| 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. Click here for more photos and information.
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.
Hon. W. Mark Ashford
February 14, 1952 – August 1, 2018
A Life of Service to Justice
Mark Ashford, a longtime Douglas County District Court Judge and County Court Judge, died of a sudden stroke at his desk last week. He was 66 years old and talking about retiring, though his elected term ran through 2022. One of the reasons for considering retirement was that his dream of establishing a Veterans Treatment Court had borne fruit and the first four graduates were celebrated in June.
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Most obituaries offer all the pertinent personal details about someone’s life, along with accomplishments and comments by friends and family. This will do that. But this time it’s personal.
This reporter spent a lot of time talking to Judge Ashford in the past few years, as he worked tirelessly to establish a Veterans Treatment Court. Every time we talked, his enthusiasm was apparent.
Kutak Rock Opens 18th U.S. Office in Missouri
Kutak Rock is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys have joined its new office in Springfield, Missouri. The attorneys made the move from the Springfield office of Lathrop Gage, effective July 27. The additions strengthen the firm’s service offerings in the areas of intellectual property, banking, construction, litigation, bankruptcy, corporate and real estate transactions, and grow the firm’s attorney count to 530.
Joining Kutak Rock from Lathrop Gage are Randell Wallace, James Jeffries,
Jim Meadows, Mike Textor, Dan Nelson, Joseph Reid, Taylor White, Jarica Oeltjen, Josh Christensen, Amanda Cochran and Elijah Haahr.
“Kutak Rock has particular strengths in certain areas of practice, including corporate and municipal finance expertise, which we have never really been able to offer our clients in the past,” said Randell Wallace. “Kutak Rock is a major player among law firms in the Midwest and nationally, and its broad range of expertise will provide a great benefit to our clients who we believe will appreciate Kutak Rock’s commitment to cost-effective client service. This move presents new opportunities for us and our clients and we know it is the right choice.”
“We are thrilled to enter the Springfield market,” remarks Eric S. Johnson, managing partner for Kutak Rock’s Kansas City office. “I am confident that our new colleagues will continue to be the premier legal service provider in southwest Missouri and will further strengthen Kutak Rock’s Missouri presence.”
“As we continue to identify growth opportunities which respond to the needs of our clients, our focus remains the same – hiring talented, experienced
and personable attorneys while honoring and upholding our values and maintaining the culture of the firm,” said Jay Selanders, Chair of Kutak Rock. “Our new team in Springfield represents who we are as practitioners and as a firm and we are delighted to welcome them. We also look forward to becoming an integral part of the Springfield business community, an expansion
that makes sense for us given our strong presence in the Midwest.”
The new office will be located at 300 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Suite 800, Springfield, Missouri.
For more information on Kutak Rock LLP, please visit the firm’s website at www.kutakrock.com.
–Photo by Lorraine Boyd
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. Ten-Hut
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.
Dr. Joann Schaefer’s father passed on his philosophy that “tomorrow will be better” and to learn from mistakes and move on.
After Service as Chief Medical Officer,
She Made Domestic Violence a Priority
By Emily Kerr
The Daily Record
Before the O.J. Simpson case brought it to the national spotlight, domestic violence was a topic seldom spoken of outside the home. Joann Schaefer, M.D., ABFP, has made it her personal mission to spread awareness and prevention of domestic abuse.
Not only does Schaefer have a passion for public health, she has a personal connection to the work she has done to help victims of domestic violence.
During her first year in medical school, Schaefer’s best friend lost her life due to domestic violence. Her friend had gotten out of an abusive marriage, only to be killed by her ex-husband three weeks later. Click here for full story
The crew at Premier Claims is proud of its commitment to advocate for the “little guy” in David v. Goliath situations.
Small Business of the Month
Premier Claims Helps Clients Navigate
Murky Waters of Insurance
By Emily Kerr
The Daily Record
Sometimes one sentence, date or clause can make all the difference as to whether an insurance policy will pay an insurance claim. Fortunately, companies like The Omaha Chamber’s Small Business of the Month, Premier Claims, exist to help homeowners when elements like wind, hail, and fire damage their property.
Soon to be located at 1079 North 205th Avenue in Elkhorn, Premier Claims’ primary function is to ensure
that property owners get their fair share from insurance payouts once they have been denied. Gil Shalmon, building consultant and public adjuster for Premier, explained,
“Anybody who owns a property that has been damaged … once an insurance company tells them ‘no,’ they don’t really have much recourse. Click here for full story
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| | 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.
Photo by Lorraine Boyd
‘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. Click here for full story
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Meetings & Seminars
For the Legal Community _____ AUGUST 24, 2018 Omaha Bar Association 1st Annual Bench Bar Briefing AIM Exchange Building Trading Floor Conf. Space 7th Floor 1905 Harney Street, Omaha 2:00 p.m. For More Information: www.omahabarassocation.com ______ AUGUST 28, 2018 Nebraska State Bar Association 2018 Annual Appellate Practice Seminar Capital Law Library Lincoln, NE For More Information: www.nebar.com ______ AUGUST 29, 2018 Nebraska State Bar Association Emerging Issues and Hot Topics in Animal Law: Legislation & Litigation Scott Conference Center 6450 Pine Street, Omaha 1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. For More Information: www.nebar.com ______ SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 Omaha Bar Association 48TH Annual Fall Kickoff BBQ First National Bank 14010 FNB Parkway, Omaha 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For More Information: www.omahabarassocation.com ______ SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 Nebraska State Bar Association 2018 Legal Diversity Summit Creighton Harper Center Omaha, NE For More Information: www.nebar.com ______ SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 Nebraska State Bar Association NSBA Executive Council Meeting Hruska Law Center 635 S 14th St., #200, Lincoln 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. For More Information: www.nebar.com ______ SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 Nebraska State Bar Association Co-Parenting: From conflict to Cooperation Hruska Law Center 635 S 14th St., Lincoln 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. For More Information: www.nebar.com ______ SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 Nebraska State Bar Association 2018 Annual Business Law Seminar Gallup, Omaha 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For More Information: www.nebar.com ______ SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys NATA Membership Celebration (Black Tie Optional Dinner) Happy Hollow Country Club, Omaha For More Information: www.nebraskatrial.com ______ SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys NATA Board & NATA PAC Trustee Meeting Beacon Hills Restaurant Aksarben Village, Omaha For More Information: www.nebraskatrial.com ______ SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 Business Ethics Alliance Fall Luncheon Scott Conference Center Aksarben Village, Omaha 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For More Information: www.businessethicsalliance.org ______ SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys NATA Seminar Scott Conference Center Aksarben Village, Omaha For More Information: www.nebraskatrial.com ______ SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 Nebraska State Bar Association 2018 Annual Real Estate Seminal Nebraska Innovation Campus, Lincoln For More Information: www.nebar.com ______ SEPTEMBER 20 to 21, 2018 Nebraska State Bar Association NSBA Great Western Conference Scottsbluff Country Club 5014 Avenue I, Scottsbluff For More Information: www.nebar.com