2018 Judicial Performance Evaluation
Please don’t forget to fill out the 2018 Judicial Evaluation Poll that was emailed to you on April 16th. The deadline to complete the survey is May 18, 2018. All active attorneys residing in Nebraska as well as some active members residing in Iowa and South Dakota received the link. Please check your Junk mail folders. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Clinch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 475-7091.
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.
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.
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. The Probate manual joins many current practice manuals offered by NSBA, including a completely updated Red Book, and manuals on adoption, civil practice and procedures, appellate practice, voluntarily closing a practice, preparing for unexpected absence, disability or death.
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.
Attorney Wellness: Being Fit to Practice Webinar
Thursday, May 24, 2018
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
2 ethics hours of distance learning CLE
FREE for NSBA Voluntary Members who haven’t used their 2 Free Ethics CLE Member Benefit
Most people, including lawyers, want to live with vitality – to live a higher quality of life longer. Yet, the law is a jealous mistress! It wants all your time which gets in the way of self-care. What you put on your fork, how you use your feet, who you connect with, and how you feed your soul are keystones to better living, more productivity, and a healthier you. Please join registered dietician Judy Barbe, author of Your 6 Week Guide to LiveBest, and Chris Aupperle, Director of NLAP, as they nudge you in the right direction to upgrade your energy, focus, and productivity. REGISTER HERE: http://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1099073&group=
2018 Annual Government & Administrative Practice Seminar
Friday, June 1, 2018
University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln
8:30 AM-12:15 PM – 3.5 Hours of live and distance learning CLE
1:00 PM-3:00 PM – 2 FREE hours of live and distance learning ETHICS CLE (Member Benefit)
While specifically created for government and administrative practice attorneys, this CLE is also a fantastic opportunity for all attorneys to receive tips and tools for managing employee performance issues and sexual harassment in the workplace; reporting cognitive decline, substance abuse, and mental illness; and what attorneys need to consider before serving on boards and commissions. You are welcome to register for the morning session, the afternoon session or both. REGISTER HERE: https://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1058622&group=
2018 Labor Relations & Employment Law Seminar
Friday, June 15, 2018
9:00 AM-1:00 PM at Kutak Rock LLP, Omaha
3.5 Hours of live and distance learning CLE in Nebraska and Iowa
Receiving up-to-date information on labor relations and employment issues should remain at the top of your need-to-know list, so register now for the NSBA Labor Relations & Employment Law Section’s 2018 Labor Relations & Employment Law Seminar.
- 2018 Updates and Insights on Recent Employment-Based Immigration Changes with Clete Samson, Kutak Rock LLP
- Damages in Employment Cases in Nebraska with Patrick Barrett, Fraser Stryker PC LLO, and Vince Powers, Powers Law
- Medicinal Marijuana Laws: When and How Employers Must Accommodate with John Dunn, Koley Jessen PC LLO
- A New Generation of Harassment Prevention-Trends and Strategy for Building a Harassment Prevention Program in the Wake of Weinstein with Allison Balus and Scott S. Moore, Baird Holm LLP
- Unions in the Workplace with John Corrigan, Dowd Howard & Corrigan LLC; Ross Gardner, Jackson Lewis PC; John Hewitt, Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather LLP; Dalton Tietjen, Tietjen Simon & Boyle
REGISTER HERE: http://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1050976&group=
Pathways and Opportunities for Advancing the Medical and Legal Professions
Monday, June 18, 2018
8:30 AM-12:30 PM at Creighton University, Omaha
3.75 Hours of live and distance learning CLE in Nebraska and Iowa
The NSBA Health Law Section has partnered with Creighton University Continuing Education to bring you a multidisciplinary learning opportunity. Medical professionals and lawyers will learn with and from each other as they address issues that affect both professions like practice management, burnout, substance abuse and mandatory reporting obligations; disclosing protected health information to law enforcement officers; and “I’m Sorry” statutes – the benefits, risks, economics, and best practices when communicating with patients and families in difficult situations. REGISTER HERE: http://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1077195&group=
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of May 4, 2018
Week of April 26, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Which Lawyers Spend the Most Time on Pro Bono? ABA Surveyed 47,000 for the Answer
By Debra Cassens Weiss, Originally Published in ABA Journal
Eighty-one percent of lawyers surveyed said they provided pro bono services at some point in their careers, while just over half said they provided such services in 2016, according to a survey by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service.
Lawyers surveyed reported providing an average of 36.9 hours of pro bono service in 2016. Twenty percent provided 50 hours or more of pro bono service that year. The hourly average includes lawyers who did no pro bono work. The survey report is here, and an ABA press release is here. Full Article
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
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
Member Benefit Spotlight: Learn more about NebDocs, Cybersecurity and Future-Proofing Your Law Firm
Have you ever asked yourself...?
- How can I get more out of my NebDocs subscription?
- How can I prevent a client data breach or ransomware attack against my firm?
- Are there steps I can take to ‘future-proof’ my practice without breaking the bank as legal technology constantly changes?
If so, these questions and more can be answered at AbacusMaximus – the pre-imminent legal technology and practice conference for legal professionals held in Las Vegas, NV, July 9-11, 2018. AbacusMaximus is presented by AbacusNext, the new owners of HotDocs and HotDocs Market.
At this event, you will:
- Learn practical tips and techniques to ensure your firm is armed with the latest developments in technology and practice management to better serve your clients and your firm’s bottom line.
- Earn CLE credit for attending the various workshops.
- Network with fellow legal professionals, vendors and potential clients.
- Learn about Cybersecurity for law firms from experts in the field.
And thanks to our partnership with AbacusNext, we have negotiated a 50% discount to members of the Nebraska State Bar Association for the event. Use code NEBAR50 to receive your discount at the AbacusMaximus registration!
Casemaker Weekly Update
The AND search is the simplest search to do in Casemaker. Simply put any number of words in leaving a space between each, and Casemaker will retrieve documents which contain all the words you mentioned. Contract binding will find the documents which mention both the word contact and the word binding. The search string handgun felony minor will find the documents with the words handgun, felony and minor in them. Please Note: You do not need and should not use the word AND in your search. The system already sees the space between your terms as an AND search unless you say otherwise. Using the word AND may yield the wrong results.
Do you find yourself using the same search query often? Maybe you would just like to come right back to the search you just did? In Casemaker you can save your searches! Once you have entered your query and submit the search you will notice the blue “save search” link will appear under the jurisdiction menu. You can click on this to save the search you just performed. Later when you want to access this search again, you can find it in the left sidebar on the homepage by clicking “My Saved Searches”
Finding a Case by Docket Number
Sometimes a case is so new you may not have a citation. If you have the docket number you can still find the case. Under the search bar on the homepage, you will see words with circles next to them. These circles are called radio buttons. The options you will see are Keyword, Citation, Party, Section, and finally Docket No. Make sure you have selected the correct jurisdiction from the jurisdiction menu drop down to the right of the search bar (it is the box with the downward pointing blue arrow); then select the radio button next to Docket No. Enter the docket number of your case and hit the blue search button. You should be able to pull up the case you are looking for.