10th Annual State of the Judiciary Address
Read the full text of Chief Justice Michael Heavican's State of the Judiciary Address from January 19, 2017.
Rural Practice Initiative Associate and Summer Clerkship Placement Program - Kearney NE, February 17, 2017
In-person interviews for the clerkship program or associate employment will take place at the Holiday Inn on Friday, February 17th from noon - 5:00 pm. 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 2017, please complete the form and return to Sam Clinch, 635 S 14th St. #200, Lincoln, NE 68508. Please respond by February 10, 2017. Attorneys Law Students
LSAT Prep Scholarship
The Minority Justice Committee 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 a seven point increase on their LSAT exam score. Download the Application and Instruction Sheet. Deadline for Application is February 3, 2017.
Judicial Resources Commission to Hold February 9 Hearing
The Judicial Resources Commission will hold a public hearing via video conference on Thursday, February 9, 2017, pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 24-1204 to determine whether, based on the judicial workload statistics, judicial vacancies exist in certain locations. Full Press Release
NetWORKS! – NSBA’s Professional Networking Group
Consider signing up for NetWORKS!, our professional networking group. There are three subgroups in the state—Omaha, Lincoln and Greater Nebraska. Members in Omaha and Lincoln are matched with another member in their subgroup every other month and just find a convenient time to meet for coffee or lunch. We’re developing plans for the Greater Nebraska group, and hope to begin matches March 1. The purposes of NetWORKS! are to expand professional collegiality and to expand your networks for referrals, future career moves, etc. You can sign up for any or all of the subgroups for $10 total. We’ll run new matches around March 1, so now is an excellent time to sign up. More details and signup are online.
Never Too Late
It’s not too late to join an NSBA section, even if you’ve already paid your voluntary NSBA dues for the year. Most of the 31 NSBA sections are planning CLE seminars, networking, and other events for 2017. Any voluntary dues-payer may join a section at any time on the NSBA website or by contacting the NSBA office. Anyone who would like more information about a section is welcome to contact NSBA Section Facilitator Lorrie Benson at email@example.com or 402-475-7091.
District Court Judge Randall Lippstreu to Retire February 28, 2017
Judge of the District Court, 12th Judicial District, Randall L. Lippstreu, is retiring February 28, 2017.
Described as a great mentor, Lippstreu is known among judges as someone who makes himself available to assist others with problem-solving whenever requested. “I can think of no one who works longer hours, or who works as hard to get it right, and his appellate record is reflective of his good work,” remarked fellow Judge Leo Dobrovolny. “We will greatly miss his guidance and calm demeanor.”
Judge Lippstreu is currently a member of the Nebraska Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Advisory Council and member of the Nebraska District Judges Association where he has served on a variety of subcommittees. Full Press Release
ABA TECHSHOW: Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together - March 15 - 18, 2017
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 2017 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: EP1709 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 15-18, at the Hilton Chicago. Don’t forget to visit www.techshow.com for current information on ABA TECHSHOW 2017 – the best place for bringing lawyers and technology together.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of January 20, 2017
Week of January 13, 2017
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
2017 Barristers' Ball - March 18, 2017
The 2017 Barristers' Ball will be held at the Embassy Suites La Vista on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The theme is Emerald City.
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!
Trivia Night, February 9, 2017
Sponsored by the NSBA Corporate Counsel & Young Lawyers Sections
Know it all? Support the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation and Prove it!
February 9, 2016
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!!!
For More Good: Law Firms Find Other Ways to Provide Service to Society
By Julianne Hill, Originally Published in ABA Journal
On a beautiful Saturday morning last May, a group of women spent the day with students planting and repairing yellow and red container gardens in a lot shared by Public School 7-Samuel Stern School and Global Technology Preparatory School in East Harlem. Some of them filled the 2,000 square feet of planters with vegetable seedlings. Others painted a bright and cheery mural on the garden wall, while others built a grape arbor. Full Article
Client Satisfaction Surveys: Five Quick Questions to Ask
By Ray Gross, Originally Published in Attorneys at Work
Lawyers often resist the idea of conducting client satisfaction surveys: They don’t believe people will be honest unless they have complete anonymity, and they don’t believe clients will take the time to complete the survey.
It’s true, many will not complete the survey, but some will. And right now, you probably aren’t collecting any valuable information from your clients. Even worse, the feedback you’re getting is probably in the form of a negative online review. Full Article
How to Vet Your Cloud Provider
By Sherri Davidoff, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Cloud software offers enormous benefits, from cost-effectiveness to remote access anytime, anywhere. However, these benefits can be a double-edged sword.
How can you ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your data in the cloud? Do your due diligence! In many cases, the cloud can offer the same or even better security and privacy than your on-site system—but you must plan ahead, and choose your provider carefully. Full Article
Caught on Tape: Is slow-motion video biasing jurors?
By Julianne Hill, Originally Published in ABA Journal
The use of slow-motion video has become common in criminal cases. But a new study has found that watching crimes at slower speeds leads viewers to falsely believe perps have more time to think about their actions and act with intent, potentially skewing verdicts against defendants. Full Article
Member Benefit Spotlight: Tabs3 Discount Extended
Tabs3 - Up to 20% discount on Tabs3 Software extended through January 2017 for NSBA Members
Due to high interest, Tabs3 Software is extending their 10% discount off Tabs3 and PracticeMaster orders (both new licenses and upgrades of additional users/timekeepers), through the end of January 2017. In addition, if you purchase or upgrade to our Platinum level, we will add on an additional discount of 10%, making your total savings 20%! Platinum benefits you with faster reporting, mobile access using your tablet or smart phone, convenient backups you can do anytime, even while others are still working in the software, and more! Tabs3 Software, based in Lincoln, has been at the forefront of developing software for law firms since 1979. Since that time, over 1,000 legal professionals in Nebraska have relied on Tabs3 Billing software, with tens of thousands currently using it nationwide. If you would like to download a free trial of our software, visit Tabs3.com/nsba. If you would like to take advantage of the 10% to 20% discount, head to Tabs3.com/nsba10, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 402-419-2200.
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