Learning About Immigration Law
Kristin Fearnow of Dornan Law Team (left) and Jessica Feinstein, a principal at Jackson Lewis P.C., led attendees on a journey through the labyrinth of immigration law at the latest Omaha Bar Association “Just the Basics” CLE. Both are graduates of the University of Nebraska College of Law, Fearnow in 2005 and Feinstein in 2006 and have worked in immigration law ever since. Their presentation may be heard “On Demand” at the (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

The ‘Rock’ of Cassem Tierney
Nan Buckingham Celebrates
60 Years at Local Law Firm

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

After taking a cruise celebrating 50 years of service with Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas, Nan Buckingham decided she’d still work for a while.
Like another 10 years at least.
Buckingham is being feted today on her 60 years of service at the firm, where she is the office manager.
“She is our rock,” said Michael FKinney, an attorney at the firm who has been there almost as long as Buckingham has. “Since she joined the firm as a part-time Central High School student in 1958, she has done it all. She’s seen a lot of changes and weathered them all.”
Firm partner Charles “Charlie” Gotch joined the firm as a law clerk about a year after Nan started.
“At the start, everything was done manually,” he said. “It was a big deal to make a copy. Nan made the transition to computers and all the other electronic changes. In addition, she is in charge of all the non-lawyer employees. She weathered serious health issues, raised a family and volunteered for her church, all while managing our office.
“When she retires, if she retires, she will be a challenge to replace.”
For now, the firm is celebrating her valued history of 60 years – and counting.


High school teachers split into work groups to prepare for moot court the second day of the Teachers Law School. From left around the table are: Moira Kennedy, Judge Joseph Bataillon’s law clerk; Stephanie Howell, The Career Academy in Lincoln; Jillian Roger, Marian High School; Rebecca Kegley, Burke High School; Amy Hiddleston, Multiple Pathways, Acceleré, a program of Omaha Public Schools; and Kia Moore, University of Michigan law student and an extern for Judge Bataillon. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

Local Teachers Go to Summer (Law) School
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Some local teachers were introduced to an uncommon classroom to increase their knowledge of law-related education recently.
The teachers, 19 of them from public and private schools in metro Omaha and Lincoln, were eager to experience the Teachers Law School, which has been well-received in other cities around the country and has now been introduced to Nebraska.
“Everyone was so generous with their time and I learned so much,” said Marian High School social studies teacher Jillian Roger. “It is a unique program that we were fortunate to experience.”
Thanks to the efforts of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Political Science Department and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), along with the United States District Court in the District of Nebraska, teachers were able to participate in two days of the judicial system in action.
Hosted by the United States District Court, the event took place at the Roman L. Hruska Federal Courthouse in downtown Omaha.

U.S. District Court Senior Judge Joseph Bataillon listens intently to the teachers’ arguments. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)
Its Origins
Zach Wojtowicz, a social studies teacher at Elkhorn High School, UNO alum and a former administrative intern for U.S. District Court Senior Judge Joseph Bataillon, learned of the Teachers Law School program and brought the idea to UNO’s Political Science Department. He saw it as a good fit for his alma mater, especially tying in with the recently launched Campus Compact “Education for Democracy” Program.
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Kids and Judges Day
Members of CASA of Douglas County partnered up with the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County to host the annual event that strives to show children and their foster parents and families how the court system works to help allay their questions and fears. Among the many volunteers at Kids and Judges Day were (from left) Director of Operations Brandy Siddiqui, CASA Executive Director Kimberly Thomas and Recruitment Coordinator Deanna Wagner.
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Judge Gary Randall of the Douglas County District Court (right) presents retiring Court Administrator Mike Havlik with framed artwork depicting the Douglas County Courthouse where Havlik has worked for 40 years.

Havlik Steps Down After 40 Years
With District Court

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Mike Havlik has worked in the Douglas County Courthouse for four decades. He stepped down this year, leaving behind an encyclopedic knowledge of the workings of the Douglas County District Court. His shoes may not be possible to fill, at least not for a few decades.
As the deputy court administrator, he served the needs of the district’s 16 judges and their staffs. He was familiar with records you’ve probably never even heard of. At a small lunch in his honor, he was described as the go-to guy for any questions about the court. Doug Johnson, the court administrator, said he would miss Mike’s historical memory, but more than that, his friendship. Mike echoed that sentiment.
After Mike graduated from Creighton University School of Law, he clerked in the court administrator’s office and apparently liked it. He ended up staying for his entire career.
While he has had some health challenges recently, Havlik said he was looking forward to the “honey-do” list awaiting him in retirement.

Taking Home the Title

Omaha Barristers Club President John Cavanaugh (front right) presents the Adam Jacobs Trophy to Ryan Lindberg from the County Attorneys after winning the 2018 softball tournament championship. The County Attorneys defeated the Public Defenders in the best of three championship series to take home the hardware. For more photos from the tournament, click here.
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Fraser Stryker Lawyers Lauded for Their Work
Fraser Stryker PC LLO has announced that three of their attorneys have been recognized for inclusion in The Best Lawyers© 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” categories, including previously announced Robert Freeman in Corporate Law.
The other two chosen for inclusion are Michael F. Coyle, a partner, in the category of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Joseph E. Jones, a partner, in the category of Litigation – Construction. They were selected by their peers for the honor. Only a single lawyer in a specific practice area and location is honored with the Lawyer of the Year designation. In addition, eighteen Fraser Stryker lawyers were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.
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Robert Freeman Named Best
Lawyer in Corporate Law

The Best Lawyers in America has announced that Robert L. Freeman, a partner at Fraser Stryker PC LLO, was selected by his peers as the 2019 Lawyer of the Year for his work in corporate law in Omaha. Only a single lawyer in a specific practice area and location is honored
with a Lawyer of the Year designation. The current book is the 25th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This is the first time he has received the honor.
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Five Baird Holm Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2019
Best Lawyers in America has named five Baird Holm LLP attorneys as “Lawyer of the Year” in the Best Lawyers in America 2019 Edition. The recognition of “Lawyer of the Year” is awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region. Only one attorney is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location. This recognition is an additional honor to being listed on the Best Lawyers in America© list that includes 42 Baird Holm attorneys.

From left to right above:
William G. Dittrick – Bet-the-Company Litigation
Scott P. Moore – Litigation – Labor and Employment
James E. O’Connor – Copyright Law
Barbara E. Person – Health Care Law
Michael L. Sullivan – Franchise Law
About Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Because lawyers do not pay a fee to be included, a listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded within the legal profession as a single honor. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.
For more information regarding Baird Holm please visit their website at

Mark O’Siochain came to Fraser Stryker from across the pond after graduating law school at just 22 years old. Outside of the office, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Common Fund of the Heartland and is a volunteer with the First Tee of Omaha. As a keen golfer and native son of the old sod, he likes to travel and play golf in Ireland whenever he has the opportunity. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

From Dublin to Downtown Omaha
O’Siochain Brings Expertise to Fraser Stryker

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

When engaging Mark O’Siochain in conversation, it’s only a matter of moments before you know where he’s from.
It’s not Douglas County.
O’Siochain (pronounced O-SHE-uh–con) is one of Ireland’s latest exports and the Dublin native has made a home for himself in Omaha with the Fraser Stryker Law Firm.
It may come as a surprise to many that O’Siochain crossed the Atlantic Ocean to practice law, but he is hardly surprised to have chosen the legal profession for his career.
“I think what initially sparked my interest in becoming a lawyer was watching American legal dramas on TV as a kid,” he said. “These shows portrayed the practice of law as an interesting and worthwhile profession.”
But, there is more to it.

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At Cordell & Cordell, Nancy Shannon
Knows the Turf and Is Prepared to Fight

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

Divorce can be the worst experience in a person’s life. Anyone who’s experienced the ordeal knows that. Nancy Shannon is one of those people who knows firsthand.
And guess what? She works for Cordell & Cordell – the national firm known for helping men through divorce. That personal and professional experience helps her guide her clients through a process that often is long and painful.
Shannon said her experience allows her to know what her clients are going through and how they are forced to address many unknown situations that involve some of the most important parts of their life.
“I know what it’s like to sit on the other side of the desk,” she said.
Shannon advises her clients they should hope for the best but brace for the worst – and prepare for both. If her client and the opposing party can reach an agreement, Shannon is willing to assist them.

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CASA Event Recognizes ‘Unsung Heroes’
For Children for the Past 20 years

By Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

Many adults can have an interest in a child caught up in the foster system. Biological parents, foster parents, lawyers, judges, caseworkers and other professionals – they all bring their perspectives to determine what’s best for a child, and they don’t always agree on how to proceed.
That’s where court-appointed special advocates make the difference.
CASAs are volunteers who get to know the child on a personal level while meeting with the various professionals and interested parties to the child’s case. They make recommendations to the court, and they stay with the child until the case is resolved or the child ages out of the welfare system.
Sometimes, they stay even longer, as young adults served by CASAs want to maintain their relationships with that trusted adult who has provided steady advocacy for them.

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Sharon Robino-West
Sharon Robino-West Honored
Veteran Continues Service
Addressing Women’s Needs

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

This is the story of a promising beginning, a tragic turn, an awakening, courage, hard work and triumph.
You know the old saying, “It takes one to know one.”?
It was never more true than when describing Sharon Robino-West.
Since her service, the Marine, who completed her tour of duty in 1984, has spent her time back in Omaha reaching out with understanding and advice to other veterans, especially female veterans, in an official capacity.
She was honored in June by the Women’s Center for Advancement at their annual Tribute to Women, one of 10 women singled out for “their achievements and their dedication to bettering the lives of women and children in our community.”

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Advanced Aerial Solutions
New Drone Business Is Taking Off

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

Garrett Young has parlayed his fascination with drones into a business with wide-ranging applications.

Garrett Young has turned his hobby into his dream job.
Young, an Omaha native who attended Westside High School, has launched Advanced Aerial Solutions (AAS), a company specializing in aerial photography/cinematography for residential and commercial real estate, roof inspections and measurements, construction, events, aerial mapping and surveilling and 3D imaging.
In this new enterprise, he gets to expand on his love of drones.
Drones are all in the news, but to clarify, a drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle controlled by a person on the ground. Initially, drones were mostly a military tool that were used for missions thought to be too dangerous for soldiers. The first documented use of a predator drone was in 2002.

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August Small Business of the Month
Need a Tour of Omaha?
Nebraska Tour Company Delivers

Alan Rust (left) and Dakotah Smith joined forces to provide unique Omaha experiences for visitors and natives alike with Nebraska Tour Company.      
(Photo Courtesy of Nebraska Tour Company)

By Emily Kerr
The Daily Record

With just a little more than a year under its belt, Nebraska Tour Company has been singled out for the Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Month Award in August.
Nebraska Tour Company and Discover Omaha recently merged to combine their expertise, offering culinary and historical tours across the Omaha metro area.

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Local judges participated in a panel discussion of “A View from the Bench.” From left are Douglas County District Court Judge Timothy Burns, Federal Magistrate Judge Mike Nelson, Douglas County Juvenile Court Judge Matthew Kahler and moderator David Tarrell, president of the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. Douglas County Court Judge Thomas K. Harmon also participated.
The third annual Criminal Defense Boot Camp, presented by the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, took place at Creighton School of Law in early August. The two-day event was offered to all attorneys,
targeting newer lawyers, law students and judiciary or judicial staff. The camp offered 12.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education credits. Some of the information was basic, but essential – things like Retainer Agreements, including flat rate vs. hourly rate vs. trust account vs. contingency fee, “How do I get on the court appointment lists?”, interim fees when a client goes AWOL and many more nitty-gritty pieces of information
they may not have learned in school. The organization is headquartered in Lincoln.


Kutak Rock
Canvassing Employment Law:
A Midterm Review
November 8, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68106.  Kutak Rock’s Employment Law Group proudly presents its 11th annual Employment Law Seminar.  This year’s seminar is all about developments and updates from the past two years and will deliver practical advice on issues related to new trends, immigration law, wage and hour law, arbitration agreements, the #MeToo movement, anti-poaching laws, the Defend Trade Secrets Act, benefits and ethics.  The seminar will be of particular interest to corporate executives, business owners, in-house employment lawyers, and human resources professionals.  
The seminar has been approved for 5 hours of CLE in Nebraska and Iowa (including 1 hour of ethics) and certified for HRCI credit.  Cost: $50 (free for Kutak Rock clients and previous attendees).  

RSVP to Stephanie Urbanek at or 402-346-6000, or online at

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From left, Dave Janus, senior vice-president, Wealth Management Division of First National Bank; Cathy Kalama, senior advisor, Private Client Services at First National Wealth Management and an OBA member; Patrick Cooper, OBA president; and J. Terry Macnamara, of counsel for OBA, team up to host the 48th annual Fall Kickoff BBQ on Thursday. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

Sunshine, BBQ Kick Off Omaha Bar Association Year

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

The 48th annual Fall Kickoff BBQ for 2018-2019 enjoyed sunny weather after weeks of rain – a good omen for the official start of the year for the Omaha Bar Association. Hundreds of OBA members, members of the judiciary, law students and hosts from the bank’s Wealth Management Division gathered at First National Business Park in west Omaha for the event.
“It was a great event,” OBA Executive Director Dave Sommers said. “We’ve hosted hundreds of attorneys, judges and professionals for the past 48 years.”
The event has become a mainstay on calendars for OBA members.
“People set their watches by that Thursday after Labor Day,” Sommers said.
This marks the first year in decades that the event was not overseen by attorney Tom Gaughan of First National, who served as OBA’s event chair for 37 years. Dave Janus, senior vice-president of First National Bank’s Wealth Management Division, will take over his role.
With the 50-year event coming in 2020, Sommers said they’ve already discussed something special.
“We’ll have to figure something out,” he said. “This event used to have 700 people when it was downtown. It had a roast pig and ice sculptures. We might look at bringing some of that back.”

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OBA Executive Director Dave Sommers, left, listens as Nebraska judges take their turn with the microphone. From left are the Honorables Doug Johnson, Stephanie Martinez, James Gleason, Francie Riedmann, Marcela Keim and Michael Nelson.                                                                                (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

Omaha Bar Association Gets
Close-up Look at Bench Protocol

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
The Omaha Bar Association rebooted their Bench Bar event last Friday afternoon, and the result was an unqualified success.
But it wasn’t without its challenges.
The AIM Exchange Building’s seventh floor Trading Floor Conference Space suffered the effects of a leaky roof, so a last-minute change to the second floor was in order. While the room was large enough, the layout was a bit unconventional. No matter; the two-hour 2018 Bench Bar Briefing kicked off right on time.
Every Nebraska court, except the Supreme Court, was represented.
Each of the six judges made a 15-minute presentation on best practices in their respective courts, followed by a question and answer session.
The presenting judges were: Hon. Marcela Keim, Douglas County Court; Hon. James Gleason, Douglas County District Court; Hon. Francie Riedmann, Nebraska Court of Appeals; Hon. Michael Nelson, U.S. Magistrate Court; Hon. Stefanie Martinez, Sarpy County District Court (formerly of Sarpy County Court); and Hon. Doug Johnson, Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court.
OBA President Patrick Cooper and OBA Executive Director Dave Sommers moderated the event.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Named
Carrier for Health Insurance Consortium

Lincoln – Law firms of all sizes face significant challenges in relation to the affordability of health insurance.
The Nebraska State Bar Association has established a new health insurance option for its members, the NSBA Health Insurance Consortium. The Consortium will consist of multiple employers, with NSBA membership, pooling together to obtain affordable health insurance coverage on terms similar to those currently available only to large employers. The NSBA is pleased to announce that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska has been selected as the Insurance Carrier for the Consortium.
Each employer in the Consortium has the option of selecting the type of health plan or plans that works best for its employees (high deductible plan vs. low deductible plan, etc.). There will be seven benefit packages to choose from. Each employer can offer up to two plans to their employees. Employers will also have the option of selecting “narrow networks” to achieve additional savings. In addition to staff, employers participating in the Consortium may offer family and dependent coverage to their employees.
Informational Meetings
In the coming weeks an informational video will be posted on the NSBA’s website ( which will answer questions about eligibility, potential premiums and coverage options. The NSBA’s broker, Aon Risk Solutions, will be offering a series of informational meetings across the state of Nebraska. Thanks in advance for joining us for any of the following events. Please RSVP through the NSBA’s website ( or RSVP to Lisa Henrich at or via phone at 402-475-7091.
North Platte: September 20 from 7:30 am to 8:30 am, Breakfast Meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in North Platte (300 Holiday Frontage Rd). Continental breakfast provided.
Scottsbluff: September 20 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Lunch meeting at the Scotts Bluff County Club (5014 Ave I) as part of the Great Western Conference. Lunch provided. To register for the Great Western Conference on September 20-21 visit
Valentine: September 20 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Dinner meeting at the Peppermill Restaurant (502 Hwy 20). Dinner on your own.
Broken Bow: September 21 from 7:30 am to 8:00 am, Breakfast meeting in conjunction
with a free CLE at the Arrow Hotel (509 South 9th Avenue). Breakfast on your own. Free CLE on Federal Practice available immediately following the meeting from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.
Kearney: September 21 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Lunch meeting in conjunction with a free CLE in the Niobrara Room at the Kearney Public Library (2020 1st Ave). Bring your own lunch. Free CLE on Federal Practice available immediately following the meeting from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
Nebraska City: September 25 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at the Keeping Room (717 Central Avenue).
Beatrice: September 25 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the Beatrice City Library (100 N 16th St).
Grand Island: September 28 from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm in conjunction with the Rural Practice Initiative Interview Reception at the Quality Inn (7838 S. Hwy 281).
La Vista: October 17 from 8:00 am to 8:45 am and October 18 from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm at the NSBA Annual Meeting, Embassy Suites Conference Center, La Vista. Register as part of the NSBA Annual Meeting Program.
You may also directly contact Aon representative Pat Bourne ( or 402-697-5260) or Michaela Valentin ( or 402-697-5254) to visit with them or to schedule a meeting

‘We Love Accounting, So You Don’t Have To’

Barb Brady’s enthusiasm for her work and everything else in her life is apparent the minute you meet her. The bubbly exterior masks the serious accountant within.                                (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

Accountant Barb Brady Has It All Figured Out

By Elizabeth Elliott
The Daily Record

Born and raised in Lincoln, Barbara Brady has spent several years as an accountant, first at a CPA firm and then at larger businesses, including Better Business Equipment and First Data.
Three years ago, she followed her dream and started her own company – Simplified Accounting Firm, which focuses on monthly accounting for small businesses. Her business motto is: “It’s your business, we just make it simpler.”
“I am an outsourced accountant for small businesses. Sometimes I get clients that have not focused on their accounting records for over a year and need serious clean-up help,” she said. “I also do the higher-level accounting like an outsourced CFO. But the main point is that I work with small businesses. The clients I work with are the ones that want a continuous relationship throughout the year to keep a pulse on their numbers.”
At the same time, Brady founded the Omaha Business Women Connection, a group of more than 140 members on Facebook. She said she wanted to start a group with other women entrepreneurs.

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Meetings & Seminars
For the Legal Community
SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
Nebraska State Bar Association
2018 Annual Real Estate Seminal
Nebraska Innovation Campus, Lincoln
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SEPTEMBER 20 to 21, 2018
Nebraska State Bar Association
NSBA Great Western Conference
Scottsbluff Country Club
5014 Avenue I, Scottsbluff
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OCTOBER 1, 2018
Omaha Bar Association
“Walk Through the Courts” Program for New Attorneys
Douglas County Courthouse
1701 Farnam Street, Omaha
11:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
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OCTOBER 2, 2018
Omaha Bar Association
Membership Dinner Welcoming New Attorneys
Field Club of Omaha
3615 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha
5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
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OCTOBER 14, 2018
Nebraska Paralegal Association
District I Lunch
Anthony’s Steakhouse
7220 F Street, Omaha
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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OCTOBER 16, 2018 through OCTOBER 19, 2018
Nebraska State Bar Association
2018 NSBA Annual Meeting
Embassy Suite La Vista
12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista
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NOVEMBER 2, 2018
Omaha Bar Association
YLD Hockey Game Watch
Pregame at Liv Lounge/Game at Baxter Arena
Aksarben Village, Omaha
5:00 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. Pregame/7:07 p.m. Puck Drop
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