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Rowoldt to Receive Award for Excellence
Deputy Probation Administrator for the Nebraska Supreme Court Office of Probation Administration, Steve Rowoldt, will be presented with the 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service from the University of Nebraska’s College of Public Affairs and Community Service.
As stated by the College of Public Affairs, “Individuals honored with the alumni award demonstrate, through both their daily deeds and greatest achievements, the finest attributes of public and community service: integrity, stewardship, volunteerism, leadership, and a commitment to social justice and human dignity. They are a credit to their professions, their families, and the University of Nebraska.”
Rowoldt oversees both the personnel and the information technology functions of the Nebraska statewide probation system. He has a long distinguished career in probation that spans from 1974 to the present where he advanced from probation officer to chief deputy probation officer and currently serves as probation administrator.
Rowoldt has received awards for meritorious service and leadership. He has also dedicated numerous hours of professional and personal time serving on community boards and committees including Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Lincoln Council on Alcoholism and Drugs, Lancaster County Substance Abuse Action Team, Family Violence Council, and most recently, the Justice Behavioral Health Committee where he has been co-chair since 2006.
Rowoldt graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice in 1974. He also received a certification in management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002.
Attorney Robert M. Schafer
Appointed to University Board of Regents
Gov. Dave Heineman has announced his appointment of Robert M. Schafer of Beatrice to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Schafer, an attorney, member of the Nebraska Air National Guard and agriculture community member, will represent the District 5 seat in the southeastern portion of the state.
Schafer, 45, currently serves as an attorney and managing partner at Carlson, Schafer and Davis, a law firm in Beatrice. In his capacity at the firm, Schafer is responsible for business development and marketing for the firm, providing advice, counsel and representing clients. Schafer’s practice areas include agricultural law, banking and corporate law, estate planning, probate, real estate law and taxation. He was previously an associate attorney for Stehlik Law Office in Pawnee City.
Schafer is the owner and operator of a farm in Pawnee County. Schafer, a cattle owner, is also a member and director of a swine operation in Iowa.
Additionally, Schafer serves in the Nebraska Air National Guard as a Major and Staff Judge Advocate for the 155th Air Refueling Wing. He served in the Army National Guard from 1985 – 2005, and has served in the Air National Guard since 2005.
He is a member of Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation. He serves on the board of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, serves as Budget and Planning Chair for the Nebraska State Bar Association, and serves as Vice Chair of the Military Law Section. He formerly served on the Executive Council of the NSBA.
Schafer earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
IOLTA Grant Awarded to Legal Aid of Nebraska
The Nebraska Lawyers Trust Account Foundation (NLTAF) awarded a grant of $27,000 to Legal Aid of Nebraska. The Foundation administers the Interest On Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program for Nebraska and it is through participation in this program that legal representation is made available to low-income citizens of Nebraska.
NLTAF has provided a total of $5,621,000 to date in funds. This year’s 53rd grant presented to Legal Aid of Nebraska, which is a statewide organization, will help numerous indigent individuals. In 2010, there were 283,027 or 16.2 percent of Nebraska’s population living at or below the poverty level.