E-Counsel Archive [April 9, 2019][4/09/2019]

April 9, 2019    


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OnDemand CLE

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. 

Here are some titles currently available.

Visit the NSBA’s on-demand CLE portal, www.nebarondemand.com to view these and many other webinars.



VLP Collaborates with Legal Aid of Nebraska to Provide Legal Services to Disaster Victims
Nebraska families and communities have suffered mass destruction and devastation by the recent flooding.  Access to legal services and resources is critical to recovery. Victims need your help now.

Disaster survivors who do not qualify for Legal Aid of Nebraska’s services are being referred to VLP to have their cases placed with attorneys who have agreed to provide free legal assistance.  Assistance may include telephone and in-person consultations, limited scope and extended representation.  Volunteer attorneys will receive online training and written resources on the issues they are likely to encounter and are covered by the VLP malpractice insurance policy.  To volunteer, please contact Laurie Heer Dale at lheerdale@nevlp.or or 402-742-8133.

Every Lawyer Can Use This: Fair and Impartial Courts Powerpoint Now Available
NSBA has created a presentation that any lawyer or judge may use when invited to give a presentation to a local civic or school group. The topic is “Fair and Impartial Courts,” including an explanation of how judges are appointed and the role of courts in our society. The presentation, which can be tailored to an audience and time allowed, includes a PowerPoint, a loose script and links to background information. Lawyers are often asked to give local presentations, including for Law Day coming up May 1. Get the presentation and more details online.

Just Updated for Vets and Active Military Members
The NSBA Military and Veterans Law Section has just updated its extensive list of links and phone number for resources for veterans, active duty military, and families. Lawyers may use it to aid clients or share the list with clients. It’s available on the NSBA website.

New Family Law Practice Manual Now Available
Thanks to the generosity of dozens of Nebraska lawyers, a totally new Family Law Practice Manual (2019) is now available through the online NSBA Store. The manual includes topics from the initial client meeting through marriage and the various ways marriages may end. It includes issues related to reproduction, parental and grandparent rights, immigration, disabilities and more. Many chapters include forms. The 1000-page manual is available electronically and in print in two sturdy binders. An abridged table of contents and more details are available in the NSBA Store.

First Annual “Lawyers on the Prairie” Pro Bono Event, Grand Island
This event brings lawyer and non-lawyer volunteers into communities where low-income residents work and live to provide brief, limited advice on civil issues. Meet with walk-in visitors to answer legal questions on family law, debtor issues, landlord/tenant, name changes, powers of attorney, protection orders, small claims, record sealing and set aside, and immigration.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 27, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Great Western Bank Building, 1811 W 2nd St. in Grand Island.

Volunteer for one, two, or three hour shifts, or all day. Free lunch and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

For additional questions contact: Laurie Heer Dale, Director Volunteer Lawyers Project, lheerdale@nevlp.org or (402) 742-8133

Recent Supreme Court Cases

Week of April 5, 2019

302 Neb. 742
Vasquez v. CHI Properties
S-18-193 302 Neb. 769 Ronald J. Palagi, P.C. v. Prospect Funding Holdings
S-18-253 302 Neb. 786 Eric H. v. Ashley H.
S-18-333 302 Neb. 804 State v. Mann
S-18-799 302 Neb. 821 In re Estate of Ryan

Week of March 29, 2019

S-18-335 302 Neb. 652 In re Interest of Michael N.
S-18-412 302 Neb. 676 State v. Paez
S-18-590 302 Neb. 686 State v. Phillips
S-18-600 302 Neb. 702 State v. Stubbendieck
S-18-608 302 Neb. 720 Becher v. Becher
 S-18-646  302 Neb. 731  State v. Chairez

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

NLF News

16th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble
Friday, June 14, 2019
Wild Horse Golf Club • 40950 Rd 768, Gothenburg, NE 69138
Format: 4-Person Scramble
Lunch & Driving Range: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Shotgun Start: 12:30 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: $150 per golfer
Includes: Lunch, dinner, green fee, cart, range balls & door prize drawings
Players: Pairings will be made for individual and partial team entries

Sponsorship Opportunities         REGISTER YOUR TEAM TODAY!!

2019 Barristers' Ball Update
Over 500 Nebraska lawyers were greeted to the “Wonderful World of Wonka” by Willy Wonka and three Oompa Loompa’s at the Barristers’ Ball on March 30th at the La Vista Embassy Suites. Proceeds from the Barristers’ Ball supports the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program, the Rural Practice Initiative and scholarships for the LSAT Prep and Leadership Academy programs. This year’s Robert M. Spire Pro Bono award winner was Harold Rock (posthumously), co-founder of Kutak Rock, LLP. The Robert M. Spire Award is presented annually to a lawyer who has achieved the highest standards of competence, ethics, and professionalism, and who protects and promotes the administration of and access to justice, as was the hallmark of Robert Spire’s career.

The 2019 Visionary Award winners were recognized for their contributions and commitment to the legal profession and for their public service. Visionary Award winners included: Molly Brummond, with the University of Nebraska College of Law; Terry Grennan of Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas; and Todd Richardson of Husch Blackwell, LLP.
NSBA President Scott Paul discussed the devastating effects of the recent flooding throughout Nebraska. He reminded the audience of the disaster assistance hotline established by Legal Aid of Nebraska and encouraged all lawyers to get involved through Legal Aid of Nebraska or the Volunteer Lawyers Project. President Paul announced that a portion of the proceeds from the evening would be given directly to Legal Aid of Nebraska to assist with their coordination of legal services for flood victims. We are pleased to announce that $5,900 was raised specifically for Legal Aid of Nebraska.

Thank you to all the sponsors and lawyers for your continued support of the Barristers’ Ball. A special thank you to the Barrister’s Ball Committee and co-chairs Warren and Nancy Whitted. Please join us next year on April 18, 2020 at the Embassy Suites in La Vista for the sixteenth annual Barristers’ Ball!


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Open a new LawPay account by April 30th through the Nebraska State Bar Association program and you will receive a $100 credit towards your processing.

Casemaker Weekly Update

Searching for Cases with Citation
The most frequently used function of Casemaker for most users is searching by citation. From the home page, you can simply type your citation in. You do not have to worry about being too picky if you use the wrong spacing, punctuation, or capitalization; Casemaker will automatically correct that for you. You do however need to make sure you are using only the reporter citation and the proper abbreviation. Casemaker goes by the Blue Book citation guidelines if you have any questions regarding abbreviations. For example, with Kearns v. Ford Motor Co., 567 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2009), all you would put in the search bar is 567 F.3d 1120. Be sure you select the correct jurisdiction, however – you will not be able to pull up a New Hampshire Superior Court case when searching in US Court of Appeals!

Sometimes a particular citation brings up more than one result, and there is a very good reason for this. The other case shares a page with the case you were searching for. For example, your case may end on page 104 and another case begins on the same page of the reporter. This means even if you are typing in a pin cite, you will still be able to locate the case you are looking for.

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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.

Thank you to the Sponsors of the 2019 Greater Nebraska Gold Scramble