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1975 NSBA Newsl. 1 (1975)

handle is hein.barjournals/neblwr1975 and id is 1 raw text is: REPORT FROM THE DISCIPLINARY HEARING -- PAGES 6,7

state bar

February 1975

us before the Legislature.
YOUR    There are many that have given
generously of their time in
assisting  in  this  essential
NOTES     endeavor.
During the past   The Supreme Court has appoint-
Buck Sm' h     weeks I have      ed a committee to refine the
had the unique    Disciplinary Rules that were
opportunity to become acquain-    recently mailed to the member-
ted in depth with the member-    ship. The new Code of Profes-
ship.  It has been a revelation  sional Responsibility requires
to learn of the divergent opin-  that a lawyer serve his client
ions that exist on practically   competently as well as honest-
every phase of the programs      ly. The revised Rules will
of the Association, proposed     encompass both aspects.
legislation, and all that has
to do with the practice of       The need exists for continuing
law. There are indeed those      education.  It is essential,
that are extreme, one way orbut demanding, for a lawyer to
the other, thus forming a        keep abreast of and informed
sharp difference of opinion as   on all matters affecting his
to what is best for our profes-  practice. Charles Wright and
sion. However, I have derived    Tom Kelley have done an ex-
satisfaction from learning       cellent job in this area and
more about the independence,     promise many more seminars on
eccentricities and dedication    matters of interest to all of
to personal convictions of our   us.  Professional competence
membership. It would appear       is mandatory under Canon 6 6f
that we are, to say the          the Code of Professional
least, a strong-willed group     Responsibility and continued
and that each in his own way     education is and will be the
is rendering a valuable service  responsibility of our As-
to society.                      sociation.

A united front on all issues
has never existed and perhaps
never will. It is comforting
that we are able to compromise
our differences, to the extent
that we do. The Association
has been able to continue and
enlarge upon its program for
our common betterment.
Legislation is perhaps one of
the more important matters at
present. Arlen Beam continues
to function in a highly compe-
tent manner in representing

The Supreme Court recently ap-
pointed James F. Begley of
Plattsmouth as a member of the
Advisory Committee from the
Fourth District. The vacancy
was created by the resignation
of Charles F. Adams of Aurora
who had served on the committee
for more than 25 years.
The Advisory Committee is com-
prised of one representative
from each of the six Supreme
Court Judicial Districts and
one at large member.  Its
functions are to review all
disciplinary proceedings re-
ferred to it by local commit-
tees on inquiry, and to issue
advisory opinions interpreting
the provisions of the Code of
Professional Responsibility.
The Advisory Committee was
created by Rule of the Supreme
Court in 1938.
.9.  .9.  .2.  J.  L9  .1.  .9.  L2

On Nov. 16, 1974, the ABA adopted Formal Opinion 338 which
allowed the use of credit cards for payment of legal ser-
vices and expenses, subject to certain guidelines. Our
State Advisory Committee had, in opinion 72-2, prohibited
the use of credit cards unless the Bar Association specifi-
cally approved and participated in the plan.
On Jan. 23, 1975, the State Advisory Committee rescinded
Opinion 72-2 and permitted Nebraska lawyers to accept credit
cards for payment of legal services and expenses, consistent
with guidelines specified in Opinion No. 75-1.
Anyone interested in the full text of Opinion 75-1 should
write to Robert Blair, Counsel for Discipline, 1019 Sharp
Building, Lincoln 68508.


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