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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. 

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

CLE Partner Webcasts


Crimmigration Analysis Memos for Criminal Defense Counsel
Beginning September 30, 2019, students in the Immigration Clinic at the University of Nebraska College of Law, under the supervision of Professor Kevin Ruser, are available, on a limited basis, to consult with criminal defense counsel regarding possible immigration consequences their non-citizen clients may face as the result of clients’ involvement with the Nebraska state criminal justice system. The dates during which the Immigration Clinic’s services are available are: September 30 to November 22, 2019, and January 13 to April 17, 2020.  Click here for more information.

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. 

January 9, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Application Deadline Set for Juvenile Court Judge Vacancy: Separate Juvenile Court - Lancaster County
According to Supreme Court Justice Jonathan J. Papik, the Judicial Nominating Commission for Separate Juvenile Court Judge in Lancaster County will hold a public hearing in the Supreme Court Courtroom at the Nebraska State Capitol (1445 K Street) in Lincoln, Nebraska, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of Juvenile Court Judge due to the retirement of Judge Toni Thorson, effective October 16, 2019.  Full Press Release

AMENDED RELEASE: January 10, 2020, Application Deadline Set for County Court Judge Vacancy, Sixth Judicial District
According to Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey J. Funke, the Judicial Nominating Commission for County Judge in the 6th Judicial District (consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston and Washington Counties) will hold a public hearing in the Washington County Courthouse, 1555 Colfax Street, district courtroom, Blair, Nebraska, beginning 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020. At the hearing, the Commission will receive information on the qualifications of candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of County Court Judge due to the retirement of C. Matthew Samuelson. The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy will be Blair, Washington County, Nebraska, with the understanding that the judge is expected to also cover Tekamah, Burt County, Nebraska and to assist one day per week in Fremont, Dodge County, Nebraska. The public is welcome to attend the hearing and present information concerning candidates for the judicial opening.   Full Press Release

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.

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 December 13, 2019

304 Neb. 649 State v. Dady 

Week of December 6, 2019

S-18-924 304 Neb. 593  Rutledge v. City of Kimball
S-18-1018 304 Neb. 605 Rogers v. Jack's Supper Club
 S-19-128  304 Neb. 619   Fentress v. Westin, Inc.
S-19-305  304 Neb. 638    Wheatland Indus. v. Perkins Cty. Bd. of Equal.

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: LawPay Offer


Say goodbye to generic payment solutions and say hello to LawPay. LawPay, the leader in legal payment technology, has an exclusive offer just for members of the Nebraska State Bar. Open an account by Dec. 31 and pay NO MONTHLY FEE for 6 months. Visit https://bit.ly/34J55CT to learn more.


Casemaker Weekly Update
The first option provided in the My Account menu is settings. Clicking this link will allow you to change the Casemaker default settings in favor of your preferences. On the settings page, you will see four tabs. First, the General Settings tab. Here you can choose how many results appear on the screen at a time and what page you land on when you first log in. If you want the system to default to include related federal materials when searching from a state page, as well as when using the Annotator and Citing References tabs. You can choose if your default browsing method is list view or tree view, and if you would like the Notes you type in to be visible on those documents. 

The Search Settings tab is next. Here you can select your default search area and data type, number of results per page, and sort order. You can also let the Casemaker4 system know if you want to include unpublished cases in your search results. 

The Email and Print Settings tab provides an opportunity to enter an email address to be automatically populated when emailing documents. You can also choose your default document format for printing, emailing, and downloading, as well as the page layout and preference for printing documents or a list of results. 
The next option in My Account menu is Profile. Here you can provide some basic personal information for your profile. This makes it easier for our customer service representatives to locate your account in the event you need assistance and allows you to manage your billing information for any paid subscriptions you may be subscribed to. If you are a member of a bar association that provides Casemaker4 as a valued member benefit the billing tab will not be relevant to you as your subscription is paid for by the association. 
The Folders, and Client links, as well as the Print Queue link, works, in the same way as the corresponding links in the top Features Toolbar. These links allow you to manage your folders, clients and the documents in your print queue. 
The Notes link allows you to view and manage the notes you have added to various documents throughout Casemaker all in one place. Clicking on the citation the note is associated with will bring you right back to the document and your notes. 
My Libra Books provides you with the listing of documents you have leased through Libra. Several bar associations and publishers offer materials via Casemaker Libra. (Casemaker Libra will soon be fully integrated into Casemaker4 as well).
You will also see a link for Mobile Application in the My Accounts menu. Casemaker does have a mobile application that you can download to your Android or Apple Device. It is free to use and free to download. To use the application, you will need to register for it. Clicking the link will pull up the registration form. Some basic registration information is needed, such as first and last name, email address, phone number, that kind of thing. Once you have registered you will be provided with a reference code. After you have registered, each time you click the Mobile Application link the reference code will be provided to you. Once you have downloaded the app you will be asked to provide the email address you registered with as well as the reference code you were given. This will link your mobile application to your Casemaker account, storing your search history and allowing you to utilize your folders.
The last few options in the My Account menu are related to services Casemaker partners with. While all of these partnerships are separate subscriptions and costs, many of the companies listed offer Casemaker4 users discounts for their services. 

  • Cosmolex is an accounting a practice management software that integrates with your Casemaker4 account
  • vLEX is an international law database which offers users access to legal information around the world. vLex also offers Vincent, the first AI-powered intelligent legal research assistant of its kind.
  • Memos, Briefs, and Discovery leads to the Legal Research Center. This service that helps you manage your workload by doing research for you, and writing memos, briefs and more
  • US Legal forms partners with Casemaker to provide you access to legal forms from all 50 states

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NSBA Career Center

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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.

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