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.
Leadership Academy Nominations Now Being Accepted - Deadline August 18, 2017
The Nebraska State Bar Association is pleased to announce the tenth annual Leadership Academy designed to develop and nurture future leaders of the association and profession. Class size is limited to 25 participants in order to ensure a high quality of participation and instruction. The members of the class will participate in a mandatory day and a half retreat on September 14-15, 2017 at the Carol Joy Hollings Camp in Ashland as well as a wide range of seminars during the five month academy starting in November. Schedule and Brochure
The academy is open to active, NSBA dues-paying members that will be in their third to fifteenth year of practice. Tuition of $500 covers the cost of all programs, meals, receptions, graduation dinner and printed materials. Programs offered by the Leadership Academy can fulfill your mandatory continuing legal education credits for the year. Individual participants are responsible for their own travel and personal expenses. Mileage and hotel reimbursement will be provided if you are required to travel more than 150 miles to attend a program session. Limited scholarships are also available and may be requested on the application form.
Complete and return the application form if you wish to apply to become a member of the Leadership Academy. Please return your completed application form by August 18, 2017 to Sam Clinch, Nebraska State Bar Association, 635 S 14th St. #200, Lincoln, NE 68508.
If you would like to encourage a NSBA dues-paying member to participate in the Academy you can nominate them. Fill out the enclosed nomination form and a formal application will be sent to the nominee for the Leadership Academy. Please return your completed nomination form by August 1, 2017.
Retirement Open House In Honor of Rick Allan
Please join us in thanking Rick for 21 years of dedication and service to the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program.
Thursday, June 29, 2017 • 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm • Country Club of Lincoln • 3200 South 24th Street
Chris Aupperle Named New Director of Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program
Chris Aupperle of Omaha has been named the next Director of the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP).
Following the retirement announcement of longtime NLAP Director Rick Allan, the Nebraska State Bar Association and Nebraska Supreme Court jointly established a Search Committee to select the next Director. Aupperle was selected from more than 60 applicants. Full Press Release
Opportunities for Dues-Paying Members to Use Their “2 Free Hours of Ethics” Member Benefit
June 28: Lying and the Law: A How (Not) To Approach Webinar
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Lawyers, liars, and lunatics! This class focuses on why some people (lunatics) think that lawyers have a problem with lying. We go to the top of our profession – good ol’ Honest Abe – to see what he has to say about honesty in the legal profession. Do we have a problem with honesty? And if so, what can we do to fix it? In this class, we look at the various model rules requiring honest legal practices, such as 3.3, 4.1, 7.1 and 8.4, and then look at case examples where attorneys have been disciplined for dishonest activities. And, of course, we end by vowing to not do likewise.
Joel Oster, Esq., is a seasoned litigator who is currently in private practice in Kansas City, specializing in constitutional litigation, campaign finance, sports law and appellate advocacy. He has also delivered presentations to thousands of attorneys across the United States and has learned from their successful and unsuccessful legal practices. Oster earned his J.D. in 1997 from the University of Kansas School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in Kansas, Missouri, Florida, and numerous federal courts.
New Law Clinic at Nebraska Will Advocate for State's Children
The University of Nebraska College of Law is adding a fifth legal clinic: The Children's Justice Clinic.
Third-year law students in the clinic will have the opportunity to serve as a guardian ad litem for children in the child welfare system. The newest of Nebraska Law’s clinics results from a partnership between the college and the university's Center on Children, Families and the Law.
The inaugural Children’s Justice Clinic course will have eight students at the start of the fall semester and will be located in the college’s recently opened Marvin and Virginia Schmid Clinic Building. Full Press Release
NetWORKS! – NSBA’s Professional Networking Group
A great professional network can be extremely helpful to your clients and your career. NSBA offers an easy and enjoyable way to expand your professional contacts. NetWORKS! matches interested lawyers for one-to-one coffee or lunch every two months, at a time to be determined by the lawyers. There are three subgroups—Omaha, Lincoln and Greater Nebraska. Omaha and Lincoln matches are expected to meet in person; Greater Nebraska members can meet in person or virtually. Any voluntary NSBA member lawyer or judge may join any or all of the three geographic groups. Right now is a great time to sign up because the next round of meetings will begin July 1. More details and sign up are online.
Protecting Yourself and Your Clients from Identity Fraud and Other Scams
You don’t consider yourself tech savvy, but you know there are dangers associated with using a smart phone, tablet or computer. How and where are you at risk and what can you do? Signup for a one-hour CLE on the basics of Internet security for both your personal and professional business on Tues, Jun 27 at noon CDST. Learn about hacking, phishing and other ways your devices can be compromised. This presentation will provide basic information on vulnerabilities, and a five-point plan for protecting yourself and/or your clients. Registrants may attend in person at the NSBA offices in Lincoln, or via live webinar. Details and registration are online. The seminar/webinar is sponsored by the Senior Lawyers Section and is free to section members.
NOTICE OF COMMENT PERIOD - Proposed Practice Guidelines for Attorneys in Juvenile Court
On May 25, 2017, the Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts submitted proposed practice guidelines for attorneys in juvenile court pursuant to 2016 Neb. Laws, L.B. 894, now codified at Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43-272(5) (Reissue 2016). The Nebraska Supreme Court directed that the proposed practice guidelines be published for a public comment period.
The Nebraska Supreme Court invites interested persons to comment on the proposed practice guidelines. Anyone desiring to comment on the proposed practice guidelines 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 July 5, 2017. Full Press Release
Nineteen Submit their Names for Separate Juvenile Court Judge, Douglas County
Jennifer D. Chrystal-Clark, Bennington; Martin R. Klein, Hickman; Amy N. Schuchman, Elkhorn; Mary “Peg” Stevens, Elkhorn; Susanne M. Dempsey Cook, Jessica P. Douglas, Jeri Lynne James, Matthew R. Kahler, Monica L. Kruger, Jeffrey M. Kurtz, Ann C. Mangiameli, Sarah M. Moore, Joseph P. Naatz, Candice J. Novak, Kate E. Placzek, Carla K. Heathershaw Risko, Kimberley R. Taylor-Riley, Anne E. Troia, and Zoë R. Wade, all of Omaha, have submitted applications for appointment as Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the establishment of an additional Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County by the Nebraska Legislature. Full Press Release
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of June 9, 2017
Week of June 2, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Keeping It Practical: Tips on Pricing, Billing, and Client Communications
By Mark A. Robertson, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
The practice of law is a profession, but it is also a business—one in which each lawyer is responsible for both client representation and personal and firm financial matters. Whether you are practicing in a group or solo environment, the business of law is every bit as important as the practice of law. Here are 12 tips for making sure the business of your practice runs smoothly.
1. Contemporary time keeping.
Contemporary time keeping equals more money, better records, and less chance of billing errors and malpractice. No matter how often we say this, too many lawyers do not keep contemporaneous time records while they are working, and so are guessing at the time they spent on particular matters—sometimes at the end of the day, too often at the end of the week or the month. Failure to keep contemporaneous time records is an invitation for disaster or worse. Full Article
Five Things to Ask Before You Say Yes to a Speaking Gig
By Merrilyn Astin Tarlton, Originally Published in Attorney at Work
Most professionals have a complicated relationship with public speaking — particularly if it is a good business development opportunity. On the one hand, you’re pretty sure you want this gig. It could be the start of something good for your practice. On the other, it can be darn intimidating to stand up in front of a crowd knowing they expect you to be the expert. Talk about pressure!
Start Out on the Right Foot with These Five Questions
It will help you manage your anxiety and do an extraordinary speaking job if you get lots of information up-front. The best time to get the lowdown is before you agree to speak. In fact, based on what you learn, you may choose not to say yes. Here are five key questions to ask right out of the chute, before you say you’re all in. Full Article
Client Dinners That Make Your Business Pop
By Bull Carlington, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
A client appreciation dinner is a beautiful thing. There’s food and wine and balloons and maybe a small token of appreciation. Somebody makes a speech that mentions “paradigm shift” 31 times and everyone falls asleep. Sometime between the main course and the cheesecake, the phones come out.
Then, one by one, the whole room checks out … and you think to yourself, maybe there’s a better way.
There is. Client appreciation dinners have a plan built right into the title: Show some appreciation. Dinner is nice. A private room in a super fancy restaurant is even nicer, but you can still level up. Full Article
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