All Nebraska Attorneys Invited to Join the NSBA at Its 2016 Annual Meeting
Please join us at our Annual Meeting, which will take place Wed., Oct. 26, through Fri., Oct. 28, at the Embassy Suites in La Vista, NE. This year’s meeting includes many exciting opportunities for Nebraska lawyers to make new connections, fulfill their yearly continuing legal education (CLE) requirement, and make a difference in the lives of others. Furthermore, as a dues-paying member, you can enjoy free or discounted registration fees for many of the programs offered!
Make New Connections
This year’s programming includes several opportunities to make new connections and to visit with your friends and colleagues from across the state. On Wed. evening, join us at the “In Honor of Your Honors” Judges’ Reception, where we will celebrate Nebraska judges. You are also invited to the NSBA Networking Lunch on Thurs., Oct. 27, an informal event with no agenda other than conversation and fellowship. The Thursday night celebration, dubbed “OctoBARfest”, will offer an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and casino games. Attendance at the OctoBARfest is free for NSBA dues-paying members and only $10 for those who aren’t dues-paying members yet. The Second Annual Public Service Project on Friday morning will offer the opportunity to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other lawyers and work as a team to package 10,000 meals to help feed some of the 842 million people across the globe suffering from hunger. Additionally, you are invited to join us at the NSBA Legacy Lunch on Friday, where we will honor 25- and 50-year NSBA members, recognize our colleagues for notable accomplishments, and memorialize those members who have passed over the last year. Please note that it is recommended that you register early for all social events and seminars, as space is limited. Attorneys can find out more and register by visiting www.nebar.com. The deadline for advanced registration is Monday, October 24 at 10:00 am.
The Future of the Legal Profession
The General Session speaker, Jordan Furlong, is a lawyer, consultant, and legal industry analyst who forecasts the impact of the changing legal market on lawyers,clients, and legal organizations. Economic upheaval, technological advances, and competitive pressures are combining to permanently shift the balance of power in the legal services market away from lawyers and toward clients. Consequently, the traditional law firm business model that thrived in the 20th century marketplace needs rethinking and renewal to succeed in the 21st. On Thurs., Oct. 27, at 3:15 pm, Mr. Furlong will examine how and why this shift took place and what attorneys and firms can do to succeed. His presentation will be followed by a panel of legal experts, including Chief Justice Heavican, who will share their perspectives on the innovative disruption taking place in the legal profession and what it means for the future of legal services and closing the justice gap. This program is FREE to all attorneys.
Update Your Professional Headshot
RCL Portrait Design photographers who specialize in executive portraits will be at the meeting all three days. A professional portrait photographer will photograph you in several poses. You will then be able to view your proofs immediately through an instant video system and choose your picture. Additional portraits will be made available to those wishing to purchase them, but there is no obligation. Photographs will also be used for the NSBA online directory. Walk-ins will NOT be accepted. Please visit RCL Portrait Design online at www.gorcl.com to schedule your appointment.
Continuing Legal Education
The 2016 NSBA Annual Meeting includes over 40 CLE programs and has been accredited in Nebraska for 21.25 CLE hours, including 10.5 hours of ethics, and in Iowa for 21.25 CLE hours, including 11.5 hours of ethics. Some highlights include “I’m Not Feeling Quite Myself: Facing and Addressing Cognitive Impairment in Ourselves and Our Colleagues,” “Tweets, Posts, Blogs and Snaps: The Ethics of Social Media for Lawyers,” and “Top Labor and Employment Tips When Advising Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses.”
Tech Tutors—Peer Teaching and Learning
We’re trying something new at Annual Meeting—Tech Tutors each day from 9-10 am. Here’s how it works: Lawyers and others volunteer to be tutors for one hour, and lawyers needing help with software or a device can sign up for 15 min each to talk to a tutor. Each tutor will have a specific topic of his/her choice, and it will be a lot like coaching a work colleague or friend who’s figuring out how to use a device or software. Volunteers don’t have to be experts—just have used a device or app or software enough to feel comfortable with it. See the current schedule of Tech Tutors.
Care to volunteer? Here are topics we’d love to offer: Saving data and battery on a smartphone, password apps, LinkedIn, Twitter, cameras on smartphones/tablets—or perhaps you have another great idea. Want to sign up for tech help? Sign up at the registration desk when you arrive at Annual Meeting. To volunteer please contact Lorrie Benson.
Exploring New Sections
International Law and Technology and Communications Law will be explored as possible new sections during NSBA’s Annual Meeting. On Wednesday we’re offering a one-hour ethics seminar on ethics issues related to international law, followed by a meeting of anyone interested in forming an international law section. On Friday we’re offering a one-hour seminar on technology and communications law, followed by a meeting of anyone interested in forming a new section. Note that the technology and communications law discussion is about the practice area, and not about law practice management. See the Annual Meeting registration brochure for all the details, or contact NSBA Section Facilitator Lorrie Benson.
Complete List of CLE Programs at the 2016 NSBA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 26
- Juvenile Law: A Developmental Framework for Youth in Juvenile or Adult Court (2 hours of CLE)
- Immigration Law: Immigration Cases Before the US and Nebraska Supreme Courts: What They Mean for the Nebraska Practitioner (2 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics)
- The Best of NATA CLE (2.5 hours of CLE)
- Midlands Bar Association: Gaining Knowledge and Improving Skills to More Effectively Provide Care to Diverse Populations (3 hours of CLE, including 2 hours of ethics)
- Law Practice Management: Mindfulness for Lawyers: A Tool for Protecting Clients’ Interests (2 hours of ethics CLE)
- ADR: Psychology for Lawyers: Negotiation and Ethics (2 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics)
- NebDocs: A Roadmap to Excellence (1 hour of CLE) - FREE to Dues Paying Attorneys
- Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law: Estate Planning Legislative Update (2 hours of CLE)
- Securities Law: What the SEC is Looking At and What Happens If It’s You (1 hour of CLE)
- Labor & Employment Law: Top Labor and Employment Tips When Advising Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses (1 hour of CLE)
- NLAP Ethics: I’m Not Feeling Quite Myself: Facing and Addressing Cognitive Impairment in Ourselves and Our Colleagues (2 hours of ethics CLE) - FREE to Dues Paying Attorneys
- Family Law: Collaborative Family Law and Union Pacific/Railroad Benefits (2 hours of CLE)
- Senior Lawyers: Preparing For Your Unexpected Absence, Disability or Death (1.5 hours of ethics CLE)
- Child Support Calculator Seminar (1 hour of CLE) - FREE to Dues Paying Attorneys
- Professional Responsibility Considerations for Attorneys Engaged in International Transactions (1 hour of ethics CLE)
- Bankruptcy Law: Bankruptcy: Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Not Getting Paid (1.5 hours of CLE)
- Beginning Casemaker (1 hour of CLE) - FREE to Dues Paying Attorneys
- General Practice: Let’s Get Ethical: Ethical Considerations When Closing Files (1 hour of ethics CLE)
- Advanced Casemaker (1 hour of CLE) - FREE to Dues Paying Attorneys
Thursday, October 27
- Young Lawyers: How to Effectively Manage a Lawyer-Client Relationship (1 hour of CLE)
- Bank Attorneys: Loan Workouts and Enforcement: Specific Tips to Enhance Effectiveness and Other Lenders; and Banking Law Update (1.5 hours of CLE)
- Taxation Law: Important Tax Considerations for LLCs and Partnership Audit Rules (2 hours of CLE)
- Health Law: Rapidly Growing Liability Pitfalls in Healthcare: Social Media and Information Security (1.5 hours of CLE)
- Government Practice: Public Records in the Electronic Era (1.5 hours of CLE)
- ABOTA: Masters in Trial Jury Selection (2 hours of CLE)
- Nebraska Innocence Project: Truth and Consequences: The Dynamics of False Confessions (2 hours of CLE)
- Intellectual Property: An Update from the US Patent and Trademark Office (2 hours of CLE)
- Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska: Brain Injury, Concussion, and the Courtroom (2 hours of CLE)
- Ethics: Tweets, Posts, Blogs and Snaps: The Ethics of Social Media for Lawyers (2 hours of ethics CLE) - FREE to Dues Paying Attorneys
- Nebraska Defense Counsel Association: “A Primer on Minor Settlements and Conservatorships” and “DriveCams, Biomechanical Analysis and the Use of Biomechanical Engineers in Litigation” (2 hours of CLE)
- General Session: “The Future of the Legal Profession: Adapting Your Firm to a New Legal Environment” and “Our Justice System at an Inflection Point” (2 hours of CLE) - FREE to all Attorneys
Friday, October 28
- Christian Legal Society: “Ethical Considerations and ABA Proposed Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4” and “Prof. Duncan’s Annual Constitutional Law/Supreme Court Review” (2 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics)
- NCDAA: When Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong: Convicting the Innocent (5 hours of CLE)
- Limited Scope: The Benefits of Collaborative Divorce on Children and Families: A Ten-Year Study of Collaborative Divorce in Nebraska (1 hour of CLE)
- Natural Resources & Environmental Law: Board of Water Works Trustees of the City of Des Moines v. Sac County Board of Supervisors as Trustees of Drainage Districts, et al.: Background, Status, Legal Issues, and How it May Impact Nebraska (1 hour of CLE)
- Employment Law 101, presented by the Omaha Bar Association (1.5 hours of CLE)
- Military Law: A Veterans Treatment Court for Nebraska: Crafting a Judicial Approach to Restore Those Who Have Served Our Nation (1.5 hours of CLE)
- 2016 Legislative Update (2 hours of CLE)
- Ten Reasons that Cybersecurity is Difficult for the Law to Address (1 hour of CLE)
- Hispanic Attorneys: Lost in Interpretation: The Effective and Ethical Usage of Interpreters in Client Communications (1.5 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics)
- Agricultural Law: Agricultural Law Update: Case Law and Regulatory Trends, Real Property Valuation Protests and Appeals, and Biofuels Regulation and Development (2 hours of CLE)
- Appellate Practice: The Anatomy of a Brief (2 hours of CLE)
- Elder Law: Estate Planning for Parents of Adult Children with Disability (2 hours of CLE)
- Nebraska Supreme Court Update and Ethics Program (3 hours of CLE, including 2 hours of ethics) - FREE to all Attorneys
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