David L. Piester is the President of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Nebraska. He is a retired United States Magistrate Judge. 
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Legal Aid’s Service, Projects
Continue During Interim Period

By David L. Piester
By now most in the legal community have learned that Legal Aid of Nebraska (LAN) is in an interim status pending the hiring of a new executive director.  Since this development, the firm is continuing to operate at full steam, with all programs continuing to serve Legal Aid’s client communities.
Management responsibilities are being handled by an experienced management team. Annette Farnan, Deputy Director, has been appointed Interim Executive Director. She has been with Legal Aid over twenty years, and has served as Deputy Director for five years. Jen Gaughan, Director of Litigation, has been named Interim Deputy Director. Jen has been with Legal Aid over fifteen years, and has served as Director of Litigation for five years. The Director of Access, Laurel Heer Dale, the Director of Finance, Ed Brooks, and the Resource Development Director, Katie Mock, round out the management team. Together, the team is leading the firm exceptionally well, with the normal management tasks being handled efficiently and effectively.
Altogether, the staff at LAN has stepped up in magnificent fashion to take on additional job responsibilities, share additional workload, and continue to provide dedicated, professional services to clients during this interim period.  We are lucky to have such a devoted team.

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Jerry Greenfield’s storefront venture grew into a $300 million business. “We make the best possible ice cream in the nicest way possible,” Greenfield says.
Integrity Awards and Keynote Speaker
Are Sweet Treat for Area Businesses

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Definition: The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness, adherence to moral and ethical principles.

The Better Business Bureau recognized those who demonstrated those qualities at their annual Integrity Awards Luncheon on October 7.

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From left, those accepting BBB’s 2014 Integrity Award winners are: Daniel J. Rehal, President of Vision2Voice; Vice President Melissa Smith and President Michaela Williams of Care Consultants for the Aging; Ben Callahan, owner of The Driveway Company; Kevin Jackson, President and CEO of Total Construction Services Inc.; Chief People Officer Kristy Johnson of Medical Solutions LLC; and Lew Trowbridge, Executive Vice President, Treasurer and CFO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.

Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican (center) with Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community Award recipient Lancaster County District Court Judge Steven D. Burns (left) and Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System Award recipient Douglas County District Court Judge Gary B. Randall (right). 
Distinguished Judge Awards
Presented To Two District Court Judges

Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican recently presented two Nebraska judges with the Supreme Court’s highest honor. Lancaster County District Court Judge Steven D. Burns of Lincoln was given the Service to the Community Award for his work as a judge who has distinguished himself through performance of service to the community on a volunteer level.

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New Bar Leaders Step Up
At 2014 Annual Meeting

At the NSBA Annual Meeting Thursday Amie Martinez accepted the gavel from outgoing NSBA President Mike Fenner. After a year of many changes, Martinez will take over to lead the state’s largest association of lawyers.
As she took the gavel, Martinez remarked. “As the largest professional association of lawyers in the state, the Nebraska State Bar Association prides itself on being a valuable and relevant resource for lawyers. We are working for Nebraska’s lawyers to support professional development and equip them with the tools for success.”
Martinez went on to say that she is proud to help lead the NSBA’s three-fold mission: sustaining the ongoing level of professionalism and competence among the profession, strengthening the court system, and serving the public.

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Rossiter, Maul Elected 2014-2015 NSBA President-Elect, President-Elect Designate
At the Annual Meeting Thursday, October 9, Robert F. Rossiter and Tom Maul assumed their posts as President-Elect and President-Elect Designate of the Nebraska State Bar Association.

Rossiter took over from predecessor Amie Martinez. Rossiter has served on the NSBA’s House of Delegates since 1990 and served as its chair from 2001-2002. He was elected NSBA President-Elect Designate at last year’s Annual Meeting.
He is also past chair of the NSBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section, Young Lawyer’s Section and Annual Meeting Committee. He has also served on numerous state bar-related committees and commissions, including the Nebraska Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission and the NSBA Legislation Committee.

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Thomas M. Maul will succeed Robert F. Rossiter as President-Elect Designate and will serve as NSBA President from October 2016 to October 2017.
Maul, originally from Riverdale, Neb., is a solo practitioner in Columbus working in the areas of real estate, probate, estate planning, and guardianship/conservatorship.

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House of Delegates, Executive Council
Welcome New Leadership

Timothy Engler took over as Nebraska State Bar Association House of Delegates Chair, and Kim Robak was elected to the NSBA Executive Council at the House of Delegates meeting Thursday, Oct. 9. House members were gathered at the NSBA Annual Meeting in La Vista.
Engler is a general litigation and commercial litigation attorney at Harding & Shultz, P.C., L.L.O. He is now past Chair Elect of the House of Delegates, is a member of the Lincoln, Nebraska, and American Bar Associations, and the Association of Trial Attorneys. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.

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It’s the Judge Lyle Strom Mock Trial Program
“To Judge Lyle Strom: In honor of the program being named after you, I have a token of appreciation, that I am 100-percent sure you are going to enjoy: a sour cream raisin pie,” Nebraska State Bar Foundation Executive Director Doris Huffman said.
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Chamber Announces
2015 Executive Committee Nominees
Members of the Greater Omaha Chamber Board of Directors invest their time, resources and expertise to support the Chamber, its members and mission – to increase business, investment and employment in Greater Omaha. The 2015 Board Nominating Committee announces the following slate for the 2015 Greater Omaha Chamber Executive Committee:
Clark Lauritzen, executive vice president of First National Bank, will serve as chairman;
George Little, CEO and chairman of HDR, Inc., will serve as chairman-elect;
Steve Seline, president and CEO of Walnut Private Equity Partners will serve as immediate-past chairman;
Terry Kroeger, president and CEO of BH Media Group, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, will serve as secretary;
Ron Quinn, executive vice president of Tenaska, will serve at treasurer;
Sheri Andrews, president and CEO of Lozier Corporation; Dana Bradford, CEO of Waitt Company; Stacy Scholtz, executive vice president of corporate services of Mutual of Omaha; Chris Kircher, vice president of corporate affairs of ConAgra and president of ConAgra Foods Foundation; and Bob Turner, senior vice president of corporate relations of Union Pacific will serve as at-large members;
Nate Dodge, executive vice president of NP Dodge Company, will serve as chair of the Chairman’s Council;
Timothy Burke, vice president of customer service and public affairs of Omaha Public Power District, will serve as chair of the Economic Development Council;
Ariel Roblin, President & General Manager of KETV-Hearst Television, Inc. will serve as chair of the Membership Council.
Leslie Andersen, president of Bank of Bennington will serve as chair of the Public Policy Council;
Thomas Warren, president and CEO of Urban League of Nebraska will serve as chair of the Minority Economic Development Council and;
David G. Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber.
According to the bylaws of the Greater Omaha Chamber, any additional nominations may be made by any active Chamber member in good standing by presenting a petition for nomination signed by at least 30 active members in good standing. Such petitions must be delivered to the nominating committee within 10 days after the date of announcement of the nominees by the nominating committee.
The Chamber board will vote to approve the slate as presented by the nominating committee on Friday, Nov. 14.
For more information regarding the Greater Omaha Chamber, please go to

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From left, Senior U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf,  Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon, Chief U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp and U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard share a laugh at the unveiling of Judge Bataillon’s caricature.

Bataillon Feted for Years of Service
Federal District Court Judge Joseph Bataillon officially retired October 3 after 17 years on the bench. He immediately took senior status, so October 6 it was business as usual...sort of. Last Friday, his colleagues threw a retirement party for him at the Federal Courthouse, attended by friends, family and more colleagues, past and present. This festive event – almost a roast – featured remembrances by fellow judges, Bob Kerrey (who first nominated Bataillon for the bench when he was governor), and Bataillon’s children. His offspring wrote an epic poem in his honor which was read by daughter Aimee Bataillon, an attorney at Woodke & Gibbons in Omaha. While it is traditional for the retiring judges to commission a portrait to hang in the courthouse, Bataillon chose to be depicted in caricature by Lincoln artist Paul Fell. So, it was goodbye and welcome to the latest federal judge to retire and make room for another judge to be appointed. There are now three judges on senior status and two on active status.

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Stinson Leonard Street Omaha Office
Adds Two as Partners, One as Associate

Stinson Leonard Street LLP recently announced that David K. Lutz and Jason F. Maus have joined the firm's Omaha office as partners, and Drew C. Sova has been welcomed as an associate in the Omaha office. The addition of the new attorneys is part of the firm’s creation of a tax credit finance group and the expansion of its real estate division throughout the Omaha, Denver and St. Louis metropolitan areas.

              Lutz                         Maus                         Sova
The attorneys joining the firm have extensive experience advising investors, community development entities, developers and other business clients concerning all types of tax credits.  
"Federal and state tax credits are often an integral part of large-scale development projects, and we represent clients in transactions that involve all types of tax credits," said Alan Van Dellen, co-chair of Stinson Leonard Street's real estate division. "The attorneys joining us in Omaha, Denver and St. Louis have collaborated on hundreds of NMTC, historic tax credit and renewable energy tax credit deals.  Our clients will find their experience invaluable as we work to assist them in funding their projects."
For more information regarding Stinson Leonard Street LLP, please visit the firm’s website at

Baird Holm Welcomes Three New Associates
Baird Holm LLP recently welcomed three new associates to the firm: Zachary J. Buxton, Sara A. McCue and Christopher D. Sandy.

Buxton’s practice will focus on health care law. He earned his J.D. from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 2014, where he served as the staff and lead editor of the Saint Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy. He was also a member of the Saint Louis University Health Law Association. Additionally in 2014, Buxton earned a master of health administration, with distinction, from the Saint Louis University College of Public Health & Social Justice. He earned his B.A. in English and sports psychology, cum laude, from the University of Northern Iowa in 2009.
McCue will focus on employment, ADA and fair housing law. She received her J.D. from the  University of Nebraska College of Law, with distinction, in 2014. There, she was the editor-in-chief of the Nebraska Law Review and President of the Multicultural Legal Society and Black Law Students Association. In 2010, McCue graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor of journalism in news-editorial and broadcasting, with highest distinction.
Sandy’s practice will focus on labor and employment law. He is a 2014 graduate of the Creighton University School of Law, cum laude, where he earned three CALI Excellence for the Future awards in the areas of healthcare law and criminal law. Sandy graduated from Wartburg College with a bachelor of arts in history, magna cum laude, in 2011.
“Baird Holm’s rich history is made possible because of our desire to constantly evolve to meet our clients’ needs. We welcome Zach, Sara and Chris to the team, and look forward to their contributions to the firm and to our clients,” said Managing Partner Richard E. Putnam.
For more information regarding Baird Holm, please go to the firm’s website at

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NSBA Honors Excellence
The Nebraska State Bar Association luncheon during the Annual Meeting gave the organization a chance to honor its own, and to pass the gavel to the new leadership. New President Amie Martinez (left) presented a plaque to outgoing President G. Michael Fenner to commemorate his year of service and to thank him for his leadership during a difficult year of transition. While it was serious business, there were many smiles during the awards presentations. To see others honored, CLICK HERE.
Pilot Program Offers
Alternative in Neglect Cases

By Grant Schulte
Lincoln (AP) – Nebraska officials have launched a pilot program to keep more neglected children with their families, as long as steps can be taken to keep them safe.
The program gives parents a chance to avoid law enforcement and the courts if they are deemed a low risk to hurt their children.
Many cases are rooted in poverty, so the alternative response program seeks to connect families with services that provide food, transportation, shelter and other needs. The program started Oct. 1 in Lancaster, Dodge, Sarpy, Hall and Scotts Bluff counties, and could eventually spread statewide.
“It’s a less accusatory way to approach families” who may be struggling with mental illness or poverty, said Jerrilyn Crankshaw, services delivery administrator for Nebraska’s Children and Family Services Division. “Sometimes families experience crises that they don’t have control of. If there’s a way to help support the parents’ well-being, then they might in a better position to care for their own children.”
Crankshaw said state workers are still required to call law enforcement in more extreme cases, such as children who are seriously injured, sexually assaulted or exposed to methamphetamine.

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October Small Business of the Month
Specialized Garage Doors:
‘Our  Customers Have Made Us Successful’

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

A small company that hangs with the big dogs.
That’s how Karen Shelton describes Specialized Garage Doors, LLC, the joint venture she launched with husband Bart almost three years ago – and the most recent recipient of the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Small Business of the Month Award.

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The retiring judge is looking forward to a somewhat lighter caseload as he takes senior status. 

Q & A With
Judge Joseph F. Bataillon

By Lorraine Boyd

The Daily Record

The Daily Record (D.R.) sat down with U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon (J.B.) shortly before he took vacation in September in advance of his formal retirement date of October 3.  Here’s a candid conversation discussing his long career.

D.R.: What’s the first thing you are going to do when you “retire”?

J.B.: Nothing! Just continue to work, until we get a replacement.

D.R.: Any regrets?

J.B.: No regrets.
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