Pearlman Receives Two Awards from American Association of Law Libraries
22 Jul 2019
Stefanie Pearlman, Professor of Law Library, received two awards at the 2019 American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting. Pearlman received the Connie E. Bolden Publication Award and the RIPS-SIS Publication Award, both for her article Persuasive Authority and the Nebraska Supreme Court: Are certain jurisdictions or secondary resources more persuasive than others?
The Connie E. Bolden Publication Award recognizes a Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section member’s contribution to the filed of government law librarianship through a scholarly publication on a topic of concern to government law libraries. The publication must have been authored by the Section member and have been published within the last year.
The RIPS-SIS Publication Award honors a Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section member’s contributions to law librarianship through publication, particularly in the areas of research instruction and patron services.
Persuasive Authority and the Nebraska Supreme Court: Are certain jurisdictions or secondary resources more persuasive than others? was published in The Nebraska Lawyer, March/April 2018 issue.
Nelson, '11, Joins E*TRADE Financial
18 Jul 2019
Mark Nelson, '11, has joined E*TRADE Financial as an Assistant General Counsel. Previously, Nelson was a senior policy advisor with the U.S. Department of Treasury where he worked on domestic and international financial institutions policy.
About E*TRADE Financial
E*TRADE Financial and its subsidiaries provide financial services including brokerage and banking products and services to traders, investors, stock plan administrators and participants and registered investment advisors (RIAs). Securities products and services are offered by E*TRADE Securities LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC). Commodity futures and options on futures products and services are offered by E*TRADE Futures LLC (Member NFA). Managed Account Solutions are offered through E*TRADE Capital Management, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Bank products and services are offered by E*TRADE Bank, and RIA custody solutions are offered by E*TRADE Savings Bank, both of which are federal savings banks (Members FDIC). E*TRADE Securities LLC, E*TRADE Capital Management, LLC, E*TRADE Futures LLC, E*TRADE Bank and E*TRADE Savings Bank are separate but affiliated companies.
West, '10, Joins PCL Construction Services
15 Jul 2019
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of $9 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America.
Beard Teaches Course at Australian Law School on “Strategic Space Law"
10 Jul 2019
In June of this year, Professor Jack Beard co-taught a course entitled “Strategic Space Law” at the Adelaide University Law School in South Australia. Professor Beard is a recognized expert in international law, national security law, and space law. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Woomera Manual on the International Law of Military Space Operations, together with professors from the University of Adelaide, the University of New South Wales-Canberra and the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.
The Strategic Space Law course examined the legal aspects of space security, globally and domestically. The content of the course ranged across the spectrum from peace to conflict and covered international law and some domestic law applicable to space situational awareness, sharing of technology, expertise and data, space launch, the space component of ballistic missile defense, space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and means to counter these systems, space-based Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT), satellite communications, use of the radio-frequency spectrum and electronic warfare, counter-space operations and force application from space.
Here is a photo of some of the students in the course and faculty at the University of Adelaide Law School. Seated in the front row are: Professor and Dean Melissa de Zwart; the Attorney General and Deputy Premier of South Australia, Vickie Chapman, and; Professor Dale Stephens.
Nebraska Law Named Among Top Law Schools by Above the Law
01 Jul 2019
The University of Nebraska College of Law has been named a top law school by Above the Law, making the list at #36 of over 200 U.S. law schools.
Above the Law’s Top 50 Law School Rankings focus on outcomes, identifying the schools “with quality employment prospects both outside of their particular region and/or for graduates who don’t graduate at the top of the class.” The rankings include measures for real law jobs, quality full-time positions, costs and debt, and alumni satisfaction.
“Three data points should be paramount to prospective law students and law students: cost, bar passage rate, and job placement rate,” said Anna Shavers, acting dean at the College of Law. “These numbers are essential when trying to evaluate the quality of education a law school provides.”
Nebraska Law’s Class of 2018 tallied a 94 percent employment rate within 10 months of earning a degree. This places Nebraska 6th in the country for bar passage required and JD advantage employment.
Although the Above the Law ranking does not consider JD advantage employment, Tasha Everman, assistant dean and director of career development, noted that students have an increasing interest in jobs outside traditional legal employment. “We have found that graduates are pursuing a diversity of jobs that fall under the ‘JD advantage’ category - including positions such as health care and banking compliance officers, international tax advisors, and cyber risk analysts, just to name a few.”
Another key factor in Above the Law’s ranking is cost, both total cost and debt. Nebraska Law scores high in both of these categories.
The total cost for a Nebraska resident to attend Nebraska Law is under $50,000. That is the lowest resident tuition cost in U.S. News’ top 100 law schools. Nebraska Law also has the 6th lowest law school debt in the country.
“Above the Law’s ranking is important because it is based on data points that matter. We are proud to be recognized for having a low-cost legal education while still achieving high rates of bar passage and employment,” said Shavers.
Nebraska Law Among Nation’s Best for Grads Earning Jobs
19 Jun 2019
Programs that create regular, one-on-one interactions between students, faculty and career advisers have helped the University of Nebraska College of Law become one of the nation’s best in terms of employment after graduation.
As tabulated in the 2019 American Lawyer 100 rankings, Nebraska Law finished No. 6 out of 201 law schools nationwide. The results are based on the 2018 graduating class, which tallied a 94 percent employment rate within 10 months of earning a degree.
“We are pleased by the ranking, but not surprised because we have terrific, well-prepared Nebraska Law graduates,” said Richard Moberly, dean of the College of Law and interim executive vice chancellor. “Employers within Nebraska and around the country recognize that hiring a Nebraska Law graduate means they are getting a smart, hard-working and thoughtful lawyer.”
Key Nebraska Law programs that have led to continued improvement in employment after graduation include: required check-ins with the college’s Career Development Office for third-year law students; and the launch of Early Interview Week.
In 2016, Nebraska Law implemented the required check-ins, which happen early in the fall semester of third-year students’ final year. The check-ins primarily focus on two paths: assisting pending graduates with job searches and, for students who have already secured employment, making sure the future lawyers feel prepared for the workplace.
“The mandatory check-ins have really changed the way we interact with students,” said Tasha Everman, assistant dean and director of career development for Nebraska Law. “They allow us to reach out directly to students when they begin that third year.
“The conversations about where they want to be and what they want to do help students focus career goals, putting them on a path to make the most of their last year in law school.”
Gregg Moran, a 2018 Nebraska Law graduate, said the Career Development Office was key in helping him get hired as an associate attorney at Constangy, Brooks, Smith and Prophete in Tampa, Florida. He was an early adopter of the career office’s services, starting regular visits in his first year on campus.
“I constantly went to the CDO seeking advice about how I could become a practicing attorney at a large firm in Florida,” Moran said. “Dean Everman and the other CDO staff members were beyond helpful in providing advice. Their feedback on my forms and resume was invaluable.”
For MacKenzie Hertz, also a 2018 law graduate, career assistance led her to become a judicial clerk in the United States Court for the District of Nebraska.
“CDO advisers were among the first to encourage me to apply for judicial clerkships,” Hertz said. “They provided me needed assistance in maneuvering the judicial clerkship application process, including supplying guide materials and in-person meetings.”
Further career assistance is provided through Early Interview Week. The program, which launched in fall 2017, draws employers to campus to talk face-to-face with interested law students.
“We also work with students in a number of other ways, from outlining ways to broach post-graduate employment within current workplaces to identifying spring externships or pro-bono opportunities to develop additional skills,” Everman said. “Combined, our efforts have definitely moved the needle when it comes to Nebraska Law students having employment at graduation.”
Data for the American Lawyer rankings was provided by the American Bar Association and organized by the online publisher Law.com.
Nebraska Law has been named an A+ best value law school in preLaw Magazine for bar passage rates and employment relative to the cost. The college has been counted in the top 10 since the inception of the preLaw Magazine ranking.
Nebraska Law Students Study at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China
17 Jun 2019
Fifteen University of Nebraska College of Law students, one Indiana University School of Law student, and one Southern Methodist University School of Law student recently returned from a study abroad trip at Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China and the Chinese University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China. Dean Richard Moberly accompanied the group and Professor Harvey Perlman coordinated the trip with support from Hanban, the Chinese agency that sponsors Confucius Institutes around the world including at Nebraska.
The for-credit course occurred during the summer pre-session so that students were able to participate in the trip and return to the United States for other summer work experiences.
“Three days after my last final, I boarded a plane, quickly forgot about a tough year of law school, and immersed myself in the heart of China,” said Dave Fuxa, Nebraska Law 3L.
The course in Comparative Chinese Law included daily lectures from Chinese professors, as well as Professor Perlman and Dean Moberly. Students also attended lectures on Chinese economics and culture.
“In the mornings we attended lectures on comparative law, and in the afternoons we were guided to cultural heritage sites in and around Xi’an and Beijing. I witnessed first-hand the colorful and impressive Chinese history and culture.”
Students were given a special tour of the People’s Court and the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. Judges from the Court and Standing Committee members led the tour and spent time with the students discussing the differences in Chinese and American legal processes.
“I was surprised both in how much I knew and how much I learned. The trip was a great extension of our International Perspectives course and a great supplement to upper level comparative law courses.”
Ruser Re-Appointed to Access to Justice Commission
13 Jun 2019
Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican has re-appointed Professor Kevin Ruser, ’79, as a member of the Access to Justice Commission for a four-year term. The purpose of the Commission is to “promote the Nebraska Supreme Court’s goal of providing equal access to swift, fair justice for all Nebraskans regardless of income, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age or language.”
The 24-member Nebraska Access to Justice Commission brings together representatives from all three branches of government, as well as community members, attorneys and legal organizations, educators, and representatives from organizations serving low-income Nebraskans and those with disabilities.
Professor Stefanie Pearlman is also an inaugural member of the Commission. Pearlman’s term expires in 2021.
Nebraska Law alumni serving on the Commission include:
Justice Stephanie Stacy, '91
Judge Roger Heideman, '92
Amie Martinez, '94
Carole McMahon-Boies, '82
Judge Frankie Moore, '83
Joe Nigro, '83
Jose Soto, '84
Judge Derek Vaughn, '99
More information about the Commission, including a full list of members is available at: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/access-justice-commission.
Shavers to Serve as Acting Dean
03 Jun 2019
Professor Anna Shavers will serve as acting dean of the College of Law while Richard Moberly serves as the interim executive vice chancellor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Shavers is the Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law and associate dean for diversity and inclusion for the college. She joined Nebraska Law faculty in 1989.
Lengeling Named Fellow in Rural Summer Legal Corps
22 May 2019
Second-year law student Tessa Lengeling is one of 30 law students nationwide to be named a Summer Fellow in the Rural Summer Legal Corps, a joint program of Equal Justice Works and Legal Services Corporation.
Lengeling joins other public interest law students in addressing pressing legal issues facing rural communities in the areas of housing, domestic violence, public benefits, migrant farmworkers, tribal, and family law.
During the Rural Summer Legal Corps Fellowship, Lengeling will be hosted at Iowa Legal Aid, where she will provide legal assistance to clients in the areas of domestic abuse, custody disputes, evictions, foreclosures, utility shut-offs, expungements, community economic development, and consumer matters.
Shoemaker Serves as Program Chair for the Association of Law, Property, and Society Annual Meeting
16 May 2019
Professor Jessica Shoemaker is the Program Chair for the 10th Annual Meeting of the Association of Law, Property, and Society (ALPS). In addition to organizing the meeting, Shoemaker will also present as part of the “Indigenous Property Rights in North America,” plenary panel.
The annual ALPS meeting includes presentations from more than 150 property scholars from around the globe. This year, the meeting also includes a field trip to the sacred and sovereign homelands for the Oneida Indian Nation in central New York. Oneida leaders and lawyers will provide a tour and engage in conversation about the history of the Nation, its legal challenges, and their ongoing plans and initiatives related to land-based sovereign revitalization and economic development.
During Shoemaker’s panel presentation, she will build on the field trip experience and share her work on Indigenous land tenure issues.
ALPS is a membership organization for scholars doing interdisciplinary legal scholarship on all aspects of property law and policy. The organization seeks to encourage dialogue across disciplines and among those who are interested in property law, policy, and theory.
Shoemaker is a member of the ALPS Board of Directors, serving from 2018 through 2021.
Moberly Awarded the Warren K. Urbom Mentor Award
14 May 2019
Dean Richard Moberly received the Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court mentoring award – the Warren K. Urbom Mentor Award.
This award is presented annually to a Nebraska judge or attorney in appreciation for his or her contributions to the ideals of ethics, civility, professionalism, and legal skills. The award is named after Warren K. Urbom, a Senior United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska. Judge Urbom sponsored the creation of the Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court and served as its administrator for 15 years. Judge Urbom was the first recipient of the award, which was presented to him on April 24, 2002, in recognition of his "example in and out of the courtroom as a person, lawyer and judge, making us strive to be the best we can be in how we think, speak, write and represent our profession."
Moberly is 18th recipient of this award. A list of past recipients is available on the American Inn of Court website.
Richart, '06, Joins Military Spouse JD Network
08 May 2019
Michelle Richart, '06, has joined the Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN) as the organization's community and events director for the 2019-2020 year.
The MSJDN is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting military families in the legal profession. An active Board of Directors oversees all of MSJDN’s programs and engagements that are then put into action by our committee leadership.
Michelle is a native of Nebraska and a proud Cornhusker. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law and is licensed in the State of Texas. Michelle works as corporate counsel for a software company and also practices immigration law, leveraging technology to work remotely for nearly a decade. Michelle was recently selected to become a member of the Air Force Reserves JAG Corp and is looking forward to a new challenge and serving in another capacity. She is a fierce advocate for military spouses and helped pass licensing accommodations for military spouse attorneys in Nevada in 2018. Michelle’s husband is a pilot in the Air Force and they are currently based at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Together they have two children, Piper and Pierce. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, yoga, and roller derby.
Wall Awarded the 2019 Koley Jessen Entrepreneurship Award
07 May 2019
The Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic has selected Amanda Wall as the 2019 Koley Jessen Entrepreneurship Award recipient.
Wall graduated last week with the Class of 2019. During her time at Nebraska Law, Wall was auction chair and president of the Women's Law Caucus, a 1L client counseling competition champion, a member of the Community Legal Education Project and the Nebraska Moot Court Board, and she prepared tax returns for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She was a student attorney in the Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic during the fall semester.
The Koley Jessen Entrepreneurship Award was established to recognize Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic students who have demonstrated exceptional legal skills, provided outstanding service to clients and furthered the mission of the Clinic. The firm was founded in 1988 with a vision of creating an environment that would foster trust and teamwork. Through the years, their guiding principles of integrity, client focus, and integrity have created the environment they envisioned years ago. Don Swanson, a partner in that firm, was instrumental in creating the endowed fund for this award.
Eight Selected for Order of the Barristers
06 May 2019
Eight graduates from the Class of 2019 have been selected for the University of Nebraska College of Law chapter of Order of the Barristers, a national honorary that recognizes students for their outstanding participation and performance as student advocates. These students have participated in Nebraska Law's advocacy programming, including trial team, moot court competitions, and the Advocacy in Mediation competition, among others.
The students selected are: Kelsey Arends, Ryan Coufal, Paul Henderson, Nathan Klein, Adam Kost, Maureen Larsen, Claire Monroe, and Chris Page.
Moberly Named Interim Executive Vice Chancellor
06 May 2019
Dean Richard Moberly has been named interim executive vice chancellor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Chancellor Ronnie Green announced the appointment May 2. Moberly is replacing Donde Plowman who was named chancellor of the University of Tennessee on April 26. Moberly will assume the role of the executive vice chancellor on June 1.
“Richard is widely respected on campus and across higher education,” Green said. “He understands our university and is an experienced and decisive leader. I’m excited that Richard has agreed to step into this role because I know he’s going to do a great job.”
Moberly, who is the Richard C. and Catherine S. Schmoker Professor of Law, has taught at Nebraska since 2004 and was named dean in April 2017. He has also served the college as interim dean and associate dean.
“I am looking forward to working with Chancellor Green, my fellow deans and the terrific staff in academic affairs to continue the momentum of the university during the search for a new EVC,” Moberly said. “Of course, I will miss being at the College of Law every day, but I know it is in great hands. I look forward to returning to my role when a permanent EVC is on board."
As part of the interim transition, oversight of the Office of Research and Economic Development, Student Affairs, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will shift to the chancellor.
Nebraska’s executive vice chancellor reports directly to the chancellor and is the responsible authority in the absence of the chancellor. The post directs the university’s academic enterprise and oversees the university’s nine colleges, graduate studies and the University Libraries.
In addition to teaching evidence and employment law courses, Moberly is an active scholar who researches issues related to whistleblowing and the law of secrecy. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on whistleblowing, including research on national security whistleblowers and codes of ethics, as well as an empirical study of Sarbanes-Oxley retaliation claims.
He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, spoken internationally on whistleblower protection, and also co-edited The International Handbook on Whistleblower Research (2014). The U.S. Secretary of Labor has twice appointed Moberly to the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Upperclass law students have voted Moberly “Professor of the Year” twice and he has also won the College Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2014, the College of Law Alumni Council presented him with the Distinguished Faculty Award. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Leading Voice on Criminal Justice Reform and Former Prosecutor to Address Class of 2019
29 Apr 2019
The College of Law will conduct a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St. Doors open at 1 p.m. Adam Foss, founder and executive director of Prosecutor Impact, will address the graduates.
Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO) in Boston, MA, and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform, with a particular emphasis on redefining the role of the prosecutor to help end mass incarceration. To further these ends, Foss founded Prosecutor Impact, an advocacy organization that develops training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system.
Foss believes prosecution is ripe for reinvention, requiring better incentives and more measurable metrics for success beyond “cases won.” This was the topic of his 2016 TED Talk, which has been viewed over two million times.
During his nine years as a prosecutor, Foss collaborated with the courts and the community to develop programs that continue to have a positive impact on distressed neighborhoods in the Boston area. Before leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Foss helped pioneer the first juvenile diversion program in Suffolk County, keeping young people out of the cradle-to-prison pipeline.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in developmental biology and embryology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2002 and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 2008.
The public is invited to attend the commencement ceremony. No ticket is required.
Berger Teaches "Law School for Everyone: Constitutional Law" for The Great Courses Series of On-Demand Digital Courses
26 Apr 2019
The Great Courses has released Professor Eric Berger’s course, Law School for Everyone: Constitutional Law. The course, which includes 12 video lectures, is available on DVD or by digital download. The accompanying course guidebook is 120 pages and includes photographs, illustrations and suggested course readings.
- Consider how the U.S. Constitution allocates power to federal and state governments
- Untangle the complex legal battles over hot-button issues, including same-sex marriage and abortion
- Investigate how the Commerce Clause was used during the New Deal to expand the powers of Congress
- Learn how different Supreme Court justices approached seminal constitutional cases
- Understand how to read the U.S. Constitution with an eye to how its language can be interpreted and misinterpreted
Additional information, including a full course description, is available at https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/law-school-for-everyone-constitutional-law.html.
The Great Courses is a collection of video and audio lectures produced and distributed by The Teaching Company. The courses are designed to be engaging, immersive learning experiences, with no exams, no homework assignments and no prerequisites. Of the more than 500,000 college professors in the world, only the top 1% are selected to teach one of The Great Courses. The esteemed faculty includes award-winning experts and professors from the most respected institutions in the world, selected by customers exclusively for their ability to teach.
Leiter Publishes Updated Book
26 Apr 2019
Professor Richard Leiter’s updated book National Survey of State Laws (NSSL) is now available. The new edition includes four years of updates for every chapter, and new content for:
- Interest rates
- Seat belt laws
- Restrictive convenants in employment
- Child support guidelines
- Domestic violence
- Civil shoplifting
- Food laws
- Medical records
Now in its eighth edition, National Survey of State Laws is a print and online resource that provides an overall view of some of the most-asked about and controversial legal topics in the United States. This database is derived from Leiter’s National Survey of State Laws print editions. Presented in chart format, NSSL allows users to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. The database is updated regularly as new laws are passed or updated.
Bakken, ’19, and Seim, ’19, Receive Student Award for Outstanding Impact through Pro Bono Service
16 Apr 2019
Dylan Bakken, ’19, and Shannon Seim, ’19, are the 2019 co-recipients of the Student Award for Outstanding Impact through Pro Bono Service.
Each year, as part of the Pro Bono Initiative, a student is recognized for their commitment to pro bono service while at the College of Law. The impact may be measured by reviewing a single act or project, or multiple acts or projects performed by the student during his or her enrollment at the College of Law. The selection committee takes into consideration not only the total number of pro bono hours performed, but also the overall impact the pro bono work has had on the community and underserved populations.
Dylan Bakken’s outstanding efforts in pro bono include significant work on two important projects, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the South Dakota Teen Court (SDTC). Dylan devoted his weekends, free time during the week, and most of his spring break to help the underprivileged and students prepare their tax returns through the VITA program. After realizing a large portion of the students were non-resident immigrants, he took the initiative to become certified in preparing international tax forms to ensure this population was equally served. The South Dakota Teen Court is a criminal deferral program that involves a mock court proceeding and community service. If the teen completes the program, their charges are dismissed and they are given an opportunity for a fresh start. Dylan’s work with the SDTC involved serving as a judge to administer the proceedings and as a consultant to help the teen prosecutor or defense counsel prepare for the proceeding. Through his work in these two programs, Dylan reported a combined 200+ pro bono hours during his time at the College of Law.
During her time at the College of Law, Shannon Seim served as a volunteer and Chair of the CLEP program—organizing events, covering multiple shifts, and always being willing to fill in when gaps arose. Shannon also designed and initiated the THRIVE Project and recruited twenty-eight other student volunteers and four faculty to facilitate presentations on landlord-tenant law for refugee and immigrant students in Omaha high schools. Shannon also served as a member and later co-chair of the Equal Justice Society and organized numerous events to raise money for non-profit organizations and the Nebraska Public Interest Law Fund (NPILF). In addition, Shannon spent her summers working for Legal Aid of Nebraska, serving Nebraska’s poor. As one of her nominators shared, “Shannon’s passion for pro bono work is contagious and the pro bono work she has done in her 3 years at the College of Law has impacted many individuals.”