THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
 

 
       Johnathan Farrell is excited to receive his button declaring he was “adopted today” from Judge Elizabeth Crnkovich, as his parents Mike Farrell and Susan Reff, and big sister Casey cheer him on. Johnathan was also happy to share his freshly painted alien face with all. Click here for more photos.
Families Grow By Leaps and Bounds
At 15th Annual National Adoption Day

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

On this Thanksgiving Day we voice our gratitude for our many blessings, not the least of which are our families.
But right now, there are nearly 300 children in Nebraska alone who have no real family to call their own. They are waiting to be adopted by loving parents so they too can be thankful for family. Adoptions are indeed something to celebrate.
Adoptions played out in cities across Nebraska (and across the nation) as more than 100 children found forever homes in 10 communities last Saturday. Lincoln celebrated on November 15 and Scottsbluff and North Platte will hold their Adoption Day on December 6.
National Adoption Day has been a very special day for families in Omaha/Douglas County for 15 years. Last Saturday’s observance was no exception, as 54 children found their forever homes.
The Grahams
Case in point: Lori and Garland “Pete” Graham. Today they are the proud parents of 16 children, including a one-year-old set of twin boys added to the family Saturday. They began fostering Tristan and Isik (now Isaac) when they were three days old, so Lori and Pete are the only parents they’ve ever known.
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Meaningful and Impactful
Pro Bono Lawyers:
Making a Powerful Difference

By Andy Roberts
The Daily Record

They do it for free.
Well, not all the time, but in times of need, they come through for those most in need.
For Legal Aid of Nebraska, such work is vital, as Legal Aid helps those among us who need legal help but have no where else to turn.
Attorney Matthew Dunning, who served as president of the nonprofit’s board of directors for five years and still sits on the board, put it this way:
“The value of pro bono services to the population served by Legal Aid cannot be overestimated.  In too many cases we are simply unable to provide extended representation, and the private bar is integral to filling that gap,” Dunning said. “Fortunately, there are many lawyers who take seriously their duties to provide free legal services; they consistently provide clients with excellent and professional representation.” 

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Pictured from left to right: Mary Anderson, Director of Development and Administrative Services of Holy Name Housing Corporation, Commissioner Mike Boyle and Gwen Murrell, Housing Supportive Service Director, Holy Name Housing Corporation.
 
Commissioner Boyle enjoys the moment with fellow Founder’s Award honoree Sister Marilyn Ross, Executive Director, Holy Name Housing Corporation.
Boyle Among Those Honored
With Founder’s Award by Omaha 100

Douglas County Commissioner Mike Boyle was among those recently honored as Omaha 100 celebrated  reaching 1,000 mortgages during an event at Family Housing Advisory Services, 24th and Lake Streets. Commissioner Boyle, along with Sister Marilyn Ross and Tom Pogge, received the Founder’s Award for their contributions to establishing this life-changing program.  Omaha 100, which was incorporated in 1990 by Holy Name Housing, along with Family Housing Advisory Services also recognized the 1,000th and 999th homeowners from the metropolitan Omaha and Council Bluffs areas.
 For more information regarding Omaha 100, Inc., please visit the organization’s website at www.Omaha100.org.











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As featured speaker of the Christian Legal Society’s session at the Nebraska State Bar Association’s annual meeting, UNL Law Professor Richard Duncan looked to the past to examine Roe v. Wade.
NSBA Annual Meeting Session
Christian Legal Society’s Featured Speaker
Discusses ‘Masks of Law’

By John Benson, Legal Writer
The Daily Record

From Montesquieu to the Hunger Games, Christian Legal Society featured speaker Profes-sor Richard Duncan’s spirited and thought provoking “Masks of the Law” presentation at the 2014 Nebraska State Bar Association Annual Meeting in October discussed the creation of legal masks and their impact on important legal decisions and policies affecting groups treated harshly by the law, focusing specifically on Roe v. Wade and the murder conviction of Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

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Attorney Margaret Badura helps clients assemble a personal plan for growing old
with peace of mind.

Elder Law and Estate Planning
Go Hand-in-Hand for Attorney Badura

By Elizabeth Elliott
The Daily Record

From planning to probate, Margaret Badura has been there to help when decisions need to be made about long-term care and estate planning. Her interest in estate planning and elder law was piqued when she served on the board of directors for the Lincoln, Neb., YWCA.

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The Nebraska State Bar Association
Introduces Child Support Calculator

The Nebraska State Bar Association is pleased to announce that it has contracted with Advanced Legal Software to provide, as an exclusive membership benefit, access to its online Nebraska Child Support Calculator to all full dues-paying members of the NSBA.
Adam Astley developed the Nebraska Child Support Calculator in 2009, and since that time the product has quickly grown to become the premiere child support application used by Nebraska attorneys and judges.  It contains dozens of unique features to help practitioners save time and reach more accurate results, in an easy-to-use package.  
Prior to becoming an exclusive member benefit of the NSBA, the Child Support Calculator was sold to attorneys on an annual basis for $109.  Access to the program now comes free to all dues-paying members of the Association.
Amie Martinez, President of the NSBA explained, “One of the goals of the NSBA is to provide members with access to high quality products and services that support their practice. With more than 25,000 domestic relations cases filed in Nebraska courts each year, the Child Support Calculator is a valuable tool for a large percentage of our membership.”
In recognition of its commitment to serving the public and ensuring equal access to the justice system, the Nebraska State Bar Association will make access to the Child Support Calculator available to pro se litigants for free, through a 5 day, one time use subscription. Access for pro se litigants will be made available through the Judicial Branch’s online Self-Help Center.

Parsonage Vandenack Williams Adds Effken to Firm
Parsonage Vandenack Williams LLC recently added Matthew J. Effken as an attorney for the firm.
Effken has represented state agencies, small businesses and financial institutions in connection with complex transactions, regulatory matters and compliance. He has been a partner in a national law firm, chief compliance officer for a life insurance company and in-house counsel to state agencies, most recently serving as agency counsel to the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement Systems.
Effken received his juris doctorate, summa cum laude, from the Creighton University School of Law in 1991, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Creighton Law Review.
For more information regarding Parsonage Vandenack Williams, please go to the firm’s website at www.pvwlaw.com.


         






               
               



                  Jo Wandel                               Carol Cleaver

Metropolitan Community College
Online Certificate Program in Immigration
Law, Policy and Procedure Being Developed

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

Undeniably, immigration is an important contemporary issue in the United States, and Metropolitan Community College is developing an online Laws, Policies and Procedures Certificate that will prepare students to better understand the legal and ethical issues involved with it.
Carol Cleaver, MCC paralegal business law instructor, explained why a certificate of this type was deemed important: “The increasing immigrant and refugee populations require individuals in many professions to be familiar with laws governing immigrants in the United States. A wide range of professionals who work in the area of immigration will benefit from the program, including lawyers, paralegals, non-profit organizations, government agencies and academic and business professionals. There are only a few online courses available in immigration law, policy and procedure. This program offers a unique opportunity for persons who lack the education or training needed to pursue career opportunities or to enhance professional skills in professions that serve immigration populations.”
Jo Wandel, legal assistant instructor at MCC, explained further: “A vital component of our ongoing program assessment is to question our local attorneys as to what they need as further education for their paralegals. Other than the core subjects taught in our curriculum, the attorneys continue to express a need for courses in technology and immigration. In response, an immigration course was offered for our paralegal students. We then heard that employees or even the employers also needed a technology and immigration course. Individual technology courses have been consistently offered at MCC, but our immigration course is only for our paralegal students enrolled in our Paralegal Program; not open to others outside the program.  We recognized the need and that led to the proposed development of the career certificate program.”

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McGrath North law firm Partner Michaela Smith and President Roger Wells (far right) welcomed their seminar’s two speakers, UNL College of Law Assistant Dean Richard Moberly and Harry Markopolos, author of No One Would Listen.

If It Looks Too Good to Be True…
McGrath North law firm’s annual speaker series – “When No One Listens: Developing and Acting Upon Healthy Professional Skepticism” – an approved CLE ethics event, featured two experts on fraud prevention and whistle blowing. Harry Markopolos, a former securities executive competing against Bernie Madoff, discovered as early as 1999 that Madoff’s performance was a scam. “His numbers were too good to be true. His numbers went up and never went down. … I knew in an hour that he was a fraud. It took me another three or four hours to prove it.” He said that Madoff’s clients trusted him because he was “so wealthy he didn’t need to steal.” Despite going to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2000 and again in 2001 and 2005 (three times), and yet again in 2007 and 2008, with evidence of Madoff’s fraud, the SEC sent him away. “It was too big for the SEC. They are graded on opening and closing cases, so they wanted small cases they could close.” Why did Markopolos persist? “Because, as they say in the Army, I was too dumb to quit.” Madoff’s Ponzi scheme wasn’t uncovered until his own sons went to the FBI in 2008. The take away for Markopolos, now an independent forensic accounting and financial fraud investigator: “don’t allow others to do your due diligence. People spend more time on the Internet looking for car deals than they do their investments.”
“Bernie was the real Wolf of Wall Street.”


Panel of Young Litigators Highlights
OBA’s 2014 NSBA Annual Meeting Offering

By John Benson
Legal Writer
The Daily Record

To many attorneys, young and old, the prospect of litigation can be a daunting one.  Catering specifically to new attorneys and non-litigators, the Omaha Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) opted this year to provide attendees at the NSBA Annual Meeting with a brief but nuanced look at the oft-intimidating litigation process with its “Litigation Essentials: Step by Step” panel. 

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Dunne Receives AV Preeminent Rating
Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law recently announced that Angela Dunne has received an AV Preeminent rating through the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, which are an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability. Legal ability ratings are based on performance in legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience. AV preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
Dunne was also named one of Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2014. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Nebraska are selected as Rising Stars.
For more information regarding Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law, please go to the firm’s website at www.nebraskadivorce.com.

Fitzgerald Schorr Welcomes Kapsimallis to Firm

Fitzgerald Schorr recently welcomed Ryan Kapsimallis to the firm. Kapsimallis is a 2014 graduate of the University of Nebraska Law School, with distinction, and graduated from California State University, Fresno, with a B.S. degree in business administration.  
Before entering law school, Kapsimallis obtained his California CPA license and then worked for the Internal Revenue Service for over three years. Kapsimallis practices in the areas of business planning, government regulation, tax and employee benefits.
For more information regarding Fitzgerald Schorr, please go to the firm’s website at www.fitzlaw.com.


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One Source
Continued Growth Ahead for Chamber’s
Small Business of the Month Winner

By Dan McCann
The Daily Record

A company that is focused on peoples’ pasts is poised for a future of more steady growth.
“We’re expanding our space in our building,” said Nick Jasa, CEO of One Source. “We’re setting up new desks for new faces.”

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Cortney Sells is aptly named for her business of helping people sell their businesses.
The Firm Brokers the Sale of Businesses,
Growing Every Year Since Its 2012 Start

By Julien R. Fielding
The Daily Record

If you want to buy property, you go to a real estate agent. But what do you do if you have a business to sell? Or if you want to buy a company?
You seek out a business brokerage; one such as The Firm, an Omaha-based, rapidly growing brokerage founded by Cortney Sells.
Sells, who is a former model, got the idea to open The Firm several years ago. “I had a talent agency (AGENCY 89), and I did ad campaigns/marketing strategy for a gym. The owner called me and said ‘we don’t need your agency anymore, because I’m retiring,’” she said.

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Constitutional Scholar Chemerinsky
Makes a Case Against Supreme Court

By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

This year’s theme for the Nebraska State Bar Association’s annual meeting was “Our Constitution: Roots of Liberty.” So, it was only fitting that the keynote speaker was Erwin Chemerinsky, founding Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law and a preeminent constitutional law scholar.
He addressed a packed ballroom just days after the release of his latest book, The Case Against t
he Supreme Court.
Holding hundreds of lawyers spellbound for
well over an hour, he systematically analyzed the decade of Chief Justice John Roberts’ Court, as well as the entire history of the high court.
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Erin McCartney visits  with colleague Wesley Bain, who was hired at Turco Law about the same time she joined the firm.
Erin McCartney
Bankruptcy Law Practice Is ‘A Good Fit’

By Dennis Friend
The Daily Record

Erin McCartney knew when she was growing up in central Illinois in a town named Pekin, near Peoria, that she wanted to help people.
She just wasn’t sure she wanted to be a lawyer.

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