NSBA 2018 Public Service Award Recipients
During the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, the Association recognizes members of the profession for their exemplary service. This year, please join us in thanking and recognizing the following individuals.
- The George H. Turner Award: Justice John F. Wright
- Award of Appreciation: William J. Lindsay, Jr.
- Award of Special Merit: Catherine M. Mahern and Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic
- NSBA Diversity Award: Jamie Cooper
- Outstanding Contributor to Women in the Law Award: Judge Mary Gilbride
- Outstanding Young Lawyer Award: Patrick M. Lee
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Attorney Recognition: Robert M. Spire and NSBA Visionary Awards
Nominations are currently being accepted for the Robert M. Spire and NSBA Visionary awards. Deadline to submit nominations is December 14, 2018.
The Robert M. Spire award is presented annually to a Nebraska lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to pro bono service for the poor, as was the hallmark of Robert M. Spire. The recipient is a lawyer who has achieved the highest standards of competence, ethics, and professionalism, and who protects and promotes the administration of and access to justice.
The NSBA Visionary award is presented annually to recognize outstanding attorneys in their service to further the mission of the NSBA or dedication to programs sponsored by the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation. Up to three Visionary Awards are awarded annually.
Visit the VLP website, www.nevlp.org, for the nomination forms or contact VLP staff at VLP@nebar.com or (402) 475-7091.
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.
When Lawyers Serve on Nonprofit Boards
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!
Tax Planning for Solo/Small Law Firms
The Law Practice Management Section’s next informal lunch discussion will focus on tax issues, with a special focus on year end planning and tasks. The session will include both a short prepared presentation and time for questions and discussion. The lunches are hosted by the NSBA Law Practice Management Section, but open to any lawyer who’s interested, and will be of particular interest to solo and small firm lawyers. Frankel Zacharia LLC has kindly offered to host our group, including providing lunch. Their office is in the First National Bank Building at 114th and Dodge. The lunch will be 12-1 pm, Wed, Nov 7. RSVP to Lorrie Benson at NSBA no later than 10 am on Nov 6. All are welcome but seats are limited.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of October 19, 2018
Week of October 12, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Optimizing Your Multigenerational Law Firm
By Lindsey Pollak , Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
If the current narrative on millennials is to be believed, you might assume the above quotation came from a beleaguered law firm partner earlier this year.
You might be surprised to learn this particular comment is, in fact, attributed to the Greek poet Hesiod, speaking all the way back in the 8th century, B.C. That’s how long older generations have been complaining and worrying about younger generations: essentially for all of human history. Full Article
Communicating from the Outside In
By Susan Letterman White, 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.
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