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.
Proposed Supreme Court Rule Amendments
Conducting an Internal Investigation
In-house counsel Kris Maples will discuss internal investigations, including best practices, potential liabilities and ethical issues during the next Corporate Counsel Section informal lunch discussion 12-1 pm, next Thur, Nov 29, at the NSBA offices. The Corporate Counsel Section offers periodic informal lunch meetings in Omaha and Lincoln to give members an opportunity to learn something new and share best practice ideas with colleagues. Non section members are welcome to attend this non-CLE discussion. Please RSVP to Lorrie Benson by 10 am Wed, Nov 28 and mention any dietary restrictions. We’ll order lunch and ask all attendees to contribute $10.
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.
Recent Supreme Court Opinions
Week of November 16, 2018
Week of November 9, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Leadership Starts with Asking the Right Questions
By Susan Letterman White , Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
The best leaders notice and understand the inherent risks in their firm’s business model. They ask the difficult questions: Why is revenue down? Why is our associate attrition rate so high? Why are so few women at the top? They know who is talking to whom about what, and who is only loosely connected to others in the firm. They know which processes and structures are responsible for the status quo and are prepared to change them when necessary. Full Article
Member Benefit Spotlight: LawPay Black Friday Deal
In the spirit of Black Friday, we're offering a deal to members of the Nebraska State Bar Association. If you sign up for a LawPay account by November 30, we’ll give you a $100 credit toward your processing! So, what are you waiting for? Take 10 minutes to sign up today and get a head start on your end-of-year billing!
Member Benefit Spotlight: MyCase - Tips for Automating Your Law Practice
Managing a law firm means running through a number of repetitive processes daily to stay on task — from client intake to document generation. These necessary though tedious tasks can take their toll on the efficiency of your practice by draining hours from your workday.
The good news: almost any aspect of your law practice can be automated. In our latest ebook, we explore the ways in which you can streamline your practice with technology in 2018.
In our guide “Tips for Automating Your Practice” you’ll learn:
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Get the guide here!
Casemaker Weekly Update
Holiday Closure Announcement
Casemaker Support will be closed Thursday 11/22 and Friday 11/23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen Monday 11/26 at 8 am EST. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
Using a Pin Cite
Have a pin cite? No worries, Casemaker knows what to do. Enter the pin cite in the search bar and Casemaker will pull up the case that particular page is located in. Simple and easy!
Narrow by Circuit
While the Jurisdiction menu will aid you to narrow your search to Circuit court cases, it will not allow you to narrow to a specific circuit. However, that option is still available! Once you perform your search, click to view all the case results. You can also click on the Cases link on the left. Either option will pull up your results list and a menu on the left side. This left side menu gives you the option to narrow your results by a variety of different ways. For example, you could use the Jurisdiction option to narrow to check the box for Circuit. Note you may have to click a link at the bottom of the category to get all your options. Next, you can narrow to the United States Court of Appeals you wish by checking off the appropriate box. Now your results should be narrowed to the Circuit court you prefer.
Searching for Cases with Citation
The most frequently used function of Casemaker for most users is searching by citation. From the home page, you can simply type your citation in. You do not have to worry about being too picky if you use the wrong spacing, punctuation, or capitalization; Casemaker will automatically correct that for you. You do however need to make sure you are using only the reporter citation and the proper abbreviation. Casemaker goes by the Blue Book citation guidelines if you have any questions regarding abbreviations. For example, with Kearns v. Ford Motor Co., 567 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2009), all you would put in the search bar is 567 F.3d 1120. Be sure you select the correct jurisdiction, however – you will not be able to pull up a New Hampshire Superior Court case when searching in US Court of Appeals!
Sometimes a particular citation brings up more than one result, and there is a very good reason for this. The other case shares a page with the case you were searching for. For example, your case may end on page 104 and another case begins on the same page of the reporter. This means even if you are typing in a pin cite, you will still be able to locate the case you are looking for.