FRIDAY, October 20, 2017 


Elizabeth Borchers relaxes with her stepson, Mike Beeson, in beautiful Hawaii.

Marks Clare & Richards
Elizabeth Borchers Follows in Footsteps
Of Forbearers in Service to Community

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

If it seems as though Elizabeth Borchers was born to be an attorney, it’s probably because she was.
Borchers is the great granddaughter of Arthur Smith Churchill, a veteran of the Civil War who was Nebraska Attorney General in the 1890s. Other family members have been noted community leaders, such as her great grandfather, Ernst Stuht, an Omaha pioneer and member of the Omaha City Council in the 1890s; her father, William C. Stuht and grandfather, Clinton Briggs Stuht, both of whom worked in Omaha real estate.
One of her two sons, Max Honaker, works in commercial real estate with the Lund Company.
So, after earning a bachelor’s degree from Midland Lutheran College and her law degree from the Creighton University School of Law, it was to be expected that her role in the community would not be a passive one.
Borchers agreed that a career in law is a good fit.
“I have always been interested in people and being a problem solver. My practice began as a general practice and evolved into primarily family law over many years,” she recalled. “After I joined Marks Clare & Richards, LLP in 1987, family law became my primary niche as the firm offered [their clients] attorneys who specialized in other areas.”
Since 2009, she has been a Certified Nebraska State Court Approved Parenting Act Mediator, which provides her another way of problem solving.
“I became interested in mediation and alternative dispute resolution when I realized how lengthy the litigation process can be in resolving family issues which are typically very time sensitive and overwhelmingly emotional and urgent,” Borchers stated. “I wanted to be part of the solution instead of adding to the problem.”
That has become the key part of her work at Marks Clare & Richards, LLP.

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Nebraska State Bar Recognizes
Public Service Award Recipients

“During the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, the Association recognizes members of the profession for their exemplary service,” Executive Director Liz Neeley said. “This year, please join us in thanking and recognizing the following individuals.”


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New Nebraska State Bar Leaders
Step Up at 2017 Annual Meeting

At the NSBA Annual Meeting Friday, Oct. 13, Tim Engler will receive the president’s gavel from outgoing NSBA President Hon. Joseph Bataillon.

Of his new office, Engler said, “Serving as president is both an honor and a privilege and carries with it the challenging responsibility of helping the members of our profession achieve the goals of the Nebraska State Bar Association.”
Engler, originally from Ipswich, S.D., is a partner with Rembolt Ludtke LLP, specializing in resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or trial. His practice is concentrated in commercial and business disputes, personal injury and mediation and arbitration services.

J. Scott Paul
J. Scott Paul will assume his post as the NSBA’s president elect.
J. Scott Paul will succeed Tim Engler as president-elect and will serve as NSBA president from October 2018 to October 2019.
Paul is a shareholder with McGrath North. He has practiced nationwide with extensive litigation experience in Nebraska, Iowa, Alabama, South Dakota, Illinois, Texas and Oklahoma.  He has over 36 years of litigation experience.

Steve Mattoon
Steve Mattoon will succeed J. Scott Paul as NSBA President-Elect and will serve as President from October 2019 to October 2020.
Mattoon is a partner with Matzke & Mattoon, LLC. His representation in the oil and gas industry includes standup Title Opinion examinations in more than 20 counties in western and southwestern Nebraska, both for drilling purposes and for division order purposes, and extensive practice before the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

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Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman LLP Welcomes
New Associate Benjamin C. Deaver to Firm
Pansing Hogan Ernst & Bachman LLP is pleased to announce that Benjamin C. Deaver has joined the firm as an associate.
Deaver was admitted to the Nebraska Bar in 2017.  Deaver graduated from Dordt College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance in 2014.  He received his law degree from Creighton University, magna cum laude in 2017.  His practice focuses on trusts and estates, wealth transfer, taxation, charitable planning, business planning and non-profit administration.
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Swearing-in Ceremony for New Attorneys Held Sept. 29, 2017
The Nebraska State Bar Commission received the Supreme Court’s approval of its recommendation for the following individuals to be admitted to the practice of law in the State of Nebraska.
A swearing-in ceremony for new lawyers took place September 29, 2017, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building.
Anthony Michael Aerts
Emily Mae Anderson
Andre Bernard Barnaud
Conor Dane Barnes
Joshua Raymond Baumann

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Jodie Haferbier McGill is one of many attorneys who support a better way to ease the pain of divorce. She is the founder and managing partner at McGill, P.C., L.L.O. in Omaha.

Collaborative Works to Ease Pain of Divorce
By Dennis Friend
The Daily Record

“Till death do us part.”
Perhaps there’s no good way to end a marriage, to dissolve a bond between two people that began with that wedding-day vow. But a number of lawyers believe a divorce that does not pit one spouse against another with competing attorneys, one that does not result in accusations and recriminations or involve mounting attorney’s fees and traumatized children might be a better way to sever marital bonds when a marriage becomes unsalvageable.
Jodie Haferbier McGill is one of those attorneys who support a better way. She’s the founder and managing partner at McGill Law in Omaha.
“I’ve been involved in family law since 2005. As a family law attorney, I have too often observed the negative ramifications of the divorce process. I believed that there should be a way to assist people through the divorce process that does not pit the parties against each other and have the parties’ children become the real losers,” she said.

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– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Among the OBA members attending the Fall Kickoff were, from left, Jeff Hansen with Judges Stephanie Hansen, Stephanie Shearer and Shelly Stratman.

OBA Kicks Off 2017 Activities
The Omaha Bar Association is two for two in the weather department, with perfect weather for Field Day and then again for the Fall Kickoff BBQ.  The 47th annual fall get-together attracted several hundred lawyers, judges and law students to the First National Bank’s West Dodge business campus on September 7. As usual, the outdoor cocktail hour was followed by the inside feast of barbecued pork, fried chicken and all the fixin’s from Hap Abraham Catering. And for the 36th year, OBA member Tom Gaughen, senior director, Private Client Services at First National Wealth Management, chaired the event.            
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– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
The Okada Sculpture and Ceramics Studio was filled with defenders of justice, despite a 6 p.m. temperature of 95 degrees on September 14.

Justice for All
Same goal, different venue! Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska held their third annual benefit, enVISION 2017: Food Truck World Tour, on September 14 at the Okada Sculpture and Ceramics Studio, a facility of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
A combination of art, music, food, friends and fun made giving painless. Local food trucks featured included Maria Bonita, Sweet Lime, Smokin’ Barrel BBQ, Omaha Steaks and Dante Pizzeria.

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No Chair Was a Match
For the Magical Prof. Pat Green

By Richard Shugrue
CreightonLaw Professor, Ret.

The rasp of his key in the office next to mine – and it was so for more than three dozen years – announced Pat Green’s arrival each day, as the cheerful “so long” as he headed out the door hours later brought an end to counseling, teaching, writing and gossiping at least at school.
The only law prof to ride the bus on mornings, except when Bill Ginsburg, or brother John, or Lord know who passed the stop on Leavenworth offered a ride, so his tales of the day might include the yarn spun by a fellow passenger.
One L kids were petrified of him, not because he was scary, but because he was, well, formidable. In truth, he was no Prof. Kingsfield but a genuine Mr. Chips. They’d come to adore him as they were wrapped in the magic web of his incredible mind and the mystery of torts. As the years passed, Green Junkies sat on the floor in his impossibly crowded office as he enlightened and, of course, entertained them.
The students, indeed, most of his colleagues, had no idea of the rich role he played on the campus and in town: this workshop, the Philosophy Society, the med school’s special committee on human research, the state court on industrial relations, marvelous Larry Myers’ breakfasts to discuss issues of the day, and the time in the 60’s when one of my Upward Bound kids had to face the music in the old municipal court and I desperately called upon Pat. Naturally, he didn’t say, “I’m busy,” but, “What time should I be there?”
And family? Devotion, pride, concern, joy and generosity engulfed the kids and grateful warmth and fealty surrounded Barbara. He was goofy in his love for her. The entire family fulfilled him.
Could I share just one impish tale? Pat came next door every day to share a book, an idea, an anecdote. Once, in his heftier years, he rushed in to gleefully relate a new gem and sat on an inexpensive Queen Anne chair which came from Bombay Imports. I kept one eye on the graceful “S” of a leg as he gestured ever more wildly, until the chair collapsed with him.  Pat just kept on talking, informing and enchanting his old pal.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara S. Green; children Kevin P. Green, Christopher D. Green; step-children Jessica (Jeff) Voelker, Seth (Denise) Perlman, Ben Perlman, all of Omaha; grandchildren Thomas Green and Grace Green of Lincoln Neb., Alexis Perlman, Sarah Perlman, Anna Voelker, Rachel Voelker, Norah Perlman, Ruby Perlman; and siblings Mary Kay Green of Kansas City, Therese (Paul) Bigelow of Whidbey Island Wash., Jane Alseth, John K. Green, Margaret Green, Hon. Elizabeth Crnkovich, all Omaha, Alice (Jim) Wright of Delano, Minn.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 24, 7 to 9 p.m. at the John A. Gentleman Mortuaries 72nd Street Chapel (1010 North 72 Street).. Services will be held Wednesday, October 25, at 10 a.m. in the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 113 N. 18 St.


Prof. Stephen Sieberson shares the latest information on cyber protection at the annual OBA-CU Ethics workshop.

Cyber Security for Law Firms – Do It!
By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

You’re an attorney, sitting at your office desk, quietly working on a case.
Who could possibly want to know the content of that document?
According to Professor Stephen C. Sieberson from the Creighton University School of Law, a whole lot of people.
 “I would say attorneys are just as vulnerable … as any other business people,” Sieberson said. “I can see segments of the population that would want to hack us for information.”
That, according to Sieberson, should not come as a surprise given the adversarial nature of the profession and the simple joy some people apparently get just from hacking into computer systems.

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Judge of Separate Juvenile Court for Douglas County
Wadie Thomas Retiring End of January 2018

Judge Thomas established Adoption Saturday in the fall of 1999 when less than a handful of states were participating in what has come to be a national court-sponsored program.  National Adoption Day is celebrated every year on or near the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Nebraska’s celebrations have now spread to courts in all sections of the state.  Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the thousands of children in foster care. Working with attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies, and advocates, courts work to raise awareness of the need for permanent, loving homes for foster children.
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Meetings & Seminars
For the Legal Community
OCTOBER 23, 2017

Creighton University School of Law and Legal Aid of Nebraska
School of Law’s Poverty Law Program Inaugural Event:
An address by Alex Kotlowitz, journalist and national best-selling author.

The Things They Carry: Growing Up Poor in the World’s Richest Nation
5:30 p.m.
Mike and Josie Harper Center  Hixson-Lied Auditorium
Creighton University
Reception immediately following
Schneider Commons
Ahmanson Law Center
RSVP by October 18 below or call 402.280.2222

NOVEMBER 3, 2017
Nebraska State Bar Association
Annual Workers’ Compensation Section Seminar
Embassy Suites
1040 P St., Lincoln
For More Information:
NOVEMBER 8, 2017
Business Ethics Alliance
Fall Dialogue
Temple Israel
13111 Sterling Ridge Dr., Omaha
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
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NOVEMBER 8, 2017
Omaha Bar Association
“Walk Through the Courts” Program for New Attorneys
Douglas County Courthouse, 1701 Farnam St.
11:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
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