FRIDAY, November 17, 2017 


Elizabeth Borchers relaxes with her stepson, Mike Beeson, in beautiful Hawaii.

Marks Clare & Richards
Elizabeth Borchers Follows in Footsteps
Of Forbearers in Service to Community

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

If it seems as though Elizabeth Borchers was born to be an attorney, it’s probably because she was.
Borchers is the great granddaughter of Arthur Smith Churchill, a veteran of the Civil War who was Nebraska Attorney General in the 1890s. Other family members have been noted community leaders, such as her great grandfather, Ernst Stuht, an Omaha pioneer and member of the Omaha City Council in the 1890s; her father, William C. Stuht and grandfather, Clinton Briggs Stuht, both of whom worked in Omaha real estate.
One of her two sons, Max Honaker, works in commercial real estate with the Lund Company.
So, after earning a bachelor’s degree from Midland Lutheran College and her law degree from the Creighton University School of Law, it was to be expected that her role in the community would not be a passive one.
Borchers agreed that a career in law is a good fit.

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Angela Forss Schmit Announces the
Opening of Schmit Law Firm, LLC

Schmit Law Firm provides legal services to individuals and organizations in labor and employment law, business law, family law, adoptions and general civil litigation.
Angela Forss Schmit is the founder and managing member of Schmit Law Firm. As an experienced labor and employment attorney, Schmit counsels and represents public and private sector employers, human resource professionals and employees navigating complex workplace issues. Schmit also conducts training for clients covering  a broad range of labor and employment topics to help industry leaders develop best practices.  As an experienced family law and adoption attorney, Schmit advocates for individuals and families in divorce, custody, modification and adoption matters. Schmit helps families in transition understand their legal rights and obligations and protect their interests. Schmit Law Firm is committed to providing practical advice and zealous advocacy to deliver clients valuable results.
Schmit received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Entrepreneurship from the University of Notre Dame and her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. Schmit actively gives back to the community as a mentor in the TeamMates Mentoring Program, a volunteer coach for the Papillion – La Vista High School mock trial team and a business law adjunct instructor at Metropolitan Community College.
For more information regarding Schmit Law Firm, please visit the firm’s website at

Koenig|Dunne attorney Angela Lennon
Selected to the 2017 Nebraska Rising Stars List

Koenig|Dunne is pleased to announce that Angela Lennon has been selected to the
2017 Nebraska Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
For more information regarding the law firm of Koenig | Dunne,  please visit the firm’s website:

Slowiaczek Albers PC LLO Welcomes
Dennis G. Whelan to Firm

Slowiaczek Albers PC LLO is pleased to announce that Dennis G. Whelan has joined the firm.

Whelan is a lifelong Omaha resident, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2009, and receiving his J.D. in 2012 from Creighton University.  Whelan is licensed to practice law in the states of Nebraska and Iowa, as well as federal court in the U.S. District of Nebraska.  Whelan focuses primarily on divorce actions, custody disputes, division of marital assets, and criminal defense.
For more information regarding Slowiaczek Albers, please visit the firm’s website at

Goosmann Law Firm Expands to Omaha: Joel Carney, Josh White, and William J. Hale Join Goosmann’s Omaha Team
Jeana Goosmann, CEO & Managing Partner of the Goosmann Law Firm, is pleased to announce their growth and expansion in the Omaha market and the addition of three new team members: Joel Carney, Josh White and William J. Hale.  Joel Carney has joined the Goosmann team as Managing Partner of their new Omaha office. In addition to Carney, Josh White, Former UNO Senior Associate Athletics Director, has joined their team as Executive Director of the Omaha location.  Attorney William J. Hale has also joined the team. Goosmann opened their new Omaha office in the innovative and newly built Advent Building located in West Omaha this past July. Omaha is the firm’s third office location in addition to their offices stemming up and down the I-29 corridor in Sioux City, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Joel Carney joins the Goosmann team with over seventeen years of experience as a litigation attorney with a wide range of experience in all realms of the dispute process involving creditor’s rights, bankruptcy, and litigation. During his career, he has represented financial institutions, banks, insurance companies, small and large businesses and individuals dealing with creditors’ rights issues, bankruptcy representation, personal injury, property damage litigation, wrongful death, subrogation, product liability and more.
Carney attended law school at Creighton University. He is an active member of the American Bar Association and the Iowa Bar Association and has held multiple leadership positions in the Nebraska Bar Association for decades. He is licensed to practice in Nebraska and Iowa.

Executive Director Josh White oversees the development and continued growth of the Goosmann Law Firm as the Executive Director of the firm’s Omaha location and prides himself as being a “culture keeper.” White manages the firm’s business development efforts and long-term client relationships for their Omaha market.
White’s experience spans from seventeen years of leadership and management in various positions including, Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Nebraska Omaha, Assistant Athletics Director at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, and Associate Director of Membership Services at the NCAA. He understands the legal industry having received his Juris Doctor at the University of Nebraska College of Law.
White has been actively involved in Nebraska professional organizations and Omaha and Lincoln’s community charities, having served on boards and committees, including: the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, FBI Citizens Academy, Quality Living Institute (QLI) Fair, Victory Boxing Club, the Nebraska Sports Council Board of Directors, American Heart Association, and the Nebraska State Board of Health.

Joining Carney and White, Attorney William J. Hale will focus his practice on Business and Intellectual Property Litigation. Hale protects clients “secret sauce” when sensitive, confidential, and proprietary information, ideas, and concepts are compromised.
Hale joins the firm with seven years of experience working in the security industry handling investigations, reporting, consumer relations and settlements.  He received his Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law, graduating top of his class, and is licensed to practice in Nebraska and Iowa.
For more information regarding the law firm of Goosmann Law Firm, please visit the firm’s website:

Koenig | Dunne Welcomes Benson and Pontier to the Firm
Koenig|Dunne welcomes attorneys Abbey Benson and David Pontier to the firm. Abbey graduated from Creighton University School of Law and David graduated from University of Nebraska College of Law in May, 2017.
Benson and Pontier are excellent additions to the firm, who are forward thinking in the way they approach the law and serving our clients. We are confident that they will provide the same superior support that our firm is known for providing to anyone seeking our services.
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Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Archbishop George Lucas (center at altar) and Creighton President The Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J., (far right) concelebrate the Red Mass.

Red Mass Marks the New Court Term
Last week, on October 10, the Creighton University School of Law and the Omaha Bar Association marked the opening of the fall term of the courts — from the U.S. Supreme Court on down ­— with the traditional Red Mass at St. John’s Church on Creighton’s campus. The service, a centuries-old tradition which is open to people of all faiths, prays for divine guidance for lawyers in the representation of their clients and the proper administration of justice in the courts and public offices.
The presider and homilist was Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha with members of the Creighton Jesuit Community concelebrating the Mass. A reception was held following the Mass.     

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Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf, left, with “Service to the Community” award, Chief Justice Mike Heavican, center and Judge C. Jo Petersen, right, with her “Service to the Judiciary” award in Omaha, October 2017. 

Distinguished Judge Awards Presented to
Judges Retelsdorf, Petersen

Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf of the district court in Omaha and Judge C. Jo Petersen of the county court in Seward were given the Supreme Court’s highest honor on October 12, 2017, in Omaha.
Judge Retelsdorf was given the Service to the Community Award and Judge Petersen was presented with the Service to the Judiciary Award by Chief Justice Mike Heavican during the Court’s Annual Judicial Awards Dinner. The awards recognize members of the judiciary for meritorious projects and exemplary accomplishments beyond their day-to-day duties as a judge.
Service to the Community
Judge Retelsdorf is honored for her work researching, preparing and editing a set of uniform expanded media (cameras in the court) rules which she and Justice Jeff Funke, along with a small committee of judges, promoted throughout the court system. It is widely acknowledged that the success of the project would not have been possible without Judge Retelsdorf’s attention to detail, willingness to take chances, and outstanding reputation within the legal community. In noting her success, Chief Justice Mike Heavican remarked, “The work of Judge Leigh Ann Retelsdorf and her ‘Expanded Media’ leadership team is visible to all who watch the evening news, look at the newspaper, subscribe to a news listserv or pay attention to the court system. Thanks to the team assembled by Judge Retelsdorf and Justice Funke, our trial courts across the state are now uniformly allowing news cameras to record court proceedings on a regular basis.”
During that same timeframe, the Chief Justice requested that Retelsdorf chair the Judges’ Pandemic Bench Book Committee. The Bench Book is now in its final draft and will be submitted to the Supreme Court for approval next month.
Judge Retelsdorf began her judicial career on the district court bench in 2009 in the 4th Judicial District.
Service to the Judiciary
Judge Petersen is recognized for her enthusiastic acceptance of new projects and challenges. She, along with her fellow judges and staff, were often called to consult on the design of the new Seward County Justice Center.
Petersen’s involvement ranged from construction details, down to the placement of electrical and data outlets, to furniture. The now-complete Justice Center contains a jail, sheriff’s department, county offices, and the court.
More recently Petersen agreed to co-chair a committee to address the challenges facing judges as the result of LB259 this year. Through the project, she has been instrumental in developing language to include in the bond orders produced by DOCKET. She continues to coordinate with other judges on her committee to develop best practices to deliver justice without the jailing of indigent defendants in civil and criminal cases.
Judge Petersen began her judicial career on the county court bench in 2013 in the 5th Judicial District.
When bringing the awards presentation to a close, Chief Justice Heavican thanked both judges for their dedication to the legal profession and to their communities.
Nebraska Trial Judges Select
Leadership for Upcoming Year

Judges from across the state were elected to lead their respective associations at their annual meetings in Papillion in October.
Kearney County District Court Judge Terri S. Harder is president of the Nebraska District Judges’ Association; Sarpy County Juvenile Court Judge Robert O’Neal is president of the Nebraska Separate Juvenile Judges’ Association; and Scotts Bluff County Judge Kris D. Mickey is president of the Nebraska County Judges’ Association. Presidents and officers will serve through October 2018.


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Prof. Stephen Sieberson shares the latest information on cyber protection at the annual OBA-CU Ethics workshop.

Cyber Security for Law Firms – Do It!
By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

You’re an attorney, sitting at your office desk, quietly working on a case.
Who could possibly want to know the content of that document?
According to Professor Stephen C. Sieberson from the Creighton University School of Law, a whole lot of people.
 “I would say attorneys are just as vulnerable … as any other business people,” Sieberson said. “I can see segments of the population that would want to hack us for information.”
That, according to Sieberson, should not come as a surprise given the adversarial nature of the profession and the simple joy some people apparently get just from hacking into computer systems.

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Jodie Haferbier McGill is one of many attorneys who support a better way to ease the pain of divorce. She is the founder and managing partner at McGill, P.C., L.L.O. in Omaha.

Collaborative Works to Ease Pain of Divorce
By Dennis Friend
The Daily Record

“Till death do us part.”
Perhaps there’s no good way to end a marriage, to dissolve a bond between two people that began with that wedding-day vow. But a number of lawyers believe a divorce that does not pit one spouse against another with competing attorneys, one that does not result in accusations and recriminations or involve mounting attorney’s fees and traumatized children might be a better way to sever marital bonds when a marriage becomes unsalvageable.
Jodie Haferbier McGill is one of those attorneys who support a better way. She’s the founder and managing partner at McGill Law in Omaha.
“I’ve been involved in family law since 2005. As a family law attorney, I have too often observed the negative ramifications of the divorce process. I believed that there should be a way to assist people through the divorce process that does not pit the parties against each other and have the parties’ children become the real losers,” she said.

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Judge of Douglas CountySeparate Juvenile Court
Wadie Thomas Retiring End of January 2017

Judge Thomas established Adoption Saturday in the fall of 1999 when less than a handful of states were participating in what has come to be a national court-sponsored program.  National Adoption Day is celebrated every year on or near the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Nebraska’s celebrations have now spread to courts in all sections of the state.  Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the thousands of children in foster care. Working with attorneys, adoption professionals, child welfare agencies, and advocates, courts work to raise awareness of the need for permanent, loving homes for foster children.
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Meetings & Seminars
For the Legal Community
NOVEMBER 3, 2017
Nebraska State Bar Association
Annual Workers’ Compensation Section Seminar
Embassy Suites
1040 P St., Lincoln
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NOVEMBER 8, 2017
Omaha Bar Association
“Walk Through the Courts” Program for New Attorneys
Douglas County Courthouse, 1701 Farnam St.
11:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
For More Information:
MARCH 17, 2018
Nebraska Legal Professionals Association
NLAP Spring Seminar
8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For More Information:
APRIL 27, 2018 through APRIL 29, 2018
Nebraska Legal Professionals Association
NLAP Annual Seminar
For More Information:
MAY 10, 2018 through MAY 11, 2018
Nebraska State Bar Association
UNL: 2018 John M. Gradwohl Estate & Business Planning Program
UNL College of Law
1875 N. 42nd St., Lincoln
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