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Past presidents of the Omaha Bar Association from the 1980s through the present day pose for a portrait during the 2019 President’s Reception held June 4 at Thunderhead Brewing in the Old Market. Pictured in the first row seated, from left, are Lyle E. Strom (1980-81) and J. Terry Macnamara (1987-88). Pictured in the second row, from left, are Michael F. Kinney (2003-04), Jennifer R. Petersen (2012-13), Wayne J. Mark (1999-00), D.C. “Woody” Bradford III (1992-93), Denise A. Hill (2002-03) and Amy L. Longo (2007-08). Pictured in the back row, from left, are Thomas A. Grennan (2008-09), Patrick S. Cooper (2018-19), David S. Houghton (1993-94), Stuart J. Dornan (2013-14), John C. Brownrigg (1990-91), Craig F. Martin (2011-12) and Gerald L. Friedrichsen (2009-10).  (Photos by Scott Stewart)

OBA Prepares To Transition Leadership Next Month

 The annual Omaha Bar Association President’s Reception was held Tuesday, marking the upcoming transition to a new president and bar leadership.

OBA President Patrick Cooper welcomed incoming OBA President William Acosta-Trejo during brief remarks. Acosta-Trejo presented Cooper with a crystal gavel to thank him for his service to the organization.

Cooper discussed the values of the OBA that came out of a strategic planning process, and he highlighted the importance of promoting a sense of community, collegiality and mutual support in the Omaha legal profession.

“I have learned a lot from all of you, and I thank you all just continuing to supporting the OBA,” Cooper said.

Acosta-Trejo said the OBA has continued to keep its head above water, but he said changes would be necessary for the organization.

“I look forward to trying to look toward where we could go,” Acosta-Trejo said.

The OBA also thanked its other outgoing leaders: Past-President Anne Marie O’Brien, Past-Treasurer Aaron Wegner, Secretary Kate McNamara and Executive Council members Sean Conway and Molly Steinkemper.

  The incoming slate of leaders include Acosta-Trejo, President-Elect Laurie Smith Camp, Treasurer-Elect Molly Steinkemper, Secretary Kamron Hasan and Executive Council members Dwyer Arce and Ann Miller.

   The transition of leadership will take place July 1, Executive Director Dave Sommers said.

– Scott Stewart

Outgoing Omaha Bar Association President Patrick Cooper, left, is presented a gavel by incoming OBA President William Acosta-Trejo during the OBA President’s Reception on June 4, 2019, at Thunderhead Brewing.

Incoming Omaha Bar Association President William Acosta-Trejo smiles during conversation at the OBA President’s Reception on June 4, 2019.


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