State’s Lawyers and Judges To Help Community, Hone Skills At 2015 Annual Meeting 10/6/15 10/05/15 11:03:17 PM
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State’s Lawyers and Judges To Help Community,
Hone Skills At 2015 Annual Meeting
This week, attorneys and judges from across Nebraska will attend the state’s largest professional development conference to stay abreast of legal trends and use their resources to help those in need.
The 2015 Nebraska State Bar Association Annual Meeting will be held October 7-9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in La Vista.
“Lawyers always want to be better, to be at the top of their game,” said Amie Martinez, NSBA President, “and the continuing legal education provided at the annual meeting gives them the latest tools to improve their practice and be the best they can be.”
In addition to perennial seminars on substantive areas of the law, ethics and work-life balance, Martinez will follow through on her presidential initiative to increase public service by bar members.
Friday, October 9, from 9-11 a.m., volunteers will participate in the first annual Presidential Public Service Project to help feed the hungry.
“Each of us will have the opportunity to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other lawyers and work as a team to assemble 10,000 meals to help feed some of the 842 million people across the globe suffering from hunger,” said Martinez. All conference attendees are encouraged to join.
The meeting will also host keynote speaker Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Tygart is most recognized as the lawyer who took down Lance Armstrong. His presentation will focus on the challenges of taking the high ground and doing the right thing in the face of temptations to cheat and be dishonest, both in sports and in the practice of law.
The Association will also usher in new leadership for the year, including Tom Maul, incoming NSBA President, new President-Elect, Judge Joe Batallion, and the newest members of the NSBA Executive Council.
Maul is a solo practitioner from Columbus, Nebraska, and 35-year member of the state bar. Maul said there are some pressing issues for Nebraska’s legal community – one of which is the need for lawyers in rural communities.
“I look forward to serving,” said Maul, “and as the next president of the NSBA, I’m committed to continuing the Association’s work to address the decline of lawyers in rural communities. Attracting new graduates to rural areas is essential in ensuring access to legal services across the state, to keeping rural courthouses open, and to providing future leaders for many of these areas.”
Last year’s President Elect and next in line to serve as President was actually Omaha attorney Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. However, Rossiter elected to resign from that role as a result of his recent nomination to be appointed to the federal district court bench.
At the meeting, the NSBA will also recognize a number of attorneys for their exceptional accomplishments and service to the profession:
Award of Appreciation: Congressman Brad Ashford
Awards of Special Merit: Tom Riley and James Mowbray
George H. Turner Award: County Court Judge Michael Offner (posthumously)
NSBA Diversity Award: Linda Crump
Women in the Law Award: Kathleen Neary
Outstanding Young Lawyer Award: Jaclyn Daake