The Nebraska Paralegal Association team Legal Beagles raised $2,207 for the American Cancer Society at the Sarpy County Relay for Life on June 8, 2019, held at Papillion’s City Park. (Courtesy photo)

NePA Supports Relay for Life

   The Nebraska Paralegal Association raised more than $2,200 for the American Cancer Society at a recent Relay for Life event.

   The NePA team Legal Beagles – which included Amber Roberts, Teri Gibbons, Andria Bell, Patricia Owens, Michelle Chapman and Teresa Semerena – was among the top fundraisers at the Sarpy County Relay for Life held June 8 at Papillion’s City Park. 

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David Dvorak, partner at Dvorak Law Group LLC, cuts the ribbon as, from left, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, Greater Omaha Chamber President and CEO David Brown and Broadmoor Development President Tom Fellman cheer him on June 18, 2019, at Dvorak Law Firm’s new offices at 9500 W. Dodge Road. (Photo by Scott Stewart)


New Office Not Enough Space as Dvorak Law Group Growing

By Scott Stewart 

The Daily Record 

The Dvorak Law Group just cut the ribbon on its new West Dodge Road offices Tuesday evening, but it is already planning an expansion by the end of the year. 

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts joined Greater Omaha Chamber President and CEO David Brown and other dignitaries to celebrate the opening of the new law offices spanning the first floor of 9500 W. Dodge Road. 
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The National Association of Attorneys General Midwestern Region held a meeting Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 1001 Gallup Drive in Omaha. 

(Courtesy Allison Gilmore)
 

Midwest AGs Gather in Omaha to Examine Health Care Costs

   The National Association of Attorneys General Midwestern Region held a one-and-a-half day meeting in Omaha last week.

   Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, chair of the NAAG Midwestern Region, hosted the meeting, which focused on the state’s role in combating rising health care costs while also ensuring quality care.
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The Federal Trade Commission held a hearing at Creighton University’s Hixon-Lied Auditorium on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. 

(Courtesy Creighton University)
 

Creighton Hosts FTC

Consumer Protection Antitrust Laws Focus of Federal Hearing

   Issues of consumer privacy, data security and corporate transparency weigh heavily on the minds of many Americans in today’s Big Tech economy. Perhaps none more than those tasked with enforcing the nation’s laws.

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The three award recipients at the Nebraska Defense Counsel Association’s 2019 annual meeting and seminar show off their hardware at the La Vista Conference Center on June 7, 2019. Pictured from left are Master Emeritus Randy Goyette, Defense Counsel of the Year Dan Placzek and Master Emeritus Stephen S. Gealy.   (Photo by Scott Stewart)

Nebraska Criminal Defense Association
Three Attorneys Recognized at Annual Seminar

By Scott Stewart

The Daily Record

La Vista – The Nebraska Defense Counsel Association recently presented its 2019 awards.

Dan Placzek, a partner at Smith Johnson Baack Placzek Allen Connick & Hansen, was named Defense Counsel of the Year. 

   Two senior partners at Baylor Evnen, Randall L. Goyette and Stephen S. Gealy, received the Master Emeritus Award. 

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A child shoots a ball on the Ball-istic Blasters game at the Omaha Children’s Museum while attending the 10th annual Summer Family Reunification Picnic on Friday, June 7, 2019.  (Photo by Scott Stewart)


Reunified Families Gather for Celebratory Picnic

By Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

   Juvenile justice professionals and advocates came together recently to celebrate the hard work and success of many area families who have been reunited.

   The 10th annual Summer Family Picnic, held last Friday at the Omaha Children’s Museum, was put on by CASA for Douglas County, the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County and others who work alongside families that brought their children home after a separation.

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Sandra Murnan poses for a portrait in the Creighton University School of Law library on May 22, 2019. (Photo by Scott Stewart)


Murnan Spent Her 43-Year Career Behind-the-Scenes at Creighton University School of Law

By Scott Stewart
The Daily Record
   
Sandy Murnan spent the past 43 years working at the Creighton University School of Law and is retiring today as the school’s associate registrar.
   
Murnan put decades of work into admissions and records at the law school, making a career of supporting faculty, staff and students as they fostered generations of aspiring attorneys and judges.

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                        ‘A really big deal’


The Creighton Prep students representing Nebraska at the National High School Mock Trial Championships were, from left, Nathaniel Reyes, Matthew Mandolfo, Jaliya Nagahawatte, Chris Nubel, Dominic Mendlik, Mason Mandolfo and Ryan Laughlin. (Courtesy Patrick Cooper)


Creighton Prep Finishes Second at Mock Trial Nationals

By Scott Stewart

The Daily Record

A team from Creighton Preparatory High School, representing Nebraska, recently took home a second-place trophy from the National High School Mock Trial Championships.

The Creighton Prep team was made up of students Ryan Laughlin, Mason Mandolfo, Matthew Mandolfo, Dominic Mendlik, Jaliya Nagahawatte, Christopher Nubel and Nate Reyes along with attorney coaches Mark Laughlin and Patrick Cooper. They were among 46 teams from the United States, Guam, South Korea and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands at the contest, which was held May 16 through May 18 at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.
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Neb. Governor Asks For Flood Hero Nominations

   Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore launched an initiative to recognize Nebraska’s flood heroes for their extraordinary acts of bravery in service of their communities. 

   As the state prepares to honor Nebraskans for their remarkable service, they invite Nebraskans to submit nominations online at nebraskaimpact.com/flood-heroes.

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“The Sower” has become one of the signature images for Digital Sky, which produced it as a photo-realistic design for the Nebraska license plates. (Digital Sky)
 

Small Business of the Month

Digital Sky Taking Its Photos, Videos Nationwide

By Emily Kerr

The Daily Record

Working with both internal marketing teams and independent marketing groups, the mission of Digital Sky is creating high-quality videos executed precisely to clients’ specifications.

Offering incomparable video quality and a full suite of digital media services, Digital Sky has been selected by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce to be June’s Small Business of the Month Award recipient. 

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Douglas County Corrections Director Michael Myers speaks during a press conference announcing Douglas County’s selection as an Innovator County by the Stepping Up Initiative on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the Douglas County Jail. The county was recognized for collecting data about serious mental illness among the jail’s population.
 

Douglas County Receives National Recognition 

for Tracking Mental Illness

By Scott Stewart 
The Daily Record 

A national initiative to address the growing number of people incarcerated with serious mental illness is recognizing efforts by Douglas County Corrections to collect better data on the problem. 

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Sarpy County Also Recognized as an Innovator

  The Stepping Up Initiative announced that Sarpy County is the 13th county nationally to be designated as an Innovator County. 

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Four Apply for 6th Judicial District Bench

Four candidates submitted their names for consideration for a vacancy for the District Court of the 6th Judicial District.

Theodore P. Arndt of Elkhorn, Pamela L. Hopkins of Fontanelle; Brendan M. Kelly of Omaha; and Melinda B. Wicks of Sioux City, Iowa, applied for the vacancy.

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Mobile Home Park Damaged by Flooding to be Demolished

By Scott Stewart 

The Daily Record 

Bellevue – Nearly 200 mobile homes that were damaged or destroyed by floodwaters on March 19 are now slated for demolition this summer, although it’s unclear who will ultimately pay for it. 

The Bellevue City Council voted Tuesday to demolish the 194 mobile and modular homes at Paradise Lakes, located along Harlan Lewis Road on low-lying land hit hard by the March flood. 

The council declared the homes uninhabitable and ordered them to be demolished in early August. 

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Scammers Claiming to Represent Sarpy County Treasurer

   Scammers targeting area residents are using a spoofed phone number to pose as the Sarpy County Treasurer’s Office. 

   The caller claims to be an employee of the treasurer’s office, then falsely tells the resident they have a bill due that can be paid over the phone with a credit card. 

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Town Hall Meeting in Valley On Reporting Flood Damage

   A town hall meeting will be held Saturday in Valley for area residents to learn how to report flood-damaged property. 

   Douglas County Assessor and Register of Deeds Diane Battiato will meet with residents from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 22 at the Valley flood relief center at 921 S. Mayne St., located at The Campus operated by United Faith Community Church. 

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Creighton to Host Lecture on Laudato Si’ Encyclical

   Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology, is the topic of an upcoming lecture at Creighton University.

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    Harland
UNO College of Business Selects an Interim Dean

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s College of Business Administration has a new interim dean, UNO announced last week. 

Lynn Harland, associate dean and professor of management at the college, will serve as interim dean when Dean Louis Pol steps down after 17 years in August. She will serve on the search committee to find a permanent replacement for Pol. 

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     Mello
Mello Named University of Nebraska Interim VP

Lincoln – University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds appointed Heath Mello, associate vice president and director of state relations, as interim vice president for university affairs. 

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Children’s Disability Review Due Dates Extended 

in FEMA Disaster Areas to Provide Some Relief

Lincoln – Natural disasters this spring have caused considerable hardships for many Nebraskans. 

  In order to provide some relief during this difficult time, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is extending deadlines for children’s disability redetermination in affected parts of the state. 

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‘Nebraska Strong’ Counseling Program Launched to Assist Victims of March Flooding

Lincoln – Nebraskans have been slowly cleaning up the damage since historic flooding rolled across areas of the state in March. Recovery has been a slog and, in some cases, has drained emotional and mental reserves. 

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Hazard Mitigation Grant Seeks Notices of Interest

On March 21, Federal Disaster Declaration DR-4420-NE was signed for a severe winter storm, straight-line winds, and ongoing flooding. This declaration opens up funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) at a 75% federal share. 

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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has opened a new office at 5319 N. 30th St. (Courtesy DHHS)

DHHS Opens a New Office in North Omaha

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has opened a new facility in North Omaha to better serve residents of the area.

The office opened this month and houses Division of Children and Family Services protection and economic assistance operations and Medicaid and Long-Term Care teammates.

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    Evanina

Summit Features Top Counterintelligence Official

 Ashland – The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Greater Omaha Chamber and Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry will bring William Evanina, the top counterintelligence official for the U.S. government, as the keynote speaker at the upcoming Federal Legislative Summit later this summer. 

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Chamber’s Leadership Omaha Program Graduates 41st Class

   Leadership Omaha, one of the nation’s longest-running community leadership programs, has graduated its latest “best class ever” – a diverse group of 47 men and women who are ready to strengthen and transform the Omaha community.

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Pass to Class Hits 1.5M Riders

   In parternship with Metro transit, Metropolitan Community College’s Pass to Class has surpassed 1.5 million bus rides.

   The milestone comes at a time when the college is extending the program to students in English as a Second Language noncredit classes, according to an MCC news release. 

   Pass to Class encourages ridership by offering a free bus pass for travel to and from MCC locations or for other education-related purposes. 

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Sarpy County, Nebraska Medicine Exploring Mental Health Center

   For several months, Sarpy County government officials and representatives from the Sarpy County have been meeting with potential partners to help the county establish a mental health crisis stabilization center.

At this time, Sarpy County is actively pursuing a partnership with Nebraska Medicine, according to a Wednesday news release.

   “A partnership with Nebraska Medicine opens the possibility of locating directly on the Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue campus.” said Sarpy County Commissioner Jim Warren. 

   The county’s discussions with Nebraska Medicine are in the preliminary phases, and no formal agreement is in place yet.

– Sarpy County


Do Space Hosts Talk on Renewable Energy

   The Metropolitan Community College at Do Space program at 7205 Dodge St. will host a free, public talk about renewable energy on July 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

   Courtney Kennedy, alternative energy program manager at the OPPD, and Darren Dageforde, executive director of utility and energy optimization at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will discuss renewable energy and how Nebraskans can make a difference. 

   Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit mccneb.edu/hubbard.

– Do Space


Public Invited to Give Input on Next NU President

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters, and members of the public are invited to a series of listening sessions beginning June 20 and 21 to gather input on the search for the next president of the University of Nebraska.

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NPA President Plans to Retire After 25 Years

  The long-term executive director of the Nebraska Press Association will retire next year.

  The NPA announced the retirement of Allen J. Beermann earlier this month. He said he plans to remain on staff through the hiring and training of his replacement in 2020.

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   Koenig
Council Bluffs Chamber President Stepping Down

   Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Koenig submitted his resignation Friday effective July 5.

   The chamber board will begin to discuss Koenig’s replacement immediately, according to a news release. The chamber has more than 800 dues-paying members. 

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     Jerram                  Gray

Jerram Elected President of Omaha City Council

   The Omaha City Council made its vice president its new president in a vote last week.

   Chris Jerram assumed the role of council president from Ben Gray at the June 4 meeting. 

   Jerram was elected president on a 5-2 vote, with two members backing Gray in a secret ballot.

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Omaha Marks D-Day With Seventh Sister City

   Omaha has entered into a Sister City relationship with a region along the Normandy Coast of France that includes the historic Omaha Beach.

   Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and the Omaha Sister Cities Association announced the new relationship with Isigny-Omaha Intercom, a region of 59 townships in northern France, on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in the Second World War.

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City, County Establish
Flood Incident Command Center

   The City of Omaha Public Works Department, Omaha Fire Department and Douglas County Emergency Management have established an incident command center as a precaution because of the risk of flooding associated with rains and the Missouri River.

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Past presidents of the Omaha Bar Association from the 1980s through the present day pose for a portrait during the 2019 President’s Reception held June 4 at Thunderhead Brewing in the Old Market. Pictured in the first row seated, from left, are Lyle E. Strom (1980-81) and J. Terry Macnamara (1987-88). Pictured in the second row, from left, are Michael F. Kinney (2003-04), Jennifer R. Petersen (2012-13), Wayne J. Mark (1999-00), D.C. “Woody” Bradford III (1992-93), Denise A. Hill (2002-03) and Amy L. Longo (2007-08). Pictured in the back row, from left, are Thomas A. Grennan (2008-09), Patrick S. Cooper (2018-19), David S. Houghton (1993-94), Stuart J. Dornan (2013-14), John C. Brownrigg (1990-91), Craig F. Martin (2011-12) and Gerald L. Friedrichsen (2009-10).  (Photos by Scott Stewart)

OBA Prepares To Transition Leadership Next Month

 The annual Omaha Bar Association President’s Reception was held Tuesday, marking the upcoming transition to a new president and bar leadership.

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Women’s Center for Advancement
Extraordinary Women to be Recognized at Annual WCA Luncheon

 The Women’s Center for Advancement will recognize 10 area women at its upcoming Tribute to Women fundraising luncheon, scheduled for June 13 in Omaha.

Elizabeth Powers, the WCA’s director of marketing and public relations, said the women who are selected for recognition are doing amazing things to help women in the community be safe and strong.

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Omaha Ranks 2nd Best in U.S. Behind Honolulu

By Scott Stewart

The Daily Record

   The Omaha metropolitan area is a close second behind Honolulu among small cities, according to a ranking by a national business strategy and marketing firm.

   This is the second year that Omaha has trailed the Hawaiian municipality among cities with a population under 1 million in the report by Resonance Consultancy.

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Flood, Disaster Victims Can Request a New Property Assessment Under LB 512

 Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Revenue, Property Assessment Division released a new form Wednesday to request an adjustment to an assessed valuation as a result of significant property damage from a disastrous event like a flood.

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DHHS Selects St. Francis Ministries as Child Welfare Contractor for Omaha Metro

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that it selected a proposal from Saint Francis Ministries, which currently provides child welfare services to youth and families in parts of Nebraska, to provide ongoing case management services in the Eastern Service Area, comprised of Douglas and Sarpy counties. 

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Moberly Named UNL’s Interim Vice Chancellor

   The leadership of the University of Nebraska College of Law is adjusting to the appointment of its dean to fill-in after a top university official left for a new job.

   Richard Moberly, dean of the Nebraska College of Law, assumed the role of interim executive vice chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Saturday. He replaces Donde Plowman, who left Nebraska to become the chancellor of the University of Tennessee.

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Omaha Halts Acceptance of Pothole Claims

   The City of Omaha has returned to its long-standing damage claims policy for vehicle damaged caused by potholes. 

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First Tenants Announced for City Centre Project

   La Vista – City+Ventures announced the first round of restaurant and office tenants slated to join the mixed-use La Vista City Centre development last Friday. 

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Owners Should Receive Notice
of Valuation Changes Soon

Lincoln — The Nebraska Department of Revenue’s Property Assessment Division reminds property owners that real property Notices of Valuation Change should have been sent by county assessors on or before June 1. 

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     Fritz

First Woman to Lead University of Nebraska
as Interim President

 Lincoln – The University of Nebraska Board of Regents made history last Thursday by naming Susan M. Fritz, a 30-year veteran of the university who has served as executive vice president and provost since 2012, as interim president-elect.

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State Board of Health Seeks Members
for Professional Board Spots

Lincoln – The State Board of Health is seeking members to serve on several health care boards.

Professional boards are responsible for granting license privileges to health care providers. Full terms are five years long and most run through Nov. 30, 2024, but there are also vacant partial terms available.

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Meetings & Seminars
For the Legal Community

JULY 11-13, 2019

Nebraska State Bar Association

2019 Advanced Estate Planning Institute

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO

For More Information: www.nebar.com

JULY 16, 2019

Omaha Bar Association

YLD Presents: Chips and Salsa Review

5:15 PM until 7:00 PM

Thunderhead Brewing Taproom (Old Market), Omaha

For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com

JULY 17, 2019

Omaha Bar Association

Just the Basics CLE Series – Business Law

4:00PM until 5:00PM

Corkscrew Wine & Cheese at Blackstone District, Omaha

For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com

JULY 18-20, 2019

Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys

NATA Summer Meeting

Niobrara Lodge, Valentine

For More Information: www.nebraskatrial.com

JULY 18, 2019

Nebraska State Bar Association

Health Law Seminar

Omaha

For More Information: www.nebar.com

JULY 22, 2019

Omaha Bar Association

Field Day 2019

All Day with an Evening Reception

Champions Run, Omaha

For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com

AUGUST 7, 2019

Omaha Bar Association

Just the Basics CLE Series – Legal Issues Related to Veterans

4:00PM until 5:00PM

Corkscrew Wine & Cheese at Blackstone District, Omaha

For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com

AUGUST 13, 2019

National Business Institute

Estate Administration From Start to Finish

8:30 AM until 4:40 PM

Lincoln

For More Information: www.nbi-sems.com

AUGUST 14, 2019

Nebraska Paralegal Association

District II Luncheon

11:30 AM until 12:30 PM

Green Gateau, Lincoln

For More Information: www.nebraskaparalegal.org

AUGUST 16, 2019

National Business Institute

Estate Administration from Start to Finish

8:30 AM until 4:40 PM

Omaha

For More Information: www.nbi-sems.com

AUGUST 16, 2019

Omaha Bar Association

2ndAnnual Bench Bar Briefing

2:00 PM

Omaha

For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com

AUGUST 23, 2019

Nebraska State Bar Association

2019 Business Law Seminar

Gallup, Omaha

For More Information: www.nebar.com

AUGUST 27, 2019

Nebraska State Bar Association

Appellate Practice Section: Opening of the Term

Lincoln

For More Information: www.nebar.com



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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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      Simpson
Omaha Attorney Andrew W. Simpson
Joins Goosmann Law Firm

   Jeana Goosmann, CEO & Managing Partner of the Goosmann Law Firm, is pleased to announce that Attorney Andrew W. Simpson has joined the law firm at their Omaha location. Simpson drives deals by guiding developers and business leaders through complex issues in real estate and business transactions, finding the most efficient path to resolve those problems and get their deal done.

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