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1986 NSBA News 1 (1986)

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January 1986

Bar survey depicts typical Nebraska lawyer

More than 2,200 members of the
Bar-48% of the membership-
responded to the 1985 Membership
Survey, providing a generally favor-
able report card on Bar activities
and services. The survey generated
valuable information about the atti-
tudes and concerns of Nebraska
lawyers, and also provides a look at
the economic status of the legal
The typical Nebraska lawyer-if
there is such a person-is a white
male, age 34.76. He has been a
member of the Bar just about 8
years, is most likely to work in
Omaha in a firm of about 5 lawyers.
He would belong to the NSBA even
if membership were voluntary, and
generally gives high marks to the
continuing legal education, disci-
pline, public relations and legislation
efforts of the Association-although
he is unaware of some important Bar
This typical lawyer earned net in-
come of $36,869.68 from the practice
of law last year, charging $65.64 per
hour and working a 44-hour week.
Overhead expenses offset 37.79% of
his gross income. During the past
year, he spent 31/2 days attending
Don't forget new
NSBA address
A considerable amount of the Bar's
mail is still being sent to our old
address in the American Charter
Building. Please make note of the
new address:
Nebraska State Bar Association
635 South 14th Street
Post Office Box 81809
Lincoln, NE 68501
Our phone number remains (402)

CLE programs and feels that CLE
should be mandatory for Nebraska
A summary of all stastical data,
and some tables of cross-tabulations,
are included in this issue of the
newsletter, beginning on page 4.
Some additional information is avail-
able through the NSBA office, and if
you have special interest in any
specific questions, we will be happy
to work with you to find the infor-
mation you need. Research Asso-
ciates of Lincoln, the firm that con-
ducted the study for the Bar, has

cross-taulated all of the data by
gender, years in practice, size of
firm, employment position, size of
town and law school attended. Con-
tact Sharon Stephan at the NSBA
office in Lincoln for information.

The verdict is in.

Nebraska lawyers recognized
for pro bono contributions

More than 1,000 Nebraska lawyers
recently received Certificates of
Commendation recognizing their
contribution as volunteer members
of the Legal Services/Lawyer Referral
Program. In the past three years,
these volunteer attorneys have given
countless hours of help to the more
than 2,300 people referred by LS/LR.
In his letter to the volunteers,
NSBA President Jim Hewitt said,
You have acted in the finest tradi-
tion of the legal profession by
making equal access to justice a
reality. Because you receive no tangi-
ble benefits for your contribution of
time, it is fitting that your peers
recognize this contribution.
Despite the large number of
Nebraska attorneys who have
already generously agreed to help,
more volunteers are needed, par-
ticularly in the area of family law.
The Omaha Bar Association is pres-
ently exploring ways to provide legal

representation to the hundreds of
indigent people in Omaha who need
representation in child support modi-
fication cases. These people often
have legally sufficient reasons for
modifications but cannot get the
legal help they need in presenting
their cases in court. Similar problems
with child support modifications
exist in other Nebraska communi-
ties. Your help in agreeing to assist
these people is truly needed.
If you have not already done so,
please join the Nebraska State Bar
Association Legal Services/Lawyer
Referral Program. Join with the more
than 1,000 other Nebraska attorneys
who have agreed to help improve
access to the courts. For more infor-
mation about LS/LR or for an enroll-
ment form, please contact program
director Patricia Hays, P.O. Box
81809, Lincoln, NE 68501,
(402) 475-7091.


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