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Separation of Powers 5/29/18  05/29/18 11:23:08 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
From left, Law Day Co-chair Doug Law, OBA President Anne Marie O’Brien, Hon. William J. Riley and Co-chair John Menicucci Jr. presided over a highly successful Law Day celebration.

Separation of Powers
Here’s what you missed if you didn’t attend this year’s Law Day luncheon on May 1. A room filled to capacity with attorneys from all disciplines, lots and lots of federal, district, state and county judges, paralegals, honorees and guests. They were there to celebrate the Rule of Law. This year’s theme was the Separation of Powers, a topic with great meaning in the political climate today. As Omaha Bar President Anne Marie O’Brien pointed out, the Omaha bar and its affiliates (the Nebraska Paralegals Association and the Omaha Legal Professionals Association)  do far more than their counterparts across the country to observe Law Day. They conduct poster and essay contests for elementary and middle school students, present a mock trial, send lawyers out to classrooms across the metro to talk to fourth and fifth graders about the law.
The Omaha Law League conducts tours of the Douglas County Courthouse for area fourth graders. And they choose honorees who exemplify the ideals of the profession with the Non-attorney Public Service Award and the Robert M. Spire Public Service Award. And they recognize local lawyers who have participated in the Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service for 10 years or more with the Alfred G. Ellick Award.
Most of all, keynote luncheon speaker Hon. William J. Riley, Eighth Circuit Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, (ret), gave a master class in government that left all with words to ponder and action to take. Memorable outtake: “We don’t have a democracy, we have a republic.” Definition: a form of government in which power is explicitly vested in the people, who in turn exercise their power through elected representatives.
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