How Branded Legal Networks Help Smaller Firms Land Big Work
By Nicholas Gaffney, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today.
While legal marketing has certainly seen its share of fads over the years (remember phonebook advertisements?), sophisticated branded legal networks took hold about a decade ago, and continue to expand not only in the number of lawyers and firms that have signed on, but in the variety of marketing services members can now leverage. Among the most recognized networks are Martindale-Nolo and sister site Lawyers.com, along with venture-capital sweethearts Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom, which have landed a combined total of $110 million in VC funding. Dozens of others are out there, all designed to help solo attorneys and smaller firms increase their brand recognition and exposure to potential clients while maximizing their limited marketing budgets. In this month’s roundtable, four attorneys who rely on branded legal networks as part of their broader marketing strategies discuss how these networks continue to revolutionize their legal marketing strategies. Full Article
Argument Preview: Last week of Court’s Term to Feature Potential Landmark Patent Case
By Ronald Mann, Originally Published in SCOTUS Blog.
Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee is one of those cases that makes you wonder how Congress possibly could have done such a bad job in drafting such an important piece of legislation. Businesses, policymakers, academics, legislators, and jurists. All have complained for decades that the patent system is broken. That litigation about validity of patents is unconscionably expensive and as predictable as a stroke of lightning. That the patents brought under the scrutiny of litigation are so frequently ridiculous as to make the system for issuing those patents an embarrassment. That something must be done. Full Article
Practical Advice for Trial Lawyers from a Playwright Who Just Finished Jury Service
By Sean Grennan, Originally Published in ABA Journal Magazine
Recently I had the privilege of serving on a jury in a malpractice case. And I think I saw something you can use.
But let me be clear: I write plays or act in them—some TV and film, too. I know next to nothing about the law: zip. I’ll admit I was briefly interested in the legal profession in my early 20s and even took the LSAT, scoring a shade behind a chimp with a crayon; though in fairness, the chimp could juggle. Full Article
NSBA On-Call Interpreter Service Pilot Ending
Through a grant from Woods Charitable Fund, the NSBA administered a pilot program that made the services of court interpreters available to its dues-paying members for free. Due to the low demand for the service, the pilot will end this month. All existing appointments will be honored, but no new requests will be accepted after April 22, 2016. We would like to thank the attorneys who participated in the pilot program and we hope their participation has left them with an appreciation of the quality of services available through certified and registered court interpreters. If you have any questions, please contact the NSBA.
2 Free Hours of Ethics CLE Available April 28
If you’re an NSBA voluntary dues-paying attorney who has not yet used your “2 Free Hours of Ethics CLE” 2016 member benefit, register to attend our “Ethics and Managing Business Risk in Your Law Firm” webinar, which will be broadcast on Thurs., April 28, from 12 pm to 2 pm CT, for FREE! Not sure if you’ve used your “2 Free Hours of Ethics CLE” 2016 member benefit already? Contact Staci Williams at email@example.com or (402) 475-7091. Not able to attend on April 28? The NSBA offers at least one opportunity each month for you to use your “2 Free Hours of Ethics CLE” member benefit. Visit the NSBA Website Calendar and select “Free Ethics (Member Benefit)” in the drop-down box to view the upcoming seminars at which you can use your benefit.
Enjoy an Evening of Baseball
The Senior Lawyers and Young Lawyers Sections are teaming up to sponsor an evening of baseball and networking on Tuesday, Apr 26. The event is open to all lawyers and their guests, with a special invitation extended to section members. The event starts with appetizers and drinks from 5-6 pm at The Session Room, which is a couple blocks from Ameritrade Park in Omaha. At 6:30 pm Creighton and UNL will meet on the diamond. Cheer on your alma mater or pick a team to support while you get acquainted with fellow lawyers. Tickets are $10 each and include the game ticket, and one drink and appetizers at The Session Room. Tickets will be passed out at the pregame event and at the ball park for those arriving at game time. More details on which gate to enter and where to pick up tickets at the stadium will be sent a few days prior to the game. If you register for this event and then find you can’t attend, please contact Lorrie Benson at NSBA so we can give your tickets to someone else.
More details and registration are on the NSBA website. Registration is capped, so register now. Don’t miss this chance to make professional connections and enjoy a night at the ball game!
Notice Of Comment Period: Proposed Changes to Affidavit and Praecipe for Summons in Garnishment [In Aid of Execution] Form
The University of Nebraska College of Law Civil Clinical Law Program submitted proposed changes to the Affidavit and Praecipe for Summons in Garnishment [In Aid of Execution] Form No. CC 3:6, Rev. 6/15. The proposed changes require specific facts from the judgment creditor to support the allegation that the judgment debtor/garnishee is not the head of a family as defined by Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-1558(4)(d) (Reissue 2008).
The Nebraska Supreme Court invites interested persons to comment on the proposed changes to the form. Anyone desiring to comment on these proposed changes 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.
May 5, 2016, 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 Courtroom at the Gage County Courthouse, 612 Grant Street, in Beatrice, Nebraska, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Beatrice, Gage 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 retirement of Judge Paul W. Korslund effective April 1, 2016. Full Press Release
Supreme Court Justice William M. Connolly to Retire August 1, 2016
Supreme Court Justice William M. Connolly recently submitted a retirement notice to the Governor indicating his plan to retire August 1, 2016, after 24 years on the bench -- 2 years on the Nebraska Court of Appeals and 22 years on the Nebraska Supreme Court.
Full Press Release
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.
Volunteers Needed for April 29 Law Day Event
The NSBA Volunteer Lawyers Project and Omaha Bar Association Present “Lawyers in the City” - Friday, April 29, 2016
To celebrate Law Day, the NSBA Volunteer Lawyers Project and Omaha Bar Association are co-sponsoring “Lawyers in the City,” a day during which volunteers meet with low-income persons in the Omaha area to answer basic questions about the law, the court and court process, and to provide legal resources and services available in the Omaha area.
This is a great opportunity to do pro bono service, meet new colleagues, and help low-income residents gain access to our courts and system of justice. The event is appropriate for attorneys of all practice areas and experience. VLP attorneys will be onsite to provide guidance in civil practice areas, including divorce, custody, child support, guardianship, debt collection, name change, powers of attorney.
If you are interested in volunteering 1, 2, 3, or 4 hours, please email VLP@nebar.com by April 18 and specify which location and which times you are available:
- Metropolitan Community College, Fort Omaha Campus 30th & Fort
Building 10, Room 136C
Noon-1pm; 1-2pm; 2-3pm; 3-4pm
- Metropolitan Community College/South Omaha Public Library
South Omaha Public Library, Conference Room A
2900 Babe Gomez Avenue
9am-10am; 10am-11am; 11am-Noon
- Omaha Civic Center, Douglas County
Farnam Level Lunchroom
1819 Farnam Street
Noon-1pm; 1-2pm; 2-3pm; 3-4pm
Contact VLP Director Carol Cleaver (402) 742-8127 or email@example.com, or OBA Executive Director Dave Sommers (402) 280-3607 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
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.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of April 15, 2016
Week of April 8, 2016
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
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