2013
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Help Us Achieve our Goal of Increasing Giving to 15% in 15 Days

We are winding down the fiscal year, and in doing so, launched our 15/15 campaign on Sunday, June 15. The goal of this campaign is to spend the last 15 days of June working to increase the alumni participation rate in the annual fund to 15%. Why? Participation matters. Every gift makes an impact; no gift is too small.

Rachel Daugherty 

Daugherty, ’95, Appointed to District Court Bench

Rachel Daugherty, ’95, has been appointed to the district court bench in the Fifth Judicial District for the State of Nebraska. Daugherty has been an attorney and shareholder in the Law Office of Myers & Daugherty in Grand Island since 2009.

Fred Greguras 

Greguras Joins Royse Law Firm

Roger Royse, founder of Royse Law Firm, a corporate and tax law firm, announced that attorney Fred Greguras has joined the firm. “Fred Greguras brings tremendous credentials and relationships to Royse Law Firm. His emphasis on startup and emerging companies is a great fit for our Silicon Valley headquartered practice. Fred’s experience in assisting foreign companies to set up and expand their operations in the United States complements our robust international practice.” Greguras is a domestic and international business attorney serving clients from the startup through public company stages.

 

Mikolajczyk Case Sent to the Supreme Court

Meg Mikolajczyk,’11, discussed her same sex couple divorce case with NPR on March 27th. “The state of Nebraska tried to make the relationship unavailable,” said Megan Mikolajczyk, attorney for Nichols in an interview with NET News. “Instead they’ve made a relationship they don’t want in this state permanent. I don’t think that was their intended end result.” To here the whole story click here.

 

Echternacht Named Executive Director of KANEKO

Mike Echternacht, ’12, has been named the executive director of KANEKO: Open Space For Your Mind, a public nonprofit cultural organization focused on exploring the process of creativity.

 

Alumna Lori A. Maret, 95, named a judge on the District Court bench for the 3rd Judicial District

Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Lori A. Maret has been named a judge on the District Court bench for the 3rd Judicial District in Lincoln. Maret has served as deputy county attorney since 2002. She has trial experience in the areas of child support, traffic and driving under the influence, child abuse and neglect, juvenile court, domestic violence, sexual assault, white collar crimes, homicide and illegal controlled substances. She also served as an associate attorney at Brumbaugh and Quandahl law firm. Congratulations and we wish her much success.

 Christina Usher

Mattson-Ricketts introduces Christina L. Usher as associate

Mattson-Ricketts law firm introduced Christina L. Usher, ’13, as an associate with the firm. Usher is a Lincoln native and Lincoln East graduate. She attended the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School of Finance, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree with concentrations in accounting and management in 1992. After working as an accountant for large multi-national organizations, small businesses and nonprofits, she returned to Lincoln to attend law school and reinvest in her community. She joined Mattson-Ricketts as a clerk in 2011. Congratulations to Christina, we wish you the best.

 

John K. Boyer among 2014 Omaha Business Hall of Fame Inductees

Alumnus John K. Boyer, ’69, has been selected to enter the Omaha Business Hall of Fame. The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce's Business Hall of Fame has been recognizing key drivers of Omaha's job and economic growth since 1993. Boyer's legal eye has helped guide the growth of Omaha's world-class zoo, the Durham Museum, the Boy Scouts. We congratulate John and wish him many more successes. .

 

Alumnus David W. Rasmussen Makes Partner

David W. Rasmussen, 04, has become partner of firm Wolfe, Snowden, Hurd, Luers & Ahl, LLP. Rasmussen concentrates his practice on corporate law, contract negotiation and drafting, commercial and residential real estate, business transactions, and estate planning. We congratulate David and wish him continued success.

 Christopher Labenz

Labenz & Associates Welcomes Christopher A. Labenz to its Firm

Labenz & Associates LLC, a full service accounting firm in Lincoln, announced the addition of Christopher A. Labenz, '13, to their firm. Labenz is a recent graduate of the College of Law and graduated with Distinction. We congratulate him in his new endeavor and wish him much success. Read more here.

 Brett Ebert

Ebert Joins Baylor Evnen Curtiss Grimit & Witt, LLP.

Baylor Evnen Curtiss Grimit & Witt, LLP, a full service law firm in Lincoln, announced the addition of Brett E. (Lahm) Ebert, '13, to their firm. Ebert was one of eight law students involved in the inaugural year of the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic at the College of Law and is very involved in mentoring the professional growth of women. We congratulate her in her new endeavor and wish her much success. Read more here.

 

Stecker Appointed to District Court Bench

James Stecker, '82, of Columbus was appointed to the District Court, 5th Judicial District bench by Governor Dave Heineman last week. Stecker has been practicing law since his graduation from the College, his work including juvenile, criminal, probate, domestic, civil, real estate and tax matters. Stecker replaces Judge Alan Gl. Gless, who retired.

 Angel Velichkov

Veltichokov, '06, Attends Mandela Memorial

Angel Velitchokov, '06, attended the memorial for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa this week. Veltichokov, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Bulgarian government, attended on behalf of the country of Bulgaria. He recounted his experience on Drive Time Lincoln 1400 AM the following day. Listen to that interview here.

 

Gov. Heineman Appoints Derek Vaughn of Omaha to County Court, 4th Judicial District

Gov. Dave Heineman today announced his appointment of Derek R. Vaughn of Omaha to the County Court, 4th Judicial District. Since 1999, Vaughn has served as Deputy County Attorney in the Douglas County Attorney’s Office. In this role, he serves as prosecutor for Drug Court, Young Adult Court and Mental Health Diversion. The vacancy is due to the retirement of Judge Edna R. Atkins. The 4th Judicial District consists of Omaha in Douglas County.

 

Caskey, Murray Present on Intellectual Property Law

Jason Caskey, '06, and Sean Murray, '06, recently traveled to Vilnius, Lithuania to present on matters of intellectual property law, technology, and commerce to a group of Lithuanian and Eastern-European technologists. The trip and conference was arranged by the U.S. Department of State.

 Sharon McIlnay

Alumni Master: Sharon McIlnay, '89

The College is excited to host Sharon McIlnay, '89, as part of the Nebraska Alumni Association's Alumni Masters Week. McIlnay, is a member of Matias Energy LLC, an energy industry focused consulting and project development com pay formed in 2007 by McIlnay and her business partner, Tom Miller. McIlnay will deliver an all school lecture on Thursday, November 14 at noon in Hamann Auditorium. While on campus, she will also visit classes and meet with students individually and in small groups.

 Daniel Dawes

Dawes Delivers Bowman Lecture

Daniel Dawes, '06, delivered the Bowman Lecture at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine - the first attorney ever invited to present the lecture given in honor of the school's first tenured African American professor. Dawes lectured on the health reform law and the impact it will have on the health care system.

 

Conroy Named State Tax Commissioner

Kimberly Conroy, '86, was named as Nebraska's new tax commissioner for the Department of Revenue by Gov. Dave Heineman. Conroy has served as the deputy tax commissioner since September 2008 and before that served as the Department's director of compliance division.

 Allyson Peetz

Peetz, '13 Selected for Emerging Leaders Program

Allyson Peetz, '13 has been selected for the ABA Young Lawyers Division's Emerging Leaders Program. As a participant in the program, Peetz will attend an ABA conference this year, participate on a YLD board, work with an assigned mentor, create ABA resolutions for consideration and write articles for various ABA publications.

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Baylor Evnen Gift Honors Alumni

Baylor Evnen Curtiss Grimit & Witt recently created a partnership with the Nebraska Alumni Association to honor alumni Bob Grimit, Don Witt, Doug Deitchler and Walt Zink. The gift supports new programming for Cather Circle, which provides mentoring, networking and professional development for students. The Cather Circle Speaker Series presented by Baylor Evnen is a three year speaker series will kick off on September 19th with a keynote address by Nancy Hunter Denny, inspirational author of "Zing! 21 Insights on Maximizing Your Influence."

 Class of 1992 Reunion picture

Alumni Gather for Reunions on September 13

Nebraska Law welcomed hundreds of alumni on Friday, September 13 for its annual Alumni Reunion. Alumni were invited to attend an ethics CLE presented by Professor Rick Dooling followed by a cocktail reception hosted by the College. Alumni celebrating honor year reunions continued the celebration at various locations across the city.

 

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Grows Litigation team with Addition of Fulton

Adam R. Fulton, '09 has joined the firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck as an associate in the litigation group. Fulton’s practice focuses on complex litigation, with a special emphasis on construction-related disputes, breach of contract and landlord-tenant disputes. Fulton’s recent experience includes defending developers and general contractors in all types of construction related litigation.

 

Bishop, '92, Newest Court of Appeals Judge

Riko E. Bishop, '92, was sworn is as Judge of the Nebraska Court of Appeals, 1st Judicial District on August 20, 2013 by Chief Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court Michael Heavican, '75. Bishop replaces the Honorable Richard D. Sievers.

 Amber Shavers

Shavers, '07, Publishes Book on Law of Music

Amber Shavers, '07, recently published, "The Little Book of Music Law." The book "discusses the history and cases surrounding the music business from the early 20th century through today."

 Chief Justice Heavican

Heavican, '75, Named President of Conference of Chief Justices and Chair of National Court Organization

Nebraska Chief Justice Michael Heavican, '75, has been named president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Both positions are one-year terms and are effective immediately. “Chief Justice Heavican is a remarkable leader, both in his state and on the national level. His long-standing commitment to improving and preserving the justice system will help guide the work of NCSC and CCJ, the country’s leading court organizations,” NCSC President Mary C. McQueen said.

 

Ojile, '85, Co-Authors Article for Association of Corporate Counsel ACC Docket

Bill Ojile, '85, co-authored an article, "Managing the Court of Public Opinion During a Media Crisis" for the July 2013 edition of the Association of Corporate Counsel ACC Docket magazine.

 

Tavlin Receives CHE Leadership Award

The Community Health Endowment of Lincoln awarded the first annual Michael J. Tavlin Award For Board Leadership to Michael J. Tavlin, '75. Tavlin has been associated with CHE for 15 years and has played a significant role in establishing and leading its efforts to create a healthier community.

 

Johnson Joins Stinson Morrison Hecker

Aaron Johnson recently joined the Omaha office of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP as a partner in its Banking & Financial Services Division.

 Don Swanson

Swanson Presents on Bankruptcy Law in Beijing

Don Swanson,'80, traveled to Beijing recently with Global Partners in Hope, a nonprofit that focuses on bringing hope to communities around the world. While there, Swanson presented on US bankruptcy law at the JT&N law firm. JT&N has offices across China, and represents Chinese business interests around the world.

 Elsbeth Magilton

Magilton Named to LJS "20 Under 40"

Elsbeth Magilton, '12, executive director of the College's Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law LL.M. program, was selected by the Lincoln Journal Star as one of its "20 Under 40." The list was compiled after a panel of judges reviewed nominations of people under the age of 40 who are known for their professional achievements and dedication to the community. Congratulations, Elsbeth!

 

Nash named executive director of foundation

Steve Nash, '85, is the new executive director of the Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation, a private operating foundation dedicated to physician education and public health initiatives in Southern Arizona. Previously Nash served for 22 years as the director of the Pima County Medical Society. Upon learning that he was leaving, the medical society created an award in his name that will be given regularly to the non-physician who has most contributed to the improvement of health care in Tucson.

 

Organization Founded by Morfeld, '12, Achieves Legislative Milestone

Nebraskans for Civic Reform (NCR), a nonprofit organization founded and led by Adam Morfeld, '12, achieved a milestone accomplishment with the signing of LB 299 into law by Gov. Dave Heineman. The new law requires the Secretary of State to issue uniform election standards and guidelines for poll works across the state. NCR worked with state legislators for five years to achieve this result.

 

Burnett, '07, wins National Crime Victims' Rights Week Attorney of the Year

Joneice S. Burnett, '07, a Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office,won the National Crime Victims' Rights Week Attorney of the Year award for the Juvenile Division of Maricopa County. The award honors attorneys and victim advocates that provide outstanding service on behalf of victims of crime. This is her third consecutive win of this prestigious award.

Alumni Council Award Winner 2013

Alumni Council honored Robak, Perlman, Ruser, Peetz

The Alumni Council hosted its annual awards lunch on Friday, April 5 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. During the lunch, Kim M. Robak, '85, was honored with the Distinguished Alumna award and Chancellor Harvey S. Perlman, '66, received the Outstanding Service award. 3L Allyson G. Peetz was honored as the Woods & Aitken Outstanding Student, and Professor Kevin Ruser received the Distinguished Faculty award.

 

Schafer, '96, Named Regent

Robert M. Schafer, '96, was appointed to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents by Governor Dave Heineman last week. Schafer replaces Lavon Heidemann, who resigned in February to become lieutenant governor. Schafer is managing partner at Carlson, Schafer, and Davis, a law firm in Beatrice.

 

Brighton Appointed to Public Service Commission

Governor Matt Mead has appointed Kara Brighton, '96, to the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC). Brighton’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Wyoming Senate. Brighton is partner at the law firm of Hageman & Brighton. Brighton serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.“I am honored Governor Mead would consider me to serve such an important role for the people of Wyoming,” Brighton said.

Victoria Sitz

Husch Blackwell names Sitz partner

Victoria H. Sitz, '97, was recently named a partner of Husch Blackwell. Sitz handles Securities & Corporate Governance matters, counseling clients on public and private securities matters, including regulatory and disclosure obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and stock exchange listing requirements, primary and secondary securities offerings, private placements of debt and equity securities and other capital markets transactions. Husch Blackwell LLP is a full-service litigation and business law firm with 600 attorneys in locations across the United States and in London, serving clients with domestic and international operations.

Dr. Michael Holtje

Holtje accepts post in Germany

Dr. Michael Holtje, '08, has accepted a Robert Bosch Fellowship to work in Germany on issues relating to European and Trans-Atlantic security partnerships. Since 2008, he has served as an Intelligence Operations Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, including rotations with the Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser and with the Director of National Intelligence, Office of Foreign and Military Partnerships.

Judge Riley

L.A. Times article features Wanker, '87

A recent article on the front page of the L.A. Times, "Riding the court circuit in Nevada," tells the story of alumna, Kim Wanker, '87, and her days spent as a circuit court judge in Nevada.

Judge Riley

Riley Appointed to Executive Committee of the Federal Judicial Conference

The Honorable William Jay Riley, '72, was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the Federal Judicial Conference by Chief Justice John Roberts.

2012
 

Cullinan, '76, Named Executive Director of Christian Urban Education Service

Tom Cullinan, '76, has been named the executive director of the Christian Urban Education Service, a non-denominational charity that supports schools serving urban youth in north Omaha. He continues as editor of Planned Giving Today.

Andy Massey Massey, '97, Named Master for Alumni Masters Week
Andy Massey, '97, was at the College of Law on November 8-9 as part of UNL's Alumni Masters Week. While at the College, Massey met with students and talked about his career as general counsel for Valmont Industries. Massey delivered a career talk on Thursday that was open to all students, staff and faculty.
2012 Alumni Reception at the Law College/photo by Bambi King Alumni Gather for Annual Reunion Weekend
Hundreds of alumni participated in the 2012 Alumni Reunion Weekend, held November 9-10. Events included an ethics CLE presentation by Professor Rick Dooling, a cocktail party, class dinners and a pre game party. "The weekend was a tremendous success. We made some changes to the format of the weekend that seemed to really work. It was wonderful to see so many of our alumni reconnect with each other, and enjoy some time reminiscing about their time as students," said Molly Brummond, Director of Communications & Alumni Relations. Next year's Alumni Weekend is already set for September 13-14, 2013.
2012 Alumni Reception at the Law College/photo by Bambi King Alumni Reunion Weekend, Nov. 9-10
All alumni were invited to attend the Alumni Reunion Weekend, Nov. 9-10. Professor Rick Dooling presented an ethics CLE at no cost to alumni, "The Model Rules of Professional (and Technological?) Conduct: 13 Ethical Issues in the Information Age," at 3 p.m. on November 9th. His presentation was followed by a cocktail party in the Student Lounge.
Col. Gary Brown Brown Retires from U.S. Air Force
Col. Gary Brown, Staff Judge Advocate (senior legal counsel) for U.S. Cyber Command, Fort Meade, Md., celebrated his retirement after 24 years of distinguished service in the United States Air Force on Oct. 12. Brown has been an integral part of the Command, which was established to operate and defend the Department of Defense information networks and assure U.S. and allied freedom of action in cyberspace. He was the primary advisor for senior members of command on legal matters for the complex, evolving cyber world, and for addressing new legal challenges posed by the domain.
Matthew Williams Williams, '74, Elected Chairman of ABA
Matthew H. Williams, '74, has been elected chairman of the American Bankers Association for the 2012-2013 association year. Williams is the president and chairman of Gothenburg State Bank, in Gothenburg, Neb. He is currently serving as one of 14 bankers from across the country on the FDIC Advisory Committee on community banking. He is a trustee of the University of Nebraska Foundation and is a member of UNL Ag Builders, the University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council, the University of Nebraska Finance Department Advisory Board, and is a past Director of the State Chamber of Commerce.
Josua Nauman Nauman, '99, Earns Chetwood Prize
Joshua Nauman, '99, recently graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center's National Security Law LL.M. Program with the highest grade point average in his class. This distinction earned him the Chetwood Prize, a prize awarded to one student in each program. Nauman is currently Commander, Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN, on board USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) and home-ported in Everett, WA.
 

Alum Appointed to Workers Compensation Court

Governor Dave Heineman announced Tuesday his appointment of Daniel R. Fridrich, '96, to serve as a judge on the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court. Fridrich has practiced law for 15 years and has served for 10 years as Senior Counsel Workers' Compensation for Werner Enterprises, Inc.

Rex Fuller Fuller Publishes "Decency"
Rex Fuller, '72, is the author of the recently published novel "Decency," a legal/espionage thriller - a significant part of which takes place in southeastern Nebraska.
 

College Launches Alumni Directory Project

The University of Nebraska College of Law is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI) to produce a new alumni directory. PCI is a 30-year old company located in Dallas, TX that publishes directories for educational institutions across the nation. "The last alumni directory that the College created was published in 2008. This directory ultimately is a wonderful referral source and tool from which both alumni-users and the College benefits. Given that it has been nearly five years since the last directory was published, it was time for an update.  We are excited to kick-off this project in partnership with PCI," said Molly Brummond, Director of Communications and Alumni Relations for the College. "This project allows the College to receive important updates to our database so we know how we can better serve our alumni." Alumni will begin receiving postcards and telephone calls with instructions on how to update their contact information in mid-June and through the summer. For questions about the Alumni Directory project, contact Molly Brummond or Lori Petersen.

Victoria Collier Collier Named Fellow of NAELA
Victoria L. Collier, '02, was awarded the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Fellow of the Academy (NAELA) at the organization's annual meeting held in Seattle. This is the highest award bestowed by NAELA on attorneys who practice in the area of elder law.
 

Alumnus Stejskal Recalls Role in Identifying Unabomer

Gregory Stejskal, former FBI agent and Law College alumnus, recently blogged for ticklethewire.com about his role in identifying the Unabomer, Ted Kaczynski. In his blog post, Stejskal recounts how a team of people worked together using redacted letters Kaczynski had written to his brother, David, to identify the individual who had killed 3 people and caused severe injuries to many others over the course of nearly two decades.

 

Governor Appoints Two Alumni to Bench

Gov. Dave Heineman has appointed two Nebraska Law alumni as county judges in the 3rd Judicial District in Lancaster County. Thomas W. Fox has practiced law for 13 years in Nebraska and is a deputy Lancaster County attorney in the Civil Law Division. Before that, he was a deputy in the office's Criminal and Juvenile Law Division. He has been a member of the Nebraska Bar Association since 1998 and has prosecuted a variety of adult criminal cases and juvenile cases, including child neglect and truancy. Timothy C. Phillips has practiced law for 28 years in Nebraska and is a sole practitioner. He has trial experience at both the county and district court levels in bench trials and jury trials in civil and criminal litigation.

  Alumnus Appointed to Nebraska Supreme Court
Governor Dave Heineman filled his second Nebraska Supreme Court vacancy, appointing Court of Appeals Judge William Cassel, ’79.  On the court, Cassel will represent the northeast Nebraska judicial district. Part of his responsibility will include overseeing the lower courts in that district. Justice Cassel replaces Judge John M. Gerrard, who was named as a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.
Garth Glissman Glissman Receives Early Achiever Award
Garth Glissman, ’09, received the Nebraska Alumni Association’s Early Achiever Award at the organization’s annual Alumni Awards Banquet held May 3 at the Nebraska Champion’s Club.  Glissman, an associate attorney for Kutak Rock in Omaha, works primarily with the firm’s commercial trial practice group, focusing on complex business disputes. He also works with the agribusiness and international practice. Garth graduated from the College with highest distinction after being named a Ted Sorensen Fellow and serving on the Nebraska Law Review. He also holds a bachelor of science in history and political science, with highest distinction, from UNL, and in the fall of 2005, was named a finalist in the Midwestern Region for the Rhodes Scholarship. In college, Garth lettered as a back-up quarterback on the football team, and athletics remain his biggest hobby. For the last four years, he volunteered as head varsity boys’ basketball coach at College View Academy, a small parochial high school in Lincoln. 
Daniel Dawes Dawes Delivers Bellos Lecture at Yale University School of Nursing
Daniel E. Dawes, ’06, Morehouse School of Medicine Executive Director of Government Relations, Health Policy, and External Affairs delivered the annual Sybil Palmer Bellos lecture at the Yale University School of Nursing on April 18, 2012. He is an expert in health care reform and, prior to joining the Morehouse School of Medicine, Dawes founded and chaired the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Heath Reform.
Alumni Council Award Winners Alumni Council Honors Alumni, Students, Faculty at Annual Lunch
The Alumni Council honored alumni James Nearhood, ’76, John, ’53, and Jan Gradwohl, ’55, 3Ls Christine Baughman and Audrey Johnson, and Professor Matthew Schaefer at its annual awards lunch on Friday, April 13 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The event was hosted by chair of the Alumni Council, Damon Barry, ’00, and was attended by nearly 150 alumni and friends of the College. Nearhood was honored with the Outstanding Service award; Baughman and Johnson received the Woods & Aitken Outstanding Students Award; John and Jan Gradwohl received the Distinguished Alumni award; and, Schaefer was awarded the Distinguished Faculty award. Thank you to all who attended and congratulations to all of the award winners.
  Alum Provides Insight into “Bountygate” for New York Daily News
Retired FBI agent and Nebraska Law alumnus Greg Stejskal recently wrote an article for the New York Daily news about New Orleans Saints’ bountygate.  In the article, Stejskal argues that, although the case would be difficult to prove, those involved could be prosecuted for conspiracy.
Cassandra Stajduhar Stajduhar Appointed to Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
Cassandra V. Stajduhar, ’02, was recently appointed and sworn in as a workers’ compensation judge on the Workers’ Copmensation Appeals Board for the State of California.
Steven E. Achelphol Achelpohl named Director at Gross & Welch
Steven E. Achelphol, ’75, has joined the Omaha law firm of Gross & Welch as a director.  Achelpohl graduated from the College with distinction, and has spent the last 35 years practicing civil and business litigation, white collar criminal law and appellate practice.  He is licensed to practice in Nebraska and is a member of the Nebraska State and Omaha Bar Associations.
  Hansen named Senior Litigation Counsel
Assistant United States Attorney Don Hansen, ’72, has been selected as a Senior Litigation Counsel for immigration issues and computer technology crimes.  AUSA Hansen joined the Department of Justice in 1994.  Prior to that time, Don was active duty military with the United States Army in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp.  He served continuously on active duty as a Judge Advocate until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1994. 
Gray Derrick Derrick selected as Outstanding Young Omahan
Gray Derrick, ’01, has been selected by the Omaha Jaycees as one of Ten Outstanding Young Omahans (TOYO), and will be honored at an awards ceremony on January 25, 2011 at the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Derrick is a partner with Baird Holm LLP, and focuses his practice on the negotiation of agreements for software development, licensing and technology acquisition. He currently serves on the executive board of the Nebraska AIDS Project and the Leadership Omaha Alumni Association. Derrick also just concluded his term on the College’s Young Alumni Council.
2011
  Nebraska Law holds commencement
The College of Law held its commencement ceremony on Friday, December 16 in Hamann Auditorium for 16 members of the class of 2012. Chancellor Harvey Perlman conferred the degrees, and the keynote address was given by the Hon. Cheryl Zwart, magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. Following the ceremony, graduates and their guests joined the faculty and staff in the lobby for a coffee reception.
  Tavlin elected chair of endowment
Michael J. Tavlin, ’73, was elected chair of the Community Health Endowment of Lincoln (CHE). The CHE was founded with the community’s ambitious charge “to make Lincoln, Nebraska the healthiest community in the nation.” The endowment, starting with $34 million from the sale of Lincoln General Hospital, has grown to $60 million and has made health-related grants of over $15 million since it was founded. Tavlin is the Chief Financial Officer for Speedway Motors and Speedway Properties in Lincoln, Nebraska.
 Adam Kirshenbaum Alumnus named to Midlands Business Journal 40 under 40
Omaha’s Midlands Business Journal named Husch Blackwell Partner Adam S. Kirshenbaum to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2011. The award honors 40 area leaders under the age of 40 for their accomplishments as business and community leaders.

Kirshenbaum is Hiring Partner of Husch Blackwell's Omaha, Neb., office, and also manages the international financing work for the firm. Committed to the advancement of his community, Kirshenbaum played an integral role in the formation of the Nebraska Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and is a member of the group’s event planning committee. He has also previously served on the Board of Directors for the Midlands Venture Forum, which educates and creates regional support for local entrepreneurs. In addition, Kirshenbaum has served in many leadership capacities with Temple Israel, and is a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. 
 Eartha Johnson

Eartha Jean Johnson Visits College as Part of Alumni Masters Week
Eartha Jean Johnson, ’90, is visiting the College this week as a part of Alumni Masters Week, an annual event sponsored by the Nebraska Alumni Association. Johnson is the owner and CEO of LegalWatch, Inc., a legal staffing and risk mitigation training company she formed in 1997 after practicing law for a Fortune 100 company, and working for the U.S. Department of Justice and an international law firm. While at the College, Eartha will deliver a career talk in addition to meeting with students and visiting classes.
  Loan Repayment Assistance Program Application Available
To encourage and assist students who seek public interest employment, Nebraska Law created the University of Nebraska College of Law Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). This program was developed to provide financial assistance to our graduates who pursue public interest positions as well as help meet the need for competent, qualified attorneys working in the area of public legal services. The 2011 Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Application is now available! More information about the program, its qualifications, and a link to the application can be found here. The deadline to submit applications is December 15, 2011. Click on the above link or contact the Career Services Office for more information.
 Andrew Jacobsen
Stephanie Stacy
Gov. Heineman Appoints Two Alumni to Bench
Gov. Dave Heineman announced his appointments of Stephanie Stacy and Andrew Jacobsen, both of Lincoln, to serve as District Judges in the 3rd Judicial District in Lancaster County.
Stephanie Stacy, ’91, has practiced law for 20 years in Nebraska and currently serves as a partner at Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt, LLP. She serves as an adjunct faculty member currently teaching trial advocacy and previously teaching pre-trial litigation at the College of Law. She has been a member of the Nebraska Bar Association since 1991. Stacy, both individually and with colleagues, has been published in a book and several articles appearing in The Nebraska Lawyer and the Nebraska Law Review.
Andrew Jacobsen, ’89, has practiced law for more than 20 years in Nebraska, and currently serves as a Deputy Lancaster County Attorney. In his work for the Lancaster County Attorney’s office, Jacobsen was assigned to the general criminal division prosecuting felony crimes and has specialized in the prosecution of homicide, homicide by child abuse and shaken baby syndrome cases. Jacobsen was named the 2003 Prosecutor of the Year by the Nebraska Conservation Officers Association. He has been a member of the Nebraska Bar Association since 1989.
  Student & Alumni Win Good Apple Awards
Two alumni and a current Nebraska Law a 3L were recognized on September 22 by Nebraska Appleseed with Good Apple awards.  Third year student, Adam Morfeld, received the inaugural Milo Mumgaard Young Leader Award in honor of his work with Nebraskans for Civic Reform.  Alumni Torri A. Criger of Husch Blackwell LLP and Daniel J. Hill of Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP received Seeds of Justice awards in recognition of their pro bono contributions to advance the rights of children in foster care.

 

 Sara Kohen Kohen’s Article Accepted for Publication
“Religious Freedom in Private Lawsuits: Untangling When RFRA Applies to Suits Involving Only Private Parties,” has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue of the Cardozo Journal of Public Law, Policy & Ethics. The article discusses when courts should apply the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) in cases in which the federal government is not a party.
  Two Alumni Appointed to Lead Five Points Bank
Tom Kelley and Matt Maser were appointed to serve as vice chairmen of Five Points Bank and Hometown Banc Corp. Kelley previously was a partner with McGrath North Law Firm in Omaha. Maser was previously a partner with Koley Jessen Law Firm in Omaha. Five Points Bank is the largest bank in the Grand Island area, and its holding company is the sixth largest Nebraska-based bank holding company with more than $832 million in total assets.
Carol Watson Watson elected president of Life Insurance Council Association
Carol S. Watson, J.D., CLU, FLMI, vice president, general counsel and secretary of Assurity Life Insurance Company, headquartered in Lincoln, has been elected president of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel (ALIC). Her one-year term began in May.
A member of ALIC since 1984, Watson is beginning her 10th year on the Association's board of governors. She served as chair of the finance committee in 2010 and vice chair of the corporate law section from 2006-2009.
Watson joined Assurity in 2003 and has three decades of experience in the life insurance industry. She obtained her law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
ALIC was founded in 1913 and is unique in its focus on the life insurance bar and in the quality of the scholarship devoted to topics of particular interest to lawyers advising life insurers. The Association has over 375 members from companies, industry associations and law firms.
  Nebraska Law Alumni Appointed to Bench
Nebraska Law alumni Michael Pirtle ('78) and Travis O'Gorman ('02) were appointed to the bench by Governor Dave Heineman on Friday, June 24. Pirtle will fill the vacancy on the Nebraska Court of Appeals. He has been a director with the Gross & Welch Law Firm since 2006, and prior to that time was a Senior Staff Attorney for American Family Insurance. Heineman appointed Travis O'Gorman to serve as a district court judge for the 12th Judicial District of Nebraska, which includes the counties of Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan and Sioux. O'Gorman is a partner in the law firm Cline, Williams, Wright, Johnson and Oldfather in Lincoln, and has been with the firm since his graduation in 2002.
Steven Meints Alum Serves in Qatar
Major Steven L. Meints ('97) is an Army Reserve JAG Attorney and is currently deployed to Qatar. He serves as an Operational Law Attorney for a Special Operations Command, primarily handling issues dealing with Rules of Engagement, Law of War, International Law, and Contract and Fiscal Law. In his note to the College, Meints commented on his deployment, "It is hot here, but the prospect of the upcoming Big Ten [football] season is keeping spirits up!" On the civilian side, Meints is an Associate Attorney with Wicker, Smith, O'Hara, McCoy & Ford, P.A. in Orlando where he practices insurance defense.
Chen Joins Covington & Burling LLP
Shaoyu Chen, '00, has joined Covington & Burling LLP as the managing director of its China food and drug practice based in Beijing. Chen has over 10 years experience in food and drug law, including serving as assistant chief counsel at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as senior counsel at Amgen Inc., and as chief compliance officer at GE Healthcare China.
Daniel Dawes Dawes Receives Alumni Achievement Recognition
Daniel Dawes, '06, will receive an Early Achiever award at the 2011 Alumni Awards Banquet: An All-University Celebration hosted by the Nebraska Alumni Association. The Early Achiever awards are given to alumni who have graduated in the last ten years and in the time since their graduation have excelled in their chosen fields. Dawes is a healthcare attorney at Premier Healthcare Alliance, and has worked closely with the White House and Congress to ensure that health reform legislation included health equity provisions. He was one of 13 experts invited by the Congressional Black Caucus to serve on the new Health Equity Leadership Commission to provide guidance to members of Congress, the Obama Administration and officials at the Department of Health and Human Services on implementing health reform. He and his wife, Nedeeka, reside in Silver Spring, Md.
Mary Lang Lang to Join Shearman & Sterling
Nebraska Law alumna and Omaha native, Mary Jo Lang, will join Shearman & Sterling, LLP in Washington, D.C. as a tax associate upon her graduation from NYU's Tax LLM program in May 2011. The program is considered the preeminent program of its kind and has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report since 1992, the year such rankings began. Shearman & Sterling is an international law firm with offices in twenty cities around the globe.
  Diers Elected VP for Ameritas Life
Ann Diers was elected vice-president-associate general counsel, variable contracts and AIC, at Ameritas Life. Diers manages the securities law filing team, which has responsibility for the insurance companies variable contract filings with the SEC. She is primarily responsible for federal securities law issues related to Ameritas Life and affiliated companies. She also provides counsel to Ameritas Investment Corp. concerning securities and investment advisory matters. Currently, Diers is president of the Nebraska Women's Bar Association.
Sarah Morris Open Technology Initiative Welcomes Morris as Policy Analyst
Nebraska Law alumna Sarah Morris has joined the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative as the program's newest Policy Analyst. Morris previously served as a Google Policy Fellow with the Media Access Project, where she assisted with research and drafting of FCC comments on issues including media ownership, the open Internet and broadcast licensing. She earned a B.A. in Poltical Science and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a J.D. and LL.M. in Space and Telecommunications Law from the University of Nebraska College of Law, completing her thesis on privacy and security concerns related to Smart Grid technology.
"Sarah's experience with emerging technologies -- whether smart grids or satellite communications -- and the privacy and security concerns these new systems raise, are a great asset to the OTI team," explained Sascha Meinrath, Director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative. "We are excited to add a legal expert with experience working both with our public interest allies and new technologies."
Morris added: "I am thrilled to join the New America team, and I am impressed with the energy and dedication of the staff in the Open Technology Initiative, as well as the program's commitment to bringing affordable, open technologies to all communities."
Wolff Named Prosecutor of the Year
Gearld Wolff ('85) was recently named the Idaho Prosecutor of the Year by the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association. Wolff heads Canyon County Idaho's efforts to prosecute gang-related and drug crimes.
R. Christopher Reade has been named the 2010 Pro Bono Attorney of the Decade by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.
The criteria for the award includes the number of cases, donated for the public good and without financial compensation, taken by an attorney in Southern Nevada. A native Nebraskan, Reade is a 1996 graduate of the College.
Alumna Beth Townsend was recently appointed by Governor Terry E. Branstad to direct the State of Iowa's Civil Rights Commission. "I am humbled to be asked to serve as the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission," said Townsend. "I believe strongly in the Commission's mission as I know Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds do as well. I look forward to leading the Commission in meeting the needs of the citizens of Iowa to ensure that discrimination is ended where it exists and the process is fair and responsive to all parties before
Alumna Connie Collingsworth will be featured in upcoming "Put Yourself on the Map" commercials aired by the UNL at home football and basketball games in the 2011-2012 seasons. Get a preview here.
Daniel Dawes Daniel Dawes ('06) co-authored a guidebook on the landmark health reform law, which was recently unveiled by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation). The guidebook is being widely disseminated all over the country to lawmakers, regulators, healthcare providers, business owners, consumers, academics, lawyers, analysts, advocates and researchers. It was commissioned to help individuals understand this complex law and to dispel myths surrounding it with a focus on the African American community.
Nebraska Law Alum Retires as Lancaster County Attorney
Nebraska Law alumnus, Gary Lacey, concluded his service as the Lancaster County Attorney on December 31, 2010, after twenty years in the position. Lacey graduated from Nebraska Law, and then spent the next 35 years practicing law - 32 of them with the Lancaster County Attorney's office. During his tenure, Lacey helped establish a juvenile diversion program and the Child Advocacy Center in addition to other initiatives focusing on juveniles.
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Jon Vince Jon Vince, an alumnus of Nebraska Law's Space and Telecommunications Law LL.M. program, was recently awarded the 2010 Society of Satellite Professionals International Scholarship and recognized as part of the SSPI Satellite Scholars program. Vince will receive these awards at the 2011 SSPI Gala which will be held in March 2011 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.
John Lentz Lentz Wins Writing Competition. Nebraska Law alum John A. Lentz won first place in the American Indian Law Writing Competition sponsored by the University of Oklahoma's American Indian Law Review. The article will be published this spring as the special feature in Volume 35 of the publication.
Steve Willborn, Ted Sorensen, and Harvey Perlman Nebraska Law Mourns the Loss of Alum Ted Sorensen. One of Nebraska Law's most distinguished alums, Ted Sorensen, passed away on Sunday in Manhattan, New York. Sorensen graduated from the college in 1950. "Our school lost an amazing alum over the weekend," said Dean Susan Poser. "He took Nebraskan values to the very top of our nation's government. He was very loyal not only to the college but to the entire State of Nebraska. He will be missed." Sorensen is largely known for his work as writer and counselor for President John F. Kennedy. After Kennedy's assassination, Mr. Sorensen practiced law practiced law and politics. More about Sorensen's remarkable life and career may be found here.
Mary Jo Lang Nebraska Law alum Robert F. Bartle assumed the role of President of the Nebraska State Bar Association at the organization's annual meeting October 20-22, 2010. A native of St. Paul, Nebraska, Bartle is a private practitioner at the firm of Bartle & Geier, practicing general trial work primarily in the areas of civil trials, commercial litigation, personal injury, employment litigation, and professional malpractice. He has served as adjunct professor at Nebraska Law, as well as serving on the National Institute for Trial Advocacy at Notre Dame Law School and as a NITA faculty member at the University of California-Berkley. Another Nebraska Law alum, Marsha E. Fangmeyer was elected to the office of president-elect designate of the NSBA. Fangmeyer practices in Kearney, Nebraska with the firm of Knapp, Fangmeyer, Aschwege, Besse & Marsh P.C. Also at the annual meeting, Nebraska law alum and current Associate Dean Glenda Pierce began her term as the First Supreme Court District Representative to the Nebraska State Bar Association Executive Council.
  Nebraska Law LRAP Applications Available To encourage and assist students who seek public interest employment, Nebraska Law has created the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP.) The program was developed to provide financial assistance to graduates who pursue public interest positions as well as help meet the need for competent, qualified attorneys working in the area of public legal services. Under the program, loans will be made to eligible graduates to assist them with repayment of qualified loans used to finance their legal education. The loan is fully forgivable at the end of each period in which the loan is made if the applicant meets the program's cancellation provisions. Applications for LRAP are available at http://law.unl.edu/career/lrap.shtml and are due November 1, 2010.
Mary Jo Lang Lang Among the Elite In Tax Program
Nebraska Law alumna Mary Jo Lang ('10) was accepted to and is currently an LL.M. student in NYU's Graduate Tax Program, the first of its kind in the nation. The program is widely viewed as the preeminent program of its kind, and has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report since 1992, the year such rankings began. Alumni of the program are found in prominent positions in tax practice, government, the judiciary and academia. Lang is an Omaha native.
  Nebraska Law Class of 2010 Continues 100% Bar Passage Rate
The Nebraska Law Class of 2010 continues to impress. On the heels of a 100% passage rate of the Nebraska State Bar Examination, those members of the class that sat for the July Iowa State Bar Examination rose to the occasion and had a 100% passage rate as well. "We are absolutely thrilled!" said Dean Susan Poser. "It is a tremendous accomplishment, and such great validation for the students and faculty." The members of the 2010 class were sworn in on September 20, 2010 in Des Moines, Iowa.
  Nebraska Law Class of 2010 Achieves 100% Nebraska State Bar Passage Rate.
The University of Nebraska College of Law is pleased to announce that its Class of 2010 had a 100% passage rate for those graduates who took the Nebraska State Bar Examination in July 2010. "It is a tremendous achievement, and we are thrilled that those that took the exam, passed it. It is verification that Nebraska Law provides an exceptional legal education to its students," said Dean Susan Poser. "Best wishes to the alumni from the class of 2010 as they embark on their professional careers." The Class of 2010 graduates who passed the exam will be sworn in by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican and by U.S. Federal District Court Chief Judge Joseph Bataillon in the Capitol Rotunda on September 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.
Daniel Dawes Dawes to serve on the Congressional Black Caucus' Health Equity Leadership Commission. Daniel E. Dawes ('06) was recently asked to be one of 13 experts on the Congressional Black Caucus' Health Equity Leadership Commission, a newly formed group focused on ensuring that the provisions in the health reform law are implemented to the fullest extent.