E-Counsel Archive [September 10, 2019][9/10/2019]
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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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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 the Ramada Inn 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.

Get a quote for your 2020 health insurance renewal from the NSBA Health Insurance Consortium!
As your current health insurance plan comes up for renewal, make sure you are getting the greatest value and most competitive price for your firm by getting a quote from the NSBA’s Health Insurance Consortium! The NSBA Health Insurance Consortium consists of multiple firms, pooling together to obtain affordable health insurance coverage on terms similar to those currently available to large employers. With close to 1,000 lives in the current pool, the Consortium is well positioned to obtain more affordable coverage due to economies of scale, managing savings and spreading risk. 2020 rates will be available beginning in October of 2019. Please reach out to Jody Gilcrist at Aon at NSBA.Consortium@aon.com now to start the process. Getting a quote does not obligate you to join, but it does give you options for addressing your health insurance needs. Need more information? Register to join one of our upcoming free informational sessions:

NSBA Announces New Partnership to Assist Members with their Transition to Medicare
The Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Millard Benefits. Millard Benefits is dedicated to educating seniors to make the most informed choices when it comes to selecting their Medicare related insurance products. Their agents are licensed and certified with all the top insurance companies in order to provide the most comprehensive choices for Medicare beneficiaries. Through their partnership with the NSBA, Millard Benefits will provide NSBA members with no-cost services including Medicare Supplemental cost comparisons, product options like Medicare Advantage (where available), annual prescription drug cost reviews, and education on other products to provide peace of mind for seniors. You can connect with Millard Benefits at their exhibitor booth at the NSBA’s Annual Meeting (October 9-11th at the Embassy Suites in La Vista). Please click below to register to attend a program discussing Medicare coverage and the process for enrollment or contact Millard Benefits directly to set up a one-on-one consultation.

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!

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.

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 on October 29Check the NSBA website for more information on these sessions.  Don’t miss this out on this unique opportunity! 

VLP and Others to Host FREE Civil Legal Clinic in Lincoln on October 25, 2019
The Lawyers in the City event is a one-day legal clinic where volunteers meet with walk-in visitors from the community to provide brief advice, referrals to a legal aid service provider, give self-help forms, brochures, and other helpful resources. This is a collaborative event with VLP, Center for Legal Immigration Assistance, Legal Aid of Nebraska, Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, University of Nebraska College of Law, and the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.  The event will be held at Health 360 Integrated Care Clinic, 2301 O St., Lincoln from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Shannon Seim at sseim@nevlp.org or (402) 742-8127.

Improving Law Practice Management
Join the NSBA Law Practice Management Section tomorrow, September 11 for an informal discussion focused on HR, including personnel policies, when and how to hire the right assistance, etc.  The guest expert will be Jeff Blumel, who has expertise in HR/personnel issues, both as part of his practice and because he’s managing partner of Dvorak Law Group LLC.  The lunch is 12-1 PM at Spezia in Omaha.  Lunch is ordered off the menu with everyone paying their own tab.  Please RSVP your attendance to lhenrichs@nebar.com ASAP.  Seating is limited, so RSVPs are required. 

Recent Supreme Court Cases

Week of September 6, 2019

304 Neb. 1
In re Guardianship of K.R.
 S-18-936 304 Neb. 21 State v. Paulsen

Week of August 30, 2019

 S-17-1210 303 Neb. 933  State on behalf of Kaaden S. v. Jeffery T. 
S-18-220 303 Neb. 964   State v. Thomas

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


Casemaker Weekly Update
In the new Casemaker4 system the search function is the star. This top portion of your screen contains everything you need to conduct your searches. It centers around our search bar; where you can type in the information that you are looking for. Start with keywords, a citation or case name, section number, whatever your needs may be. 

When you click into the search bar, you will notice a menu appears. The first button, Recent Searches, allows you to view the searches you have recently conducted. These include the terms you typed in as well as the date and time they were entered. Clicking these terms will allow you to regenerate that search.

The second option in the menu is Search Tips which provides you with a listing of search operators that function in the Casemaker system. 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 third option is Advanced Search. 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.

Directly to the left of the bar that you can type in is our Jurisdiction and Compilations menu. In the blue text on the search bar, you will see what jurisdictions and compilations are currently selected. Clicking on the menu will allow you to select as many or as few jurisdictions as you like. 

Looking for all cases related to a particular state, including district and circuit decisions? Click the Related Federal box. Checking this box will allow you to receive results from your selected state or states as well as any federal material relevant to that jurisdiction specifically.

Similarly, if you are conducting research in the Circuit Opinions, you can also use the Related State box to return results from your selected circuits and the corresponding state-level results as well. 

Over on the right side of the menu, you have the opportunity to narrow your state-level results by compilation as well. Casemaker’s default is All Compilations but if you are interested in only conducting a search in the admin code, for example, you can make that designation here. 

At the bottom left of the Jurisdiction menu, you will see Save To My Settings. If the settings that you've just selected are your most normally used settings when conducting research in the Casemaker system, then you can click this to establish your choices as your default instead of automatically using Casemaker’s default. If you had previously conducted a search outside of your norm and would like to revert to your default, you can click the Use My Settings button. In the upper right of the menu, you will find the Clear All Checks option, which gives you the opportunity to clear all of your checks with just one click as well. After you've made all of your jurisdiction and compilation selections be sure to click the blue Save button in the bottom right to save them and continue with your search.

As you start typing your citation or keywords Casemaker is providing suggestions for what you may be looking for. This type-ahead feature suggests queries or documents based on your typing. 

Need help forming a query? Our customer service staff is available from 8 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. Give us a call at 877.659.0801, email us at support@casemakerlegal.com or click the Live Chat link in the upper right of the Casemaker screen.



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