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.
The NSBA Library: NSBA Publications and Videos at Your Fingertips
You remember a great article in The Nebraska Lawyer that’s on point for a case you have now. And there was a form in that seminar last fall, but where are your materials? You need to quickly get an overview of an area of law you’re not familiar with—but how? The online NSBA Library has what you need. The NSBA Library, available to all voluntary NSBA members, has thousands of pages of written materials and hundreds of hours of seminar videos organized by topic or practice area. Materials include articles, seminar materials, some practice manuals and forms. The information is also searchable using the search function on the NSBA website. Check out of the NSBA Library under Practice Tools on the NSBA home page, and let us know if there’s material to be added, deleted or cross-listed.
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.
Access to Justice Commission Appointed by Nebraska Supreme Court
Our judicial system is based upon the principle that all those coming before the courts are entitled to equal justice. The Nebraska Supreme Court’s Strategic Agenda identifies “providing access to swift, fair justice” as the first of six overarching goals of the Nebraska Judicial Branch. To further that goal, the Court has approved creation of the Nebraska Access to Justice Commission. The phrase “access to justice” describes the ability of any person, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age or language, to access and efficiently navigate our court system. View Full Press Release
June 7, 2017, Application Deadline Set for Separate Juvenile Court Judge Vacancy, Douglas County
According to Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County will hold a public hearing in Courtroom #412 at the Douglas County Courthouse in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the new judgeship position created by LB 10. View Full Press Release
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 26, 2017
Week of May 19, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Buying Technology: A Different Look at Cost-Benefit Analysis
By Mary Juetten, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Just about every industry leverages technology to create efficiencies and reduce errors, and the legal field is no exception. Plenty of advice is out there about implementing a virtual law practice or practice management system to avoid malpractice, improve client experience, and optimize firm performance. However, the cost-benefit calculations associated with that advice typically assumes the purchased software is fully implemented, so they don’t account for cost of change or the value of process improvement. Here, I’ll explore the full cost and benefit of adopting technology from an implementation standpoint. Full Article
How to Work the Room at Networking Events
By Sally J. Schmidt, Originally Published in Attorney at Work
After years of working with lawyers, I have concluded that the No. 1 most-despised marketing activity is attending a networking event. The list of things I’ve been told that lawyers would rather do than work a room is long and painful — have a root canal, get shot in the foot, spend 100 hours teaching … you get the picture. However, most lawyers have to attend events. Clients have parties, law firms host functions, organizations hold galas and associations offer networking meetings. If you’re someone who detests going to these, particularly when you don’t know anyone, I am here to tell you they will be a lot less painful if you are prepared. Even if you never come to enjoy networking functions, you can make them both tolerable and productive if you go about things the right way. Full Article
Eight Financial Tips That You (Probably) Never Learned in Law School
By Michael L. Spekter, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
It happens every year. I stand in front of a group of eager law students in the seminar that I teach on law practice management, and begin the PowerPoint. In prior weeks, students have eagerly devoured the classes on social media and law firm marketing, and have joined in discussions on how to maintain good relationships with clients. But this week, as I begin to discuss law firm finances, I can see their eyes glaze over. The class lets out a collective sigh of boredom. For some reason, even though it is arguably the most important aspect of running a successful law firm, law students and young lawyers shy away from talking about money and how to make it and manage it. Law is a profession, they reason, but it is also a business, yet most young lawyers feel that they are above being mere “tradesmen.” But as a mentor once told me when I was starting out, “Don’t ever be shy about charging fees and making sure that you get paid for your time and expertise. After all, if you don’t keep your firm open, you’re not going to be able to help anyone.” Full Article
Member Benefit Spotlight: PageVault
Whether you need to capture a single Facebook profile or a 10,000-page website, Page Vault On Demand™ makes it easy for legal professionals to request web content collections for initial research or court evidence. The resulting files are accurate, printable and court-reliable, and include key metadata for authenticity. NSBA Members enjoy a 10% discount on any On Demand collection. Learn more about your member discounts on page-vault.com.
LawPay Security Series: Security Step 5: Secure Your Sensitive Data
Your path to a more secure law firm starts today!
Secure Your Sensitive Data
The security and integrity of your data is of paramount importance, as practices typically have large amounts of confidential and sensitive information about clients. Not only do you have an ethical responsibility to protect this information, but often times, a legal responsibility as well. So what are some things you can do to meet these obligations?
Data in Motion
When handling sensitive information within a web browser, always make sure the address starts with “https,” which indicates a secured connection. Data transmitted over a properly secured connection is encrypted and prevents an attacker from tampering with or accessing the information sent. Most browsers will highlight the address bar in green or show a closed lock to indicate that the connection is secure.
Casemaker Weekly Update
Searching by keyword
The most basic Casemaker search is the keyword search. It can also be the most complex if you wish – just use the search operators found in the blue Search Tips link under the Search button. To search first select your jurisdiction from the jurisdiction menu, then type in your word or words in the search bar and hit the blue search button. The keyword search can be found in other places as well. When you are viewing the list of cases you discovered in a previous search you can narrow that search by keyword in the left menu. If you are looking at a list of citing references you can also narrow that list by keyword on the citing references page.
The radio button selections below Casemaker search bar defaults to keyword. You may find that you can still enter things that are not keywords and get results, however, they may not be as accurate. You certainly can leave keyword selected and enter in a case citation – but you may get more than just the result you were seeking. In those cases, you may wish to choose a more specific search type.
Client Tracking in Casemaker
Need to keep track of time spent doing online research for a client? Utilizing the Client and Session Summary features of Casemaker can help. Simply create a Client and select the client each time you begin to conduct research for that client. Once you have finished, click the Sign Out link to sign out of Casemaker and view the Session Summary. The Session Summary contains the date, time and client for each search, which can be used to keep track of billable hours for the client. Please remember to print this information as it cannot be retrieved after closing the Session Summary.
The AND search is the simplest search to do in Casemaker. Simply put any number of words in leaving a space between each, and Casemaker will retrieve documents which contain all the words you mentioned. Contract binding will find the documents which mention both the word contact and the word binding. The search string handgun felony minor will find the documents with the words handgun, felony and minor in them. Please Note: You do not need and should not use the word AND in your search. The system already sees the space between your terms as an AND search unless you say otherwise. Using the word AND may yield the wrong results.
Support and Training
Casemaker Support is available from 8 AM to 8 PM EST, Monday through Friday. You can reach support by phone (877) 659-0801, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking the Live Chat link in the upper right of Casemaker. You can also find educational videos by clicking the Videos link and you can sign up for free live webinar training sessions by clicking on Webinar while in the system.
Searching for Cases with Citation
The most frequently used function of Casemaker for most users is searching by citation. From the home page you can simply type your citation in. You do not have to worry about being too picky if you use the wrong spacing, punctuation, or capitalization; Casemaker will automatically correct that for you. You do however need to make sure you are using only the reporter citation and the proper abbreviation. Casemaker goes by the Blue Book citation guidelines if you have any questions regarding abbreviations. For example, with Kearns v. Ford Motor Co., 567 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2009), all you would put in the search bar is 567 F.3d 1120. Be sure you select the correct jurisdiction, however – you will not be able to pull up a New Hampshire Superior Court case when searching in US Court of Appeals!
Sometimes a particular citation brings up more than one result, and there is a very good reason for this. The other case shares a page with the case you were searching for. For example, your case may end on page 104 and another case begins on the same page of the reporter. This means even if you are typing in a pin cite, you will still be able to locate the case you are looking for.
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