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1978 NSBA Newsl. 1 (1978)

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nebraska state bar associaton/1019 sharp building/lincoln nebraska 68508/402-475-7091

february 1978

volume 78-1


by Daniel D. Jewell
In these days when our image has
become so tarnished, it should be a
matter of grave importance to each
of us that we, individually and
collectively, take action to improve
our image.
The State Bar Association has
embarked upon a program of institu-
tional advertising to help the image
of the profession as a whole.
I am afraid though, that before we
can improve our image as a whole,
we must improve our image individ-
Now that we lawyers are so busy
we sometimes forget, in our haste, to
perform those little courtesies that
create a favorable impression upon
Polls have been taken asking why
clients return to the same lawyer,
Oddly enough, the outcome of the
case was not a major factor in the
decision of the client to return to the
same lawyer. The clients who would
return to same lawyer did so on the
basis of friendliness, prompt-
ness, keeping me informed and
understanding. Clients refused to
return to the same lawyer who had
an impersonal attitude, was arro-
gant, was bored with my problem
or failed to keep me informed.
From these surveys it can be seen
that loyalty to a lawyer was not based
on results but upon the manner in
which the lawyer treated the client.
If he treated the client as an impor-
tant person with important business,
the lawyer generated loyalty. If he
treated the client's problem as rou-
tine and without interest, he lost the
loyalty of the client.
Last summer, while attending the
South Dakota Bar Convention, I
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Officers' Caravan scheduled for
8 Nebraska cities, April 4 - 6

The NSBA Officers' Caravan will
once again travel to several Nebraska
cities this spring. April 4, 5 and 6 are
the dates tentatively set for the
caravan, which will bring NSBA
President Dan Jewell, President-Elect
Tom Burke, Executive Director Ted
Dillow, NCLE Director Arv Reynolds
and possibly NSBA Counsel for
Discipline Stan Gushard and NCLE
President Bob Spire to the following
April 4 - lunch in Scottsbluff
dinner in North Platte
April 5 - breakfast in Lexington
lunch in Hastings
dinner in Beatrice
April 6 - breakfast in Falls City
lunch in Fremont
dinner in S. Sioux City
An attorney in each of the eight
cities is making local arrangements
for the meeting, and all attorneys,
legal secretaries and guests are
welcome to attend. If a meeting is

not being held in your city this year,
try to attend the one nearest to you.
Officers and staff members will
discuss state and national develop-
ments in the legal profession, new
legislation, and other areas of con-
cern. We hope you will come
prepared to listen, to ask questions,
and to let your officers and staff
members know about your interests
and priorities. This will also be a
good opportunity for you to meet the
new members of your State Bar
staff, and to bring to their attention
your concerns with the continuing
education and disciplinary programs.
More information will be sent out
through the local attorneys who will
be making arrangements for the
meeting. If you would like to attend
a meeting and are not contacted by
mid-March, please call the NSBA
office in Lincoln for more specific
information on meeting times and
Your staff and officers look for-
ward to seeing you in April.

Members urged to contact senators on
legal malpractice statute of limitation bill

A bill to significantly alter the
statute of limitation for legal mal-
practice is currently being held in the
Judiciary Committee of the Legis-
lature. It could be advanced to the
floor of the Legislature at any time
during the session.
The bill would lengthen the time
to file a lawsuit against an attorney.
Further description of the bill is
found in an article beginning on page
5 of this newsletter.
NSBA members concerned about
this bill-LB 901-  are urged to
contact senators in the Legislature.
The only way to defeat this bill is to

let the Legislature know of opposi-
tion from members of the Bar.
Other news from the Unicameral
is found in a section of this
newsletter devoted to legislative

pages 5 - 8

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