NSBA Diversity Section Forming
NSBA is gauging interest in formation of a new Diversity Section. The purpose of the section will be to promote a more diverse legal community and to address diversity issues arising in the practice of law. Diversity will be broadly defined to include color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender, and other identities or issues that may impact full participation in the legal community. The section will be open to any interested voluntary NSBA member. Among its potential activities, the section could assume leadership of the annual Diversity Summit, review applications to award LSAT scholarships, and provide a way to connect employers wanting a more diverse workforce with potential employees. In addition to larger events of interest to many members, the Section could have smaller committees to address more narrow issues or provide a way for specific group members to connect.
If you haven’t already responded to a survey request on a possible Diversity Section, please complete this very brief survey to let us know what you think. Also, there will be an organizational lunch about the Diversity Section at the 2017 Annual Legal Diversity Summit scheduled for September 7, 2017. Click here to register for the lunch and/or Diversity Summit programming: http://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=910265&group=.
Free CLE Webinar on NebDocs on August 18th
Earn a free hour of CLE and learn how to quickly and easily create legal documents using Nebdocs. NebDocs is a document assembly system on a Hot Docs platform that covers many practice areas. The NebDocs library of hundreds of legal templates helps you create complex legal documents quickly and accurately by guiding users through a simple interview process, then automatically generating customized documents based on the answers provided—saving members time, effort and money in the production of documents and forms. This 60-minute CLE webinar will show you how to subscribe to and use Nebdocs to simplify your practice and deliver value to your clients. Register Today!!
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
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.
Six Submit their Names for County Judge in the Second Judicial District
Greg M. Ariza, Omaha; Brandie M. Fowler, Omaha; PaTricia A. Freeman, Papillion; Christopher J. Lathrop, Papillion; Bryan C. Meismer, Fremont; and S. Colin Palm, Bellevue, have submitted applications for appointment as County Judge in the 2nd Judicial District consisting of Cass, Otoe, and Sarpy counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Papillion, Sarpy County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the appointment of Judge Stefanie A. Martinez to the District Court bench. Full Press Release
Five Submit their Names for County Judge in the Eighth Judicial District
Michael S. Borders, Broken Bow; Kale B. Burdick, Lincoln; Brent M. Kelly, O’Neill; Martin V. Klein, Petersburg; and Timothy P. Matas, Columbus, have submitted applications for appointment as 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. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is O’Neill, Holt County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Alan L. Brodbeck. Full Press Release
Three Submit their Names for District Judge in the 12th Judicial District
Kyle J. Long, Scottsbluff; Andrea D. Miller, Bayard; and Lea A. Wroblewski, Lincoln, have submitted applications for appointment as 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. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy is Gering, Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Randall L. Lippstreu. Full Press Release
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.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of August 4, 2017
Week of July 28, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
'Better Call Saul' Highlights Stress and Mental Illness in the Legal Profession
By Adam Banner, Originally Published in ABA Journal
Fans of Better Call Saul know the characters: Jimmy McGill—who is at times both transitioning into, and away from, his Saul Goodman alter ego introduced in Breaking Bad—and his law partner Kim Wexler. At this point in the series they are struggling to build their fledgling practices. The burden weighs heavily on Kim because of Jimmy’s recent bar suspension, and she begins to break down physically and mentally toward the season finale.
Kim’s commitment to resolving an issue for a new client, all while attempting to balance a tight schedule along with too many eggs in the basket, takes a toll. The stress she puts on herself causes her to crash her car … legal documents symbolically scatter all around her wrecked vehicle. The show delivers another sad wake-up call to attorneys when Jimmy’s uber-successful (and uber-eccentric) brother Chuck takes his own life after being forced out of the law firm bearing his name. Full Article
Must-Have Technology for Better Client Service
By Joan Feldman, Originally Published in Attorney at Work
The lack of basic technology where it’s expected can be extremely frustrating. But forcing technology on clients without a human touch can backfire, too. We asked law practice technology pros Heidi Alexander, Tom Lambotte, Sharon Nelson and John Simek, Nora Regis, Reid Trautz, Courtney Troutman and Emily Worley about the technology lawyers absolutely should use to improve client service — and their best tip for keeping it human. Full Article
Aligning Your Tactics With Your Client’s Objectives
By Jeremy W. Richter, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Perhaps a bit unconventionally, I would like to start by defining some terms:
- Objective: An intended result that is specific and measurable.
- Goal: A broad statement identifying a mission.
- Tactic: Any mode of procedure for gaining advantage or success.
- Strategy: A plan, method or series of maneuvers for obtaining a specific result.
To use a comparison from my days as a high school teacher, tactics are to objectives as strategies are to goals. Full Article
Member Benefit Spotlight: Office Depot
Office Depot is proud to be a partner with the NSBA. Please Click the link to sign up for your Business Account. This account will provide money saving discounts for you and your company.
For additional questions, please contact Larry Leal, Lead Business Account Manager, 1-855-337-6811 x16011.
Casemaker Weekly Update
Now Available in all States – Tree View
Tree View is now available in all state libraries. To use Tree View simply click on the state you wish to research then click on the Tree View link in the blue bar above the listing of libraries. Tree View provides an expanding and collapsing tree on the left side of the window to help you navigate the materials you are viewing. Simply use the plus icon to expand a section and the minus icon to collapse it.
Make a Note of it
You can add notes to any document you find in Casemaker. The note is unique to your account and cannot be seen by anyone else. When you are viewing a document you can add a note by clicking the “Notes” dropdown in the light gray bar and then selecting “Add Note.” A new window will appear and you can type in what you wish. Once you are done typing click save. The note is then stored at the top of the document. You can use the same notes menu to determine if notes or visible or hidden. Clicking the pencil icon on the note will allow you to edit the note and to delete it permanently click the “x” icon
Narrowing your Search
Are your results just too much? If you are finding too many documents, you can always narrow your search. Once you have submitted your query you can see the various document types that your results included in a list on the left side of the screen. Click on the category you prefer to get all the results in that document category. Once your results load, you will notice a new menu will appear on the left side of the screen. This menu offers you a variety of ways to further narrow your search. For example, you can narrow by state, court, date, and keyword. Casemaker will automatically filter your results after you click the checkbox next to your choice. Take note, in some cases, you may have to click the Show All link to see all the possible options.
Changing Font Size
You have the ability to increase the font with just one click. When you are viewing a document in Casemaker you can click on the button labeled Aa in the gray bar above the document content. By clicking on this button the text size gets significantly larger. Click it again and it returns to standard size.
Comprehensive Federal Law
Federal laws and regulations are complex and ever-changing. Casemaker not only offers the current Federal Register but archives of the Register back to 2001. Casemaker also offers you the Code of Federal Regulations with notations to alert you to future effective changes. Of course, Casemaker offers you both current and archived United States Code as well as current and archived Public Law.
So you are looking for Ohio cases which involve improper driving. “Well,” you say to yourself, “I will just type in the words improper driving and hit search.” Casemaker then gives you quite the impressively long list of results. However, when you pull up a few cases you notice that they do not all seem to be on point. In fact, they just seem to be cases with the word improper somewhere in them and the word driving somewhere else in them. That is too broad. This just won’t do!
So how do you fix this? Try using the phrase search.
To use the phrase search put the phrase or words you are looking for in quotation marks. This tells Casemaker to treat all the words in the quotes as one single search term. This will only pull documents where the words within the quotations are adjacent and in the same order.
So the next time you enter “improper driving” in the search bar – and you get a much better list of results.
As always you can find tips about phrase searches, as well as other search types by clicking the Search Tips link just below the blue search button in Casemaker. If you have questions, call us anytime Monday-Friday from 8 am to 8 pm EST at 877.659.0801, email us at email@example.com or click on the Live Chat link while in Casemaker.