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Volume 24, Number 4

Winter 2018



Dan Thayer

In this era of change, it’s time to change the format of the president’s column. So, let’s get started:

Things to Get Done in January

  1. Check your credit report. Go to AnnualCreditReport.com, you can get a free copy of each of your credit reports once each year. In just a couple minutes, you can see everything that’s going on with your credit. But you can only do this once per year.
  2. Goal Setting.  Begin 2019 with clearly defined, attainable goals. Go to goal-setting guru Brian Tracy’s template for a life inventory and goals chart at
    www. media.briantracy.com/downloads/pdf/StrategicGoalSettingForSuccessGuide.pdf. Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski completes an annual Life Inventory. So should you.
  3. Join NATA & NATA PAC. From highly effective seminars to legislation (think “slight/gross” versus “comparative fault.” Or, the new law permitting work comp electronic payments for clients). Absolutely nobody does more for the trial practice and our clients than NATA.  
  4. Clean the gutters.  Gutters that are full of ice and leaves can’t do their job, resulting in leaks, moldy walls, ice patches for pedestrians, and deteriorating foundations. 
  5. Best ice melt.  Use calcium chloride pellets from your local hardware store.  Kitty litter and sawdust work great, but make a mess. Rock salt cleans-up easily, but can kill plants and corrode your car’s paint. Try calcium chloride for an anti-ice trick that cleans-up easily and doesn’t damage your property.
  6. Declutter your life.  Set aside an afternoon on the weekend to declutter your closets, garage, basement, and kitchen. Try: porch.com/advice/10-cheap-easy-home-organization-hacks/
  7. Be sure to say “Thanks.”  Include your family, friends, support staff, clients, and Providence.

Book Review – “The Man to See”

The greatest criminal defense lawyers of the 20th Century are Clarence Darrow and …. Every Nebraska lawyer, regardless of your area of practice, should know of Edward Bennett Williams who is the subject of “The Man to See,” by Evan Thomas.

If you were in trouble in Washington, DC in 1950’s – 1980’s, then Williams was your man. He defended illustrious names ranging from Secretary of Treasury and former Governor John Connelly (JFK’s seatmate), to Jimmy Hoffa who, if he was found “not guilty” at trial, Bobby Kennedy promised to jump off the dome of the Capitol (Hoffa was found “not guilty,” so Williams had a parachute delivered to Bobby’s office).

Williams, a D.C. insider, simultaneously owned the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles. He found kinship with Vince Lombardi, whom Williams lured from the Green Bay Packers to the Redskins, due to a shared philosophy of “contest living.”  Not only was Williams a great trial lawyer, but also formidable appellate counsel as Supreme Court Justice William Brennen called Ed Williams, “the equal of Clarence Darrow” and “a superb arguer.”

This book is a great read for your next travel trip or during a quiet weekend.

What NATA is doing for you.

  1. ListServe: a perplexing legal question? Get answers from lawyers ranging from Scottsbluff to Omaha. This tool, alone, is worth the annual dues to NATA.
  2. Unicameral: Beginning in each January, NATA’s lobbyists and the Legislative Committee reviews and monitors roughly 800 Bills introduced each year. Every major legislative effort in the past 30 years involving the civil trial practice had NATA at the forefront.
  3. Quarterly seminars: Nebraska trial lawyers sharing the latest of trial techniques, latest laws, caselaw updates that are unrivaled.
  4. Trial Smith:  access the largest deposition bank of experts in the U.S. at a discounted price.    
  5. Amicus Brief:  a case on appeal?  An intriguing issue that affects Nebraskans or significant legal rights?  NATA writes Amicus briefs to help your argument before the appellate courts.
  6. Do you have a good idea?  Let us know if you have a new legislative proposal or believe that an existing law should be amended.  A seminar idea? Website improvement? We would love to hear from you. Just email nata@nebraskatrial.com.





Joint Meeting of NATA Board, NATA PAC Trustees, and NATA Legislative Committee
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Quarry Oaks Clubhouse, Ashland

Taking Your Case To Trial: Strategies and Demonstrations to Help You Win

Friday,  February 22, 2019
Scott Conference Center, Omaha

MAY 2019

Friday,  May 3, 2019
Embassy Suites Downtown Lincoln

JULY 2019

Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20
Niobrara Lodge, Valentine, NE