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Jane Schoenike Takemoto
She Led the State Bar With Passion
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
Jane Schoenike, former executive director of the Nebraska State Bar Association, has died at the age of 64, of complications from Lupus.
The Nebraska State Bar Association issued a statement to lawyers in Nebraska, and beyond, Tuesday regarding her untimely death:
“It is with great sadness that we inform you that the former executive director of the NSBA, Jane Schoenike, passed away the evening of August 21 at her home in Elmwood, Neb.
“During her 17 years as executive director, she had the opportunity to meet and work with attorneys across the state of Nebraska. Her legacy and service to the profession will live on.
“Among other things, Jane strengthened the Association by establishing services like Casemaker, Fee Arbitration, the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program, the NSBA’s website, and the Volunteer Lawyers’ Project Self Help Centers across the state.
“Jane’s family is in the process of planning a memorial service to be held in October. We will provide more details about the service when they become available.
“One of Jane’s defining characteristics was her passion and commitment for ensuring equal access to the justice system. Her family has asked that any memorial donations made in her name, go to support the Volunteer Lawyers Project through the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation.”
Jane Schoenike Takemoto grew up in Oconomowoc, Wis. She earned degrees from Macalester College and William Mitchell College of Law.
Jane served as executive director of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association and then the Hennepin County Bar Association.
Her obituary in the Lincoln Journal Star noted that, “She had a passion for fairness and equality in the law, and worked hard to encourage lawyers to give back through pro bono service.”
She is survived by her husband, Jack Takemoto, her three children, Mike, Sam and Dan, and her sister and brother, Kay and Tom.
Liz Neeley, who succeeded Jane in November 2013, upon her retirement, said, “Jane was a passionate advocate for the legal profession and the administration of justice. Her efforts not only supported Nebraska attorneys, but made access to the justice system a reality for literally thousands of Nebraskans.”
Sam Clinch, Jane’s longtime associate executive director, said, “Although it is difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, Jane’s service to the NSBA will be felt forever. She was a wonderful mentor and I will miss her.”