NSBA Establishes Health Insurance Consortium: Informational Meetings to be Held Across the State
Law firms of all sizes face significant challenges in relation to the affordability of health insurance. The Nebraska State Bar Association is proud to announce that it has established a new health insurance option for its members, the NSBA Health Insurance Consortium. The Consortium will consist of multiple employers, with NSBA membership, pooling together to obtain affordable health insurance coverage on terms similar to those currently available only to large employers. See Full Schedule of Meetings
Leadership Academy Nominations Now Being Accepted - Deadline August 17, 2018
The Nebraska State Bar Association is pleased to announce the tenth annual Leadership Academy designed to develop and nurture future leaders of the association and profession. Class size is limited to 25 participants in order to ensure a high quality of participation and instruction. The members of the class will participate in a mandatory day and a half retreat on September 10-11, 2018 at the Carol Joy Hollings Camp in Ashland as well as a wide range of seminars during the five month academy starting in November. Schedule and Brochure
The academy is open to active, NSBA dues-paying members that will be in their third to fifteenth year of practice. Tuition of $500 covers the cost of programs, meals, receptions, graduation dinner and printed materials. Programs offered by the Leadership Academy can fulfill your mandatory continuing legal education credits for the year. Individual participants are responsible for their own travel and personal expenses. Mileage and hotel reimbursement will be provided if you are required to travel more than 150 miles to attend a program session. Limited scholarships are also available and may be requested on the application form.
Complete and return the application form if you wish to apply to become a member of the Leadership Academy. Please return your completed application form by August 17, 2018 to Sam Clinch, Nebraska State Bar Association, 635 S 14th St. #200, Lincoln, NE 68508.
Rural Practice Initiative Associate and Summer Clerkship Placement Program - Grand Island, NE - September 28, 2018
In-person interviews for our clerkship program or full-time employment will take place at Quality Inn and Conference Center in Grand Island, NE, on Friday, September 28, 2018 from noon to 5:00 pm, with a reception to follow. The goal is to provide 15-20 minutes for each interview. We estimate that each attorney will have the opportunity to interview at least six students in the afternoon. Attorneys and students will have an additional opportunity to meet and converse at a reception following the formal interviewing session. If you are interested in hiring an associate or a law clerk for the summer of 2019, please fill out the form below and return to Sam Clinch, 635 S 14th St. #200, Lincoln, NE 68508. Please respond by September 14, 2018.
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Laurel Heer Dale named Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Program
On June 4, 2018 Laurel Heer Dale joined the Nebraska State Bar Association staff as the new Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project. The Nebraska State Bar Association works for Nebraska lawyers to help them achieve the highest standards of competence, ethics and professionalism and to protect and promote the administration of and access to justice. The Volunteer Lawyers Project is an essential part of that mission, connecting Nebraska lawyers with pro bono opportunities. In her role as Director, Laurel will be responsible for developing, managing, and advancing innovative pro bono programs for Nebraska lawyers. Full Press Release
Two CLEs of Broad Interest
1. The program for the annual Real Estate Institute has just been finalized and registration IS NOW OPEN. REGISTER NOW for this Wednesday, September 19 program. It will offer a mix of basic and advanced topics.
2. Lawyers across practice areas have expressed concern about their ethical responsibilities to clients whom they suspect may not understand their legal situations because of cognitive decline or other issues that diminish capacity. The REPT Section is offering an hour presentation on this topic from 2-3 pm pm Wednesday, October 17 at NSBA Annual Meeting. The session will be of value to all lawyers, regardless of practice area.
Appellate Practice Seminar: Opening of the Term
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Nebraska State Capitol (Room 1510), Lincoln
2 hours of live CLE
The Appellate Practice Section’s Opening of the Term CLE program is a great opportunity to hear from Nebraska Judicial Branch Judges and staff about various issues meant to enhance the skills of appellate lawyers and improve the practice of appellate law in Nebraska.
Erika B. Schafer, Staff Attorney, Nebraska Supreme Court, will discuss the various reasons appeals are dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, including the jurisdictional review procedure under Neb. Ct. R. 2-107(A)(2) as well as relevant statutes and case law.
Hon. Francie C. Riedmann, Nebraska Court of Appeals, will discuss what errors a lawyer can make to guarantee a loss on appeal.
Hon. Stephanie F. Stacy, Nebraska Supreme Court, will provide an overview of how the Nebraska Supreme Court selects cases for its discretionary docket and will describe the process of preparing written opinions.
REGISTER HERE: https://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1077198&group=
2018 Nebraska Legal Diversity Summit
Friday, September 7, 2018
12:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Harper Center Ballroom, Creighton University, Omaha
3.75 hours of Live CLE, including 3.75 hours of ethics
We hope that you will plan on joining us again this year for the 2018 Nebraska Legal Diversity Summit scheduled for Friday September 7th in Omaha at the Creighton University Harper Center. This year, the Summit will include 3.75 hours of ethics CLE and is FREE for voluntary dues paying members of the NSBA, law students and pre-law students. The program will include David Houghton speaking on The Business Case for Diversity (1:00 to 1:30); Karen Hester, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Legal Inclusiveness, speaking on Engaging Influencers in Your Diversity and Inclusion Efforts and Helping Your Diverse Associates with Effective Mentoring; and Megan Belcher, Jeana Goosmann, Nicole Theophilus, and Dana E. Washington speaking on Women in the Legal Profession.
Here is a link for lawyers and law students to register online: https://www.nebar.com/event/2018LegalDiversity
Session for Pre-Law students: If you know anyone interested in applying to law school, the Diversity Summit also offers a track of programming to help prepare someone for the law school application process. Please feel free to pass on the free registration form.
This event is made possible by the contributions of our generous event sponsors including: Creighton University School of Law; University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law; Kutak Rock LLP; Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather LLP; Legal Aid of Nebraska; and Fraser Stryker PC LLO. Contact Liz Neeley at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sponsoring the event.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of August 10, 2018
Week of August 3, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Self-Care is the Key to Stress and Anxiety Management
By Jeena Cho, Originally Published in ABA Journal Magazine
It’s paradoxical that even though most lawyers would say they would like to lessen the impact of stress and anxiety, only a small percentage of us utilize concrete strategies for doing so. As lawyers, we’re conditioned to work hard, putting our well-being second to our clients. And we tend to hold ourselves to impossibly high standards. We can falsely believe that every minute not spent billing is time being unproductive, therefore wasted. We can discount the importance of resting the mind and the body. Full Article
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