Robert Rossiter Jr.
Rossiter Is Nebraska Senators’ Pick
To Fill Next Federal Judgeship

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Nebraska’s U.S. Senators Mike Johanns and Deb Fischer announced Friday their recommendation of Omaha attorney Robert Rossiter Jr. to fill the upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska,
This vacancy was created by Judge Joseph Bataillon’s decision to retire and take senior status.
They have submitted his name to President Obama and although they are both Republicans, as is Rossiter, traditionally the president gives deference to the home state senators’ selections.
In a news release Johanns said, “Bob’s experience, education and profound respect for our Constitution and the Rule of Law make him eminently qualified for this position. His broad bipartisan support, both within and outside the legal community, demonstrates Bob’s high regard and professionalism. I am confident he would be a fair and impartial judge – in keeping with this Court’s tradition.”

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Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, addresses conference-goers at last Thursday’s Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference awards luncheon. Her topic: Understanding Brown (In Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education).
Understanding ‘Brown’
Civil Rights Litigator Offers Perspective

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Choosing Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director–Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., to address the large luncheon crowd at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference last Thursday was a no-brainer.
Yes, she is well equipped to tackle the ramifications of the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.
As the seventh person to hold her position, she has worked her way up the ladder at the organization that is “totally separate from the NAACP,” after graduating from Vassar College and New York University School of Law. She argued the landmark Voting Rights Act case Houston Lawyers’ Association v. Attorney General of Texas, in which the Supreme Court held that judicial elections are covered by the provisions of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
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Omaha’s own D.C. “Woody” Bradford, Founding Member of Bradford & Coenen, LLC, at left, was presented the American Inns of Court Circuit Professionalism Award. With the listing of his many accomplishments and honors, it was not hard to figure out how the committee arrived at their decision.
The long and short of it is, these two (on the right) represent the hard work of so many volunteers to make this conference a rousing success. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon and Conference Executive Director Millie B. Adams worked tirelessly, not only throughout the conference but for many months before, planning the staggering number of offerings and events. Everything came off without a (noticeable) hitch – even the food was terrific.
Bataillon said the judges of the U.S. District Court for Nebraska wanted to acknowledge their fellow lawyers and judges, with this statement: “Thank you to the lawyers of the Omaha Bar Association for their help breaking the all-time attendance record for the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference, held August 6-8, 2014.”

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Convenient Care Plus company founders Scott Cooney, left, and Mark Quandahl, plan expansion nationwide.      – Photo by
Convenient Care Plus
Designed to Meet ‘Their Needs, Not Ours’

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

An Omaha-based company is showing strong vital signs, expanding into new markets and collecting accolades as the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Small Business of the Month for August.
“To me, it’s a validation of what we’re trying to do and the way we’re going about it. I think as things continue to unfold with healthcare, more and more people are going to understand what our program is about and the need that it fills,” said Scott Cooney, president of Convenient Care Plus.

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Under AG Holder, Civil Rights Moves to Forefront
By Connie Cass
& Jesse J. Holland

Washington (AP) – Eric Holder talks about the nation’s civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could – by telling his own family story.
As he increasingly pushes his Justice Department to protect voting rights and end unfair prison sentences and police brutality, Holder has drawn on personal history to make the case that the nation has much work to do to achieve justice for all. It’s a legacy he drew on Wednesday when he traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, to supervise the federal investigation of the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer.
Holder tells how his father, an immigrant from Barbados proudly wearing his World War II uniform, was ejected from a whites-only train car. How his future sister-in-law, escorted by U.S. marshals, integrated the University of Alabama in spite of a governor who stood in the schoolhouse door to block her. How as a college student, he was twice pulled over, his car searched, even though he wasn’t speeding.
And Holder recalls that the slaying of black teen Trayvon Martin in 2012 prompted him to sit down with his own 15-year-old son for a talk about the way a young black male must act and speak if confronted by police – the same talk his father had given him decades earlier.

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Stalnaker, Becker & Buresh
Welcomes Eckel To the Firm

Stalnaker, Becker & Buresh, P.C. recently announced the addition of Gene Eckel as a new attorney at the firm.
Eckel, a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and Creighton University School of Law, focuses his practice on multi-family housing, fair housing litigation, commercial real estate, commercial litigation and general business representation. His experience includes bench trials and arguments before the Nebraska Court of Appeals and Nebraska Supreme Court.
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   From left, Cassie Strom, Judge Joseph Bataillon, Aimee Bataillon and Judge Michael Melloy represent half of the panel members who shared their experiences with a crowd that had to be moved from a smaller room to a very large room to accommodate everyone. Infinity Project panelists shared memories – and more than a few laughs – as they explored how fathers do or don’t influence their daughters in their choice of career. The topic sought to explore how traditionally male professions – in this case law – can and should become more diverse. While the topic at hand was gender, participants acknowledged that diversity is needed in all its definitions in the practice of law and particularly, on the bench.
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Infinity Project
Father-Daughter Day Never Like This

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

They slipped in and out of Omaha unnoticed by the local press, except for The Daily Record. Seven hundred and forty strong, judges and lawyers, some with spouses and families from seven states, converged in Omaha last week for a biennial three day judicial conference for the Eighth Circuit, who’s Chief Judge is Omaha’s William Jay Riley. It was the largest attendance ever for the conference.
Dozens of meetings, featuring prominent speakers from near and far, were held at the Hilton Omaha, preceded by Eighth Circuit business meetings. The most prominent of them? United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.
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Ben Thompson discusses dispute resolution strategies with ADR coordinator Hilarie DeGoei.
Affirmative Dispute Resolution
Ben Thompson: ‘I Think It’s the Future’

By Dennis Friend
The Daily Record

Ben Thompson believes strongly in affirmative dispute resolution. So much so, the 38-year-old attorney has decided to follow an old saying. He has chosen, both literally and figuratively, to put his money where his mouth is.
The self-identified “legal entrepreneur” has practiced law for 14 years and opened his own law office in 2007, but he started a new enterprise, Affirmative Dispute Resolution, next door to his law offices earlier this year.

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Terrence P. Maher
May 10, 1959 – August 12, 2014
“Selfless” is the word most likely to describe attorney Terry Maher to a “T.”
He gave freely of his unique talents while working at Baird Holm. A national expert in electronic financial services, most notably in the payment card industry, he shared his knowledge with clients and colleagues. He mentored his team, making possible a smooth succession for his clients.
He certainly gave his time and attention and love to his three now-adult children, Steven Patrick, Caroline Ann and Joseph Michael, and his wife, Mary Katherine. He loved taking the family on trips, especially skiing, where he would serve as the self-appointed “cook” at the end of the day.
He gave of himself to those in need through Operation Others, a service organization in which students of area Catholic high Schools provide for the needs of those less-fortunate Omahans.
Jerry Kinney, director of Operation Others at Creighton Prep, remembered. “Every year, he was there, asking ‘What do you need?’ One year, we didn’t have a food item for the Christmas boxes that we usually did. He stepped in and supplied it.
“But he was not only a financial supporter, he was at the warehouse, running a front loader and directing traffic. His sons Steve and Joe always participated with him, even after their graduations from Prep. He cared very deeply about people in need. His last question to me whenever I saw him was, ‘What else do you need?’”
“His two greatest passions were his work and his children,” said Baird Holm Managing Partner Rick Putnam.


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Omaha’s Bookworm Bookstore has plenty of copies of Bloody Lies on display in anticipation of John Ferak’s visit there Sunday at 1 p.m.    – Author’s photo
A CSI Scandal in the Heartlands
Reporter John Ferak Publishes ‘Bloody Lies’

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Easter Sunday, 2006, Wayne and Sharmon Stock retired for the night at their Cass County farmhouse near Murdock, Neb., after a busy day with family. They would not live to see the dawn.
Person or persons unknown shot the well-known and well-liked couple to death in their bedroom.

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John Slowiaczek listed “happy clients” as the biggest reward of Slowiaczek, Albers & Astley, adding that he is looking forward to more successes in the future.
The Focus Is Clearly on Family Law
At Slowiaczek, Albers & Astley

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

In the early 1960s, Neal Sedaka recorded “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.” The song was a hit, and did so well that he recorded and released it twice.
The real life version often does not play out so harmoniously, which is why John Slowiaczek and his partners and associates at Slowiaczek, Albers & Astley, P.C. L.L.O. can be good people to know.
Last year Slowiaczek and his law partners, Virginia Albers, Adam Astley and T. Geoffrey “Jeff” Lieben, decided to set up a new firm.

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The Omaha Bar Association
cordially invites you to our
Thursday, September 11, 2014
First National Wealth Management
14010 FNB Parkway
Omaha, NE

Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

Musical Entertainment by
Former Omaha City Prosecutor Marty Conboy

OBA Members Only; $20 Per Attendee


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