LSAT Prep Scholarship
The Nebraska State Bar Association works to expand the pipeline of diverse law school applicants. The LSAT Prep Scholarship Program provides a scholarship for a Kaplan LSAT Prep Course covers the costs of registering for the LSAT exam for recipients who are historically underrepresented in Nebraska's law schools, demonstrate economic need, and reside in Nebraska. The number of scholarships awarded annually is dependent on charitable contributions. The scholarship program reaches both traditional and non-traditional students from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. On average, students achieve a seven point increase on their LSAT exam score. Download the Application and Instruction Sheet. Deadline for Application is July 14, 2017.
Journey To Cuba - April 26 - 30, 2018
This is an exciting time in US-Cuba relations. Recent changes are generating substantial interest from the business and legal communities in America. The Nebraska State Bar Association is partnering with Cuba Cultural Travel (CCT) to give you the opportunity to travel to Cuba. Cuba Cultural travel has organized educational tours for a variety of organizations for the last 15 years. Please join Kim Robak and Bill Mueller, Tom and Mary Maul, Bob and Dian Hillis and Jane Langan Mach and Jeff Mach from April 26-30, 2018, on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Complete Trip Information
Casemaker Training At Your Office In Lincoln Or Omaha!
Do you want to learn how to effectively use Casemaker, the NSBA’s comprehensive, online legal research tool without leaving your office? Jim Corbett will come to your office on August 2nd, 3rd or 4th and conduct a one hour CLE. He will show you features that includes CasemakerPRO, free with NSBA dues-paying membership.
CasemakerPRO is a package of premium products designed to enhance Casemaker’s capabilities as well as provide you with valuable new services, such
as CaseCheck+, Casemaker’s citator that identifies whether your case law citations are still good law; CasemakerDigest, which provides a first look into the
most recent decisions handed down by the state and federal courts; and CiteCheck, a personal cite checker for pleadings, briefs or other documents. A step-by-step demonstration will demonstrate key features.
If you are interested in scheduling Casemaker training, email Sam Clinch at email@example.com or give him a call at 402-742-8125
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.
2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is presented annually to a young lawyer who has made exemplary contributions to the community and to public service, who has actively participated in State and local bar activities, and who stands out in the areas of professional knowledge, skill, integrity and courtesy.
To nominate a young lawyer for this award, please complete and return this form. You may be contacted, confidentially, for more information on your nominee. Nominations must be received no later than September 8, 2017, by the YLS Executive Committee, c/o Leslie Shaver; Simmons Olsen Law Firm, P.C.; 1502 2nd Ave.; Scottsbluff, NE 69361. Nominations may also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities for Dues-Paying Members to Use Their “2 Free Hours of Ethics” Member Benefit
July 25: Ethics in South Sioux City
12:00 PM - 2:15 PM
- Legal Profession Under Stress: Strategies for Well-Being and Ethical Practice
Chris Aupperle, the new director of the Nebraska Lawyers’
Assistance Program, will discuss the current state of well being and impairment within the legal profession and the effect of impairment on the profession and, accordingly, Nebraska lawyers’ ability to meet their ethical obligations. He will also discuss why lawyers resist help, causes and strategies to help ourselves and our fellow lawyers, and resources available to all Nebraska lawyers.
- Ethics in Negotiation and Mediation
Don Swanson, of Koley Jessen in Omaha, will discuss “honesty” in negotiation and mediation, with a look at the Nebraska Rules of Professional Conduct on truthfulness in statements to others, confidentiality of information, and misconduct, and Nebraska’s elements for a tortious misrepresentation claim. Additionally, he will cover “confidentiality” in mediation, with a look at case law on sanctions for violation, information on failures to raise the issue, a Nebraska mediation malpractice case, and confidentiality provisions in Nebraska’s Uniform Mediation Act.
Section Seminars Shine in July
Many NSBA Sections are offering seminars in July. Check out these great offerings:
- “Creating Your ‘Stop Doing’ List: A Practical Roadmap for Doing Less While Being More You”—1:30-3, Thur, Jul 13, Omaha, offered by the Women and the Law and the Young Lawyers Sections. This non-CLE seminar features Susan Koenig, is free to Women and the Law Section and Young Lawyers Section members, and is only $10 for others. Social hour follwing. In-person only. Registration and details.
- “The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): What Nebraska Practitioners Need to Know”—9-3:45, Fri, Jul 14, Omaha, offered by the Indian Law Section. In-person or live webinar. Details and registration.
- “How to Appeal to Your New Audience, The Appellate Court”—1:30-3:30, Fri, Jul 14, Omaha, offered by the Appellate Practice Section. Come at 12:30 for the optional networking lunch. In-person only. Details and registration.
- “Ethics for In-House Counsel”—12:30-1:30, Tue, Jul 18, Omaha, offered by the Corporate Counsel Section. Come at 12 pm for an optional networking lunch. In-person or live webinar (in-person registration is almost full). Seminar free to Corporate Counsel Section members; $10 for optional lunch. Details and registration.
- 2017 Annual Health Law Seminar”—1-4:15, Thur, Jul 27, Omaha, offered by the Health Law Section. Social hour following. In-person or live webinar. Details and registration. All Section members are invited to the optional legislation discussion and lunch 11:45-12:45; contact Lorrie Benson for more information and/or to RSVP for lunch.
July 28, 2017, Application Deadline Set for District Court Judge Vacancy, Twelfth Judicial District
According to Supreme Court Justice William B. Cassel, the Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 12th Judicial District (consisting of Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux Counties) will hold a public hearing in District Courtroom No. 1, Scotts Bluff County Courthouse, 1725 10th Street, Gering, Nebraska, beginning at 9:30 a.m., Mountain time, on Friday, August 18, 2017. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Gering, Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of District Judge due to the retirement of Judge Randall L. Lippstreu, effective February 28, 2017. Full Press Release
August 3, 2017, Application Deadline Set for County Court Judge Vacancy, Second Judicial District
According to Supreme Court Justice Stephanie F. Stacy, the Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 2nd Judicial District (consisting of Cass, Otoe, and Sarpy) Counties) will hold a public hearing in the County Board Room, Sarpy County Courthouse, Administration Building, 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Second Floor, in Papillion, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2017. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of County Judge due to the appointment of Judge Stefanie A. Martinez to the District Court bench. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Papillion, Sarpy County, Nebraska. Full Press Release
August 1, 2017, Application Deadline Set for County Court Judge Vacancy, Eighth Judicial District
According to Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey J. Funke, the Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 8th Judicial District (consisting of Blaine, Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Keya Paha, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley, and Wheeler Counties) will hold a public hearing at the Holt County Courthouse, 204 North 4th Street, District Court Courtroom, in O’Neill, Nebraska, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of County Judge due to the retirement of Judge Alan L. Brodbeck. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is O’Neill, Holt County, Nebraska. Full Press Release
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of July 7, 2017
Week of June 30, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Your Boomer Retirement Problem Won’t Just Fade Away
By Ida O. Abbott, Originally Published in Attorney at Work
When we talk about generational issues — and we do that frequently — we tend to focus on millennials. That’s only natural because we depend on them to carry law firms into the future. But we also need to pay close attention to baby boomers, the lawyers who are in their mid-50s to early 70s. Boomers, especially older ones, created and now dominate the present legal landscape.
The future also depends on them, but in a different way. Full Article
Learn the Fundamentals of Writing First—Experiment Later
By Bryan A. Garner, Originally Published in ABA Journal
It’s often said that you must know the rules before you break them. But why is that, exactly? It’s a question worth pondering.
I recently flew coast to coast sitting beside a young filmmaker with an MFA from New York University. He’s a finalist this year at the Cannes Film Festival. I asked him whether he’s ever met someone who wanted to do something with the camera that nobody had ever thought of doing before—something boldly original. Full Article
Legal Incubators Help New Solo Practitioners Overcome Hurdles
By Martin Pritikin, Originally Published in Attorney at Work
It is said that new lawyers only face two challenges when opening their own practices: not knowing how to practice law and not knowing how to manage a practice.
Other than that, the rest is easy.
In recent years, a number of “incubator” programs have sprung up to provide recent law school graduates with the training and infrastructure to launch solo practices while also encouraging them to offer reasonable rates to modest-means clients to address the access to justice crisis. Full Article
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Casemaker Weekly Update
Become a Casemaker Expert
Using a new tool can sometimes be overwhelming. Casemaker is here to help. We offer regular free webinars for our users. Simply click on the Webinar link in the upper right-hand corner of Casemaker or visit http://casemakerlegal.com/registerwebinar.aspx to register for the next available training session. You can attend as often as you like and it is always free. Don't have time to sign up for a Casemaker webinar? You can watch a short training session hosted by Samantha anytime day or night by clicking on the Videos link in the upper right of Casemaker. Here you will find our Introductory Training Video as well as other informative presentations available 24 hours a day.
The blue navigation bar on the homepage provides you with an Archive. Clicking Archive will allow you to select Administrative Code, Session Laws, or Statutes then the jurisdiction you wish to see the archives for. This is a great way to see previous versions of code and statutes or older session laws. It also helps you see statutes that may have been repealed.
Citation Format and Autocorrect
Casemaker uses the Bluebook citation format. Casemaker also will auto-correct your citations for you. For example, if you enter 567 f3d 1120 in the search bar, Casemaker will correct your entry to 567 F.3d 1120. If you need to disable this for any reason, simply check the Turn off Autocorrect box before performing your search.
Search Operators in Casemaker
Casemaker has a number of search functions that allow you to create complex searches to locate the information you are looking form. Let’s have a quick review of them!
AND searching – Example: Contract Binding
To perform the AND search, simply leave a space. Casemaker sees the space as the AND operator. Our example will give us documents that have the word contract as well as the word binding.
OR searching – Example: alimony OR support
Using OR as the operator will find documents that use either word in the query. In our example, this query will pull up documents mentioning either alimony or support anywhere in them.
NOT searching – Example: property NOT commercial
Using the NOT operator will tell the system to find the documents that mention the first term but do not mention the second. In our example, the query will pull up documents that refer to property but do not mention the term commercial
Grouping searching – Example: (alimony OR support) AND divorce
This would be the one case where you should use the word AND in Casemaker. Using the parentheses tells the system we want to group these queries. In this example, the system will return documents that mention alimony or support but also mention divorce.
Phrase searching – Example: “right of way”
This search type tells the system to treat everything in the quotations as if it were one search term. In our example, this means it will only pull cases that mention right of way but not cases that mention the words right, of and way by themselves.
Thesaurus searching – Example: ~parole
The thesaurus search not only locates your search term but also words with the same meaning. In our example query, the search will pull up documents that mention the word parole as well documents that mention any synonyms of the word parole.
Suffix searching – Example: run*
This search will pull up documents that mention terms that begin with the letters prior to the asterisk. In our example, the query will find documents that mention not only run but also any words that start with run such as runner, runs, running and so on.
Proximity searching – Example: tax w/10 property
This search will pull up documents that mention your first term within the number of words you specify of the other term. In our example, this will bring us documents where tax is mentioned within ten words of the term property.