MONDAY, JULY 27, 2015
 

 

O’Meara Takes the Lead
Human Trafficking Becomes a Priority
For Nebraska’s Judicial System

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

After meeting and speaking with Omaha attorney Stephen Patrick O’Meara, who was recently named Nebraska’s first human trafficking coordinator, it’s difficult to not think of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable … Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
O’Meara has certainly dedicated his life to ensuring that justice prevails for those people that society would rather ignore.
“I know what abuse is, what violence is, and what degradation does to people,” he said. O’Meara stated that throughout his 42-year career practicing law he has been given the opportunity to help persons suffering from mental and developmental disability, and victims of child abuse and exploitation, domestic violence, drug trafficking and more recently over the last seven years, human trafficking.



Omaha attorney Stephen O’Meara is Nebraska’s first human trafficking coordinator.

“Having spent most of my career as a prosecutor or some form of government attorney, I am pro-criminal justice, but I have also done defense work. I believe in personal responsibility and the importance of removing harmful people from the streets, but I believe I also have to look at the individual – whether victim or defendant. I have to be careful not to simply ‘objectify’ people, that is, look at them only as objects, not treating them as human beings.”
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From left, John Levi, Annette Farnan, Hon. David Piester and Dennis Gorenenboom celebrate the confidence that Legal Services Corporation has placed in the Midwestern organizations to enhance legal disaster preparedness.
Legal Disaster Assistance in the Heartland
Nebraska and Iowa Legal Aid
Receive Nearly $800,000 in Grant Money

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

It started with Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The victims’ need for legal help was overwhelming, and seven years later, when Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast, people were still dealing with the aftermath of Katrina.

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LSC Announces Rural Summer Legal Corps
Legal Service Board Chairman John Levi and others representing LSC took the opportunity of the announcement of the Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Project grants to make another major announcement.
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Omaha’s Solutionary Joins SANS Institute
To Create Cybersecurity Jobs for Veterans

Solutionary, an Omaha-based managed security services provider, has announced a partnership with the SANS Institute, the world’s largest information security training and certification organization, to launch the VetSuccess Immersion Academy in Omaha. 
This six-week accelerated program offers intense immersion training for veterans living in Omaha and nearby metro areas with an interest and aptitude in cybersecurity. VetSuccess graduates are given a guaranteed opportunity for employment at Solutionary, global threat intelligence and security consulting. The program is sponsored by Solutionary, an industry leader in delivering managed security services, and is free to qualified candidates.
“From our perspective, we need to bring more technically trained people as quickly as we can into the cybersecurity field,” said Solutionary Director of Human Resources Arlin Halstead.

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Kutak Rock Welcomes Bikus to Omaha Office
Christopher M. Bikus recently joined the Omaha office of the national law firm Kutak Rock LLP.
Bikus is known for his work in the field of intellectual property, assisting clients with identifying, protecting and growing their intellectual property assets. Over the last 10 years, he has assisted both U.S. and internationally based Fortune 100 companies as well as newly formed entities with all aspects of managing and developing their intellectual property portfolios. With a focus on U.S. and international trademarks, Bikus managed the global trademark portfolios on behalf of several U.S.-based companies. He is admitted to practice in Nebraska and Oregon.
“We are excited about Chris joining Kutak Rock,” said Mike Curry, managing partner of the firm’s Omaha office. “He adds experience that will provide even greater depth to our national intellectual property practice and further enhance our ability to provide excellent quality legal services to our clients. I have no doubt our clients will benefit from his legal knowledge,” Curry said.
Bikus holds a juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska –
Lincoln, where he was an executive editor of the Nebraska Law Review and graduated with high honors. He earned a bachelor of arts from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.
For more information regarding Kutak Rock LLP, please visit the firm’s website at: www.kutakrock.com.


Katz Honored as a NAFLA Top Ten Attorney Under 40
Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law recently announced that Philip B. Katz was named one of the Top Ten Attorneys Under 40 for the State of Nebraska by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA). He was recognized for excellence in the field of family law.
Katz earned his bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin in 1999, and received his juris doctorate from Creighton University School of Law in 2005. Katz is a member of the American Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA) and the Omaha Bar Association. Within the NSBA’s family law section, he serves as a member of the executive committee, the legislative sub-committee, and currently serves as chair of the family law section.
Katz authored “Cesar v. Alicia & Its Progeny: Major Changes to Nebraska Paternity Law: Consequences: Intended and Otherwise,”
published in The Nebraska Lawyer, July/August 2012.  He also presented at the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Family Law Seminar in July
2012 regarding this same topic, which addressed the changing paternity laws in the State of Nebraska.
For more information regarding Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law, please go to: www.nebraskadivorce.com.

Tim O’Brien is the second generation of O’Briens to choose a career as a personal injury plaintiff attorney.                                 – Photo by Michael Tran
O’Brien Follows in Father’s Footsteps,
Still Creates a Path of His Own

By John Benson, Legal Writer
The Daily Record

Between working a full caseload of his own files and being a new dad, Timothy R. O’Brien recently took some time to reflect on his young legal career.
O’Brien, an Omaha native, earned degrees from the triumvirate of Creighton Preparatory School, Creighton University, and Creighton University School of Law, receiving his law degree in 2012. There, he earned a CALI award for excellence in insurance.
While in law school, O’Brien also took several courses through Creighton’s Werner Institute, earning a graduate certificate in negotiation and conflict resolution. During that time, he also clerked at Hauptman, O’Brien, Wolf, & Lathrop, the personal injury firm his father Timothy J. O’Brien helped found. He started as an associate there upon his admission to the Nebraska Bar.

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Meetings & Seminars
for the legal community

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JULY 30
Telephone Seminar
Eminent Domain, Part 1
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JULY 31
Telephone Seminar
Eminent Domain, Part 2
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com

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JULY 30
Telephone Seminar
Eminent Domain, Part 1
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JULY 31
Telephone Seminar
Eminent Domain, Part 2
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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AUGUST 10-12
GAP: Going Ahead Prepared
UNL College of Law
1875 N 42 St, Lincoln
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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AUGUST 11
Webcast
Thou Shalt Not Lie, Cheat & Steal:
The Ten Commandments of Legal Ethics
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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AUGUST 14
NSBA President’s Caravan – Grand Island
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Chicken Coop
120 E. Third St, Grand Island
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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AUGUST 27
Eyewitness Memory Myths and
How to Use Eyewitnesses in Your Client’s Case
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hruska Law Center, 1st Floor Conference Room
635 S 14 St, Lincoln
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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