OBA Fall Kickoff to Bring Area Lawyers Together


The Omaha Bar Association held its 2019 Fall Kickoff in conjunction with First National Bank of Omaha at 14010 FNK Parkway on Sept. 5, 2019. (Scott Stewart/Daily Record)
By 
David Golbitz
The Daily Record

After an unplanned hiatus in 2020, the Omaha Bar Association’s Fall Kickoff is back in 2021 on a new date and at a new location.

This year’s Fall Kickoff will take place on Thursday, Sept. 16, at the historic Field Club of Omaha at 3615 Woolworth Ave.

The members-only barbecue begins at 4:30 p.m. with appetizers, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a hosted bar.

OBA President Judge Stephanie Hansen is looking forward to kicking off the 2021-22 OBA year in person after being unable to socialize much over the past 18 months.

“None of us could have imagined that our personal and professional lives would be so dramatically different in 2020 and that words like ‘pandemic,’ ‘quarantine,’ ‘social distancing’ and ‘Zoom meeting’ would dominate our sentences,” Hansen wrote in an email to The Daily Record.

The Fall Kickoff BBQ has symbolically signaled the start of the judicial calendar over the past five decades and has long been a favorite of association members.

“Hundreds of attorneys and judges each year have broken bread, raised a glass and caught up with their brethren each Fall,” Executive Director Dave Sommers told OBA members in an announcement about the event.

For Sommers, the Fall Kickoff continues to be a special occasion.

“The Kickoff was my first OBA event when I was new to town 12 years ago and didn’t know anybody, and a couple people I met that evening are now my close friends,” Sommers said. “So I’m a big fan of the event for those who are looking to meet new people in the profession.”

The cost to attend the event is $20 for current OBA members. To register, visit omahabarassociation.com. Payment is accepted online, by check or at the door.

Attendees are welcome to wear a mask at the Fall Kickoff, but masks will not be required.

“While we continue to be cautious in this time, it is refreshing to have the ability to gather in person and share in the camaraderie of the OBA,” Hansen wrote. “Successful lawyers build relationships with other lawyers and judges. The OBA is pleased to bring together the members of the bar to celebrate the promise of a new year with old friends and new.”

The OBA encourages those uncomfortable about being in proximity with others and those who are unvaccinated to not attend. Refunds for cancelations will be offered up until the day of the event.

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