WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016
 

 
HONORED ON LAW DAY

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska’s longtime director, Ruth Henrichs keeps many balls in the air as she juggles their many services.
Lutheran Family Services:
We Are There ‘To Assist and Provide Order to Society’

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska is a faith-based, not-for-profit, multi-service human care organization. Impacting over 43,000 individuals annually, LFS’s services are diverse and available to everyone without regard to race, religion, color, or any other discriminatory basis.
Lutheran Family Services has served the people of Nebraska for 124 years. What started as an organization serving orphans has evolved into a wide range of services for children and families.
Today, the Omaha Bar Association will honor the organization with their highest non-lawyer recognition, the Public Service Award.
One of the criteria for the award is: “The recipient has focused on providing service to the community for purposes other than pecuniary profits.”
That suits them to a tee, President and CEO Ruth Henrichs heartily agreed.
“Our core competencies are Children Services, Behavioral Health and Community Services. We work with many other agencies to deliver those services. It’s all about providing safety, hope and well being for all people,” she said. “Omaha is a great community. There are many great examples of everyone working together.”
That “service to the community” is so far-reaching it is difficult to even begin to list the ways they impact our lives.
LFS, with about 360 staffers statewide in 18 office locations spanning from North Platte and Lexington in the west to Council Bluffs in the east, works with myriad agencies all focused on people being safe.
Services include adoption services, something LFS’s board vice-chair knows something about. Stu Dornan, a principal at the law firm of Dornan, Lustgarten & Troia, has served since 2010, now in his seventh and last year on the board.
Dornan and his wife Dari, also an attorney, have adopted five of their nine children from Romania or Russia. The agency they worked with has since been absorbed by LFS. But thei
r experiences sparked an interest in LFS.

Stu and Dari Dornan at an LFS event. Stu has been on the board of directors for seven years.
“I got involved because the people they serve often don’t have a voice or the facilities to frame social policy or social justice issues,” Dornan said. “I knew they deserved my time because of their commitment to the poor, the friendless and the needy. Their commitment is just extraordinary.”
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Jean McNeil has devoted her legal career to helping others achieve social justice. Her efforts have earned her the OBA Robert M. Spire Public Service Award.

OBA’s Robert M. Spire Service Award
Goes to Public Advocate Jean McNeil

By John Benson
The Daily Record

For Jean McNeil, serving the public has been a calling. From Scottsbluff to South Omaha, McNeil has helped Nebraskans gain access to justice for more than 20 years. In recognition of her dedication and hard work, McNeil will be honored with the Robert M. Spire Public Service Award, given annually on Law Day by the Omaha Bar Association to individuals and organizations that enhance the public’s understanding of the law.
McNeil, a South Omaha native, has been involved in public advocacy ever since she participated in a Civil Clinic at the University of Nebraska College of Law in the early ’90s.
After graduating, McNeil took a position with Western Nebraska Legal Services, which brought her time and talents to 56 counties in central and western Nebraska. In her role with the organization, McNeil dealt with a wide range of legal issues that affected small communities and poverty stricken areas. Whether it was working towards improving working conditions for clients, dealing with landlord-tenant issues, or helping establish a telephone access line, the central thrust behind McNeil’s work was providing those who are less fortunate with access to the courts and the tools necessary to effectively seek justice.

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The Caretakers of Our Community breakout session: Moderator Sara Boyd, president and CEO of the Omaha Community Foundation; Dianne Lozier of the Lozier Foundation; Paul Smith, member of the Board of Stakeholders for Tenaska; Clark Lauritzen, executive vice president of First National Bank; Sue Morris, president and CEO of Heritage Services; and Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein, executive emerita of Peter Kiewit Foundation.

Omaha Community ‘Caretakers’ Open Up the
Conversation of the Area’s Most Recent Projects

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record
Last month, the CRE Summit gave attendees a rare glimpse into the minds of “The Caretakers of Our Community.” Those providing insight were: Dianne Lozier, The Lozier Foundation; Sue Morris, president and CEO of Heritage Services; Paul G. Smith, member of the Board of Stakeholders of Tenaska, Inc.; Clark Lauritzen, executive vice president of First National Bank; and Lyn Wallin Ziegenbein, executive emerita of Peter Kiewit Foundation. Sara Boyd, president and CEO of Omaha Community Foundation, moderated the breakout session. All of the “caretakers” discussed their most recent projects, and what these added to the community.
Lozier talked about Nelson Mandela Elementary, a free private school at 6316 N. 30th St., on the site of what was formerly Blessed Sacrament School. Mandela offers an innovative curriculum, including violin lessons, to all of its nearly 100 students.

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The Honorable Michael McGill
May 12, 1939 – April 20, 2016
 
Retired State Supreme Court Justice Mike McCormack suggests “a tough guy with a heart of gold” might be a good way to characterize Michael McGill.
“We go back a long way,” McCormack said. All the way back to grade school at Holy Name in Omaha, in fact.
“I went to [Creighton] Prep in high school and he stayed at Holy Name for high school, but we still ran around together. He was a big guy – tough, athletic. But he had the perfect temperament for a judge,” McCormack said.
Bill Dunn of Gross & Welch P.C. L.L.O. also remembers McGill, not only as a colleague and co-worker, but also as an imposing individual – literally.
“He was a year behind me at Creighton Law School. I graduated in 1963, he in 1964,” Dunn recalled.  
“He was a towering figure, a big guy. He played basketball in high school and was kind of an enforcer at the gym,” he said of McGill, who was on two state championship basketball teams at the time.

Jolly Good Fellows: A Roundtable Discussion of Current Legal Real Estate Topics and Trends: From Left, Mike Matejka of Woods & Aitken; Larry Jobeun of Fullenkamp, Doyle & Jobeun; Thomas Huston of Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather; Jerry Slusky of Smith Slusky Law; Jon Blumenthal of Baird Holm; and Trev Peterson of Knudson Law.

Jolly Good Fellows Bring Legal Insight to Roundtable
By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

“I predicted that about 12 people would show up,” said Jerry Slusky of Smith Slusky Law, before announcing the panelists for the CRE Summit breakout session titled, “Jolly Good Fellows: A Roundtable Discussion of Current Legal Real Estate Topics and Trends.” He had clearly underestimated the interest of Summit attendees, because in Room 124 at the CenturyLink Center, on April 8, it was a standing-only crowd.

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Kutak Rock Adds Four Attorneys to Its Omaha Office
The national law firm Kutak Rock LLP recently announced the addition of lawyers Erika Lynch, Dwyer Arce, Kamaal Patterson and Michelle Pernicek to its Omaha office.  
 “We are fortunate Erika, Dwyer, Kamaal and Michelle decided to join Kutak Rock,” said Mike Curry, managing partner of the firm’s Omaha office. “We continue to see a growing demand for legal services in the areas of commercial litigation, public finance and intellectual property. Their unique and diverse insights and solid legal experience will help Kutak Rock meet those client needs by providing the excellent legal services for which we are well known.”

Lynch is of counsel in the public finance department. She primarily acts as bond counsel to municipal issuers, as well as underwriters’ counsel in connection with the issuance of municipal bonds. She works in the areas of single-family housing and state and local government finance, and counsels state housing finance agencies in issuances of mortgage revenue bonds. Lynch also serves as bond counsel in financings for cities, counties, school districts and other political subdivisions in Nebraska. She earned a B.S. from Arizona State University in 1999 and a J.D., cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law in 2002. Lynch is licensed to practice in Nebraska.
Arce is an associate in the litigation department as part of the commercial trial practice group. He has been involved at various stages in ongoing commercial litigation pending in both state and federal courts nationwide. Arce served for several years as the senior law clerk to the Honorable Maria M. Cabret, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Virgin Islands. He earned a B.S., cum laude, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2009 and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2012. Arce is licensed to practice law in Nebraska and Pennsylvania.
Patterson is an associate in the firm’s intellectual property and information technology group. He assists clients with licensing, procuring and selling intellectual property assets, including SaaS solutions, consulting services and software developments. Patterson also prosecutes patent and trademark applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He earned both a B.S.E. and B.S. at Duke University in 2008, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law in 2013. Patterson is admitted to practice in Nebraska and Colorado.
Pernicek is an associate in the secondary markets working group in the firm’s public finance department. She represents clients in various types of public finance transactions, including securitizations, derivatives and general corporate matters, and has experience as special counsel to lenders for the acquisition and documentation of interest rate caps in multifamily housing transactions. Pernicek also  serves  as  counsel
in tender option bond programs. She earned a B.S. from Georgetown University in 2007 and a J.D., with distinction, from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2010. Pernicek is licensed to practice in Nebraska.
For more information regarding Kutak Rock LLP, please go to: www.KutakRock.com.


Kutak Rock’s Omaha Office Welcomes
Michaelle Baumert and Michael Degan to the Firm
The national law firm Kutak Rock LLP recently announced the addition of lawyers Michaelle “Shelly” Baumert and Michael Degan to its Omaha office.  
Baumert concentrates her practice on employment law, class action, franchise vicarious liability and traditional labor. Degan is a first-chair trial lawyer with extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, product liability, financial services and insurance-related disputes.
“We are fortunate to have Shelly and Mike come aboard,” said Mike Curry, managing partner of the firm’s Omaha office. “We continue to see a growing demand for legal services in employment law and litigation. Shelly and Mike will help us meet those client needs by providing excellent client and legal services for which Kutak Rock is well known.”
Baumert provides day-to-day preventative counseling and assistance to employers regarding the full spectrum of employment-related matters, including employment discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, disability leave management, reductions in force, policy drafting, employment contracts and severance agreements, and workplace investigations. She earned a B.A., with distinction, from the University of Nebraska in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1996.

With more than 20 years of experience, Degan has tried more than two dozen jury and bench trials and has appeared in more than 30 state and federal jurisdictions. He handles all manner of disputes for clients, including state and federal litigation, class action and multi-district litigation, arbitration, mediation and regulatory matters. He also has extensive experience in renewable energy, representing wind and solar energy developers and ethanol producers in transactional, regulatory, litigation and policy matters. Degan earned a B.A. from Creighton University in 1990 and a J.D., cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law in 1994.
For more information regarding Kutak Rock, please go to the firm’s website at: www.kutakrock.com.


District Judge Steven D. Burns To Retire
Judge of the District Court, for the Third Judicial District, Steven D. Burns, is retiring effective May 31, 2016.
In his letter of retirement to the Governor, Judge Burns noted, “It has been a privilege to serve the people of Nebraska in this position of trust.”
In 2014, Judge Burns received the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Outstanding Judge Award for Service to the Community for his volunteerism, which ranges from local, to national, to international activities. At home, Burns is a regular volunteer in the kitchen at Matt Talbot, making and serving dinner for homeless men, women, and children in the city of Lincoln.

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Meetings & Seminars
For the Legal Community

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MAY 3
OBA Law Day Luncheon 2016
Miranda: More Than Words
Omaha Marriott Regency
10220 Regency Circle, Omaha
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com

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MAY 11
OBA Memorial Day Service
Legislative Chambers of the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center
1819 Farnam St., Omaha
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com
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MAY 12 & 13
UNL: John M. Gradwohl Estate & Business Planning Program
UNL College of Law
1875 N. 42nd St., Lincoln
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For More Information: http://law.unl.edu/estateplanning/
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MAY 13
The Annual Tri-City Seminar Presented by NSBA General Practice Section
Followed by a Reception Sponsored by
The NSBA Young Lawyers and Women in the Law Sections
Lochland Country Club
601 W. Lochland Rd., Hastings
9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com/events/event_list.asp
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MAY 17
OBA YLD Baseball Game Watch (Rescheduled)
Senior Lawyers Section/Young Lawyers Section
Baseball Game and Networking Event
TD Ameritrade Park
1200 Mike Fahey St., Omaha
Reception @ 5:15 p.m. | Game @ 6:30 p.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com
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JUNE 2
Legal Aid Golf Scramble (In Place of OBA Field Day)
Indian Creek Golf Course
3825 N. 202nd St., Elkhorn
11:15 a.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com
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JUNE 2
Indian Law Section Seminar
Creighton University Harper Center
2500 California St., Omaha
TBD
For More Information: www.nebar.com/events/event_list.asp
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Firm’s practice includes: probate, real estate, litigation, oil & gas, estate planning. Prefer an associate with experience in litigation (both Federal and State), domestic and family law. Opportunity to become Partner. Must be willing to relocate to Western Nebraska.  Required license or certification: Nebraska State Bar License – or pass Nebraska Bar within 3 months of hire.  Please send letter of interest and resume to:  jmartinosky@hotmail.com or:  Law Office of R. Kevin O'Donnell, P.C., L.L.O., P.O. Box 119, Ogallala, NE 69153.  No phone calls please.
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Fraser Stryker PC LLO is seeking a Corporate Specialist to assist Partners, Associate Attorneys, and clients with corporate compliance, corporate filings, and due diligence projects.  This position requires knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations relating to corporate law and 3 to 5 years of related experience.  Juris Doctorate or Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal Studies preferred. 
Fraser Stryker offers challenging and rewarding job opportunities in a stable, professional work environment.  Send resume and salary expectations to Fraser Stryker PC LLO, Human Resources Manager, 409 South 17th Street, Suite 500, Omaha, NE 68102 or applicants@fraserstryker.com.
 
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