Job Opportunity with the Nebraska State Bar Association - Director Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program
Longtime Director of the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program, Rick Allan will be retiring this summer. The Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP) offers help to lawyers, judges and law students troubled by substance abuse problems, stress, depression and other types of disorders, accidents, illnesses, including aging that may impair their ability to perform in a competent and professional manner. NLAP was created for this purpose in 1995 by the NSBA: and the director and volunteers of NLAP, who are members of the NSBA’s Committee on the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program, know the problems faced by their impaired colleagues and how to help overcome these problems assisting lawyers, judges, law students, their families and staffs and the importance of protecting the public and the reputation of the Bar and Judiciary. View complete job description and application information OR Download PDF Version.
Moberly Appointed Dean of UNL College of Law
Two weeks after emerging as the lone finalist to lead the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Law, Richard Moberly was appointed dean. Moberly has taught at the college since 2004 and was named associate dean in 2011. Following the departure of Susan Poser, who left UNL to become provost at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Moberly was named interim dean. His permanent appointment, announced Tuesday by UNL Executive Vice Chancellor Donde Plowman, will go before the NU Board of Regents -- several of whom voiced support for Moberly at their March 31 meeting -- for approval. Full Article
First Meeting of New International Law Committee
As the world shrinks, more Nebraska lawyers are facing a need to manage international law issues, either as part of their practices or through referrals. The new International Law Committee of the Business Law Section hosts its first event at 4 pm this Thursday, Apr 6 in west Omaha with a speaker and social time. The speaker is 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. Please RSVP to chair Grant Leach at Grant.Leach@huschblackwell.com The tentative plan is to host the event at the Husch Blackwell offices in Omaha on 13330 California Street, Suite 200 (approximately two blocks North of 132nd and Dodge), but it might move to a different venue depending on the number of RSVP’s.
Updated Adoption Manual Available
Attorney Susan K. Sapp, who is a Fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, updated her practice manual last summer to reflect the significant changes to Nebraska adoption law. Susan, a Senior Partner with Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP, outlines with precision and detail the various laws associated with all types of adoptions and offers extensive checklists and forms. Topics covered range from the basics of adoption practice to the complexities of assisted reproduction, how to address the differing rights and interests of biological mothers and biological fathers, the role of guardian ad litem and how to obtain substitute consent, 20 critical errors to avoid, and more. This manual is available in the NSBA Online Store for $95.
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Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of March 31, 2017
Week of March 24, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Another State Adopts Duty of Technology Competence — and Canada May Also
By Robert Ambrogi, Origially Published in Law Sites.
Add Tennessee to the list of states that have adopted the duty of technology competence, bringing the total to 27 states. And keep an eye on our neighbors to the north — Canada may be on its way to adopting a parallel duty. (See the full tally of states here.) In Tennessee, the Supreme Court entered an order on March 6 approving a number of amendments to the state’s Rules of Professional Conduct. Among the amendments, the order approves adoption of the language of Comment 8 of ABA Model Rule 1.1 pertaining to technology competence. Full Article
In Tennessee, the Supreme Court entered an order on March 6 approving a number of amendments to the state’s Rules of Professional Conduct. Among the amendments, the order approves adoption of the language of Comment 8 of ABA Model Rule 1.1 pertaining to technology competence. Full Article
Five Tips on Hiring an SEO Firm for Your Law Practice
By Josh Gerben, Originally Published in Attorney at Work
While there are infinite ways to spend money marketing your law firm, only some will deliver the right return on investment. In my experience, especially in today’s digital marketing environment, working with the right search engine optimization (SEO) provider is still one of the best investments a small firm can make.
When I opened my law firm in 2008, I did so with exactly zero clients. Since then, thanks in large part to my SEO and search engine marketing (SEM) efforts, I’ve represented more than 4,000 clients. Here are five tips to give you a head start choosing the right people to help you, too. Full Article
Law firms use data to judge lateral hires' potential success
By Victor Li, Originally Published in ABA Journal
When it comes to lateral partner hiring, it’s clear that an arms race is going on. Lateral hiring has been booming over the last several years, according to The American Lawyer (sub. req.), and 2015 saw the largest partner migration since the Great Recession. Moreover, virtually all law firm leaders think increased lateral hiring is here to stay, and they would pursue laterals as a means to grow their firms, according to law firm consultancy Altman Weil.
But does the weaponry all work? ALM, an information and intelligence company, released a 2016 study that found that most lateral partner hires don’t meet expectations, and a majority bring in less business than they promised. Full Article
Lawyers Should Tread Carefully Before Quitting a TroublesomeClient
By David L. Hudson Jr., Originally Published in ABA Journal
Lawyers who seek to withdraw in civil cases for client nonpayment of funds should take precautions to ensure that they do not violate the duty of confidentiality, according to ABA Formal Opinion 476 (PDF). ABA Model Rule 1.16(b)(5) allows attorneys to withdraw when a client “substantially fails to fulfill an obligation to the lawyer.” Comment 8 to Rule 1.16 elucidates: “A lawyer may withdraw if the client refuses to abide by the terms of an agreement relating to the representation, such as an agreement concerning fees or court costs.” Rule 1.16(b)(6) says a lawyer can withdraw where “the representation will result in an unreasonable financial burden on the lawyer or has been rendered unreasonably difficult by the client.” Full Article
LawPay Security Series: Security Step 1: Identify Your Cyber-Assets
Your path to a more secure law firm starts today!
Our mission with LawPay’s Security Series is to promote better data protection in law firms through simple, manageable steps. Each week we will deliver a practical tip you can use to easily update security in your firm. With the increase of cyber-crime and the associated risk to your firm, securing your assets is more important than ever. As a leading payment provider for the legal industry, we are in a unique position to share our knowledge and expertise in data security with our partners and colleagues. Full Article
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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