E-Counsel Archive [June 18, 2019][6/18/2019]
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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. 

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


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VLP offers new “Low Bono” Opportunity to Nebraska Lawyers through Program Aimed at Assisting Victims of Crime
In May, the Nebraska State Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) was awarded federal Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) funding to implement the EVOLVES (Essential Volunteers Offering Legal Services to Victims Ensuring Safety) project. Through this project, VLP aims to increase legal services to Nebraska rural, minority and elder victims of abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking by referring cases to volunteer attorneys to represent victims in family law, consumer and immigration matters on a reduced fee basis ($60 per hour). This project is similar to VLP’s former LAPTOP program and begins July 1, 2019.

For more information, or if you are interested in providing legal assistance to victims on a reduced fee basis, contact Laurie Heer Dale at (402) 742-8133 or lheerdale@nevlp.org.

Possible Technology and Data Security Section
NSBA is gauging interest in the creation of a section for lawyers who practice privacy and security and/or technology law. Typically, sections organize CLE seminars for their members. They may also organize CLE seminars for lawyers who need a basic understanding of their practice area. Sections often author articles for Nebraska Lawyer magazine. They may also have an active listserv, be active in reviewing and proposing legislation, offer networking and social events, help sponsor other NSBA activities, and pursue other member interests. If there’s a chance you’re interested in a section, and you haven’t already completed a survey on this issue, please complete this brief survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XYTN6XY

Travel to Portugal With the NSBA - May 18-23, 2020
The Nebraska State Bar Association is offering an exclusive program to Portugal. Visit Lisbon, Porto and other beautiful cities from May 18-23, 2020 with a 3 day & 2 night optional extension to the Douro Valley wine country from May 23-25, 2020. Space is limited so don't miss this unique opportunity. Our partner, CLE Abroad, is accepting registrations through the end of January 2020 for this once-in-a-lifetime trip.  For complete information download the brochure.

Nebraska Limited Scope Representation Toolkit Now Available
The Self-Represented Litigation Committee of the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission is proud to announce the development of a Nebraska Limited Scope Representation Toolkit. The purpose of the toolkit is to assist attorneys who are licensed in Nebraska and seeking to offer limited scope representation as one of their service offerings to potential clients who have civil matters in Nebraska trial courts.  The toolkit discusses the relevant court rules, helps lawyers identify cases appropriate for limited scope representation, and provides checklists, approved court forms and sample client letters. The toolkit is available on the Nebraska Judicial Branch website.

NetWORKS! – NSBA’s Professional Networking Group
A great professional network can be extremely helpful to your clients and your career.  NSBA offers an easy and enjoyable way to expand your professional contacts.  NetWORKS! matches interested lawyers for one-to-one coffee or lunch every two months, at a time to be determined by the lawyers.  There are two subgroups—Omaha and Lincoln.  Any voluntary NSBA member lawyer or judge may join.  Right now is a great time to sign up because the next round of matches begins July 1.  More details and sign up are online.

New Family Law Practice Manual Available
Thanks to the generosity of dozens of Nebraska lawyers, a totally new Family Law Practice Manual (2019) is 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.

June 18, 2019, Application Deadline Set for District Court Judge Vacancy, Sixth Judicial District
According to Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey J. Funke, the Judicial Nominating Commission for District Judge in the 6th Judicial District (consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston and Washington Counties) will hold a public hearing in the Dakota County Courthouse, 1601 Broadway Street, district courtroom, Dakota City, Nebraska, beginning 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of District Judge due to the resignation of Judge Paul J. Vaughan. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy should be Dakota City, Dakota County, Nebraska. The public is welcome to attend the hearing and present information concerning candidates for the judicial opening.  Full Press Release

Please update your Member Profile!
The NSBA is updating its member database. Having current contact information and practice area information helps us to provide you with more relevant content (and bother you less with content that may not be applicable). Please help us provide more value to you by logging in to your profile at www.nebar.com and updating your practice areas, contact information and communication preferences. Your login is your bar number. If you need assistance with your password, please call 402-475-7091. If we don’t have current information for you, you may receive a courtesy call from our staff this summer.

LSAT Prep Scholarship Applications Due July 12, 2019
The Nebraska State Bar Association/Nebraska Lawyers Foundation 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 an eight point increase on their LSAT exam score. Since 2013, more than 80 scholarships have been awarded. Download the Application and Instruction Sheet. The deadline for submitting an application is July 12, 2019. To donate to the LSAT Prep Scholarship Fund please click here to make a donation to the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation.

NebDocs is a forms library/document assembly system on a Hot-Docs platform. NebDocs templates automatically create customized documents based on the answers given—saving members time, effort, and money in the production of documents and forms. We are happy to report that 26 criminal forms have just been added to the already expansive NebDocs library. To learn more and subscribe, go to: http://www.nebar.com/page/NebDocs

Recent Supreme Court Cases

Week of June 14, 2019

S-17-1183, S-17-1321
303 Neb. 352
State v. Briggs

Week of June 7, 2019

S-18-192 303 Neb. 280 Weyh v. Gottsch
S-18-234 303 Neb. 318 Sabino v. Ozuna
S-18-692 303 Neb. 325 Reiber v. County of Gage
S-18-717  303 Neb. 345  State v. Sinkey

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

NLF News

First Annual Scotch, Wine & Craft Beer Tasting
The first annual Scotch, Wine & Craft Beer tasting sponsored by Law Pay, Mueller Robak LLC, O’Neill, Heinrich, Damkroger, Bergmeyer, Shultz PC, LLO, Rembolt Ludtke, the NSBA Young Lawyers Section and the Senior Lawyers Section will be Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Talon Room in Lincoln. All proceeds go to the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation.

If you are interested in being a
sponsor, click here.

To purchase a ticket, click here.




Member Benefit Spotlight: Casemaker Launches Next Generation Research Platform! Members Now Have Free Access to Casemaker4
Beginning today, all members may enjoy free access to Casemaker4, the next generation legal research platform from Casemaker, which features a redesigned user interface and leverages improved search speed and more intuitive site navigation to deliver faster results.

To try Casemaker4, simply log in to Casemaker through the web site as you normally would, and then click the link provided.

“We are thrilled to announce the release of Casemaker4,” said Sarah Gorman, Chief Operating Officer at Casemaker. “The new platform is informed by several years of user feedback and an extensive beta testing process. The response from the last round of beta was overwhelmingly positive and we are extremely excited to now open up Casemaker4 to our entire subscriber base.”

Expanded feature functionality on Casemaker4 includes a new Alerts feature that enables you to have new developments in areas of interest delivered straight to your in box; an expanded Search Input Box with an Advanced Search option; predictive “Type Ahead” functionality; and the incorporation of intelligent algorithms to suggest related primary and secondary materials not previously displayed.

What hasn’t changed with the launch of Casemaker4? The expert care and handling of legal content by editorial staff that has long distinguished Casemaker among legal research providers. Now, with Casemaker4, you can get the best of both worlds: a much-improved platform with state-of-the-art functionality, and content you can rely on with confidence. Try it today!

Trouble logging on? Contact Casemaker at info@casemakerlegal.com or 877-659-0801.

Casemaker Weekly Update - Casemaker4

The Search Bar Menu
When you click into the search bar to begin typing, you will notice a menu appears. Three different buttons are available, the first of which is your Recent Searches. Clicking on this will show you the last five searches you completed along with date and time stamps. Clicking any of these searches will perform them again for you. Don’t need those recent searches? Just click the Recent Searches button to close that option.

The next item in the Search Bar menu is Search Tips. Here you can see an example of the type of search that you can conduct, how we would type that into the system to utilize it, and a description of the results that would provide you with. A second click on the Search Tips button will close that information.

The last option in the Search Menu drop down is Advanced Search. This is the power search option of Casemaker4 and is very useful when you only have partial information about a particular document. Clicking this button will allow you to type in specific search information in a combination of your choosing, including keywords and search operators, citation, case name, docket number, court, attorney, judge, panel, and date range. Use as few or as many fields as you need.


NSBA Career Center

The NSBA has a new Career Center. Employers can post job openings and job seekers and posters can search openings and subscribe to new posting notifications.


Our Sponsors

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