New Lawyers Admitted to the Practice of Law During April Swearing-in Ceremony
The Nebraska State Bar Commission has received the Supreme Court’s approval of its recommendation for the following individuals to be admitted to the practice of law in the State of Nebraska, having fulfilled all of the requirements under Rule §3-117 for admission by examination. The swearing in ceremony took place April 18, 2017. Full Press Release
Opportunities for Dues-Paying Members to Use Their “2 Free Hours of Ethics” Member Benefit
May 31: The Importance of Stress Management and Sleep for Lawyers (Live and Webcast)
2:00 PM -4:00 PM; Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St., Omaha
A vast majority of lawyers in all settings report that pressure and tension on the job is considerable. Stress and sleep deprivation among lawyers often cause job dissatisfaction, burnout, depression, and substance abuse which, in turn, cause ethical violations, malpractice, and various types of unprofessional behaviors. It hurts lawyers and their families, diminishes their ability to serve clients, and reduces the respect that people have for our entire system of justice. The core values contained in the Nebraska Rules of Professional Conduct, such as integrity and civility, require lawyers to manage their stress levels by reducing their dysfunctional negative thoughts and emotions (e.g., anger). Furthermore, ABA Formal Opinion 03-429 (June 11, 2003) imposes an ethical obligation on law firms to assist lawyers who are mentally impaired. Attendees will walk away from this program with an understanding of the effects of stress and sleep deprivation on the body and mind and how proper management of stress improves mental health, which allows attorneys to better serve their clients, the justice system, and the public. Attendees will learn effective ways to reduce stress through higher quality and quantity of sleep and through simple relaxation techniques.
Nebraska Celebrates National Drug Court Month by holding National-Level Trainings
May 23rd & 24th in Kearney and May 25th & 26th in Lincoln
Members of Adult Drug and DUI Problem-Solving Court teams from Scottsbluff to Omaha will meet together in May – the month nationally designated as Drug Court Month – for a training and self-assessment of best practice standards. Experts from the National Center for State Courts will travel to Kearney and Lincoln to train on Nebraska’s standards and review local teams’ operating policies and procedures. In addition to the training, the National Center for State Courts will provide technical assistance to Nebraska Adult Drug and DUI Courts regarding policies and consistency with Nebraska Standards.
“Our standards are among the top in the nation,” said Judge Jim Doyle, Nebraska Supreme Court Problem-Solving Court committee chair. “We are committed to excellence and to ensuring that Nebraskans in every court within the state receive consistent, high-quality services.” Full Press Release
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of April 27, 2017
Week of April 21, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
The 14th: A Civil War-Era Amendment Has Become a Mini-Constitution for Modern Times
By Victor Li, Originally Published in ABA Journal
John A. Bingham wasn’t the most prominent Republican politician during the Civil War period; he probably wasn’t even among the top 10.
Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1854, he was forced into premature retirement eight years later after losing re-election. There were plenty of external factors for his loss: His Ohio district had been redrawn, and Bingham had been forced to run in unfamiliar territory; also, it was the first full year of the Civil War, and the Union soldiers who lived in his new district (most of whom were Republican-leaning) were off fighting the Confederates. Full Article
Are You Acting in the Courtroom?
By Marsha Hunter, Originally Published in Attorney At Work
A law student is working on a direct examination during a trial skills program. She is practicing her presentation — how she stands, gestures and speaks. Each time through the examination, she asks exactly the same questions, with identical intonation. She has memorized this part of the trial, so we stop and talk about that. Why isn’t it possible to memorize questions for trial? Full Article
Clio: What's New
- New From Clio: Timer Update, In-App Support, and Intake Via Trust Requests. This month, we’ve updated our timer and introduced in-app support. We’ve also got a handy new way to do client intake. Read more.
- The Law Firm Website Checklist. Want to make sure your law firm website is in the best shape possible? Go through this checklist from Clio, and find out.
- A Guide to Law Firm SEO. SEO is crucial for any website, but it can be difficult to know where to start. This quick guide lays out the basics—with lawyers in mind. Read the guide.
- 7 Inspiring Lawyer Stories. Being a lawyer can be a thankless job, but there are also the moments that remind you why you got into law. Here are a few inspiring stories about the most rewarding parts of being a lawyer.
- What to Do in the Event of a Malpractice Claim. Malpractice claims are more common than you might think, and the financial costs can be enormous. Here’s what to do if you or your firm gets a claim.
MyCase Free Guide: Fast Forward - The Past and Present of Law Practice Management
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This guide provides answers to common questions like:
- What law practice management really is (and what it can do for your firm)
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LawPay Security Series: Security Step 3: Fortify Your Network
Your path to a more secure law firm starts today!
Wi-Fi networks make it easy to connect the systems in your practice, both to each other and the outside world. However, they often make it easy for an intruder to gain access to those same systems, and the data therein. You can significantly reduce this risk by making a few important changes to your network configuration. Full Article
Casemaker Weekly Update
Casemaker and Cosmolex
Did you know Cosmolex, a leading cloud-based, law practice management software provider, is integrated with Casemaker to allow you to easily track and bill your research time? As part of this partnership, you can create a free trial with Cosmolex or attach your existing account to your Casemaker account. To get started simply click any of the Cosmolex links in Casemaker. After you click any of the Cosmolex links you will be shown a new screen with two options. To link an existing account, simply click the “Link my existing Cosmolex Account” button. You will be asked to log into CosmoLex and allow Casemaker to report time and information. Don’t have a Cosmolex account? You can get started with a free trial by clicking the “Start my free Cosmolex Trial” button.
Using a Pin Cite
Have a pin cite? No worries, Casemaker knows what to do. Enter the pin cite in the search bar and Casemaker will pull up the case that particular page is located in. Simple and easy!
You can select a jurisdiction or any combination of jurisdictions to search by clicking the Jurisdiction menu. This is located in the box located between the search box and the blue search button. There is a blue downward pointing arrow in the right side of this box. Clicking on this arrow will pull up the pop-up menu and from here you can check as many or as few boxes as you need.
At the top of the list of states in the Jurisdiction menu, you will notice a check box for Related Federal. This tells Casemaker to not only pull cases for the state you selected, but also for the Federal District and Circuit courts related to that state. So if you select Virginia and also select Related Federal you will get not only Virginia state level cases but also the Eastern and Western District of Virginia court cases as well as cases in the Fourth Circuit. This means you will get cases from other states in your circuit as well, in the case of our example – Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia cases would also be included. However, this would again only be cases in your circuit, not any outside of it.
Finding a Case by Docket Number
Sometimes a case is so new you may not have a citation. Perhaps you want to reference an unpublished opinion that does not have a state or regional reporter citation. If you have the docket number you can still find the case. Under the search bar on the homepage, you will see words with circles next to them. These circles are called radio buttons. The options you will see are Keyword, Citation, Party, Section, and finally Docket No. Make sure you have selected the correct jurisdiction from the jurisdiction menu drop down to the right of the search bar (it is the box with the downward pointing blue arrow); then select the radio button next to Docket No. Enter the docket number of your case and hit the blue search button. You should be able to pull up the case you are looking for.
Contribute to the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation. Participate in Give to Lincoln Day, May 18, 2017
Give To Lincoln Day is your chance to make a real impact on Lincoln’s quality of life. We encourage everyone to join us for a record-setting day of giving on May 26th. Together, we have the power to raise thousands of dollars to support Lincoln’s nonprofit organizations, including the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation. Join us for a 24 hour day of giving on Thursday, May 18. More information
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