2018 NSBA Voluntary Dues
Thank you for support of the NSBA. Your 2018 dues entitle you to a number of benefits and services. To ensure you are taking advantage of all that is available to you, please visit our Member Benefits page.
Members who pay by credit card have the option of setting up an auto-renewal process. By selecting auto-renewal, the NSBA will automatically extend member benefits, without the hassle of completing a dues statement each year.
To pay your 2018 dues online, follow these steps
- Log-In to your NSBA Account on www.nebar.com
- Locate and click on the **Renew Your Membership Now** link.
- Review your contact information and complete the online dues statement.
- Submit payment.
If you need assistance logging-in, please contact the administration department.
Tomorrow!--Duties, Risk and Rewards of Nonprofit Board Service
Most lawyers are asked or encouraged to serve on a nonprofit board, possibly as legal counsel. Such service can be personally and professionally rewarding, but it can also end up as a significant liability to reputation and resources. Learn what to ask before you agree to serve and how to carry out your responsibilities.
Lawyers are especially encouraged to attend NSBA’s nonprofit seminar on Wed, Nov 8 in Omaha, but the seminar welcomes nonlawyer board members and nonprofit staff. The seminar offers 5.75 hours CLE, including 1 hour ethics, and is available in-person and via live webcast. See the full program and register now!
2017 Pro Bono Summit on November 17
As lawyers, we have a special responsibility to provide pro bono legal services. However, as legal employers in recent years have had to adapt to an ever more competitive legal market, lawyers' opportunities to do pro bono work and public service have diminished. Lawyers today grapple with a difficult dilemma that previous generations of lawyers were spared: how to meet the demands of modern law practice and still fulfill their idealism and professional responsibility to give back to their communities. Join us on November 17th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. for Nebraska’s inaugural Pro Bono Summit. The purpose of the Summit is to bring stakeholders together to discuss the current delivery of pro bono services in Nebraska and to address the need for collective efforts to serve people who need, but cannot afford adequate legal assistance in Nebraska. Participants will join together in a “Call to Action” to implement a plan to increase pro bono services to narrow the gap in services. The event qualifies for 3.25 hours of ethics CLE and is only $25. Space is limited. Click here to register: http://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1023521&group=
Addressing Developmental Disabilities in Juvenile Justice (Webinar)
Julie Smith, Administrative Office of Probation, and Joyful Stoves, NDHHS-DD, will highlight the complex needs of youth involved in the juvenile justice system with developmental disabilities and efforts to collaborate across agencies at the state and local level to create meaningful interventions. They will define what is a developmental disability; how it is diagnosed; their role in supporting disabled individuals; the relationship between developmental disabilities and crime; community based resources; and case management strategies for maximizing success.
This webinar on Tuesday, November 28 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. is 1 Hour CLE and FREE to Juvenile Law Section members. REGISTER HERE: https://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1020066&group=
Attorney Client Privilege – When You are In-House Counsel (Webinar)
The Preamble to the Nebraska Rules of Professional Conduct requires a lawyer, as a member of the legal profession, to be “a representative of clients, and officer of the legal system and a public citizen having special responsibility for the quality of justice.” However, conflicting responsibilities are encountered especially for lawyers who serve as in-house counsel. Kris D’Ann Maples, In-House Counsel/Compliance Director at Hillcrest Health Services, will assist lawyers in understanding what are the basics of attorney-client privilege and how wearing multiple operational hats affects such privilege.
This webinar on Thursday, November 30 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. is 1 Ethic Hour CLE and FREE to Health Law Section members. REGISTER HERE: https://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1026239&group=
The Slants – A Name Worth Fighting For
In June 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously declared the Lanham Act’s “disparagement clause” unconstitutional. At issue in Matal v. Tam was a trademark application by an Asian-American rock band called “The Slants.” Registration of the band’s name (or mark) was refused by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for violating the Lanham Act’s disparagement clause which prohibited the registration of any mark that may “disparage…or bring…into contemp[t] or disrepute” any person, institution, belief or national symbol.
Join us on Monday, December 11 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in Omaha to hear from Simon Tam who initially registered the mark of his band’s name, The Slants, when he describes the legal process and how it resulted in a significant ruling in support of the First Amendment’s protection against government proscription of free speech. The seminar offers 2 hours of CLE and will be available in-person and via live webcast. And a thank you to Advent, LLP, the NSBA Corporate Counsel Section and NSBA Intellectual Property Section for sponsoring this CLE program. See the full program and register now!
Office Space at the Enterprise Center in Omaha
The NSBA has 1 office at The Enterprise Center in Omaha that it would like to sublet. The rent is $425 per month. Located on the corner of 96th and L streets, the Enterprise Center offers elegant office space that is modern, sleek, and efficient (click here for pictures). The Enterprise Center charges no utilities, no insurance, no property taxes, and no maintenance fees. It provides state-of-the-art meeting rooms, free parking, complimentary cleaning service, modern break room and kitchen, gourmet beverage service and fast internet. Just a single, affordable bill that includes only the items you want. Great for a solo practice. Please contact Liz Neeley at the NSBA at 402-475-7091 or Lneeley@nebar.com if you are interested.
Updated Evidence Handbook Now Available
The Nebraska Evidence Handbook has just been updated through June 30, 2017 and is now available in the online NSBA Store. It includes the Nebraska Evidence Rules with cases that apply and/or interpret the rules. In addition to the full manual, purchasers receive a Quick Reference which includes a few key cases for each rule. The Handbook is available in both electronic and print formats. The Nebraska Evidence Handbook joins this group of NSBA practice tools: The recently released Nebraska Criminal Offense Penalties List, 2016 Nebraska Appellate Practice Handbook, Nebraska Civil Practice and Procedure (2016), Understanding Adoption (2016), Nebraska Real Estate Title Standards (2013), Closing a Practice (Updated 2017), and Planning for Your Unexpected Absence, Disability or Death (Updated 2017).
U.S. Supreme Court Electronic Filing System
On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court's electronic filing system will begin operation. While paper will remain the official form of filing as under existing practice, parties represented by counsel will also be required to submit most documents through the new electronic filing system. Attorneys who expect to file documents electronically will need to register in advance for the system. Additional information is available at https://www.supremecourt.gov/filingandrules/electronidlling.aspx.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of November 3, 2017
Week of October 27, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Building A Culture of Rainmakers
By David King Keller, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
How do you create a culture of rainmakers at your law firm?
That was the question I asked 60 CMOs and other thought leaders responsible for building revenue in law firms. I was researching a book for the ABA titled Building Rainmakers, The Definitive Guide To Business Development For Lawyers, and some of the answers may surprise you. 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
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