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  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 2:14 PM | Kathy Bass, CP

    Two quick questions

    1. What version of MS Office does your office use?

    2.  Do you know of any plans to upgrade to the next version?

    Thank you!
    Kathy Bass

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 9:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I received a phone call last week at the law office from an attorney who is with the Lincoln Legal Aid office.  He stated that he had just given a program to paralegals with the State wide Legal Aid offices.  He said he told his attendees how important it is to join associations for networking and legal education.  He discussed NLPA and our website  with his group and one attendee from the Grand Island Legal Aid office stated that they didn't think CNLP existed anymore!      


    This emphasizes how important marketing our association to the world is.  Order your shirts with our logo -- hand out your business cards -- invite potential new members to attend a meeting with you.  Let's get the word out there that Nebraska Legal Professionals Association and Central Nebraska Legal Professionals Association are alive and kicking!!!

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I just received my invitation to the CNLP Membership Drive meeting to be held April 6th at JoAnn Oseka's home.  The invites are adorable!!!  There is a second invite to be given to out along with an information sheet about who and what CNLP is and does. 

    What an excellent job our committee members did!!  Thank you all so very much!  This is a delightful way to share who we are.

    Hats off to Teresa Hartwig and Karen Bortz and MERRY JOHNSON!

  • Tuesday, March 07, 2017 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Does it bother anyone else who has earned a degree as a legal assistant/paralegal that legal secretaries easily take on the title "legal assistant"?  I cannot help but bristle when someone who has "some" experience in a legal office but no higher education or degree uses the title of legal assistant or paralegal that I worked for and earned.

    I know there is quite a bit of discussion about the titles "legal assistant" vs. "paralegal" but that is a different argument altogether.

  • Thursday, March 02, 2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CNLP is hosting the NLPA Spring Seminar this Saturday, March 4, 2017 in Grand Island, Nebraska.  Hope to see many of you there!

    The speaker line up looks interesting and please make sure if you want Continuing Education credits for this seminar that you receive the certification.

    Psssttt - the Cranes are Here!  And the weather is going to be very, very nice this Saturday!   Come on out everyone!!

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This information was first published by Aubrey Mancuso with Kids Count in 2014:  A good refresher on how a bill becomes law in Nebraska:

    Idea  — Ideas for bills come from many places, and are often generated by problems that are brought to a State Senator by one of his or her constituents.  Voices for Children will sometimes bring bills to a Senator and these are often based on best practices from other states.

    Introduction  — All bills are introduced in the first ten days of the legislative session.  Once they are introduced, they are referred to a committee.

    Committee Hearing — Every bill introduced gets a public hearing and anyone is welcome to testify.  Testifiers are typically limited to about 5 minutes.

    General File  — General File is the first round of debate by the full legislature.  It requires a minimum of 25 votes to move a bill forward from General File.  A bill can also be amended on General File.

    Select File — Select file is the second round of debate.  Bills can be amended on Select File as well.

    Final Reading  — This is typically the final step of legislative approval for the bill.  No amendments to a bill can be made on Final Reading.

    Governor  —  Once a bill has received legislative approval, it goes to the Governor to be signed.  The Governor can sign the bill into law, veto it or it automatically becomes law in five days without his signature.  If the Governor vetoes the bill, the Legislature  can override the veto with 30 votes.

  • Friday, December 16, 2016 8:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wow!  This presidential election has to be the most interesting spectacle ever!  As the Monday, December 19th date approaches many of us are researching the electoral college, what it is, why it came to be and wondering if it is still necessary?

    There are 538 electoral votes possible. The number of votes reflects the congressional number for each state.  Nebraska has five - 3 representatives based on our total state population and of course 2 senators - the same as every other state has.   Maine and Nebraska are the only two states that can split the vote by representative district.  (We are a unique bunch we Nebraskans as we have the only unicameral in the USA as well).

    The "electors"  are usually party members and are selected as "rewards" for their work within the party.

  • Friday, December 09, 2016 8:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    I am hoping that our members will share legal education articles on our NLPA website.  For those that are published in your newsletter, would you please forward them to me for publication on our website?

    Looking forward to reading your articles!

    Shelly Nielsen

  • Friday, November 11, 2016 10:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    So how many of you are working today?  We are.  Some offices are closed when the Courthouses are closed but we use this time to catch up on clients and office administration duties.

    Anyway... be sure and thank a Vet today and every day!

    Shelly Nielsen

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 1:00 PM | Lisa Bryan (Administrator)

    I need to file notice in the newspaper for 3 weeks as alternate service on a defendant.  Does anyone have a copy of this type of Notice that they could send me?  Thanks.


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