NSBA Selects Next President-Elect and President-Elect Designate 12/8/15 12/08/15 3:10:59 PM
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The Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon and Timothy R. Engeler of Rembolt Ludtke, LLP will serve as President-Elect and President-Elect Designate of the Nebraska State Bar Association.
NSBA Selects Next President-Elect and President-Elect Designate
U.S. District Court Senior Judge Joseph Bataillon was elected this summer to serve as the next President-Elect Designate of the Nebraska State Bar Association. However, with a resignation in the officer line up, Judge Bataillon has now skipped ahead a year and serves as the President-Elect of the NSBA.
Bataillon sits in Omaha as a Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Nebraska. He was appointed to the U.S. District Court Bench in 1997 by President Clinton and served as the Chief Judge for the District of Nebraska from 2004 -2011.
Upon accepting the position Bataillon remarked, “The Association and lawyers find themselves in a period of substantial role change. I hope my experience in the NSBA, legal practice and the courts can provide the tools necessary for this job.”
Bataillon is no stranger to the Bar Association and is well suited to take the reigns a year earlier than planned. Bataillon has served on the NSBA’s House of Delegates since 1984 (serving as Chair in 1993). Bataillon has also chaired the NSBA’s Judiciary Committee (1998-2005) and the NSBA’s Budget and Planning twice (2004-2005 and 2014-present).
Bataillon has also been active in leadership among U.S. District Court Judges, playing an active role in the Federal Judges Association and numerous committees for the U.S. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and the U.S. Judicial Conference. Bataillon has also served the profession locally, serving on the Advisory Committee for Creighton University Law School since 2002.
In addition to serving the courts and the legal profession, Bataillon also served in the U.S. Army in the Military Police Corps (1971), served as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps (1972-1974) and was discharged from the United Stats Army Reserves in 1986.
Bataillon received his undergraduate degree from Creighton in 1971 and his Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1974. Bataillon and his wife Pamela have five children: Aimee, Jared, Margery, Patrick, and Kathryn.
With Bataillon advancing a year early, a vacancy was created for the position of President-Elect Designate. Earlier this month, Tim Engler was elected for that position.
Engler, originally from Ipswich, South Dakota, works for Rembolt Ludtke, LLP, specializing in resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration or trial. His practice is concentrated in commercial and business disputes, personal injury and mediation and arbitration services.
He has been active in both Court and Bar Association Activities. Engler is a member of the Nebraska Mediation Association, the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution. Engler is a member of the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys and American Bar Association. He has served on the NSBA’s House of Delegates since 2007 and served as its Chair in 2015. Engler has also been active on the NSBA’s Judiciary Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and has served as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission (3rd District) and the Judicial Resources Commission. Engler also does pro bono work through the Volunteer Lawyers Project, specifically at the Lancaster County Self Help Desk.
Engler received his undergraduate degree (with High Honor) from South Dakota State University in 1976 and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1979 (with distinction). Engler has spent his entire professional career in private practice in Lincoln. Engler and his wife Becky have two children: Stephen and Alexandra.
Upon accepting his nomination, Engler said, “Being designated is both an honor and a privilege and carries with it the challenging responsibility of helping the members of our profession achieve the goals of the Nebraska State Bar Association.”