The Nebraska State Bar Association is dedicated to strengthening the
legal profession, the court system, and the public’s access to legal
services. Below is a list of programs that describe how the Nebraska
State Bar Association serves these constituencies.
Support the Profession
|Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP):
Offers help to lawyers, judges and law students troubled by substance
abuse, stress, depression and other types of disorders that may have a
negative impact on their practice of law as well as their personal
SOLACE: Provides assistance to anyone
within the Nebraska legal community who suffers a sudden, catastrophic
loss due to an unexpected event, illness or injury through a statewide
network of attorneys willing to get involved. SOLACE does not solicit
cash, but can assist with contributions of clothing, housing,
transportation, medical community contacts, and a myriad of other
possible solutions. 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 please contact Mike Kinney and/or Liz Neeley.
Provides for expeditious resolution through voluntary arbitration of
disputes involving fees charged by attorneys. It is available to both
attorneys and their clients and also provides a forum for voluntary
arbitration of fee disputes between attorneys and physicians,
stenographers, consultants and expert witnesses.
Seek Counsel of Professional Expertise (SCOPE):
A lawyer-to-lawyer, case-specific information service that provides
the opportunity for an attorney who is unfamiliar with a legal area
to talk to an attorney who is more experienced and knowledgeable. For
additional information, contact Chris Aupperle at (800)-927-0117.
Continuing Legal Education:
NSBA provides an annual curriculum of seminars aimed at improving
professional knowledge, skill, and overall competence of the members
of the NSBA. Seminars are offered throughout the year in a variety of
formats (live, webinars, teleconference, etc.)
In addition to keeping practitioners up to date on changes to the
law, the NSBA Legislative Program represents attorneys’ professional
interests. For example, in 2014, the NSBA was instrumental in the
passage of a bill providing student loan forgiveness for attorneys
serving in rural communities with limited access to attorneys.
Leadership Academy: The
mission of the academy is to: nurture effective leadership with
respect to ethical, professional and community service issues; build
relationships among legal leaders from across the state and from
across disciplines; raise the level of awareness among lawyers
regarding issues facing the legal profession; and enhance the
diversity of leaders within the legal profession.
Strengthen the Courts
|Judicial Resources Committee: The NSBA proposes, considers and comments on the creation, reduction and relocation of judicial vacancies in the state courts.
Minority Justice Committee: A Joint Committee of the NSC and NSBA established to examine and address issues of racial and ethnic fairness in the courts.
Responding to Unjust Criticism of Judges:
Upon request, the NSBA has adopted guidelines for responding when judges
are subject to unfair criticism and educates the public on the
importance of a fair and impartial judiciary.
Self Help Desks:
The Self-Help desks offered through the Volunteer Lawyers Project
assists the courts with the increasing number of pro se litigants
(currently offered in Buffalo, Douglas, Hall, Lancaster, Madison and Scotts Bluff counties).
|Legislative Program: The
NSBA Legislative Program supports the Court systems. For example, NSBA
lobbying protects the Court’s budgets and advocates for judicial salary
increases, works to create new judgeships, helped to establish the Court
of Nebraska Court ofAppeals and the merit selection and retention
system for judges, etc.
Practice and Procedure Committee:
Makes recommendations concerning the betterment of judicial
administration in all courts of this State, the improvement of the
working conditions and compensation of the members of the judiciary and
the evaluation and promotion of an independent and impartial judiciary.
The Committee also evaluates the operation of the Nebraska Rules of
Evidence (including all proposed changes) in order to determine their
Support the Public
|Volunteer Lawyers Project:
Provides legal assistance to low income Nebraskans through its
self-help desks and direct case placement with pro bono attorneys.
Judicial Evaluation Poll:
A poll taken in even-numbered years by the active NSBA membership which
reviews the performance of Nebraska judges both state and federal.
Results are mailed to the judges and later a summary is released to the
press. NSBA also prepares voters’ guides to the help voters understand
judicial retention elections.
|Client Assistance Fund: Established in 1974, the purpose of the Client Assistance Fund is to reimburse a client who has suffered a financial loss due to dishonest attorneys.
Rural Practice Initiative: Expands access to legal services by helping to facilitate the placement of attorneys in underserved communities.