WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
 

 

Jane Schoenike Takemoto
She Led the State Bar With Passion

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
  Jane Schoenike, former executive director of the Nebraska State Bar Association, has died at the age of 64, of complications from Lupus.
    The Nebraska State Bar Association issued a statement to lawyers in Nebraska, and beyond, Tuesday regarding her untimely death:
   “It is with great sadness that we inform you that the former executive director of the NSBA, Jane Schoenike, passed away the evening of August 21 at her home in Elmwood, Neb.
    “During her 17 years as executive director, she had the opportunity to meet and work with attorneys across the state of Nebraska. Her legacy and service to the profession will live on.
    “Among other things, Jane strengthened the Association by establishing services like Casemaker, Fee Arbitration, the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program, the NSBA’s website, and the Volunteer Lawyers’ Project Self Help Centers across the state.
   “Jane’s family is in the process of planning a memorial service to be held in October. We will provide more details about the service when they become available.
   “One of Jane’s defining characteristics was her passion and commitment for ensuring equal access to the justice system. Her family has asked that any memorial donations made in her name, go to support the Volunteer Lawyers Project through the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation.”
   Jane Schoenike Takemoto grew up in Oconomowoc, Wis. She earned degrees from Macalester College and William Mitchell College of Law.
   Jane served as executive director of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association and then the Hennepin County Bar Association.
    Her obituary in the Lincoln Journal Star noted that, “She had a passion for fairness and equality in the law, and worked hard to encourage lawyers to give back through pro bono service.”
   She is survived by her husband, Jack Takemoto, her three children, Mike, Sam and Dan, and her sister and brother, Kay and Tom.
   Liz Neeley, who succeeded Jane in November 2013, upon her retirement, said, “Jane was a passionate advocate for the legal profession and the administration of justice. Her efforts not only supported Nebraska attorneys, but made access to the justice system a reality for literally thousands of Nebraskans.”
   Sam Clinch, Jane’s longtime associate executive director, said, “Although it is difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, Jane’s service to the NSBA will be felt forever. She was a wonderful mentor and I will miss her.”

Eynon-Kokrda Recognized in Best Lawyers® 

EEKLegal, LLC recently announced that Elizabeth Eynon-Kokrda has again been selected for inclusion in the BestLawyers inAmerica®, 2016 Edition, in the field of education law.  This marks the ninth consecutive edition that Eynon-Kokrda has been listed in the publication.  Inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® guide is based entirely on a confidential peer review, and is widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States.  It is comprised of the nation’s top attorneys in key practice areas.  

Eynon-Kokrda has also been selected as one of 2015’s Women Leaders in the Law by ALM and Fortune magazine.  

Eynon-Kokrda is a cum laude graduate of Creighton University, and is licensed to practice in Nebraska, Iowa and before the United States Supreme Court. Eynon-Kokrda focuses her practice on education issues & contracting, as well as providing corporate and labor advice to businesses, individuals, entrepreneurs and non-profits. EEKLegal, LLC is built on providing experienced, sensible and innovative support and advice, achieving the best results for each client.  

For more information regarding EEKLegal, LLC, please visit the firm’s website at: www.eeklegal.com. 

 
Menicucci Joins Union Pacific as Corporate Attorney
  John A. Menicucci,Jr. has taken a position as  a corporate attorney on the corporate and finance legal team at Union Pacific Corporation.  In his new position, Menicucci will work with the Union Pacific legal team in advising senior management and the board of directors of the company with respect to corporate governance, securities and finance, drawing upon his prior experience from Husch Blackwell LLP.  At Husch Blackwell, he spent nearly eight years working as a corporate and securities lawyer in their energy and natural resources strategic business unit, where he specialized in corporate governance, public and private securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate transactions.   
Menicucci is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned his juris doctorate degree at Creighton University School of Law, cum laude, where he has served as an adjunct professor teaching securities regulation. Last year, he was chosen one of the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans by the Omaha Jaycees through the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Omaha (Class 36).  
Before law school, Menicucci earned his green belt Six Sigma certification while a lean leader at General Electric Healthcare. He was also a unit leader with Nestle Waters North America. Additionally, Menicucci served as a tank platoon leader, mortar platoon leader and personnel company commander while he served as an officer in the U.S. Army.    
    Menicucci is a member of the Nebraska State, Iowa State and Omaha Bar Associations. On June 1, 2015, he became the youngest attorney in age and years or practice of known record to assume the presidency of the Omaha Bar Association.
  For more information regarding Union Pacific Railroad Corporation, please go to: www.up.com.

Koley Jessen Expands
Immigration and Healthcare Practices
Stephanie Grattan has joined Koley Jessen as an immigration and healthcare attorney. Grattan will work with clients on a broad range of immigration matters, including family- and employment- based visa petitions, adjustment of status (green card) applications, consular processing for immigrant visas, wavers of immigration violations, visas for victims of crimes, applications for asylum and other relief from harm, and naturalization and citizenship. 
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Dvorak & Donovan Welcomes Hiatt to Firm
   Dvorak & Donovan Law Group, LLC, which opened its west Omaha office in May 2015, recently announced that Mitchell D. Hiatt has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Dvorak & Donovan Law Group is dedicated to providing estate and business succession planning, real estate, banking, finance, business transactions and litigation services to the Omaha area and surrounding regions.
     Hiatt’s practice primarily focuses on tax, estate and business succession planning, in addition to other corporate  mergers and acquisitions. He earned a bachelor of science from University of Nebraska at Omaha, cum laude, and obtained his juris doctorate, cum laude, from Creighton University, where he also worked as a general staff member of the Creighton Law Review.
  For more information regarding Dvorak & Donovan Law Group, LLC, please go to: www.ddlawgroup.com.

Drouillard Law, LLC Moves Its Office to Wahoo
     Duke Drouillard of Drouillard Law, LLC recently announced that the firm’s downtown Omaha office, formerly located at 1603 Farnam Street, has relocated to Wahoo, Neb. The firm specializes in criminal defense, juvenile court, estate planning and probate law.
    Drouillard’s practice is now located at: 387 N. Chestnut St., Ste. 100, Wahoo, NE, 68066. The office’s telephone number is: (402) 443-8151, and the facsimile number is: (402) 443-4527.
For more information regarding Drouillard Law, LLC, please visit the firm’s website at: www.DrouillardLaw.com.

This portrait of Dave Nelson, founder and creative director of SecretPenguin, is as innovative as his team’s ideas for branding businesses.                                 
                                             – Photo by Andrew Marinkovich/Malone & Company

SecretPenguin
Skateboarder’s Talent, Put to Use
Branding, Gives His Company ‘Air’

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record
   There are few creatures more appealing than a penguin, and what is more fun than a secret?
   When you put them together, you get Omaha’s SecretPenguin, a firm that’s not much of a secret any longer, but is definitely fun.
The branding firm has emerged in the past year as one of the most dynamic in the region, with former professional skateboarder Dave Nelson leading the charge.
  Taking the creativity needed to be at the top of the skateboarding game, Nelson has developed a shop that never hesitates to experiment with ideas needed to brand companies in a way that will make them stand out in today’s crowded marketplace.
   It all began innocently enough as a little penguin character that Nelson would hide in his artwork.
   “When I started traveling more for skateboarding, I wanted a way to hide “it” wherever I went, so I had stickers made,” he recalled. “I’d pass them out on tour, and pretty soon I was getting e-mails from all over the world telling me where the stickers were stuck.
  “So, I bought [the website name] SecretPenguin.com to post the stickers’ whereabouts.”
   Nelson is the founder and creative director of SecretPenguin, a firm he has branded as “an experiential branding agency.”
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Fifteen years into his mediation career, Mike Mullin couldn’t be happier with his choice.
                                                                                               – Photo by Michael Tran

Mediator Mike Mullin
How Mediation Turned Litigator’s Life
And Career Upside Down (in a Good Way)

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

For attorney Mike Mullin, the scales of justice have tipped from him being a litigator to a mediator.
For those who don’t know, in the legal world, mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that resolves disputes involving two or more parties with concrete effects. Usually, that involves a neutral third party – the mediator – who helps such parties to reach a negotiated settlement.
According to his firm Kutak Rock’s website, a mediation facilitator is impartial, neutral and unbiased. The goal is for the mediator to help all participants in the legal action to communicate their positions clearly, and explore the options for reaching an agreement and putting that agreement in place, if possible.

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Andrew Boehm may not be following in Mrs. B’s footprints precisely, but he definitely channels her energy and drive.                                                        – Photo by Jordan Green
Chamber’s Small Business of the Month
Success Is in the DNA of Andrew Boehm,
Co-owner of Elevated SEO & Web Design

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

A proclivity for success is in Andrew Boehm’s DNA, a trait the small business owner inherited from his great-grandmother, Rose “Mrs. B” Blumkin.

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Legal Aid of Nebraska
Mumgaard Named New Executive Director
Legal Aid of Nebraska recently announced the hiring of Milo Mumgaard as its new executive director. Mumgaard is currently concluding service as legal counsel and senior policy aide to Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, a position he has held since 2009.
 Mumgaard brings an outstanding record of academic achievement, legal advocacy and leadership experience to Legal Aid of Nebraska. A Nebraska native, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mumgaard is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and served as the editor-in-chief of its Review of Law and Social Change.

 

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The law firm of Susan Koenig (left) and Angela Dunne has earned BBB’s Integrity Award.                                     
                                                                                    Photo: Courtesy of Koenig|Dunne

BBB’s 2015 Award Winners
Integrity Links These Winners,
All With Connections to Legal Profession

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

    Each year, the Better Business Bureau, serving Nebraska, South Dakota, the Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa, honors a handful of businesses for their “commitment to ethical marketplace practices.” In a word – Integrity.
    This year’s winners, announced Tuesday at the 2015 Integrity Awards Luncheon, linked a number of winners to the legal profession, directly and indirectly.
    Those winners included three diverse, but uncommonly related, firms:  Koenig|Dunne Divorce Law, Centris Federal Credit Union and Early Out Services.
    Nearly 1,000 were on hand to congratulate the honorees and to hear featured speaker Daymond John, founder of FUBU clothing and an investor on ABC’s Shark Tank. You can find a complete list of winners in this issue.
Three Uncommon Winners
    Integrity, sad to say, is not the first word that comes to mind when many people think of debt collecting, divorce lawyers or even the banking industry. That those fields represented some of the best in metro Omaha for their commitment to integrity, honesty and fair play makes the awards all the more impressive.
Koenig|Dunne
    Koenig|Dunne, led by Susan Koenig and Angela Dunne, has carved out a niche law firm concentrating on “doing divorce differently.” For their efforts, they hold the distinction of being the first law firm in Omaha to be awarded this distinction.
    Of the Integrity Award, Dunne said, “Everyone on the Koenig|Dunne team strives to live our values of excellence and support each day. We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to serving our clients and our community with integrity as we lead the change in the divorce experience.”
     The firm wrote that “this award is not in recognition of a company’s growth, profitability or popularity, but rather the acknowledgement of ethical business practices.”
    For more than 30 years Koenig|Dunne Divorce Law has served the Omaha community. They stated on their website, “We understand that divorce is complex and it is our goal to lead the change in the experience of divorce. By zealously advocating for our clients while providing them with a supportive environment, we show that divorce can be done differently. The firm’s reputation for integrity and excellent legal advocacy comes from our long tradition of this service.”
Gov. Ricketts Appoints
Judge Stephanie Stacy to Supreme Court

Lincoln – Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced the appointment of Judge Stephanie F. Stacy to the Nebraska Supreme Court, First Judicial District, on August 14. Judge Stacy currently serves as a District Court Judge in Lancaster County.
“Judge Stacy’s judicial and legal experience have served the State of Nebraska well,” said Ricketts. “Her expertise and judicial temperament will continue to be an asset to the people of Nebraska and now also to our state’s Supreme Court.”
Prior to her service to the District Court, Judge Stacy was a partner at Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt, LLP and adjunct faculty teaching trial advocacy and pretrial litigation at the University of Nebraska College of Law.

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U.S. Attorney In Nebraska
Reviewing Execution Drug Allegations

By Grant Schulte

Lincoln (AP) – The U.S. attorney’s office in Nebraska is reviewing allegations by a civil liberties group that state officials are trying to violate federal law through their attempts to import lethal injection drugs.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska obtained emails and other documents through a public records request and sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg arguing that state officials are actively pursuing the drugs despite warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that they can’t be legally imported. Amy Miller, the group’s legal director, pointed to a 2012 incident where execution drugs had to be seized because they were shipped to the state illegally from India.

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Meetings & Seminars
for the legal community

SEPTEMBER 4
The Incredible Secret That Every Juror Needs to Know
About the American Trial Process
UNL College of Law
1875 N 42 St, Lincoln
Time 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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SEPTEMBER 9
Something to Hide: New Technology and the Future of Privacy
UNL College of Law
1875 N 42 St, Lincoln
Time 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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SEPTEMBER 10
45th Annual Fall Kickoff BBQ
First National Bank
14010 FNB Pkwy, Omaha
Time 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com
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SEPTEMBER 11
2015 Real Estate Institute
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine St, Omaha
8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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SEPTEMBER 15
Legal Issues in State v. Nokes: Why Was the Hot Seat Cold?
UNL College of Law
Hruska Law Center, 1st Floor Conference Room
635 S 14 St, Lincoln
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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SEPTEMBER 17 – 18
Nebraska Paralegal Association (NePA)
2015 Annual Membership Meeting
W.H. Thompson Alumni Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha
6705 Dodge St, Omaha
7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (both days)
For More Information: www.nebraskaparalegal.org
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SEPTEMBER 18
Making a Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear:
Using Individual Client Characteristics to Your Advantage
Metropolitan Community College
South Omaha Campus Industrial Training Center, Room 120
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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SEPTEMBER 23
Trademark Basics:
What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later
UNL College of Law
1875 N 42 St, Lincoln
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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