2017 Barristers’ Ball: The City of Emeralds
The Nebraska State Bar Association hosted the 12th Annual Barristers’ Ball on March 18, 2017, at the Embassy Suites in La Vista. Funds raised will benefit the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation, which supports programs dedicated to the improvement of the legal profession and the administration of justice and includes the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP), the LSAT Prep Scholarship Program, and the Rural Practice Initiative (RPI).
The Barristers’ Ball also provided a venue for recognizing the exceptional efforts of Nebraska attorneys who are dedicated to the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation’s goal of helping ensure access to justice for all Nebraskans. 2017 Award Winners.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Legal Service Helps Those Who Help Themselves
By Andrea Larson, Norfolk Daily News
Hiring an attorney can be an expensive prospect, but walking into a courtroom without understanding the law may lead to delays and misunderstandings.
In certain civil cases, the Nebraska Supreme Court has made it easier for people to represent themselves in court — known as “pro se” litigants — by filling out legal forms available online.
Though there are instructions on these forms, the wording may still be difficult for people to understand who don’t have a working knowledge of the court system. Full article
Four Submit their Names for County Judge in the Ninth Judicial District
Alfred E. Corey III, Stacie A. Goding, David R. Medlin, all of Grand Island; and Martin R. Klein, Hickman, have submitted applications for appointment as County Judge in the 9th Judicial District consisting of Buffalo and Hall counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Philip M. Martin, Jr. Full Press Release
Six Submit their Names for District Judge in the First Judicial District
Nathan B. Cox, Plattsmouth; Erin Ebeler Rolf, Eagle; Louie M. Ligouri, Auburn; David J. Partsch, Nebraska City; Paul A. Payne, Dodge; and Julie D. Smith, Cook, have submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 1st Judicial District consisting of Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer counties. 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. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Daniel E. Bryan, Jr. Full Press Release
Franchise Law and International Law Invitations
Both the Franchise Committee and International Law Committee of the Business Law Section are hosting events in the next two weeks, and are inviting you to join them if you’re interested. The Franchise Committee discussion will feature an update on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). If time permits, the group will also discuss ADA compliant websites. The Franchise Committee will meet Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 4-5:00 or 5:30pm in Omaha. The International Law Committee’s speaker will be the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service in Omaha discussing the different services that the U.S. Commercial Service can offer companies looking to find overseas customers, distributors and sales channels in international markets. The group will meet at 4 pm on Thursday, April 6. Please contact Lorrie Benson at NSBA for more details and to RSVP for either event.
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.
Opportunities to Use Your “2 Free Hours of Ethics CLE” Member Benefit
Governmental Ethics Laws and the Accountability and Disclosure Commission - March 29, 2017
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.
Security Is Only As Good As the Weakest Link: Legal Tech Security Measures Every Lawyer Must Take Webinar - April 13, 2017
Neb. Ct. R. of Prof. Cond. §3-501.6 stipulates that a lawyer shall not reveal information relating to the representation of a client. The comments to Rule 1.6 require lawyers to “act competently” to safeguard client information. They further require that when "transmitting a communication," lawyers must take “reasonable precautions” to prevent client information from falling into the wrong hands. The exact meanings of "act competently" and "reasonable precautions" may be subject to debate. However, it's hard to argue that doing nothing to protect client data would meet the standard. The good news is that you don't have to be a security expert or techie to protect yourself and your office. Learn how to cover all the bases of computer, smartphone, tablet, email, wireless and document encryption. We'll also cover the fundamentals of backing up your electronic data. Half of the battle is simply knowing what questions to ask and it's not nearly as complicated as it sounds. Establish best practices in your office and discover the inexpensive or free tools that will ensure your confidential information remains confidential.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of March 17, 2017
Week of March 10, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Maintaining Marketing Momentum Year After Year
By Nancy L. Gimbol, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Four years ago, I published an article that outlined ways to establish a successful culture of marketing inside a law firm. Assuming you followed these instructions and you now have a marketing program in place at your firm, this article will address ways to foster and further a fruitful marketing culture in a business environment that is constantly changing. Full Article
How Long Do I Have To Invest In SEO To Get A Return?
By Laurence Banville, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
I was at a dinner recently with several plaintiffs lawyers, and one of them was picking my brain on how long it takes a search engine optimization campaign to generate a return. I get this question a lot, and the answer is complicated. My goal in writing this article is to:
- Help you understand the core activities that need to happen to get a meaningful return on investment.
- Show you how to see through fluff reports, and drill in on whether your SEO efforts are making meaningful progress. Full Article
Risk-assessment Algorithms Challenged in Bail, Sentencing and Parole Decisions
By Jason Tashea, Originally Published in ABA Journal
Eric Loomis, 35, was arrested in 2013 for his involvement in a drive-by shooting in La Crosse, Wisconsin. No one was hit, but Loomis faced prison time on a number of charges, including driving a stolen vehicle. He pleaded no contest, and the judge sentenced him to seven years, saying he was “high risk.” The judge based this analysis, in part, on the risk assessment score given by Compas, a secret and privately held algorithmic tool used routinely by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Full Article
Casemaker Weekly Updates
What do I need to use Casemaker?
Casemaker supports the most up to date versions of Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome browsers. Casemaker also recommends users obtain the most up to date versions of Flash and Acrobat Reader to utilize the Copy With Citation function and to read PDF documents. Just a reminder, to access Casemaker you must always log in to your bar association website and click on the Casemaker link.
Clicking on My Settings from the homepage allows you to customize Casemaker in several ways. You can set the primary email you would like to send cases to. You can set the default jurisdiction for your searches. You can also set preferred document types and page formatting as well. In addition, you can set the preferred sort method of your results from this page if you wish.
Tracking a Client
Casemaker offers you tools to help you track the work you do such as the Client Tracking tool. Click on Client in the upper right of Casemaker. From here you can add or select a client to use. Once a client is selected, Casemaker will track and log any research you do in the system. When you sign out of Casemaker using the Sign Out link in the upper right, you will be given a report of the hours you spent researching for that client.
This free webinar provides an overview of how to use the new updated Casemaker research library to your best advantage. Topics covered include research techniques, resources, saving research results, creating folders, adding notes to documents and many more time-saving techniques. This online demonstration of Casemaker’s latest features will assist lawyers in using the library most effectively, whether they are new to Casemaker or have used it in the past. Just click on the Webinar link at the top right while in Casemaker to register.
Using the asterisk * or suffix search
Sometimes you need to locate cases with not just one specific word, but other possible endings of that word as well. Perhaps you are looking for cases and statutes about drilling a well without a permit. You can start with a search such as drill well “without a permit” but that will not include results with the words drilled and drilling. Using the asterisk tells the Casemaker system to find documents which have the characters before the asterisk but any ending. So drill* well “without a permit” will pull up documents with driller, drilling, drilled and so on.
The Note function is located in the light gray toolbar when you are viewing a document. You can add a note to any document within Casemaker. This note is specific to your account and cannot be seen by any other accounts, and you can add as many notes to as many documents as like. To add a note, click the Notes drop-down box, and select Add Note. A new window will appear where you can type in your note. Click SAVE when you are finished. The note is stored at the top of the document. Using the Notes menu, you can choose whether the notes are hidden or on display. To edit a note you’ve created, just click the pencil icon and make the necessary changes. To delete a note, click the corresponding ‘X’
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