Trends and Innovations Boosting Diversity in the Law and Beyond
By Caren Ulrich Stacey, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today.
It’s no secret that most legal organizations—law firms in particular—struggle with diversity. When I ask lawyers, diversity experts and researchers around the country why, I usually hear one of two answers: (1) Women and minorities need to [fill in the blank], or (2) The current business structure is not equally supportive of all people. Full Article
The Second Amendment Expands, but Maybe Not by Much
By Lyle Denniston, Originally Published in SCOTUSblog
Reopening, for the first time in eight years, the always heated controversy over what the Second Amendment means, the Supreme Court on Monday sent the states and Congress an uncertain message, but one that seemed to caution against putting new or different kinds of weapons beyond the people’s right to have and use them. Full Article
More Law Firms Find Savings, Stability through Self-Insurance
By Karen M. Kroll, Originally Published in ABA Journal Magazine
Several years ago Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard faced a 26 percent jump in its health insurance premiums. Renewals had become “a roller-coaster ride,” says office manager Karen Sargent. “You’d never know what you’d get.” Full Article
Proposed Rule Amendments for March 17, 2016
Neb. Ct. R. § 6-1210 Rule Amendments for Comment
The Nebraska Supreme Court invites interested persons to comment on proposed amendments to the Supreme Court’s Problem-Solving and Drug Court Rules at Neb. Ct. R. § 6-1210. The amendments were submitted to the Supreme Court for consideration on March 10, 2016, by Scott Carlson, Statewide Coordinator for Problem-Solving Courts. Anyone desiring to comment on these proposed amendments should do so in writing to the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, P.O. Box 98910, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8910, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than June 15, 2016. A hard copy may be reviewed in the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals upon request.
Neb. Ct. R. § 3-803(B) Rule Amendments for Comment
The Nebraska State Bar Association submitted to the Nebraska Supreme Court a proposed rule amendment to create a pro bono publicus attorney rule. The proposed rule would, in accordance with the proposed amendments, allow Nebraska attorneys with inactive status in the Nebraska State Bar to engage in pro bono activities through approved civil legal service providers. The Nebraska Supreme Court invites interested persons to comment on the proposed rule amendment. Anyone desiring to comment on the proposed rule amendment should do so in writing to the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, P.O. Box 98910, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8910, or via e-mail email@example.com, no later than June 15, 2016. A hard copy may be reviewed in the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals upon request.
Neb. Ct. R. § 3-803(C) Rule Amendments for Comment
The Nebraska Supreme Court invites interested persons to comment on proposed amendments to Supreme Court rules, Article 8: State Bar Association; Creation; Control; and Regulation, at Neb. Ct. R. § 3-803(C). The amendments were submitted to the Supreme Court for consideration on February 19, 2016, by Mark Weber, Counsel for Discipline for the Nebraska Supreme Court. Anyone desiring to comment on these proposed amendments should do so in writing to the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, P.O. Box 98910, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8910, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than June 15, 2016. A hard copy may be reviewed in the office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals upon request.
Job Opportunity with NSBA - VLP Program Assistant/Attorney
The VLP Program Assistant/Attorney works under the direction of the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) Director, assisting the VLP Director in planning and implementing VLP pro bono activities across Nebraska. This position performs other duties as assigned by the VLP Director or Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA) management.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Generally, duties are performed Monday-Friday between the hours 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Some evening, weekend, and extended work days is required. This position requires frequent travel outside Lincoln to facilitate and attend VLP program activities and events, which requires a valid driver’s license and reliable, insured motor vehicle.
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Nominations for NSBA President Elect Designate
The nominee for President-elect Designate for 2016-2017 will be selected from the members who reside in either Douglas or Sarpy County. 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 Lneeley@nebar.com no later than April 1, 2016.
The Executive Council will meet on April 15, 2016 to nominate one individual for the position of President-Elect Designate. When the nominee has been selected by the Executive Council, it will be mailed to all active members of the NSBA. Any member from the designated counties (Douglas or Sarpy) 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 2016-2017.
The President-elect Designate automatically succeeds to the position of President-elect, and then President.
NSBA Executive Council- 5th and 6th Districts
Notifications and petitions will be sent to the 5th and 6th Supreme Court Districts on April 29, 2016 for the Executive Council vacancies. The deadline for returning a petition will be May 30, 2016. Executive Council terms are four years.
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.
Young Lawyers Section Page in The Nebraska Lawyer Magazine
Young lawyers, do you want to be published? The Young Lawyers Section page in The Nebraska Lawyer magazine needs submissions! Contact Sara Weber at email@example.com or 402-475-7091 if you’d like to submit something or have questions.
Ethical Obligations Regarding Technology
Lawyers have an ethical obligation to have a working knowledge of technology and stay current as technology evolves. On Wednesday, April 6 the Senior Lawyers Section is sponsoring a one-hour program on lawyers’ ethical obligations to remain technologically competent. It will cover the basic technology skills lawyers should master and how they can achieve this goal. The noon-hour program will be available live in Lincoln and via webinar. More information and registration is available on the NSBA website. Registration is free to member of the Senior Lawyers Section.
March 29, 2016, 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 Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Papillion, Sarpy County, Nebraska. 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 Max J. Kelch to the Supreme Court bench. Full Press Release
Judicial Resources Hearing to Hold April 14 Hearing
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 to determine, based on the judicial workload statistics, whether a judicial vacancy exists in the office of district court of the First Judicial District, due to the retirement of the Honorable Paul W. Korslund, effective April 1, 2016, and make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of said vacancy. Full Press Release
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of March 18, 2016
Week of March 11, 2016
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
2016 Barristers' Ball: Once Upon a Time...A Royal Barristers' Ball
Plans for the 2016 Barristers’ Ball, Once Upon a Time...A Royal Barristers' Ball, are underway. It will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the Embassy Suites – La Vista Conference Center. This elegant affair features a silent and live auction, followed by dinner and dancing. The funds raised will 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
Individual Tickets: $100/ticket • Young Lawyers Tickets: $75/ticket or $100/couple
RSVP Online or Return RSVP Form by April 4, 2016.
Special Offer on Tux Rental from Tip Top Tux
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.
Nebraska Find-A-Lawyer: Reestablishing Our Statewide Lawyer Referral Service
The Nebraska State Bar Association is pleased to announce its new online resource for the public, the Nebraska Find-A-Lawyer website. The new website, www.nefindalawyer.com, allows the NSBA to both provide attorneys with a low cost marketing opportunity and help connect members of the public with legal services. Members of the public can search for a licensed attorney by area of practice and/or area of the state. The search functions also allow clients to identify lawyers who suit other needs, such as attorneys who are bilingual or who are licensed in multiple states. 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. The rules adopted by the NSBA House of Delegates regarding the program are available here. To visit the website, go to: www.nefindalawyer.com
Member Benefit Spotlight: SoFi Student Loan Refinancing
With the high cost of education, we understand that many lawyers are burdened with large amounts of student debt. The Nebraska Bar has partnered with SoFi, the market leader in student loan refinancing with over $7 billion loans funded to date, to help ease the student loan burden many of our members face.
Through this partnership, Nebraska Bar members, friends, and family receive a $300 welcome bonus when they apply through sofi.com/NebraskaBar. Fixed rates start at 3.50% and variable rates start as low as 2.14% APR (with AutoPay).