Job Opportunity with the NSBA - CLE Administrative Assistant
This position provides administrative assistance for the NSBA Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program and reports to the Director of Continuing Legal Education. This position performs duties such as record keeping and database management, coordination of CLEs, and answering correspondence. The ideal candidate must be able to exhibit independent judgement in order to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload. The ideal candidate must also be: detail oriented, resourceful, self-motivated, a good problem solver, able to proficiently communicate, flexible, team oriented, customer service focused and well organized. Full Job Description & Application Instructions
Appellate Practice By the Book
The Nebraska Appellate Practice Handbook takes the reader step-by-step through the appellate process, including appeals for specific practice areas such as administrative law, juvenile law and probate law. The Handbook, completely reviewed and updated in 2016 by some of Nebraska’s best appellate lawyers, is available through the online NSBA Store. Be sure to log in to get the voluntary NSBA member discounted price..
CLE Leaderboard for Trust Officers and Estate Planners
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
9:30 AM-12:00 PM
Quarry Oaks Golf Course, Ashland
2.5 Hours of Live CLE
Golf following the seminar (optional)
Great opportunity to work and play! Receive 2.5 hours of CLE and then spend the afternoon on the golf course networking with fellow trust officers, estate planners, other lawyers and non-lawyers! Golf is optional, but if you do want to play, the cost for golf includes a boxed lunch, golf, cart and range balls. Also, please feel free to invite other attorneys and non-attorneys who may be interested in attending the presentation and/or playing golf. [Non-attorneys who would like to attend the CLE program may do so at a reduced cost. To register as or for a non-attorney, just call our office at 402-475-7091.]
In the morning, John B. Atkins, Union Bank & Trust, and Dan Wintz, Badura & Wintz Law, LLC, co-authors of Chapter 18 of the updated 2018 Nebraska Probate Manual, will facilitate a participatory dialogue on creating and administering trusts, including how to avoid pitfalls as well as drafting and operational techniques to produce effective trust administration. Pamela Epp Olsen, Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP, author of Chapter 12 of updated 2018 Nebraska Probate Manual, will follow with a primer on Medicaid and related long term care issues, including long term care alternatives to Medicaid assistance; the basic Medicaid qualification rules; an overview of the types of spend down and asset planning options available to those who may need Medicaid assistance; and a discussion of liens, estate recovery, and fair hearings in the context of Medicaid.
REGISTER HERE: https://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1098844&group=
The Work of the NADC: What You Ethically Need to Know
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
10:00 AM-12:15 PM
Hruska Law Center
2 ethics hours of live and distance learning CLE
FREE for NSBA Voluntary Members who haven’t used their 2 Free Ethics CLE Member Benefit
Attorneys representing the state and local governments are often called upon to provide advice to public officials and public employees on issues such as conflicts of interest, prohibited interest in a government contract, the hiring of family members, and the restrictions on the use of public resources and property.
Frank Daley, Executive Director of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, will provide attorneys with an exhaustive review of all the provisions of the ethics portions of the Nebraska Political Accountability and Disclosure Act (NPADA) and will describe how these situations are regulated by the Act, including the application of the Act to public officials, public employees and to government attorneys themselves.
REGISTER HERE: https://nebar.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1098846&group=
2018 Health Law Update
Thursday, July 26, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Hruska Law Center, Lincoln
1.5 hours of live and distance learning CLE
Please join the Health Law Section on July 26 for a health law update and networking reception. Bill Mueller and Bub Windle, both of Mueller Robak LLC, will provide lawyers with an overview of the 2018 Legislative Session and what to expect during the 2019 Legislative Session. Followed by Christine F. Delgado, Brown & Brown, and Erin Pemberton, Wolfe Snowden Hurd Luers & Ahl, LLP, who will provide lawyers with an overview of recent case law and how it will affect legal and compliance practices in health care.
REGISTER HERE: https://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1098847&group=
District Court Judge William Wright to Retire End of September
After 11 years on the bench, William T. Wright, district court judge of the 9th Judicial District, is retiring effective September 30, 2018. He was appointed to the district court bench in Hall and Buffalo Counties in 2007.
According to Wright, “Drug Court has, by far, been the most proactive and successful program in which I have been involved, thanks largely to the efforts of an incredible staff.” Fellow District Court Judge John Marsh observed that Wright brought a great deal of skill and empathy to the Problem-Solving Court process, “When presiding over drug court he is part guidance counselor, part disciplinarian and part cheerleader for every participant.” Additionally, Marsh noted that Judge Wright’s strong sense of organization and keen intellect made him a great asset to the bench and stated that “Judge Wright will be truly missed.”
Full Press Release
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of June 29, 2018
Week of June 22, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
15th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble a Success
On June 1st, 57 golfers met at the Dismal River Golf Club near Mullen, NE, for the 15th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble. The golfers played the Red Course, which has been named “Best New Course” by Golf Magazine and is nationally ranked in several top publications.
After the golfers ate lunch and warmed up, they hit the course to raise money for the Volunteer Lawyers Project. More than 310,000 Nebraskans, or 17% of the state’s population, are income-eligible for services from civil legal aid and legal service providers. In 2017, VLP and its network of volunteer lawyers helped more than 7,000 persons access justice through direct case placement, assistance at one of six Self Help Centers located in county courthouses, and through limited representation at a Lawyers in the City walk-in clinic. VLP is the state administrator for Nebraska Free Legal Answers www.ne.freelegalanswers.org, a virtual legal clinic that allows volunteers to do pro bono online, providing limited representation to low-income residents statewide.
After the tournament, the golfers met in the clubhouse to thank the 50 law firms and companies that sponsored the tournament. We'd like to thank all the sponsors and golfers for their generous support! $13,144.82 was raised for the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
It’s About Time: How to Record and Bill More of It
By Jared D. Correia, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Even as alternative fees continue to creep into the practice of law, attorneys and law firms in the main continue to bill their clients on an hourly basis. Even in value billing options, time spent continues to be a major factor in developing alternative fees, such that smart lawyers building out more client-friendly payment terms keep track of their time, and factor it into the value proposition, including by making adjustments to value over time. Since everything an attorney does directly or indirectly relates back to the time that the lawyer spends, it will remain essential for lawyers to effectively record and bill for time. Full Article
Casemaker Weekly Update
While it is great to get that green thumbs up or red thumbs down from Casecheck+ to tell you if a case has been treated negatively in subsequent cases - it is also nice just to have a list of what actually cited the case you are reading. This is where Citing References comes in. When you are reading a case, you will notice in the bar above the case a link for Citing References. This will provide you with a list of cases that have cited this case. Links to these cases are included and will take you directly to the portion where the case you are researching is involved. When you pull up the list of Citing References you can narrow the results by keyword or jurisdiction using the menu on the left as well.
Searching for Statutes
You know exactly the citation for the statute you want and would you'd like to create a search and locate that statute. You can actually type that statute number in right into the search bar on the home page. First, select the jurisdiction of the statute using the jurisdiction menu which is the box with the blue downward pointing arrow between the search bar and the search button. Next, using the circles below the search bar, also known as radio buttons, select section. This tells Casemaker you want it to look for a statute section with the information you put in the search bar. Now enter your citation in the search bar and hit the blue search button. Your statute should pull right up!
Excluding Terms with a NOT search
Are your results giving you a bunch of cases that are not relevant but still contain your terms? Do those irrelevant cases all seem to have a term in common? Maybe you should try excluding a term. For example, maybe you want documents that mention property but not commercial property. In the search bar, you can enter property NOT commercial and Casemaker will give you cases that mention property that do not contain the word commercial.