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A Tribute to Those Who Sought Justice 5/25/17  05/26/17 1:15:01 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
Thomas Grennan of Gross & Welch addresses the packed Legislative Chambers at the annual Memorial Day ceremony which celebrates those local members of the Omaha Bar who have died in the past year.   

A Tribute to Those Who Sought Justice 
On Friday, May 19, the Omaha Bar Association, assisted by the Barristers Club of Omaha, honored 22 lawyers who died from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. The ceremony, chaired by attorney Michael F. Scahill, featured a vocal selection by attorney Thomas Shomaker and accompanist Peg Lacy and an address by attorney Thomas Grennan, who counted two of the honored lawyers as his classmates. Rev. J. D. Georlett, Dundee Presbyterian Church, gave the invocation and benediction. Benson VFW Post 2503 Honor Guard, including attorney Tom Penke, advanced the colors. Creighton Prep students played taps. Mention was also made of two lawyers – Hon. James Murphy and Walentine O’Toole law firm co-founder Richard Walentine – who died days after the cutoff date; they will be honored at next year’s ceremony. As many as 40 friends and relatives attended to honor the recently deceased Bonnie Durham Dawson, who was the first woman prosecutor in the state of Nebraska. She will be remembered in an upcoming issue of The Daily Record.  Asked what the ceremony meant to her, Jack Higgins’ wife Norma said it showed the great camaraderie and respect that Omaha lawyers have shared over the years, something that is not always as evident in other locations. Higgins’ daughter echoed that sentiment. Each family receives a personalized card and long-stemmed rose after the program.
The text of Grennan's talk and more photos can be found by clicking here.
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