FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014
 

 
Supreme Court Appoints Chaffee as Director
Of Newly Created Office of Public Guardian
The Nebraska Supreme Court has appointed Nebraska attorney Michelle J. Chaffee as the director of the Office of Public Guardian.
Chaffee has been serving as legal counsel for the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee. In addition to working in state government, her professional career has also included private legal practice, working in non-profits and ten years’ experience in higher education administration.   Chaffee will be responsible for building the new statewide office and assisting in the establishment of guardian and conservator services throughout Nebraska in both urban and rural courts.
"Michelle’s skills in research, policy development, administration in higher education, and knowledge of issues involving social services have prepared her for recognizing the need for guardians and conservators within the Nebraska court system as well as the challenge of building a network of new services across the state.  I'm very pleased that she is joining us in this new venture," said State Court Administrator Corey Steel.

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David L. Piester is the President of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Nebraska. He is a retired United States Magistrate Judge. 
– Photo courtesy of Legal Aid of Nebraska
Legal Aid’s Service, Projects
Continue During Interim Period

By David L. Piester
By now most in the legal community have learned that Legal Aid of Nebraska (LAN) is in an interim status pending the hiring of a new executive director.  Since this development, the firm is continuing to operate at full steam, with all programs continuing to serve Legal Aid’s client communities.
Management responsibilities are being handled by an experienced management team. Annette Farnan, Deputy Director, has been appointed Interim Executive Director. She has been with Legal Aid over twenty years, and has served as Deputy Director for five years. Jen Gaughan, Director of Litigation, has been named Interim Deputy Director. Jen has been with Legal Aid over fifteen years, and has served as Director of Litigation for five years.

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Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican (center) with Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community Award recipient Lancaster County District Court Judge Steven D. Burns (left) and Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System Award recipient Douglas County District Court Judge Gary B. Randall (right). 
Distinguished Judge Awards
Presented To Two District Court Judges

Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican recently presented two Nebraska judges with the Supreme Court’s highest honor. Lancaster County District Court Judge Steven D. Burns of Lincoln was given the Service to the Community Award for his work as a judge who has distinguished himself through performance of service to the community on a volunteer level.

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Healthy Lawyering!
Tools to Cope
With Stress and Conflict

By Jack Martin
The Daily Record

“Sorry I took so long in returning your call,” the Omaha attorney said. “But I’ve got seven cases coming up in court next week and I’m really under the gun.”
A heavy workload is often cited, along with other factors, for the contin
uing – and perhaps growing – problem of stress that affects attorneys, leading many to develop anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. Some try to cope by abusing alcohol or drugs. The most extreme cases end in suicide.
But help is available, and various helpful measures were described at a recent program organized by the Creighton University School of Law called “Healthy Lawyering: Tips for Dealing with Stress and Conflict.” More than 120 people attended.


“The nature of the practice of law is an adversarial process,” said Carol Knoepfler, J.D., an assistant professor of law at Creighton and one of the program organizers. “Most professions don’t have that, and it can make it hard to be a lawyer sometimes.”
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It’s the Judge Lyle Strom Mock Trial Program
“To Judge Lyle Strom: In honor of the program being named after you, I have a token of appreciation, that I am 100-percent sure you are going to enjoy: a sour cream raisin pie,” Nebraska State Bar Foundation Executive Director Doris Huffman said.
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– Photos by Lorraine Boyd

Chamber Announces
2015 Executive Committee Nominees
Members of the Greater Omaha Chamber Board of Directors invest their time, resources and expertise to support the Chamber, its members and mission – to increase business, investment and employment in Greater Omaha. The 2015 Board Nominating Committee announces the following slate for the 2015 Greater Omaha Chamber Executive Committee:
Clark Lauritzen, executive vice president of First National Bank, will serve as chairman;
George Little, CEO and chairman of HDR, Inc., will serve as chairman-elect;
Steve Seline, president and CEO of Walnut Private Equity Partners will serve as immediate-past chairman;
Terry Kroeger, president and CEO of BH Media Group, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, will serve as secretary;
Ron Quinn, executive vice president of Tenaska, will serve at treasurer;

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– Photo by Lorraine Boyd
From left, Senior U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf,  Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, Chief U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp and U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard share a laugh at the unveiling of Judge Bataillon’s caricature.

Bataillon Feted for Years of Service
Federal District Court Judge Joseph Bataillon officially retired October 3 after 17 years on the bench. He immediately took senior status, so October 6 it was business as usual...sort of.

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– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
NSBA Honors Excellence
The Nebraska State Bar Association luncheon during the Annual Meeting gave the organization a chance to honor its own, and to pass the gavel to the new leadership. New President Amie Martinez (left) presented a plaque to outgoing President G. Michael Fenner to commemorate his year of service and to thank him for his leadership during a difficult year of transition. While it was serious business, there were many smiles during the awards presentations. To see others honored, CLICK HERE.

Pilot Program Offers
Alternative in Neglect Cases

By Grant Schulte
Lincoln (AP) – Nebraska officials have launched a pilot program to keep more neglected children with their families, as long as steps can be taken to keep them safe.

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Integrity Awards and Keynote Speaker
Are Sweet Treat for Area Businesses

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Integrity
Definition: The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness, adherence to moral and ethical principles.

The Better Business Bureau recognized those who demonstrated those qualities at their annual Integrity Awards Luncheon on October 7.

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From left, those accepting BBB’s 2014 Integrity Award winners are: Daniel J. Rehal, President of Vision2Voice; Vice President Melissa Smith and President Michaela Williams of Care Consultants for the Aging; Ben Callahan, owner of The Driveway Company; Kevin Jackson, President and CEO of Total Construction Services Inc.; Chief People Officer Kristy Johnson of Medical Solutions LLC; and Lew Trowbridge, Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.
New Bar Leaders Step Up
At 2014 Annual Meeting

At the NSBA Annual Meeting Thursday Amie Martinez accepted the gavel from outgoing NSBA President Mike Fenner. After a year of many changes, Martinez will take over to lead the state’s largest association of lawyers.
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Rossiter, Maul Elected 2014-2015 NSBA President-Elect, President-Elect Designate
At the Annual Meeting Thursday, October 9, Robert F. Rossiter and Tom Maul assumed their posts as President-Elect and President-Elect Designate of the Nebraska State Bar Association.

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House of Delegates, Executive Council
Welcome New Leadership

Timothy Engler took over as Nebraska State Bar Association House of Delegates Chair, and Kim Robak was elected to the NSBA Executive Council at the House of Delegates meeting Thursday, Oct. 9. House members were gathered at the NSBA Annual Meeting in La Vista.

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Stinson Leonard Street Omaha Office
Adds Two as Partners, One as Associate

Stinson Leonard Street LLP recently announced that David K. Lutz and Jason F. Maus have joined the firm's Omaha office as partners, and Drew C. Sova has been welcomed as an associate in the Omaha office. The addition of the new attorneys is part of the firm’s creation of a tax credit finance group and the expansion of its real estate division throughout the Omaha, Denver and St. Louis metropolitan areas.

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Baird Holm Welcomes Three New Associates
Baird Holm LLP recently welcomed three new associates to the firm: Zachary J. Buxton, Sara A. McCue and Christopher D. Sandy.

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