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'Honoring Members of the Bar Who Departed This Life’ 5/11/18  05/14/18 11:48:10 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

Families of the honorees were invited to come up after the program and take the personalized card and long-stemmed rose.  
– Photos by Lorraine Boyd

'Honoring Members of the Bar Who Departed This Life’
Twenty-four lawyers were honored by the Omaha Bar Association on May 4 at the annual Memorial Day Program. The Benson VFW Post 2503 Honor Guard  advanced the colors. Following an invocation by Rabbi Deana Berezin of Temple Israel, Barristers Club of Omaha President Marcus Sladek read the names of the departed.
After taps were played by Kyle Haddick and Jordan Sauer of Creighton Prep, Attorney Thomas Shomaker sang “As the Deer Longs” by O Waly Waly.
United States Magistrate Judge Susan M. Bazis, addressed the crowd of lawyers, judges, city and county officials, friends and family members. She recounted memories of her history with some of those honored. She said she appeared often before Judge Robert Vondrasek and was warned by her boss to “be prepared. He’s going to give you a test. I don’t know what kind, but he’s going to give you a test. It could be the first time or a year from now.” She said that about “two months in, it happened.” Fortunately, she was prepared. “He taught me to be prepared and to expect the unexpected.” She said Judge James Murphy was kind and patient. “He had a vision” and introduced the drug court well before most courts.
Alan Stoler was a mentor, she said. “He always helped me; he helped everyone. They are examples of those that we have lost. They were always helping young attorneys, and established ones. These lawyers impacted the lives of so many, and we are all better lawyers and better people for it. All will be greatly  missed by those they have helped,” Bazis said.
“I think we can honor them all by paying it forward, and doing for others as they have done for us.”
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