The mission of The Nebraska Lawyers Foundation is to serve the public and the legal profession by securing contributions to support programs dedicated to the improvement of the legal profession and the administration of justice.
Volunteer Lawyers Project
The Nebraska State Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is a statewide volunteer legal assistance project and referral network. It was created to provide legal assistance to low-income persons who cannot hire lawyers and who cannot receive assistance through the federally-funded legal services program operation in the state. VLP is a program of last resort. (Read more)
Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program
The Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP) offers help to lawyers, judges, and law students troubled by substance abuse problems, stress, depression and other problems that may impair their ability to perform in a competent and professional manner. (Read more)
SOLACE (Support Of Lawyers/Legal Personnel - All Concern Encouraged) Program
If you are aware of anyone within the Nebraska legal community (lawyers, law office personnel, judges, courthouse employees or law students) who suffers a sudden, catastrophic loss due to an unexpected event, illness or injury, the NSBA's SOLACE Program can likely assist that person in some meaningful way. (Read More).
Rural Practice Initiative
The Nebraska State Bar Association increased its efforts in 2013 to manage the shortage of small town lawyers by starting a rural practice initiative. Currently, 11 of Nebraska’s 93 counties have no lawyers. The NSBA works to connect law students and lawyers with employment opportunities in rural Nebraska (Read-More).
Leadership Academy Support and Scholarships
The mission of the NSBA Leadership Academy is to help attorneys make contributions to the legal profession and their community by helping them to develop leadership skills. (Read More).
LSAT Prep Scholarship Program
The LSAT Prep Scholarship Program was established to expand the pipeline of diverse law school applicants. The LSAT Prep Scholarship Program provides a scholarship for a Kaplan LSAT Prep Course covers the costs of registering for the LSAT exam for recipients who are historically underrepresented in Nebraska's law schools, demonstrate economic need, and reside in Nebraska. (Read more)
Make an Impact!
- Over 310,000 Nebraskans, or 17% of the state’s population, are income eligible for services from civil legal service providers.
- 20.6% of lawyers nationally report problematic alcohol use and 1 in 4 lawyers are struggling with some level of depression.
- There are 11 counties in Nebraska with no lawyers and 20 more counties with three or fewer lawyers.
- Last year VLP turned away more than 400 eligible applicants for case placement because of lack of resources.
- For many first generation college students and other historically underrepresented groups, the cost of an average
LSAT Prep Course ($1,600) is beyond their means.
Because of donations from you and other NSBA members...
- VLP launched a new online pro bono platform, ne.freelegalanswers.org
- NLAP provides confidential support, consultation and treatment referral for substance abuse, mental health and other impairments.
- Volunteer lawyers helped more than 7,000 persons last year through VLP programs and activities.
- The Rural Practice Initiative helps place lawyers in rural Nebraska.
- LSAT Prep Diversity Scholarships have been awarded to students demonstrating economic need.
|Nebraska Lawyers Foundation
635 South 14th Street, #200
Lincoln, NE 68501-1809
(402) 475-7091; Fax: (402) 475-7098
|Liz Neeley, Ph.D., Executive Director
Sam Clinch, Associate Executive Director