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.
It’s Happening Here
NSBA’s 31 sections offer opportunities to build your skill sets and your networks. Most sections are planning CLE seminars, networking, and other events for 2019. Any voluntary dues-payer may join a section at any time on the NSBA website or by contacting the NSBA office. If you’d like more information about a section, contact NSBA Section Facilitator Lorrie Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-475-7091 x126.
Year-End Business Deduction
Check out these current practice manuals in the online NSBA Store: Appellate Practice Handbook; Nebraska Civil Practice and Procedure; Understanding Adoption Procedures in Nebraska; Nebraska Real Estate Practice Manual (The Red Book); Nebraska Probate Manual; Nebraska Evidence Handbook; Planning for Your Unexpected Absence, Disability or Death; and Closing a Practice. Get your order in now for a valuable reference that’s deductible in 2018.
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 30, 2018
Week of November 23, 2018
||No release for the week of November 23, 2018
For a complete listing of recent opinions, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch Website.
Law Firm Leadership: Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way
By Josh Kalish , Originally Published in ABA Law Practice Today
Law firms need leadership, and not everyone at the firm is going to contribute. We know that. But every successful law firm needs inspiring leadership to be the voice of the vision and guide others to move forward into an uncertain future. Full Article
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:
· Which of your firm’s processes are automatable
· Recommended tech for automating each process
· Easy productivity hacks to save time and boost efficiency
· And much more!
Get the guide here!
Casemaker Weekly Update
Dialing in your search with the Radio Buttons
Below the search bar, you will see a number of radio buttons you can use to select the type of search you are doing. The system will default to a keyword search. If you are searching for a case and know the citation then select the citation option. If you only have the name of one of the parties, the party button is the option you want. If you are typing in a statute cite then make sure to select section. Finally, if you are looking for an unpublished or slip opinion you can select docket number to search using that information.
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 email@example.com. 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.
You can select a jurisdiction or any combination of jurisdictions to search by clicking the Jurisdiction menu. This is located in the box located between the search box and the blue search button. There is a blue downward pointing arrow in the right side of this box. Clicking on this arrow will pull up the pop-up menu and from here you can check as many or as few boxes as you need.
At the top of the list of states in the Jurisdiction menu, you will notice a checkbox for Related Federal. This tells Casemaker to not only pull cases for the state you selected, but also for the Federal District and Circuit courts related to that state. So if you select Virginia and also select Related Federal you will get not only Virginia state level cases but also the Eastern and Western District of Virginia court cases as well as cases in the Fourth Circuit. This means you will get cases from other states in your circuit as well, in the case of our example – Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia cases would also be included. However, this would again only be cases in your circuit, not any outside of it.