The Nebraska State Bar Association or NSBA is an integrated law society that requires lawyers practicing law within the state to join. It was organized and created in 1937 by an order of the Nebraska Supreme Court. Its predecessor was the Nebraska Bar Association, created in 1899, which at the time was a voluntary membership organization.
The NSBA has over 9000 members, 3200 of which are out-of-state attorneys. It is governed by the House of Delegates, which comprises an Executive Council as well as a president, president-elect, president-elect designate, and immediate past president. The presidential positions are elected by the members who are active in the NSBA.
The primary function of the NSBA is to regulate and oversee the legal profession in the state of Nebraska. It accomplishes this by accepting and investigating complaints about attorneys. It metes out discipline if or when attorneys are found to be guilty of violating the association’s professional and ethical standards.
Additionally, the NSBA requires all bar-admitted attorneys in the state to complete 10 credits of Continued Legal Education or CLE credits. The information for CLE classes and examinations are found on the NSBA website. Attorneys needing to complete their annual credits can find out the details of when and where these courses are offered and how much they cost in which to enroll.
Attorneys who are admitted to the NSBA receive professional benefits that include access to Casemaker, which is a law case search engine. Its provides fast and timely results so lawyers can use its information while representing their own clients. They also can take advantage of programs like retirement savings plans, student loan refinancing, and credit card processing services. These programs and others are available as long as members keep their dues paid in full.
The NSBA also offers resources to the public including its free civil education links. These links provide information about state laws, important cases that have been decided by state courts, and regulations that could apply to people’s cases. They also can use the free online directory to find an attorney in their city who practices in the desired legal specialty and can take their case.
The NSBA is located at 635 South 14th Street Suite 200 in Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508. People wanting to contact the organization can use the free email form found under the Contact Us link on the NSBA website.