Succession Planning—How Does Your Capital Look?
By Stephanie Hood, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Most firms have been dealing with partner retirements and client succession for many years. Planning for these events can be time-consuming and full of potential land mines. Done correctly, the firm is stronger, and the clients happier, for the proactive and careful approach to understanding the complexity both personally and professionally for the firm, retiring partners and clients. Full Article
It’s Not You, It’s Me: Why Law Firm Advertising Fails
By Jared Correia, Originally Published in Attorney at Work.
Lawyers have been conditioned, from time immemorial, to believe that successful marketing means broadcasting superiority. You must have won more false awards, and higher verdicts, and would have established further contrived rankings.
To a point, it’s helpful to show that you’re good at what you do; but continually attempting to avenge yourself as best is necessarily a losing game. The perceived superiority of this one-ups-manshipper strategy leads to the creation of massively hyperbolic ads. Full Article
How to Avoid Lawyer Social Media Facepalms
By Dan Lear, Originally Published in Attorney at Work.
Big social media faux pas are not uncommon these days. From politicians to airlines to big brands, no one seems immune to a misguided post that goes viral and is ultimately shared with the world.
Lawyers, generally late-adopters, are just now beginning to understand how social media fits into their branding, marketing or communications strategy. And they face the double learning curve: understanding social media etiquette and how to use it in accordance with the rules of professional conduct. But that doesn’t mean you should put the etiquette piece second to the ethical piece. Using social media incorrectly or ineffectively can be just as damaging to your professional reputation — potentially worse. Full Article
Opportunities for Dues-Paying Members to Use Their 2 Free Hours of Ethics CLE
2016 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 2016 Annual Meeting in October. Nominations should be made on the following form and returned to the committee on or before June 1, 2016. Nomination Form.
Do You Have a Favorite App?
New to the NSBA Annual Meeting Oct 26-28 will be several tech sessions, including a 20-minute session on Five Great Apps for Lawyers. We’re crowdsourcing the list of great apps. If you have a professionally-related app you find especially useful, please send the app name to Lorrie Benson at NSBA. Watch for more details of interesting and useful tech sessions at NSBA Annual Meeting!
Seven Submit their Names for Supreme Court Judge in the Fifth Judicial District
David J. A. Bargen, Adams; Daniel E. Bryan, Auburn; Michael P. Burns, Sutton; Jeffrey J. Funke, Nebraska City; Michael E. Sullivan, Hastings; Bradley J. White, Omaha; and Mark J. Young, Grand Island, have submitted applications for appointment as Supreme Court Judge in the 5th Judicial District. The vacancy is due to retirement of Judge William M. Connolly. Full Press Release
Six Submit their Names for District Judge in the First Judicial District
Elizabeth D. Elliott, Firth; Thomas J. Klein, Wahoo; Louie M. Ligouri, Auburn; Ricky A. Schreiner, Cortland; Richard R. Smith, Cook; and Shaylene M. Smith, Crete, have submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 1st Judicial District consisting of Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Paul W. Korslund. 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.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of May 13, 2016
Week of May 6, 2016
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Contribute to the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation. Participate in Give to Lincoln Day, May 26, 2016
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 26. More information
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.
Member Benefit Spotlight: Office Depot
Office Depot is proud to be a partner with the NSBA. Please Click this link to sign up for your Business Account. This account will provide money saving discounts for you and your company.
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Help your firm stand out from the crowd. Create high quality, cost effective business cards that can help define your business without redefining your budget.
Order your personalized business identity products at the same time you are ordering office supplies.
Utilize your member benefit and order online from Office Depot for as little as $9.99
New Member Benefit: Citrix Sharefile
Citrix ShareFile helps law firms of all sizes securely exchange files with employees, clients and experts. Encrypted, web-based transfer allows your firm to eliminate insecure file-transfer methods such as courier services, email and fax. Cloud-based storage and back-up reduced the burden on your existing servers. With an easy-to-use interface, ShareFile keeps setup and administrative effort to a minimum. Try ShareFile free, call (888) 324-0168 or visit www.ShareFile.com.
BOGO Discounts from Citrix!
For the next month, Citrix, a preferred vendor for encryption, large file sharing, syncing and storage, has agreed to offer an exclusive discount to NSBA members. Expiring at the end of May, buy one month of service from Citrix and get one month free! NSBA members also receive a 10% off the standard published rates!
Contact Sara Jenkins, Citrix Director of Services for Attorneys, at (919) 745-6241 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. Or, Click Here to sign up for a free trial now!
New Member Benefit: Page Vault
PAGE VAULT software allows legal professionals to easily capture webpage content (social media, corporate websites, blog posts) in a way that is forensically defensible and legally admissible. With one click, webpages are archived exactly as they appear online, key metadata is automatically stored, and an easy-to-share output file is created.
Page Vault also offers Collection Services to capture complex webpages or high-volume websites for clients. For any output, affidavits can attest to the patent-pending architecture that preserves an evidential chain of custody.
Learn more at www.page-vault.com or contact Patrick at email@example.com today!
PAGE VAULT is proud to be a new vendor partner of the Nebraska State Bar Association; member discounts apply to all Page Vault software and services.