2019 NSBA Voluntary Dues- Help us “go green” by paying online!
Thank you for support of the NSBA. In the coming weeks you will be receiving your 2019 Dues Statement via mail. We would like to encourage you to make life simpler and help us “go green” by paying online and signing up for auto-renewal. Members who pay by credit card have the option of setting up an auto-renewal process. By selecting auto-renewal, the NSBA will automatically extend member benefits, without the hassle of completing a dues statement each year.
Your 2019 dues entitle you to a number of benefits and services. To ensure you are taking advantage of all that is available to you, please take a minute review the member benefits flier: Active Attorneys OR Inactive Attorneys. Additionally, your 2019 dues support programs that help us achieve the NSBA’s three-fold mission—(1) promoting professionalism and competence among the profession, (2) strengthening the court system, and (3) serving the public. This includes programs like the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program, the Rural Practice Initiative and more.
To pay your 2018 voluntary dues online, please follow these steps
- Log-In to your NSBA Account on www.nebar.com and click on your Member Profile. Your username is your bar number. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it through the website or contact the NSBA for assistance.
- Locate and click on the **Renew Your Membership Now** link.
- Review your contact information and complete the online dues statement.
- Submit payment.
If you need assistance logging-in, please contact the administration department.
NSBA Health Insurance Consortium Update
The NSBA Health Insurance Consortium will be providing coverage effective January 1, 2019 through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska. We are including a link to a new Consortium FAQ.
For firms that returned a census, you received a quote from Aon in mid-October. Firms were rated in one of six tiers (A-F). The healthiest firms were in tier A (lowest premiums). The less healthy firms were rated in tier F (highest premiums). Below is how firms were distributed among those tiers:
- 65 groups in tier A
- 30 groups in tier B
- 37 groups in tier C
- 17 groups in tier D
- 21 groups in tier E
- 22 groups in tier F
Premium savings differed across employers. As an employer, the Nebraska State Bar Association (13 staff on our health insurance plan) was rated in tier C. When compared to our renewal rates for 2019, we are on track to save close to $20,000 through the Health Insurance Consortium.
As you can see from the distribution above, the majority of firms in our Consortium are very healthy, which should mean good renewal rates moving forward. Aon will be reaching out in the coming weeks to help answer your questions and provide assistance to you with selecting plan options and networks.
We are sorry to report that rates for Tier F were not at all competitive. For firms in the bottom tiers (E & F), it appears that the Consortium plan was not a good option for you at this time, but we hope you will consider asking for another quote in the future.
Can your firm still join the Consortium?
If you missed the January 1, 2019 deadline to receive a quote but are still interested, we will be offering the option to sign up for coverage starting February 1, 2019. Rates will be made available to you in January, but in order to be appropriately rated you must complete the forms below. There is no obligation to join after you apply for coverage. For more information, here is a 30-minute presentation on the Health Insurance Consortium.
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 December 31, 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 December 31, 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.
Update on Solo Proprietors
In June of 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new rules which allow sole proprietors to join Association Health Plans. Solos are defined by the U.S. Department of Labor and insurance companies to mean one lawyer with no support staff. However, in establishing the NSBA Health Insurance Consortium, no fully-insured products were available to the NSBA under the new DOL rules. Sole proprietors (meaning one lawyer with no staff), are currently not eligible to join the NSBA Health Insurance Consortium. If you are a sole proprietor with at least one staff person who works at least 17.5 hours per week, you are eligible). The NSBA, with the assistance of the Nebraska Department of Insurance, has made a legal argument for inclusion of sole proprietors to the U.S. Department of Labor. Our request is still pending. As soon as we hear back, we will communicate that to our members and work with Blue Cross Blue Shield to open enrollment for that group. Thank you for your patience.
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!
ABA TECHSHOW: Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together - February 27 - March 2, 2019
ABA TECHSHOW has over 31 years of experience bringing lawyers and technology together. Legal work today is dependent on technology to manage day to day activities, to practice more competently, and to service clients more effectively. ABA TECHSHOW teaches you how technology can work for you. Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations, and workshops, you will be able to get your questions answered and learn from the top legal professionals and tech innovators, all under one roof. Regardless of your expertise level, there’s something for you at ABA TECHSHOW.
As a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, we want you to know that you can register for ABA TECHSHOW 2019 at a special reduced rate. This discount only applies to registrants that qualify for the Standard registration and will save you $150. You can register online and include this unique discount code: EP1908 at checkout to receive the discount.
Celebrate over 31 years of legal technology and innovation. Network with legal technology experts from around the globe, February 27 – March 2, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Don’t forget to visit www.techshow.com for current information on ABA TECHSHOW 2019, the best place for bringing lawyers and technology together.
New Bar Leaders Step up at 2018 Annual Meeting
At the NSBA Annual Meeting Friday, J. Scott Paul accepted the gavel from outgoing NSBA President Tim Engler. As he took the gavel, Paul remarked, “I am humbled by the privilege of serving the membership of the NSBA. I intend to focus my efforts on sustaining and improving the programs that provide so much in the way of benefits to our members.” Full Press Release
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.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of November 2, 2018
Week of October 26, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Little Things Make a Big Difference
By Shellie Reid , Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Unlike many of my classmates, I did not arrive at law school within months of earning an undergraduate degree. As a young military spouse, I shelved the dream of going to law school—the challenges of being able to practice seemed insurmountable. Thanks to the work of the Military Spouse J.D. Network, many of the challenges I faced are being reduced.
As we moved around the country and world, I gained experience in many areas, from retail management to education. After settling in northern Virginia, I fell back on my undergraduate degree and began working in the law enforcement branch of local government. Although I had a challenging job that I loved, I felt that my skills were underutilized. After both of my kids were in college, I began to investigate the notion of going to law school. As my peers prepare for retirement, I am embarking on a new career. Full Article
Five Success Strategies for the Modern Law Firm
By Yuliya LaRoe, Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Look at almost any law firm website and you’ll likely see boasts about how the firm is “client-focused” or “client-centric.” Certainly, devoting your energy and efforts towards serving your clients is a positive, if not essential, attribute for a successful practice. Same goes for securing those clients in the first place.
While calling your firm “attorney-focused” may not be the best marketing strategy, attracting, retaining, and managing the legal talent that will help your firm thrive requires a commitment as important as the dedication you show to your clients. 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
Your Casemaker Benefit
Many state and county bar associations provide Casemaker to their members as a valued member benefit, saving them nearly a thousand dollars every year. If your bar provides Casemaker, it is easy to get access. Simply log in to your bar association website and look for the Casemaker link. Click it and you will automatically be logged in to Casemaker. Please note: You will need to bookmark your bar website, not Casemaker.
Getting Help Using Casemaker
Sometimes you just need a little help! Casemaker offers plenty of options to get you going. At any time you can click on the Help link in the upper right corner of Casemaker to find these options. Support is available between 8 am and 8 pm Eastern Standard Time, Monday- Friday. If you would like to speak with a Customer Support representative simply call 1-877-659-0801. You can email for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Casemaker offers a live chat service during support hours as well by clicking on the Live Chat link in the upper right corner of Casemaker. Free webinar training is offered regularly as well. To sign up click on the webinar link in the upper right-hand corner of Casemaker. Training webinars are free and you can take them as often as you like. You can also find a user guide by clicking on the Help link in Casemaker if you prefer to learn at your own pace.
Seeing more with the Combined Link
While you are browsing administrative code, statutes, rules and other materials you may sometimes notice an italicized chapter or section title with the word combined at the end in parentheses. Clicking on this link will give you not just one statute or rule, but all the statutes or rules in that chapter or section. This is helpful if you wish to print the entire chapter or section. It is also useful if you simply do not want to be forced to navigate to each individual statute or rule and would like to view them together.