2018 Public Service Awards
The Nominating Committee of the House of Delegates of the Nebraska State Bar Association is seeking nominees for the Public Service Awards to be presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting in October. Nominations should be made on the nomination form and returned to the committee on or before June 6, 2018.
2018 NSBA Election Notices
Nominations for NSBA President-Elect Designate
The nominee for President-Elect Designate for 2020-2021 will be selected from the members who reside in Douglas or Sarpy counties. 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 Lneeley@nebar.com, no later than April 6, 2018. 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 mailed 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 2020-2021. If a petition is filed, electronic ballots will be sent. The President-Elect Designate automatically succeeds to the position of President-elect, and then President.
NSBA Executive Council- 1st District
Notifications and petitions will be sent to the 1st Supreme Court District on April 27, 2018, for the Executive Council vacancy. The deadline for returning a petition will be May 30, 2018. Executive Council terms are four years.
Watergate: A Unique Look at Executive Power from Nixon to Trump
Friday, May 4, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites Conference Center, La Vista
3 hours of ethics in Nebraska (live and distance learning)
Take a unique look at executive power with John Dean, former White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon, and James Robenalt. Using the Nixon years, and Watergate in particular, as a case study, Mr. Dean and Mr. Robenalt will look at authoritarian personalities and use Princeton Professor Daniel Kahneman’s work on the psychology of cover-ups to bring forth lessons on confidentiality of information and the organization as a client. Who is the client? What should a lawyer be looking for when dealing with a difficult CEO? What are a lawyer’s ethical obligations in the management of a company or government agency is engaged in ongoing crime or fraud, including obstruction of justice?
Oval Office conversations recorded days after the Watergate break-in provide a real-time example of a president falling. Mr. Dean and Mr. Robenalt will draw on what happened then and what we are seeing now in Washington D.C. and why you need to be aware of these psychological dynamics to keep your clients and yourself out of trouble.
Thank you to the following sponsors who made this CLE program possible: Mercer, Casemaker, Creighton University School of Law, ABA Retirement Funds
REGISTER HERE: https://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1073528&group=
2018 Family Law Seminar
Thursday, May 3, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Lincoln
6.75 hours of live and distance learning CLE, including ethics in Nebraska and Iowa
2 hours of GAL credit
CME hours pending
The NSBA Family Law Section presents the 2018 Family Law Seminar with timely and relevant topics for attorneys who practice family law followed by a networking reception sponsored by Astley Putnam, PC, LLO and Reagan Melton & Delaney, LLP. This seminar will include sessions on: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Implementing Positive Business Practices in the Small-Firm Environment with Kelli Lieurance, Baird Holm LLP; Parental Conflicts: Special Consideration with LGBTQ Children with Megan Smith-Sallans, MS, LIMHP, LIPC; Family Law: Legislative Update with Tracy Hightower-Henne, Hightower Reff Law, LLC; Ethics and Voluntary Pro Bono Legal Services with Carol Cleaver, NSBA Volunteer Lawyers Project; The Ethics of Limited Scope Representation with Scott Hahn, Hightower Reff Law, LCC; The Desjardins Deception: Preserving Alimony Rights and Obligations in Consent Decrees with Kathryn Putnam, Astley Putnam, PC, LLO; and Updates: Case Law and Child Support Calculator with Adam Astley, Astley Putnam, PC, LLO
REGISTER HERE: https://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1077193&group=
Improving Law Practice Management
The NSBA Law Practice Management Section is trying a few informal lunch meetings to discuss practice management issues. They are an opportunity to meet other attorneys involved with practice management and share tips and best practices.
The second lunch will be 12-1 pm, Wed, Apr 11 in Omaha. Attendance is capped at 20; you do not need to be a section member to attend, but section members have a preference if RSVPs are over 20. Anyone is welcome, but the discussions will likely be of most interest to solo/small firm lawyers.
The topic for this lunch will be tech issues, although the exact topics are still being determined. Brandon Gordon with Run Networks will be the guest expert. He’ll do a brief presentation and then open questions and discussion. RSVP to Lorrie Benson at NSBA.
Updated Probate Manual Now Available
The Nebraska Probate Manual has been completely updated and is now available through the online NSBA Store. The manual is available electronically on a flash drive for $190 for NSBA voluntary dues-payers or electronically plus print for $230. Nonmember pricing is $205 and $245.
Dozens of Nebraska’s best probate lawyers contributed chapters and served as reviewers. Chapters cover the full probate process, from the client engagement through closing the estate and distributing assets. Included are chapters on intestacy, wills, formal and informal probate, survivors, probate administration, personal representatives, creditors, inventories and accounting, Farm Service Agency issues, multiple party accounts and nonprobate transfers, trusts, contested issues, appeals, real estate issues, and various taxes. New to the manual are chapters on Medicaid, same-gender couples, and digital assets.
A word about NSBA’s Purchaser Honor System Policy: Practice Manual sales are an important source of revenue for NSBA that help keep member dues some of the lowest bar dues in the US. If multiple individuals in a firm will use this resource, please purchase a copy for each user.
Soaring Solo Invitation - Last Call!
The NSBA Law Practice Management Section is organizing a very small group of solo practitioners in the Omaha area interested in greater professional success and personal satisfaction. Individuals selected for the group will receive career-building assistance targeted to their unique practices, including self-management and law practice management skills and tools. Group members will sign a 10-month contract with lawyer/coach Susan Koenig, who will facilitate monthly group meetings and work individually with each member. Click here for more details or contact NSBA Section Facilitator Lorrie Benson (email@example.com or 402-475-7091). If the pilot group is successful, the Law Practice Management Section may expand the concept geographically and/or to small firms.
Gov. Ricketts Appoints Jonathan J. Papik to the Supreme Court
Governor Pete Ricketts announced his appointment of Jonathan J. Papik to the Supreme Court of the Fourth Judicial District of Nebraska. Currently, Papik is a partner at Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather (CWWJO).
“From his legal education at Harvard to his time serving under federal judges, Jonathan brings broad experience to the state’s highest court,” said Governor Ricketts. “He has a great legal mind and is dedicated to upholding the Constitution. Jonathan will serve the people of Nebraska extremely well as the next Nebraska Supreme Court Justice.” Full Press Release
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of March 23, 2018
Week of March 19, 2018
Week of March 16, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
What’s New in Social Media Marketing for Lawyers?
By Micah Buchdahl, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
A recent MIT study concludes that fake news spreads “farther, faster, deeper” on social media—at a rate of five times faster than the truth.
At ABA TECHSHOW, Herb Dixon and Megan Zavieh highlighted a vast assortment of issues in a program titled “Think Before You Tweet: Ethical Issues in Social Media,” including preservation of evidence litigation, divulging client confidences, and following advertising ethics rules. Not to mention simply embarrassing yourself professionally—such as posting something that may not be unethical or a rules violation, but still makes you look stupid and goes viral like crazy.
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 Get a Sneak Peek of the Liven Auction Items
BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
Reserve your seats today!
Get a Sneak Peek of the Liven Auction Items!!
15th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble - June 1, 2018
Presented by The Nebraska State Bar Association - Nebraska Lawyers Foundation
The Dismal River Golf Club
83040 Dismal River Trail, Mullen NE 69152; (308) 546-2900
Register Your Team Today Thank You to Our Sponsors
Format: 4-Person Scramble
Lunch & Driving Range: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Shotgun Start: 12:30 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: $200 per golfer
Includes: Lunch, dinner, green fee, cart, range balls & door prize drawings
Players: Pairings will be made for individual and partial team entries
Casemaker Weekly Update
The Casemaker Mobile app is available in the Apple App Store as well as Google Play. Once you have downloaded the app, you will need to register it. To register log in to the Casemaker website on your computer and click on the Mobile Application link on the left of the Casemaker home page. Fill out the form at that link to register and to receive a reference code. Then open the app on your mobile device and enter the email address you used to register, as well as the reference code you received. Please note the code is case sensitive. Then you are ready to have all the breadth of coverage Casemaker provides, in the palm of your hand!
Tracking Client Research
Need to keep track of time spent doing online research for a client? Utilizing the Client and Session Summary features of Casemaker can help. Simply create a Client and select that client each time you begin to conduct research for them. Once you have finished, click the Sign Out link to sign out of Casemaker and view the Session Summary. The Session Summary contains the date, time and client for each search, which can be used to keep track of billable hours for the client. Please remember to print this information as it cannot be retrieved after closing the Session Summary.
Getting Help Using Casemaker
Sometimes you just need a little help! Casemaker offers plenty of options to get you going. At any time you can click on the Help link in the upper right corner of Casemaker to find these options. Support is available between 8 am and 8 pm Eastern Standard Time, Monday- Friday. If you would like to speak with a Customer Support representative simply call 1-877-659-0801. You can email for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Casemaker offers a live chat service during support hours as well by clicking on the Live Chat link in the upper right corner of Casemaker. Free webinar training is offered regularly as well. To sign up click on the webinar link in the upper right-hand corner of Casemaker. Training webinars are free and you can take them as often as you like. You can also find a user guide by clicking on the Help link in Casemaker if you prefer to learn at your own pace.