The Attorney Services Division provides administrative support to the Counsel for Discipline, MCLE Commission, State Bar Commission, and the Commission on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. Further, it provides access to Guardian ad Litem education for attorneys becoming qualified to serve in juvenile court proceedings. This division is responsible for ensuring active attorneys obtain annual mandatory continuing legal education, and comply with all mandatory annual licensure rules. It provides support for those entities responsible for investigating disciplinary complaints against attorneys, admitting new attorneys to practice, and protecting the public against persons practicing law without a license.
Admission to the practice of law within the State of Nebraska is governed by the Nebraska State Bar Commission
. The Bar Commission conducts testing and reviews all applications for admission for those who wish to practice law within Nebraska. Annual LicensureUnder development.Counsel for Discipline
The conduct of Nebraska lawyers must comport to the standards outlined in the Rules of Professional Conduct as adopted by the Nebraska Supreme Court. The Nebraska Supreme Court has assigned the office of Counsel for Discipline to investigate and prosecute violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Guardian ad Litem Education
The Nebraska Supreme Court adopted Guidelines for Guardians ad Litem for Juveniles in Juvenile Court Proceedings
to ensure that the legal and best interests of juveniles in dependency and abuse/neglect proceedings initiated under the Nebraska Juvenile Code are effectively represented by their court-appointed Guardians ad Litem. An attorney seeking to take the initial guardian ad litem course may seek user credentials to take online courses
offered by the Court. Course completion leads to the attorney being listed on the court’s roster
of those eligible for GAL appointments which is hosted on the Attorney Services Division website.
The Nebraska Supreme Court created the Nebraska Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission to monitor compliance with the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education for Lawyers Rules, approve vendors of continuing legal education and ensure attorney compliance.
Statewide Roster of Attorneys
The Attorney Services Division maintains a roster of contact information for attorneys licensed to practice law within the State of Nebraska.
Attorneys must notify the Attorney Services Division of any changes in contact information. Attorneys may update their own information by logging into the MCLE account and using the "maintain personal information" function.
Unauthorized Practice of Law
The “practice of law” is the application of legal principles and judgments to specific circumstances in order to resolve a problem or decide how to proceed under the law. Practicing law requires special skill and knowledge. The Nebraska Supreme Court Supreme Court defines the practice of law in its Rules Governing the Unauthorized Practice of Law.