Lawyers Give High Marks to State’s Judges - Judicial Performance Evaluation
The Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA) today released results of its 2018 Judicial Performance Evaluation. Lawyers responding to the poll recommend that 100% of the 138 judges evaluated be retained on the bench. Tim Engler, president of the NSBA, states that he concurs with his predecessors, “While not an absolute measure, the poll gives practicing attorneys the opportunity to evaluate judges on a variety of important criteria.” Full 2018 JPE Results
Gender Bias in the Legal Profession Survey
In partnership with the Law Practice Management Section and the Women in the Law Section, the Nebraska State Bar Association is seeking information about lawyers’ experiences with gender-based inappropriate conduct, harassment, discrimination or biased-behavior in workplace and other venues where our members practice law in Nebraska. It is extremely important that the legal profession be at the forefront of creating workplaces free from gender-based inappropriate conduct, harassment, discrimination or other biased behavior, including behavior based on any protected or other status. Please take a few minutes to complete this short, eleven-question survey by August 1, 2018. Your response will be anonymous. Here is the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/genderbiasNElegalprofession
August 22, 2018, Application Deadline Set for County Court Judge Vacancy, Fifth Judicial District
According to Supreme Court Justice Lindsey Miller-Lerman, the Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 5th Judicial District (consisting of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, and York Counties) will hold a public hearing in the District Court Courtroom, Saunders County Law Enforcement and Judicial Center, 387 N. Chestnut St., Wahoo, Nebraska, beginning at 1:30 p.m., on September 12, 2018. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy will be either Schuyler, Colfax County, Nebraska, or Wahoo, Saunders County, Nebraska. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of County Judge due to the retirement of Judge Patrick McDermott. Full Press Release
Juvenile Law Seminar: Reflective Practice & A Developmental Framework for Representation of Youth
Friday, August 10, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:45 PM
North Platte Community College (North), North Platte
6.5 hours of live CLE, including 2 hours of ethics
3 hours of GAL credit
***6.5 Hours of Live CLE in North Platte****
***2 hours ethics, 3 hours GAL***
***$165 - NSBA dues-paying members, $210 - regular registration***
This CLE developed in collaboration with UNL Center on Children Families and the Law provides GALs and juvenile law attorneys with quality training to ensure high-quality and meaningful representation of youth.
Join us in North Platte where Jennie Cole-Mossman, Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children, and Tana Fye, Fye Law Office, will speak on how reflective practice can make you a better GAL and lawyer, including how lawyers can improve communication when interviewing and counseling their clients. Christine Henningsen, UNL Center on Children Families and the Law, and Amanda M. Speichert, Lindemeier & Dawson, will speak on interviewing youth and advocating effectively for youth at disposition hearings. Amoreena Brady, Nebraska Office of Probation Administration, will speak on the graduated response matrix used by juvenile probation.
REGISTER HERE: https://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1130561&group=
Emerging Issues and Hot Topics in Animal Law: Legislation & Litigation
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
1:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Scott Conference Center, Omaha
3.5 hours of live and distance learning CLE
Animal law cases have garnered significant attention over the last couple of years, touching on issues of administrative and criminal law and “service animal” vs. “emotional support animal.” The practice of animal law is an emerging issue and is prevalent in the practice of criminal, juvenile, family and employment law. This CLE was developed to provide lawyers and animal advocates with an overview of the emerging issues and hot topics in animal law. [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.]
Katie Bray Barnett, Barnett Law Office LLC, has traveled the country speaking and working with animal shelters and local governments, including training law enforcement. Katie will discuss developments in animal law for local governments, including breed specific ordinances, pre-conviction forfeiture of animals and canine-law enforcement encounters.
Michael J. Elsken, Staff Attorney for Disability Rights Nebraska, will address the law as it applies to an individual’s use of a “service animal” and “emotional support animal” and when such animal is provided legal protection under the law.
Tannaz Kouhpainezhad, Husch Blackwell, will discuss how to handle animal abuse and neglect cases in such a manner so as to render long-term benefits, particularly because studies show that animal cruelty is a predictor of future criminal behavior with juvenile crime and domestic violence. Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, Tannaz was a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice where she handled animal welfare cases, taught Animal Law at Loyola Law School and, in 2011 was named one of the nation’s “Top Ten Animal Defenders” by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
REGISTER HERE: https://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1117877&group=
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of July 27, 2018
Week of July 20, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
ABA House of Delegates Resolution 116C: Limitless Innovation for Everyone
By Robert R. Furnier, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
At the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago next month, the House of Delegates will consider Resolution 116C, an aspirational measure to promote web accessibility for all that supporters hope will amount to far more than just wishful thinking. The resolution encourages courts to apply the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to attain maximum digital accessibility and inclusion—not only for websites but for all digital technology—and encourages the legal profession and its technology partners to pledge their commitment to achieving this goal. Following the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, most jurisdictions now recognize that lawyers have an ethical duty of technological competence. A prerequisite to commanding technology, however, is having access to it. Full Article
Member Benefit Spotlight: SoFi
Nebraska State Bar Association has partnered with SoFi to provide you with the option to refinance your student loans. SoFi consolidates and refinances federal and private student loans to offer rates customized to you, creating meaningful savings. Upon refinancing through SoFi.com/NebraskaBar, members receive a $300 welcome bonus.* Watch this 1 minute video for more information.
- Cash Welcome Bonus: Members receive a $300 welcome bonus* when you refinance through SoFi.com/NebraskaBar
- Savings: Borrowers can save up to $15,7671over the life of the loan when they refinance with SoFi.
- Rates & Terms: Low variable and fixed rates with 5, 7, 10, 15 and 2-year repayment terms.
- Simplicity: Consolidate all existing student loans (federal and private) into a single loan with one monthly payment.
- Perks: SoFi offers career counseling, member events, a referral program, and more.
- No Fees: No application fees, no origination fees and no prepayment penalties.
If you have any questions about SoFi student loan refinancing, please visit SoFi.com/NebraskaBar or contact customer service by calling 855.456.7634 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Payment will be issued electronically once you become a SoFi borrower; you have submitted a completed application with documents and your loan has been disbursed. Offer good for new customers only.
Member Benefit Spotlight: Clio Cloud Conference: October 4-5, 2018, New Orleans, Hyatt Regency Hotel
Two days. Fifty Speakers. 1500 forward-thinking legal professionals. The Clio Cloud Conference brings together the best and brightest from the legal, business, and technology worlds for the industry’s top conference. Register early and save! A full price Single Conference Pass is $999. Visit cliocloudconference.com for conference updates and announcements. NSBA Members use the code NEBRMEMBER to earn a 35% discount on passes!
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