TUESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2015
 

 
From left to right: Congressman Brad Ashford, former Senator Jeremy Nordquist and District Court Judge W. Mark Ashford in Washington.
All in the Family
Judge Ashford Goes to Washington,

Honors Rep. Ashford’s Chief of Staff Nordquist
Douglas County District Court Judge W. Mark Ashford, brother to U.S. Congressman Brad Ashford (2nd Congressional District, D-Neb.), recently presented Congressman Ashford’s Chief of Staff Jeremy Nordquist with an award for the former state senator’s service in the Nebraska Legislature on behalf of the NDJA. Judge Ashford currently serves as secretary/treasurer and is an executive committee member of the NDJA.
The NDJA award states: “In appreciation for outstanding dedication and service to the people of the State of Nebraska.”
Sen. Nordquist represented the 7th Legislative District in Omaha from 2009 until resigning from office June 30, 2015. He joined Congressman Ashford’s staff on July 1. “It was an honor to serve in the Nebraska Legislature with Jeremy, who has brought his leadership
and knowledge to my Congressional office as Chief of Staff. Jeremy has worked tirelessly to grow our economy and boost the middle class by investing in education and infrastructure. He is a community leader and coalition builder who knows what it takes to pass significant bipartisan legislation,” said Congressman Ashford.
For more information regarding the Nebraska District Court Judges’ Association, please go to: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/2560/nebraska-district-judges-association. Congressman Ashford’s website is: https://ashford.house.gov.


O’Meara Takes the Lead
Human Trafficking Becomes a Priority
For Nebraska’s Judicial System

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

After meeting and speaking with Omaha attorney Stephen Patrick O’Meara, who was recently named Nebraska’s first human trafficking coordinator, it’s difficult to not think of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable … Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”



Omaha attorney Stephen O’Meara is Nebraska’s first human trafficking coordinator.
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From left, John Levi, Annette Farnan, Hon. David Piester and Dennis Gorenenboom celebrate the confidence that Legal Services Corporation has placed in the Midwestern organizations to enhance legal disaster preparedness.
Legal Disaster Assistance in the Heartland
Nebraska and Iowa Legal Aid
Receive Nearly $800,000 in Grant Money

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

It started with Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The victims’ need for legal help was overwhelming, and seven years later, when Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast, people were still dealing with the aftermath of Katrina.

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LSC Announces Rural Summer Legal Corps
Legal Service Board Chairman John Levi and others representing LSC took the opportunity of the announcement of the Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Project grants to make another major announcement.
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Diane Battiato (center, at podium) and her combined staff show a united front to their constituents, as she speaks to the media outside the City-County Building.
Battiato Gives First State-of-the-Office
Address on Newly Merged County Offices

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

It was warm in the sun, but at least it wasn’t the 99-degree, high humidity day that Omahans endured the day before.
For nearly 80 members of the staff of the Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds office, it was a chance to take their place in the sun.
The occasion? Diane Battiato’s first “state-of-the-office” news conference after her first seven months leading the newly-created office of Assessor/Register of Deeds.
She reported that her first goal had been to eliminate barriers to peak performance – such as a lack of intra-office communications, a lack of communication with the public, and a lack of staff needed to comply with statutory requirements.
“We, now, have an atmosphere of open internal communication where staff confers regarding office and field operations,” Battiato said. “We discuss ways to improve performance, and develop solutions.  Slowly, but surely, we are becoming a team.”

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Judge Van Norman Re-elected As NWCC Presiding Judge
Judge Laureen Van Norman has been re-elected as Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court Presiding Judge for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2017.
The Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court is composed of seven judges who are initially appointed by the governor and who then remain on the bench for successive six-year terms upon approval of the electorate. Every two years one of the judges is elected as presiding judge by the judges of the court, subject to approval of the Nebraska Supeme Court.
For more information regarding workers’ compensation in Nebraska, please visit the court’s website at: http://www.wcc.ne.gov, or call the court’s information line at 1-800-599-5155 or 402-471-6468.

Five Attorneys Join Kutak Rock’s Omaha Office
Kutak Rock LLP recently announced the addition of five attorneys to its Omaha office: Kerry Winterer, Maxwell Crawford, Meaghan Gandy, Wesley Goranson and Ryan Portwood.
“Once again we have another solid group of lawyers joining Kutak Rock,” said Mike Curry, managing partner of the firm’s Omaha office. “We continue to see a growing demand for legal services in the areas of health care, intellectual property, employment litigation, real estate and tax credits, and this group will help us meet those needs and provide excellent client and legal services for which Kutak Rock is known.”
Winterer joins the firm as of counsel in Kutak Rock’s corporate practice group, focusing on the areas of government relations, health care and insurance. He focuses his practice on state government issues, including Medicaid, child and family welfare concerns, provider licensing and education issues. Winterer most recently served as the chief executive officer of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services from 2009-2014. He was elected to and served on the State Board of Education from 2007 to 2009. Winterer earned his juris doctorate from Columbia University School of Law and his bachelor of arts from the University of Nebraska. He is admitted to practice law in Nebraska.
Crawford joins the firm as an associate in the tax credit group and focuses his practice primarily on real estate matters for low-income housing and historic tax credit transactions. He represents tax credit investors and syndicators with respect to real estate matters for both debt financing and equity aspects of lower-tier and upper-tier investments across the United States. Crawford obtained his juris doctorate from Creighton University School of Law, cum laude, and his bachelor of arts from Western Michigan University. He is admitted to practice law in Nebraska.
Gandy is welcomed as an associate to the firm’s litigation group. She represents employers in all stages of employment litigation and provides day-to-day advice on a wide variety of employment issues. Gandy joins the firm after clerking for the Honorable Kenneth C. Stephan of the Nebraska Supreme Court.  She holds a juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law and a bachelor of arts from the University of Mississippi. Gandy is admitted to practice law in Nebraska.
 
Goranson joins the firm as an associate in the real estate group. His practice focuses on commercial real estate development, sales and acquisitions and secured lending and financing.  Goranson also represents equity investors in both low-income housing and new market tax credit projects. He obtained his juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law and his bachelor of science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Mr. Goranson is admitted to practice law in Nebraska.
Portwood is welcomed as an associate to the firm’s corporate department and intellectual property and information technology group. He has provided advice on compliance and regulatory matters, including HIPAA/HITECH, Stark and Anti-Kickback. Portwood has a Certification in Healthcare Compliance, which is credentialed by the Health Care Compliance Association. His experience further includes preparing and negotiating health care agreements, particularly in the long-term care setting. Portwood holds his juris doctorate from Creighton University School of Law and his bachelor of science from Brigham Young University. He is admitted to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska.
For more information regarding Kutak Rock LLP, please go to: www.KutakRock.com.
 

 

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Young Creighton Law Grads Form
Unique Group to Network and Mentor

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

For three years you forge close friendships, sharing the ups and downs of balancing school, work and family. Then you graduate from law school and you start over, with a new job, new co-workers, new goals. Why can’t the friends from law school be a part of your future, especially in those first few challenging years on the job?
That’s what Creighton Law School alumni asked themselves – and they came up with an answer: The Young Alumni Council of the Creighton Law School.
The Daily Record conducted a Q&A session with several members to learn more about this relatively new organization. Participants included Kamaal Patterson of Baird Holm LLP, Lilly Richardson-Severn of Richardson-Severn Law PLLC, Larry Roland of Gross & Welch, Kara Stockdale, of Baird Holm and Nathan Tenney of Lamson, Dugan & Murray LLP.


Drew Munger and Amanda Heims, 2015 graduates of Creighton University School of Law, visit with Professor Emeritus Eric Pearson at the March YAC gathering at Castle Barrett.

Daily Record: Is the Young Alumni Council of the Creighton Law School an official organization of the University, or is it an independent organization?
Young Alumni Council: We are an independent organization by and for law school alums. We have been discussing how to work together with representatives of the Law School to achieve our shared goals.

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Tim O’Brien is the second generation of O’Briens to choose a career as a personal injury plaintiff attorney.                                 – Photo by Michael Tran
O’Brien Follows in Father’s Footsteps,
Still Creates a Path of His Own

By John Benson, Legal Writer
The Daily Record

Between working a full caseload of his own files and being a new dad, Timothy R. O’Brien recently took some time to reflect on his young legal career.

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Meetings & Seminars
for the legal community

AUGUST 6
UNL College of Law Omaha Alumni Networking Coffees
Delice European Bakery & Café
3201 Farnam St #6112 (Midtown Crossing), Omaha
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com

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AUGUST 10-12
GAP: Going Ahead Prepared
UNL College of Law
1875 N 42 St, Lincoln
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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AUGUST 11
Webcast
Thou Shalt Not Lie, Cheat & Steal:
The Ten Commandments of Legal Ethics
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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AUGUST 14
NSBA President’s Caravan – Grand Island
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Chicken Coop
120 E. Third St, Grand Island
For More Information: www.nebar.com
AUGUST 19
Juvenile Law Update CLE
Metropolitan Community College – Fort Omaha Campus
5300 N 30 St, Building 10, Room 110
12:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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AUGUST 19
Juvenile Law Update CLE
Metropolitan Community College – Fort Omaha Campus
5300 N 30 St, Building 10, Room 110
12:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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AUGUST 20
Webinar
Review of the Open Meetings Act and Relevant AG Opinions
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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AUGUST 27
Developing Trends in Negotiation and Collaborative Practice
Paxton Ballroom
1403 Farnam St, Omaha
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
For More Information: www.CollaborativeDivorceNE.com
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AUGUST 27
Eyewitness Memory Myths and
How to Use Eyewitnesses in Your Client’s Case
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hruska Law Center, 1st Floor Conference Room
635 S 14 St, Lincoln
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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