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Important Information from the United States District Court

Friday, September 15, 2017

Continuing Legal Education. The Federal Practice Committee will sponsor a continuing legal education seminar on September 27, 2017, entitled “Plausibility, Proportionality, and Professionalism: Practice Requirements Under the Current Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.” The presentation will be held at the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln. There will also be a live Webcast of the presentation. The program qualifies for two credit hours. Attorneys can register to attend the live presentation or Webcast on the court’s website at:

Pro Hac Vice Fee. Effective, October 1, 2017, the court will begin charging a pro hac vice fee in the amount of $100.00. The fee will be charged in each case in which an attorney appears pro hac vice. Attorneys who have already been admitted pro hac vice on October 1 will not be charged the fee to continue their appearance in a case. Preparing for

NextGen CM/ECF. The court is planning to upgrade to the Next Generation CM/ECF system (NextGen) in 2018. There are two things that attorneys can do now to prepare for NextGen.

1) Does your office use a shared login and password for PACER? If so, each attorney needs to register for an individual PACER account. Attorneys will not be able to use shared PACER accounts once the court has upgraded. If you do not have an individual account, you can register for a PACER account at Questions regarding individual PACER accounts should be directed to PACER at or by calling (800) 676-6856.

2) Is your PACER account upgraded? If you have an individual PACER account, but it was created prior to August 11, 2014, you must upgrade your account to enable it to work with NextGen. To upgrade your PACER account, login to PACER and click on Manage My Account. The Account Type should say "Upgraded PACER Account". If not, there will be a link to upgrade your account. Upgraded accounts will have user names that are at least 8 characters long.

Answers to frequently asked questions about preparing for NextGen can be found at

As our transition date approaches we will send additional information and offer training to help attorneys prepare for NextGen.

If you have questions, please contact the clerk's office at (866) 220-4381 (Omaha) or (866) 220-4379 (Lincoln).

Thank you,
United States District Court Clerk's Office

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