Omaha Gives! 

Nonprofits Ask For Donations During Pledge Drive

By Scott Stewart 

The Daily Record 

More than 950 nonprofits will participate in this year’s Omaha Gives campaign tomorrow. 

The one-day effort, organized by the Omaha Community Foundation, asks the public to pledge $10 or more to nonprofits of their choice making a difference in the community. The foundation also gives prizes to amplify the effect of giving throughout the day. 

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A new library, complete with learning nooks, is part of the expanded space at the Completely KIDS headquarters at 2566 St. Mary’s Ave. (Photo by Scott Stewart)
 

Completely KIDS 

Expanded HQ Gives Nonprofit More Space to Serve Families

By Scott Stewart 

The Daily Record 

The newly renovated and expanded headquarters for Completely KIDS is like a teacher’s dream of a community center. 

The new facility features a gym and multipurpose area, a cafeteria space, a library and several classrooms, including dedicated spaces for adult learning, toddlers, young children, teenagers and music and technology classes. 
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A mural of Ronald McDonald shows the height of children who have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House, 620 S. 38th Ave., charting how they have grown during their recovery. The mural was on display to the public during an open house Saturday.  (Photo by Scott Stewart)

 

Ronald McDonald House 
Expansion Doubles Capacity, Drops Waitlist

By Scott Stewart 

The Daily Record 

The Ronald McDonald House in Omaha was forced to turn away about 1,600 families over the past two years. 

A recently completed remodeling and expansion project, which doubled the Omaha house’s capacity, should eliminate the nonprofit’s waitlist and help provide assistance to even more families. 

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Stacy L. Morris of Lamson Dugan & Murray, chair of the Omaha Bar Association Memorial Committee, gives the call to order at the OBA’s annual Memorial Day Program in the legislative chamber of the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center on May 10, 2019. (Photo by Scott Stewart)
 

Memorial Day Program 
OBA Reflects, Says Goodbye to Colleagues

By Scott Stewart 

The Daily Record 

Twenty-six red roses were carefully laid upon a table covered with the names of attorneys and judges who passed on over the course of the past 16 months. 

The Omaha Bar Association held its annual Memorial Day Program on Friday in the legislative chambers of the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center. The event recognizes departed members of the bar association and presents a rose to a family member or friend in their recognition. 

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From left, Keith Station of Heartland Workforce Solutions, Abbie Kretz of Heartland Workers Center, Karen Gibler of Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce, Jaymes Sime of Micah House and moderator Katharine Eagan Kelleman participate in a panel discussion on transportation pressure points at the Heartland 2050 Summit at the downtown Hilton Omaha May 8, 2019. (Photo by Scott Stewart)

Summit Looks at Omaha Public Transit System

By Scott Stewart 

The Daily Record 

For many Omaha residents, transportation means pulling a car out of a driveway and spending about 15 minutes swerving between potholes to reach a destination – maybe 30 minutes when facing construction or congestion. 

The metropolitan area’s transit system is more complex than that, though. Walking, biking, public buses, ride sharing apps and, as of this week, electric scooters play a role in moving people around the city, and that motion is critical to the area’s economic vitality. 

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The staff and service at Re-Bath of the Heartland make the difference in home remodeling. The team was named Small Business of the Month for May by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. (Courtesy photo)
 

Small Business of the Month 

Re-Bath Dedicated to Customer Satisfaction
By Emily Kerr 
The Daily Record 

Maintaining an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau for 12 years, Re-Bath of the Heartland has proven its dedication to customer satisfaction and excellence. 

As another reward, the company has been named May’s Small Business of the Month by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. 

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Mike Flood, an attorney, former speaker of the Nebraska Legislature and founder of Flood Communications was the keynote speaker at the annual Law Day Luncheon Wednesday, May 1 at the Omaha Marriott in Regency.  (Photo by Antone Oseka)

 

Law Day 2019

Flood Asks for Omaha Legal Community
To Help Support Local Reporters, Media

By Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

  More than 200 members of Omaha’s legal community gathered Wednesday for a luncheon marking the annual celebration of Law Day with the presentation of awards and a keynote address on this year’s theme, “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.”

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An artist’s rendering of the Douglas County Justice Center project as viewed from the southwest at 18th and Harney streets. 

(Courtesy HDR Architecture Inc.)


County Invites Feedback at Public Forums About Justice Center

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Justice Center Development Corp. have scheduled three public forums for next week to provide updates on the juvenile justice center project. 

The public will have an opportunity to share thoughts and ask questions about the proposed plans, according to a news release. 

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Lynda Henningsen, left, and Lorraine Boyd have dedicated nearly 30 years to telling the stories of the Omaha legal community in The Daily Record. They both won Public Service Awards from the Omaha Bar this year.  (Photo by Antone Oseka)
 

Public Service Awards 

Dedicated to Telling the Stories of the Omaha Bar Association

By Antone Oseka 

The Daily Record 

Two journalists have dedicated their careers to the importance of telling the stories of the legal community in Omaha. 

Through their positions at The Daily Record, these two women have shaped the relationship between the Omaha Bar Association and the city’s daily legal newspaper, a relationship that stretches back to the beginning of both organizations in the late 1800s. 

This year’s Omaha Bar Association Public Service Award honors The Daily Record publisher Lynda Henningsen and local news editor Lorraine Boyd. 

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Legal Aid of Nebraska held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday at its newly renovated offices at the Terminal Building in downtown Lincoln. Cutting the ribbon, from left, are Pat Carraher, Lincoln office managing attorney; Patrick Rogers, board of directors president; and Milo Mumgaard, executive director. (Courtesy Legal Aid of Nebraska)
 

 Legal Aid Office Opens a Year After Fire

 Lincoln – A three-alarm fire broke out in a century-old historic building in downtown Lincoln on President’s Day 2018, leaving Legal Aid of Nebraska and others with millions of dollars in damage and no permanent office space.

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       Thelen               Rupiper
Thelen Named Next Papillion City Attorney

 By Scott Stewart

The Daily Record

The City of Papillion selected Alan Thelen as its next city attorney, anticipating the retirement of Karla Rupiper later this summer.

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TSA Precheck Applications Accepted 
At Eppley This Week 

  Frequent flyers may want to take a trip to Eppley Airfield this week to sign up for a program to allow them to pass more quickly through airport security. 

  The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is operating a temporary application center for its TSA Precheck program through Friday afternoon in the conference center in the terminal of Omaha’s Eppley Airfield. 
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Bar Leadership Academy Seeks Donations
For PlainsWest CASA

The 2018-19 Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy is raising $7,500 to help finish an accessible restroom to support Sidney’s PlainsWest CASA facility. 

The Counsel for CASA public service project is accepting donations at tinyurl.com/y5pfk8bl or by mail through a check made payable to the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation and sent to Nebraska State Bar Association, LA Fundraiser/CASA, 635 S. 14th St. #200, Lincoln, NE 68508. 

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Bankers Group Accepting Grant Applications for Flood Recovery 

  The Nebraska Bankers Association board of directors recently approved the application process for Bank On Nebraska Strong funds to assist with disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts. 


Gallup CEO to Keynote Governor’s Economic Development Summit

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced last week that Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Nebraska Governor’s Economic Development Summit. 
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Lancaster Co. Court to Hold Two ‘Night Court’ Sessions

    Lancaster County Court will be holding after hours “Night Court” sessions on the evenings of May 30 and June 27. 

   These sessions will be held on the second floor of the Lancaster County Courthouse in Lancaster County Courtroom No. 24 and will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on those two days, according to a Nebraska Judicial Branch release. 

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    Prenda

Prenda Appointed Deputy State Court Administrator

Amy Prenda was recently appointed the deputy state court administrator for court services. 

Corey Steel, state court administrator for the administrative office of the courts and probation, announced the appointment in a release last week. 
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Veterans Court in Lincoln Set To Hold First Graduation

 The Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court will hold its inaugural graduation ceremony and celebration on Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. at the University of Nebraska College of Law Auditorium in McCollum Hall, 1875 N. 42nd St. in Lincoln. 

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Law Students Thanked for Community Legal Service

Students at the Creighton University School of Law and the University of Nebraska College of Law who provided free legal work for low-income individuals were recognized for their service during recent graduation ceremonies. 
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     Baillon                  Gray               Kavanagh          McKnight            Murphy              Warneke
Omaha Press Club to Induct Six to Hall of Fame

The Omaha Press Club will add six names to its hall of fame at its 11th annual induction ceremony. 

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the club on the 22nd floor of the First National Center, 1600 Dodge St. 

Past hall of fame inductee Ann Pedersen will emcee the event. Tickets are $50 for club members and $60 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. 

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   Fershee

Joshua Fershee Named
Next Creighton Law School Dean

By Scott Stewart 

The Daily Record 

After nearly two years with an interim dean following a shake up in the school’s administration, the Creighton University School of Law named a West Virginia law professor as its next dean. 

Joshua P. Fershee will begin his new duties as Creighton Law’s 11th dean on July 1.
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       Sallans                 Stacy

Best Ways to Build Inclusive Environments
Focus of NePA, OBA Seminar

By Scott Stewart 

The Daily Record 

The Nebraska Paralegal Association and Omaha Bar Association will hold their first joint event, focused on how to build inclusive work environments. 

Unity in Diversity: Working Together to Achieve Success will be held Wednesday, June 5, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha. 
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Jim Berscheidt, chief communications and marketing officer at Creighton University, accepts the Marketer of the Year Award at the 2019 Pinnacle Awards ceremony. (Courtesy photo)

Pinnacle Awards 
Winners Reflect Omaha’s Best Campaign
By Scott Stewart 
The Daily Record 

Representing the best work in marketing last year, the Pinnacle Awards were presented April 24 at an awards dinner at the Omar Baking Co. Building in Omaha. 

The awards, presented by the American Marketing Association’s Omaha chapter, recognize outstanding work by agencies and organizations from the prior year. 

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From left, Kiwanis Club member Bruce Dean, Kiwanis Club Immediate Past President Chris Tooker, Omaha Parks & Recreation Director Brook Bench, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, Kiwanis Club President John Wehrle and Kiwanis Club member John Wells present a check for $25,000 to the Omaha Parks Foundation at a club meeting Friday, May 3, at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha. (Photo by Scott Stewart)


Kiwanis Gives $25,000 Donation For Soccer Wall at Miller Park

 The Kiwanis Club of Omaha celebrated its centennial year by presenting the City of Omaha with a $25,000 donation toward improvements at Miller Park.

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Anne and G. Michael Fenner have been married 50 years. They celebrate that and his retirement from Creighton University School of Law this summer. Fenner holds the Endowed Professorship, James L. Koley Professor of Constitutional Law. (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)

 

Robert M. Spire Public Service Award

Fenner’s Legacy Spans Generations in Legal Community

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

The legal profession owes a debt of gratitude to Creighton University Law Professor G. Michael Fenner.

Fenner helped preserve the Nebraska State Bar Association in the immediate aftermath of its court-mandated transition to a voluntary membership. Fenner has facilitated visits by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to teach law seminars at Creighton for more than two decades. On a personal level, Fenner has mentored, encouraged and supported countless law students and young attorneys as they began their careers.

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Participants in the OBA 2019 Mock Trial were (from left) Joe Bradley, Ashley Laverty (Curley Pig), Hon. Joseph Bataillon, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine, Michael Miller (Big Bad Wolf), and Kevin Ehrhart (witness). (Photo by Lorraine Boyd)


Wolf v. Pig – Who Prevails?

  Would the Big Bad Wolf prevail in his tort claim for damages that he filed against Curly Pig after he was injured falling into a vat of boiling water at Pig’s home? One hundred fifth-graders from OPS’s Liberty Elementary School watched the (mock) trial held in their gym, with 12 of them serving as jurors, at the Omaha Bar Association’s 2019 Law Day Mock Trial. 

  Although the venue was different (the trial is usually held in a Federal Courtroom), the objective was the same: to educate students about the legal system in an interesting and entertaining way. Mission accomplished, thanks to the enthusiastic participation of everyone involved.

  While it was curious that Pig used a cauldron to heat water for tea just before Wolf tried to climb into the brick house through the chimney, the jury was inclined to believe the argument of Pig’s attorney, Joe Bradley. Perhaps it was the fact that Wolf had previously destroyed Pig’s brothers’ houses and eaten them that colored their decision, despite the objections of Wolf’s attorney, Don Kleine. Or was it the admonitions of the judge, Hon. Joseph Bataillon? Whatever the reason, after spirited deliberations under the tutelage of Ann Miller, the jury found in favor of Curley Pig in a close 7-5 split vote. The actors were all volunteers from the Rose Theatre. 

– Lorraine Boyd
 


 


      

              Emshoff                                       Hove                                        Baier


Workforce, Cannabis Among Top Issues in Banking Industry

By Scott Stewart

The Daily Record

The Nebraska Bankers Association elected its 2019-20 officers last Thursday at its annual conference in La Vista.

The Daily Record caught up with the association’s leadership last week to discuss current trends in the banking industry.
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Election Pilot Project Aims to Match Voters to Their Precincts

 

By Scott Stewart

The Daily Record

Sarpy County will pilot a new system designed to use modern geographic information technology to ensure voters receive the correct ballot for districts and issued based on where they live.

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Hearing Set To Review Vacancy as Dakota City Judge Retires

 A public hearing will be held to determine whether the state ought to declare a vacancy for the District Court in the 6th Judicial District based in Dakota County. 
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In Memoriam
Michael J. Mooney

August 15, 1936 – May 10, 2019

Mooney Admired for Golf Swing, Legacy As Gifted Trial Attorney

   The smoothness of attorney Mike Mooney’s golf swing won admirers when he hit the links. His smooth demeanor won him admirers when he appeared before judges in the courtroom. His by-the-book approach to the practice of law also smoothed out complex cases with hazards that might have ensnared more laissez faire trial attorneys. 

  Michael J. Mooney died at his home on May 10. He was 82. He left behind many friends in the Omaha legal community.

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In Memoriam

William Goodman Campbell IV 

October 16, 1934 – April 13, 2019

 

Campbell Remembered as a Mentor 

  One of the three founding partners of the Kutak Rock law firm is remembered for mentoring young partners and associates as they developed their own styles for trial practice. 

  William “Bill” G. Campbell IV died in Ely, Minnesota, on April 13. He was 84. 

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In Memoriam

David L. Herzog

July 31, 1937 – April 16, 2019
 


He Was Never Too Busy to Teach

Omaha attorney David L. Herzog was a kind man who took the time to maintain relationships by writing notes, sharing articles and leaving a lasting impression on many in the local community.

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In Memoriam

Francis ‘Frank’ P. Matthews Jr. 

June 12, 1921 – April 12, 2019

He Was Always a Gentleman First 

  Francis “Frank” P. Matthews Jr. was a dedicated lawyer who held high standards but was always fair, honest and himself. 

  Matthews died in his sleep April 12. His funeral was Monday at St. Cecilia Cathedral with internment at Calvary Cemetery. 

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                Madathil
Omaha Attorney Angela Y. Madathil 

Joins Goosmann Law Firm

Jeana Goosmann, CEO & Managing Partner of the Goosmann Law Firm, is pleased to announce that Attorney Angela Y. Madathil has joined the law firm at their Omaha, Nebraska, location. Madathil is a business attorney who helps companies by minimizing risk, resolving potential disputes, ensuring ownership of technology and assets while developing their business. 
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Family Law Focus Of CLE Seminar, Updated Manual

 The Nebraska State Bar Association’s 2019 Family Law Seminar is set for Monday in Omaha. 

Registration is still open on the NSBA website, nebar.com, for the summit, which runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. The event offers 6.25 hours of CLE in person or via distance learning. 

  The seminar will provide family law lawyers with an update on recently passed legislation and case law, as well as information on how family law intersects with immigration, bankruptcy, military retirement and federal tax cuts. 

  The cost is $300 for NSBA members, $390 for non-members and free for law school students. 

  Find more details on the NSBA CLE calendar, nebar.com/events. 

  In addition to the seminar, the NSBA recently released its 2019 Family Law Practice Manual, which includes discussions of many areas of family law, with an emphasis on marriage, divorce and issues related to children. 

  The 1,000-page manual can be purchased in print ($245) or electronic ($205) versions. Find more information at nebar.com/store. 

– Scott Stewart
 



 

Meetings & Seminars
For the Legal Community

MAY 30, 2019
Business Ethics Alliance
Summer Ethics Luncheon
11:30 AM until 1:00 PM
TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha
For More Information: www.businessethicsalliance.org

MAY 30, 2019
Nebraska State Bar Association
2 Ethical Legal Issues in 2 Hours
10:00 AM until 12:15 PM
Creighton University School of Law, Omaha
For More Information: www.nebar.com

MAY 30, 2019
Nebraska State Bar Association
Helping Elderly and Disabled Clients: A Life-Cycle Approach
1:00 PM through 3:30 PM
Creighton University School of Law, Omaha
For More Information: www.nebar.com

JUNE 5, 2019
Nebraska Paralegal Association/ Omaha Bar Association
District I Afternoon/Evening CLE Event
Unity in Diversity: Working Together to Achieve Success
(co-hosted by the NePA and OBA)
12:30 PM until 6:30 PM
Scott Conference Center, Omaha
For More Information: 
www.nebraskaparalegal.org
www.omahabarassociation.org

JUNE 5, 2019
True Potential
6th Annual Fundraising Dinner 
in honor of the 2019 True Potential Scholarship Recipients
Cocktails 5:30 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
Program 7:00 PM
Swanson Conference Center, MCC Fort Campus, Omaha
For More Information: www.truepotentialscholarship.org

JUNE 11, 2019
Omaha Bar Association
YLD Presents: 2ndAnnual Riverboat Cruise
6:00 PM
151 Freedom Park Rd., Omaha
For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com

JUNE 14, 2019
Nebraska State Bar Association
Labor Relations and Employment Seminar
9:00 AM through 1:00 PM
Kutak Rock, Omaha
For More Information: www.nebar.com

JUNE 14, 2019
Nebraska State Bar Association
16thAnnual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble
12:00 PM until 6:00 PM
Wild Horse Golf Club, Gothenburg
For More Information: www.nebar.com

JUNE 21, 2019
Nebraska State Bar Association
2019 Government & Administrative Practice Seminar
8:30 AM until 3:15 PM
University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln
For More Information: www.nebar.com


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