2017 NSBA Annual Meeting - Equality Before the Law - Pre-Registration Deadline is Friday, October 6 at 5:00 PM
Volunteer an hour to help provide access to justice.
The 117th Annual Meeting of the Nebraska State Bar Association will be held at the Embassy Suites-La Vista Wednesday, October 11, through Friday, October 13, 2017. The theme of this year's meeting is "Equality Before the Law". This year’s Annual Meeting offers numerous seminars of interest, a number of section and committee breakfasts and meetings, lunches for Creighton and UNL, In Honor of Your Honors Judges’ Reception, and a OctoBARfest Reception sponsored by the Mercer Consumer and the Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company. Complete meeting information and online registration are available on the Annual Meeting event page. Space is limited so register now.
Volunteer at the Omaha Lawyers in the City event Friday October 20, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm. Volunteer for 1 to 3 hours or all day. Lawyers in the City provides low income individuals with an opportunity to speak with an attorney for free.
Lawyers in the City will be held at Metropolitan Community College–South Campus, 2801 Babe Gomez Avenue, Omaha, in the Connector Building second floor, Room 250.
Lawyers in the City is a collaborative effort of the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), Creighton University School of Law Legal Clinic, Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), Legal Aid of Nebraska, Midlands Bar Association and the Omaha Bar Association (OBA) to help provide access to legal services to low income residents. Volunteer attorneys will answer basic civil law questions and provide information about the court process. Civil topics to include: uncontested divorce, child custody and support, name changes, protection orders, filing a small claim, tenant rights, bankruptcy and debts, and immigration. If you have limited experience in these arears, no problem. Experienced attorneys will be on hand to assist.
For more information or to volunteer click on the Sign Up button above or contact VLP Staff Attorney Anna Marx at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 475-7091
Nebraska Supreme Court Rule Changes
- On September 27, 2017, the Nebraska Supreme Court adopted the following new rules, Neb. Ct. R. §§ 6-1470 and 6-1706, regarding practice guidelines for attorneys in juvenile court: Article 14. Uniform County Court Rules of Practice and Procedure. Click here for PDF.
- On September 20, 2017, the Nebraska Supreme Court adopted the following rule amendments to Neb. Ct. R. § 6-104, regarding case progression standards for cases in juvenile court: Article 1: Case Progression Standards. Click here for PDF.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of September 29, 2017
Week of September 22, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Back at Full Strength, Supreme Court Faces a Momentous Term
By Adam Liptak, Originally Published in The New York Times
The Supreme Court, which was short-handed and slumbering for more than a year after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, is returning to the bench on Monday with a far-reaching docket that renews its central role in American life.
The new term is studded with major cases likely to provoke sharp conflicts. One of them, on political gerrymandering, has the potential to reshape American politics. Another may settle the question of whether businesses can turn away patrons like gay couples in the name of religious freedom. Full Article
States Split on New ABA Model Rule Limiting Harassing or Discriminatory Conduct
By David L. Husdon Jr., Originally Published in ABA Journal
States have been divided on whether to adopt new ABA Model Rule 8.4(g), which prohibits lawyers from engaging in harassing or discriminatory conduct. The Vermont Supreme Court has adopted the rule, while the South Carolina Supreme Court has rejected it. The Nevada and Utah supreme courts solicited public comments on the rule through July.
The ABA House of Delegates adopted Rule 8.4(g) in August 2016 at the ABA Annual Meeting. The rule was designed in part to prohibit discriminatory harassment not only in the practice of law but also at bar association meetings and other social functions. Comment 4 to the rule explains that “conduct related to the practice of law” includes not just representing clients and courtroom activity but also “participating in bar association, business or social activities in connection with the practice of law.” An ABA report noted evidence of sexual harassment at “activities such as law firm dinners and other nominally social events at which lawyers are present solely because of their association with their law firm or in connection with their practice of law.” Full Article
Nebraska Lawyers Foundation 2016 Impact Report
The Nebraska Lawyers Foundation is the charitable fundraising arm of the Nebraska State Bar Association. It raises funding for programs dedicated to ensuring justice for all Nebraskans and strengthening the legal profession. With support from NSBA members, firms, partner organizations, and the legal community, NLF
continues to serve the public and the legal community. We want to thank the 633 donors this past year that contributed to the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation. THANK YOU! Full Report
Member Benefit Spotlight: LawPay
Endorsed by 45 state and more than 50 local bar associations, LawPay is proud to be the preferred payment partner of more than 35,000 law firms. Designed specifically for the legal industry, LawPay provides attorneys with a simple, secure, and online way to accept credit cards in their practice.
Additionally, LawPay understands the unique compliance and financial requirements placed on attorneys, which is why the LawPay platform was designed specifically to correctly separate earned and unearned payments, giving you peace of mind that your credit card transactions are always handled correctly.
Watch this one minute LawPay features video.
LawPay is proud to partner with the Nebraska State Bar Association, and any Nebraska State Bar members who sign up for a LawPay account will get their first 3 months free. To learn more or to get started, visit lawpay.com/nebar/ or call (866) 376-0950.
Casemaker Weekly Update
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Casemaker and Cosmolex
Did you know Cosmolex, a leading cloud-based, law practice management software provider, is integrated with Casemaker to allow you to easily track and bill your research time? As part of this partnership, you can create a free trial with Cosmolex or attach your existing account to your Casemaker account. To get started simply click any of the Cosmolex links in Casemaker. After you click any of the Cosmolex links you will be shown a new screen with two options. To link an existing account, simply click the “Link my existing Cosmolex Account” button. You will be asked to log into CosmoLex and allow Casemaker to report time and information. Don’t have a Cosmolex account? You can get started with a free trial by clicking the “Start my free Cosmolex Trial” button.
Finding Your Search Terms
You’ve done your search with your keyword or keywords and you have pulled up your first result to read the case. Now, where in the world are your search terms even mentioned? You can find them using the Search Terms arrows in the gray toolbar. Located just above the title when you are reading the case is a gray toolbar. Here you see options to return to results, arrows to move around your list of results documents, as well as the phrase Search Terms with arrows on either side. Clicking on either arrow will take you to the next search term above or below where you are in the case you are viewing.