TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2018
 

 
  
 

Hon. Chad Brown addressed the crowd in the Legislative Chambers, including many fellow judges, after taking the oath of office.
– Photo by Corey Solotorovsky
Brown’s Investiture Brings Douglas County
Juvenile Court Judges Count to Six

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Chad Brown has been sworn in as a judge of the Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court three times now, one for real, one for show, and one for the cameras. We’re sure at least one of them took hold.
The formal investiture of Chad Brown took place Friday, May 11, in the Legislative Chambers of the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center, in front of a multitude of family and friends.


Hon. Gary Randall (left) and Hon. Chad Brown recreate Brown’s swearing-in for the camera last Tuesday. He was already sworn in weeks ago privately and formally on Friday, May 11.

Judge Brown was sworn in by Hon. Gary B. Randall of the Douglas County District Court  (he is also judge of the Douglas County Adult Drug Court). Brown was appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts to fill the position left by retiring Judge Wadie Thomas.
Omaha City Prosecutor Matthew Kuhse, took care of the introductions. Brown’s fellow Juvenile Court judge, Matthew Kahler delivered remarks about his friend and colleague. Attorney Robert Williams also spoke.
Assisting Brown in the robing ceremony were his wife, Hope, and his four young children, Brody, 14; Rowan, 12; Callen, 8; and Beckett, 5. Father Tom Fangman gave the invocation.

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Hon. Mike Heavican has spent his whole career in public service to bring justice to the people of Nebraska.

Robert M. Spire Award
Hon. Mike Heavican Celebrated 
For His Devotion to the Law
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
The Chief Justice is in a unique position to honor the legacy of Robert M. Spire, the late lawyer for whom the Omaha Bar Association’s Public Service Award is named.
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Baird Holm LLP Welcomes Kevin P. Tracy
Baird Holm LLP is pleased to welcome Kevin P. Tracy to the firm. Tracy’s practice focuses on corporate transactions and general commercial matters. He counsels business owners and executives at all stages of their business cycle, from matters related to initial entity formation and capitalization to the drafting and negotiation of agreements related to the acquisition, divestiture, and merger of businesses. Tracy also assists clients with board governance matters and negotiation of commercial procurement contracts, services contracts, commercial real estate purchase agreements and lease agreements.   
Tracy earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School, cum laude. Prior to law school, Tracy obtained his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and worked for a public accounting firm where he focused on serving clients in the financial services and private equity sectors. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 2007, where he majored in Accounting.
“Kevin’s background and experience provide immediate value to our clients,” said Baird Holm Managing Partner, Richard E. Putnam.  “We are very excited to have someone of his caliber join our Corporate team.”
For more information regarding Baird Holm LLP please visit the firm’s website at www.bairdholm.com.


Dornan, Troia, Howard, Breitkreutz & Conway PC LLO Adds Five New Attorneys
The firm of Dornan, Troia, Howard, Breitkreutz & Conway PC LLO (formerly known as Dornan, Lustgarten & Troia PC LLO), is pleased to announce its newest attorneys below.
Kate Rahel joined the firm as an associate. Rahel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature and International Studies from Kenyon College in 2009 and was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She attended the University of Iowa, College of Law where she served as an editor on the Iowa Law Review and was a finalist in the Van Oosterhout-Baskerville Moot Court Competition. She graduated with her Juris Doctor with High Distinction in 2014 and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. After passing the bar, Rahel clerked for judges on the Iowa Supreme Court and Nebraska  Court of Appeals. She is also the author of two published law journal articles on the topics of the right to a court interpreter and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.  Rahel’s practice focuses primarily on appeals, criminal defense and immigration cases.  She is fluent in Spanish and licensed to practice law in the states of Nebraska and Iowa,  as well as federal court in the District of Nebraska.
Victor F. LaPuma joined the firm as “Of Counsel”. LaPuma has been practicing law for more than 30 years. He is a  graduate of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. His undergraduate degree is from Penn State University. He served 21 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard as a Judge Advocate, 12 years as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and 13 years as an attorney for Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home. He has experience with a variety of legal matters including employment, criminal, contract, family, estate, insurance and real estate matters. In addition to his legal experience, LaPuma served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia and is a Certified Financial Planner. He also speaks and reads Italian and Spanish. He is active in the community as a Director of the SAC Federal Credit Union, the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Youth Care and Beyond, Inc.
Deana D. Klein joined the firm in September, 2017 as an associate, having recently returned to Nebraska from St. Louis, Missouri. Klein graduated from St Louis University where she obtained both her Juris Doctorate and Master of Social Work.  During her years of practice in St. Louis, Klein practiced primarily in the area of family law and was frequently appointed to serve as Guardian ad Litem for children in contested custody litigation. She is a trained Mediator and Parenting Coordinator. Deana will be  focusing her practice in the areas of family, adoption, estate planning and other civil law areas.
Shawn Ilg joined the firm as “Of Counsel”. Ilg brings over 23 years of legal and business experience to the group. His areas of expertise include finance, real estate, human resources/employment law, contracts, bankruptcy, insurance, IT security, corporate management, and technology. Shawn started his career in banking, and after obtaining his MBA and law degrees, he became a partner in the law firm of Downing Alexander Wood & Ilg with three offices in the state. He next co-founded CoSentry, a data center and disaster recovery firm with multiple facilities in the Midwest. Ilg has had his real estate broker’s license for over 14 years; and his background as an entrepreneur and business owner allows him to give a unique perspective to his clients since he has “sat in their chair,” understands how to handle the comprehensive risks that face individuals and businesses. Ilg has spent considerable time with Nebraska Leadership Seminar, a non-profit group that conducts leadership and business programs for high school students.
Steve Karcher joined the firm as an associate. Karcher is an active and engaged member of the local community and a member of the Nebraska, Iowa and California Bars. He has an extensive background in state and federal civil litigation, personal injury, insurance, real estate, business, creditor rights, guardianship, and lemon law.  Karcher has a diverse education with a Juris Doctor from Emory University and Master of Divinity from Fresno Pacific University (where he was on the Dean’s List). Karcher is proactive and hard-working and applies his broad experience in business transactions and litigation to protect his client’s interests and earn their trust.  Dornan, Troia, Howard, Breitkreutz & looks forward to continuing its practice of offering quality legal representation and mediation services to its multi-cultural range of clients in the areas of criminal, civil, family, estate planning and probate, business and immigration related issues.
For more information regarding Dornan, Troia, Howard, Breitkreutz & Conway PC LLO please visit the firm’s website at dltlawyers.com.
United States Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, left, swears in Jonathan Papik, center, as Rachel Papik stands by her husband's side Monday, May 7, 2018, in the Warner Legislative Chamber at the State Capitol in Lincoln. Justice Gorsuch administered the oath to Papik, the newest member of the Nebraska Supreme Court. 
(Kayla Wolf/Lincoln Star via AP)

Nebraska Supreme Court Officially Adds New Justice
By Tess Williams
Lincoln (AP) — Omaha attorney Jonathan Papik was sworn in to the Nebraska Supreme Court on Monday by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Papik served as Gorsuch's law clerk, and the justice said Papik has a natural judicial temperament.
"Where character is concerned, Jonathan Papik arrived in my chambers fully formed," Gorsuch said, describing his former clerk as a hard-worker who was "precise in his reasons, confident, but never brash."
Gorsuch was appointed to the Supreme Court last year by President Donald Trump to replace Antonin Scalia.
Papik was nominated by Gov. Pete Ricketts to replace Justice Max Kelch, who resigned after less than two years on the bench following an ethics complaint filed against him. Papik is Ricketts' third nomination to the state Supreme Court.
Ricketts said Papik has a sharp mind, the respect of his colleagues and is dedicated to understanding the constitution how it was written.
Papik also clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman in the U.S. Court of Appeals after graduating with honors from Harvard Law School. He has practiced law as a partner at Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather for nearly eight years.
Papik, who was born in Stromsburg, said he feels blessed for the opportunity to serve as a judge.
"As a judge, there's not a lot I can say about how I will do my job," he said. "It's improper to say that I would rule this way or rule that way on a particular issue or particular case, but I can commit before everyone here today that I will do my absolute best to apply the law faithfully and impartially."
The 36-year-old Papik is the youngest judge to serve on the high court. His wife and three young children placed his judicial robe on him during Monday's official ceremony.
Papik will represent the 4th Judicial District, which includes portions of Douglas and Sarpy counties.


 

Timothy R. Engler, president of the NSBA, shares a laugh at the 2018 Barristers’ Ball.  He is an attorney at Rembolt Ludtke LLP, in Lincoln.
 
Nebraska Lawyers Foundation Brought Tropics
To Omaha on Snowy April Night

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Nebraska lawyers were invited to “Escape to the Tropics” at the Barristers’ Ball last month … and hundreds showed up.
The event was sponsored by The Nebraska Lawyers Foundation and is its primary fundraiser for its many charitable programs. The Foundation was incorrectly identified in a May 1 story as the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. 
“I know there is considerable confusion caused by the fact that there are two foundations,” said Liz Neeley, executive director of the Nebraska State Bar Association. “However, we are trying very hard to help clarify the difference between the two foundations and their roles—the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation funds the charitable programs of the NSBA like the Volunteer Lawyers Program, SOLACE, the Rural Practice Initiative, LSAT Prep Scholarship Program and Leadership Academy Scholarships and the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program. 
“The Barristers Ball is the premiere fundraising event for the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation. Alternatively, the Nebraska State Bar Foundation is not affiliated with the NSBA (despite the similarity in name) and their function is Law Related Education for the Public.”
J. Scott Paul, the president-elect of the Nebraska State Bar Association, serves as the president of the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation. Paul is an Omaha attorney at McGrath North. This year’s Ball co-chairs were Jane Langan Mach and Jeff Mach.
We take this opportunity to draw those important distinctions and to thank the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation for all the great things they do for the profession.

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Troy C. Johnson, director of Creighton Law Library, has been described as someone who always wants to be helpful – perfect credentials for a law librarian.

OBA Public Service Award 2018
Law Library Deemed ‘Core of Our Enterprise as Omaha’s Law School’

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

The Omaha Bar Association has chosen the Creighton Law Library as the recipient of its non-attorney Public Service Award, which was initiated on Law Day in 1983. “While Creighton deans and professors have been previous award recipients, the law library has not,” said Dave Sommers, executive director of the OBA.

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Ambitious Project Seeks to Provide Housing,
Education and Wellness Opportunities

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

 Cydney Franklin, senior project manager, Seventy-Five North, delivered a TED Talk at the CRE Summit on April 6.
During her 45 minutes, she talked about the developments that were taking place on the 40-acre “footprint” in the Highland neighborhood. The goal of the non-profit is three-fold: to “break the cycle of poverty and community deterioration by facilitating the creation of a healthy, sustainable, mixed-income community complete with high-quality housing; [to be] a thriving space for education; and to offer health and wellness to the community.”
A variety of educational opportunities are already being offered in the 65,000-square-foot Accelerator building, including partnerships with Creighton University, and Metropolitan Community College.
Located on the first floor, Creighton has space that encompasses 4,000-square-feet of flexible learning space, which includes a classroom, conference room and individual meeting rooms.
Located on the third floor, Metropolitan Express has more than 9,000 square feet, where their programming includes adult education, youth programming, certification and assessment, continuing education, Workforce Training Academy, career services and 180 Re-entry Assistance Program.
Other opportunities in the Accelerator are the Highlander Code Camp, a seven-week-long summer camp for 15 high school students living in or attending school in North Omaha; and the AIM Interface School, which is a free web development program for 18 to 24-year-olds. The long-term objective of Seventy-Five North is to invest in curriculum, literacy, math, science and reading.

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Seventy Five North to Hold
First Highlander Marketplace

Beginning in June, the Highlander neighborhood will host an event for shopping, relaxation and entertainment. The first event of its kind in the neighborhood – Highlander Marketplace, an outdoor neighborhood market – will be held every Thursday beginning June 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of The Accelerator, 2112 N. 30th Street. The event is being organized by Seventy-Five North Revitalization Corp., a non-profit working towards revitalizing the Highlander community. 
The Highlander Marketplace will host a variety of events and activities that include shopping from over 20 vendors, food trucks and live entertainment. Vendors at the marketplace will serve baked goods, healthy dog treats, hair care products, teas and more. Through this initiative, Seventy Five North will support entrepreneurship by exposing local vendors to new customers while continuing to build on the sense of community beginning to re-emerge in Highlander.  
The dates of Highlander Marketplace are June 7, June 14, June 21 and June 28 and will run from 5 to 7 p.m.


 

Meetings & Seminars
For the Legal Community
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MAY 16, 2018
Nebraska State Bar Association
Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together: Orientation & Gender Identity
Save the Date
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 1, 2018
Nebraska State Bar Association
Annual Government & Administrative Practice Seminar
Nebraska Collaborative Center
1411 N 72 St., Omaha
12:00 p.m. Friday – 1:00 p.m. Saturday
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 15, 2018
Nebraska State Bar Association
15 Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble
The Dismal River Golf Club
83040 Dismal River Trail, Mullen NE
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 18, 2018
Nebraska State Bar Association
Creighton University/Health Law Section “Inter-Professional” CLE
Creighton University, Omaha
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 21, 2018
National Seminars Training
HR Law
Comfort Inn & Suites
7007 Grover Street, Omaha
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nationalseminarstraining.com/PBE
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JUNE 29, 2018
Nebraska State Bar Association
Making Your Case When the Earth is Flat: The Science Behind
“Shaken Baby Syndrome”
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine St., Omaha
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JULY 23, 2018
Omaha Bar Association
OBA Field Day
Champions Run
For More Information: www.omahabarassocation.com
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AUGUST 28, 2018
Nebraska State Bar Association
2018 Annual Appellate Practice Seminar
Capital Law Library
Lincoln, NE
For More Information: www.nebar.com
     
 


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