October 9 Deadline to Sign Up to be Rated for the NSBA Health Insurance Consortium
Recently, the Nebraska State Bar Association selected Aon as its insurance broker and BCBSNE as its health insurance carrier for their new Health Insurance Consortium. Employers have seven benefit plan options and three network options to choose from. Coverage will begin January 1, 2019. We are hosting a series of informational meetings across the state (click here for full schedule) and hope you will join us. You can also contact Aon directly with your questions or to set up a time to review the plan options. Learn more about the overall plan options here.
NSBA’s Health Insurance Consortium Differentiators from the Small Group Market:
• Affordable, fully insured coverage (No risk to employer subgroups; 100% backed by BCBSNE)
• Flexibility of the large group marketplace
• Availability to choose from BCBSNE’s various network and plan design options
• No disruption in coverage
• Aon will provide monthly financial analysis to help mitigate high claim costs and recommend programs to improve health factors
• Smooth, predictable rate increases
Groups can begin to sign up for coverage through the NSBA Health Insurance Consortium. Rates will be made available to you in October of 2018, but in order to be appropriately rated you must complete this process prior to October 9. There is no obligation to join after you apply for coverage.
Please note, an “eligible employee” is an employee (both attorney and non-attorney employees) who works at least 17.5 house per week and who wants to receive health insurance coverage through the Consortium. Employers can also offer their employees family and dependent coverage.
For firms with 5+ eligible employees:
Download and complete the census application by October 9, 2018 and email it to Jody Gilcrist at: Jody.Gilcrist@aon.com.
For firms with under 5 eligible employees:
1. Download and complete the census application by October 9, 2018 and email it to Jody Gilcrist at: Jody.Gilcrist@aon.com
2. Additionally, firms with under 5 employees will have to complete an abbreviated online health application which will be emailed out to firms at a later date (Target date is September 15th).
For all employee size applications, it is very important that you complete the census in a timely manner as the more people we submit into the pool, the better the initial rate we will receive.
2018 Outstanding Contributor to Women in the Law Award
This award is presented annually by the Women & the Law Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association to recognize “the lifetime accomplishments of an individual who directly contributed to the active integration and participation of women in the Nebraska system of justice.”
To nominate someone for this award, please complete the nomination form and return no later than Friday, September 21, 2018, to Katherine Vogel, Section Chair, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer for a NSBA Committee
J. Scott Paul, of Omaha, will take office as president of the Nebraska State Bar Association at the October Annual Meeting. He will be appointing NSBA committees. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please review and return the Committee sign up form by November 1st.
Updated Evidence Handbook Now Available
The Nebraska Evidence Handbook has been updated through June 30, 2018 and is now available in the online NSBA Store. The Handbook includes each evidence rule and selected cases that apply or interpret each rule, including a brief summary of each case. This year’s edition has been completely reviewed and updated to remove redundant cases, making it easier to find the best cases to cite. Prices for voluntary NSBA members are $40 for the electronic version and $60 for the print version. Nonmember prices are $50 for electronic and $70 for print. Click for a sample preview of the Handbook.
Best Practices for Growing a Firm
The Law Practice Management Section’s next informal lunch discussion will focus on growing a practice, including when to add lawyers and staff, whom to add, how to pay for growing a firm, and how to delegate work. The discussion will be of particular interest to solo and small firm lawyers. The lunch will be 12-1 pm, Wed, Sep 26 at Spezia in Omaha. RSVP to Lorrie Benson at NSBA. All are welcome but seats are limited. Attendees will order and pay for their own lunches.
Lawyers in the City, Omaha, October 26, 2018
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 event is a collaborative event with VLP, Creighton Law School Legal Clinic, Immigrant Legal Center, Legal Aid of Nebraska, Midlands Bar Association, Omaha Bar Association, Women’s Center for Advancement, and paralegal students from Metropolitan Community College. The event will be at the South Omaha Campus, Metropolitan Community College, Friday, October 26 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Volunteer 1, 2 or 3 hours–or all day. Contact Laurie Heer Dale at VLP@ nevlp.org or (402) 475-7091 for more information or to sign up. A great way to do pro bono, network with other lawyers, and do good for the community.
Updated Legal Brochures Now Available
The Volunteer Lawyer Project is pleased to announce updated legal brochures are available in the following areas: Buying a Home, Divorce, Custody, Employment Law, Joint Tenancy, Landlord-Tenant Act, Rights if Arrested, and Wills. Others, such as Bankruptcy and Fee, will be coming soon. These brochures are available for review and print on the NSBA website: www.nebar.com. A special thanks to our volunteer attorneys who have reviewed and revised the brochures.
2018 Business Law Seminar
Friday, September 14, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, networking reception to follow
Gallup Riverfront Campus, Omaha
6 hours of live and distance learning CLE
Mergers and acquisitions are increasing and as a lawyer you need to be ready to provide M&A clients with the advice necessary so they have an appreciation of the issues that could affect the transaction.
The NSBA Business Law Section has put together a slate of the best-of-the-best lawyers from the Taxation Section, Business Law Section, Labor Relations & Employment Law Section, Intellectual Property Section, Securities Law Section and the Bankruptcy Section to help you understand the issues related to: tax considerations, preliminary agreements, employee benefits, intellectual property, securities, and bankruptcy. At this seminar M&A experts will identify and discuss the major issues that may arise, trends affecting, and strategies for managing M&A transactions.
Tax Considerations in Deal Structures – Jesse Sitz, Baird Holm LLP
Preliminary Agreements – Dennis J. Fogland, Baird Holm LLP
Anatomy of a Purchase/Merger Agreement – Shannon Fallon and David Routh, Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP
Diligence/Transition Issues with Employee Benefit Plans – Michelle Ueding, Kutak Rock LLP
IP Valuations/ Basics for Business Transactions – Rebecca Bortolotti, Advent IP, and Scot Ringenberg, Suiter Swantz IP
Dealing with Tender Offers – Irina Fox, Professor, Creighton University School of Law
Purchase Price Adjustments/Earnout Provisions – Amber Preston, Baird Holm LLP, and Victoria Sitz, Husch Blackwell LLP
Dealing with Distressed Sale Transactions – Brian Koenig, Koley Jessen PC LLO, Patrick Turner, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, and Randy Wright, Baird Holm LLP
REGISTER HERE: https://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1050982&group=
2018 Annual Real Estate Institute
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Nebraska Innovation Campus, Lincoln
6.5 live and distance-learning CLE hours
6 Real Estate Commission intermediate credit hours
7 Department of Insurance credit hours
3 Abstracters Board of Examiners credit hours
If you practice real estate law or you would like to expand your practice to include real estate law, then the 2018 Annual Real Estate Institute is the CLE program you should attend. This year’s institute will feature authors and co-authors of the 2017 Nebraska Real Estate Practice Manual and other experienced lawyers sharing their expertise on the hot topics relevant to the practice of real estate law.
Common Errors on Deeds – Jill Fiddler, Woods & Aitken LLP
Cell Tower Leases and Easements from a Landowner Perspective – Amy Lawrenson, Baird Holm LLP
Nebraska Real Estate Tax Credits – Thomas Huston, Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfathter LLP
Transfer on Death Deeds – LeRoy Peterson, Law Office of LeRoy Peterson, PC, LLO
Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions – Michael Mostek, Mostek Law LLC
Agricultural Purchase Agreements and Leases – Adam Pavelka, Agri Affiliates, Inc.
Financing: Mortgages, Trust Deeds and Land Contract – Andrew Biehl, Walentine O’Toole LLP
AIA Construction Documents: The Real Estate Owner Perspective – Patrick Vint, Woods & Aitken LLP
Condemnations – Vanessa Silke, Baird Holm LLP
Issuance of Treasurer’s Tax Deeds – Joe Wright, Lincoln County Attorney’s Office
REGISTER HERE: https://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1077213&group=
Thank you also to the following for being an exhibitor and supporting this program: Agri Affiliates, Inc. and UFARM.
NSBA Great Western Conference
Thursday, September 20, 2018 – Friday, September 21, 2018
Thursday from 12:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Friday from 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Scotts Bluff Country Club, Scottsbluff
8 CLE hours, including 2.75 hours of ethics
The NSBA is very excited to be in Scottsbluff on September 20 and September 21 hosting the NSBA Great Western Conference. This conference was created with the help of the local bar association and attorneys in an effort to offer CLE sessions on a variety of topics relevant to how you practice law. The conference is offered over the course of two days and will allow you to obtain 8 hours of CLE credit, including 2.75 hours of ethics for only $145 for NSBA dues-paying members and $185 for regular registration. Sign-up to attend Thursday, Friday or both!
REGISTER HERE: https://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1098849&group=
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of September 7, 2018
Week of August 31, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Burning the Candle at Both Ends Backfires
By JJordana Alter Confino, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
There’s no getting around it—law is a high-stress, demanding profession. In a culture that measures drive and achievement in billable hours, many lawyers feel compelled to demonstrate their commitment by arriving early, working late, and being reachable around the clock. This 24/7, no-boundaries work ethic has been reinforced by technological developments that facilitate constant connectivity and firm policies that tie bonuses to face time and hours accrued. Full Article
Nebraska Lawyers Foundation 2018 Annual Campaign
The Nebraska Lawyers Foundation is the charitable giving and fundraising arm of the Nebraska State Bar Association. We are pleased to present the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation 2017 Impact Report, which summarizes how the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation supports programs dedicated to ensuring justice for all Nebraskans and strengthening the legal profession.
We hope you will help us improve our impact by participating in our 2018 One Hour of Sharing Campaign. Please consider donating the equivalent of one billable hour. Whether you give $10 or $1,000 you can help us tip the scale toward our goal of $10,000 by December 31, 2018. Your gift through the One Hour of Sharing Campaign is an opportunity to help make an impact.
Casemaker Weekly Update
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Printing in Casemaker
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The Graph Icon
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