Gov. Ricketts appoints Freudenberg to the Nebraska Supreme Court
Gov. Pete Ricketts has appointed Lancaster County Court Judge John Freudenberg to the Nebraska Supreme Court. Ricketts has chosen Freudenberg, 58, to serve the Sixth Judicial District of the state Supreme Court. Full Article
District Judge Donald Rowlands to Retire July 31, 2018
Nebraska’s longest serving sitting District Court Judge Donald E. Rowlands is retiring July 31, 2018. Rowlands has served the citizens of the State of Nebraska in the 11th Judicial District since taking the bench on April 25, 1986.
In his letter of retirement, Rowlands noted, “Being a trial judge for the past 32 years has been the highlight of my legal career, and I owe a debt of gratitude to former Governor Robert Kerrey who selected me at the age of 36 from a group of outstanding attorneys who applied for this position.” Full Press Release
Eleven Submit their Names for District Judge in the Fifth Judicial District
Krista M. Carlson, Ashland; Ryan C. Gilbride, Lincoln; Demetria W. Herman, Omaha; Thomas J. Klein, Wahoo; Denise J. Kracl, Schuyler; Patrick M. Lee, Kearney; Christina M. Marroquin, Seward; Timothy P. Matas, Columbus; Bryan C. Meismer, Fremont; Jason D. Mielak, Columbus; and Dale M. Shotkoski, Fremont, have submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 5th Judicial District consisting of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, and York counties. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy will be either Wahoo, Saunders County, Nebraska, or Schuyler, Colfax County, Nebraska. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Mary C. Gilbride. Full Press Release
Everything You Need to Know About Adoption
Understanding Adoption Procedures in Nebraska, authored by adoption expert Susan Sapp, is available through the online NSBA Store. The manual includes detailed instructions and forms for every aspect of adoption practice, along with practice pointers to prevent commission of critical errors in adoption cases. The manual provides advice and forms on cutting edge topics, such as assisted reproduction and impacts of same-sex marriage on adoption.
Navigating the Information Age
Thursday, June 28, 2018
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Hruska Law Center, Lincoln
1 Hour of CLE
***One Hour of FREE CLE for NSBA Dues-Paying Members***
You’ve read the headlines. With each critical cyber event, organizations are held responsible for unsound information security practices resulting in both the actual loss of data and a loss of public confidence. The judicial and legal community is not immune to these widespread attacks, and the need for an ever-evolving security strategy that protects their data and their reputations.
Kyle Loven, JD, CCEP, National Director, Computer Forensic Services, will discuss the Ethics and Compliance considerations of information security protocols, illustrating with corporate responses to critical cyber events. Kyle will also provide the audience with steps to mitigate the most common security threats and bolster both reactive and proactive protocols.
REGISTER HERE: https://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1098841&group=
Making Your Case When the Earth is Flat
Friday, June 29, 2018
8:00 AM-4:50 AM
Scott Conference Center, Omaha
6.25 Hours of live and distance learning CLE, including 1 hour of ethics
3.5 Hours of GAL
Fulfills District Court, District 4 Local Rule 4-17
Making Your Case When the Earth is Flat is sponsored by the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the NSBA and the NSBA Juvenile Law Section. This seminar will provide attorneys with the science behind “Shaken Baby Syndrome” and the impact linguistic impairments have on interrogations and client communications. This CLE is a must for attorneys who practice criminal and juvenile law, with much of the content also of interest to those who practice family law.
REGISTER HERE: https://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1059331&group=
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of June 15, 2018
Week of June 8, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
15th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble a Success
On June 1st, 57 golfers met at the Dismal River Golf Club near Mullen, NE, for the 15th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble. The golfers played the Red Course, which has been named “Best New Course” by Golf Magazine and is nationally ranked in several top publications.
After the golfers ate lunch and warmed up, they hit the course to raise money for the Volunteer Lawyers Project. More than 310,000 Nebraskans, or 17% of the state’s population, are income-eligible for services from civil legal aid and legal service providers. In 2017, VLP and its network of volunteer lawyers helped more than 7,000 persons access justice through direct case placement, assistance at one of six Self Help Centers located in county courthouses, and through limited representation at a Lawyers in the City walk-in clinic. VLP is the state administrator for Nebraska Free Legal Answers www.ne.freelegalanswers.org, a virtual legal clinic that allows volunteers to do pro bono online, providing limited representation to low-income residents statewide.
After the tournament, the golfers met in the clubhouse to thank the 50 law firms and companies that sponsored the tournament. We'd like to thank all the sponsors and golfers for their generous support! $13,144.82 was raised for the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
The Impact of Tax Reform On Law Firms
By Mary E. Vandenack, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 included a 20% deduction for “pass-through” businesses. This deduction was intended to provide a benefit to owners of flow-through entities that have an impact like the reduction in tax rates for C corporations.
Section199A is an interesting maze of rules, definitions, and limitations. Service professionals have specific limitations under this section. Law firms, solo and otherwise, should revisit tax status and entity structure early in 2018 to determine whether restructuring is in order to benefit from the new tax law. Full Article
Casemaker Weekly Update
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.
Have you have been viewing a document in Casemaker and wanted to just email it to your client or colleague? Casemaker allows for just that! To email a document to your client, your colleague, or even yourself – you first need to click on the envelope icon located in the upper right-hand corner of the document in the dark gray bar. A pop-up window will appear giving you a number of options to choose from. You can select the document format. You can choose to send a PDF, Word or WordPerfect document as well as chose dual or single column format. You can also decide to include your notes or any highlighted terms. If you would like, you can attach the list of citing references and any negative treatment found as well. Make your choices then enter the recipient's email address (or addresses), a subject for the email, and a short message if you wish. Then hit the blue email button and Casemaker will email the document for you. It is that simple!
Using Tree View
Tree View is a different way to browse Casemaker! The Tree View interface consists of an expandable hierarchy is contained in a left-hand sidebar while the center area displays the document content when requested. The Casemaker Tree View interface includes all data types and the full archive of data for each respective state.