NSBA Health Insurance Consortium
Both small and large law firms face challenges in relation to the availability of health insurance options as well as the rising costs of these options. The Nebraska State Bar Association is working to offer a health insurance option for its members by establishing the NSBA Health Insurance Consortium. In simple terms, the Consortium will consist of multiple employers, with NSBA membership, working together to obtain affordable health insurance coverage on terms similar to those available only to large employers. The Consortium allows member employers to negotiate and to manage the coverage as a single entity. The Consortium’s plan will be a multiple employer welfare arrangement or a “MEWA,” several of which have existed in Nebraska for decades. Full Press Release
LSAT Prep Scholarship
The Nebraska Lawyers Foundation’s 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 a seven point increase on their LSAT exam score. Download the Application and Instruction Sheet. Deadline for Application is February 2, 2018 To donate to the Scholarship Fund, click here and indicate LSAT Prep in the comment box.
Rural Practice Initiative Associate and Summer Clerkship Placement Program - North Platte NE, February 16, 2018
In-person interviews for the clerkship program or associate employment will take place at the Quality Inn & Suites Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte on Friday, February 16, 2018, 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 attorney/students. Attorneys, students and representatives from law firms will have an additional opportunity to meet and converse at a reception following the formal interviewing session.
If you are interested in interviewing for an associate position or a law clerkship for the summer of 2018, please complete the form and return to Sam Clinch, 635 S 14th St. #200, Lincoln, NE 68508. Please respond by February 5, 2018.
Job Opening: Clerk of the Supreme Court
The Nebraska Supreme Court is accepting application for Clerk of the Supreme Court. The Clerk of the Supreme Court performs highly responsible administrative and managerial work with responsibility for the oversight of all Supreme Court and Court of Appeals records. In addition the Clerk contributes to managing the caseload of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, as well as a number of additional duties for which the clerk is responsible by virtue of provisions in the Nebraska Constitution, statutes, or court rules. The Clerk of the Supreme Court is also the Librarian of the State Library. Work is performed under direction of the Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Chief Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals. Please visit www.statejobs.nebraska.gov to fill out the State application. The State of Nebraska complies with Nebraska’s Veterans Preference Laws.
Nebraska Criminal Offense Penalties List Now Available
Professor Steven J. Schmidt has updated his list of criminal penalties through July 1, 2017, and it’s now available in the online NSBA Library (the Library is free to all voluntary NSBA members) and the NSBA Store. The List is available electronically and in laminated print form. This 11 page handy quick reference includes felony penalties, habitual criminal sentencing enhancement, misdemeanor and infraction penalties, traffic penalties, DUI sentences, common City of Lincoln ordinance violations, and failure to appear penalties.
Relaunch of the Nebraska Find a Lawyer Website
Every year, the public increasingly relies on the internet to obtain information. That includes finding lawyers. In 2005, a survey by FindLaw indicated that the majority of consumers (65%), found a lawyer by asking a friend or a relative for a referral. In 2014, that percentage dropped to 39%. Instead, consumers are turning to the internet. It is estimated that currently three out of four consumers seeking lawyers use online
resources at some point in the process.
How can you improve your ability to be found online? In 2016, the NSBA established the Nebraska Find a Lawyer website (www.nefindalawyer.com). The website allows members of the public to search for a licensed attorney by practice area and/or area of the state. The website’s affiliation with the Nebraska State Bar Association provides the public with the confidence that the service is credible and legitimate. All attorneys listed on the Nebraska Find-A-Lawyer website must have an active law license in good standing and be covered by professional liability insurance (minimum coverage of $100,000 per claim, and $300,000 aggregate). Full Article
The Importance of Stress Management and Sleep for Lawyers
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2 Ethic Hours in Nebraska
FREE - NSBA Dues Paying Members (2 Hours Ethics CLE Member Benefit)
$130 - Regular Registration
Live and Webcast
****Space is Limited for the LIVE portion****
Let the NSBA get you started off on a high note with your New Year's resolutions! Remember if you make small, incremental lifestyle changes, then you will have greater success at creating real change.
A vast majority of lawyers in all settings report that pressure and tension on the job is considerable. Stress and sleep deprivation among lawyers often cause job dissatisfaction, burnout, depression, and substance abuse which, in turn, causes ethical violations, malpractice and various types of unprofessional behaviors.
Elise McHatton, MA, ACSM EP-C, NSCA-CSCS, is a Director of Account Management at SimplyWell and has more than 18 years of experience in individual and group wellness programming. With her assistance, attorneys will walk away from this program with an understanding of the effects of stress and sleep deprivation on the body and mind, and how proper management of stress improves mental health, including effective ways to reduce stress through higher quality and quantity of sleep and simple relaxation techniques.
REGISTER HERE: https://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1056979&group=
Opens Meetings Act
Matthew G. Dunning, is the Legal Counsel for the Nebraska Association of School Boards, will identify the basic provisions of the Open Meetings Act, including the public bodies which are covered, and provide you with how the how the applicable statutes apply to attorneys who work for or in front of public bodies.
This webinar on Friday, February 16 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. is 1 Hour CLE and FREE to Government & Administrative Practice Section members: REGISTER HERE: https://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1050144&group=
Legal Ethics Issues for Compliance Officers
Professor Paul McGreal, Creighton University School of Law will identify legal ethics issues faced by attorneys who work as in-house compliance officers. The overwhelming majority of in-house compliance officers are licensed attorneys. Some of these attorneys serve as both in-house counsel and compliance officers, while others perform only a compliance role. Regardless of the role, attorneys working in compliance must be aware of the legal ethics issues that might arise in their work.
This live and webcast CLE on Thursday, April 26 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. is 2 Hours of ethics CLE and is FREE to NSBA Voluntary Dues Paying Members who haven’t yet used their 2 Hours of Ethics Member Benefit in 2018: REGISTER HERE: https://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1050158&group=
ABA TECHSHOW: Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together - March 7-10, 2018
ABA TECHSHOW has over 30 years of experience bringing lawyers and technology together. Legal work is dependent on technology to manage day to day activities, practice more competently, and service clients more effectively. ABA TECHSHOW teaches you how technology can work for you. Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations, and workshops, you will be able to get your questions answered and learn from the top legal professionals and tech innovators, all under one roof. Regardless of your expertise level, there’s something for you at ABA TECHSHOW!
As a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, we want you to know that you can register for ABA TECHSHOW 2018 at a special reduced rate. This discount only applies to registrants that qualify for the Standard registration and will save you $150. You can register online and include this unique discount code: EP1807 at checkout to receive the discount.
Celebrate over 30 years of legal technology and innovation. Network with legal technology experts from around the globe, March 7-10, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Don’t forget to visit www.techshow.com for current information on ABA TECHSHOW 2018, the best place for bringing lawyers and technology together.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of January 12, 2018
Week of January 5, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Resolving Conflict: Another Case for Case Management
By Deborah Tesser and Allan Mackenzie, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
It seldom ceases to amaze us. In the legal sector as well as other professional businesses, the concept of managing information on paper is well established among those who began their careers as early or earlier than either of us have. Yet, when technology is put into play, the logic of organization flies out the window, with or without the baby and the bathwater. Both of us have stood at podiums speaking of the so-called good old paper days, and have described electronic filing systems organized by attorney rather than client/case/matter. We know why it happened—but more importantly—why it must be cleaned up, particularly when the bright young minds pouring out of law school today are of Generation T(ablet), and not necessarily grounded in the index card culture. Full Article
Trivia Night, February 15, 2018
Sponsored by the NSBA Corporate Counsel & Young Lawyers Sections
Know it all? Support the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation and Prove it!
February 15, 2018
Liv Lounge; 2285 S 67th St., Omaha
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Appetizers & cocktails provided.
Proceeds benefit the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation
Register your Team Today!!!
2018 Barristers' Ball - April 14, 2018
The 2018 Barristers' Ball will be held at the Embassy Suites La Vista on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The theme is Escape to the Tropics.
Proceeds from the Barristers’ Ball benefit the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation
COCKTAILS & SILENT AUCTION 6:00 PM • DINNER 7:30 PM
LIVE AUCTION 8:30 PM • DANCING TO THE MUSIC OF PAM & THE PEARLS 9:00 PM
BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
Reserve your seats today!
Casemaker Weekly Update
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