2019 NSBA Election Notices
Nominations for NSBA President-Elect Designate
The nominee for President-Elect Designate for 2021-2022 will be selected from the members who reside in Lancaster county. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than March 22, 2019.
The Executive Council will meet at the end of March 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 2021-2022. 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.
Judges Needed 2019 Regional Trial Competition
On behalf of the University of Nebraska College of Law, we would like to extend an invitation to you to serve as a judge in the preliminary rounds of the 2019 Regional Trial Competition. Preliminary rounds will take place on Friday, February 15, 2019 and Saturday, February 16, 2019.
The National Trial Competition is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association, whose objective is to encourage law students to develop trial advocacy skills and strengthen those skills through high quality competition.
Please help us by volunteering to serve as a competition judge. To do so, please visit go.unl.edu/trialjudge to submit your availability.
Rural Practice Initiative Associate and Summer Clerkship Placement Program
In an effort to provide attorneys and law students with an opportunity to experience the practice of law in Greater Nebraska, the Nebraska State Bar Association is conducting its third annual Rural Practice Initiative Program. We hope to connect participating attorneys with firms looking to hire associates in Greater Nebraska. Students participating in the program can support your firm while gaining practical experience (e.g., draft pleadings and interrogatories, shadow during court days and client meetings; research; and prepare briefs and memos).
In-person interviews for our clerkship program or full-time employment will take place at Quality Inn & Suites Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte on Friday, February 15, 2019, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, with a reception to follow. The goal is to provide 15-20 minutes for each interview. We estimate that each attorney will have the opportunity to interview at least six students in the afternoon. Attorneys and students will have an additional opportunity to meet and converse at a reception following the formal interviewing session.
If you are interested in hiring an associate or a law clerk for the summer of 2019, please fill out the registration form and return to Sam Clinch, 635 S 14th St. #200, Lincoln, NE 68508. Please respond by February 1, 2019.
Extra! Extra! Get Your FREE Ethics Here!
The NSBA offers high-quality and affordable CLE programs throughout the year on a variety of topics. Additionally, members who pay dues receive a significant discount off NSBA CLE seminars. As an added bonus, NSBA dues-paying members can annually attend one two-hour NSBA ethics program for free.
Mindfulness in Mitigating Burnout: A New You in 2019 is the first NSBA ethics program for 2019 and will be held in Lincoln on Thursday, January 31 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (live and distance-learning CLE). Join Melissa Young, EdD, MHSA, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Aurora Moreno, PLMHP, Omaha Integrative Care; and Stevie Jelden, BSPH, RYT, Omaha Integrative Care, who will address signs of burnout in the legal profession and how to approach these with a self-compassionate lens to self-care. They will discuss nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, and meditation in order to help you better navigate life’s stressors and ultimately live life to the fullest!
REGISTER HERE: https://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1188643&group= (NSBA dues-paying members, please enter the promo code ethics2019 when checking out in the store.)
Unable to attend the ethics program in January? No problem – a FREE two-hour NSBA ethics program is offered every month.
Now Available: Updated Criminal Penalties List
University of Nebraska Law Professor Steven J Schmidt’s quick reference list of penalties for various criminal offenses is updated through July 1, 2018 and is now available. The 12-page document is free electronically to all lawyers and available printed and laminated for $12, both options through the online NSBA Store. See a sample page here. The list includes felony and misdemeanor penalties, habitual criminal sentencing enhancement, failure to appear penalties, DUI sentences and more.
LSAT Prep Scholarship- Please spread the word
The Nebraska State Bar Association/Nebraska Lawyers Foundation works 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. The number of scholarships awarded annually is dependent on charitable contributions. The scholarship program reaches both traditional and non-traditional students from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. On average, students achieve an eight point increase on their LSAT exam score. Since 2013, more than 75 scholarships have been awarded. Download the Application and Instruction Sheet. The deadline for submitting an application is Feb 1, 2019.
The Nebraska 2019 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 29, and the winning entry will be published on the cover of the May/June 2019 issue of The Nebraska Lawyer. Two submit your artwork you may email the item in an electronic format (do not send original artwork) to Amy Prenda at email@example.com or mail to: Amy Prenda, The Nebraska Lawyer, 635 S 14th Street, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68508.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of January 11, 2019
Week of January 4, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Trivia Night, March 15, 2019
Know it all? Support the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation and Prove it!
March 15, 2019
Cunningham’s Pub and Grill, 10904 W Dodge Rd., Omaha
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Appetizers & cocktails provided.
Proceeds benefit the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation
Register your Team Today!!!
Download PDF Registration Form
Casemaker Weekly Update
Searching for Cases with Citation
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