House of Delegates and Executive Council Welcome New Leadership 10/28/16 10/29/16 4:21:48 PM
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House of Delegates and Executive
Council Welcome New Leadership
Melany O’Brien took over as Nebraska State Bar Association House of Delegates Chair, and Julie Bear and Jon Schroeder began their terms on the NSBA Executive Council this week at the NSBA’s Annual Meeting in La Vista. Additionally, Federal District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. was appointed to complete the term of District 4 Executive Council representative Judge John Irwin, who is retiring from the Nebraska Court of Appeals and is stepping down from his service on the NSBA’s Executive Council.
Melany O’Brien is a partner at Hauptman O’Brien Wolf and Lathrop, P.C., where she focuses on representing plaintiffs in personal injury claims. O’Brien was born and raised in South Sioux City, Nebraska. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. O’Brien earned a law degree in 1993 from Creighton University School of Law and was admitted to the Nebraska Bar and the Federal Courts in 1993.
O’Brien has a history of service to the profession. She served on the Practice and Procedure, Mediation, Legislative, Ways and Means, and Judicial Resources committees of the Nebraska State Bar Association. She is also a Fellow and Board Member of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation. She is a former Secretary and Executive Council Member of the Omaha Bar Association and a Past President of the Nebraska Women’s Bar Association. O’Brien is currently a Board Member for the Women’s Center for Advancement.
Upon accepting her position O’Brien said, “I have always believed that serving on local and state bar committees is a rewarding and valuable experience and I look forward to serving as the Chair of the House of Delegates.”
Also becoming NSBA officers are Jane Langan Mach and Mike McCarthy. Langan Mach of Lincoln is a partner at Rembolt Ludtke LLP. Langan Mach took of-fice this week as Chair-Elect of the House of Delegates. Mike McCarthy of North Platte is a partner with McCarthy & Moore. McCarthy took office as Chair-Elect Designate.
On Wednesday, Julie Bear of Plattsmouth, began her term on the NSBA Executive Council. Bear graduated from Creighton University with a B.S.B.A. in finance in 1987 and from Creighton University School of Law in 1990 (cum laude). She was admitted to practice in the Nebraska State Bar and U.S. District Court for Nebraska in 1990.
In addition to her prior service on the NSBA’s House of Dele-ates, Bear is a member Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association, Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy and Midlands Community Foundation. Bear is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon GA, and is a Lifetime Fellow Nebraska State Bar Foundation. Bear served on the District One Committee on Inquiry (2007-2013) and the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Second Judicial District.
Jon Schroeder of Schroeder & Schroeder PC in Curtis, Nebraska also began his service representing the sixth judicial district on the NSBA’s Executive Council. Schroeder has practiced law in southwest Nebraska for 32 years with emphasis on estate planning, real estate law and water law. He is a fourth-generation Schroeder attorney. His daughter, Whitney, now represents the fifth generation, having recently joined his firm. He has been the Frontier County Attorney for 26 years. His wife, Rebecca Schroeder, is a clinical psychologist. They have four children altogether: Jackie, Whitney, Tommy and Shaylee.
Originally from North Platte, Schroeder graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in English in 1978 and a M.A. in Criminal Justice from the Univer-sity of Nebraska-Omaha in 1980. He graduated from Creighton University School of Law in 1984 and was admitted to practice in the Nebraska State Bar in 1984.
Schroeder has served the legal profession in many ways over the years including: President of the County Attorneys Association, County Attorney Board of Directors, President of the 14th Judicial Bar District Association, President of the 11th Judicial District Bar Association, a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, a member of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commis-sion, and has served on the Legislative Committee for the Nebraska County Attorneys Association. He has served his community through club memberships, advisory committees, clubs, board of directors, and have been a trustee and financial chairman for his church for many years. He was inducted into the Nebraska Foundation in 2016.
Judge Robert Rossiter was sworn in as United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska this past summer. President Barack Obama nominated him to the seat vacated by Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, who took senior status in 2014. The U.S. Senate unanimously voted 90-0 in favor of Rossiter’s con-firmation, and received his judicial commission on June 29, 2016.
Rossiter received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 from Purdue University. He received a Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1981 from Creighton University School of Law. He was a law clerk for Judge Clarence Arlen Beam of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska from 1982 to 1983. From 1983 to 2016, he served at the Omaha law firm of Fraser Stryker PC LLO, be-coming a shareholder in 1987. He served on the firm’s Management Committee from 2011 to 2016. He specialized in labor and em-ployment litigation, primarily in federal court. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and is the immediate past State Chair of that organization.