February 18, 2020
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OnDemand CLE

Watch webinars on what you want, when you want! Visit the NSBA’s on-demand CLE portal, www.nebarondemand.com to view a webinar at your convenience and earn distance-learning CLE credit, including professional responsibility (ethics) and GAL credit. 

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Visit the NSBA’s on-demand CLE portal, www.nebarondemand.com to view these and many other webinars.

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2020 NSBA Election Notices

  • Nominations for NSBA President-Elect Designate
    The nominee for President-Elect Designate for 2022-2023 will be selected from the members who reside in Douglas/Sarpy.  If you are interested in serving, please send your name and a short statement of interest (300 words) to Liz Neeley, NSBA Executive Director, at lneeley@nebar.com, no later than April 3, 2020.

    The Executive Council will meet in April to nominate one individual for the position of President-Elect Designate. When the nominee has been selected by the Executive Council, an announcement will be disseminated to all active members of the NSBA. Any member from the designated counties may submit a petition (signed by 25 active bar members) to run against the nominee of the Executive Council. If no petition is filed within 30 days of the announcement of the nominee, he or she is declared as President-Elect Designate for 2022-2023. If a petition is filed, electronic ballots will be sent. This is a four-year term. The President-Elect Designate automatically succeeds to the position of President-elect, and then President. They then serve on the Executive Council for a year as Past President.
  • NSBA Executive Council- 5th and 6th Districts
    Notifications and petitions will be sent to the 5th and 6th Supreme Court Districts on April 27, 2020 for the Executive Council vacancies. The deadline for returning a petition will be June 1, 2020. Executive Council terms are four years.

  • Electronic Elections
    In October of 2016, the NSBA’s House of Delegates amended the NSBA By-Laws to allow for electronic elections. The 2020 elections for President-Elect Designate and Executive Council will be conducted electronically.  Electronic ballots will be disseminated on July 1, 2020.

VLP and Legal Aid of Nebraska Offer FREE Legal Clinic Basics CLE - Scottsbluff
“Just the Basics!:  Providing Limited Legal Services in Walk-In and Virtual Legal Clinics” provides new and seasoned lawyers a review of ethical rules, general substantive law, procedure and practical advice for assisting self-represented persons at walk-in and virtual legal clinics.  This seminar is being offered in Scottsbluff on March 12. Check the NSBA website for more information on this session.  Don’t miss this out on this unique opportunity!

VLP, Immigrant Legal Center and the Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence offer FREE CLE
“Advocating for Victims of Crime as an Attorney” provides lawyers representing victims of crime a review of the substantive law, practice, procedure, ethical rules and practical guidance for assisting this vulnerable population in civil legal matters.  This seminar is being offered in Lincoln on March 24, Crete on March 25, and in Grand Island, North Platte and Scottsbluff in May. Check the NSBA website for more information on these sessions.

Lancaster County Self Help Center Reopening- February 20, 2020
The Lancaster County Self Help Center will be reopening on February 20, 2020! The center will be open from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm every Thursday the courthouse is open. If you are interested in volunteering or getting more information about this great pro bono opportunity to help low income Lancaster County residents navigate legal proceedings, email Shannon Seim at sseim@nevlp.org.

NSBA Health Insurance Consortium: New Eligibility Criteria, New AA Rate and New Broker
In January of 2019, the NSBA Health Insurance Consortium officially launched. The Consortium consists of multiple employers, with NSBA membership, pooling together to obtain affordable health insurance coverage on terms similar to those currently available only to large employers. The Consortium has grown quickly, representing more than 75 firms and more than 700 employee lives. The participating firms and organizations range in size from solo practitioners with a part-time staff person1 to firms with over 100 employees. Participating firms come not only from Omaha and Lincoln but many rural areas of the state, including Scottsbluff, Holdrege, Norfolk, Columbus, Sidney, and Broken Bow, just to name a few.  Now, a year into the plan, the NSBA Health Insurance Consortium Board was able to advocate for some important changes to expand eligibility. Get More Information Here

Job Opening - JBE Program Director
The Nebraska Supreme Court is accepting applications for a Judicial Branch (JBE) Program Director. Under the direction of a Deputy or Assistant Deputy Administrator, this position is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and evaluating one or more programs within the Administrative Office of Courts and Probation, acting as liaison between Federal, State and local agencies, courts, stakeholders with responsibility for the management and over-all quality/effectiveness of a comprehensive education program for Nebraska state court judges and employees of the Nebraska Judicial Branch.  Job Description & Application Information

Judge Kelly to Retire May 1, 2020
Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court Judge Christopher E. Kelly has announced his retirement. His last day on the bench will be May 1, 2020.  In his letter to the Chief Justice, Kelly wrote, "It has been an honor and a privilege for me to be entrusted to serve the State of Nebraska and its children and families as a Douglas Juvenile Court Judge." 

Judge Kelly has served as a juvenile judge in Omaha from 2000 to 2020 and has worked on numerous committees for the Nebraska Supreme Court and the Separate Juvenile Judges Association.  Full Press Release

The Nebraska 2020 Cover Art Competition
Calling all attorney-artists! Would you like to see your art on the cover of The Nebraska Lawyer? The NSBA is now accepting submissions for its Nebraska Lawyer Cover Art Competition! Please find the rules and guidelines regarding all submissions here.

The competition is comprised of the following categories: photography, painting/drawing, and sculpture. Submissions will be accepted through March 15, and the winning entry will be published on the cover of the May/June 20120 issue of The Nebraska Lawyer. To submit your artwork you may email the item in an electronic format (do not send original artwork) to Allyson Felt at afelt@nebar.com or mail to: Allyson Felt, The Nebraska Lawyer, 635 S 14th Street, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68508.

How To Grow Your Income Using 3 Simple Marketing Strategies (Partner Webinar) - February 18th**
It’s today… and you can still register.

Our free webinar training, How To Grow Your Income Using 3 Simple Marketing Strategies That Will Cost You Absolutely Nothing To Implement, presented by marketing and practice development experts Walt Hampton, J.D. and Doug Brown, J.D. Today at noon.

Go HERE to register. (Register even if you have a conflict on your calendar so that we can send you the recording.)


Recent Supreme Court Cases

Week of February 14, 2020

305 Neb. 1 Western Ethanol Co. v. Midwest Renewable Energy
  S-19-039   305 Neb. 23   DH-1, LLC v. City of Falls City
S-19-189  305 Neb. 36   State v. Amaya
S-19-268  305 Neb. 52 State v. Jedlicka

Week of February 7, 2020

304 Neb. 979
State v. Assad
S-18-1141304 Neb. 995 In re Guardianship of Eliza W.
 S-19-265304 Neb. 1015 Shelter Mut. Ins. Co. v. Freudenburg 

For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.

NLF News


NLF Trivia Night
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  17th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble
Friday, June 26, 2020
Dismal River Club 83040 Dismal River Trail, Mullen, NE 69152
Format: 4-Person Scramble
CLE Seminar: 9-11 a.m.
Lunch & Driving Range: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Shotgun Start: 1:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: $200 per golfer
Includes: Lunch, Prime Rib buffet for dinner, green fee, cart, range balls & door prize drawings
Players: Pairings will be made for individual and partial team entries
Overnight Accommodations: Call the Dismal River Club at 308-546-2900


Casemaker Weekly Update - Search Operators in Casemaker4
While there are somethings that have changed in Casemaker4 quite a few things have not. For example, you can use the same search operators in Casemaker4 that you used in previous versions of Casemaker. Let’s review them!

AND searching – Example: Contract Binding
To perform the AND search, simply leave a space. Casemaker sees the space as the AND operator. Our example will give us documents that have the word contract as well as the word binding.

OR searching – Example: alimony OR support
Using OR as the operator will find documents that use either word in the query. In our example, this query will pull up documents mentioning either alimony or support anywhere in them.

NOT searching – Example: property NOT commercial
Using the NOT operator will tell the system to find the documents that mention the first term but do not mention the second. In our example, the query will pull up documents that refer to property but do not mention the term commercial

Phrase searching – Example: “right of way” 
This search type tells the system to treat everything in the quotations as if it were one search term. In our example, this means it will only pull cases that mention right of way but not cases that mention the words right, of and way by themselves.

Thesaurus searching – Example: ~parole
The thesaurus search not only locates your search term but also words with the same meaning. In our example query, the search will pull up documents that mention the word parole as well documents that mention any synonyms of the word parole.

Asterisk searching – Example: run*
This search will pull up documents that mention terms that begin with the letters prior to the asterisk. In our example, the query will find documents that mention not only run but also any words that start with run such as runner, runs, running and so on.

Proximity searching – Example: tax w/10 property
This search will pull up documents that mention your first term within the number of words you specify of the other term. In our example, this will bring us documents where tax is mentioned within ten words of the term property.
Grouping searching – Example: (alimony OR support) AND divorce 
This would be the one case where you should use the word AND in Casemaker. Using the parentheses tells the system we want to group these queries. In this example, the system will return documents that mention alimony or support but also mention divorce.
When creating searches, if you run into trouble or need a few tips we highly recommend contacting our customer support department. We have a live chat feature which will allow you to instant message our customer support team during our regular hours. You will find a link to livechat in the upper right of the Casemaker4 screen. Live chat is especially useful when you are looking for search query assistance. Our support team can give you a sample query and you can copy and paste the search suggestions we have to offer!



NSBA Career Center

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