BBB Integrity Awards Honor Several Omaha Businesses
Several local businesses were honored by the Better Business Bureau Tuesday at BBB’s 23rd Integrity Awards Luncheon held at the Embassy Suites Omaha – La Vista Conference Center.
The 2018 BBB Integrity Award Winners were selected by independent
panels of judges representing businesses and academic and charitable
organizations in metro Omaha.
In the small for-profit business categories, the following companies received BBB Integrity Awards: Travel With Barb (1-4 employees); Royalty Roofing & Renovations (5-10 Employees) and Xcel Roofing (11-24 employees). In the category for charities with fewer than 24 employees, the award was presented to Chariots4Hope.
In the large for-profit business categories, the companies awarded were: Makovicka Physical Therapy and OBI Creative (25-99 employees);
Eyman Plumbing, Heating & Air (100-249 employees); Thrasher (250-499 employees) and NMC, Inc. (500+ employees). There were two charities with more than 25 employees
that received a BBB Integrity Award: Community Alliance and OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc.
Each organization received a crystal flame – a symbol that they are lighting the way for ethical business practices in our community.
The judges felt that other organizations that submitted applications were worthy of recognition too.
The “Silver Award of Distinction” recipients were: Bridges Trust, Merchants Credit Adjusters, Inc., and Medical Solutions. PromiseShip, The New Nebraska Families Collaborative received a Silver Award in the category for charities with 25 or more employees. Seldin Company was presented with a “Bronze Award of Merit.”

Douglas County Assistant Public Defender Brenda Leuck (far right), explains to the new attorneys how her office works. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)
OBA Takes New Attorneys on a Brisk Walk
Through the Courts

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

While it’s called a walk, the Omaha Bar Association’s annual Walk Through the Courts is more like a marathon for newly sworn members of the Omaha bar.
About 15 recent law school graduates gathered at the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center last week to begin their four-and-a-half hour journey through every pertinent office they might encounter in their legal career. Led by OBA Executive Director Dave Sommers and former president of the Omaha Barristers Club Joe Bradley, an Omaha attorney, they heard from representatives from city, county, state and federal judges and departments.
The message of the day soon became clear – network, get a mentor and ask questions.

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Three of the second-place team members are Dillon Shea, from left, Daniel Lennon and Emily Gordon, all attorneys at Fidelity National Title Group. Not pictured is the fourth member of the group, Drew Mandl, managing counsel and vice president at Fidelity National. (Courtesy photo)

Legal Aid Rides the ‘Wave
Of Justice’ With Two Events

Seventy-eight golfers took part in Legal Aid of Nebraska’s “Swing for Justice” fundraiser on Sept. 21 at Eagle Hills Golf Course in Papillion.
The goal the sixth-annual golf tournament was to raise money and awareness in support of the civil legal services that Legal Aid provides to low-income Nebraskans across the state. And raise money they did, more than $12,000, according to Joanne Hull, director of donor relations.
Bragging rights for first place go to the foursome of Daniel Murvin, Roger Shiffermiller, Matthew Jansen and Matthew Nygaarad. The second place team members were Emily Gordon, Daniel Lennon, Dillon Shea and Drew Mandl. Third- place honors went to Shirley Peng, Mark Thalken, Kenny Jacobs and Zachary Anderson.
Swing for Justice was the first event of Legal Aid’s fall campaign to “Ride the Wave of Justice.”
Part two happens Saturday with “Justice Rocks,” a beach-themed event that features local Omaha indie band “Names Without Numbers.” They’ll be playing at the Slowdown in downtown Omaha. Tickets to the event are $25, available at Sponsorships are available in increments from $500 to $5,000.

Lawyers Find Nebraska Judges Perform Well
By Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

Lawyers largely supported the retention of Nebraska judges facing elections this fall, although a few judges received mixed reviews in an informal survey of Nebraska State Bar Association members.
The poll, released this summer, found that nearly half of Nebraska judges earned the approval of at least 90 percent of those lawyers completing the survey. The vast majority of judges earned the support of at least four-fifths of survey respondents.
All district and county court judges in Douglas and Sarpy counties earned passing marks, along with judges serving on the Nebraska Supreme Court, Nebraska Court of Appeals and Workers’ Compensation Court.
Those lawyers who responded to the survey – about 16 percent overall, out of more than 5,500 active Nebraska State Bar Association members not serving in the judiciary – practice regularly in front of the judges or are familiar with appeals judges’ written opinions.

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Learning About Immigration Law
Kristin Fearnow of Dornan Law Team (left) and Jessica Feinstein, a principal at Jackson Lewis P.C., led attendees on a journey through the labyrinth of immigration law at the latest Omaha Bar Association “Just the Basics” CLE. Both are graduates of the University of Nebraska College of Law, Fearnow in 2005 and Feinstein in 2006 and have worked in immigration law ever since. Their presentation may be heard “On Demand” at the (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)


Gross & Welch Hires New Attorney
The Omaha law firm of Gross & Welch is pleased to announce Tim B. Streff has joined the firm as a Director.
Streff earned his law degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1982. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. His past 36 years of experience have focused on family law, divorce, personal injury, insurance defense, criminal law and civil litigation. Streff is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association and is licensed to practice in Nebraska.
For more information about the Gross & Welch please visit their website at

Cadwallader Joins McGrath North
McGrath North is pleased to welcome Clint D. Cadwallader to the firm. Clint has practiced law in Omaha for over eight years and concentrates his practice in the areas of intellectual property, information technology and real estate.
Cadwallader has extensive experience handling a broad range of intellectual property and information technology matters including drafting and negotiating agreements related to software licensing and information technology services, trademark and copyright registration and enforcement and intellectual property protection. He also counsels clients in a broad range of real estate transactions.
“Clint is a great addition to our law firm,” said Roger Wells, President of McGrath North. “Because of his experience, Clint has developed great legal expertise along with the ability to effectively work with clients.”
Cadwallader received his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law, with distinction in 2010. In law school, he clerked for the Honorable Paul D. Merritt Jr. and Robert R. Otte of the Lancaster County District Court. Cadwallader received his Bachelor of Science in Criminology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, with distinction in 2006.
For more information about the McGrath North please visit their website at

Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O.
Hires Three New Associates
Koley Jessen is proud to announce the recent growth of its Mergers & Acquisitions,
Litigation, Health Law and Corporate practices with the addition of Taylor Cammack, Cassie Langstaff, and Paige Gade as Associates.

Cammack joins the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions team, where his practice will focus on mergers, acquisitions, middle market corporate and private equity transactions, business structuring, strategic planning and entity formation and selection. Cammack received his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Highest Distinction).

Langstaff is a member of Koley Jessen’s Litigation team. She will assist with commercial litigation, contract disputes, business torts and intellectual property disputes. She comes to the firm after earning a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (summa cum laude) and a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law (magna cum laude).

Gade will work in the Health Law and Corporate practices. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her J.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Distinction). Leveraging her background in corporate finance, Paige’s practice will focus on assisting healthcare industry clients with transactional and regulatory matters in addition to advising corporateclients on general business matters.
“I am very pleased to welcome Taylor, Cassie, and Paige to the firm,” says Mike Hupp, President of Koley Jessen. “Our clients continue to experience strong growth and therefore, we must grow alongside them. We are adding three great members to the team who will help us expand our efforts and capabilities and continue to provide our clients with the best service.”
For more information about Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O. please visit their website at

The Best Lawyers in America© 2019
Recognizes Attorneys from Woods & Aitken LLP

Woods & Aitken LLP is pleased to announce that 15 attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019, one of the legal profession’s oldest and most respected peer-review publications.
Best Lawyers in America® 2019 honored three Woods & Aitken attorneys as “Lawyer of the Year” recipients:

James A. Overcash: Lincoln Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year”

Frank J. Mihulka: Omaha Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year”

Jerry L. Pigsley: Lincoln Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year”
The following Woods & Aitken attorneys were selected in their respective practice areas and cities for 2019:
“Lawyer of the Year” recognitions are awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific Practice Area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location. The firm has also been recognized as a “Top Listed” firm in Construction Law for the state of Nebraska with the most listed lawyers in a particular region and practice area.
Appellate Practice
Edward H. Tricker, Lincoln
Allen L. Overcash, Lincoln
Banking and Finance Law
Frank J. Mihulka, Omaha
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights /
Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Joseph H. Badami and James A. Overcash, Lincoln
Commercial Litigation
Terry C. Dougherty, Allen L. Overcash
and Edward H. Tricker, Lincoln
Bruce A. Smith and Todd W. Weidemann, Omaha
Communications Law
Paul M. Schudel, Lincoln
Construction Law
Kory D. George, Daniel M. Gross
and Kerry L. Kester, Denver, Colo.
Allen L. Overcash, James A. Overcash
and Edward H. Tricker, Lincoln
Todd W. Weidemann, Omaha
Corporate Law
Michael D. Matejka and Frank J. Mihulka, Omaha
Employment Law - Management
Robert B. Evnen and Jerry L. Pigsley, Lincoln
Labor Law - Management
Jerry L. Pigsley, Lincoln
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Joseph H. Badami, Lincoln
Litigation - Construction
Kerry L. Kester, Denver, Colo.
Allen L. Overcash, Lincoln
Litigation - Real Estate
Michael D. Matejka, Omaha
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Terry C. Dougherty, Lincoln
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
Terry C. Dougherty, Lincoln
Real Estate Law
Michael D. Matejka and Frank J. Mihulka, Omaha
Utilities Law
Paul M. Schudel, Lincoln
For more information on Woods & Aitken LLP please visit their website at

Hamm Earns Preeminent Certified Exit Planner Designation
Brandon Hamm, a shareholder in Koley Jessen’s Estate, Succession and Tax Practices has earned his BEI Certified Exit Planner (CExP™) designation. The BEI CExP™ designation
is the standard for Exit Planning certification. Through training, rigorous testing and in-depth Exit Plan Creation coursework, Hamm has demonstrated that he is qualified to provide comprehensive, professionally executed Exit Planning services to the business owning community.
“We are proud of Brandon’s continued accomplishments in the field of business succession
planning,” says Mike Hupp, president of Koley Jessen. “His focus on client service has driven him to continue his formal education in areas where his clients can benefit the most.”
“Exit Planning Professionals who successfully complete the BEI Certified Exit Planner program have come to be known as premiere Exit Planning Professionals because their in-depth knowledge and demonstrated application
of The BEI Seven Step Exit Planning Process™ perfectly positions them to counsel business owners and their advisors on a wide array of business issues ranging from building value within a business to identifying exit objectives, addressing key employee incentive planning and retention issues, incorporating business continuity planning, and establishing wealth preservation,” said John Brown, president of Business Enterprise Institute.
The business owner community benefits from engaging an Exit Planning Professional who holds the BEI CExP™ designation by having greater confidence that the service they receive is professional in quality, adheres to ethical and industry standards of practice, and meets a level of expertise BEI deems credible and worthy of one of its certified members.
Hamm also has his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) designation from the American College of Financial Services and has been recognized for his work in Private Wealth Law by Chambers High Net Worth Guide.

Slusky to be Honored by His Alma Mater
Omaha lawyer and real estate developer Jerry Slusky will be honored October 4 with a prestigious induction into the 2018 Central High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame.
He is one of 10 alums whose paths from the halls of Central High School led them to the highest levels of achievement in business and community service. Inductees are selected by the Central High School Alumni Association and the program is presented by the Central High School Foundation.
“Over my career, my ties to Central High School have endured and strengthened,” Slusky said, “I am truly honored to be selected as a part of this illustrious group of people.”
A 1963 Central High School graduate with honors, Slusky bypassed opportunities to study at top academic institutions to study at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Graduating in 1966, Slusky then went on to earn his law degree cum laude from Creighton University in 1971.
Early in his career, Slusky started an annual gathering, the CRE Summit, of professionals in the local real estate field with the goal of strengthening their individual knowledge base and network with each other. The CRE Summit committee, lead by Slusky, is starting preparations for the 30th annual meeting in the spring of 2019.
“Virtually all aspects of business and economic growth involve some form of real estate transaction, so for nearly 1,000 business and real estate leaders to gather to spend a day focused on the topic is a big deal … This is definitely a conference where deals are made,” said former Senior VP of Economic Development
for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Randy Thelen, now with the Downtown Denver Partnership, during a presentation at the annual Commercial Real Estate Summit (CRE Summit) earlier this year.
One of the most successful real estate lawyers in the region, Slusky has been recognized by Chambers & Partners’ legal publication America’s Leading Business Lawyers Client Guide for his extensive experience in real estate including
zoning, municipal law and finance matters, tax appeals and tax-deferred transactions. American College of Real Estate Attorneys awarded Slusky as one of seven CRE attorneys in Nebraska to be inducted by peer review.
Similarly, he was voted among the best lawyers in the United States 14 consecutive years from 2003-2017 by Best Lawyers in America, and has been recognized for that same period of time by Omaha Magazine as “One of Omaha’s Best Real Estate Attorneys.”
Slusky is a regular contributor of his time, resources and talent to charitable organizations including Angels Among Us and the Jewish Community. Slusky served as the President of the Jewish Federation of Omaha in 1994-1995.
For more information and/or to get tickets to the Hall of Fame induction, visit


A Tale of Two Offices
The two candidates for the Douglas County Assessors/Register of Deeds’ office have different visions of how the office is functioning. The Daily Record spoke with each candidate about their perspectives and plans for the future. They will square off in the Nov. 6 general election.
Today: Incumbent Diane Battiato believes the office has turned the corner by redrawing valuation comparison districts.
Tomorrow 10/12/18: Challenger Walt Peffer believes the office is in “turmoil” and wants to modernize valuation process.
Find more about the candidates on their websites: www.dianebattiato. com

Battiato: Valuation Protests' Decrease
Shows Office Improvements

By Scott Stewart
The Daily Record
Oct. 11, 2018

As a remodeling of the Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds’ Office continues, Diane Battiato believes the metaphorical dust has settled after the two offices combined more than three years ago.
Valuation protests are down this year, and Battiato said the office received an “awesome scorecard” from the state for its efforts to improve valuation calculations.
“The state was extremely satisfied,” Battiato said. “We’re really on the road to much more fair, equitable and efficient not only valuations, but processes to get to those valuations.”

Battiato, a Democrat, was first elected register of deeds in 2004 and won election to the combined office
in 2014. She also has worked for more than 30 years as a real estate broker. She is being challenged by commercial real estate professional Walt Peffer, a Republican.

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This is the second in a series of two (10/12/18), examining the candidates for Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds.

Peffer: New Technology Could Improve Property Valuations
By Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

Walt Peffer believes the past and present work of the Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds’ Office is a problem in need of a solution.
Peffer said the office remains in “turmoil” despite recent changes to the valuation process, and he wants to use technology and improve communication to provide better outcomes for taxpayers.
“I have always loved public service,” Peffer said. “I was encouraged to run. I thought that this would be a way to give back to the community.”
Peffer, a Republican, has served in a variety of business and government roles, including as executive assistant to several
Omaha mayors, over the past three decades. He currently works as a sales and leasing agent for PJ Morgan Real Estate. He’s challenging incumbent Diane Battiato, a Democrat.
Last year’s property valuation increases – which saw thousands of valuation protests following a 2016 order by the state government that also raised valuations across much of the county – prompted Peffer to enter the race, he said. He alleges
many valuations in Douglas County remain unfair.
“I get called all the time from citizens all over the city talking about their valuations,” Peffer said. “It’s not fair and equitable presently, and that’s where it needs to get.”
To improve the situation, Peffer is proposing an overhaul of the office’s computer systems to allow for valuations for tax purposes to be prorated against market value for each specific home, instead of doing those adjustments off the 17 market areas currently used by the office.

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Twenty-seven brand new lawyers attend their first Omaha Bar Association meeting on October 2, where the spotlight was on them.       (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

Seasoned Judge Shares Tips for Success
With Newcomers to Omaha’s Legal Field

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

It’s an annual October-feast that the Omaha Bar Association throws for newly-admitted attorneys, to give them and OBA members a chance to get acquainted.
This year’s event was October 2 at the Field Club in midtown Omaha. The OBA’s new president – Patrick Cooper of Fraser Stryker – introduced each of the new attorney present: Sarah Applegate, William Beerman, Molly Bertelson, Tiffany Boutcher, Taylor Cammack, Matthew Chouinard, Kara Fishbach, Courtney Foltz, Paige Gade, Matthew Harris, Alexandra Hubbard, Katherine Huiskamp, Sydney Huss, Emma Hybl, Gabrielle Kott, Cassie Langstaff, Joe Lord, Caitlin Lovell, Nicole Luhm, Tyler Masterson, Annie Mathews, Samantha Miller, Kory Quandt, Megan Shupe, Amanda Swisher, John Waters and Chellsie Weber.
The Omaha Bar uses this event each year, along with the Walk Through The Courts, to introduce new attorneys to the judicial system in Douglas County and the Omaha Bar Association. New attorneys can also pick up a little advice, according to OBA Executive Director Dave Sommers.
Each year, they ask a member of the judiciary to talk. The judges usually emphasize the collegiality of all those in the field. To that end, the speaker shares a bit of his or her own experiences on their path to their present job.

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Hon. Gary Randall shares his academic journey to his position on the Douglas County District Court.

Patrick Cooper presides at the first membership meeting of his tenure as OBA president.


Host committe member Maria Fernandez (left) and her friend, Barb Schlott, enjoy some of the offerings at the Food Truck World Tour.         (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

Immigrant Legal Center Receives
Resounding Support from Community

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

In its four-year history, the Food Truck World Tour has weathered heat, cold and icy rain. But 2018 delivered perfect weather for the annual event of the Immigrant Legal Center (ILC), formerly known as Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska.
On a beautiful, sunny Wednesday evening last week, the center welcomed a record 500 guests at a new venue, the newly renovated Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology at Metro Community College’s Fort Omaha campus.
And, best of all, the event raised more than $200,000 for ILC.
“We were humbled and moved by the tremendous amount of encouragement and generosity we received,” Executive Director Emiliano Lerda said.

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Leading NePA for the Next Year

The newly elected members of NePA’s Board of Directors are, from left: Amber Roberts, Teresa Semerena, Kimberly Brown, Kari Schmidt, Courtney Pfeiffer, Sandi Armstrong, Jillian (JC) Tuck, Caryn Redding, and Bridget Stuhr. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

The Power of Paralegals

David Kramer’s tutorial on school law, with his frequent examples of his own kids, keeps the audience laughing as he rounds out day one.

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Nebraska Paralegals Association (NePA) members were hard at work last week fine-tuning their understanding of a wide array of legal issues.
Their annual two-day Fall Seminar – The Power of Paralegals – featured these topics: Contract Management in the Digital Age; When Memory Fails: False Eyewitness Identifications; Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll: Timeless Topics in the Practice of School Law; Ethics Panel: Navigating the Grey Areas; Workers’ Compensation Tips and Tricks; What is Information Governance and Why Should I Care?; Recognizing and Dealing with “Juror Bias” – Insights for Winning; Title & Closing Essentials; and Workplace Technology: Working Smarter, Not Harder.
During the last session of the first day, participants discovered the lively, fast-moving session of David Kramer of Baird Holm, entitled “Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll: Timeless Topics in the Practice of School Law.”

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Mark O’Siochain came to Fraser Stryker from across the pond after graduating law school at just 22 years old. Outside of the office, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Common Fund of the Heartland and is a volunteer with the First Tee of Omaha. As a keen golfer and native son of the old sod, he likes to travel and play golf in Ireland whenever he has the opportunity. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

From Dublin to Downtown Omaha
O’Siochain Brings Expertise to Fraser Stryker

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

When engaging Mark O’Siochain in conversation, it’s only a matter of moments before you know where he’s from.
It’s not Douglas County.
O’Siochain (pronounced O-SHE-uh–con) is one of Ireland’s latest exports and the Dublin native has made a home for himself in Omaha with the Fraser Stryker Law Firm.
It may come as a surprise to many that O’Siochain crossed the Atlantic Ocean to practice law, but he is hardly surprised to have chosen the legal profession for his career.
“I think what initially sparked my interest in becoming a lawyer was watching American legal dramas on TV as a kid,” he said. “These shows portrayed the practice of law as an interesting and worthwhile profession.”
But, there is more to it.

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At Cordell & Cordell, Nancy Shannon
Knows the Turf and Is Prepared to Fight

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

Divorce can be the worst experience in a person’s life. Anyone who’s experienced the ordeal knows that. Nancy Shannon is one of those people who knows firsthand.
And guess what? She works for Cordell & Cordell – the national firm known for helping men through divorce. That personal and professional experience helps her guide her clients through a process that often is long and painful.
Shannon said her experience allows her to know what her clients are going through and how they are forced to address many unknown situations that involve some of the most important parts of their life.
“I know what it’s like to sit on the other side of the desk,” she said.
Shannon advises her clients they should hope for the best but brace for the worst – and prepare for both. If her client and the opposing party can reach an agreement, Shannon is willing to assist them.

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Kutak Rock
Canvassing Employment Law:
A Midterm Review
November 8, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68106.  Kutak Rock’s Employment Law Group proudly presents its 11th annual Employment Law Seminar.  This year’s seminar is all about developments and updates from the past two years and will deliver practical advice on issues related to new trends, immigration law, wage and hour law, arbitration agreements, the #MeToo movement, anti-poaching laws, the Defend Trade Secrets Act, benefits and ethics.  The seminar will be of particular interest to corporate executives, business owners, in-house employment lawyers, and human resources professionals.  
The seminar has been approved for 5 hours of CLE in Nebraska and Iowa (including 1 hour of ethics) and certified for HRCI credit.  Cost: $50 (free for Kutak Rock clients and previous attendees).  

RSVP to Stephanie Urbanek at or 402-346-6000, or online at


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Court Term Kicks Off With Traditional Red Mass,
Address By Iowa Supreme Court Justice Christensen

Among those at the 2018 Red Mass were (from left) Gov. Pete Ricketts, Hon. Elizabeth Crnkovich, Creighton Interim Law School Dean Mike Kelly, Hon. Sheryl Lohaus, Hon. Patrick Runge, Hon. Peter Bataillon, Hon. Julie Martin, Archbishop George Lucas, Hon. Greg Schatz, Hon. Michael Nelson, Hon. Stephanie Martinez, Hon. Susan Christensen, Hon. Jeff Marcuzzo, Hon. Robert Rossiter, Jr., Hon. Matt Morrissey and Hon. Horacio Wheelock. In front, graduate intern Hannah Clark holds the Heritage Edition of The St. John’s Bible. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

For nearly a century, the Red Mass has helped mark the beginning of the Supreme Court’s new term.
The annual celebration in the Catholic Church is open to all members of the legal profession, regardless of religious affiliation. Judges, lawyers, law school professors, law students and government officials marked the opening of the judicial year October 3 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Omaha. The name derives from the red robes of judges from centuries ago.
Creighton University’s School of Law sponsored the 2018 Red Mass.
It corresponds with the first Monday in October, which marks the start of the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term. This year is the 13th year of the Roberts Court, so named for the Chief Justice.
The celebrant was the Most Reverend George Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts was among those who presented one of the readings during the Mass.

Justice Susan Christensen, who says she prefers being called Susie, shared some very personal memories that she said she had not shared before, bringing a tear not only to her eye, but to those in the audience.    (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

Following the 5 p.m. ceremony, the law school held a reception dinner featuring Justice Susan Larson Christensen, the newest member of the Iowa Supreme Court and only the third woman to serve. She is a 1991 graduate of Creighton’s School of Law.
Few people have a more compelling story.

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Four Nominees Forwarded
for District Court Judge Vacancy

Lincoln –
The Judicial Nominating Commission for the District Court, Fourth Judicial District provided
the following four names for the Governor’s consideration:

Patrick R. Guinan, Thomas K. Harmon, James M. Masteller and Andrew J. Wilson, all of Omaha.

Guinan is a shareholder in the law firm of Erickson | Sederstrom, P.C., L.L.O.

Harmon is a Douglas County Court Judge in the 4th Judicial District.

Masteller is a Deputy County Attorney for Douglas County.

Finally, Wilson is a shareholder in the law firm of Gross and Welch PC, LLO.

The primary place of office for the judicial vacancy will be Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

The vacancy is due to the sudden death of Judge W. Mark Ashford.


Peitzmeier Demolition is sometimes in the business of tearing down entire structures, while recycling everything they can. These bricks undoubtedly found a new home.

Small Business of the Month
Peitzmeier Demolishes Competition
With Fair Prices and Clean Work

By Emily Kerr
The Daily Record

Even though it says demolition in its name, Peitzmeier Demolition and Concrete Cutting, Inc. does more than just blow up buildings.
Owner Mark Peitzmeier said his team approaches every project differently, based on the desired result.
Their website elaborates: “We specialize in Commercial and Industrial Demolition Services. Our company attempts to recycle, when possible, as much of the material we work with to reduce the economic and environmental impact within communities.”
Because of Peitzmeier’s stellar reputation and vast experience, the Omaha Chamber of Commerce has named his firm the September Small Business of the Month. They serve Omaha and surrounding areas in the Midwest.
Offering everything from gutting buildings to emergency response when structures become unstable, Peitzmeier and his team are dedicated to both quality work and giving back to their community.

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Mark Peitzmeier loves coming to work each day. (Photo by Emily Kerr)


OBA Executive Director Dave Sommers, left, listens as Nebraska judges take their turn with the microphone. From left are the Honorables Doug Johnson, Stephanie Martinez, James Gleason, Francie Riedmann, Marcela Keim and Michael Nelson.                                                    (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

Omaha Bar Association Gets
Close-up Look at Bench Protocol

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
The Omaha Bar Association rebooted their Bench Bar event last Friday afternoon, and the result was an unqualified success.
But it wasn’t without its challenges.
The AIM Exchange Building’s seventh floor Trading Floor Conference Space suffered the effects of a leaky roof, so a last-minute change to the second floor was in order. While the room was large enough, the layout was a bit unconventional. No matter; the two-hour 2018 Bench Bar Briefing kicked off right on time.

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Meetings & Seminars
For the Legal Community
OCTOBER 13, 2018
Nebraska Legal Professionals
NPLA Fall Seminar & NPLA October Board Meeting
Omaha, NE
9:00am –TBA
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OCTOBER 14, 2018
Nebraska Paralegal Association
District I Lunch
Anthony’s Steakhouse
7220 F Street, Omaha
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
For More Information:
OCTOBER 16, 2018 through OCTOBER 19, 2018
Nebraska State Bar Association
2018 NSBA Annual Meeting
Embassy Suite La Vista
12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista
For More Information:

OCTOBER 16, 2018
Business Ethics Alliance
Annual Trust Meeting
Creighton University Harper Center
602 North 20th Street
Omaha, NE
7:30 – 9:30am
For More Information:

OCTOBER 24, 2018
Nebraska Paralegal Association
District I Lunch
Anthony’s Steakhouse
7220 F Street, Omaha
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
For More Information:

NOVEMBER 2, 2018
Omaha Bar Association
YLD Hockey Game Watch
Pregame at Liv Lounge/Game at Baxter Arena
Aksarben Village, Omaha
5:00 p.m. – 6:40 p.m. Pregame/7:07 p.m. Puck Drop
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NOVEMBER 8, 2018
Kutak Rock LLP
Canvassing Employment Law: A Midterm Review
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine Street
Aksarben Village, Omaha
8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
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