TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015
 

 
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Legal Trivia No Match for These Winners
By a wide margin, the “Super Law” team bested the competition at the latest Omaha Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Pub Quiz last Tuesday evening. From left, team members are: Hannah Wooldridge of Slowiaczek|Albers|Astley; Sarah Hart, law clerk at Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic; T.W. Huntington, estate planning attorney at Security National Bank; and Andrew Cumbee of Securities America Inc. The YLD is devoted to providing specific offerings to young lawyers, with the support of the entire membership of OBA. For more information regarding the group, please go to: www.Omahabarassociation.com.
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Gala Send Off for CU Law School Dean
Dean Marianne Culhane retires after 38 years at Creighton University School of Law on June 1, sobthe university threw her going away party on May 15. The commons area of the law school was crowded with a steady flow of well-wishers for nearly 3 hours. CU Provost Ed O’Connor announced the naming of the Dean Marianne B. Culhane, J.D. Legal Writing Center. Then, Associate Dean Eric Pearson and fellow professors Mike Fenner and Craig Dallon unveiled the gift of a framed, limited edition print of “Settling In – Blue Jay” by acclaimed nature photographer Tom Mangelsen. The blue jay is, of course, the mascot of Creighton. Culhane has served as dean for the past five years, as well as interim dean for a year. She steered Creighton through difficult times and the robust health of the school is the result.

RosAnna Salcido leads a “small but mighty” staff of 15 at Omaha’s only Spanish-speaking radio station, Radio Lobo.                                                            – Photo courtesy of JordanGreen.com
Voice of the Latino Community
Radio Lobo Honored as Chamber’s
May Small Business of the Month

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

It is a small business with a big reach, a lifeline for the region’s more than 120,000 Spanish-speaking Latinos to music and local news, sports and weather – all en Español.
“On a daily basis, we are invited into the lives of our audience to make a difference through a song or a message that has a profound impact. We take it seriously and know that our community counts on us as a part of their lives in many ways,” said RosAnna Salcido, general manager of Radio Lobo 97.7 FM – KBBX, the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Small Business of the Month for May.

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Stephen Sieberson, J. Scott Paul and Doug Law participated in another successful Omaha Bar Association/Creighton University School of Law Ethics Seminar April 10, with attendance at nearly 450.
9th Annual Ethics Seminar Attracts 450
Presenters J. Scott Paul, Stephen Sieberson of Creighton School of Law and Doug Richmond of Aon Risk Solutions brought unique perspectives to the question of ethics at the joint OBA/CU Ethics and Professionalism Seminar held annually at Creighton. Sieberson, who took a two-year sabbatical to climb “the mountains of the world,” turning his experiences into the book called The Naked Mountaineer – Taking Professionalism to New Heights. He offered “mountaineering lessons for the practice of law.”
Richmond’s talk, “Of Crooks and Conflicts,” offered his dealings with clients to make his points (“You can believe your client up until you can’t. … Be sensitive to ‘pink flags.’”) His enthusiastic presentation was laced with real world examples and a big dose of humor, along with some valuable insights.
Paul gave his annual update on relevant Midwest cases, with his characteristic understated humor. The seminar was a painless (and for OBA members, free) way to earn 2 CLE ethics credits.

 

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From left to right: Paul Nelson of PEN Architect LLC, Susan Ann Koenig, Angela Dunne and Aaron Bartek of Traco, Inc.
Koenig|Dunne Divorce Law
Breaks Ground on Expansion Project

Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law has begun the work on the their expansion project on South 13th Street, paving the way to more than double their size and make a greaer investment in the development of the area. The firm celebrated the start of the expansion project April 30.
In May 2000, Susan Ann Koenig, of counsel with the firm, purchased 1266 S. 13th Street, which was then the “Why Not” shop. Holding a greater vision for what the space could be, the building renovation included keeping many historic elements.
Fifteen years to the month of the firm’s purchase of the building at 1266, demolition has begun on the two-story building immediately north of the firm’s existing offices.
Aaron Bartek of Traco, Inc., who performed the renovation on the firm’s existing office, will oversee the project. Paul Nelson of PEN Architect LLC will serve as architect.
Angela Dunne, managing partner at Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law says, “We are thrilled at the opportunity to expand our physical space to pave the way for the growth of our team. We are pleased to have the privilege of contributing to the preservation and improvement of our historic neighborhood.”
For more information regarding Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law,  please visit their website at www.nebraskadivorce.com.

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Justice, Integrity, Service
By Mark Martinez
United States Marshal Service
District of Nebraska

Editor’s Note: Observing Memorial Day in Omaha held a special and painful significance this year. Days after Omaha acknowledged the sacrifices of local law enforcement, and only days before our nation’s Memorial Day observance, our city endured the heartbreaking loss of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty, another Omaha Police Department member slain by gunfire at the hands of a criminal. Officer Kerrie Orozco was killed while serving a federal arrest warrant on May 20, the first female Omaha police officer in our history to die in the line of duty.

Below is an essay written by U.S. Marshal Mark Martinez, originally published in The Daily Record on April 30, 2015, as a special contribution to our Law Day edition.  The message resonates today with a new urgency: Who will protect those who protect us?  Please keep Officer Orozco, and all officers serving us, in your thoughts and prayers, today and every day.

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In part, the oath for an Omaha Police Officer reads, “I, do solemnly swear (affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Nebraska, against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; … and that I will faithfully and impartially perform the duties of POLICE OFFICER-CITY OF OMAHA …”
Similarly, also in part, the oath for a Deputy United States Marshal and the United States Marshal reads, “I, [name of person taking the oath], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully support the Constitution of the United States and will enforce the laws there under, … So help me God.”
I suspect regardless of what law enforcement level or jurisdiction one is referring to, the oath of office will contain some reference to supporting the Constitution of the United States and impartially performing the duties of a law enforcement officer. However, performing such duties, in conjunction with supporting the Constitution of the United States, comes with a price.  While it is a very gratifying profession, it is also an extremely tough profession.
When I was a rookie police officer with the Omaha Police Department in 1984, I vividly remember answering radio calls for service to homes where children were present and in situations that presented them with little to no future opportunity for success.  I recall the aching heart, and the gut-wrenching and helpless feelings I had each and every time I walked away from this type of situation, like having to leave children in an unhealthy home environment (domestic disturbances, etc.) and being unable to rescue them.  I vowed at that time to do what I was able to do in terms of community volunteerism and other available avenues to help young people.  I am sure that other officers experienced this same helpless feeling in similar types of situations. This was only one personal example of the stress-inducing situations that law enforcement officers encounter everyday.
Dealing with the criminal element on a consistent and daily basis is another major stressor.  When I was a young officer, recovering a gun – whether it was on one’s person, hidden in a car or otherwise – was infrequent and, as such, very rewarding.  Times have changed, and law enforcement officers now tell me that encountering an armed individual(s) and/or recovering a gun is almost routine.  In the past five years alone, about 34% of the 731 officers killed in the line of duty, were killed by gunfire. Having attended several of these funerals myself, the experience of seeing the spouses and other family members – weeping and struggling, the small children innocently and unknowingly watching and listening to the bag-pipers play – is emotional to say the least.   
Among the many other on-duty job stressors include:
* Crime scene investigations, including homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, felony assaults, adult and child victim sexual assaults, suicides, as well as interviewing crime victims, especially child victims and consoling family members;
* Sustaining physical injuries, some serious and career-ending while attempting to arrest law violators and fugitives or being involved in motor vehicle accidents;
* Delivering death notifications and then witnessing the emotional family reaction; the screams and sobs, the buckling knees and collapses to the floor;
* Vehicle pursuits, foot chases, physically fighting suspects, gun drawn while clearing houses and businesses where a burglary suspect may be or searching for an armed suspects; and
* The psychological and emotional challenges an officer experiences after taking a person’s life.
Other law enforcement profession stressors that “go with the territory” include but are not limited to:
* Shift work, including the afternoon and midnight shifts.  This sacrifice means missing many of your children’s activities, holiday celebrations, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving, and other special events and celebrations.  This means the potential for health related problems because of sleep deprivation.
* Uprooting families to relocate to another city for a job re-assignment or job promotion (this occurs primarily at, but is not limited to, federal law enforcement agencies).
The Department of Justice, United States Marshals Service’s seal contains the words, “Justice, Integrity and Service.”  Law enforcement officers all over the country serve with these same words in mind while simultaneously supporting the Constitution of the United States.  Indeed it is a noble profession – perhaps the noblest – but it is also very, very difficult and complex.  Sacrifices are required and made, very unfortunately. However, for too many it is the ultimate sacrifice.
Reprinted with permission from U.S. Marshal Mark Martinez

Jodie McGill of McGill Law says successes far outweigh failures in collaborative divorce cases.
Attorney Jodie McGill:
A Firm Proponent of Collaborative Law
By Julien R. Fielding

The Daily Record
Divorce is rarely easy. Depending on the circumstances, the process can be lengthy and expensive; families can become damaged, leaving everyone unhappy with the result.
But there is a better way to get divorced, said Jodie McGill of McGill Law, and that way is through collaborative law.
An alternative to litigation, collaborative law started 25 years ago in Minnesota by a domestic relations attorney named Stuart Webb.
“It is such a good option and, over the years, it has evolved,” she said. “Today, there is a Collaborative Practice attorney in nearly every state, in every province in Canada and in 22 countries worldwide. In Nebraska, we utilize the collaborative process for all kinds of domestic relations cases. In other areas, they use the collaborative process for not just domestic cases, but also for all kinds of civil disputes.”
The process begins with both parties signing a participation agreement, which states that they are not going to litigate.
“Each person has his and her own attorney. They each have an attorney advising them on the law, so the client has full knowledge of how the law applies to their situation and the agreements that they are making,” McGill said. “This gives us an opportunity to sit down and discuss matters. Everything is transparent; no one is hiding anything or being unethical. If [in the end] they agree that the collaborative processes isn’t working – and they decide to proceed toward litigation – they must retain new attorneys.”

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To learn more about McGill’s efforts or about collaborative law, go to: www.collaborativepracticene.com.

Michaela Williams carries on a family tradition as co-owner of Care Consultants for the Aging.
Care Consultants
Taking Over Business at 28,
Williams Excels at Realizing Her Mother’s Dream

By Elizabeth Elliott
The Daily Record

Caring for the aging has been a lifelong journey for Michaela Williams.
Since 1991, she has been involved in Care Consultants for the Aging. It’s the company that her mother, Virginia Williams and Rose Ann Opperman founded in Omaha, after caring for their aging parents and noticing the difficulty in finding services for them.
The first thing they did was to create the ElderCare Resource Handbook, a listing service for seniors in the community, so others wouldn’t experience the frustrations they did. They update the handbook every two years, with 21 editions now having been published in the Omaha, Lincoln and Des Moines metro areas. The book contains five categories: Government, Financial and Legal, Medical Support, Home Health Care, Living Options and Senior Services.
“Experiencing my grandmother’s health care journey was a huge catalyst in their decision to start Care Consultants,” said Williams.
Care Consultants for the Aging (CCA) is a medical and non-medical home care registry, with offices in Omaha and Lincoln. The company screens and schedules caregivers who work directly for families. Services are available anywhere from 1 to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

OLL Makes Fashions Roar
– Photos by Lorraine Boyd
The joint was jumpin’! Another fashion show benefitting the Omaha Law League is in the books, and it was by all accounts a swell evening – and how!
Above, Julie Hefflinger accepts the first annual Hon. Colleen Buckley Service Award. Julie is the retired executive director of Partnership 4 Kids.
John F. Carroll and Jodie Haferbier McGill were co-chairs of the event. The event raised much-needed funds for the transportation of metro 4th graders to courthouse tours.
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Nebraska Banking Leaders To Tackle
Tax Issues of Farm Credit, Credit Unions

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

The Nebraska Bankers Association (NBA) got the best of both worlds when it installed its incoming chairman and chairman-elect yesterday, during its annual convention at the Embassy Suites in LaVista. The former, Mike Pate, president and CEO of United Republic Bank in Omaha, brings with him a big city perspective, while the latter, Jerry Catlett, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Bruning State Bank in Bruning, brings a smaller town, community bank view.

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Irina Fox set her sights on becoming a law professor and through hard work, long hours and a lot of determination, she realized her dream.                                       (Photo courtesy of Irina Fox)
Russian Linguist a Good Fit at CU Law
By Elizabeth Elliott
The Daily Record

As a 21-year-old Russian immigrant in the United States, Irina Fox faced many challenges.
Fox left her hometown of Nizhny Novgorod (formerly Gorky), Russia’s third largest city, in 1999, when it was in the throes of corruption and economic turmoil, and moved to the United States.
Fox said that as someone from another country, she has had to work extra hard to accomplish her goals.

 
From left: Samantha Taylor, Jennifer Freese and Erin Pagenkemper, all of Fidelity National, are ready to hit the links on May 29 for their annual fundraiser for Legal Aid of Nebraska.

Golf Tourney May 29
The Scramble Is On for Legal Aid Funds
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

Legal Aid of Nebraska is scrambling for funds – in a good way!
Nearly three years ago, Legal Aid was approached by the development council of Fidelity National Title Group about the possibility of sponsoring a golf scramble tournament to raise funds for the non-profit law firm, Katie Timperley Mock, Legal Aid’s director of development, said.
“That was the kind of phone call that development directors dream of,” Mock said. So of course, they said yes.
“The scramble started three years ago when our Omaha office was brainstorming how to use our charitable funds to make the biggest impact in the legal community,” Jennifer Freese, co-chair of the event, said.

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Susan Koenig is being recognized for her many contributions to the law and her community.
Chamber of Commerce Throws a Party
For Business Excellence Award Winners

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

What does it take to be singled out for “business excellence?”
According to the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, it is defined as “companies and individuals who dedicate themselves to excellence and help make Greater Omaha a more vibrant place to do business, work and live.”
Today, the Chamber will honor this year’s winners with a party from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Omaha – La Vista.
Among the 32 honorees is attorney Susan Ann Koenig.
Susan is no stranger to recognition, having received countless awards for her service to community and professional endeavors, but she explained that this award is different.
“To be awarded this as an individual – wow. I appreciate this award because it looks at all of the directions in my life where I’ve tried to make a contribution,” she said.

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State-of-the-art BRT vehicles are expected to transport 2,700 riders per day from Westroads to 10th Street along Dodge.
- Images from modeshiftomaha.org and absolutedsm.com
Transportation Transformation
‘Strong Transit Plus Development
Equals Community Success’

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

    “Omaha must be a community committed to promoting and maintaining a high quality of life for its people, and we need (public transportation) desperately or we will lose our talent,” said Derek Miller, AICP, transportation planner, City of Omaha.
“If we don’t change, we can’t be competitive. We have to change the minds in Omaha. I would like to see growth throughout all areas of the city, and public transit is the key in this.”
    The City has already developed a Master Plan, and conducted the Central Omaha Transit Alternatives Analysis (AA); a planning study that follows Federal Transit Administration guidelines to identify transit options that will provide a convenient, accessible and affordable transit system, which includes streetcars and bus rapid transit.

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Meetings & Seminars
for the legal community

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MAY 27
Ethics, NebDocs and Casemaker Refresher
Chadron State College Student Center Ballroom
1000 Main St, Chadron
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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MAY 28
Tri-City Family Law and Estate Planning
Younes Conference Center
416 W Talmadge Rd, Kearney
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 1
Omaha Bar Association Field Day
Champions Run Club
13800 Eagle Run Dr, Omaha
All Day
Social Hour 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.omahabarassociation.com

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JUNE 3
Webinar
Legal Issues Surrounding Drones and Big Data in Agriculture
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 5
Crimmigration Law for Nebraska Practitioners
Creighton University Harper Center, Room 3040
602 N 20 St, Omaha
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 9
How to Ethically, Professionally and Reliably
Grow Your Small Law Firm – Omaha
Scott Conference Center
6450 Pine St, Omaha
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 10
How to Ethically, Professionally and Reliably
Grow Your Small Law Firm – Kearney
Younes Conference Center
416 Talmadge St, Kearney
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 12
2015 NSBA Labor & Employment Law Advanced Practices Seminar
Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center
12520 Westport Pkwy, La Vista
9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 19
Government Practice Section Annual Seminar
UNL College of Law
1875 N 42 St, Lincoln
9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 22
12th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble
The Prairie Club
88897 NE-97, Valentine
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 23
Elder Law Section Seminar
Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
1800 N 33 St., Lincoln
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 23
Exploring Strategies in Addressing Elder Abuse & Financial Exploitation
Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
1800 N 33 St., Lincoln
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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JUNE 30
Telephone Seminar
Attorney Ethics & the Use of Credit Cards in Law Firms
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
For More Information: www.nebar.com
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