Dues FAQ

The Nebraska State Bar Association is pleased to provide it's dues paying members with many member benefits. In addition to supporting your practice, paying dues to the NSBA helps fund programs that support the profession, the courts and the public. Please refer to the information provided below or call the NSBA at 800-927-0117 for further information.

The NSBA no longer collects the Nebraska Supreme Court’s mandatory assessment, which is required in order to be licensed to practice law in Nebraska. For questions regarding your license status or to pay your mandatory assessment, please contact the Attorney Services Division of the Court at 402-471-3137 or nsc.attrservices@nebraska.gov

Q: What are the rules controlling membership in the Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA)?
A: The Rules Creating, Controlling, and Regulating Nebraska State Bar Association as well as the Nebraska State Bar Association Bylaws are available on the NSBA website and via Casemaker.

Q: What are the membership dues?

NSBA Dues Amounts

Regular Active $240
Judicial Active $240
Junior Active $120
Senior Active $120
Military Active $0
Regular Inactive $60
Regular Inactive Gold (provides access to benefits of NSBA Active members, including Casemaker)
$240
Emeritus Inactive $0

Please see the definition for each membership group in the Rules.

Q.  What do I get for my NSBA dues?
A.   Benefits are listed here:

  • Casemaker Premium, the NSBA's free online legal research too, which includes Casecheck+, CiteCheck+ and Case Digest
  • Free and reduced CLE.  For a complete listing of all available CLE's, visit the NSBA Website Calendar.
  • Unlimited Free access to the Nebraska Child Support Calculator
  • Access to NSBA Sections: build your professional network & expertise by connecting with attorneys in your area of practice
  • NebDocs which is an automated forms library across multiple practice areas in Nebraska (there is an additional subscription fee)
  • Free access to the NSBA Library, which hosts past NSBA seminar materials, manuals, forms and videos, categorized by practice area
  • Subscription to The Nebraska Lawyer Magazine
  • Discounted access to the NSBA's new Find-A-Lawyer referral website, designed to connect you with potential clients
  • A number of other discounts on services like insurance, conference calling, credit card processing, software, retirement programs and office supplies.

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Q.  If I am a Regular Inactive can I pay NSBA dues and receive benefits?
A.   Direct Member Benefits for Regular Inactive members who pay the NSBA dues include:

  • The Nebraska Lawyer magazine
  • 2 free hours of NSBA-produced ethics CLE
  • A significant discount on NSBA-produced CLE seminars & webinars;
  • Free access to the NSBA Library, which hosts past NSBA seminar materials, manuals, forms and videos, categorized by practice area
  • Full access to the NSBA website and searchable online directory of licensed attorneys
  • Subscription to the NSBA Legislative Update
  • A number of other discounts on services like insurance, conference calling, credit card processing, software, retirement programs and office supplies.
  • Now, for an additional fee, attorneys with inactive law licenses can have unlimited access to Casemaker Premium, the NSBA's free online legal research too, which includes Casecheck+, CiteCheck+ and Case Digest.  Sign Up Today

Q.  If I am a Regular Inactive attorney and wish to access Casemaker is there an additional fee I can pay?
A.  For an additional cost, inactive members can receive the benefits of NSBA Active members, including Casemaker. Sign Up Today for Inactive Gold!!

Q: When are dues supposed to be paid?
A: On or before January 1 for the year of membership.

Q. Can I set up auto-renewal?
A. If you select auto-renewal, your voluntary dues (including the sections and charitable contributions you select here) will automatically renew annually and be charged to the credit card you provide when submitting your voluntary dues.  You will receive a receipt each year instead of a dues statement.

Q. Can I pay monthly?
A. Members now also have the option of making payments monthly. Members who sign up for the monthly payment option agree to pay for the entire year. Monthly billing requires a credit card and must be done on line. A small convenience fee is associated with the monthly dues option. The monthly convenience fee is $2 for regular and judicial active, $1 for junior and senior active, $0.50 for regular inactive. The convenience fee for Inactive Gold is $2.

If you register for the monthly billing option before February 1, your monthly payments will be divided equally across 12 months. If you register for monthly billing after February 1, you will still be billed 12 times, but those payments will be equally divided across the number of months remaining in the year. For example, if you renew in May, you will still be billed 12 times during the 8 remaining months (e.g., every 21 days).

What if the credit card on file is no longer valid?
If we are unable to process payment, lawyers will be notified by email and asked to update their credit card information. If they do not login and update their information, the NBSA will call and confirm and ask them for updated credit card information. If we are still unable to process the credit card, an invoice for the remaining balance will be sent. When payment is not made within 30 days of notice, lawyers will be dropped from the roll of dues paying members for nonpayment of dues, and all rights in respect thereto shall cease.

Members can cancel at any time by contacting the NSBA at (402) 475-7091. Upon cancellation, the remaining balance for the year will be due. When payment is made, members will continue to have access to NSBA benefits through the end of the current membership year for which they have paid. When payment is not made within 30 days of notice, they will be dropped from the roll of dues paying members for nonpayment of dues, and all rights in respect thereto shall cease.

Q: Where should I send my dues payments?
A: Dues payments should be sent in the return envelope provided with each dues statement. Payment can also be made to the NSBA, 635 S. 14th St. #200, Lincoln, NE 68508.

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Q. Can I join a section if I do not pay NSBA dues?
A.  You cannot join an NSBA Section without paying NSBA dues.  If you are a NSBA dues paying member, you can join a section at any time, including during the dues period. 

Q: What are the Section dues?
A: Dues vary by section.

ADR (fee waived if 1 year of practice)
$20.00   Intellectual Property
$10.00
Ag Law $10.00   Juvenile Law
$15.00
Appellate Practice
$15.00   Labor Relations & Employment Law $10.00
Bank Attorneys $15.00   Law Practice Management $10.00
Bankruptcy $10.00   Limited Scope Representation (free for first year of practice)
$10.00
Business Law (fee waived if in practice 5 yrs. or less) $10.00   Military Law (free if on Active Duty 30 or more days in 2016)
$10.00
Corporate Counsel $5.00   Natural Resources & Environmental Law
$10.00
Diversity $10.00   Public Interest Law
$5.00
Elder Law $10.00   Real Estate, Probate & Trust
$20.00
Family Law $15.00   Securities Law  $10.00
Federal Law $10.00   Senior Lawyers (free if emeritus & during the year you turn 60)
$10.00
General Practice $10.00   Taxation
$10.00
Government Practice
$15.00
  Women & The Law
$15.00
Health Law
$15.00
  Workers' Compensation
$20.00
Immigration Law $10.00   Young Lawyers (free for first year of practice)
$10.00
Indian Law
$10.00  


Q: Is there a late fee if I don't pay the dues on time?

A: There is no late fee for dues to the NSBA

Q. Will my NSBA dues go to lobbying activities?
A. The NSBA operates a Legislative Program.  On  the dues statement or online form you can indicate if you do not wish to support lobbying activities . That amount will be deducted from your statement.

Q. Can I still get Neb Docs?
A.  You are required to pay NSBA dues in order to subscribe to NebDocs. There will still be a subscription fee for NebDocs.

Q. Can any attorney register for NSBA CLE?
A.  Yes. Any attorney can register for NSBA CLE programs. Attorneys who pay NSBA dues will get a discount on CLE programs sponsored by the NSBA.

Q. Are Ethics CLE seminars free?
B. The NSBA will offer a number of live ethics CLEs every year. Any attorney can register for NSBA ethics seminars. Attorneys who pay NSBA dues can register for one, 2 hour ethics NSBA ethics seminar for free.

Q: What if I want to change my status (from active to inactive or from inactive to active), resign or request to be reinstated?
A.  For questions regarding your licensure status, please contact the Attorney Services Division of the Court at 402-471-3137 or nsc.attrservices@nebraska.gov.

Q: What if I am in, or eligible for, a complimentary group (Emeritus, Military)? Do I have to send back the dues statement or anything else?
A: We request that each member, including complimentary members, return the dues statement. If you are, or should be, in a complimentary group, please return the dues statement to confirm with the NSBA that you wish to maintain that status.

Q: Can I pay dues by credit card?
A: The NSBA will accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.  We strongly encourage attorneys to select the auto-renewal option.  When you select auto-renewal your credit card will automatically be charged each year and your benefits will automatically be extended.  Instead of sending you a dues statement the NSBA will end you a receipt.

Q. Are there options to have voluntary dues waived?
A. If you are facing a financial hardship but still wish to receive benefits through the NSBA, please complete and return the Dues Waiver Form.  All requests will be strictly confidential.

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