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1985 NSBA News 1 (1985)

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Issue 85-1  February 1985

Committee developing lawyer specialization plan

Should Nebraska lawyers be allowed
to hold themselves out as specialists
in certain areas of law? If so, should
they be required to pass an examina-
tien in each area, or to take a certain
number of hours of continuing educa-
tion in each area?
A proposed plan of specialization
for Nebraska lawyers is currently
being developed by the NSBA Com-
mittee on Specialization and Advertis-
ing, chaired by Herbert J. Fried-
man of Lincoln. The committee's
preliminary proposal was made to the
House last October, but was tabled so
that delegates Would have an oppor-
tunity to discuss the idea with
The plan is essentially the same as
a Model Plan adopted by the
American Bar Association in 1979,
with the addition of a required ex-
amination. Currently, 11 states have

adopted some form of Bar-adminis-
tered specialization, with considerable
variety in tile type of plan, number
of recognized specialties and require-
ments for participation.
In their report to the House, the
Committee quoted a 1977 poll of
lawyers nationwide indicating that
40% considered themselves to be
specialists. The report states, We
have had de facto specialization for
many years, and argues that both
the public and the Bar itself would be
better served by a formal plan.
According to the Committee,
Lawyers have an obligation both to
the bar and to the public to insure
that clients in need of legal services
are served by lawyers who have com-
petency in a given area. The obvious
way to do this is by a voluntary pro-
gram of specialization whereby all
lawyers may advertise that they handle

New Attorney General

Former NSBA President Robert M. Spire of Omaha appears at a news confer-
ence with Gov. Kerrev (right) announcing Spire's appointment as Nebraska's new
attorney general. Spire served as president of the NSBA in 1981#82, and is also a
past president of NCLE, Inc., and a former member of the House of Delegates.
Photo courtesi Lincoln ,Iournal

certain legal matters, hut only
lawyers who have taken the time and
effort through study, peer review and
examination should be permitted to
hold themselves out as a 'specialist.'
(continued on page 4)
We're moving April 1
The NSBA's new home, the
Roman L. Hruska Law Center, is
nearing completion, and will soon
be ready for occupancy. The
Bar's new address will be: Hruska
Law Center, 635 South 14th
Street, Lincoln, NE 68508. At this
time we..anticipate that our phone
number will remain the same.
The move is planned for April 1.
The officers and staff of the
NSBA invite and encourage all
Bar members to visit our new
headquarters. The facility in-
cludes a 100-seat conference
room for educational programs,
offices for the use of visiting
attorneys, a board room for
meetings of the Executive Council
and Bar committees and sections,
and staff offices for the Bar and
NCLE, Inc.
Staff members would be
pleased to give you a tour of the
new facilities. Be sure to stop in
when you're in Lincoln.

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