E-Counsel Archive [December 3, 2019][12/03/2019]
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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


There is still time to get a quote for your 2020 health insurance renewal from the NSBA Health Insurance Consortium!
As your current health insurance plan comes up for renewal, make sure you are getting the greatest value and most competitive price for your firm by getting a quote from the NSBA’s Health Insurance Consortium! The NSBA Health Insurance Consortium consists of multiple firms, pooling together to obtain affordable health insurance coverage on terms similar to those currently available to large employers. With close to 1,000 lives in the current pool, the Consortium is well positioned to obtain more affordable coverage due to economies of scale, managing savings and spreading risk. There is still time to get a quote! Please reach out to Jody Gilcrist at Aon at NSBA.Consortium@aon.com now to start the process. Getting a quote does not obligate you to join, but it does give you options for addressing your health insurance needs.

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.

Please Renew Your Section Membership Today!
When you pay your 2020 voluntary dues, ensure you are renewing your Section memberships as well. The Sections are the lifeblood of the NSBA and your contributions to them helps advance the legal profession.

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.

Attorney Survey on eFiling
The Supreme Court Technology Committee is looking for input from the practicing bar in anticipation of the coming mandatory eFiling.  Attorney Services will provide education on the filing system and will fashion needed education for attorneys and their staff based on your input.  Please take a minute to fill out a short survey.

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 29, 2019

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no Supreme Court release for the week of November 29, 2019.

Week of November 22, 2019

S-17-773 304 Neb. 511  State ex rel. Counsel for Dis. v. Chvala
S-18-1130, S-18-1135 304 Neb. 580 In re Interest of Giavonni P.

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: Millard Benefits


NSBA Announces New Partnership to Assist Members with their Transition to Medicare
The Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Millard Benefits. Millard Benefits is dedicated to educating seniors to make the most informed choices when it comes to selecting their Medicare related insurance products. Their agents are licensed and certified with all the top insurance companies in order to provide the most comprehensive choices for Medicare beneficiaries. Through their partnership with the NSBA, Millard Benefits will provide NSBA members with no-cost services including Medicare Supplemental cost comparisons, product options like Medicare Advantage (where available), annual prescription drug cost reviews, and education on other products to provide peace of mind for seniors. You can contact Millard Benefits directly to set up a one-on-one consultation.


Casemaker Weekly Update
You may have heard about Digest and Alerts in Casemaker4. You may even know they are tools to help you stay up to date on changes in the law. However, you may be confused about what they actually do and what the differences are.

Case Digest, previously known as CasemakerDigest, is a summary service of cases that are currently coming out of the court system which is integrated within the Casemaker4 system. These are usually published within about 72 hours of the case’s publication. After clicking the Case Digest menu on the left-hand side, you can select your area of practice, court, judge, and jurisdiction to view summaries from. The summaries are displayed in the central area of the screen and will provide you with the case name, area of practice, court, the date decided, docket number, judge, and the date it was added to our system. This is in addition to the short summary itself. Just below the listed summary information is a link labeled more. Clicking this link will display the longer, full summary for that case. The case name is a link that when clicked on will take you to the case’s full text in our system.

At the top of the screen, you will find buttons allowing you to add a custom Digest filter. Here you can create a name for your filter and provide a description. Then submit an email address or email addresses that you would like to receive these summaries as emails. You can then select your jurisdiction or jurisdictions, court, judge, practice area and more. You can choose if these filters are updated on a daily or weekly basis. Any Digest filters you have created are then listed at the top of the digest menu. The Toggle switches here allow you to activate or deactivate those filters, and the pencil and paper icon will allow you to edit the filter.

Alerts provide you with notifications of changes to search results, cases, statutes, rules and more – be it a change to the document itself, such as an updated statute, a new case citing the case or statute, new negative treatment of a case, or even new search results for a search query. Unlike Digest, alerts does not provide you with summary information. You can set up alerts in multiple ways. If you are viewing a statute or case, you can use the “Add Alert” icon in the Document Toolbar. Similarly, if you wish to set up an alert for a search you can use the same icon on the page of search results.  In addition to creating or adding alerts from the search and document pages, you can also create an alert from the Alerts page itself. After clicking the Create Alert button you have the opportunity to choose if you are creating a search or document alert type, as well as provide the description and specifications for your alert.  The Alerts tab will also provide you with a notification if there is new information or an update for an alert since your last log in. You can then use the toggles on the left of the alerts page to select what you are viewing. The pencil and paper icon next to the toggles for your alerts will allow you to make any changes you wish to make.  You can also choose to receive email notifications for updates from your alerts, in addition to the Casemaker notifications.

So which is best for you? Digest gives you summaries of new cases in the area you choose. Alerts, however, cover more than just cases and while it does not provide summaries, Alerts can track changes in cases, statutes, and even search queries for you. We think you will find both tools to be great ways to keep up to date.



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.