July 28, 2020
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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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2020 Annual Government and Administrative Practice Seminar - Friday, July 31, 2020
The impacts of COVID-19 have been felt by all levels of government, resulting in new challenges and unique legal issues. This seminar will discuss some of those legal issues, including powers of governments during an emergency, first amendment issues, and how the pandemic has impacted municipalities. Register Today!! ***Approved for 2.25 CLE hours in Nebraska and Iowa

What GALs Should Know:  Effective Interventions and Data-Driven Change - Wednesday, July 29, 2020
**Qualifies for 3 hours Juvenile GAL credit
Back by popular demand, Jordan McCoy, a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, will give you the answer to the question, “What does a therapist wish a GAL knew?” Jordan will cover the impacts of trauma on children/adolescents’ brain development, emotional and social development, sensory system, and attachment relationships. She’ll also delve into what children need to buffer early trauma they have experienced.  We will also be joined by Monika E. Gross and Katherine Bass from the Nebraska Foster Care Review Office (FCRO). This seminar will provide attorneys with a better understanding of the foster care system in Nebraska, including background on the Foster Care Review Office (FCRO), the statutory requirements and authority of the FCRO, varying levels of oversight involved in the foster care system, and the racial and ethnic disproportionality in out-of-home placements and the juvenile justice system.  Register Today!!

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Lawyers Give High Marks to State’s Judges
The Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA) today released results of its 2020 Judicial Performance Evaluation. Lawyers responding to the poll recommend that 100% of the 144 judges evaluated be retained on the bench. Fifty-three percent of the judges evaluated were given a 90% or higher retention approval. Fifty-one judges received an 80-89% retention approval, and eleven judges were approved 70-79%. Steve Mattoon, president of the NSBA, said “these numbers continue to be impressive and consistent with prior evaluations.”

The NSBA first used the Judicial Evaluation Poll in 1984. It is conducted biennially. “The poll provides an important way to provide feedback to the judiciary and the results confirm that judges in all Nebraska courts are effectively serving the people of Nebraska” said Mattoon. An electronic survey was sent to 5,553 active NSBA members residing in Nebraska, Council Bluffs and Sioux City, Iowa and Yankton, South Dakota. Attorneys were instructed to evaluate only judges with whom they had recent, firsthand professional experience; or in the case of appeals court judges, with whose written opinions they were familiar. Ultimately, 1,088 members completed the evaluation. Soval Solutions, LLC, an independent research firm in Lincoln, compiled the results. The results may be viewed here.

The 2020 Barristers’ Ball Online Auction Opens August 3-View Auction Items Now!
The 2020 Barristers Ball silent auction opens on Monday, August 3rd at 9:00 a.m. and closes August 8th at 8:15 p.m. Click here to view auction items from a variety of categories including: arts and music, for the family, for the ladies, golf, out on the town, home and office, and sports and entertainment. Or enter our online raffle to win an Apple Watch Series V. Join us the evening of August 8th at 8:00 p.m. to recognize our 2020 Award Winners and for a live auction featuring many exciting items including vacation options in Hawaii and Florida, jewelry, and more. To view all auction items and participate in the livestream event, register your phone or device via this link: https://qtego.net/qlink/nebar2020#. Funds raised will help the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation (NLF) strengthen the legal profession and expand access to justice by supporting programs like the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP), the Rural Practice Initiative (RPI), SOLACE and scholarships for the NSBA Leadership Academy and the LSAT Prep Scholarship Program. Add 2020 Virtual Barristers' Ball To Your Calendar!!

“Watergate Ethics Reforms Have Failed in Washington: Lawyers Are Deep in the Swamp, Again” — August 21st Webinar (Use Your 2 FREE Hours of Ethics Member Benefit!)
On Friday, August 21st, the Nebraska State Bar Association will be hosting a unique educational opportunity for lawyers, law students, and the public. John Dean, White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon in 1970, together with Ohio lawyer and ethics presenter James Robenalt, will be presenting “Watergate Ethics Reforms Have Failed in Washington: Lawyers Are Deep in the Swamp, Again.”

The program qualifies for 3 hours of CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics/professional responsibility credit. Since Watergate, federal law has changed under the False Claims Act, Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, IRS Whistleblower programs, and the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, among others. Questions arise as to a lawyer’s role as a whistleblower, given a lawyer’s duty of confidentiality and duty of loyalty. Whether a lawyer may “report out” on a client is a complicated and fraught question. If done incorrectly, the lawyers risks discipline or even loss of the license to practice. This seminar is meant to provide the historical context to the question of when lawyers can—or must—report ongoing or future crime or fraud. 


NSBA Communities Now Live
On May 20, 2020, the NSBA upgraded from its current listserv model to online communities. You can now view and access the NSBA communities under “Connect” on the NSBA’s website menu. To ease your transition, we have created a series of brief videos to show you how the communities work:

These “NSBA Communities” will improve on the current listserv model in a number of ways: customize how often you receive messages, access a searchable archive of discussions, access a document library and connect with other members directly.  Click here for more information . ***Please note that your current listserv addresses will not work after May 20th. Please whitelist your new listserv domain (listed in the attachment) to make sure you still receive messages.

Invitation to be featured in a TNL Member Spotlight
The NSBA wants to feature YOU in an upcoming issue of The Nebraska Lawyer magazine! Our readers love learning about their fellow lawyers, and we love showing off our talented members. To be featured, please complete the questions here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TNLMemberSpotlight.

Recent Supreme Court Cases

Week of July 24, 2020

306 Neb. 546   Russell v. Franklin County
S-19-331 306 Neb. 559    Walker v. BNSF Railway Co.
S-19-482 306 Neb. 574
Frans v. Waldinger Corp.
 S-19-875 306 Neb. 579 In re Estate of Hutton
S-19-911  306 Neb. 59    State v. Theisen

Week of July 17, 2020

306 Neb. 484 
Anderson v. A & R Ag Spraying & Trucking
S-19-623, S-19-624 306 Neb. 498
State v. Galvan (supplemental opinion)
S-19-697 306 Neb. 499
State v. Saitta
S-19-758 306 Neb. 516 State v. Martinez
S-20-2130 306 Neb. 5421    State ex rel. Counsel for Dis. v. Vernon 

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

NLF News



The 2020 Barristers’ Ball is now VIRTUAL!

To ensure the health and safety of our members, the 2020 Barristers Ball will be a live-stream virtual event on Saturday, August 8, 2020. Although the Barristers’ Ball will look different this year, we will still come together. We will still celebrate. We will still have some fun. And we will still Help Lawyers Help People.

Get Complete Event Information Here

Help us recognize the winners of the 2020 Robert Spire Award and NLF Visionary Awards and support the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation by participating in our online silent and live auctions! Proceeds of the event support NLF programs that strengthen the legal profession and expand access to justice. Programs including the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program, the Rural Practice Initiative and LSAT Prep and Leadership Academy Scholarships.



17th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble
Friday, August 28, 2020
Dismal River Club 83040 Dismal River Trail, Mullen, NE 69152

Register Online OR Download Registration Form

 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

Casemaker4 Jurisdiction and Compilations menu

Directly to the left of the bar that you can type your search query in is our Jurisdiction and Compilations menu. In blue text on the search bar, you will see what jurisdictions and compilations are currently selected.

Clicking on the menu will allow you to select the jurisdictions you wish to conduct research in. This can be any number of state, Federal, or trial courts. On the left side of the menu above the list of states is the Related Federal box. Checking this box will allow you to receive results from your selected state or states as well as any federal material relevant to that jurisdiction specifically. Similarly, if you are conducting research in the Circuit Opinions, you can also use the Related State box to return results from your selected circuits and the corresponding state-level results as well.

At the far-right side of the menu, you have the opportunity to select any or all compilations as well. Casemaker’s default is All Compilations but if you are interested in only conducting a search in the admin code, for example, you can make that designation here.

At the bottom of this menu, there are other buttons available. The first is Save To My Settings. If the settings that you've just selected are your most normally used settings when conducting research in the Casemaker system, then it would be beneficial for you to click this button so that those settings are saved. This way they're established as your default and will be chosen automatically for you every time you login. If you had previously conducted a search outside of your norm and would like to revert to your default, you can click the Use My Settings button, which is the next button on the screen. If you had multiple boxes checked and you decide that you're going to completely change what you're doing, you have the opportunity to clear all of your checks with just one click as well.

After you've made all of your jurisdiction and compilation selections be sure to click the blue save button to save them and continue with your search.




NSBA Career Center

The NSBA has a new Career Center. Employers can post job openings and job seekers and posters can search openings and subscribe to new posting notifications. <

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Special Thank You
The NSBA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, the Winthrop & Frances Lane Foundation and the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation.

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