Judicial Resources to Hold December 1 Annual Meeting
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold its annual meeting pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1205 to determine whether (1) a new judgeship is appropriate in any judicial district or a reduction in judgeships is appropriate in any judicial district, or (2) the judicial district boundaries or the number of judicial districts should be changed for the district or county courts. The Commission shall also examine current caseload statistics and make any appropriate recommendations for the more balanced use of existing judicial resources.
The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., central time. The hearing will be held via video conferencing from the State Capitol Building, Room 1510, Lincoln, Nebraska, and will include participation from the following sites: (1) Omaha Downtown Vocational Rehabilitation Office, 1313 Farnam Street, 3rd Floor, Omaha, Nebraska; (2) North Platte Vocational Rehabilitation Office, 200 S. Silber, Building 2, North Platte, Nebraska; and (3) Grand Island Vocational Rehabilitation Office, 203 E. Stolley Park Road, Suite B, Grand Island, Nebraska. Full Press Release
Watch CLEs on What You Want, When You Want
The NSBA is proud to present its new on-demand CLE portal, www.nebarondemand.com, where you can purchase and view NSBA webinars and earn distance-learning CLE credit. NSBA dues-paying members receive a 25% discount on all webinars at www.nebarondemand.com. Check back often, as more programs are added frequently!
Programs currently available for viewing include:
- Ethics webinars (all of which qualify for ethics credit):
- Ethical Considerations & Social Media
- The Ethics of Closing Arguments
- Establishing an Effective Compliance Program
- Ethical Limits on Deceit in Negotiation and Mediation
- Patent Prosecution: Ethics and Conflicts
- The Ethical & Professional Responsibilities of Government Lawyers
- The Ethics of Limited Scope Representation
- Guardian ad Litem webinars (all of which qualify for GAL CLE credit):
- Attachment Theory in Juvenile Court & Getting the Most Out of Your Juvenile Court-Ordered Evaluation
- Current Issues in Nebraska Adoption Law
- Business law webinars:
- 2016 Nebraska Business Law Bundle
- Corporate Management/Buy-Sell/Fiduciary Duties
- Recent Developments Regarding Unregistered Offerings of Securities
- Family law webinars:
- 2016 Family Law Legislative Update and Case Law Review
- Examining Custody Evaluations & Experts
- Real estate law webinars:
- 2016 Nebraska Real Estate Bundle
- Title Insurance
- An Update on Sanitary and Improvement Districts
- Estate planning, probate, and trust law:
- The Basics of Medicaid
- When Two Worlds Collide: The Interplay of Estate Planning & Bankruptcy
- Bankruptcy law webinars:
- Advanced Bankruptcy Law in Nebraska: Judges’ Panel
- Student Loans: Discharge vs. Forgiveness
- The Art of Avoiding Conflict In & Out of Bankruptcy
And many more!
Volunteer Lawyers Project
Pro Bono Service: A Thanksgiving Message
Next Thursday, many people will gather with friends and family to share a bountiful meal and to exchange words of gratitude and thanks. For most, the gathering place will be in a place that is warm, safe, and inviting. Others, however, may spend the day alone, cold, hungry, in despair, and with little to be thankful for. Some of these persons are VLP applicants, still waiting for a volunteer lawyer to help with their legal situation.
Unfortunately, time is running out for many of these applicants. The need for pro bono legal service is greater than the network of VLP volunteers. More than 30 people are anxiously waiting for a volunteer to accept their case. If a lawyer doesn’t volunteer soon, VLP will have the difficult task to close the pro bono application file.
If you haven’t volunteered through VLP or it has been a while since you volunteered, please review some of the heartfelt thanks from persons helped by VLP programs:
I really am thankful for your help!
It’s a blessing to have the legal lawyers come down to the community to give out the knowledge what they study for many years ago in college, thank you.
Bless the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Only a lawyer can do what a non-lawyer can’t—give pro bono legal services. Make this a brighter Thanksgiving holiday for someone—please sign up to volunteer.
Visit the VLP Attorney Portal on the NSBA Website to view cases and other VLP-sponsored activities. Or, contact Carol Cleaver at VLP@nebar.com or (402) 742-8127.
NE Free Legal Answers
VLP needs lawyers across Nebraska to register for NE Free Legal Answers, the Website offering pro bono work online. Pick the questions you want to answer, work when and where you want, and track your pro bono hours. Your online pro bono work is covered by NLADA professional liability insurance.
Check it out! Registration is easy and there is no obligation to do pro bono work online just by registering. Once you see how easy it is to do pro bono online, you will log in often. Go to www.Ne.FreeLegalAnswers.org to register. Or, contact Carol Cleaver at VLP@nebar.com or (402) 742-8127 for assistance.
Holiday Drawing for March 2017 Barristers Ball Tickets
Attorneys who register for NE Free Legal Answers, who accept a case for direct representation, or who volunteer at a Help Center through December 31, will be placed in a drawing for two tickets to the Annual Barrister’s Ball in March, 2017. The drawing will be held January 4, 2017.
ABA TECHSHOW: Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together - March 15 - 18, 2017
ABA TECHSHOW has over 30 years of experience bringing lawyers and technology together. Legal work is dependent on technology to manage day to day activities, practice more competently, and service clients more effectively. ABA TECHSHOW teaches you how technology can work for you. Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations, and workshops, you will be able to get your questions answered and learn from the top legal professionals and tech innovators, all under one roof. Regardless of your expertise level, there’s something for you at ABA TECHSHOW!
As a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, we want you to know that you can register for ABA TECHSHOW 2017 at a special reduced rate. This discount only applies to registrants that qualify for the Standard registration and will save you $150. You can register online and include this unique discount code: EP1709 at checkout to receive the discount.
Celebrate over 30 years of legal technology and innovation. Network with legal technology experts from around the globe, March 15-18, at the Hilton Chicago. Don’t forget to visit www.techshow.com for current information on ABA TECHSHOW 2017 – the best place for bringing lawyers and technology together.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of November 10, 2016
Week of November 4, 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.
Representing the Diverse World We Inhabit From Recruitment to Promotion
By Stephanie J. Ball, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
For too long, an invisible wall has defined the legal profession. It is a wall that limits advancement and promotion by basing them on race, ethnicity, color, cultural differences, gender identification, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, geography, and age. This wall has turned the legal profession into an anachronism in an increasingly diverse society. While efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession are sincere, they have not been inclusive enough, ambitious enough or robust enough. Full Article
SCOTUS Will Decide Whether Miami Can Sue Banks Under the Fair Housing Act
By Mark Walsh, Originally Published in ABA Journal
The mortgage-lending practices of the nation’s largest banks and their effects on inner-city neighborhoods will be the backdrop in a U.S. Supreme Court case to be argued in November.
The legal question essentially involves whether a city can be an “aggrieved person” under the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and thus have standing to seek redress for the harms cause by alleged discriminatory practices. Full Article
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Casemaker Weekly Update
Searching by keyword
The most basic Casemaker search is the keyword search. It can also be the most complex if you wish – just use the search operators found in the blue Search Tips link under the Search button. To search first select your jurisdiction from the jurisdiction menu, then type in your word or words in the search bar and hit the blue search button. The keyword search can be found in other places as well. When you are viewing the list of cases you discovered in a previous search you can narrow that search by keyword in the left menu. If you are looking at a list of citing references you can also narrow that list by keyword on the citing references page.
The radio button selections below Casemaker search bar defaults to keyword. You may find that you can still enter things that are not keywords and get results, however they may not be as accurate. You certainly can leave keyword selected and enter in a case citation – but you may get more than just the result you were seeking. In those cases you may wish to choose a more specific search type.
You can select a jurisdiction or any combination of jurisdictions to search by clicking the Jurisdiction menu. This is located in the box located between the search box and the blue search button. There is a blue downward pointing arrow in the right side of this box. Clicking on this arrow will pull up the pop-up menu and from here you can check as many or as few boxes as you need.
At the top of the list of states in the Jurisdiction menu you will notice a check box for Related Federal. This tells Casemaker to not only pull cases for the state you selected, but also for the Federal District and Circuit courts related to that state. So if you select Virginia and also select Related Federal you will get not only Virginia state level cases but also the Eastern and Western District of Virginia court cases as well as cases in the Fourth Circuit. This means you will get cases from other states in your circuit as well, in the case of our example – Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia cases would also be included. However this would again only be cases in your circuit, not any outside of it.
The My Settings link
Casemaker’s My Settings link located on the left side of the home page allows you to customize how the system works for you. Here you can choose your default search area, data type, sort order, enter an email address to be automatically populated when emailing documents, select the default setting to print the list of items or selected documents. You can also choose your default document format for printing emailing and downloading, as well as the page layout. Make sure to save your changes before closing the page!