March 3, 2020
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Law Firms and Bar Associations Must Plan Now for Coronavirus Outbreak
In the event of a major pandemic, “social distancing” will be enforced. Schools, restaurants, movie theaters – and even law firms – will be closed, perhaps for an indefinite time, presenting unprecedented challenges. At the very least, bar associations and law firms should begin thinking about logistics now using “peace time” wisely. Full Article

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 2020 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 or mail to: Allyson Felt, The Nebraska Lawyer, 635 S 14th Street, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68508.

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, 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.

NSBA Technology Subcommittee Quarterly Meeting
Join the NSBA Technology Subcommittee for their quarterly meeting March 12, from 1:00 – 2:00, at Baird Holm. Are you interested in joining the NSBA Technology Subcommittee? Email Jennifer Hiatt ( for more information.

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
The Lancaster County Self Help Center reopened! The center is 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

Recent Supreme Court Cases

Week of February 28, 2020

305 Neb. 111 Brown v. State
  S-19-114     305 Neb. 124   Lanham v. BNSF Railway Co.
S-19-313   305 Neb. 139     State v. McCulley
S-19-583, S-19-678  305 Neb. 154  State v. A.D.
S-19-743 305 Neb. 165 State v. Fredrickson 

Week of February 21, 2020

305 Neb. 66
State v. Krannawitter
S-19-204305 Neb. 79 State ex rel. Counsel for Dis. v. Barfield
 S-19-270305 Neb. 96 State v. Valentino
 S-20-057305 Neb. 108  State ex rel. Counsel for Dis. v. Galter 

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

NLF News


NLF Trivia Night
March 13, 2020
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10904 W Dodge Rd., Omaha

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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16th Annual Barristers' Ball - Embassy Suites - La Vista
Join us for the 16th Annual Barristers' Ball on Saturday, Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Embassy Suites in La Vista.  The proceeds of The Barristers' Ball support programs like the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP), the LSAT Prep Scholarship Program, and the Rural Practice Initiative. These programs support a strong legal profession and help ensure access to justice for all Nebraskans. Join us for an evening of dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions.

 Event Details
Cocktails & Silent Auction - 6:00 PM
Dinner - 7:30 PM
Live Auction - 8:30 PM
Dancing & DJ - 9:00 PM

Individual Tickets:

Young Lawyers Tickets:
$100/ticket or $125/couple

After Party
New This Year! The Cosmic Lounge

RSVP Online or Return RSVP Form by Thursday, April 9, 2020.


Casemaker Weekly Update - Search Results Page
The results page appears after you have submitted your search. These results may vary depending on what you selected in the Jurisdiction and Compilation menu. Unless you specified a specific compilation type, Casemaker4 defaults to showing Cases. On the left, however, you can select a different compilation, such as Statutes, Administrative Code or Attorney General Opinions.

On the left, you will also see a number of ways to narrow the search results you found. Search within results allows you to type in a new search query that will apply only to the results from your initial search. You can set up your Search Within Results query just as you would any other query in Casemaker, using the same search operators. In addition, the left bar allows you to narrow your results by jurisdiction, courts, date and published or unpublished for Case Law. For Statutes and Administrative laws, you can narrow by jurisdiction or by Chapter or Title.

The results page can be sorted. Along the top of the results list is a toolbar with the option to change your sorting criteria. When viewing case results the system defaults to Relevance, but at the top of your results list you can choose to sort by state, date, the number of times cited and court level. When viewing statutes or similar material you will see the options to sort by relevance, state, code section or title. The toolbar above your list of results also provides the opportunity to save the search, create a new search alert, create or edit a document alert, print, email, save to folder, download, and send selected documents to the print queue.

The results themselves show you the case name, citation, and parallel citation where available; court, date decided, and the number of times it was cited in our database along with a graph plotting how often it has been cited over the years. Clicking on this graph will allow the graph to open larger. There are different colored lines for which courts the case was cited in: Same state of publication, Federal, or Other states. You can hover over the dots provided to see how many times it was cited in that year specifically. Clicking on the dot will provide you with a list of clickable links to those cases.

Case results have green thumbs up or red thumbs down icons. These indicators are part of CaseCheck+, a citator service letting you know whether or not the case is still good law. The green thumbs-up indicates the case has not received any negative treatment by subsequent cases, while the red thumbs down indicates that it has. Clicking to view the case will give you more information on the treatment.



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