NSBA 2017 Elections
NSBA President Elect Designate
The nominee for President Elect Designate must reside in Greater Nebraska (not in Douglas, Lancaster or Sarpy counties). Steven Mattoon of Sidney Nebraska has been selected by the NSBA Executive Council as the nominee for NSBA President-Elect Designate. Additional nominations may be made by petition. Petitions must be signed by twenty-five active members in good standing. The nominee’s written consent to serve if elected must accompany the petition. Petitions must be received by the Office of the Nebraska State Bar Association, by May 31, 2017. Download Memo & Petition
NSBA Executive Council- 4th District Vacancy
The election for the 4th District Representative on the NSBA Executive Council will be held in July of 2017. Notifications and petitions were sent to those residing in the 4th Supreme Court District on April 28, 2017. The deadline for returning a petition will be May 30, 2017. The term will begin at the conclusion of the 2017 Annual Meeting in October. Executive Council terms are four years. Download Memo & Petition
NSBA House of Delegates- Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12
Elections for the even numbered House of Delegates Districts will be held in July of 2017. Notifications and petitions were sent to the even numbered District Court Districts on April 28, 2017. The deadline for returning a petition will be May 30, 2017. House of Delegates terms are four years. Download Memo & Petition
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.
2017 NSBA Public Service Awards
The Nominating Committee of the House of Delegates of the Nebraska State Bar Association is seeking nominees for the Public Service Awards to be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting in October. Nominations should be made on the following form and returned to the committee on or before June 16, 2017. Nomination Form.
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.
Register Now and Save the Date for These Upcoming All-Day CLE Seminars
NSBA Sections have two upcoming seminars that will be especially useful to broad audiences. The Government and Administrative Practice Section is offering a half day on technology and cybersecurity topics, including e-discovery, cybercrime, and an interactive table-top exercise on responding to a data breach, including preparation and best practices. The seminar will be Fri, June 23 in Lincoln. NSBA members identified cybersecurity and technology information as key needs in a recent member survey, and some Nebraska law firms have already suffered data breaches. Details and registration are online.
Mark your calendars for a major business law seminar led by the Business Law Section with presentations contributed by the Intellectual Property, Securities, Corporate Counsel, Bankruptcy, Bank Attorneys, Taxation, and Labor Relations and Employment Sections. The multi-track seminar will include both introductory and advanced topics from all the sections. The seminar will be Friday, September 8 in Lincoln. Watch for a program announcement and registration over the summer.
Judicial Resources Commission to Hold June 27 Hearing
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing via video conference on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 to determine whether, based on the judicial workload statistics, judicial vacancies exist in the following locations:
1. Office of district court of the 12th Judicial District, due to the retirement of Judge Randall Lippstreu, effective February 28, 2017, and if so to make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of said vacancy.
2. Office of county court of the 8th Judicial District, due to the retirement of Judge Alan Brodbeck, effective March 31, 2017, and if so to make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of said vacancy.
3. Office of county court of the 2nd Judicial District, due to the appointment of Judge Stefanie Martinez to the district court bench, effective April 18, 2017, and if so to make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of said vacancy. View Full Press Release
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of May 12, 2017
Week of May 5, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Living In A Solo World
By Paige A. Greenlee, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
About two and a half years ago, after several years of consideration, I took the plunge—I left the security of a firm job, where the paycheck magically appeared every two weeks and the benefits were covered, and hung my own shingle. This was one of the best professional decisions I have ever made. It was also one of the most terrifying.
Anyone who tells you that running your own law firm is easy is not being honest. I work harder now than I did when I was at a big or medium-sized firm; however, to me, it is far more rewarding to be doing it for myself. Full Article
Website Best Practices
By Nicholas Gaffney, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Websites have come a long way since the original online brochure. Today’s websites not only offer information about a firm’s people and practices, they’re designed to engage clients and potential clients with compelling content and offer opportunities to connect through blogs and links to the firm’s social media channels. Some firms do it better than others with sites that boldly define the firm’s brand, and inspire visitors to take that decisive call to action. How can you be sure your site is one of those high performers? This month, our panel of experts discusses best practices for law firm website design. Full Article
Five Tech Options to Make Your Law Firm Easier to Contact
By Casey Meraz, Originally Published in Attorney At Work
It’s no secret that if you make it easier for people to reach you using their preferred method, you’re going to get more contacts — ones that could convert to clients. Today, this is especially true of your website. While phone calls have always had the highest conversion rate, from the initial contact to case sign-ups, technology is rapidly evolving and offers more ways than ever for people to contact you. Full Article
LawPay Security Series: Security Step 4: Protect Internal Systems
Your path to a more secure law firm starts today!
Protect Your Systems
In today’s digital world, computers can be a treasure trove for an online attacker, and can also provide a jumping-off point to reach other systems or online accounts. There are multiple routes into these systems, from open network connectivity to targeted malware. Fortunately there are a few key tools at your disposal to protect against these threats.
Keep Your Systems Updated
Many malware threats operate and spread by taking advantage of problems in software for which fixes have long been enabled. Unfortunately these fixes are often not applied to the vulnerable systems. Modern operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS X support automatic installation of critical updates — you just need to enable it. A number of application packages, such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat, also support automatic updates. Given their widespread use throughout businesses, these applications offer a rich target for hackers. If the applications you use offer automatic updates, make sure this feature is enabled.
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Narrow by Circuit
While the Jurisdiction menu will aid you to narrow your search to Circuit court cases, it will not allow you to narrow to a specific circuit. However, that option is still available! Once you perform your search, click to view all the case results. You can also click on the Cases link on the left. Either option will pull up your results list and a menu on the left side. This left side menu gives you the option to narrow your results by a variety of different ways. For example, you could use the Jurisdiction option to narrow to check the box for Circuit. Note you may have to click a link at the bottom of the category to get all your options. Next, you can the United States Court of Appeals you wish by checking off the appropriate box. Now your results should be narrowed to the Circuit court you prefer.
Searching by Party
Searching by party works best if the party or parties in question have a less than common name. Obviously, searching for the party name of Smith is going to yield a number of results compared to other less common names.
To search by party simply type the name of the party in the search bar and select the circle (often called a radio button) under the search bar labeled party. This will pull up all cases where that name is mentioned as a party in the case.
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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