WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2016


 
 

 

Mexican Consul Sánchez Salazar says her family’s “country is in our home,” making those frequent moves a plus and homesickness a non-issue.
Mexican Consul Is Persuasive Advocate
Of Reaching Across Countries’ Borders

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

To meet Maria Guadalupe Sánchez Salazar, the Consul of Mexico in Omaha, is to like her. Her welcoming and vivacious personality draws you in and her knowledge and enthusiasm keep you interested.
As an ambassador for her native country – she was born in Durango, Mexico – she serves it well. It is not hard to believe that she has always been a high achiever.
At 18, she left her hometown for Mexico City to study international relations and, following graduation, she joined the Foreign Service, which gave her the opportunity to “represent her country and to travel.”
“To have the high honor to represent my country gave me the strength to leave my family,” she said.
Being in the Foreign Service is sort of like being a parish priest or a professional athlete. You are routinely uprooted and sent to a new location, where you establish new ties, make new friends and learn new cultures, only to start all over again in a few years.
– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
NSBA President Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon was tapped to speak to the newly minted lawyers at the Omaha Bar Association’s membership meeting November 16 at the Champions Club.

Advice From the Pros
Nebraska’s newest lawyers made their debut at the Omaha Bar Association’s traditional November membership meeting. Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon shared with them what he’s learned during his four-plus decades in the legal profession, including advice sprinkled with stories of lessons learned the hard way. The meeting was presided over by President Doug Johnson, Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court Judge, who presented Bataillon with a commemorative Creighton Basketball signed by former Jays star Doug McDermott. It was a somewhat historic occasion: Judge Johnson is the OBA’s first member of the bench to serve as president of the Omaha Bar and Judge Bataillon, now retired but on senior status, just assumed his role as president of the Nebraska State Bar Association.
In conjunction with the OBA membership meeting, a “Walk through the Courts” took place on November 10. Eighteen newly sworn-in lawyers participated in the afternoon’s introduction to all of the areas they might come in contact with in both the Douglas county and federal courthouses. After 20 years, Dave Koukol is stepping down as chair of that committee; two will take his place.
Below, you’ll find more pictures of the membership meeting, including the new lawyers in attendance.



 
– Photo by Lorraine Boyd
Celebrating Leadership
The Nebraska State Bar Association honored current Leadership Academy class members (many of whom are pictured above with NSBA President Tom Maul (at right) and past graduates at an OctoBARfest reception on the second night of the NSBA Annual Meeting. The new format combined the President’s Reception, the Leadership Academy Reception, and the Young Lawyers Reception, and featured beverages, live music and serious hors d’oeuvres followed by a night of prizes and casino games, with plenty of faux money to go around! The Leadership Academy was started in 2006 with a focus on developing the leadership skills of attorneys to allow them to make great contributions to the legal profession and their community.

– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
NSBA volunteers take a quick pause as they package 10,000 nutrient-rich meal packets (each providing six meals) for shipment to the needy.

Bar Members Help ‘Stop Hunger Now’
The Stop Hunger Now initiative seeks to end world hunger by packaging these meals and sending them to the hungry in places like El Salvador and Haiti. During the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in October, volunteers weighed, filled, sealed and prepared for delivery 10,000 meal packets. This was the second year for NSBA participation. In September, the Omaha Bar Association also packaged 10,000 meal packets. OBA Executive Director Dave Sommers said those meals have been distributed by Convoy of Hope in El Salvador. That means 120,000 meals for malnourished children and adults. “Thank you for stepping up,” he said. “You are making a positive difference in the world. Working together, the Nebraska legal community knows we can make a difference. Both organizations send a big thank-you to all their volunteers and encourage everyone to sign up for the next event.”



– Photo by Lorraine Boyd
Party Planners Plot Parodies
The Omaha Barristers Club has begun to write its annual Christmas roast. They assure us they have plenty of material to work with, so we should expect a lively show, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15. Volunteers meet weekly for two months to write skits, produce videos and think up ways to skewer their fellow attorneys, all in fun. Patrick McNamara, second from left, is president of the Barristers. Participation is open to all. Just call McNamara at (402) 932-9062 to get on his email list. The meetings and the Christmas party, are sponsored in part by The Daily Record. And watch The Daily Record for information on ticket availability for the show.

 

The North End Teleservices team is made up of “future leaders” who are being offered “a lot of employee development.” As client numbers expand, so too will the employee base, with as many as 200 hires.

North End Teleservices
Chamber Small Business Winner
Serving Clients, Impacting Lives

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

A bright orange “word cloud” in the break room reinforces the company’s core values, including truth, integrity and improvement. In another part of the state-of-the-art call center, a larger-than-life rendering of Warren Buffett’s face is paired with one of his famous quotes: “Focus on your customers and lead your people as though their lives depended on your success.”
Inspiration is not only stenciled on the walls at North End Teleservices (NET), the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Small Business of the Month for November; it is embedded in the company’s foundation.

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Koenig | Dunne Expands Firm
With Bankruptcy Practice

Koenig|Dunne has announced the expansion of its legal services to include a bankruptcy practice group.  Attorneys Howard Duncan and Patrick Patino have joined the firm, bringing a depth of experience in the financial reorganization and bankruptcy field.
Koenig|Dunne has long focused on divorce and supporting its clients as they recreate their lives and recover from the loss of a marriage.  Now it is able to expand this mission by providing legal services to individuals and businesses who have found themselves with a growing debt problem that cannot be managed, a temporary economic hardship, or a failed business venture.
“When life doesn’t turn out like you planned, you need a team of advocates to support you to make the transition toward creating your new life,” said managing partner, Angela Dunne. “When what matters most is at stake, it can be very overwhelming. We want people to know they can come to us for the guidance and support they need.”

Duncan is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees and a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy issues.  He has represented individuals and businesses throughout Nebraska and Iowa for over 30 years.  
Patino graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Illinois. Patino uses solution focused problem solving for those experiencing financial challenges.
For more information regarding the law firm of Koenig | Dunne, please go to: www.koenigdunne.com.  




Koley Jessen Welcomes New
Mergers & Acquisitions Associate

Koley Jessen recently announced that Michael Keblesh has joined the firm as an associate. Keblesh practices in the mergers and acquisitions practice group and works with our team on all stages of the merger and acquisition process, including due diligence review, document drafting, and other pre-closing and post-closing matters. In addition, Keblesh advises clients on strategic planning decisions and general corporate matters.
Keblesh comes to the firm after receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (magna cum laude), serving as a Captain in the United States Army, and earning a Certificate in Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (magna cum laude).
“We are very excited about the addition of Michael to our M & A practice,” said Mike Hupp, President of Koley Jessen and Chair of the M & A / Securities practice. “We are proud of his time spent in the Army prior to law school and know that his values of dedication, integrity, and teamwork will be a great match for our team.”
For more information regarding Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O., please go to the firm’s website at: www.koleyjessen.com.

 
Erickson | Sederstrom Adds Retired Supreme Court Judge to Firm
The Honorable William M. “Bill” Connolly, retired after twenty-two years on the bench with the Nebraska Supreme Court, has joined the law firm of Erickson | Sederstrom as Of Counsel with a practice in Arbitration and Mediation.
For more information regarding the law firm of Erickson | Sederstrom, please go to: www.eslaw.com.



Vandenack Weaver Welcomes Schatz as Associate
The law firm of Vandenack Weaver LLC recently announced the addition of Monte L. Schatz as an attorney for the firm.
Schatz offers clients a wealth of experience in practice areas vital to business and finance. His expertise includes estate planning, trust and estate administration, business and finance. Schatz possesses the knowledge to assist individuals and businesses in dealing with business, tax and estate planning issues.  
Schatz received his juris doctorate from the University of South Dakota.
For more information regarding the law firm of Vandenack Weaver LLC, please go to the firm’s website at: www.VWattys.com.

Baird Holm LLP
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Inducts Scott S. Moore as Fellow

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers recently announced the election of Scott S. Moore, partner at Baird Holm LLP, as a newly elected fellow. Election as a fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained, outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. The College was established in 1995 through an initiative of the Council of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. It operates as a free-standing organization recognizing those who, by long and outstanding service, have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field.
“We congratulate Scott on his election as a fellow of the College,” said Baird Holm LLP Managing Partner, Richard E. Putnam. “This is a great honor for Scott and our firm.”
The twenty-first installation of fellows was held November 12, 2016 in Chicago, IL, coincident with the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s Continuing Legal Education Conference.  With the current installation, the College is represented by more than  1,400 members in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and eight Canadian provinces.
For more information regarding Baird Holm LLP, please visit the firm’s website at: www.bairdholm.com.


Koley Jessen Grows
Business General Counsel Practice
Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. recently welcomed former law clerk Justina Piatek to the firm as an associate in the business general counsel practice group. In her practice, Piatek works with entrepreneurs and growth companies, as well as investors. She works with our team on general corporate matters including entity selection and formation, corporate governance, restructuring, and raising capital. Additionally, Piatek performs commercial and technology contract drafting and review services for clients.
“We are very excited about the addition of Tina to the business general counsel team,” said Shaun McGaughey, vice president of Koley Jessen and chair of the business general counsel practice. “She will enable the firm to expand its commercial and technology work, which we are really looking forward to.”
Piatek joins Koley Jessen after having received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, summa cum laude, and her J.D., magna cum laude, with a certificate of concentration in business law, from Creighton University.
For more information regarding the law firm of Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O, please go to: www.koleyjessen.com.


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Both veteran and fledgling designers get their chance to shine through the various Omaha Fashion Week platforms. Founders dream of creating a fashion industry in Omaha.

Growth in the ‘Makerhood’
Its 10th Anniversary Ahead, Omaha
Fashion Week Celebrates Growth, Impact

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record
Omaha’s Brook and Nick Hudson have their two-year-old daughter at home and their growing “baby” at work – Omaha Fashion Week presented by SAC Federal Credit Union, the glamorous red carpet event that celebrates its tenth anniversary next year and is currently being honored as the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Small Business of the Month for December.
“Fashion Week was started by my husband and a small group of individuals who saw a lot of great design talent in downtown Omaha – these were people who were producing their own shows in abandoned buildings and bars. Nick, in particular, saw a big opportunity to bring these people together and give them a larger platform to show off their work,” Brook Hudson recalled.
Launched in 2008, Omaha Fashion Week (OFW) showcased 12 designers that first year – and welcomed a massive crowd.
“When they started the show that night, there were about 2,000 people in the streets. At that point, Nick knew there was definitely something here. Omaha really wants fashion,” Hudson said. “Since then, it’s really grown.”
Dramatically.

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Pamela “Auntie Pam” McCoy brought her newly minted family to Adoption Saturday. From left, back: McCoy, Brandon, 12; Faith, 9; Candace, 11; second row: Jamie, 9; Angelina, 8; and front row: Damion, 4 (almost 5!); and Jacob, 6.

‘Adoption Saturday’ Event Shows
It’s All About Saving Lives

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

There are literally hundreds of people in the legal system fighting to protect children from threats within and without. There is the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County, with its judges and bailiffs and child advocates such as volunteers from CASA and defense attorneys. There are child services organizations like Project Harmony (and many others) where child specialists work to create safe options for kids and families. And there are family members and strangers who have stepped up to provide safety for children in peril.
But the most effective solution of all is a loving, permanent home for every child.
Adoption Saturday in Nebraska, and specifically Douglas County, brought many of those advocates to the City-County building where 55 youngsters were adopted, leaving the foster homes and courts behind them forever.
To kick off the morning on November 19, Pamela McCoy addressed court personnel and new families about her own journey. It was only five months ago that her family grew by seven – yes, seven – children who now range in age from 4 to 12.

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Cydney Franklin of 75 North is working with community partners to change the environment in North Omaha.

Franklin Is Key
In Revitalizing Highlander

By Elizabeth Elliott
The Daily Record

Cydney Franklin thought she wanted to work in a political office. Yet after an internship in Washington, D.C. for a New York congressional representative and a job as a policy aide working for a county board supervisor she realized she did not love politics. She found she did like local policy work and in 2011 applied for a job as a community development manager at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
Now Franklin is the senior project manager, since May 2015, for 75 North Revitalization Corp., a community development agency revitalizing the Highlander neighborhood in North Omaha.
“It’s the mission of 75 North to completely transform the Highlander neighborhood by bringing quality housing and other needed community resources. We think the work we’re doing can serve as a catalyst for more types of positive activity and greater housing options in the surrounding community.”

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Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who discovered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and whose breakthrough was chronicled in the Will Smith film Concussion, was the guest speaker at the BBB Integrity Awards.     
 
2016 BBB Integrity Awards Keynote Speaker
Discovers More Than Just a Neurological Breakthrough

Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

The Better Business Bureau created the Integrity Awards to honor those companies, large and small, that go “above and beyond’ to make a customer’s experience the best it can possibly be, and during lunch at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in La Vista earlier this month, this year’s recipients received recognition for their efforts.
Of the more than 600 companies that applied, only nine came away with the coveted award, including: Visiting Nurse Association (charity, 25-plus employees), NP Dodge Company (250-499), McKinnis (100-249), Arbor Bank (25-99), Midlands Mentoring Partnership, and RESPECT (both charities, 24 or fewer employees), Turner Technology (11-24), Husker Hammer Siding Windows and Roofing (5-10), and Bel Air Fashions (1-4).
Silver Awards were also given. Recipients were: One World Community Health Centers (charity, 25-plus), Gordmans, and Pinnacle Bank (both 500-plus), Midwest Eye Care (100-249), Silver Hammer CARSTAR & Northwest CARSTAR, and ACCESSbank (both 25-99), FirstLight Home Care (11-24), and Business Ventures (1-4).

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– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders and the American Legion Riders proudly stand guard at the ceremony last Friday which launched Douglas County’s new problem-solving court, the Veterans Treatment Court.
 
The Colors Were Flying
The Douglas County Legislative Chambers claimed a full house on November 4 as the Veterans Treatment Court was introduced. Dignitaries included Hon. Mary Jane Knisely of the Montana District Court; Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert; Nebraska Senator John McCollister, whose LB 915 created the court; U.S. Representative Brad Ashford; Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine; Mick Wagoner, Executive Director at Veterans Legal Support Network; Dr. David Williams, Chief of Staff, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System; Hon. James Gleason; and Ret. Air Force Col. Eric Dillow.
The Court’s Volunteer Veteran Mentors were sworn in by the Court’s Presiding Judge, Hon. W. Mark Ashford. The volunteers are: Rosebeth Behm, USAF; Mike Brookover, USA; Jim Butler, USAF; Eric Dillow, USAF; Tim Karstrom, USA; Eddie Nelson, USA/USAF; Rita Norris, USAR; Tami Osburn, Volunteer Coordinator; Sherie Peterson, USAR Volunteer; Joel Schneider, USMC; Scot Schneider, USA; and Harry Thode, USA.

 
Douglas County Veterans Treatment Court Is Now in Session
Above, the Volunteer Mentors are sworn in by Hon. W. Mark Ashford; Hon Mary Jane Knisely, Montana District Court, welcomes Nebraska to the growing number of veterans courts. Below, the Central High School Singers Octet sing “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”
             
The University of Nebraska’s Eric Berger relishes his role as law professor, writer and consultant.
Law Professor Had a Unique Opportunity
To Clerk for Not One, but Two Judges
Nominated for the Supreme Court

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

Students love Eric Berger, associate dean for faculty and professor at Nebraska College of Law. Upper-class law students voted him Professor of the Year in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, and 2016. And in 2010, he also received the College Distinguished Teaching Award.
“It’s very gratifying,” he said. “It’s nice to be appreciated by students.” Humble about his accolades, Berger added that he teaches Constitutional Law, which is a required class, so that gives him a “large constituency.”
Berger joined the UNL faculty in 2007, moving here from Washington, D.C., where he was an associate at Jenner & Block, a firm with offices also in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, and New York. During his three years at the firm, he tackled a variety of challenging legal issues, involving lethal injection, same-sex marriage, federal obscenity law as applied to the internet, and the legality of military commissions created to try detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
Prior to that, he had the privilege of clerking for the Honorable Merrick B. Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (Garland, of course, is President Barack Obama’s choice to replace the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.)

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– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Four judges and a prosecutor enjoyed the evening event. From left are Hon. Craig MacDermott, Hon. Stephanie Hansen, Hon. Marcela Keim, Hon. Sheryl L. Lohaus and Omaha City Prosecutor Matt Kuhse.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, All Rise
In Honor of Your Honors, The Nebraska State Bar’s annual welcoming reception for judges attending the annual meeting, was a popular event as usual. The annual meeting took place October 26-28 at the La Vista Conference Center, breaking attendance records once again. A hefty offering of CLEs conducted by both local and national speakers gave Nebraska lawyers a chance to fulfill their annual obligations while meeting and greeting fellow barristers.





 



 

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– Photo by Lorraine B
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Members of the Inserra | Kelley | Sewell law firm prepare to hand out the 500 frozen turkeys that will grace family tables today. Front row center are the firm’s partners: John Inserra, Ryan Sewell, and Craig Kelley . When the rain came down, they erected a tent and carried on with the giveaway.

It’s Raining Turkeys Thanks to Law Firm
At the end of the day on Tuesday, Nov. 22, the law firm of  Inserra | Kelley | Sewell, Injury Lawers, will have given away 2,500 frozen turkeys in five years, 500 each year. The firm started Lawyers Against Hunger – Fight Hunger in the Heartland in 2012, giving turkeys to families identified by various charitable organizations and Food Bank for the Heartland.
This year’s three-hour giveaway was at the Family Fare Supermarket parking lot at Saddle Creek and California Streets, with cards lining up well in advance of the start time. Chilly rain marked the day, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the firm’s members and their family helpers.
“We hope to build on the success of this event again this year, and take Lawyers Against Hunger to additional cities across our state next year,” Partner Craig Kelley said. Kelley said he hopes other law firms in Omaha and throughout Nebraska will join in their efforts. “Just think how many we could impact,” Kelley said. For more information call John or Craig at 402-391-40000.



Creighton’s Werner Institute marks 10-year anniversary with (from left) School of Law Dean Paul McGreal, benefactor Gail Werner Robertson and Institute Director Jacqueline Font-Guzmán, who has been involved with the Institute from its inception.  
 
For Ten Years, Institute Has Trained
Hundreds in Art of Conflict Resolution

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Ten years ago this semester, Creighton University’s Werner Institute opened its doors to students.
The idea grew out of a desire to offer students an interdisciplinary approach to teaching how to conduct successful dispute resolution, negotiation and conflict management.
“We have great leaders running this, and great support from the university. I never dreamed it would be embraced the way it has. I’m really thrilled about that,” benefactor Gail Werner Robertson said.
Housed in Creighton’s School of Law building, the Institute partners not only with the law school, but also with Creighton’s own College of Nursing, Graduate School, and Heider College of Business. Dual degrees have been created, including a master’s of science degree and a graduate certificate in negotiation and conflict resolution, and a graduate certificate in health care collaboration and conflict management. Students have the opportunity to study both in person and online.
To date, 443 students have graduated from the Institute including, on average, 62 students annually from other programs and schools at Creighton.

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– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Deb Gerardi (above left) conducts a workshop on conflict resolution in the healthcare setting. Pat Borchers and Gail Werner Robertson (right) catch up at the anniversary reception.
 
Werner Awards
These Werner alumni were recognized as part of the10-year Anniversary “for their extraordinary efforts in bringing the mission of the Werner Institute to life.”
 
OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY:
Larry Oliver MS’14 and Charles Thomas MS’09
 
MASTERFUL CONFLICT ENGAGEMENT
Greg McQuade MS’15 and Katie Kummer MS’08
 
DEDICATION TO IGNATIAN VALUES OF PROMOTING HUMAN DIGNITY:
James Hillis MS’08 and Kelly Tadeo Orbik MS’08


 

Judges Roger Heideman (left) and Russell Harford (right) are congratulated by Chief Justice Mike Heavican on their service awards.

2016 Distinguished Judge Awards Presented
The Nebraska Supreme Court’s 2016 Distinguished Judge Awards were presented to Judge Russell Harford and Judge Roger Heideman during the Annual Judicial Awards Dinner on October 27, 2016.
The Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community award is presented annually to a judge who has distinguished himself or herself through performance of service to the community on a volunteer or professional level.
The 2016 Community Service Award was presented to Russell W. Harford, Judge of the County Court, 12th Judicial District, for commitment to his community and leadership in attracting young lawyers to western Nebraska. Judge Harford has demonstrated a particular interest in working with students both at the high school and college level. He regularly opens his courtroom doors to students and encourages them to actively observe the legal system. Similarly, he mentors young lawyers, probation officers, and court staff in the legal process and courtroom procedure. He has developed his courtroom into a welcome training ground for all who visit.  Judge Harford is currently working with Chief Judge Frankie Moore and the Court of Appeals to hold oral arguments at Chadron State College in spring of next year.


Congratulated by former State Court Administrator,Janice Walker (left) and current State Court Administrator Corey Steel (right), Chief Justice Heavican celebrates 10 years of service to the judicial branch at the annual dinner.
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– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Following tradition, incoming Nebraska State Bar President, Hon. Joseph Bataillon (right), presents outgoing President Tom Maul with a parting gift. Urging him to open it, he noted that Maul had encouraged his board to wear colorful socks like he did. And so, Bataillon gleefully announced to the luncheon guests, “It’s a membership in the Sock of the Month Club!”
 
The Old Guard Takes Time Out to Honor the Best
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
The final week of the old guard of the Nebraska State Bar Association marks a time when awards are presented, gratitude is expressed and torches are passed. This year, the NSBA presented awards at their annual meeting in October. At Thursday’s general session Frank Heinisch received the Award of Appreciation in recognition of outstanding service for creating a better understanding of the legal profession and the administration of justice.
Hon. Lawrence Gendler was given the George H. Turner Award for his work advocating for children through the Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts, the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, the Juvenile Drug Court and others. The ACLU of Nebraska received the Award of Special Merit for their work over the past 50 years to secure historic court victories for Nebraskans’ civil rights and educating the public. It was accepted by Nicholas Mirkay, Ann Miller and Danielle Conrad.
Friday’s Legacy Lunch was the setting for the presentation of the NSBA Diversity Award to the UNO Goodrich Scholarship Program, accepted by Prof. Troy Romero, Ph.D., and Prof. Emeritus Michael Carroll, Ph.D. The President’s Professionalism Award was given to Nebraska College of Law Dean Richard Moberly and Lyle Koenig of Beatrice for their tireless efforts in creating the new Rural Legal Opportunities Program (RLOP).
The award for Outstanding Contributor to Women in the Law went to Linda R. Crump, a past president of NSBA and 15-year member of Nebraska’s Minority Justice Committee. Breanna Anderson received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. She is the Chief Deputy Platte County Attorney. Leslie Shaver of the NSBA’s Young Lawyers Division co-presented the award.
Also honored were 50-year members of the bar, 25-year members and those members who have died in the past year.
All of the awards were presented by Tom Maul, outgoing NSBA President.


 
 



 
Meetings & Seminars
For the Legal Community
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DECEMBER 5
UNL: Negotiation Ethics
Baird Holm
1700 Farnam St., #1500
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 For More Information:
http://law.unl.edu/alumni/cle
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DECEMBER 6
Reentry Planning for Youth
Hruska Law Center, First Floor
635 S. 14th St., Lincoln
12:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
 For More Information:
www.nebar.com
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DECEMBER 9
Mangrum on Expert Testimony in Nebraska
Creighton University School of Law
Harper Center Ballroom C
602 N. 20th St., Omaha
7:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 For More Information:
https://experttestimony.eventbrite.com
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DECEMBER 9
I-9 Employment Eligibility and Protecting Businesses
Hruska Law Center, First Floor Conference Room
635 S. 14th St., Lincoln
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 For More Information:
www.nebar.com
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DECEMBER 13 & 14
Probate: Everything You Need to Know
A 2-Day Practical Course
Courtyard Omaha Aksarben Village
1625 S. 67th St., Omaha
Registration: Dec. 13th from 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Seminar: Dec. 13th and Dec. 14th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 For More Information: www.nbi-sems.com
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DECEMBER 15
Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine St., Omaha
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 For More Information: www.nebar.com
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DECEMBER 15
Barristers Christmas Show
The Scoular Ballroom
2027 Dodge St., Omaha
Drinks: 5:00 p.m. • Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
Show: 8:00 p.m.
 For More Information: Contact Patrick McNamara at 402-932-9062
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DECEMBER 20
Personal Injury 101:
Build Up Your Skills and Hear the Latest Updates in Law and Procedure
Courtyard Omaha Aksarben Village
1625 S. 67th St., Omaha
Registration: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Seminar: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 For More Information: www.nbi-sems.com
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JANUARY 31 through MAY 23, 2017
Transcending Your Transition: An Empowerment Series for Women
Presented by Koenig | Dunne
The Thompson Center
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6705 Dodge St., Omaha
Registration Deadline: January 6, 2017
Tuesday Nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
 For More Information: www.nebraskadivorce.com

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