College of Law News Archive

Mock Trial

Criminal Clinic Partners with Forensics Program on mock crime scene, court case

A semester-long investigation of a staged crime scene culminated this week with testimony in a mock court case.The case is a collaboration between students in the UNL forensics program and the College of Law criminal clinic. Professors Larry Barksdale, Ashley Hall and Steve Schmidt lead the project, which allows forensic students to collect and analyze evidence from the mock crime scene, while College of Law students conduct direct and cross examinations of witnesses in the fictional case of State of Nebraska vs. Rodney Cliffe. Read More.

Terri Minatra

Former General Counsel for NPR Addresses Graduates

Terri Minatra, former general counsel for NPR, was the keynote speaker at the College of Law’s commencement exercises on May 10th. As general counsel, Minatra managed and directed all legal services for NPR, working with the various business units to achieve corporate strategy while protecting the interests of the organization.

Sarah Safarik

Safarik To Argue Before Nebraska Supreme Court

3L Sarah Safarik will argue a case, State v. Mamer, before the Nebraska Supreme Court on April 30. Safarik is a student in the College’s Civil Clinic and has this opportunity as a result of her time there. Civil Clinic students represent clients under the supervision of Professors Kevin Ruser and Ryan Sullivan.


Schmidt to Give Final S.T.I.R. Talk of 2013-14

Professor Steve Schmidt will give the final S.T.I.R. talk of the semester on Thursday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m. Schmidt’s talk is entitled, “Why Mexico Matters.” Refreshments and conversation will begin prior to the lecture beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge.

Katie Joseph and Rick Tast

Joseph, Tast Place 2nd in International Client Counseling Competition

2Ls Katie Joseph and Rick Tast represented the United States at the Brown Mosten International Client Consultation Competition held April 9-12 in Puerto Rico. Coached by Professor Alan Frank and Professor Craig Lawson,the team placed second in the competition. “We are so proud of Rick and Katie,” said Dean Susan Poser. “They represented the College and the nation incredibly well.”

Puppy at Mental Health Week

SBA Hosts Mental Health Week

The Student Bar Association is hosting events to recognize Mental Health Week, March 31-April 5, 2014. Events include an ice cream social, massage therapy sessions, and yoga. The week culminates on April 5th at SALDF’s Second Annual Laws 4 Paws 5k run/walk. Details for all of this week’s event can be found in the Sounding Block.

Kelsey Kallhoff and Sarah Hindman

Kallhoff & Hindman Win Moot Court Competition

Congratulations to Kelsey Kallhoff and Sarah Hindman for winning the 68th Annual Thomas Stinson Allen Moot Court Competition! Nathan Clark and Titus Hattan won the Kenneth L. Noha award for the best brief in the competition. Nathan Clark won the Roscoe Pound award for best oral advocacy.

Rick Tast and Katie Joseph

Joseph & Tast Win Client Counseling Competition

2L students Rick Tast and Katie Joseph won the 41st American Bar Association’s National Client Counseling Competition which was held at the University of Oklahoma College of Law on March 21-22. Their victory is the College of Law’s third national championship in the last six years; and the College’s fourth national championship since it began competing in the competition in 1974. Tast and Joseph were coached by professors Alan Frank and Craig Lawson. They will represent the United States on April 9-12 in the Brown Mosten International Client Consultation Competition which will take place April 9-12 in Puerto Rico.

Michael Boal and Jordan Talsma

New Student Bar Association Officers Announced

The Student Bar Association elected the new officers for the 2014-2015 year. Congratulations to everyone! Executive Committee: Michael Boal (President), Jordan Talsma (Vice President), Shannon McCoy (Treasurer), Meridith Wailes (Secretary), Jessop Adams (ABA Representative). 3L class officers: Ryan Patrick, Jordan Holst, Brock Hubert, Stephen Knudsen. 2L class officers: John Zimmer, Mike Wehling, Kramer Lyons, Kayla Hathcote.

Kelsey Dawson, Megan Osler, Justin Yates

Nebraska Law Team Competed at International Law School Mediation Tournament in Chicago, IL.

3Ls Kelsey Dawson, Megan Osler, and Justin Yates competed at the INADR International Law School Mediation Tournament in Chicago. The students competed with and against students from all across the globe, including schools from India, Sri Lanka, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, England, and Lithuania and many others, as well as schools from across the United States. Our students performed extraordinarily well, holding their own in the first time competing in this competition. The students did receive the award for “Outstanding New Mediation Program”. Please congratulate them when you see them!

Relay for Life logo

Phi Alpha Delta Sponsors Relay for Life Team

The student organization Phi Alpha Delta is sponsoring the College of Law's Relay for Life team to promote research for the health of others. Registration cost is $10 per participant, and each participant is encouraged to raise $100.00. Interested parties can sign up by visiting the team website.

Blake Simpson

3L Blake Simpson wins Law Student Writing Competition

Congratulations to 3L Blake Simpson for winning the ABA/Forum on the Construction Industry Law Student Writing Competition! Professor Allen Overcash had students in his fall 2013 Construction Law Class write final papers, and then strongly encouraged his students to submit their papers to this competition. Congratulations should also go to 2L Nick Batter who was one of the top 3 finalists. According to Professor Overcash, this writing competition is the "Super Bowl" in the industry. Thank you to Blake and to Nick on representing the College of Law so well in this national competition.

Caitlyn Cedfeldt & Hannah Putz

3L Caitlyn Cedfeldt and 2L Hannah Putz Named “Women of Character, Courage & Commitment”

Congratulations to 3L Caitlyn Cedfeldt & 2L Hannah Putz, both of whom have been named "Women of Character, Courage & Commitment" by the UNL Women's Center. Caitlyn and Hannah were nominated for this recognition for their tireless efforts and commitment to the College's student organization CLEP - the Community Legal Education Program. The College values this type of effort and is thrilled that Caitlyn and Hannah are now receiving this well-deserved recognition.

Professor Richard Epstein

NYU’s Richard Epstein to deliver Pound Lecture March 4, 2014

Richard Epstein, one of the most influential thinkers in legal academia, will deliver the annual Roscoe Pound Lecture at the University of Nebraska College of Law on Tuesday March 4, 2014 in the Hamann Auditorium at 12pm. Epstein, a professor of law at New York University, will discuss modern financial takings law. In his lecture, Epstein will develop a unified approach to government takings to explain why today’s dominant legal approach has it backwards. This lecture is open to the public.

Kelsey Dawson, Megan Osler & Justin Yates

Students to Represent Nebraska Law at the Mediation Triathlon in Chicago

On February 15, students participated in the First Annual Mediation Triathlon, a new student competition in which students test their skills as mediators, advocates, and clients. The team of Kelsey Dawson, Megan Osler, and Justin Yates will represent Nebraska Law at the International Law School Mediation Tournament in March in Chicago. In addition, Kelsey Dawson received the Outstanding Advocate Award, and Megan Osler received the Outstanding Mediator Award in last weekend’s intra-school competition. Congratulations and we wish them well as they represent Nebraska Law next month in Chicago.

Katie Joseph & Rick Tast

2Ls Rick Tast & Katie Joseph Finish 1st Place Finish in the Client Counseling Competition

Congratulations to Rick Tast and Katie Joseph on their 1st place win within the College’s Client Counseling Competition. Congratulations also go to the 2nd place finishers, 2Ls Elizabeth Peters and Alexandra Bradley. Both teams move on to compete in the regional competition which will be held in mid-February at Drake University. We wish them the best of Luck!


Nebraska Law Review Elects Officers

The Nebraska Law Review recently held elections and has announced its new executive board, who will serve as editors for Volume 93. Congratulations to Nathan Clark (editor-in-chief), Jacquelyn Swanner (articles editor), Sarah Maresh (reviewing editor), Sarah Hindman (research editor), Paul Donahue (online editor), Katie Joseph (managing editor), Sarah Kniep (executive editor), Jennifer Dannehl (executive editor), Brian Fahey (executive editor), Mike Sands (executive editor), and Samantha Ritter (executive editor). Congratulations!


Couple’s love (and lawyer, Greg McLawsen) conquers Canada border

Greg McLawsen, Immigration Clinic '08-'09,wrapped up his year helping a couple get back home to one another. McLawsen drove to the Canadian border to file paperwork that would allow Collinge to return home with her husband and shortly after, the Military family was reunited once again. As they say, love knows no borders. Read more here and watch the video here.


Fall 2013 Graduation

The College of Law will hold its fall graduation this Friday, December 20, at 1:00pm in Hamann Auditorium. Guest speaker is alumnus Honorable William Cassel, '79, of the Nebraska Supreme Court.


College Offers Mini-Course on Workers' Compensation

The College of Law will offer a 1 credit hour course in Workers' Compensation during the break between fall and spring semesters. The class will be held Monday, January 6 through Thursday, January 9, from 10-noon, with an hour lunch break and then from 1-2. The final exam will be administered on Friday, January 10. The course will be taught by Walter Zink, a local attorney who is widely-known for his work developing the law in this area through his practice. Those interested in taking the course should contact Vicki Lill.

Real Estate Law Society officers

Students Form New Real Estate Group

Students interested in real estate construction, development, regulation and finance recently formed the Nebraska Real Estate Law Society (the "Dirt Law" club.) New officers for the club are Ryan Dorcey (2L, President), Cindy Volkmer (2L, Vice President), Rick Tast (2L, Treasurer) and Adam Odle (2L, Secretary). The club intends to host a variety of speakers and field trips for its members. The first field trip is a tour of the new Pinnacle Bank Arena. The faculty sponsor for the group is Professor Colleen Medill, who teaches courses on Property and Real Estate Transactions.

Canned Immunity

SBA Launches Canned Immunity

The Student Bar Association is encouraging all faculty, staff and students to participate in its annual Canned Immunity Food Drive.All week, students who bring canned goods to classes taught by participating professors are immune from being called on in that class. The canned goods collected are donated to the Food Bank of Lincoln and Southeast Nebraska.

Professor Stephen Carter

Carter to Deliver Lane Foundation Lecture

Professor Stephen L. Carter, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will deliver the Winthrop & Frances Lane Foundation Lecture on Friday, Nov. 1 at 12:00 p.m. in Hamann Auditorium. Carter's lecture, "The Current Situation in Church and State," will address the confusion in efforts to patrol the wall of separation between church and state. In his talk, Cater will review recent developments, and also explain how a greater attention to both history and game theory will help us reach a richer understanding of how and why to protect the wall of separation.

Professor and student bowlers

Faculty Team Wins ILSA Bowling Fundraiser

A faculty team comprised of Associate Dean Glenda Pierce, Associate Dean Richard Moberly, Professor Jack Beard and Professor Matt Schaefer competed against a team made of 2Ls Rick Tast, Jacob Tewes, Jerry Jefferson and Aditya Ezhuthachan in a bowling match on Saturday, October 19. The match was the finale of a bowling tournament organized by the International Law Student Association as a fundraiser. Student teams competed for the chance to take on the faculty team, Motion to Strike. After a hard fought battle, Motion to Strike emerged the victor. Thanks to all who participated!

Grether Moot Court winner and Judges

Tast, Tewes Win Grether Moot Court Competition

2Ls Rick Tast and Jacob Tewes are the winners of the College of Law's annual Grether Moot Court Competition. 2Ls Jerry Johnson and Michael Seda were the runners-up. The two teams argued the final round of the competition of Friday, October 11 before the Nebraska Court of Appeals. Tewes was named the competition's Best Oral Advocate.


College Announces New LL.M. Program

Beginning in fall 2014, the College of Law will open its doors to attorneys from other countries with a new program designed to teach them about law and the legal system in the United States. The new LL.M., or master of laws, is open to students with a law degree from schools outside the United States. Students of the program will be trained to meet the demands of legal practice in a globalized world by attending courses with J.D. students at the college. "Our goal is to engage these attorneys in U.S. legal studies and to provide a wider worldview for our J.D. students," said Elsbeth Magilton, executive director of graduate programming for the college.

Professor Norman Poser

Poser to Discuss New Book Detailing Life of Mansfield

Professor Norman Poser of Brooklyn Law will deliver a lecture, "Lord Mansfield: Justice in the Age of Reason," at the College on Thursday, Oct 17 at noon. Poser's lecture is based on his recently released book of the same title which details the turbulent political life of eighteenth-century Britain's most powerful judge. Kent B. Syverud, dean of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, recently reviewed Poser's book, "A remarkable portrait of a man and a legal age…A master work." Poser's talk is qualified for 1 credit of CLE.

Professors Beard, Pierce, Moberly & Schaefer

IlSA Hosting Bowling Fundraiser

The International Law Students Association is hosting the "Faculty Death Match" bowling tournament on Saturday, October 12 and Saturday, October 19. Student teams will bowl for the chance to compete against a faculty team comprised of Associate Dean Glenda Pierce, Associate Dean and Professor Richard Moberly, Professor Jack Beard and Professor Matt Schaefer.


Nosanov Quoted in The Guardian

LL.M. alumnus Jeff Nosanov, '10, was quoted in an article, "Nasa hosts the Starship Project aiming for interstellar travel within 100 years," found in The Guardian. Nosanov works for Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and "hopes to persuade the agency to launch about ten interstellar probes to gather data."

Ryan McIntosh

3L McIntosh's Article Published by Labor Law Journal

An article written by 3L Ryan K. McIntosh, "Protecting Whistleblowers in the Uniformed Services: A Unique National Security Dilemma," was published in the Fall 2013 edition of the Labor Law Journal. McIntosh wrote the article as an independent research project.

Daniel Gutman, Morris Dees and Dean Poser

Dees Meets with Students

Morris Dees, the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and a well-known civil rights attorney, met with students on Friday, October 4. The informal event provided those in attendance with the opportunity to hear about Dees - his upbringing, his career, and his advice for students wishing to pursue careers in the public interest. The visit was arranged by 1L Daniel Gutman, who previously worked for SPLC. Later that evening, Dees delivered the keynote at a fundraiser for Legal Aid of Nebraska.


SBA Barrister's Ball Set for October 25

The Student Bar Association's annual Barrister's Ball will be held on Friday, October 25 at the Apothecary - Ridnour Room. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and dancing to following at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 4.

John Zimmer & Mike Wehling

1L Students Elected to SBA Leadership

Congratulations to the 1L students elected by the class of 2016 to serve in SBA leadership roles. John Zimmer will serve as the class president; Mike Wehling is the class vice president; and, Sara Rips and Craig Finger are the class representatives.

MCLS/BLSA Game Night / photo by Bambi King

Multi-Cultural Legal Society/BLSA, Gradwohls Host Annual Game Night

The Multi-Cultural Legal Society/BLSA partnered with Professor John Gradwohl and Judge Jan Gradwohl for its annual Game Night event on Friday, September 20. The event featured a mediterranean dinner, trivia, and an opportunity for students and faculty to interact in a social environment.

Mel Shinn 2013 / photo by Bambi King

Mel Shinn Day A Success

The Law College community gathered on Friday, September 20 to celebrate its annual Mel Shinn Day. The day's activities included an all-school picnic, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and many other sporting activities. The Schmid Law Library faculty and staff also hosted miniature golf throughout the day.


SBA Seeks 2L Representatives for Faculty Committees

The Student Bar Association is seeking student members from the 2L class for Building, Library, and Student Awards Faculty Committees. Those interested in serving the Law College in this capacity should contact SBA President Anne Peetz.

Students at Annual Lavendar Law Conference

DeVolld, Amundson, McKitterick Attend 25th Annual Lavendar Law Conference

3L students Angela DeVolld, Paige Amundson, and Ellen McKitterick represented the College's Allies & Advocates for LGBTQ Equality at the 25th Annual Lavendar Law Conference and Career Fair in San Francisco, Calif. The conference keynote was delivered by Robbie Kaplan, the attorney for Edie Windsor.

Tom Osborne

Osborne Speaks to Students About Community Engagement

Dr. Tom Osborne spoke to a group of approximately 75 law students on September 3 about TeamMates, an organization dedicated to "positively impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential," and engaging in the community while in law school. As a result of his lecture, approximately 35 law students signed up to mentor a Lincoln youth one hour each week.

Students at Orientation

College Welcomes Class of 2016

The College of Law welcomed 127 members of the Class of 2016 at a Student Orientation held August 22, 23, 2013. In addition to meeting with faculty advisors and classmates, students took part in an ethics and professionalism workshop involving over 30 members of the local bench and bar. "We are so fortunate to be so supported by local attorneys and judges. It is rare for students to have the opportunity to interact with such prominent members of the profession on the first day of their law school career," said Glenda Pierce, associate dean for students and administration. "It's wonderful that we can provide that opportunity."

preLaw Magazine cover

Nebraska Law Named Among Most Innovative by preLaw Magazine

Two College of Law programs were identified by preLaw Magazine, a National Jurist publication, as being among the most innovative programs introduced by law schools across the country last year. The College's Entrepreneurship Clinic opened its doors in January 2013 and was ranked at #5. Coming in at #15 was the International Perspectives course - an international law course that is required for all first year students

Noelle Polk

Polk, '14, Receives Inspiring Women Scholarship

Noelle Polk, '14, was selected to receive one of three Inspiring Women Scholarships from the Nebraska Democratic Women. The scholarships were established in 2009 to honor Helen Boosalis, who was the first woman in the country to be elected mayor of a city over 100,000 when she became mayor of Lincoln in 1975. Polk will be honored and presented with the scholarship on August 9 at the Inspiring Women Lunch.

Students at Orientation

New Student Orientations Set for August 22, 23

Nebraska Law will welcome new J.D. and LL.M. students at orientations set for August 22-23. Juris doctor students will participate in a two day orientation that includes ethics roundtables with local attorneys and judges. New LL.M. students will report on August 23. "We look forward to welcoming new students into our community. Orientation is a great way to meet people and begin to acclimate to a new environment," said Associate Dean for Student Services Glenda Pierce. A complete schedule of the JD orientation can be found here.

College of Law

College Accepting Applications for Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Due to the upcoming retirement of Associate Dean Glenda Pierce, the College of Law is accepting applications for those individuals interested in becoming the next Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Administration. The Assistant Dean will work closely with the administration, faculty, and staff to administer the College's curricular policies, programs, and procedures. A complete job description and instructions for submitting application materials can be found here.

Assistant Dean Warren with students / photo by Bambi King

College Welcomes Class of 2016 at Pizza Lunch

Last Friday, June 14, the College of Law welcomed approximately 30 members of the Class of 2016 for its annual admitted student pizza lunch. The gathering included several faculty members and administrators, and served as a way for members of the class to meet each other in a casual setting. "We were thrilled to see so many members of the class attend," said Assistant Dean of Admissions Tracy Warren. "This lunch is always well attended and this year was no exception. I hope that students enjoyed the opportunity to meet not only their classmates but the professors that they will have during their first year as well."

Student with family / photo by Bambi King

Class of 2013 celebrated at Baccalaureate Lunch

Members of the Class of 2013 gathered prior to graduation on Saturday, May 3 for a Baccalaureate Lunch held in their honor. Approximately 80 were in attendance at this inaugural event. "It was wonderful to have such a nice turnout at this event," said Molly Brummond, Director of Communications & Alumni Relations. "We wanted this event to provide graduates with the opportunity to introduce their family members to faculty and friends, and show them around the College."

Associate Dean Pierce

Glenda Pierce Announces Retirement

Associate Dean for Students and Administration Glenda Pierce has announced her retirement effective December 31, 2013. Pierce has served in the role for 23 years. "It is hard for many of us to imagine the College of Law without Glenda. She has made contributions to our community too numerous to count," said Dean Susan Poser. The Law College thanks Dean Pierce for her outstanding service to the College and the University.

Brett Ebert

Ebert, '13, receives Outstanding Law Student Award

Brett Ebert, '13, has been selected to receive the 2013 National Association of Women Lawyers' Outstanding Law Student. During her time at the College, Ebert excelled academically and was also very involved in the advancement of women in society and promoting issues of importance to women in the legal profession. She served as president of the Women's Law Caucus during the 2012-2013 academic year and as auction chair in 2011-2012. Congratulations, Brett!

Roberta Ramo

Ramo Addresses Class of 2013 at Commencement Ceremony

Roberta Cooper Ramo, current president of the American Law Institute, addressed Class of 2013 graduates and their friends and family at the spring commencement ceremonies held at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, May 3. Also addressing the graduates, class president Kate Fitzgerald, Chief Justice Michael Heavican, '75, and Marsha Fangmeyer, '79, president of the Nebraska State Bar Association.


Civil Clinic Hiring Adjunct Instructor

The Civil Clinic at the College of Law is currently hiring a new adjunct instructor to teach in the clinic during the 2013-2014 academic year, with the possibility of further appointment for future academic years and summers. This is a full-time teaching position. Qualifications include current admission to the Nebraska Bar Association; relevant experience, particularly in civil litigation; the ability to supervise students effectively; and, a strong academic background. The job description can be found by logging into ROSCOE. If you need assistance in accessing the ROSCOE system, contact Career Services. Review of applications will begin on June 17, 2013.

Admitted Student Day 2013 / photo by Bambi King

Class of 2016 Begins Their Story at Admitted Students Day

On Friday, April 12, Nebraska Law welcomed more than 50 members of the Class of 2016 to its annual Admitted Students Day. Students and their guests met with current students and faculty members, attended a class, and then spent the afternoon experiencing Lincoln by touring Pinnacle Bank Arena, Memorial Stadium, the Unicameral, and the Nebraska Supreme Court. "It was a great day," said Tracy Warren, Assistant Dean of Admissions. "We were excited to have so many here for the day, and look forward to all of the future contributions these students will make to our community."

Laws for Paws Run

SALDF Hosts Laws 4 Paws 5k

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund hosted its first annual Laws 4 Paws 5k on Saturday, April 6 on East Campus. Participants brought their dogs to run in the 5k, the proceeds of which will support the activities of the organization.

Anne Peetz and Michael Boal

Student Bar Association Elects Officers

The Student Bar Association recently elected its officers for the 2013-2014 academic year. Congratulations to the new leadership of the Executive Committee: Anne Peetz (president); Michael Boal (vice president); Shannon McCoy (treasurer); Tom King (secretary); and, Cecily Sweet (ABA representative.) 3L class officers are David Schwenke, Elizabeth Henthorn, Katie Kelley and Will Minich. 2L class officers are Ryan Patrick, Rick Tast, Jordan Talsma and Wesley Bottorf.


U.S. News Releases List of Law Schools Leading to Smallest Debt Load

Nebraska Law is at the bottom of a list released by U.S. News, "Which law school graduates have the most debt?" The list ranks schools from highest average indebtedness of 2012 graduates to lowest. The College of Law was near the bottom of the list, with only three other schools averaging a lower debt load for its graduates.

Caroline Keating

Keating Selected for Federal Judicial Clerkship

3L Caroline Keating was recently selected to serve as a judicial clerk for Chief Judge Aida M. Delgado-Colón of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico in San Juan. Keating had an externship with the chief judge the summer after her first year, and will return for a 2-year clerkship beginning September 2013.

Puppies and Ice Cream

SBA Continues Mental Health Awareness Week with Puppies, Ice Cream

As part of the activities planned for Mental Health Awareness Week, the Student Bar Association partnered with the Capital Humane Society to provide students with the opportunity to interact with puppies and de-stress. Participants also enjoyed Dairy Store ice cream and the spring-like weather in the courtyard.


Student Bar Association Plans Mental Health Awareness Week Activities

The SBA has organized several different events in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Week. Events include a STIR talk by Professor Brian Bornstein on Monday; a discussion with Professor Craig Lawson on Meditation and Yoga; a Puppy Play Day & Ice Cream Social; and the SALDF dog-friendly 5K walk/run.

Cory Rotschafer & Adam Rouse

Rotschaefer, Rouse represent College in Lachs Moot Court Competition

Congratulations to 2L Corey Rotschafer and LL.M. student Adam Rouse for their quarter-finals placement at the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition that was held in Washington, D.C. on March 21-23.

CSO Networking Event

Students, Attorneys Speed-Network at NSBA Event

On Thursday, March 8th, the Women and the Law Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association sponsored a speed-networking event at the law college. Students met with members of the legal community in this novel format which had students rotating to meet a new attorneys every four minutes. One student had this to say: "The attorneys…were genuine and very helpful. They were all also really willing to talk through ideas and stay in touch--all things that aren't necessarily present at every networking event." Plans are to grow the event next year to bring together even more students and members of the legal community.

Nick Bussey & Ryan McIntosh

3L Testifies on Legislative Bill Affecting Veterans

3L Nick Bussey testified at the Nebraska legislature's Government, Military and Veterans Affairs committee hearing held on March 6 about LB588, a bill that changes veteran employment preference provisions. Bussey is actively involved in issues facing military veterans, and co-authored the proposed legislation with 2L Ryan McIntosh.

Aasim Cheema & David Voorman

Voorman, Cheema compete in National Animal Law Closing Argument Competition

3Ls David Voorman and Aasim Cheema recently represented Nebraska Law at the national animal law closing argument competition in Portland, Oregon. Cheema advanced to the final round with three other finalists.

Women's Law Caucus

Women's Law Caucus Auction Set for March 1

The Women's Law Caucus will hold its annual Susan B. Anthony Auction on Friday, March 1 at the Apothecary Loft. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Nebraska Funds for Clerkships in the Public Interest, Voices of Hope and The Friendship Home.


NSBA Launches Rural Practice Initiative

The Nebraska State Bar Association's Rural Practice Initiative is focused on exposing law students to opportunities to practice and live in rural Nebraska.

Students can take part in this initiative by participating in two different programs. The Rural Practice Initiative Bus Tour 2013 is an opportunity to explore two rural communities, meet young professionals who live there, and meet attorneys who have built practices there. The tour is March 19-20. More information can be found in ROSCOE.

Students can also take part in the initiative's Summer Clerkship program. These paid clerkships allow you to gain practical experience while also getting a feel for life in a smaller community. More information about how to apply can be found in ROSCOE.

Employers: Contact the CSO at or 402-472-5130 if you need assistance with law clerks or associate hires.

Judge Rader / photo by Bambi King

Federal Circuit Chief Judge Addresses Patent Act

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall R. Rader delivered the Cline Williams Jurist-In-Residence Lecture at noon on Feb. 14 in the Hamann Auditorium at the University of Nebraska College of Law. The lecture, "Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks — Promoting the Progress of Science or Impeding It?" covered a wide range of topics including judicial activism. While on campus, Rader also visited classes and interacted with students.

Staff appreciation day

Students thank staff with waffles

To thank the outstanding staff members who support students during their time at the College, the Student Bar Association recognized Staff Appreciation Day with waffles. Faculty, students, and staff started the week of Feb. 11 with a breakfast buffet in the lobby of McCollum Hall. Thanks to all of the staff for their tremendous work at the College!

Lia Bies & Carla Waldbaum

Law Students Compete in Mediation Intraschool Competition

Last weekend, UNL teams competed in the 4th Annual Representation in Mediation Intraschool Competition. Following three rounds of competition on Saturday, the first place team consisted of 3Ls Lia Bies and Carla Waldbaum. The second place team consisted of 2Ls Kelsey Dawson and Jeff White.

NE Supreme Court / photo by Bambi King

Nebraska Supreme Court Hears Argument at Law School

Students and faculty filled Hamann Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 7 to hear oral argument before the Nebraska Supreme Court. "We are fortunate the Court is willing to move arguments to the College each year as it allows us to provide an exceptional learning opportunity to our students," said Dean Susan Poser.

Elizabeth Henthorn & Sarah Safarik

Faculty Research Assistant Fellows Selected

The Schmid Law Library is pleased to announce the Faculty Research Assistant Fellowship Program. Fellows will work with faculty on research projects under the supervision of a member of the law library faculty. The first two Fellows in this program are Elizabeth Henthorn and Sarah Safarik.


Ruser to present next S.T.I.R. talk

The next S.T.I.R. event is scheduled for Feb. 5 in the Student Lounge.Professor Kevin Ruser  will present, "Why we should (mostly) stop teaching doctrine after the first year of law school." Food and beverages will be available at 4 p.m., with Ruser's talk beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Jacqueline Swanner

Swanner Pursues Passions at Nebraska Law

A South Carolina native, Jacqueline Swanner's passions for intellectual property law and human trafficking prevention led her to Nebraska Law. "Even as a prospective student, I began communicating with a professor who works in fighting human trafficking." That initial experience combined with the Law College community made her decision easy. "On my visit, I got a real sense of the community that exists. My expectations have been exceeded so far."

Entrepreneurship Clinic Students

Students Prepare for Careers in Business Law through Entrepreneurship Clinic

The newest clinic opened its doors this semester. Professor Brett Stohs is leading a group of energetic students in the Entrepreneurship Clinic. The clinic will serve entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, giving the eight student lawyers an opportunity to experience the legal side of business transactions first hand. For those students interested in pursing a career that focuses on business, either as an entrepreneur, a business person, or a lawyer, the Entrepreneurship Clinic will help develop practical skills and perspectives that can be put to use immediately.

Law Blood Drive / photo by Bambi King

SBA Partners with American Red Cross for "We Challenge 'U' Blood Drive"

The Student Bar Association (SBA) is partnering with the American Red Cross to bring the "We Challenge 'U' Blood Drive" to Nebraska Law. The drive will be held at the College on Jan. 29 and times to donate are available between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. College and high school blood drives, such as the one the SBA hosts each fall, account for as much as 20 percent of donations given through the Red Cross.


Students Compete in ABA Arbitration Competition

Nebraska Law was represented by two teams last weekend in the 2012 ABA Arbitration Competition. The regional competition was held in Columbia, Missouri. The teams were coached by Professor Alan Overcash, and competed against teams from Drake University and the University of Iowa. One team placed 5th out of the 14 competing teams; that team was comprised of Kate Gatewood, Andy Hanquist, Zoe Verboon and Nema Koohmaraie. The other team was comprised of Aasim Cheema, Jared Olson, Kelsey Dawson, and Barbara Masilko. Congratulations!

Ben Nelson/Photo by Bambi King

Nelson Addresses Law College Community

Sen. E. Benjamin Nelson, '70, met with approximately 120 members of the College of Law community on Friday, Nov. 2 speaking about his public service - both as governor of the State of Nebraska and a member of the U.S. Senate. While Sen. Nelson did open with brief remarks, the conversation was driven by audience questions which ranged from the influence of China to the federal government gridlock and the role of cable television in it.

Caitlin Cedfeldt & Danielle Schunk

Cedfeldt, Schunk win Grether Competition

2Ls Caitlin Cedfeldt and Danielle Schunk were the winners of the Grether Moot Court Competition held this fall. Cedfeldt was selected as the competition's best oral advocate. Competition winners were selected by judges from the Nebraska Court of Appeals.


College Partners with UNMC for Dual Degree

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved a dual-degree program for law and public health which will be offered by the College of Law in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The program requires completion of 123 credit hours as opposed to 138 if the student pursued each degree separately. "Health care is going to get more complicated, not less, regardless of what happens to the current law," said Dean Susan Poser. "We are delighted to be able to offer students the opportunity to prepare themselves to work in this area of the law."

UNL's Diocles Laboratory

Department of Defense Contract to Expand Interaction Between U.S. Military and College of Law's Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law Program

An initial contract worth up to $84 million over the next five years will allow University of Nebraska researchers to work on U.S. military projects and could transform the university into a major player in national scientific and medical research.  The contract was announced Oct. 11 by James B. Milliken, NU president; and Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

The partnership between NU and the United States Strategic Command, based at Offutt Air Force Base, created a University-Affiliated Research Center. The UARC will serve as a primary research and development center that supports U.S. Strategic Command missions to deter and detect strategic attacks against the United States and its allies, and to defend the nation as directed.

Milliken said nearly 100 NU faculty have been identified as having research that could align with the new center. That list includes UNL nanoscience researchers and the Diocles Extreme Light Laboratory team. UNL faculty immediately involved in the project include Donald Umstadter, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Diocles lab; Matt Schaefer, professor of law and director of the Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law program; and Mario Scalora, professor of psychology.  Read more.

 Sarah Houston

2L Houston Organizes Successful Healthcare Conference

Nebraska Law student Sarah Houston was a member of the planning committee responsible for the organization and execution of the Health Care Reform Conference held October 6 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The conference featured several speakers explaining various viewpoints on health care reform and a panel discussing how the reform will affect employment. Students from the College of Law, UNMC and Creighton University College of Law and College of Medicine attended.

 Paul Clement/Photo by Bambi King

Former U.S. Solicitor General Clement Delivers Lane Lecture

Paul D. Clement, former Solicitor General of the United States, delivered the Winthrop and Frances Lane Foundation Lecture on Friday, September 28th before an audience of students, faculty and alumni. In his lecture, "The Roberts Court Comes of Age," Clement discussed the most significant trends in Justice Roberts' court jurisprudence. While at the College, Clement also lectured to the 2L Constitutional Law students.

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3L Voorman Wins Animal Law Closing Argument Competition

On Monday, September 24, the College of Law held its annual Animal Law Closing Argument Competition. David Voorman, a third-year student, emerged the victor. 3L Aasim Cheema placed second; and, 3L Misty Christo placed third. Voorman and Cheema are now eligible to represent the College at the national competition held in February.

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BLSA/MLS Annual Event Draws Crowd

Each year the College's Black Law Students Association and Multi-Cultural Legal Society hosts a game night at the home of Professor John and Jan Gradwohl. This year's event was held Friday, September 21 and drew a record attendance. Faculty and students who attended played board games and took advantage of the opportunity to get to know members of the College of Law community.

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College Community Celebrates Mel Shinn Day

Students, faculty, and staff gathered on Friday, September 14th to celebrate the annual tradition Mel Shinn Day. In addition to an all-school picnic, the SBA sponsored a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a dodgeball tournament, a 5K race, and a bowling tournament. The Schmid Law Library faculty and staff set up a miniature golf course in the library and throughout the day members of the College community took advantage of this fun tradition. "Mel Shinn Day is a great opportunity to gather as a community," said Dean of Student Services Glenda J. Pierce. "We had gorgeous weather, and everyone was able to take a break from their daily routines and get to know others by taking part in the many activities. Congratulations to all of the winners!"

Winners of the competitions were:

Dodgeball:  Jamie Hurst, Jessop Adams, Joel Fulton, Scott Shaver, Katie Kelly, and Aasim Cheema;

Basketball:  Joel Fulton, Julie Wagner, Doug Partridge, Bijan Koohmaraie, and Daniel Nies;

5k:  Jessop Adams;

Bowling: Wesley Bottorf.

 Boy Gets Girl

College Partners with Angels Theater Company for "Boy Gets Girl"

When Theresa goes on an awkward blind date with a friend of a friend, she sees no reason to continue the relationship – but the man thinks otherwise. What is a stalker? And what kind of life can a woman lead when she knows she is being followed, obsessively and perhaps, dangerously, by one? This is the issue explored in this one-night-only enhanced staged reading at the College of Law on September 14 at 7:30 p.m. This is a free performance with a suggested $5 donation. Following the performance, there will be a discussion that centers on stalking and the issues brought up by the play. The conversation will be lead by Professor Steven J. Schmidt, and panelists will include representatives from Voices of Hope and the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition.

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Husch Blackwell and CSO Sponsor Government Practice Program

The Exploring Opportunities program series kicked off on Tuesday, August 28th with a panel on government practice. Husch Blackwell was the firm sponsor. The panel, which was moderated by Professor Eric Berger, consisted of lawyers with practices focused on government. Students who attended learned about private practices that work for government agents, policy- and legislation work, and lobbying. Panelists were: Ron Sedlacek of Husch Blackwell, Renee Fry of OpenSky Policy Institute, David Bargen of Rembolt Ludtke, Keisha Patent of the Nebraska Unicameral, and Katie Zulkoski of Mueller Robak.

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National Jurist Ranks Nebraska Law #4 Top Value

The National Jurist magazine released its annual "Best Value Law Schools" list in its September 2012 edition, ranking Nebraska Law #4 in that list. The rankings take into account the percentage of graduates who pass the bar examination, the percentage of graduates who find employment, tuition, cost of living, and average indebtedness upon graduation. "The College of Law has a consistent history of providing an excellent legal education at an affordable cost. This value provides our graduates with great flexibility in their career choices," said Dean Susan Poser. "We are thrilled to again be recognized by The National Jurist as a Best Value law school."


Nebraska Law Welcomes Class of 2015

On August 16-17, 2012, Nebraska Law welcomed 136 first-year students at its annual 1L Orientation. The Class of 2015 was selected from approximately 800 applicants and is comprised of 56 women and 80 men The average age of our new students is 23. The median LSAT is a 158 and the median GPA is a 3.64. In addition to meeting and interacting with classmates and faculty, the class was addressed by Chief Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit William Jay Riley and participated in small group discussions on ethics and professionalism with local judges, practitioners and alumni.