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ININTHIS THISISSUE: ISSUE: From the President ..... 1 From the President ..... 1 From the Editor ........... 2 From the Editor ............ 2 Diversity Event Info .... 3 Save the Dates ........... 2 NALA Upcoming WebiNALA News ................. nars ............................. 93 District News I News .............. Student ........... 10 4 District II NewsRecap ............. 6 Spring Seminar ................................... 11 Get to Know .................. Law Day Recap ....... 13 New Members ...... 7/15 District Updates ........ 16 8 Article: ........................ Save the COVID Dates ......... 1616 Article: .......... New Nebraska Court Rules .......................... 18 Article: Five Ways to Grow Your Career without Sacrificing Work-Life Balance .. 20 New Members.......... 24
FROM THE PRESIDENT: AMY MADUKA, ACP Wow! It’s already June. Spring blew in and blew out before we could blink! Soon we will have hot temps and humid air! There’s something to be said about change. No matter whether you like it or not, it comes. I personally like change now that I’m getting older. There really isn’t only one way to do something, and paralegals are masters of changing on a dime while working. However, we can get set in our ways by keeping processes, procedures, and opinions because they work. This is especially true with the rise of technology and a more global world environment. Sometimes we have to wait for certain people to move on before we can implement other ways to do things. What can you change around you or within yourself? For me, on a big scale, I’d love to see equal pay between the sexes. In a field heavy with workers on the female side, paralegals could surely be paid more in the Omaha area. Simpler changes are looking at how efficient you can be by making small changes. Speaking of changes, the Standing Rules were amended to change the Treasurer role and the ACP scholarship deadline was changed to August to match the CP scholarship deadline. We enjoyed having everyone in-person at Mahoney State Park for the 2022 Spring Seminar and online as well. Thank you for all of your suggestions for the next seminar. NePA has a few Board of Director and committee openings now and in the fall. We would love to have new members on the board and committees as we love new perspectives and ideas! Please reach out to any of us on the board if you are interested in volunteering or if you have any questions or feedback. We value your thoughts and suggestions.
REGISTER FOR EVENTS AT: http:// nebraskaparalegal.org UPCOMING BOARD MEETINGS (5:30-7:30pm): August 2, 2022 October 2022
**If you’d like to attend a board meeting, contact Amy Maduka at President@NebraskaParal egal.org for details.
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FROM THE EDITOR Thank you for your patience with this publication! I have had so much going on in these past few months that I had to put my volunteer positions on hold. A long-time mentor of mine told me many years ago that our career and our family are priority and our volunteer positions fall in close behind. Thank you for your understanding, grace and patience. We are always striving to improve the benefits of your membership, and our publications are no exception. If you have an idea for an article or story, or would like to write an article for the In Brief, we welcome your input! As always, feel free to reach out to any of our board members with questions, suggestions, or concerns. If you have corrections regarding this issue, please forward them to me at email@example.com. PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBERS Kim Brown, ACP - Chair; Casey Grennan, CP; Kim Hansen; Amber Roberts, ACP
We Can Do It!: Gender Diversity in 2022 Cost: $25 June 14, 2022 CLE opportunity
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Gender Diversity in 2022 11:15‐11:30 – Check In 11:30-12:00 - Lunch, Networking, and Welcome 12:00‐1:00 – Megan Belcher, Esq. - Finding Your Authentic Way to Take the Stage as a Woman Leading in the Legal Industry 1:10-2:10 – Deborah Gilg, Esq. - Why Gender Diversity Matters and How it Affects You 2:15-3:15 - Kathleen Neary, Esq. - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Legal Update 3:30‐4:30 – Angela Cooper - The Power of the Unconscious Mind: Demystifying Bias and Embracing G.R.O.W.T.H. Megan Belcher serves as the Chief Legal & External Affairs Officer and Corporate Secretary for Scoular. She leads Scoular’s Legal team, as well as its Brand Marketing and Corporate Communications and Sustainability/ESG teams. In addition, during 2020, Megan served as the company’s interim Chief Human Resource Officer and founded Scoular’s first Employee Resource Group, Scoular Women Influencing Culture (SWIC), where she remains as SWIC’s executive sponsor. Megan was also elected to Scoular’s Board of Directors in September 2021, and also serves as an independent board director for Yakima Chief Hops, North America’s largest hops supplier.
Megan Belcher, Esq. Finding Your Authentic Way to Take the Stage as a Woman Leading in the Legal Industry
In the fifteen years preceding her joining the leadership team at Scoular, Megan was a partner with an Am Law 100 law firm in its Food & Agribusiness unit, in addition to serving as the Vice President & Chief Counsel - Employment Law and Compliance at Conagra Brands for seven years. Megan was in private practice representing large public and private companies in employment, labor, compliance, and litigation matters for over six years prior to her relocation to Omaha in 2007 to begin her in house career at Conagra Brands. Megan graduated from the University of Missouri and Boston College Law School. She holds a certificate in Human Resources Management from Cornell University and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. Megan is also a NACD Governance Fellow. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Brownell Talbot College Preparatory School and the Scoular Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors for Youth Emergency Services, and is a Times Up Legal Defense Fund volunteer. Megan regularly writes and speaks on women leading in the legal industry locally and nationally.
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Gender Diversity in 2022 Deborah R. Gilg, J.D. is the retired United States Attorney for Nebraska and was the first female to serve in that position. Deb is the former Chairperson of the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission. She is now the founder of Fierce, Fearless and Forward, an organization devoted to women empowerment through education and training. She is adjunct faculty at ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in Phoenix, AZ, and she serves as a neutral arbitrator for disputed securities transactions under the Financial Industry National Regulatory Association.
Deborah Gilg, Esq. Why Gender Diversity Matters and How It Affects You
Kathleen Neary is a trial lawyer who has practiced with Powers Law for 24 years and represents persons in personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, and employment and housing discrimination matters. Kathleen is a former president of the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA) and the Nebraska Employment Lawyers Association (NE NELA).
Kathleen Neary, Esq. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Legal Update
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Gender Diversity in 2022 Angela is a culture-shaping thought leader who inspires and mobilizes others to activate strategic change for good. She architects strategies and influences mindsets that build healthy cultures, drive aligned behaviors, and fuel bottom-line growth. Angela has over 20 years of experience spanning the disciplines of diversity, equity and inclusion, communication, strategic planning, project leadership, operations management and process engineering. As a seasoned expert in the art and science of change management, she is adept at designing, executing, and reinforcing organizational change. Angela previously served as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Mutual of Omaha, a Fortune 300 company, where she led the organization's comprehensive diversity, equity, inclusion and culture-shaping programs for over 5 years. She was named by Diversity Global Magazine as one of the Top 10 Angela Cooper Women in Diversity and by the National Diversity Council as one of The Power of the Unconscious Mind: 2020's Top 50 Chief Diversity Officers and again as one of 2022's Top Demystifying Bias and Embracing 100 Diversity Officers. She has been very invested in efforts to improve G.R.O.W.T.H. inclusivity and community well-being in the region of Omaha where she resides with her family, and she is also a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahan's award.
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NALA-THE PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION - UPCOMING WEBINARS June 15, 2022, 2:00pm CST First virtual Candidate Forum 2022 Meet the candidates for NALA’s Board of Directors in this live-stream Virtual Candidate Forum. Candidates will be separated into the Board position for which they are running. Those positions are: Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Area Director. You can read more about the individual candidates here: https://nala.org/2022-nalaelectrion/2021/. The forum is free to attend, but space is limited, and attendees must register in advance. If you cannot attend this event, do not worry! There will be a second Candidate Forum on July 13, 2022. This candidate forum will be recorded and will be available to all members on YouTube at least one week before voting opens on June 22nd.
August 24, 2022, 12:00pm CST Addressing Our Professional, Emotional, and Mental Health As legal professionals, we may have experienced moments where we feel burnt out and stuck as a result of the physically and emotionally demanding parts of our jobs. You are not alone, and there are actionable ways to address the mental fatigue that overcomes us when we feel this way. This course will be about addressing our mental health in the workplace through actionable strategies without feeling like it is additional work.
August 31, 2022, 12:00pm CST Should I Stay or Should I Go? Handling Burnout and Strategizing Next Steps Is your job burning you out? Are you about to throw in the towel? Are you thinking of switching careers altogether? You, like many other legal professionals, are not alone. Don’t let burnout keep you from pursuing your career goals; instead, use it as an indicator to make the right change. Learn how to find the right balance for your career goals with this informative course presented by the founder of Ave Staffing and NALA speaker, Nikki D. Green. At the end of this session/webinar, participants will be able to:
Explore methods to alleviate workplace stress;
Gain insight into their current role to determine if it is the right one for them;
Know what to expect when stepping into the job hunt; and
Properly prepare for job searching—regardless of their employment status.
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STUDENT NEWS Do you have any STUDENT NEWS? Please send any news to Kim Brown, In Brief Editor, at email@example.com. Student Events: NePA is planning a Fall Student Event for 2022. Stay Tuned for more information! College of Saint Marry Academic Calendar August 24 - Undergraduate Day and Evening Classes Begin August 31 - Last Day to Drop/Add/Late Registration for Undergraduate Day/Evening October 10-14 - Midterm Week October 17-21 - Fall Break for Undergraduate Day/Evening Students November 7-11 - Registration for Spring and Summer 2023 December 12-15 - Finals Week Questions about the Paralegal Program at College of Saint Mary’s? Visit the site here.
Metropolitan Community College Academic Calendar June 6—Classes begin for 10-week and first 5-week sessions July 4—Independence Day recess (no classes—college closed) July 11—Classes end for first five-week session July 12—Classes begin for second five-week session August 15—Classes end for 10-233k and second five-week sessions Questions about the Legal Studies & Paralegal Program at MCC? Visit the site here.
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SPRING SEMINAR RECAP Thank you to all who attended NePA’s hybrid 2022 Spring Seminar on April 22, 2022 at Mahoney State Park. We had an amazing turnout and were elated to be back in person with all of you! THANK YOU to the CLE Committee for planning the Seminar and making it a fun event for everyone! Our speakers were top-of-the-line and entertaining!
Kendra Fershee of Creighton Law School presented “Social Media Ethics for Lawyers and Paralegals.” She reviewed the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the ethical impacts of using electronic media.
Scott Mertz and Pat Carraher of Legal Aid of Nebraska jointly covered the changes to Family Law and the Landlord / Tenant Laws in Nebraska since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Randy Stevenson joined us from Baird Holm, LLP to discuss COVID-19 Legal Updates. COVID-19 has changed the way many people work, perhaps permanently, and the existing labor and employment laws were not designed to anticipate the dramatic changes that were forced on workplaces almost overnight. Randy discussed the latest pandemic law “hot topics” and the changes that may lie ahead.
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SPRING SEMINAR RECAP (Cont.) George Achola of Burlington Capital presented an overview of Administrative Law and how to be an effective advocate. Randy and George have both presented to our groups previously and it was wonderful to have them back! Finally, Charlene Foss of Lexis Nexis covered the entire research process—from the initial background research into the potential client / issue to determine what cases are most favored by the court or judge where the case will take place, to completing the last checks of the document. Charlene’s flight was unfortunately canceled at the last minute, so she joined us virtually. As always, we couldn’t do what we do without our wonderful sponsors. We enjoyed having Tom Woodrome of Capitol Services say a few word virtually. Tom gave away a $100 gift card and informed us that he will be with us again in person for our Fall Seminar. NePA gave away gift cards and our center pieces as door prizes to those who attended in person. Finally, Tina Mauch of Great Plains Reporting had a wonderful bag for one of our lucky attendees! A huge THANK YOU to our sponsors. NePA also held its Mid-Year Membership Meeting. If you missed the meeting and would like more information regarding the business conducted, please contact our President, Amy Maduka, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2022 OBA LAW DAY Law Day is a nationally recognized day set aside to celebrate the Rule of Law. Law Day underscores how law and the legal process contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. Law Day also provides an opportunity to recognize the role of courts in this democracy and the importance of jury service to maintaining the integrity of the courts. The OBA celebrated Law Day in Omaha on Monday, May 2, 2022. For more than 40 years, the Omaha Bar Association has proudly celebrated Law Day, and worked to bring together all parts of the Omaha area legal community to give proper recognition to the importance of the Rule of Law in the United States. This year’s theme was Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change. NePA coordinated and judged the Law Day Poster Contest, which was open to Omaha area 5th graders. The winning poster was put on display for the month of May on a billboard on 84th Street. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place received cash prizes from the Omaha Bar Association and 1st place also got a membership to the Durham Museum. Below are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Posters from Law Day.
VOLUME MMXXII, ISSUE 1 2022 OBA LAW DAY More fun pictures from the event!
Your Poster Contest Award Recipients: 1st Place: Elliot Henkel 2nd Place: Shreeya Allam 3rd Place: Isabella Nesselrotte
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DISTRICT I & II UPDATE On May 17, we heard from Anthony M. Aerts with Rembolt Ludtke LLP in Lincoln. Anthony spoke about the legal ramifications of the emerging market for Carbon Credits. Although this could be a potential new revenue source for agriculture, there are no regulations and little to no negotiation with the companies wanting to pay a farmer or rancher for the carbon credits. Consulting with an attorney can help the farmer or rancher understand the process and contracts as well as estate planning, taxation and future probate issues. We learned what a Carbon Credit is, (one Carbon Credit is equal to one metric ton of carbon dioxide), and how farmers and ranchers can earn carbon credits by mitigating the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by doing certain actions such as cover crops, conservation tillage, land use changes, and methane capture. Anthony also explained why large companies around the world are voluntarily buying the credits so they can show the public and their shareholders and board of directors that they are carbon neutral and banking the credits for future use when regulations are enacted. This is just the beginning of this intriguing topic.
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New Modernization of Court Rules Formatting Requirements Checklist The Modernization of Court Rule Revisions that took effect on January 1, 2022, included a number of formatting requirements that apply to all motions, petitions, briefs, pleadings and other documents filed in the appellate and trial courts. The Nebraska Supreme Court understands that lawyers may need a “grace period” while transitioning to the new formatting requirements. It is our understanding that, for the time being, no clerk will reject a filing for non-compliance with the formatting requirements. That is subject to change. All lawyers need to familiarize themselves with the new rules and incorporate the changes summarized below. (Issued as of January 20, 2022.)
Parties are not required to use hyperlinks but they are allowed. Parties can either embed internal hyperlinks that direct the reader’s attention to other portions of the filing or external hyperlinks which direct the reader’s attention to an external document or website. However, external hyperlinks may only be used to reference: the official transcript filed in the appellate court; the official bill of exceptions of the trial court or lower appellate court; case law published in the official Nebraska Reports or Nebraska Appellate Reports; laws, bills, and legislative history published on the Nebraska Legislature’s website; and the official rules of the Nebraska Supreme Court. Parties must use the official Nebraska websites in their hyperlinks. Never hyperlink to a legal research engine such as Fastcase, Westlaw or Lexis/Nexis. Note that while the Court welcomes hyperlinks, they cannot be used to subvert word limits or detract from the content of filings.
Converted PDFs Rather than Scanned PDFs To ensure that hyperlinks are accessible, the new rules require that all filings must be converted PDFs—not scanned PDFs. This will allow readers to access hyperlinks by a simple mouse click. Additionally, a converted PDF is fully text searchable, allowing readers to quickly navigate filings. Therefore, even if a party does not use hyperlinks in a document, it must be a converted PDF. Requiring filings be converted PDFs (instead of scanned PDFs) is not as burdensome on filers as it may seem at first glance. To convert a Microsoft Word document to a PDF, the filer need only “save as PDF” in Microsoft Word. The conversion process may also be done through software such as Adobe Acrobat Pro. Instructions on how to convert a document to a text based (rather than an image based) PDF is available on the website for the Clerk of the Supreme Court: https:// supremecourt.nebraska.gov/appellate-courts-offices
P T he new rules require that all documents shall be on a page size measuring 8 ½ by 11 inches, in portrait mode.
P T ype shall not be underlined, but may be italicized
Under the new word limit requirements, briefs will not exceed 15,000 words. This total includes the brief and reply brief. However, if an appellee asserts a cross-appeal, the word limit per party for all briefs shall be increased to 18,000 words to account for the cross-appeal and answer briefs. All portions of a brief, including the cover page, table of contents, and table of authorities, as well as signature blocks, count toward the maximum word count. Parties can rely on the word count displayed on their word processing software. The Court will still require page numbering. The page numbering starts with the cover page, but you do not need to place numbers on the title page. It is assumed the cover is page one. Numbering can start on page 2. Thus, in a PDF document, the PDF page number will correspond exactly with the displayed page number.
If you are using a Supreme Court form, there is an exception from the formatting rules. As the Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation updates their forms they will be revised in accordance with the formatting rules. Until that time, they will remain in the current “non-compliant” format.
The word limit for briefs in support for motions for rehearing, other briefs in support of motions, and briefs of amicus curiae will be 3,800 words. A petition to bypass and subsequent response shall not exceed 1,800 words. Petitions for further review and memorandum brief in support and subsequent response will not exceed 3,500 words.
P T ext shall be aligned to the left side and not justified.
P M argins shall be set to 1.5 inches on all sides, and lines shall be spaced at 1.15 or 1.2.
P E xtra line spacing is allowed before headings and between paragraphs.
P Footnotes are not permitted. P P referred fonts shall be Century or Century Schoolbook. Other allowed fonts are Times New Roman, Baskerville Old Face, Book Antigua, or Palatino, and shall be set no less than 12 nor more than 13 point. or boldfaced for emphasis.
Paper briefs will not be allowed for lawyers. For those who may still submit paper briefs (e.g., pro se litigants), those briefs shall comply with all formatting requirements unless typewritten. If typewritten, paper briefs shall not exceed 50 pages total on original submission, and 15 pages on briefs in support of a motion for rehearing. Typewritten briefs shall be in nothing smaller than 12-point type and lines shall be double spaced.
This article provides a thorough summary of the changes accomplished through the Modernization of Court Rules Project: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.nebar.com/ resource/resmgr/nebraskalawyer_2017plus/2021/ novemberdecember/TNL-1121j.pdf The NSBA offers a free CLE webinar discussing the rule revisions, available in the NSBA’s OnDemand platform: www.nebarondemand.com
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ARTICLE: FIVE WAYS TO GROW YOUR CAREER WITHOUT SACRIFICING WORK-LIFE BALANCE Having a strong handle on your schedule, your stress level, and how much you’re attempting to lift can help you maintain an upwardly mobile career path while protecting your home life in the process.
One way to avoid this is to emphasize one or two territories as you continue to develop, positioning you to excel at those tasks.
That’s not the only risk of going full-throttle all the time. “When we push too hard, our attitude shifts, and we lose our joy in work,” she said, adding that over a long period, overwork can make it harder to complete simple tasks.
Mills emphasized that without aligning your values with your time, you’re at risk of burnout. “No one else is going to outline or make these choices for us. It’s up to us to define them, act upon them, and be aware of the consequences of those choices,” she said.
“One of the major mistakes—of course, we all want to grow—is that we don’t narrow our foIf you aspire to be upwardly mobile in your ca- cus,” Givens said. “That means that we’re trying reer—maybe even someday taking a CEO post to go in a lot of different directions—I always or another executive role at an association— say, trying to climb a lot of different ladders.” you might think you’ll have to give up some imAnother advantage of a narrowed focus is that portant things to get there. it allows you to, well, focus. Mills points to author That doesn’t necessarily have to be the case, if Cal Newport, who argues that busywork takes a you have the right strategy to manage every- toll on our ability to think with depth. thing. We talked to two career experts who “Spend enough time in a state of frenetic shalshared ideas for protecting your personal life— lowness, and you permanently reduce your caeven as your ambitious goals might indicate a pacity to perform deep work,” Newport wrote schedule that stretches beyond the 9-to-5. in Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a 1. Understand the Warning Signs of Overwork: If Distracted World. you’re pushing too hard, you often feel it, ac3. Maintain Control of Your Schedule cording to Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, president and CEO of The Leaders’ Haven. She said to Givens noted that it’s easy to be pulled in different directions by your team, adding to the chalwatch for actions that seem out of character. lenge of work-life balance. She said it’s im“Being self-aware is essential,” she said. portant to maintain freedom around your “Noticing when personal behaviors aren’t con- schedule. sistent with your norm—lashing out at family or “I always say, be the captain of your own ship, colleagues, or making decisions without proper and I think that makes the difference, instead of research, collaboration, and consultation just to allowing people to dictate all your tasks and get it off the list.” your entire schedule,” she said.
2. Focus Your Output: Sharon Givens, board president of the National Career Development Association and a professional career counselor, explained that while you may have a tendency to go in a lot of different directions, you can become overwhelmed if you spread yourself too thin.
4. Set Guardrails for Your Personal Life If Needed Mills and Givens both said that guardrails are important if you’re trying to protect your mental health and your free time. But Mills noted that not everyone operates the same way.
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BALANCE “Some professionals prefer what they describe as an integrated life, which to others may look like there are no barriers, because they choose to work a few hours on a weekend so they [can take time] off for something personal during the week,” she said. One example of how different boundaries can play out: On vacation, one person may choose to check in with work every few days to avoid an atives for employees to get more sessions than onslaught of messages upon returning, while they could before for free, because with emothers prefer unplugging for the week and dealployee assistance programs, there’s no deductiing with all messages after they get back. ble, no copay,” she said. “They get services with Givens added that leaders can implement a provider or counselor just to kind of talk about team wide guardrails to help establish the need how they’re feeling about what’s happening.” for free time. “The leader can say, we’re not goTalking it over might just be the way you break ing to do calls on Saturday, we’re not going to through in your efforts to strike a balance bedo calls at 7 p.m.,” she said. tween your career and your personal life. But ultimately, there are limits to what others can do. “We also have to take responsibility for our own discipline—put the phone down,” Mills said. “Turn the laptop off.” Ernie Smith is a senior editor for Associations 5. Consider Using an Employee Assistance Pro- Now. gram This article originally appeared on AssociaGiven the growing level of stress many employ- tionsNow.com. Reprinted with permission. Copyees face, it’s important for people who are feel- right ASAE: The Center for Association Leadering the strain to talk to someone who can help ship (February 2022) Washington, DC. them work through difficult moments or highlight warning signs. Employee assistance programs are one increasingly popular option for this kind of check-in. Givens said many employers have started more actively promoting their EAPs. “Many companies now are actually starting initi-
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