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Nebraska State Bar To Recognize Public Service Award Recipients 10/12/17  10/12/17 1:28:28 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

Nebraska State Bar To Recognize
Public Service Award Recipients

“During the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting, the Association recognizes members of the profession for their exemplary service,” Executive Director Liz Neeley said. “This year, please join us in thanking and recognizing the following individuals.”

President’s Professionalism Award
Rick Allan
The NSBA President’s Professionalism Award is presented to a member of the NSBA who exemplifies the attributes of the true professional, whose conduct is always consistent with the highest standards of practice, and who displays appropriate courtesy and respect of the public, clients, fellow attorneys and the justice system.
The Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP) offers help to all licensed lawyers, judges and law students troubled by substance abuse problems, cognitive decline, stress, depression and other types of disorders which may impair their ability to perform in a competent and professional manner.
During his 21 years of service as director of the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program, Allan served more than 2,000 impaired lawyers, judges and law students, saving countless careers, families and lives.
The George H. Turner Award
Hon. William Riley
The George H. Turner Award is presented to a member of the NSBA who has demonstrated exemplary efforts in furthering public understanding of the legal system, the administration of justice and confidence in the legal profession. Judge William Riley has served as a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit since appointed by President Bush in 2001.
“We congratulate him on his retirement and thank him for his exemplary service to the profession, the court system and the citizens of Nebraska,” Neeley said.
Award of Appreciation
Lorraine Boyd
The Award of Appreciation is presented to an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding service creating a better understanding of the legal profession and the administration of justice.
 The Daily Record’s Local News Editor since 2000, Lorraine Boyd is the “go to” journalist for law-related functions of the NSBA and Omaha Bar Association and “reliably responds to requests for articles, coverage and photos. She is always willing to dive in and find the story and is a pleasure to work with,” Neeley said.
Award of Special Merit
Marianne Culhane
The Award of Special Merit is presented to an individual or organization for services advancing the legal profession, the administration of justice, and public interest.
Marianne Culhane has served the Nebraska legal community since 1977 when she joined the faculty of Creighton University School of Law. Culhane has helped educate generations of Nebraska lawyers. She served as dean from 2010 until her retirement in 2015. As dean, she ensured the continued viability of the Creighton Fund for Clerkships in the Public Interest.
NSBA Diversity Award
Charlie Wright
The NSBA Diversity Award recognizes the outstanding efforts made by firms, organizations or individual attorneys in promoting diversity in the legal profession in the state of Nebraska.
The Standing Bear Scholarship Fund, established by Charlie Wright and administered by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, provides scholarships and mentoring support for Native American law students at the University of Nebraska College of Law.
Outstanding Contributor to Women in the Law
Hon. Riko Bishop
The Women and the Law Section of the NSBA has selected Court of Appeals Judge Riko Bishop as the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Contributor to Women in the Law Award.  
Judge Bishop makes a concerted effort to mentor young women (and men) in pursuit of a legal career, and takes personal interest in mentoring aspiring women and minorities who are considering the law on how to prepare for law school and how to develop a legal career, Neeley said.
“Judge Bishop has tirelessly given of herself, and has displayed not only professional excellence, but personal strength, amazing character, and a visibly sustained commitment to the advancement of women in the law.”
Outstanding Young Lawyer
Laura K. Essay
The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is presented annually to a young lawyer who has made exemplary contributions to the community and to public service, who has actively participated in state and local bar activities, and who stands out in the areas of professional knowledge, skill, integrity and courtesy.
Laura Essay, of Dvorak Law Group, was nominated for the high degree of professionalism that she providers to her clients and opposing counsel and her leadership and involvement within the Nebraska State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Omaha Bar Association and her community service work in Omaha.

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