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. For more information, here is a 30 minute presentation on the Health Insurance Consortium.
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.
Duties, Risk and Rewards of Nonprofit Board Service
NSBA’s popular nonprofit seminar is back on Fri, Nov 16 in Omaha, this time with a deep dive into advanced nonprofit topics including new guidance from the Nebraska AG’s Office; gift acceptance policies; mergers, alliances and joint ventures; impacts of GDPR on Nebraska nonprofits; financial oversight responsibilities; and the ethics of attorney-client privilege, having an organization as a client, and the role of board members—all through the lens of the Penn State scandal. Most lawyers are asked or encouraged to serve on or represent a nonprofit board, which provides both risks and rewards specific to lawyers. This seminar is specially designed for lawyers but open to anyone. The seminar offers 6 hours CLE, including 1 hour ethics, and is available in-person and via live webcast. See the full program and register now!
2018 Annual Institute on the Survey of Nebraska Law
Friday, September 28, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln
6 hours of live and distance learning CLE, including 2 hours of ethics
University of Nebraska College of Law Lane Lecture (optional CLE opportunity from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)
This institute developed by the Young Lawyers Section is a program of dynamic and diverse CLE! Topics include: tax cuts and Jobs Act of 2017; what to and not to say during closing arguments; employee benefits; the duties of a fiduciary; engagement agreements in trust and estate representations; and the issues with the use of lethal injection. Young Lawyer Section members pay $150 and NSBA dues-paying members pay $180.
REGISTER HERE: https://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1098868&group=
Professional Competency Skills Webinar – End of Year Preparations: Best Practices for Your Law Firm
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
1 hour distance-learning CLE
***Reduced pricing option is available for non-attorneys – Contact office for more information***
The NSBA has joined forces with Affinity Consulting Group to bring you the tools necessary to optimize your legal practice. Affinity Consulting Group’s legal IT and management consultants have a collective 135 years of legal experience and specialize in strategic technology and management solutions for law firms and legal departments of all sizes.
End of Year Preparations – Best Practices for Your Law Firm with Cindy Melfa will offer a number of best practice tips regarding early end-of-year preparation, including: reviewing your stale items on bank reconciliations, examining your unallocated payments and credit balances, looking at client costs advanced, and more!
REGISTER HERE: https://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1133078&group=
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.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of September 21, 2018
Week of September 14, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Evaluating an Impaired Attorney’s Fitness to Practice
By Michael Downey and Paige Tungate , 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
What Do the Revised Rules for Lawyer Advertising Mean for Me?
By Micah Buchdahl, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
You can call it updating, modernizing, changing, or fixing, but the ABA House of Delegates recently voted in favor of amending Rule 7 of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct addressing lawyer advertising.
To learn about how we got here, read my recent (pre-vote) marketing column in the ABA’s July/August 2018 issue of Law Practice Magazine, titled “Law Marketing Model Rule Revisions—Better Late Than Never?” The column details the path to the August House of Delegates vote. I was slightly surprised that no one stood to oppose the amendment, considering that the subject matter has been a lightning rod of controversy since I’ve been a lawyer (and well before that, as attorney Abe Lincoln is often referenced in law marketing ethics lectures). Yet the real proof will be in the pudding in the months and years to come. Which states will adopt the revised model rules as-is? My guess is that most will choose to put their own unique spin on subsequent changes. And I’ll be pleasantly surprised if states look to be uniform in adoption and enforcement at some point before the internet changes yet again. 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
We mention webinars quite a bit here at Casemaker, and not just because we like Samantha, our Casemaker Training Expert!. Many users come to Casemaker from other services, and our training sessions can help. Our short webinars are a great way to help you get acquainted with Casemaker and how it can save you time and money! Click the Webinar link in the upper right of the Casemaker screen or click visit http://casemakerlegal.com/registerwebinar.aspx to get registered for a webinar today!
Casemaker’s SuperCode feature keeps the U.S. Code and the CFR current. Click the SuperCode tab when looking at any statute or regulation to see any newly-enacted U.S. Public Law or newly-adopted regulation that affects the statute or regulation that you are viewing.
Beta version coming soon!
Are you interested in beta testing the new Casemaker platform? We are looking for a small number of Casemaker users to help us test the new Casemaker platform. You will get an exclusive first look at the new system and have the chance to provide feedback. To get involved, email Khristina at email@example.com
Sometime during the first week of October you will receive an email containing a link to a screening survey. This survey will help us chose testing candidates who best represent a cross-section of the various users of Casemaker.