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1993 NSBA News 1 (1993)

handle is hein.barjournals/neblwr1993 and id is 1 raw text is: Issue 93-1                                March 1993
House considers bills, approves computer system

On Jan. 29, the NSBA House of
Delegates acted on 57 bills pending before
the first session of the 93rd Nebraska
Unicameral.
Acting on the recommendations of
the NSBA Legislation Committee and the
Executive Council, delegates supported
15 bills, opposed 17 bills and took no
position on 17 bills. Eight bills were
referred to Bar committees or sections for
further study and recommendation.
Commissions fuel discussion
Much of the discussion was focused
in two areas: proposed changes in judicial
nominating commissions (LB 269, LB
304, LB 638 and LB 716) and a proposed
constitutional amendment related to
alternative dispute resolution (LR 28CA).
Over the objection of some mem-
bers, the House reaffirmed its previous
positions that judicial nominating
commissions forward the names of
sufficiently qualified applicants and that
voting on judicial candidates be con-
ducted in closed session.
Proponents of open voting said it is

needed to make commissions accountable
for their actions. Opponents said open
voting Would increase the already difficult
task of getting lawyers to serve on judicial
nominating commissions. They cited
limited discussions ofjudicial qualifica-
tions leading to less favorable results.
ADR amendment opposed
The House opposed a legislative
resolution placing on the ballot a pro-
posed constitutional amendment to
authorize the Nebraska Legislature to
provide for enforcement of mediation and
other forms of dispute resolution. At
issue were the resolution's language,
decnd overly broad by many delegates,
and its ability to limit future Unicamerals
to the resolution's original intent.
Computer funds approved
Also approved at the Jan. 29 meeting
was an update of the Bar's computer
system. The change was recommended
by the Executive Council and a special
Computer Committee comprised of M.
Douglas Deitchler, Thomas J.

Delegate Ronald L. Volkmer of Omaha speaks in support of LR2CA, a constitutional
amendment authorizing the Legislature to provide for enforcement of ADR.

Inside this issue ...
Real E.:ate Title Standards
Active NSBA members will find
inside their newsletters two Real
Estate Title Standards approved Oct.
29 by the House of Delegates. Please
remove Title Standards #32 and #103
and add them to your Desk Book.
Directory. changes
Have you moved or changed
telephone numbers since the 1993 Bar
Directory went to press last November?
Hundreds of attorneys have. Check
new listings for attorneys on the move
on pages 24-31.
Fitchett and William E. Olson, Jr., all
of Lincoln.
The House voted to amend the
association's 1993 budget by S62,000 to
purchase new software and hardware.
Total cost of the update is estimated at
$97,000, with the remaining funds already
budgeted this year.
The Bar is purchasing relational
association software from Smith Abbott, a
Baltimore-based company with over 350
installations nationwide. The association-
specific software includes membership,
general ledger, events and auto pro
(automatic progranming). packages.
Included in the hardware bid are a
file server, nine workstations and moni-
tors and three printers. Existing associ •
tion hardware will be used as possible in
the new network. The Bar anticipates
converting to the new computer network
later this spring.
The House also amended minutes of
the Oct. 29 meeting to reflect delegate
approval of opt-out status for the IOLTA
Program, but not approval of participating
banks notifying the Counsel for Disci-
pline office of trust account overdrafts.

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