Joe Chapuran and Catherine Lang, then Nebraska’s Director of Economic Development and Commissioner of Labor, were assisted by Chinese officials at the opening of Nebraska’s China office in Shanghai in 2013.   
State’s Emphasis on Worldwide Economic
Development Encourages Two-way Trade

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

Nebraska businesses looking to expand to foreign markets have a great resource at the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s International Division.
“Our department set up our agency to build those international ties,” said Joe Chapur
an, international development manager. “We have two top priorities: One is to help our Nebraska companies be more successful in the global markets; to get their goods into foreign markets. The other is to attract foreign direct investment; to help them set up their headquarters or manufacturing plants here. We want to encourage them to come to Nebraska and then hire their employees locally.”
Chapuran said his agency can assist a local business in many ways. If a company wants to export goods, the International Division can help it prepare for all aspects of international shipping, from how to fill out the requisite forms to how to navigate customs. If a company is already exporting go
ods, the International Division can suggest additional markets.
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New OBA Board Secretary Will Acosta-Trejo (left) catches up with a former teacher, Prof. Pat Borchers of Creighton School of Law, and Federal District Judge Laurie Smith Camp.
– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
2014 OBA Fall Kickoff Rocks Out
The Omaha Bar Association’s annual event – the Fall Kickoff – that signals the start of the membership activities for 2014-15 got off to a raucous start. Former City Prosecutor Marty Conboy dusted off his drums, pulled together his rock ‘n roll band, The Clockstoppers, and provided the entertainment for the 44th annual event, hosted by First National Wealth Management at their West Dodge location. Although the rain cleared up for the event, it was raining when the band arrived so they set up inside. The sea of several hundred lawyers, judges and law students crowded into the dining area and made the best of it, never missing a beat. It’s especially fun to see three generations of lawyers getting together in a purely social setting, renewing acquaintances and making new ones. Tom Gaughen of First National and Doug Law, OBA’s new president, made sure everything ran smoothly and by 9 p.m., the congenial crowd had filtered out as a gentle rain started up again. For more photos, click here
Schemmer Welcomes Karl Person
As Healthcare Market Leader
The Schemmer Associates Inc. (Schemmer) recently announced that Karl Person, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the firm as a senior healthcare architect. Person will lead Schemmer’s healthcare market out of the Omaha office.
Person has 25 years of experience in healthcare planning, design and project management. His experience ranges from small medical clinics to large, state-of-the-art hospitals, where he served as client contact, designer and project manager. At Schemmer, he will focus on successfully guiding clients through the process of planning, designing and constructing healthcare facilities to help organizations achieve their goals.
Person has a bachelor of architecture degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
For more information regarding The Schemmer Associates, please visit their website at www.schemmer.com.


Litigation law firm has an immediate opportunity available for a Receptionist.  Candidate must be detail oriented, possess the ability to multi-task and have a professional demeanor.  Responsibilities include answering phones, scheduling appointments, maintaining files, greeting and corresponding with clients and organizing and distributing firm mail.  Prior office experience preferred.  Please send cover letter and resume to Jessica Pacas at McGoughLaw P.C., L.L.O. via e-mail to jpacas@mcgoughlaw.com.
9-26 to 10-3

– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
From left to right are NePA’s new officers:
President-Elect  Laurie Vik, ACP; Secretary Caryn Redding, CP; Vice President Sandi Armstrong, CP; Past President Teresa Barnes, ACP; Parliamentarian Anna Palmer, ACP; District 1 Director Teri Gibbons; NALA Liaison Amber Roberts, ACP; Treasurer Bridget Stuhr, CP; President  Mindy Ware, ACP; Website Administrator Nicole Day, CP; District 2 Director Barb Levos; and Publications Editor Kimberly Brown, ACP.

Douglas County District Court Judge Thomas Otepka gives a keynote address full of advice not only for paralegals  but for their bosses, the lawyers.

Katie Burley Wibbels (center) is presented with a scholarship to pursue her CP designation by Past President Teresa Barnes, ACP, (left) and Alison Barthel-Jacobson. NePA’s CP/ACP Scholarship Committee Chair.

Nebraska Paralegal Assn. Seminar
Brings Members Up to Date on Legal Issues

The Nebraska Paralegal Association (NePA) held their annual meeting and fall seminar Sept. 18 and 19 at UNO’s Thompson Alumni Center in Omaha.
Thursday’s meeting kicked off with a recognition breakfast honoring NePA service award winners, National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) award winners, and this year’s scholarship winner, Katie Burely Wibbels. Also honored were those who achieved CP and ACP credentials: Certified Paralegals Kathryn Bass, Shannah Portwood and Amy Vifquain; and Advanced Certified Paralegals Jean Herman-Fehr, Amber Roberts and Mieko Young.
The keynote speaker was the Hon. Thomas A. Otepka of the Douglas County District Court.

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Nebraska Supreme Court Names Moore
As Chief Judge for the Court of Appeals
Judge Frankie J. Moore of North Platte has been appointed Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the court’s term which began in September 2014.
It is the duty of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals to regulate the caseload of the court in conjunction with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  The two appellate-level court leaders regularly inform each other of the number and nature of cases in their respective courts and move cases between the two for efficient resolution.  The Chief Judge has additional responsibility for administrative functions of the Court of Appeals and sets the schedule for arguments at sites throughout the state when not hearing cases in the State Capitol.  
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and the trust that my colleagues have placed in me,” said Moore.  “I will endeavor to continue promoting our court’s goals of resolving appeals in a timely fashion, giving guidance for the future, and being efficient with citizens’ resources.”

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For more information regarding the Nebraska Court of Appeals, please go to: supremecourt.ne.gov.

Locher Pavelka Welcomes New Attorney
The law firm of Locher Pavelka Dostal Braddy and Hammes, L.L.C. recently announced that Ken Smith has joined the firm.  Smith is a 2010 graduate of Creighton University where he received his bachelor of arts degree in political science and is a 2014 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law.  Before graduating law school, Smith worked as a law clerk for the Sarpy County Attorney’s office.  Smith’s practice will focus primarily on civil trial work and appeals. 
For more information regarding Locher Pavelka Dostal Braddy and Hammes, L.L.C., please visit their website at www.lpdbhlaw.com.

Randy Thelen says Omaha is “big enough to matter” and “small enough to get things done.”

Thelen Leading Omaha Chamber’s
Economic Development Efforts

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

The challenge and the opportunity came together during the cold of a Midwestern winter.  
Now, Randy Thelen, a veteran entrepreneur and developer of a multitude of economic projects has been on the job in Omaha for about half a year. In his role as senior vice president of economic development, he leads the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership (GOEDP), which is the Chamber’s one-stop center for economic development in a six-county region of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

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– Photo by Lorraine Boyd
One-on-One With the Chief Justice
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts took a novel approach to his keynote address at the Roman L. Hruska Institute for the Administration of Justice at the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln Friday. He participated in a public conversation with William Jay Riley, Chief Judge of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who asked pre-screened questions, some from area high school students who were watching on University television.
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After almost five decades, Donna Hubbard can still “turn on the jets” to get the job done.

The 'Epitome of a Legal Assistant'
Hubbard Sets Lifetime Standard of Excellence

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Legal Assistant Donna Hubbard has been planning to retire for more than a decade.
The trouble is, people really want her to keep working and she really loves what she does, so …
Here she is today, September 19th, celebrating her 77th birthday at a surprise party at the Law Offices of Jeffrey L Stoehr, where she still puts in 20 hours or more a week.

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Nicole “Nickie” Hanson has logged more miles than most young attorneys during her time at Fraser Stryker, and she’s not complaining!

Young Attorney Embraces Challenges

By Elizabeth Elliott
The Daily Record

Nicole Hanson’s law experience took her from Omaha to South Africa and back again. She is an associate attorney with Fraser Stryker.
“While I’ve been invol
ved in a lot of interesting transactions, the most notable one required me to uproot my life. I was originally asked to go to South Africa for a quick trip to assist a client in selling off a subsidiary,” she said. “I ended up travelling to South Africa throughout 2013 over the course of four extended trips. As a young associate, getting the chance to be deeply ingrained in an onsite project halfway around the world was extremely rewarding and eye opening.”
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Ben Gray Offers Words of Encouragement
One of the lesser known of the special courts of Douglas County is one that provides a sentencing alternative for youthful offenders who are charged with a felony: Young Adult Court. The Hon. W. Mark Ashford presides over the program staffed by Nebraska State Probation Officer/Young Adult Court Coordinator Bob Blanchard, Probation Officer Nick Lurz, Douglas County Attorney Katie Benson and the Douglas County Corrections Re-entry Assistance Program staff.
On Monday, Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray addressed the packed courtroom of Judge Ashford as two participants “graduated” and many others had their felonies reduced to misdemeanors and were placed on probation, the final step in the program. He emphasized the importance of taking control of their own lives, the one thing they could change, especially with the help this program offers.
Two young men, Anthony and John, had successfully completed all three phases of the rigorous program and were released from probation. From felony drug possession to assault charges, they turned their lives around and are well on their way to being contributing members of society.


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