Join the NSBA at Our 2016 Annual Meeting
Deadline for Registration is Mon., Oct. 24 at 10 am CT
Please join us at our Annual Meeting, which will take place on Wed., Oct. 26, through Fri., Oct. 28, at the Embassy Suites in La Vista, NE. Registrations will be accepted until 10 am CT on Mon., Oct. 24. Anyone who has not registered to attend their seminars/social events of choice by that point may inquire about walk-in registration by visiting the registration desk at the Annual Meeting beginning at 7 am on Wed., Oct. 26. Walk-in registrations will be accepted for all seminars/social events that are not at capacity. This year’s meeting includes many exciting opportunities for you to make new connections, fulfill your yearly continuing legal education (CLE) requirement, and make a difference in the lives of others. Furthermore, dues-paying members can enjoy free or discounted registration fees for many of the programs offered! (Not a dues-paying member? Click here to join and enjoy the perks of dues-paying member status at the Annual Meeting!)
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. See the schedule of Tech Tutors.
Want to sign up for tech help? Look for the sign-up sheet near the registration desk when you arrive at Annual Meeting. Questions? 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.
Volunteer for a NSBA Committee
Hon. Joseph F. Bataillon, of Omaha, will take office as president of the Nebraska State Bar Association at the October Annual Meeting. He will be appointing NSBA committees. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please review and return the Committee sign up form by November 1st.
Forum On Mass Incarceration
The American Bar Foundation and Nebraska Judicial and Legislative Leaders Discuss the Past, Present, and Future Of Criminal Justice and Incarceration In Nebraska. Lectures and panel are free and open to Nebraska judges; Nebraska defense and prosecuting attorneys; Nebraska legislators and policymakers; and all individuals interested in criminal justice. Free Registration will take place at door at 12:30 PM. Contact the Office of Sen. Burke Harr for more infomration:
402-471-2722. Informational flier.
Volunteer Lawyers Project
Celebrate Pro Bono Week October 23-29, 2016
Pro Bono Celebration Week is a national event that takes place every year in late October. Celebration week encourages legal aid service providers and organizations to sponsor events that enhance and expand local efforts to increase pro bono legal services for low-income persons. It also gives communities the opportunity to thank volunteers for their commitment to pro bono service and for legal service organizations to recruit more lawyers to serve the cause.
To celebrate pro bono week 2016, VLP launched NE Free Legal Answers, the online pro bono website sponsored by the American Bar Association. NSBA President Tom Maul explains the importance of online pro bono in Nebraska:
The Nebraska State Bar Association is deeply committed to expanding access to the justice system through its Volunteer Lawyers Project. Research by the American Bar Association suggests that 85% of the public’s legal needs go unmet. Through this new website, Nebraska Free Legal Answers Online, we hope to both expand access to legal services for low-income Nebraskans and provide attorneys with a convenient way to do pro bono service.
Visit www.NE.freelegalanswers.org to register and learn how easy it is to do pro bono online.
Please join VLP in thanking the many volunteers who, during the past year, helped thousands of low-income Nebraska residents access the courts and our system of justice. Stop by the VLP booth at the NSBA annual meeting to sign a thank you card for VLP volunteers and to learn how you can make a difference in someone’s life by joining VLP’s network of attorney volunteers.
VLP needs lawyers to meet with walk-in visitors at a Self-Help Center, provide full or limited scope representation, participate in a VLP sponsored pro bono event, mentor a VLP Attorney, or create brochures on legal topics for distribution to the public. Lawyers who accept a pro bono case or register to do pro bono online before December 31 will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the NSBA Barrister’s Ball March 18, 2017.
Contact Carol Cleaver at VLP@nebar.com or (402) 475-7091 for more information or to schedule a pro bono presentation at your law firm or local bar association. Log in to the VLP Attorney Portal on the NSBA Website to view current pro bono opportunities.
Request for Assistance with Research on Lawyer Marketing
Andrea Matthews, a Ph.D. candidate with the University of Nebraska- Lincoln Marketing Department is seeking lawyers willing to be involved in her doctoral research. Volunteers would be asked to conduct an interview (in person or via Skype) or an online survey about how they market themselves to clients. This is estimated to take between 30-45 minutes of your time. She is particularly interested in interviewing lawyers who are responsible for attracting and maintaining their own client base, and who serve individuals rather than businesses. Individuals' names and personal information will kept completely confidential. At the end of the project, she will share the findings of her research, which she hopes will help professional service providers market themselves and their services more effectively. If you are interested in participating in the research study, please contact A. Lynn Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lawyers Give High Marks to State’s Judges - 2016 Judicial Performance Evaluation
The Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA) today released results of its 2016 Judicial performance Evaluation. Lawyers responding to the poll recommend that 99% (135) of the 136 judges evaluated be retained on the bench. Tom Maul, president of the NSBA, states that he concurs with his predecessors, “While not an absolute measure, the poll gives practicing attorneys the opportunity to evaluate judges on a variety of important criteria.” Fifty-five percent of the judges evaluated (76) were given a 90% or higher retention approval. Forty-four judges received an 80-89% retention approval, and ten judges were approved 70-79%. “These numbers are remarkable,” said Maul. “In these times of deep political division, they confirm that our courts in Nebraska do not operate as a political branch of government, but just do what courts are supposed to do: follow the law.” View Survey Results
Six Submit their Names for Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court Judge
Thomas W. Fox, Lisa D. Martin-Price, both of Lincoln; William J. Birkel, Dirk V. Block, Matthew J. Buckley, Jennifer S. Caswell, all of Omaha, have submitted applications for appointment as Workers’ Compensation Court Judge. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Laureen K. Van Norman, effective January 5, 2017. The public hearing of the Judicial Nominating Commission will be held in the Supreme Court Courtroom, Room 2200, State Capitol Building, Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2016. The Commission will review all applicants for the office at that time. The public is welcome to attend the hearing and present information concerning candidates for the judicial opening. Full Press Release
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of October 14, 2016
Week of October 7, 2016
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Save the Date 2017 Barristers' Ball - March 18, 2017
The 2017 Barristers' Ball will be held at the Embassy Suites La Vista on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The theme is Emerald City.
Thank to you all our sponsors.
Lawsuits Fail to Loosen Bar Admission Rules, but Issue Isn’t Going Away
By David Hudson Jr, Originally Published in ABA Journal
The National Association for the Advancement of Multijurisdiction Practice pulls no punches when it describes its mission. The association’s website states that it was created “for the benefit of attorneys seeking to obtain bar admission in another state or U.S. district court without taking another bar exam.” The association’s goal “is to have obtained full admission on motion privileges for all attorneys in all U.S. district courts and state supreme courts that do not presently provide equal privileges and immunities, including the tit-for-tat admission rules that provide you get admission on motion in our jurisdiction if our attorneys get admission on motion in your jurisdiction.” Full Article
Client Retention: The Overshadowed Sibling of Client Acquisition
By Tracey Than, Originally Published in Law Practice Today
Marketing materials, networking lunches, logo design, ads, websites… none of these tools are foreign to your firm’s marketing team. Every year, a significant percentage of law firm budgets are rightfully allocated to efforts devoted to bringing in new clients. Many law firms succeed with these efforts and have new clients walking into their firms on a daily basis. Full Article
Member Benefit Spotlight: Tabs3
Through the end of 2016, Tabs3 Software is extending their 10% discount off new licenses of Tabs3 and PracticeMaster software to also include upgrades for current users needing to add additional timekeepers/users, or are moving to a higher level of the software. Also through the end of 2016, an additional 10% discount will be applied to any firm getting a new license or upgrading to the Platinum level of Tabs3 and PracticeMaster software, making your total savings 20%! Platinum benefits you with faster reporting, mobile access using your tablet or smart phone, convenient backups you can do anytime, even while others are still working in the software, and more! Tabs3 Software, based in Lincoln, has been at the forefront of developing software for law firms since 1979. Since that time, over 1,000 legal professionals in Nebraska have relied on Tabs3 Billing software, with tens of thousands currently using it nationwide. If you would like to download a free trial, visit Tabs3.com/nsba. If you would like to take advantage of the 10% to 20% discount, head to Tabs3.com/nsba10, email sales@Tabs3.com, or call 402-419-2200.
Casemaker Weekly Update
Noteworthy tools in Casemaker
The Notes menu is last in our light gray tool bar above any document you are viewing in Casemaker. This gives you the ability to add notes to the document you have found in the Casemaker system. These notes are specific to your account and cannot be seen by any others, and you can add as many of these notes as you would like to as many documents as you see fit. Any time you pull up this document you can access the notes you put on it. To add a note, click on the Notes menu and choose Add Note. You can then type the note in that you wish to associate with the document. Then simply click Save. The notes are then stored at the top of your document. You can choose to add another note, and using the Notes menu will allow you to hide the notes or have them on display. You can use the corresponding pencil icon to make changes to your notes or the x to delete them.
The Features formerly known as Tools
Where is CasemakerDigest?
Where is Citecheck?
Where can I learn about what other tools and partnerships Casemaker has to offer?
It is all in the Features section!
The Features section was formerly known as the Tools section but now has even more information plus the access to the tools you remember. Here you can find descriptions of Casemaker products, information about partnerships, and even a simple legal dictionary.
Now any time that you have logged in to a web page, be it your Facebook or LinkedIn account, your bar association page or email, or maybe you logged in to pay your water bill. It is always a good idea to log out, for your security purposes. Upon clicking our sign out link you'll be logged out of the system and provided with a session summary. This is a complete listing of everything you did while logged in, including date and time stamp, and client labels if you performed them while logged in to a client. We highly recommend that you print this page and keep it for your records; because once you leave this screen the information cannot be retrieved. Of course, the searches and documents are stored in your history, but without the indication of when you signed in or signed out so the session summary itself would be lost.