E-Counsel Archive [November 19, 2019][11/19/2019]
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CLE Events

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. 

Here are some titles currently available.

Visit the NSBA’s on-demand CLE portal, www.nebarondemand.com to view these and many other webinars.

CLE Partner Webcasts


Space Is Still Available: Travel to Portugal With the NSBA - May 18-23, 2020 - Registration Deadline Extended to December 17
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 December 17, 2019 for this once-in-a-lifetime trip.  For complete information download the brochure.

Now Accepting Robert M. Spire and Visionary Award Nominations
Every year, the Nebraska State Bar Association brings important recognition to the amazing pro bono work being done throughout the state, work that is at the core of the legal profession. Recipients are recognized at the annual Barristers Ball, a fundraising event that supports the mission of the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation and its work to support access to justice and legal assistance to the poor. Please consider nominating a lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to pro bono service for the poor, or an outstanding attorney in their service to further the mission of the Nebraska State Bar Association or dedication to programs sponsored by the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation. Nominations must be received by December 27, 2019 for consideration. Please visit the Volunteer Lawyer Project website at www.nevlp.org for more information and the nomination forms.

2020 NSBA Voluntary Dues- Help us “go green” by paying online!
Thank you for support of the NSBA. You should be receiving your 2020 Dues Statement via mail this week.  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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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.

Please Join NetWORKS! NSBA’s Professional Networking Group!
There are groups in Omaha and Lincoln. You will be randomly matched with lawyers for coffee or lunch at your mutual convenience six times during the year. This is an enjoyable way to build your professional network and hone your networking skills. Join one or both groups for only $10 when you renew your NSBA membership!

ABA TECHSHOW 2020 - Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together
ABA TECHSHOW has over 32 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 2020 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: EP2003 at checkout to receive the discount.

Recent Supreme Court Cases

Week of November 15, 2019

S-18-670, S-18-671
304 Neb. 450
Korth v. Luther
S-18-849 304 Neb. 488 Hawley v. Skradski
S-19-061  304 Neb. 498  State v. Brye

Week of November 8, 2019

S-18-665 304 Neb. 402  State v. Weathers
S-18-1181 304 Neb. 441 State v. Harms

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

NLF News

17th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble
Friday, June 26, 2020
Dismal River Club 83040 Dismal River Trail, Mullen, NE 69152
Format: 4-Person Scramble
CLE Seminar: 9-11 a.m.
Lunch & Driving Range: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Shotgun Start: 1:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: $200 per golfer
Includes: Lunch, Prime Rib buffet for dinner, green fee, cart, range balls & door prize drawings
Players: Pairings will be made for individual and partial team entries
Overnight Accommodations: Call the Dismal River Club at 308-546-2900


Member Benefit Spotlight: SoFi - SoFi – Refinancing Student Loan Debt Webinar


We understand that many of our employees are burdened with student loan debt. SoFi, the largest provider of student loan refinancing, may be able to reduce the cost of that debt. SoFi’s refinancing can help those with student debt save money on total interest, make lower monthly payments, or shorten the duration of their loans.

The main benefits include:

  • Limited-Time Welcome Bonus Offer: $500 welcome bonus1 (normally $300) for applications started between 09/20/19 – 12/15/19 if you start your application through SoFi.com/NebraskaBar.
  • Savings: Members save thousands by refinancing.
  • Rates: Low variable and fixed rates with 5, 7, 10, 15 and 20-year repayment options.
  • Simplicity: Consolidate all existing student loans (federal and private) into a single loan with one monthly payment.
  • Membership Perks: SoFi offers complementary financial planning, exclusive member events, a referral program, and more.
  • No Hidden Fees: No application fees, no origination fees, and no prepayment penalties for paying off your loan early.

SoFi will be hosting a 30-minute educational webinar on Thursday, 11/26/19 from 11:30am-12:00pm CT to teach you more about this benefit and answer questions about eligibility and the application process.

To register, click HERE.

Questions about SoFi student loan refinancing? Visit SoFi.com/NebraskaBar or contact SoFi customer service by calling 833.277.7634 or emailing partner@sofi.com.

Member Benefit Spotlight: LawPay - Black Friday Offer


LawPay is proud to be a member benefit of the Nebraska State Bar Association. With over a decade of experience, LawPay is the #1 online payment solution for legal professionals. More than 135,000 attorneys trust LawPay to accept online card and eCheck payments with correct separation of earned and unearned fees and complete protection of IOLTA accounts from any third-party debiting.

Now is your opportunity to try LawPay risk free! If you open a LawPay account by November 29, you’ll pay no monthly fee for an entire year! To learn more about our limited time Black Friday offer, visit lawpay.com/nebar today. 


Casemaker Weekly Update
Like its predecessor CasemakerLegal, Casemaker4 also allows you to store documents you find over the course of your research. Using the Folders feature you can access your documents from anywhere you can access the internet. Saving hard drive space and paper.

The first thing you will need to do is create a new folder. You can create a folder at any time by clicking on the folder link in the upper right or the Folder menu option under the My Account menu. In addition, if you are on the document you wish to save, you can click the Save to Folder icon and type a name for your folder into the New Folder field and click the + button.

Once a folder has been created, you can save to your folder at any time. Just click the Save To Folder icon from the Document Toolbar, choose your folder, and click Save. If you prefer to drag and drop simply click the Folder icon, and this time choose the folder you would like to use and click ok. This allows the icon to represent the folder you have chosen. Next click and drag the title of the document to the grey toolbar area. Your chosen folder name will appear, and you can drop the document title on top of it.

When you are ready to view the contents of a folder, click the Folders link in the Features toolbar or the Folders option under My Account. Once there, on the left of your screen is a listing of all of your folders. Clicking your folder will display its contents in the central area of the page. Once the folder is open you have the opportunity to move, rename, and delete the entire folder using the options menu at the top of the folders list. On the right you can use the corresponding check boxes to move an individual document to a different folder, or to add it to the print queue, print directly, download, email, or remove. Don’t worry if you have accidentally deleted a document, or folder, that you need. You also have access to a Trash file.



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.