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January 16, 2002

Wednesday, January 16, 2002
Buenos Dias!

The Judicial Council recently approved another session of Survival Spanish for court employees and area attorneys. Last years participants gave high marks to the classes and the instructor, Leticia Barajas. This next session consists of an introductory level Survival Spanish class in Lincoln and a slightly advanced class in Omaha. Both classes will commence the second week of February and will run for twelve consecutive weeks.

The Lincoln class will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Robert V. Denney Courthouse. The Omaha class will be held from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Roman L. Hruska Courthouse. Similar to the initial session, classes are designed to create a culturally appropriate/sensitive environment and equip participants with the ability to communicate basic phrases and information to our Spanish speaking customers.

Generally, both classes involve the following:

  • .An introduction to the culture and basic language principles;
  • .Instruction on typical phrases (as determined by the class);
  • .Teaching materials;
  • .A one and one-half hour of group instruction per week;
  • .Opportunities to use your new found skills in real life situations; and
  • .Free of charge.

    In addition to the above, the Omaha class will focus on the practice and development of conversational ability and fluency using basic phrases. Although termed slightly advanced, participants do not need any Spanish proficiency or have participated in the initial Survival Spanish class to enroll.

    If you are interested in either class, contact Craig Saigh (402/661-7501); or Nicole Cavanaugh (402/661-7307). Classes start in early February, so please contact us by Monday, January 21. Please do not hesitate to contact either Nicole or me with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Hasta luego.

    Subject: Electronic Case filing opportunities Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2002 16:08:31 -0600 Are you ready to begin filing pleadings over the Internet in federal court? The U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska will begin piloting it's new Case Management/Electronic Case Filing system (CM/ECF) on March 4, 2002. Training sessions will be held weekly in both the Omaha and Lincoln courthouses and can be scheduled at alternate days or times by request. This seminar provides attorneys and their staff with the knowledge necessary to use the electronic filing system. Topics to be covered include: · How to prepare documents for electronic filing · How to file electronically · How to retrieve electronically filed documents · How to receive electronic notice of filings · What to do with material that cannot be filed electronically · What to do if you have difficulties filing electronically · Legal issues including: electronic signatures, noticing and retention of original documents, and system requirements Beginning February 19th, training will be held every Tuesday from 9-11am, in Omaha at the Roman L. Hruska U. S. Courthouse, and every Wednesday from 9-11am at the Lincoln Federal building. Sign up on our web site at click on Training. If you would like to make special arrangements to train your group of 10 or more at our office or yours call Luta at 402-661-7363. We are still working on establishing training dates for North Platte. If you would like to host an attorney training session in the western part of the state, or have an idea for a location, please contact me. Thanks! Luta Pleiss Training Coordinator US District Court--Nebraska 402-661-7363