Rural Practice Initiative Associate and Summer Clerkship Placement Program - Wayne NE, September 15, 2017
In-person interviews for our clerkship program or full-time employment will take place at Wayne State College in the Kanter Student Center on Friday, September 15, 2017 from noon to 5:00 pm, with a reception to follow. The goal is to provide 15-20 minutes for each interview. We estimate that each attorney will have the opportunity to interview at least six students in the afternoon. Attorneys and students will have an additional opportunity to meet and converse at a reception following the formal interviewing session..
If you are interested in hiring an associate or a law clerk for the summer of 2018, please fill out this form and return to Sam Clinch, 635 S 14th St. #200, Lincoln, NE 68508. Please respond by September 1, 2017.
2017 NSBA Annual Meeting - Equality Before the Law
The 2017 NSBA Annual Meeting brochure was mailed to our voluntary dues members last week. Online registration was activated on Monday, August 14 and will be available only to NSBA Voluntary Dues members through August 27. Registration for all attorneys will open on August 28.
The 117th Annual Meeting of the Nebraska State Bar Association will be held at the Embassy Suites-La Vista Wednesday, October 11, through Friday, October 13, 2017. The theme of this year's meeting is "Equality Before the Law". This year’s Annual Meeting offers numerous seminars of interest, a number of section and committee breakfasts and meetings, lunches for Creighton, UNL and University of Iowa alumni, In Honor of Your Honors Judges’ Reception, and a OctoBARfest Reception sponsored by the Mercer Consumer and Minnesota Lawyers Mutual. Complete meeting information and online registration are available on the Annual Meeting event page. Space is limited so register early.
PLEASE NOTE: The Elder Law Section Seminar scheduled for Wednesday, October 11 has been CANCELLED
Updated Seminar Description - NCDAA/Military Law Section Seminar
8:30 am to 10:30 am - 10 Years of Guantanamo Goo
Attorney Rick Kammen, Indianapolis, IN
Mr. Kammen will discuss his experience as defense counsel at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, specifically his defense of accused war criminal Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, in U.S. custody since 2002 for masterminding the attack on the US Navy Warship USS Cole in 2000. Facing the death penalty, the CIA has admitted to torturing Al Nashiri and destroying recorded interrogations. There is still no trial date set. Mr. Kammen is a prominent anti-death penalty defense counsel in state and federal courts, and is on the faculty at the National Criminal Defense College and Trial Lawyers College.
10:30 am to 11:30 am - Veterans Treatment Courts in Nebraska: Explained, Reviewed, Compared and Contrasted
Hon. W. Mark Ashford - 4th Judicial District; Hon. John A. Colborn - 3rd Judicial District; Webb Bancroft - Lancaster County Public Defender’s Office; Jeff Lux - Douglas County Attorney’s Office
The Veterans Treatment Court in Douglas County was dedicated in November 2016 and in Lancaster County in April 2017. This panel discussion will provide insight into the goals and operation of this Problem Solving Court.
NSBA Diversity Section Forming
NSBA is forming a new Diversity Section. The purpose of the section will be to promote a more diverse legal community and to address diversity issues arising in the practice of law. Diversity is broadly defined to include color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender, and other identities or issues that may impact full participation in the legal community. The Section is open to any interested voluntary NSBA member. The organizational meeting for the new section will be Thur, Sep 7 at noon, with the annual Diversity Summit beginning at 1 pm. Registration for the lunch and/or Summit is online. For more information, to become a Section member for free for the remainder of 2017, or to volunteer for more active involvement, contact NSBA Section Facilitator Lorrie Benson at 402-475-7091 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NetWORKS! – NSBA’s Professional Networking Group
A great professional network can be extremely helpful to your clients and your career. NSBA offers an easy and enjoyable way to expand your professional contacts. NetWORKS! matches interested lawyers for one-to-one coffee or lunch every two months, at a time to be determined by the lawyers. There are three subgroups—Omaha, Lincoln and Greater Nebraska. Omaha and Lincoln matches are expected to meet in person; Greater Nebraska members can meet in person or virtually. Any voluntary NSBA member lawyer or judge may join any or all of the three geographic groups. Right now is a great time to sign up because the next round of meetings will begin September 1. More details and sign up are online.
Journey To Cuba - April 26 - 30, 2018
This is an exciting time in US-Cuba relations. Recent changes are generating substantial interest from the business and legal communities in America. The Nebraska State Bar Association is partnering with Cuba Cultural Travel (CCT) to give you the opportunity to travel to Cuba. Cuba Cultural travel has organized educational tours for a variety of organizations for the last 15 years. Please join Kim Robak and Bill Mueller, Tom and Mary Maul, Bob and Dian Hillis and Jane Langan Mach and Jeff Mach from April 26-30, 2018, on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Complete Trip Information
2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is presented annually to a young lawyer who has made exemplary contributions to the community and to public service, who has actively participated in State and local bar activities, and who stands out in the areas of professional knowledge, skill, integrity and courtesy.
To nominate a young lawyer for this award, please complete and return this form. You may be contacted, confidentially, for more information on your nominee. Nominations must be received no later than September 8, 2017, by the YLS Executive Committee, c/o Leslie Shaver; Simmons Olsen Law Firm, P.C.; 1502 2nd Ave.; Scottsbluff, NE 69361. Nominations may also be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of August 18, 2017
Week of August 11, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
The Rise of Uber and Lyft Inspires a Liability Practice
By Victor Li, Originally Published in ABA Journal
Whenever a new industry emerges, litigation inevitably follows. Chicago personal injury lawyer Bryant Greening realized that as he noted that the exploding ride-booking industry had given rise to a long parade of liability issues and legal questions that would rival the taxi lines at O’Hare International Airport.
At the heart of it all, according to Greening, is the fact that companies such as Lyft and Uber are still somewhat new. And the influx of new vehicles on the road, plus tens of thousands of drivers who had not previously worked in the driving sector, has left passengers and drivers unsure of the rules. Full Article
Leadership Impact on Work-Life Balance
By Debra L. Bruce, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
It’s not news that lawyers across the country struggle with stress and work-life balance issues. Firms lament that the urgencies of client needs make it impossible for a lawyer to live a more balanced life. While clients can be demanding, firm culture has significant influence on the stressful imbalance in lawyers’ lives. When leaders ignore the issue, they subject their firms to costly attrition as well undue risk of malpractice, and the cost to their lawyers can be even more grave.
Attorney Well-Being: Start with Emotional Intelligence
By Mary Juetten, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Mindfulness is a trending topic for lawyers and much has also been written on the benefits of meditation. Like other professions, lawyers are known to struggle with substance abuse, mental health, and general job dissatisfaction. While lawyers know that they need to reduce stress to improve their well-being, many are overwhelmed by the options and jargon. I had the pleasure of attending LegalShield’s Elevate CLE conference in San Diego last month, where Wendy Newman Glantz de-mystified emotional intelligence and provided a starting point for even the most conservative lawyer. 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
Member Benefit Spotlight: LawPay
Endorsed by 45 state and more than 50 local bar associations, LawPay is proud to be the preferred payment partner of more than 35,000 law firms. Designed specifically for the legal industry, LawPay provides attorneys with a simple, secure, and online way to accept credit cards in their practice.
Additionally, LawPay understands the unique compliance and financial requirements placed on attorneys, which is why the LawPay platform was designed specifically to correctly separate earned and unearned payments, giving you peace of mind that your credit card transactions are always handled correctly.
LawPay is proud to partner with the Nebraska State Bar Association, and any Nebraska State Bar members who sign up for a LawPay account will get their first 3 months free. To learn more or to get started, visit lawpay.com/nebar/ or call (866) 376-0950.
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