until completion. He currently serves on the Supreme Court Technology Committee, the Judicial Qualifications Commission, and the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative as lead judge of the Holt County team for the 8th Judicial District. Full Press Release
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 March 3, 2017
Week of February 24, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Smart Law Offices and Connected Devices
By Joan Feldman, Originally Published by Attorney at Work
It starts with a simple request to your iPhone (“Siri, add an appointment to my calendar”) or a command to your new Amazon Echo (“Alexa, add toner to my shopping cart”). Before you know it, the Internet of Things has slipped straight from your smart home into life at the office. For today’s tech tips, we asked how lawyers can be smart — and safe — when using connected devices at work. Full Article
Spring Cleaning, Solo Style
By Megan Zavieh, Originally Published by Attorney at Work
Every new year, there’s always lots of talk about how to start the year off right. For solo and small firm lawyers, that can mean many things. One of my attorney-clients told me her mentor taught her to begin the new year by revisiting her retainer agreement and reading the evidence code cover to cover. Those are great ideas.
But if the first weeks of 2017 got away from you — maybe you were busy with winter vacation, a big court case, hitting your new gym — spring is also a great time to clean up your practice. Full Article
Law Firms Must Manage Cybersecurity Risks
By Julie Sobowale, Originally Published in ABA Journal
It’s another busy day at the office when you receive an email with an attached memo. You don’t remember asking for the memo, but you download the attachment anyway. Alarm bells! It’s not an attachment. It’s malware that’s now infecting your computer and every other computer in your law firm.
This was the situation that Jessica Mazzeo and Fran Griesing faced. In July 2016, the computer system for their small Philadelphia firm of 12 lawyers was infected with malware. They contacted Integrated Micro Systems, their outsourced information technology provider. Full Article
Casemaker Weekly Updates
There are times you need to know if any cases mention a particular statute. Casemaker can help! To see cases which reference a particular statute – pull up the statute in question to read the content. You will notice a bar running along the top of the statute. In that bar is a tab labeled Annotator. Clicking on this link will pull up any cases that cite the statute you are viewing.
Using proximity search.
If you type in the word tax and the word annuity in the search bar Casemaker will pull up every document that has the word tax and the word annuity in it. Sadly that may not be what you are looking for. Proximity searches are great for getting closer to the issue. When using Casemaker w/ means “within” so w/5 would mean within five words. So for example, if you wanted to find cases where the word tax was mentioned near the word annuity you could enter tax w/5 annuity. If you wanted to find tax mentioned a bit further from annuity you could try tax w/25 annuity.
Changing Font Size
You have the ability to increase the font with just one click. When you are viewing a document in Casemaker you can click on the button labeled Aa in the gray bar above the document content. By clicking on this button the text size gets significantly larger. Click it again and it returns to standard size.
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