Completely Updated Red Book Now Available
The Nebraska Real Estate Practice Manual, often referred to as The Red Book, has been completely updated and is now available. It’s available electronically on a flash drive ($285 members/$315 nonmembers) or electronically plus in print ($345 members/$375 nonmembers). Our additional charge for the print version just barely covers the cost of printing the 2000 pages, three large binders, pre-printed tabs and shipping.
The updated Red Book is the product of terrific generosity by dozens of lawyers. In addition to the chapters on buying/selling/leasing real estate you’d expect to find, there are primers on surveys and descriptions, zoning, HOAs and COAs, oil and gas leases, deeds, quiet title actions, like-kind exchanges, title insurance, SIDs, Fair Housing Act, and partition actions. New chapters include easements and other restrictions, acknowledgments, environmental issues, wind leases, TIF and other incentives, valuation protests and appeals, treasurer’s tax deeds, TODDs, and corrective instruments.
A word about NSBA’s Purchaser Honor System Policy: Practice Manual sales are an important source of revenue for NSBA that help keep member dues some of the lowest bar dues in the US. If multiple individuals in a firm will use this resource, please purchase a copy for each user.
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. Simon Tam is an award-winning musician, author and activist. He is best known as the founder of the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance-rock band, The Slants. Mr. Tam is dedicated to raising awareness of racial disparities, social justice and issues that affect the Asian American community. Mr. Tam also appeared on TEDx as a speaker.
The seminar offers 2 hours of CLE and will be available in-person and via live webcast. 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!
Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers
You negotiate every day! In fact, your ability to effectively negotiate may be the most critical skill you possess. Yet most negotiate instinctively or intuitively. This seminar will help you approach negotiations with a strategic mindset. And make no mistake – no matter how much you’ve negotiated, you can still learn. Adding that one new tactic may be the difference between winning and walking away empty-handed.
Join us on Wednesday, December 13 from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in La Vista to hear from Marty Latz, Esq. Mr. Latz is a Harvard Law honors graduate and one of the nation’s leading experts and instructors on negotiating techniques. He has also been an Adjunct Professor for Negotiations since 1995 at Arizona State University of Law. The seminar offers 6 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics, and will be available in-person and via live webcast. See the full program and register now!
Sexual Harassment in the Work Place
Sexual harassment in the workplace may have reached a tipping point requiring new policies and procedures by employers to match the emerging willingness of employees to speak up and to take legal action. Kelli P. Lieurance, a partner in Baird Holm's Labor and Employment section, and Sara A. McCue, an associate attorney in Baird Holm's Labor and Employment section, will focus the presentation on the legal liability that employers may face and the recent cases regarding sexual harassment in the workplace.
This CLE opportunity is sponsored by the NSBA Diversity Section and is on Thursday, December 14 from 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. in Omaha. The seminar offers 1 hour of CLE, and will be available in-person and via live webcast. See the full program and register now!
How Does the Americans with Disability Act Impact You and Your Clients?
There are thousands of complaints every year under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in addition to the need to integrate people with disabilities into the legal process and remove barriers that exclude individuals with disabilities. This course will explain the ADA and how the act impacts attorneys and attorneys’ clients and provide attorneys with the knowledge to define persons with disabilities and recognize what is expected of employers, service providers, entertainment venues, public carriers and medical facilities.
Join us on Tuesday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Lincoln to hear from Christine Boone, an attorney who specializes in ADA compliance and employee training and development. She is former counsel for the Blind Industries and Services of Maryland; former Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services; former Assistant Counsel for the Office of Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; and is currently a private consultant. This seminar offers 3 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics, and will be available in-person and via live webcast. See the full program and register now!
2018 NSBA Voluntary Dues
Thank you for support of the NSBA. Your 2018 voluntary 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 voluntary 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.
County Court Judge Patrick McDermott to Retire January 31, 2018
Patrick R. McDermott, county court judge of the 5th Judicial District, is retiring effective January 31, 2018, after 20 years on the bench. In his retirement letter to the Chief Justice and the Governor, Judge McDermott noted, “Words cannot express the honor, joy and satisfaction that come with the opportunity to serve the people of this state as a judge.” He added, “The men and women of the Nebraska judiciary are without equal, and the pride I feel having been numbered among them is the pinnacle of my legal career.” Full Press Release
Court of Appeals Judge Rett Inbody to Retire January 1, 2018
Everett O. Inbody, Court of Appeals Judge of the 5th Appellate Court Judicial District, is retiring effective January 1, 2018, after over 30 years on the bench. In his retirement letter to the Governor, Inbody noted it has been his honor and pleasure to serve the citizens of the State of Nebraska and specifically the 5th Judicial District for almost 32 years as a County Court, District Court, and Appellate Court Judge. “I am thankful for the opportunities presented to me during these past 32 years,” said Inbody. “I have been blessed to work with outstanding judges throughout the State of Nebraska.” Full Press Release
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of November 17, 2017
Week of November 9, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
What Lawyers Considering Specialization Need to Know
By Nicholas Gaffney, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Some lawyers find their niche, and discover both benefits and drawbacks to serving a particular market. Specialization allows legal practitioners to hone in on areas they’re passionate about, polishing their expertise while experiencing the fulfillment that comes from meeting specific client needs. At the same time, they encounter the challenges that come with staying small and focused. Our roundtable discussion brings attorneys from diverse areas together to discuss the potentials, advantages and issues that come with offering specialized services. 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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