FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015
 

 

John Sievers of Green Beans Coffee Omaha supports America’s troops by facilitating the gift of a “Cup of Joe” to deployed service men and women.                                     – Photo by JordanGreen.com
Chamber’s Small Business of the Month
Green Beans Coffee Omaha Doesn’t
Just Pour Coffee; It Supports Our Troops

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

One of the newest members of the metro coffee scene has a global back-story – and a global distinction. Green Beans Coffee Omaha is the first independently owned, free-standing Green Beans Coffee in the United States.
It is also the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Small Business of the Month for April. Owner John Sievers described the honor as “amazing” and “completely unexpected.”



Green Beans Coffee offers everyone the chance to send a “Cup of Joe” to soldiers deployed in many countries, like these in Afghanistan.

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–Photo by Lorraine Boyd
From left, Nebraska Supreme Court Justices Lindsey Miller-Lerman, Kenneth C. Stephan, John F. Wright, Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican, William M. Connolly, Michael McCormack and William B. Cassel hear oral arguments at Creighton University School of Law on April 2.
Supreme Court Makes Annual Visit to CU Law
An accident on Interstate 80 slowed things to a crawl during morning rush hour on April 2, threatening to hold up the start of proceedings, but the Nebraska Supreme Court managed to start nearly on time last Thursday morning when it heard several cases at Creighton. The Court visits each of Nebraska’s two law schools once a year, giving law students and local attorneys an up-close look at the business of the Court. The five cases heard were chosen to demonstrate the variety of legal arguments that face the court system on a regular basis. After arguments, the justices talked to students about the appellate process and answer questions.



Yes, you are seeing double. Scott Anderson has spun himself off of his company, Anderson Partners Advertising, to launch Doubledare.                                                                 – Photo by Michael Tran
Scott Anderson ‘Doubledares’
You to Improve Your Business

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

Scott Anderson, the Omaha native who graduated from Brown University and spent time on the East Coast, has left the advertising agency, Anderson Partners Advertising, which continues to bear his name.
“It was part of a long-standing succession plan,” Anderson said. He sold the company stock back to the staff that continues to run the successful advertising business.
That allowed Anderson to move along and focus on to the executive performance group he started about a decade ago.

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Engler Joins Rembolt Ludtke
Rembolt Ludtke LLP recently announced that Timothy R. Engler has become associated with the firm.  
Engler specializes 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. Before joining Rembolt  Ludtke, he practiced in a private firm in Lincoln.  
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. He is a fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation and will serve as chair of the Nebraska State Bar Association House of Delegates in 2015.
For more information regarding Rembolt Ludtke, please visit the firm’s website at: www.remboltlawfirm.com.

Koenig | Dunne
Dunne Awarded Top Ten Attorney Award
Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law recently announce that Angela Dunne has been awarded the prestigious Top Ten Attorney Award for the State of Nebraska from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA). Dunne was awarded this honor because of the hard work and dedication she has shown in representing family law clients.
Dunne is managing partner of Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law, where her career has focused exclusively on divorce-related work.  Dunne is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  As an academy fellow, Dunne is recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of family law.  She is a highly skilled negotiator and litigator representing individuals in all facets of domestic relations.
Dunne is also a member of the Nebraska State, American, Nebraska Women’s and Omaha Bar Associations.  She previously served on the executive committee of the family law section of the Nebraska State Bar Association.  She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Nebraska and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.
 For more information regarding Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law, please visit the firm’s website at www.nebraskadivorce.com.

 

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Lori Arcoren is congratulated on her accomplishment in completing the Adult Drug Court requirements by Douglas County District Court Judge Gary Randall.
Graduation Opens New Doors for ParticipantsIt was a big day for Lori Arcoren. The Native American-Hispanic mother of six had just spent the past 18 months getting her life back together after decades of drug and alcohol abuse. She had lost custody of three of her children during her struggles, but it was Douglas County Adult Drug Court, a diversion program for non-violent felony offenders, that finally got her on the right track. Judge Gary Randall called her their No. 1 graduate.
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The Deal of the Year Award was given for the development and construction of Pacific Life’s office building and parking structure in Aksarben Village. Construction is progressing on the building depicted in this architect’s rendering.
Real Estate Movers and Shakers Honored
By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

Two businesses were honored and seven individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame last Friday at the CRE Summit, which was held at the CenturyLink Center.
Pacific Life was awarded Deal of the Year for the development and construction of its new office building and parking structure in Aksarben Village. A $40 million project, the five-story, 125,000-square-foot building will be a mixed-use development, and will have 19,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor to accommodate shops and restaurants. It will also include an 880-stall parking structure. Four-hundred-plus employees will move there from the company’s downtown office several weeks before the end of the year. John Hughes of Magnum Development Corp., one of the partners on the project, accepted the award.
NuStyle Development was awarded Development of the Year. The 25-year-old company has several projects completed and in development; however, a few were singled out, including the 194-unit apartment block at 2223 Dodge St. and the 106-unit building at 19th and Farnam. Together, Todd and Mary Heistand are refurbishing previously overlooked properties and are changing the face of Omaha’s downtown area. Todd Heistand accepted the award.
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Mills Named County Probate Deputy Manager
Carrol Mills has been promoted to assistant clerk II in the Douglas County Probate Division, a title that downplays her responsibilities. She is second in command to Manager Cindy Vandenbroucke. She brings four years of experience in that office, and many more years as a project manager at First Data.
“Carrol is a good fit,” Vandenbroucke said. “She brings more experience than most to the job. She’s a really strong employee who has a good rapport with people and is easy to work with.”
Mills said there have been “a lot of changes in Nebraska” lately, especially in guardians and conservatorships, so the job has been challenging. And, she said, it has been exceptionally busy in recent weeks, “keeping up with the influx of wills and estates.”  Her life outside of work has been equally time consuming. Mills has three adult daughters, seven grandchildren and one great grandson, as well as an 87-year-young mother she makes time for.



Justin Hochstein is a Jack-of-all-Trades, and a master of them too. Not only is he an attorney, he is a financial planner and an Army Captain.                                                                    – Photo by Michael Tran
Wearing Many Hats Suits Hochstein
By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

In a few weeks, Justin Hochstein will be in a very celebratory mood. The U.S. Army Captain is coming up on his 10-year anniversary in military service, his two-year anniversary with Ameritas Financial Center as a financial consultant, and his one-year anniversary as owner of Hochstein Strategic Legal Planning.
“I focus on estate planning so as to provide my clients with the attention to detail that their estate and business plans deserve,” he said. “I work with accountants and financial advisers at Ameritas Financial Center to help to ensure that a client’s plan is tailored to fit their needs.”
To say that Hochstein is a busy man is an understatement, but then it seems that has always been the case. “I need to have something to do or I get into trouble,” he joked.
Hochstein grew up in Norfolk, and during his teen-age years, proved his versatility at Norfolk Catholic High School by playing football in the fall, basketball in the winter and performing in the spring musical. After being sidelined from football due to an elbow injury, Hochstein became involved in the school’s mock trial group. Mike Flood, who served in the Nebraska Legislature from 2005 to 2013, was his mock trial coach. Knowing that he wanted to continue his studies at a university, Hochstein, after graduation, enlisted in the U.S. Army. Two weeks later, he found himself in basic training, and that fall, he was enrolled at Creighton University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and management. He is currently a captain in the Nebraska Army National Guard, where he serves as company commander in the 734th Transportation Battalion.
“I always knew that I wanted to go to law school,” he said. But instead of jumping right into another program, he took one year off, an experience that really helped him to “grow up a lot.”
Eventually, he chose to attend the University of Nebraska College of Law. “I liked the feel of UNL [and its] environment, and cost was an issue,” he said.

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Attorney Inkelaar Prods Nebraska Legislators
To Pass Tough Law on Punishment of Bullies

By Jack Martin
The Daily Record

The woman walked into attorney Thomas Inkelaar’s office last spring, put a laptop computer on his desk and said, “I want to show you something.” She pushed the play button on a video recording, “and then turned around and started crying,” Inkelaar recalled.
The woman’s name was Delores De la Torre and the video, recorded on a cell phone, showed her daughter, Frida, as the target of a bullying attack. Frida was shown running along a Lincoln sidewalk after leaving middle school, trying to escape from classmates who threw rocks at her, yelled at  and taunted her.
One of the taunters used a cell phone camera to record the scene. (The video was later obtained by a school official who gave a copy to Frida’s mother, Inkelaar said.)
One attacker is shown grabbing Frida by the hair and beating her while another student is heard yelling, ”Punch her! Punch her!”
All the tormentors in the 2014 incident were 12 and 13 years old.
“The attack was unprovoked,” Inkelaar said. “Frida was just an average, quiet student.”


Thomas Inkelaar has taken on bullies with his Frida’s Law campaign.
While the attack was unprovoked, it did provoke Inkelaar to launch a campaign for a state law – he calls it “Frida’s Law” – that would broaden anti-bullying programs in Nebraska schools.
In 2008, the legislature passed a law that directed school districts to create anti-bullying policies, “but they will act only on bullying that takes place on school property, not down the street,” Inkelaar said. “Other states have tougher laws and I thought we needed them here.”
The girl who actually hit Frida was charged, he noted, “but the other kids were not even suspended from school.”
Frida and her mother didn’t get off so easy, Inkelaar said.

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– Photo by Lorraine Boyd
Nebraska Paralegals Hear About Bankruptcy
From left, Mindy Wear, president of Nebraska Paralegal Association; T. Randall (Randy) Wright, partner at Baird Holm; and Colleen Jackson, certified paralegal at Baird Holm, get together before the District 1 luncheon meeting of the Nebraska Paralegal Association (NePA) in Omaha on March 25. Wright presented on the topic: “Bankruptcy … So I Have This Friend Who Owes a Lot of Money.” About 50 people attended.
For more information regarding the Nebraska Paralegal Association, please contact Sandi Armstrong, membership chair, at: Sandi.Armstrong@koleyjessen.com or 402-390-9500.


United Way of Midlands Names Forsberg President
United Way of the Midlands recently named Shawna Forsberg president and chief executive officer. Her appointment concludes a nationwide search led by James Abruzzo, head of the Nonprofit Practice at DHR International, a global executive search firm. Forsberg is responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic initiatives in the areas of basic needs, workforce readiness and classroom readiness to continue strengthening the local community. She will lead United Way of the Midlands fundraising, marketing and financial management initiatives.
Forsberg has served as interim president since July 2014, following the unexpected passing of president and CEO Karen Bricklemyer. Prior to her interim president role, Forsberg was senior vice president of marketing. She has more than 15 years of marketing and communications leadership experience in non-for-profit and for-profit environments including roles at The Durham Museum and ConAgra Foods. Forsberg received a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a Master of business administration from Sam Houston State University.
For more information regarding the United Way of Midlands, please visit at: www.unitedwaymidlands.org.

 


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Last year’s Barristers’ Ball theme, “Carnavale” provided a lot of laughs for Jane Langan Mach, Amie Martinez and the Hon. Francie Riedmann.
11th Annual Barristers’ Ball Coming April 18
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
Guests will have a “roaring” good time at the 11th annual Barristers’ Ball on Saturday, April 18.
The fundraiser for the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), hosted by the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation, has adopted “The Roaring Twenties” as its theme.
The VLP serves several thousand in dividuals in need of legal services each year.
Cocktails and a silent auction begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites La Vista Hotel & Conference Center. After the live auction at 8:30 p.m., Pam and the Pearls will supply the music for dancing. Tickets are $100; Young Lawyers’ tickets are $75 or $100 a couple. The evening is black tie optional.
Awards will also be presented to attorneys for their efforts in making “Equal Justice for All” a reality in Nebraska. The 2015 Visionary Award winners are: Sen. Danielle M. Conrad of Lincoln, who introduced and helped pass a bill that reduces student loan obligations for attorneys who provide public legal service in rural Nebraska, and Michael F. Kinney of Omaha, who organized SOLACE, which provides assistance to those in the legal community who suffer a sudden, catastrophic loss due to an unexpected event, illness or injury.
This year’s Robert M. Spire Pro Bono Award winner is Avis R. Andrews, a long time volunteer for the Volunteer Lawyers Project.

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Paul McGreal, who will become the next dean of the Creighton University School of Law on July 1, (left) visits with Larry Roland, CU Law ’13, an associate at Gross Welch, at the Creighton Law YAC social event.
Creighton Law Young Alumni Council Meets
A newly formed group – the Creighton Law Young Alumni Council – met Thursday, March 26, at Castle Barrett for a social get-together. The Council is a group of recent law graduates who want to continue building connections with one another and fellow alumni that practice in the legal community. The Council is looking for new members from the Class of 2015, so L3 students were invited to attend, along with members of the faculty. Currently dean of the University of Dayton School of Law, Paul McGreal, who is currently commuting monthly from Ohio until he takes the reins at Creighton July 1, made a point of being there to meet members of this up-and-coming group.
–Photo by Lorraine Boyd
Ross Pesek (center) converses with Patrick Boyle, Community Development Coordinator & MCC Foundation Development Manager at Metro Community College (left) and his father, Don Pesek at his law firm’s open house.
Pesek Law Officially Opens Its Doors
Ross Pesek opened his law office doors to invited guests to formally inaugurate his new law firm, Pesek Law, LLC, in the historic building at 19th and Farnam. Pesek focuses on criminal defense, immigration, and accident and injury cases. He has been lead counsel in federal and state criminal jury trials, argued before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Nebraska Court of Appeals as lead counsel, helped over 100 people achieve legal immigration status, and secured nearly a million dollars in settlements for injured clients.
He is an advocate for immigrants and their families and offers them legal services at his free legal clinic at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in South Omaha, where he has already served over 800 people. He also established the True Potential Scholarship program, last year awarding five full-tuition scholarships to immigrant students attending community colleges who would otherwise not be eligible for financial aid, based on their immigration status. He was named Latino Partner of the Year by the Heartland Latino Leadership Conference in November, 2014. His website is www.peseklaw.com.

 


Meetings & Seminars
for the legal community



 
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APRIL 17
Body Talk: Advanced Anatomy for Lawyers
Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center
12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For More Information:
www.nebar.com
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APRIL 18
2015 Barristers’ Ball – The Roaring Twenties
Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center
12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista
6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
For More Information:
www.nebar.com
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APRIL 22
Nebraska Child Support Calculator Seminar
Hruska Law Center, 1st Floor Conference Room
635 S 14 St, Lincoln
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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APRIL 22
Introduction and Basic Training
On Using NebDocs™In Your Practice
Hruska Law Center, 1st Floor Conference Room
635 S 14 St, Lincoln
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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APRIL 23
UNL: New Developments Under the Affordable Care Act
Happy Hollow Country Club
1701 S 105, Omaha
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For More Information: http://law.unl.edu/alumni/cle/
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APRIL 24
Omaha Law League Fashion Show
“Roaring Fashion: The Jazz Age”
Hilton Omaha
1001 Cass St, Omaha
5:30 p.m. – Cocktails
For More Information: www.omahalawleague.org
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APRIL 30
Ethics Refresher featuring Mark A. Weber
Hruska Law Center, First Floor Conf Rm
635 S 14 St, Lincoln
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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APRIL 30
Law Day Lunch
Omaha Marriott
10220 Regency Cir, Omaha
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassociation
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MAY 7
Nebraska Tax Symposium
Zorinsky Federal Building
1616 Capitol Ave, Omaha
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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MAY 15
UNL: John M. Gradwohl Estate & Business Planning Program
UNL College of Law
1875 N 42 St, Lincoln
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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MAY 21
Omaha Bar Association Memorial Service
Legislative Chambers of the Omaha-Douglas Civic Center
1819 Farnam St, Omaha
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com


 

 
 



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