Managing Risks of Employee Theft and Internet Scams
By Eileen Garczynski, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
While the widespread use of technology and the internet has generated numerous advantages for law firms and their clients, it also has enabled employees and outsiders alike to perpetrate frauds that can continue for months without detection, and result in significant losses.
Employee theft and internet scams represent expanding risks for law firms and their clients. In its 2014 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners found the median duration of employee frauds was 18 months before detection; the median loss from all such incidents at professional service firms was $180,000. Full Article
Classic Law Practice Productivity Tips
By The Editors, Originally Published in Attorney at Work.
Forget juggling. Most of us feel like we’re endlessly spinning plates, hoping we can keep all the parts and pieces of our lives from crashing to the ground. Then along comes summer, and the promise of a little downtime to relax and refresh — or at least remove a few plates from the stack. Assuming, of course, you can squeeze out any time for yourself. To wrap up our “Read the Classics” week, we offer five popular Attorney at Work productivity posts that may help you find a little more time to savor the summer. Full Article
A New Dawn for Cuba as it Opens for Business
By Victor Li, Originally Published in ABA Journal.
The 90-mile corridor between Key West and the north coast of Cuba is far wider, deeper and considerably more dangerous when you factor in everything that's happened between the two countries during the last 57 years. Former ABA President Stephen Zack (with a flag from pre-revolutionary Cuba in his office) escaped from the island as a teenager two years after Fidel Castro seized power. Full Article
Scam Targeting Lawyers
It has come to the attention of the Nebraska State Bar Association that there is a new phishing attack targeting various bars and lawyers around the country. Emails are being sent to lawyers supposedly notifying them of a disciplinary complaint and a time for responding. The email instructs the lawyer to click on a link or attachment to view the complaint. Once the lawyer opens the link or attachment, the lawyer’s computer is held hostage. In may have the following subject line: "Counsel for Discipline Bar Complaint." Additionally, at least one member of the Connecticut Bar Association has reported a similar email scam where the sender attempts to collect "bar dues" from the recipient. If you receive one of these fraudulent emails, do not respond or click on any link or attachments. Delete it immediately.
NetWORKS! – NSBA’s Professional Networking Group
NSBA is offering an easy and enjoyable new way to expand your professional contacts. NetWORKS! will match interested lawyers for one-to-one coffee or lunch every two months. It will be up to the lawyers to schedule a convenient time. This new group is open to all voluntary NSBA members except law students. The primary purpose of the group is to promote the development of collegial professional relationships among group members.
NSBA will pilot NetWORKS! in the Omaha area if at least 30 NSBA members volunteer to give it a try. If the Omaha group is a success, Lincoln and Greater Nebraska groups will be added. It will be free for the rest of this year and likely will have modest dues longer term. Members will be required to complete their NSBA online profiles because the matching software program pulls member data from the profiles.
If you want to sign up for the Omaha pilot, please contact Lorrie Benson. More details about NetWORKS! are on the NSBA website under Member Info.
Opportunities for Dues-Paying Members to Use Their 2 Free Hours of Ethics CLE
Dan Jewell Trial Institute - August 12-13
This is a seminar designed to help less experienced lawyers learn and develop skills necessary to try a lawsuit. The issues presented in the selected case are (1) whether the decedent has testamentary capacity, and (2) whether the will offered was procured by
This is a two-day seminar that will be held at the Creighton University Skutt Student Center on August 12–13, 2016. The cost of the seminar is $200.00 per student. Twelve (12.0) hours of CLE credit is approved by the Nebraska Supreme Court MCLE Commission.
New Magistrate Judges Announced
This project has been funded through a bequest left by the late Dan Jewell, a respected attorney and trial lawyer from Norfolk and a former president of the Nebraska State Bar Association. Dan served on the Bar Foundation Board for over 20 years. Dan wanted to further the education of trial attorneys in the State of Nebraska and this Institute honors his vision. Complete Brochure and Application.
Judicial Resources Commission to Hold June 20 Public Meeting
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public meeting pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 to determine, based on the judicial workload statistics, whether a judicial vacancy exists in the office of district court of the Third Judicial District, due to the retirement of the Honorable Steven D. Burns, effective May 31, 2016, and make a recommendation to the Supreme Court as to the primary place of office of said vacancy. Full Press Release
Nebraska's United States District Court Judges announced today their selection of Susan M. Bazis and Michael D. Nelson to join the court as United States Magistrate Judges in the coming year. Full Press Release
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of June 10, 2016
Week of June 3, 2016
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Member Benefit Spotlight: Case Management Software Partners
Clio is the most widely used legal cloud-based practice management software. Tens of thousands of lawyers and legal professionals use Clio to organize their cases, track time, invoice their clients, generate documents, and more. Working on Mac and PC, and through iPhone, iPad, and Android apps, lawyers can easily access and manage their practice from any location and on any device.
Clio is the only practice management platform that integrates with other Nebraska State Bar Association member benefits, like LawPay for credit card processing. Nebraska lawyers can easily connect these services together for seamless syncing of information. Clio also integrates with other popular software like Dropbox, Quickbooks, Gmail, and Google Apps, letting law firms design their perfect practice with their favorite tools.
Members of the Nebraska State Bar Association receive an exclusive 10% discount on Clio. Register here for a free trial.
Tabs3 Software would like to extend a 10% discount (with no minimum) on all new licenses of Tabs3 and PracticeMaster in 2016 to all members of the NSBA! Tabs3 and PracticeMaster are reliable and easy-to-use to give you a seamlessly integrated experience. The Tabs3 software suite ranges from billing to practice management, check writing to general ledger, and document management to trust accounting. Visit us at tabs3.com/nsba for more information on our products or to download a free trial of our software!
MyCase is a web-based legal practice management software that helps solo and small law firms more efficiently manage the day-to-day functions of their business. MyCase is priced at $39/month per attorney and $29/month for a paralegal or support staff. NSBA Members receive a free 30-day trial AND a 10% off lifetime discount. MyCase can help Nebraska law firms get organized and get more done every day. You can contact MyCase at: 800-571-8062 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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When law firms want to make more money, go paperless, or increase confidence in their trust accounting, Rocket Matter helps them achieve those goals. With award-winning customer service based in the United States, it’s our pick for the most user-friendly product.
Members of the Nebraska State Bar Association receive an industry-leading 15% discount on Rocket Matter. Get started today!