E-Counsel Archive [August 27, 2019][8/27/2019]
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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. 

Here are some titles currently available.

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


  • No Webcasts Currently Scheduled


6th Annual Rural Practice Initiative Associate and Summer Clerkship Placement Program - Kearney, NE - September 20, 2019
In-person interviews for our clerkship program or full-time employment will take place at Kearney Country Club in Kearney, NE, on Friday, September 20, 2019 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 2020, please fill out the form below and return to Sam Clinch, 635 S 14th St. #200, Lincoln, NE 68508. Please respond by September 13, 2019. This year’s program also offers 2 hours of CLE on How to Start a Practice and Succession Planning for Lawyers.

NSBA Annual Meeting Registration Now Open!
Registration for the “2019 NSBA Annual Meeting: Helping Lawyers Help People” is now open! This year’s meeting includes many exciting opportunities for you to make new connections, fulfill your yearly continuing legal education (CLE) requirement, and make a difference in the lives of others. With more than 40 CLE programs to choose from, we are confident you will find content that is relevant for you! Register early to ensure your spot!

VLP and Legal Aid of Nebraska Offer FREE Legal Clinic Basics CLE 
“Just the Basics!:  Providing Limited Legal Services in Walk-In and Virtual Legal Clinics” provides new and seasoned lawyers a review of ethical rules, general substantive law, procedure and practical advice for assisting self-represented persons at walk-in and virtual legal clinics.  This seminar is being offered in Norfolk on September 17, Grand Island on September 27, and in North Platte and Scottsbluff in late October or early November.  Check the NSBA website for more information on these sessions.  Don’t miss this out on this unique opportunity! 

2019 Bar Directory FLASH SALE!:
Want a copy of the 2019 NSBA Bar Directory? For a limited time (and while quantities last), purchase the NSBA 2019 Bar Directory from the NSBA Store for half off.

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 September 3.  More details and sign up are online.

Every Lawyer Can Use This: Fair and Impartial Courts Powerpoint Now Available
NSBA has created a presentation that any lawyer or judge may use when invited to give a presentation to a local civic or school group. The topic is “Fair and Impartial Courts,” including an explanation of how judges are appointed and the role of courts in our society. The presentation, which can be tailored to an audience and time allowed, includes a PowerPoint, a loose script and links to background information. Get the presentation and more details online.

Eight Submit their Names for District Judge in the Sixth Judicial District
Pamela L. Hopkins, Fontanelle; Thomas J. Klein, Wahoo; Robert W. Kortus, Lincoln; Bryan C. Meismer, Fremont; Brendan M. Kelly, Matthew M. Munderloh, Mark D. Raffety, and Christina L. Thornton, all of Omaha, have submitted applications for appointment as District Judge in the 6th Judicial District consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston and Washington counties. The primary office location of this vacancy will be in either Dakota City, Dakota County, Nebraska; Ponca, Dixon County, Nebraska; or Hartington, Cedar County, Nebraska, at the option of the judge selected to fill the vacancy, but to provide maximum service to all areas of the judicial district, the judge who fills the vacancy will be required to regularly sit in Dakota, Dixon, and Cedar Counties, and elsewhere as circumstances may require. Pursuant to the 2018 Caseload Report, of the cases filed in Dakota, Dixon, and Cedar Counties, 71% of the cases were filed in Dakota County and as a result, the judge who fills the vacancy will be required to dedicate sufficient time in Dakota County to address those cases. The vacancy is due to the resignation of Paul J. Vaughan.  Full Press Release

Vacancy for 3rd District on Nebraska State Bar Commission

A vacancy for the District 3 position on the Nebraska State Bar Commission will occur on October 31, 2019, upon the expiration of the current term of Mark D. Fitzgerald, who by rule is not eligible for reappointment. Active members of the Nebraska State Bar Association from District 3 who are interested in serving on the commission should notify Supreme Court Judge William B. Cassel by email to Ashley.Nolte@nebraska.gov as soon as possible.

Information regarding the duties and functions of the members of the commission may be found at Neb. Ct. R. § 3-102 and at https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/attorneys/admission-practice-law.

Recent Supreme Court Cases

Week of August 23, 2019

303 Neb. 872
In re Application No. OP-0003 -- (TransCanada)
 S-18-744 303 Neb. 931 State v. McGinn - supplemental opinion 

Week of August 16, 2019

No Published Opinions  

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


Member Benefit Spotlight: MyCase


At MyCase, we’re excited to be a Nebraska Bar member benefit, and we want to let you know about several new features we’ve added to help your firm run more smoothly, including:

  • Lead Management: Identify the sources your prospective clients are coming from, and convert them into cases with just one click.
  • Client Intake Forms: Streamline your intake process and eliminate manual client data entry.
  • SMS/Text Invoice Reminders: Notify your clients of due and overdue invoices automatically via text message to get paid faster.
Start a free trial to see these new features today! And don't forget: Nebraska Bar members get 10% off MyCase for life. 

Clio Con
- October 21 -22, 2019

  This year, on October 21-22, the 2019 Clio Cloud Conference will take place in San Diego, CA—and you’re invited! Come be inspired by keynote speakers and industry experts, level up your legal technology skills, and enjoy our legendary Clio After Dark events. Use the code NEBRASKA-BAR-MEMBER to receive a special Nebraska Bar member discount of $100 off your conference pass. (To learn more about the conference, visit www.cliocloudconference.com.) 

Casemaker Weekly Update

Did you find that document you wanted? Maybe you would like to print out a copy to read on the plane? Just click Print. You will find the printer icon in the dark grey tool bar along the top of the document you are reading. Clicking on the print icon allows you to choose the document format you are printing to. You can also choose if you would like to print the case in single or dual column layout. You can include highlighting for the terms you searched for, print the citing references, as well as the negative treatment if you have Case Check + access. Here you can attach your notes as well as a cover page.

Let’s say we wanted to save this case to print later. This is the purpose of the Print Queue. You will notice in the dark grey bar there are two icons with a plus (+) symbol. One of these will add just the document to your print queue. The second icon will add the document and any citing references or annotator results as well. Clicking one of these icons will add the document, or documents, to your print queue.

Once you are ready to view the Print Queue you can click the Print Queue link in the upper right Features Toolbar. The Print Queue page provides the list of documents you’ve added to your print queue. You can also directly add documents to your print queue using the locate search bar. Just type in a citation to add that document to the print queue. You can choose to print all of your queue or just checked items you select. Other options in the Print Queue bar allow you to remove items from the queue or clear the queue entirely, as well as review my print history.

You can also print right from the results page! Next to each of your results is a check box. Check the boxes you want then click the print or print queue icons in Blue at the upper right of the results list. Once again you can select format, additional information just like you did from the document itself.



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 Nebraska Legal Diversity Summit

Summit Sponsor

Program Sponsors

Law Student Sponsor

Prelaw Student Sponsor

Thank you to the Sponsors of the 2019 Annual Meeting

General Session


Hotel Key Cards

Technology Seminars by Jim Calloway

Presidential Public Service Project

The Bench & Bar Reception

  • Lincoln Bar Association
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Buffalo County Bar Association
  • Custer County Bar Association
  • Lincoln County Bar Association
  • Madison County/7th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Sarpy County Bar Association
  • Tri-County Bar Association

Thank You to Our 2019 Annual Meeting Exhibitors