New Bar Leaders Step Up at 2016 Annual Meeting 10/27/16 10/27/16 9:25:58 AM
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New Bar Leaders Step Up at 2016 Annual Meeting
At the NSBA Annual Meeting today Hon. Joseph Bataillon accepted the gavel from outgoing NSBA President Tom Maul. After years of involvement with the NSBA, Bataillon will take over to lead the state’s largest association of lawyers.
Judge Bataillon remarked. “It is an honor to serve as President of the Nebraska Bar Association. I hope to spread the message that the NSBA is an organization that serves the public as well as lawyers. We are here to ensure the quality of our profession and thereby the quality of the service we provide the public.”
Judge Bataillon is a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Nebraska. Now on senior status, he has the time necessary to serve as bar president. As a member of the federal judiciary he has served on numerous committees and councils including chairing the committee responsible for judicial construction and serving on the Judicial Conference Committee on the Budget. He also was on the board of directors for the Federal Judges Association.
Judge Bataillon started his service to the NSBA over 40 years ago, on October 18, 1983. He was appointed to fill an Omaha vacancy on the House of Delegates. He has continuously served in the House to this day and previously served as Chair of the House of Delegates in 1992-93. During his tenure in the House he has chaired or served on the Budget Committee, the Investment Committee, the former Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Executive Council.
His wife Pam calls him an “organization guy.” He is equally active in his church as lector, choir member, and past parish council president. In his pre-judge life, he also was active in politics serving as the state party chair. Thanks to his five children, he is a former grade school soccer, basketball, and softball coach.
Bataillon is a 1974 graduate of the Creighton University School of Law. After graduation, he received training as a United States Army Reserve Officer in military police and served in the Army reserves as an MP and later JAG officer until 1986. He started with the Douglas County Public Defender Office in 1974. He served on the misdemeanor, juvenile, appellate and trial staffs during his tenure. He moved to the private practice of law in 1981 with what is now Sodoro, Daly, Shomaker & Selde. There he primarily practiced medical malpractice defense trial work. In 1996 he was nominated by President Bill Clinton to the federal district bench. He was confirmed and took the bench in 1997.
Engler, Paul Elected 2018-2019 NSBA President Elect
Also at the Annual Meeting today, Tim Engler and J. Scott Paul assumed their posts as President Elect and President-Elect Designate of the Nebraska State Bar Association.
Engler, originally from Ipswich, South Dakota, is a partner with Rembolt Ludtke, LLP, specializing in resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or trial. His practice is concentrated in commercial and business disputes, personal injury and mediation and arbitration services.
He has been active in both Court and Bar Association Activities. Engler is a member of the Nebraska Mediation Association, the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution. Engler is a member of the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys and American Bar Association. He has served on the NSBA’s House of Delegates since 2007 and served as its Chair in 2015. Engler has also been active on the NSBA’s Judiciary Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and has served as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission (3rd District) and the Judicial Resources Commission. Engler also does pro bono work through the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Engler received his undergraduate degree (with high honor) from South Dakota State University in 1976 and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1979 (with distinction). Engler has spent his entire professional career in private practice in Lincoln. Engler and his wife Becky have two children Stephen and Alexandra.
Upon accepting his nomination, Engler said, “Being President Elect is both an honor and a privilege and carries with it the challenging responsibility of helping the members of our profession achieve the goals of the Nebraska State Bar Association.”
J. Scott Paul Named President-Elect Designate
J. Scott Paul will succeed Tim Engler as President-Elect Designate and will serve as NSBA President from October 2018 to October 2019.
Paul is a shareholder with McGrath North. He has practiced nationwide with extensive litigation experience in Nebraska, Iowa, Alabama, South Dakota, Illinois, Texas and Oklahoma. He has over 36 years of litigation experience.
Paul’s practice is primarily defense oriented, concentrating on insurance coverage on life, health and long term care insurance. Scott also handles commercial litigation cases which include the nationwide defense of class actions. Specialty areas of practice on the local and regional level include medical malpractice defense, the representation of both owners and contracts in construction contract disputes, and representation of employers in covenant not to compete cases.
Paul is also a frequent speaker on ethics and professional responsibility at various seminars and conferences throughout the Midwest. Paul is currently on his second term as a member of the NSBA House of Delegates, having previously served from 2009-2013. Paul served on the NSBA Executive Council from 2011-2015. He is also an active member of the Omaha Bar Association, serving as its President from 2006-2007.
Paul received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1978 and received his Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1981. He was associated with Boland Mullin & Walsh from 1981 to 1988, at which point the firm then merged with McGrath North. Paul and his wife, Mary Pat, have three children: Kyle, Bridget and Sean.