NSBA President Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon was tapped to speak to the newly minted lawyers at the Omaha Bar Association’s membership meeting November 16 at the Champions Club. Advice From the Pros Nebraska’s newest lawyers made their debut at the Omaha Bar Association’s traditional November membership meeting. Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon shared with them what he’s learned during his four-plus decades in the legal profession, including advice sprinkled with stories of lessons learned the hard way. The meeting was presided over by President Doug Johnson, Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court Judge, who presented Bataillon with a commemorative Creighton Basketball signed by former Jays star Doug McDermott. It was a somewhat historic occasion: Judge Johnson is the OBA’s first member of the bench to serve as president of the Omaha Bar and Judge Bataillon, now retired but on senior status, just assumed his role as president of the Nebraska State Bar Association. In conjunction with the OBA membership meeting, a “Walk through the Courts” took place on November 10. Eighteen newly sworn-in lawyers participated in the afternoon’s introduction to all of the areas they might come in contact with in both the Douglas county and federal courthouses. After 20 years, Dave Koukol is stepping down as chair of that committee; two will take his place. Below, you’ll find more pictures of the membership meeting, including the new lawyers in attendance.