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The Nebraska Court of Appeals Overturns Lenient Sentence of Sex Offender Where Trial Judge Cited Teenage Girls’ Promiscuity as Basis for His Sentence

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In an unpublished opinion, the Nebraska Court of Appeals recently remanded a case back to the trial court and ordered that the defendant be re-sentenced by a new judge. The opinion arose out of the conviction of 21 year old Taylor W. … Continue reading

You did what?! Five Lessons for What to Do – and Not Do – As an Attorney

Posted in Ethics, Litigation Tips

When you practices in the area of legal malpractice defense, you get to see all of the creative ways attorneys get themselves in trouble, or find themselves on the receiving end of a malpractice suit or disciplinary proceedings. Most recently, I … Continue reading

Losing the Battle Before It Has Even Begun: Preserving Your Appellate Record

Posted in Appellate Work

Today, in its only published opinion (a 35-pager to boot), the Nebraska Court of Appeals reminded attorneys of the importance of preserving your trial court record for appellate review.  That constitutional argument, no matter how brilliant, will mean nothing unless … Continue reading

Oh the Humanity! What to Do When the Nebraska Court of Appeals Cancels Your Oral Argument in an Appeal PART II

Posted in Appellate Work

This post is authored by Cathy Trent-Vilim, a partner in LDM’s litigation department.  This is Part II of her two part post. Welcome to Part II.  If you’ve found your way to Part II, chances are you’ve received notice from the … Continue reading

Oh the Humanity! What to Do When the Nebraska Court of Appeals Cancels Your Oral Argument in an Appeal PART I

Posted in Appellate Work

This post is authored by Cathy Trent-Vilim, a partner in LDM’s litigation department. Imagine stepping up to the plate, preparing to hit your first baseball of the season.  You’ve been looking forward to this moment for months, picturing it in … Continue reading

Werner v. Platte County (Part II): Don’t Get Too Excited About the Excited Utterance Hearsay Exception

Posted in Appellate Work, Cross Examination, Direct/Redirect Examination, Discovery, Litigation Tips, Trial, Witness Preparation

   LDM Partner Cathy Trent-Vilim continues her discussion of her recent case in this post. You read in Part I of Werner v. Platte County how the Nebraska Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s ruling that statements by Mr. Werner … Continue reading

Werner v. Platte County (Part I): Get Excited About the Excited Utterance Hearsay Exception

Posted in Appellate Work, Direct/Redirect Examination, Discovery, Litigation Tips, Trial, Witness Preparation

LDM attorneys Cathy Trent-Vilim and Bill Lamson recently received a decision from the Nebraska Supreme Court affirming the maximum $1 million judgment obtained on behalf of Brian Werner in a suit against Platte County, Nebraska, arising from injuries Mr. Werner … Continue reading

Don’t Let Leopard-Print Underwear – or a Social Media Misstep – Become the Beginning of the End of Your Legal Career!

Posted in Ethics

 This post is authored by Cathy Trent-Vilim, a partner in LDM’s litigation department. By Cathy Trent-Vilim: The use of social media has become so prevalent that oftentimes users do not think through the consequences of their posts.  In some instances, … Continue reading