Accelerate 2018 Speaker Bios

Danielle Allison

Danielle Allison

Danielle Allison is Executive Director of Ms. JD. She is a graduate of Florida State University and Harvard Law School.  Danielle clerked for then Chief Judge UW Clemon of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.  She spent six years working in the litigation group at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. Danielle was the founding chair of Sutherland "Women Stepping Up" philanthropy initiative, co-chair of the firm’s women attorneys group, and a member of the hiring committee.  She is a former American Bar Association, Business Law Section Fellow (2013-2015) and a former member of the State Bar of Georgia Committee to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession; Leadership Atlanta, LEAD Atlanta Class of 2012; Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Destiny Fund Class of 2009; Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Former Executive Board Member; and Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, Former Foundation Council Member.  Danielle is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Junior League of Lee County, Alabama. She lives in Auburn, Alabama.



Barb Davis

Barb Davis

Barbara Davis has over 28 years in the insurance industry including 20 years at State Farm Insurance, specializing in liability lawsuits and claims.  She presently runs her own consulting firm where she specializes in insurance legal issues. Besides consultations, she serves as a trial expert, an umpire and an appraiser. Ms. Davis is an adjunct faculty member for University of Central Missouri and is presently teaching in the Risk Management & Insurance Degree program. 

Ms. Davis moved to the Kansas City area shortly after Nebraska Law School graduation in 1984 and presently lives in Lee’s Summit, MO with her teenage son, Alex.  Alex was born premature and became blind shortly after birth.  Ms. Davis has become experienced in special needs and blindness issues and continues to work with educators, medical professionals, therapists and parents including speaking engagements. 

 

Torrey Gerdes

Torrey Gerdes

Ms. Gerdes is a trial attorney and chair of the firm’s employment practice group. She assists clients in navigating complex issues to manage risk and achieve their goals to avoid claims, throughout discovery, in settlement, and during trial if necessary. With a foundation in insurance defense litigation, she represents individuals, political subdivisions, business clients, and professionals in employment, professional malpractice, municipal/political subdivision litigation, premises liability, and other tort claims.

Ms. Gerdes’ employment practice includes advising, workplace investigations, and litigation defense. She counsels employers on compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, wage, contract, non-compete and misappropriation issues. Both before and after issues arise, she provides practical advice for implementing employment policies and employee discipline and termination decisions. She conducts and provides guidance during workplace investigations in order to avoid claims and maximize defense in litigation.

Ms. Gerdes defends employers in various industries against charges of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, contract, and wage matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She has a high success rate in obtaining no reasonable cause determinations for employer clients. She has obtained summary judgment and dismissal in both state and federal courts in numerous cases alleging violation of state and federal employment laws.

Ms. Gerdes grew up in Eustis, Nebraska. In her free time, Ms. Gerdes enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

  

Jennifer Petersen

Jennifer Petersen

Jennifer R. Petersen is responsible for managing all of Werner’s labor and employment matters. In this role, Ms. Petersen oversees all of Werner’s employment litigation nationally. She provides daily advice to various departments at Werner regarding compliance with all state and federal employment laws. Ms. Petersen also represents Werner in all employment-related administrative agency investigations and reviews by drafting position statements and responses for information, and by coordinating Werner’s responses to audits. Ms. Petersen earned her undergraduate degree from the Iowa State University and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law with distinction.

  

Kristen Blankley

Kristen Blankley

Professor Blankley joined the Nebraska Law faculty in 2010. She received her B.A. in History and Political Science and graduated summa cum laude from Hiram College, and she received her J.D. from The Ohio State University, Mortiz College of Law, graduating first in her class. After law school, Professor Blankley served as a law clerk on the Sixth and Eighth Circuits.Following her two appellate clerkships, Professor Blankley practiced at the Columbus, Ohio office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP. Her practice involved a wide variety of civil litigation matters, including cases involving the First Amendment, trade secrets, contract issues, and product liability.

Professor Blankley teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Advocacy in Mediation, Mediation, Arbitration, and Legal Professions. She first became interested in the field of alternative dispute resolution while in law school, where she earned a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. Her research has largely focused on how parties can customize alternative processes to suit their dispute-resolution needs. Her research also deals with the crossroads of alternative dispute resolution and ethics. Professor Blankley is an active member of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.  She was appointed as a member of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Council in 2016.  Additionally, she serves on the American Bar Association Law School Division Arbitration Competitions Committee, which oversees the annual law school Arbitration Competition. Professor Blankley is also a practicing mediator and arbitrator in Nebraska.

Professor Blankley also instituted and coaches the Nebraska Mediation Competition for students. This competition teaches students how to be effective mediators and advocates for their clients in mediation. 

Professor Blankley sits on the Board of Directors of The Mediation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She is a past member of the Board of Directors and former Board President of the Nebraska Mediation Association.  She also serves as the Secretary of the Advisory Council for the Nebraska Office of Dispute Resolution. Professor Blankley currently sits as a co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Subcommittee on Ethics.


Jeana Goosmann

Jeana Goosmann

Attorney Jeana Goosmann is the CEO’s Attorney and personally acts as general counsel to company presidents, CEOs, and corporate executives. As the Founder, CEO and Managing Partner of the Goosmann Law Firm, she knows what it takes to start a business and grow it from the ground up.  Jeana’s a lawyer who thinks like a CEO and business owner because she’s lived it, been there, and gets it.  Clients who work with Jeana experience a business legal partner at their side with a full law firm to tackle all legal matters. After becoming an entrepreneur and starting the firm in 2009, she’s grown the firm successfully at a rapid pace and built a client experience that’s like no other law firm. Everyday Jeana lives out the firm’s mission, making it “worth it” for her clients, employees, friends, and family. Her fierce legal business and litigation experience with Midwest values allows Jeana to guide CEOs through their most important legal matters, helping them make the wisest business decisions the law can offer.  This makes Jeana’s legal advice sought after by the most successful CEOs. Her clients include large national corporations as well as local closely-held companies and family-owned businesses of all sizes. Jeana has represented clients on Forbes’ billionaire’s list, Senators in trial, and companies involved in anti-trust class action, toxic tort, business fraud, piercing the corporate veil, adversary proceedings, mass product recall, breach of contract, explosion litigation and business torts. Jeana also helps out-of-state lawyers with transactions and litigation in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.  If you’re stuck in multi-million-dollar business deals, bogged down by legal disputes, losing cash flow, tangled in contracts, and getting headaches from troubled employees, Jeana is ready to work for you – worth it! Call Jeana now.

 


Molly Brummond

Molly Brummond

Molly Brummond is a 2003 graduate of Nebraska Law. After several years in private practice, she worked for private industry providing her employer with in-house legal services in addition to business development, marketing, and communications direction. Brummond returned to the College of Law in 2010 and, since that time, has served the College in various roles dealing with alumni relations, student life, and communications. In her role as Assistant Dean for External Relations and Strategic Initiatives, Molly oversees Nebraska Law’s Admissions efforts, alumni relations, student organizations, and professional skills development opportunities for both students and alumni. 

Brummond is most interested in thinking about and teaching leadership and how the theories, skills, and concepts associated apply in the context of lawyering. She is one of the principle developers of the College’s Build Your Character program - a program that works to identify leadership and professional skills development opportunities for students that occur both inside and outside of the classroom. The program has received much national attention, and Brummond has written and presented on the topic for the National Conference of Bar Examiners and NALP. As part of the program, Brummond co-teaches the Dean’s Leadership Class - a pop-up class during which students learn about leadership skills such as empathy, listening, cultural competency, and providing feedback, among others. In addition to this class, Brummond leads the New! Associate Acceleration Academy and the Now. Leadership Cohort - two groups that are a part of the College’s broader Women’s Leadership Initiative. Both groups focus on leadership opportunities that women lawyers routinely faced and the skills needed to successfully navigate them.

She is actively involved in the community of Lincoln as a member of the executive committee (Past President) and the board of directors for the Food Bank of Lincoln, an active volunteer for CEDARS Youth Services, past Chair of Lincoln's Young Professionals Group, and a past member of the City of Lincoln's Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. 

 

Tosha Rae Heavican

Tosha Rae Heavican

Tosha Rae Heavican is passionate about helping people. She has worked in private practice both as a law clerk and since obtaining her law license. She has served as a court visitor on many cases involving adult disabled persons and helped families navigate the probate system when facing the passing of a loved one. Tosha Rae enjoys being a member of the Nebraska Bar and is a member of the 2017-2018 Nebraska Bar Leadership Academy.

Tosha Rae previously taught as an adjunct professor at the College of Saint Mary, teaching legal writing as part of the college's paralegal program. With Tosha Rae's background in print media and communications, she is passionate about legal writing and research.

When she isn't working, Tosha Rae enjoys cooking, baking, cheering on the Huskers, and spending time with her family, including her husband and two children.

 

Marnie Jensen

Marnie Jensen

Marnie is a Partner and commercial litigator in the Food & Agribusiness industry group at Husch Blackwell LLP.  Marnie has served as lead counsel in a wide variety of commercial litigation disputes, including those involving product recalls and misbranding/labeling claims, trade secrets and patent disputes, shareholder oppression claims, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty disputes, antitrust matters, and complex business torts matters.  Marnie has handled cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois state courts, and federal district courts across the country.  In addition, Marnie chairs the firm’s Food Regulatory practice and regularly advises clients in all aspects of FDA, USDA, and EPA regulation involving food and agriculture production.  Marnie also serves as the Omaha hiring chair for the firm and is deeply committed to finding opportunities for women lawyers to lead.    

Marnie and her husband of 22 years are child-free by choice.  Marnie spends her “free” time traveling the world, knitting, enjoying craft cocktails, and growing food.    

 

 

Jamie Reyes

Jamie Reyes

Jamie Reyes is the Transportation Director and State Railroad Safety Program Manager at the Nebraska Public Service Commission, the state’s public utility regulatory body. Jamie has held several positions within the Commission since November 2003, most recently as Legal Counsel for the Transportation, Natural Gas and Pipelines, and Enhanced Wireless 911 departments. After law school, Jamie served as Legal Counsel for the Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Jamie earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law with a concentration in Civil Litigation, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Nebraska, and is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  In addition to professional service, Jamie serves her community as a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

 

Elsbeth Magilton

Elsbeth Magilton

Elsbeth Magilton received her B.A., cum laude, from Doane University in 2008. After starting her career in web development, Elsbeth shifted into technology policy during law school. She earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law and received a concentration in Cyberlaw. During law school Elsbeth also attended the William and Mary College of Law, completing courses in cybercrime and electronic discovery and working with the Center for Legal and Court Technology. 

Elsbeth is the Executive Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications law programs at the University of Nebraska College of Law. There she oversees program development and strategic growth, program budgets, government and commercial collaborations, research projects and proposals, the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition team, online classroom structure and technology deployment, and serves as the main on-campus contact for LL.M., J.S.D. and J.D. students specializing in space, cyber, or telecommunications law. 

Her current focus areas include commercial space law and policy, cybersecurity and cybercrime, and national security. Elsbeth is admitted to practice law in the state of Nebraska and is member of the Nebraska Bar Association. She is a member of the National Women in Aerospace organization and hosts the U.S. State Department Visiting Leaders Program, focused on Women in STEM, Cybersecurity, and National Security, annually. Elsbeth is the law college’s principal investigator for projects serving the U.S. Strategic Command’s University Affiliated Research Center – the only such center in the Depart of Defense to include a law school in their research partnerships. In her free time Elsbeth enjoys being a mother to two young children, reading, running, and indulging in being an all-around internet junkie.

 

Hon. Riko Bishop

Hon. Riko Bishop

Riko Bishop has been a judge with the Nebraska Court of Appeals since August 2013. She was previously a shareholder with Perry, Guthery, Haase & Gessford (Lincoln), where she was a litigation attorney for 20 years. Prior to that she was a school teacher and also worked in private business management. Judge Bishop chairs the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Committee on Practice and Procedure and Nebraska’s Judicial Branch Education Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Parenting Act Subcommittee and she co-chairs a Temporary Hearings in District Court Subcommittee (both formed under the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Commission on Children in the Courts). She serves on the Nebraska State Bar Foundation’s Law Related Education Committee and is a member of the Appellate Practice Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA).

Judge Bishop received the 2017 Outstanding Contributor to Women in the Law Award from the NSBA Women & the Law Section, and was recognized as a 2017 Outstanding Civic Health Partner by the Nebraskans for Civic Reform. She recently received the 2018 Warren K. Urbom Mentor Award from the Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court. Judge Bishop regularly volunteers as a judge for the Nebraska College of Law’s national moot court team and Grether Moot Court Competition. She has been a presenter or guest panelist for many law-related or educational events.

Judge Bishop is married and has 2 sons. Her oldest son is a Navy pilot; he is married and has 3 children. Her youngest son is a student at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Erin Callahan

Erin Callahan

Erin currently serves as the 4th President of Ms. JD. Erin attended her first Ms. JD conference in 2011 and served on the Ms. JD conference committee for two years before she was asked to join the Board of Directors in 2015. Erin is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas Texas. In law school, she served as Women in Law President for two years and as Student Bar Association President her last year. After graduation, she worked in the Insurance Industry for a small company then moved on to work for Philadelphia Insurance Companies in Dallas, Texas and Berkley Oil and Gas in Houston, Texas. She now works in private practice in a small-town south of Houston. She helps clients with their Business, Real Estate, Will and Estates, Probate, and Family Law matters. When she is not working her and her significant other live in League City, Texas on the Marina and can be found walking near the water with their miniature pincher Rossie. Erin is also involved in her community and has held several Board of Director positions including Atlantic Housing Foundation, Dallas Women Lawyers Association and now Ms. JD.  You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @EsqErinCate.

 

Kristin Krueger

Kristin Krueger

Kristin Krueger counsels and advocates for clients in the event of a dispute, working with each client to decide on a path forward toward a successful outcome.  She has substantial experience advocating for clients and securing victories in and out-of-court, litigating cases in various state and federal courts, as well as in administrative agencies and via out-of-court workouts and resolutions.

Kristin counsels clients through all stages of the litigation process and works with each client to develop a strategy that fits with the client’s objective. Her business and commercial litigation practice regularly involves complex contractual disputes, construction disputes, negligence claims, and business torts. Her practice also involves bankruptcy and creditors’ rights litigation, representing creditors and debtors in bankruptcy court to maximize client rights and minimize losses. Kristin has substantial appellate experience, arguing cases before the Nebraska Court of Appeals, Nebraska Supreme Court, Eighth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Lily Amare

Lily Amare

Lily is a fourth-year associate at Cline Williams. Her practice areas include: Labor and Employment, Employment Litigation and Business Litigation. Specifically, she counsels employers regarding human resources policies and procedures, best employment practices, reasonable accommodation, harassment and retaliation claims, and other employment related issues. Lily drafts and reviews employment handbooks and other employment-related policies and documents. She also represents employers in employment-based litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Lily serves as an independent investigator for harassment and discrimination claims within the work place. Lily also represents school districts in matters such as employee and student due process and Title IX compliance.

Further, Lily serves as the adjunct professor of Pre-Trial Litigation at Nebraska College of Law, and is involved in various capacities at various organizations within the Lincoln community.

Lily is admitted to practice law in Nebraska, United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, and United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

 

Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith

Brenda Smith is a Partner with Dvorak Law Group, LLC. She assists clients with a variety of commercial and business litigation matters. This includes breaches of contracts, negligence, fraud, insurance disputes, and construction disputes. She also represents clients in probate and trust proceedings. 

Brenda received her J.D. from the University Of Nebraska College Of Law. She is involved with the Nebraska and Omaha Bar Associations. Brenda is active in the community. She is a past President of the Junior League of Omaha and past Chair of the TeamMates Gala.  She is also on the Nebraska Medicine Guild Board of Directors and previously served on numerous guilds.   

In 2017, Midlands Business Journal named Brenda a 40 Under 40 award winner.  She is also a past participant in Leadership Omaha.   

Dvorak Law Group, LLC is a full-service business, estate planning and litigation law firm, with offices in Omaha and Hastings, Nebraska. They serve individuals, businesses, non-profit and government entities in Nebraska and throughout the country. 

 

Tasha Everman

Tasha Everman

Tasha Everman oversees the law college’s professional development programming and outreach to employers. Tasha earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2002 and subsequently served as a judicial clerk to judges on the Nebraska Supreme Court and Nebraska Court of Appeals. Tasha joined the college in the fall of 2005 with over a decade of experience working with students both in the U.S. and abroad. 

Ms. Everman joined the College of Law in 2005 as the Assistant Dean and Director of Career Development. She received her B.A. degree in English from Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1988 and her J.D. degree (with distinction) in 2002 from the University of Nebraska College of Law. While at the College of Law, she was president of the Woman's Law Caucus, and was named the College of Law's "Outstanding Woman Law Graduate" by the National Association of Woman Lawyers. Following law school, Ms. Everman clerked for Justice Kenneth Stephan of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Judge Frankie Moore of the Nebraska Court of Appeals. 

Ms. Everman brings to her position as Director of Career Services almost a decade of experience working with students both in the United States and abroad. She lives in Lincoln with her husband Brian and her two children, Maggie and Charlie. She is a member of the Women's Law Caucus Board of Directors, a former board member and strong supporter of the Lincoln Literacy Council and the acting liaison to the college for the Women and The Law Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association.

 

Kara Ronnau

Kara Ronnau

Kara J. Ronnau grew up on a farm north of Hampton, Hamilton County, NE, where both sides of her family have farmed for six generations. Kara attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln and earned a bachelor of arts in History in 2007. In 2011, Kara graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law, with distinction. Kara and her husband, Nathan, welcomed their first child, Dylan, between her 2L and 3L year. After law school, Kara was in private practice in Aurora and Lincoln for over five years. Since law school Kara and Nathan have welcomed their daughters, Emily and Hadley. In July, 2017 Kara joined Aurora Cooperative Elevator Company as Executive General Counsel. 

Currently, Kara serves as a board of director for Aurora Development Corporation, Aurora Child Care, Inc., and as President of the Aurora Rotary Chapter.


Angela Zimmer

Angela Zimmer

Angela M. Zimmer is a licensed attorney who graduated from Creighton University School of Law. While in law school, she worked for the Douglas County Attorney’s Office and argued Tipler v. Douglas County, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which she won. Angie began her career in 2007 as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Eighth Judicial District Court of Wyoming for the Honorable Keith G. Kautz and the Honorable John C. Brooks. In 2009, Angela began working in private practice before becoming in-house counsel for two nonprofit corporations. At Watson & Carroll, Angela manages the administration of the firm.

Angela was born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She believes education and mentoring is vital to our society and takes the time to mentor whenever possible. When she’s not at the office, Angela is actively reading two or three books varying from fiction, self-development, business, psychology, and everything in-between. Angela maintains an interest in diverse hobbies such as triathlons, yoga, horse show jumping, and photography. Above all, she loves spending time with her family.

 


Kari Schmitz

Kari SchmitzKari Schmitz is a recent law school graduate, new mom, and Husker-loving Wildcat.

Kari believes in the potential of women and inspires others through servant leadership. She is the current President of the Junior League of Lincoln and Vice President of the Fresh Start Board of Directors, supports Rise Lincoln and 100s of Women Who Care, and sings at her local church.

During law school, Kari and her partner won the ABA’s National Client Counseling Competition and represented the USA and UNL at the International Client Consultation Competition in Canterbury, England. She studied abroad in China. She also clerked for Hudl, Invest Nebraska, and the University of Nebraska General Counsel’s Office. Prior to law school, Kari worked at Nebraska DHHS as an operations consultant, and supported a serial entrepreneur at GTM Sportswear and his other endeavors. She also has extensive experience in university admissions, and taught university courses in entrepreneurship and leadership.

Kari holds a J.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law (2018), Master of Arts in political science from Kansas State University (2007), and a Bachelor of Arts in political science/pre-law/international studies with minors in music and Spanish from Kansas State University (2003).

Kari is currently employed as a Legal Operations Specialist at Hudl in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is married to Bryan and gave birth to their son, Carter, in March 2018. She also enjoys coffee and Diet Coke (in large quantities).

 

Kala Mueller

Kala MuellerKala joined the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2015 as the Associate Director of Career Services. She received her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005 and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2009. While in law school, Kala was involved with the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, first as a member of its writing program, which resulted in publication of her article on China’s population control policy, and later as a senior editor. She also worked with a clinical program serving prison inmates and the Dane County District Attorney’s Office in Madison, Wisconsin.  

Following law school, Kala worked as a prosecutor in central Wisconsin for over 3 years before joining a private practice where she practiced primarily in the area of personal injury defense.  She is happy to be back in Lincoln, where she lives with her husband and two children. 

 

Maleaha Brown

Maleaha Brown

Maleaha Brown is an attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, where her practice focuses on family law litigation for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in South Texas. Maleaha received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law and her B.A. in Sociology from Baylor University, with minors in Child and Family Studies and Spanish. She is licensed to practice law in Texas.

Maleaha became involved with Ms. JD in law school as a 2015 Ms. JD Fellow, and she joined the organization’s Board of Directors in 2017.  She currently serves as the Fellowship Coordinator and the Vice-President of Ms. JD’s Board of Directors. Maleaha is passionate about advocating for women’s issues. Notably, her articles “When Pros Become Cons: Ending the NFL’s History of Domestic Violence Leniency” and “The Unfair Choice: A Call for Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers” have been published in the ABA’s Family Law Quarterly and the Howard Human and Civil Rights Law Review, respectively.

 

Tara Paulson

Tara Paulson

Tara is a Partner at Rembolt Ludtke and her practice primarily focuses on employment and labor issues, civil litigation and transportation. Tara has significant experience in employment litigation, including matters involving federal, state, and local employment laws. In addition to her litigation practice, Tara regularly represents clients in responding to administrative charges before federal, state, and local agencies, counsels employers regarding various labor and employment law issues, negotiates and prepares employment and separation agreements, reviews and revises employee handbooks, and drafts personnel policies. Tara has also developed a unique practice representing transportation clients before the Nebraska Public Service Commission. She is a member of the Nebraska College of Law Young Alumni Council, the Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court, the Defense Research Institute, (Employment Law Committee, The Voice Subcommittee chair and the Young Lawyers Committee), Nebraska State Bar Association, (Labor Relations and Employment Law Section - executive committee), Nebraska Defense Counsel Association, Friends of Woods Tennis, and JDRF. Ms. Paulson earned her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and her J.D. degree, with distinction, from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

 

Ellie Rohr

Ellie Rohr

Ellie is a 2014 graduate of Nebraska Law.  Since graduating, she worked for one year in private practice before joining the new Office of Public Guardian where I worked as an Associate Public Guardian and APG Legal Counsel for two years.  From there, she moved to the Nebraska Public Service Commission where she serves as a staff attorney, primarily serving our Transportation, Housing, and Grain Departments.  Ellie completed the 2017-2018 NSBA Leadership Academy and also participated in the College of Law mentoring program.

 

 

Tara Stingley

Tara Stingley

Tara specializes in employment law, advising large and small businesses in a variety of industries on compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations. Tara assists clients in developing employment policies and provides guidance on best employment practices, employment/termination decisions, and avoiding employment litigation and claims. She advises clients on Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and other similar federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  In the area of wage and hour laws. Tara assists clients in performing internal wage/hour audits to identify potential areas of exposure. Tara also prepares and updates employment policies, employee handbooks, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, restrictive covenant agreements (including non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disclosure/confidentiality, and non-diversion agreements), and separation agreements/releases for individual terminations and reductions-in-force. Additionally, she develops employee training materials and conducts training sessions on equal employment opportunity subjects and recent changes in employment law.

Tara also has a litigation practice and routinely represents public and private employers of all sizes in federal and state court and before federal, state, and local administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission (NEOC), and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), among others. Tara defends employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment under Title VII, the ADA, the FMLA, and the ADEA; claims for wage/hour violations under the FLSA and state wage payment laws; and claims alleging wrongful termination and breach of contract.  She also assists employers in enforcing restrictive covenant agreements containing non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disclosure/confidentiality, and non-diversion provisions.

 

Katie Pfannenstiel

Katie Pfannenstiel

Katie Pfannenstiel is the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Event Planning at the College of Law. She oversees the alumni/student mentor program, as well as coordinates reunions and alumni activities. In addition, she provides travel and necessary arrangements for incoming guest lecturers, logistical event support to other College of Law offices, and assists with the content of  The Senior Transcript and The Transcript. She also supports student organizations by helping to plan and manage their fundraisers and events.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Management from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master of Education from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She co-chairs the Lancaster County Girls and Women in Sports & Fitness committee, of which she's been a member of since 2005. She and her husband, Dusty, have a daughter, Margaret, and a son, Harrison. 

 

Alyssa Stokes

Aly Stokes

Aly Stokes is an associate ay Koley Jessen, where she provides counsel to clients on their employment and HR matters, including maintaining compliance with employment-related laws and regulations. She has experience in variety of areas, including drafting employment policies and agreements, responding to charges of discrimination, and assisting clients through various stages of employment-related litigation.

Aly graduated with high distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2017.

 

Christin Lovegrove

Christin Lovegrove

Christin P. Lovegrove is a native of rural Fairmont, Nebraska, and a graduate of Fillmore Central High School. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2009.  She graduated with high distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors of Science in Finance and minors in Economics and Chicano Studies in 2006. Christin specializes in the areas of estate planning, family business entities, real estate, probate, trust administration and agricultural issues. She is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Real Estate, Trust and Probate Section, the Agricultural Law Section, the Young Lawyers Section Executive Team, the Membership Committee and a member of the Leadership Academy Class of 2013.  Locally, she is involved in Young Leaders of Fillmore County, Fillmore Central School Board, Fillmore County Hospital Foundation, Geneva Activity and Education Department Board, the United Methodist Church Administrative Council and Sowing Seeds Academy Advisory Board, and a member of Class XIII of Leadership Nebraska through the Nebraska State Chamber as well as the 2017-2018 Now.Leadership Cohort through the Nebraska College of Law.

 

Hon. Rachel Daugherty

Hon. Rachel Daugherty

Rachel Daughtery has been a judge in Nebraska’s 5th Judicial District since 2014. She was previously a shareholder with Myers & Daugherty, where she was an attorney for 5 years. Prior to that she was a shareholder with Lauritsen, Brownell, Brostrom, Stehlik, Myers & Daugherty for 8 years. Judge Daugherty graduated with distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1995.


 

Megan Belcher

Megan Belcher

Megan is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of The Scoular Company.  Scoular is a 125-year old company with over $5 billion in annual revenue and over 100 locations world-wide.  Scoular provides diverse supply chain solutions for end-users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients, and food ingredients around the globe.  Megan leads Scoular's Legal, as well as its Brand Marketing & Communications teams.  Before joining Scoular, Megan was a partner with an Am Law 100 firm in its Food & Agribusiness SBU focusing on compliance, labor and employment, and litigation matters.  Before returning to private practice, and from May 2007 until May 2016, Megan was a member of the legal leadership team at Conagra Brands, last serving in the role of Vice President & Chief Counsel - Employment Law and Compliance.  In that role, and for over six years, she led the team that managed the employment, labor, and employee compliance related legal matters for the company's then 35,000 employees.

Megan is the former Chair of the Committee of the Year award winning Employment and Labor Law Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and previously sat on the Editorial Advisory Board for the ACCDocket.  ACC also named her to its inaugural class of Top Ten 30 Somethings in 2012.  For the past three years, Ethisphere magazine has named her as a Top Ethics and Compliance Officers in its annual Attorneys Who Matter listing. Megan is also member of the Advisory Board for the Women, Influence & Power in the Law conference.  Megan spends her professional investment time advocating for, coaching, and facilitating accessible development pathways for women aspiring to lead in the legal profession. She is the founder of Drinks Among Friends, a grass-roots organization that offers educational and leadership development opportunities to women lawyers in their own communities.  

Megan is an honors graduate of the University of Missouri and Boston College Law School, and holds a Master Certificate in Human Resource Studies from Cornell University.

 

Melissa McCoy
Melissa McCoy
Melissa McCoy is Assistant Director of Admissions and works with prospective students to help them decide if Nebraska College of Law is a good fit for their educational goals. Ms. McCoy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English as well as a graduate certificate in Nineteenth Century Studies from the University of Nebraska. Prior to joining the admissions team at Nebraska Law in 2015, she spent nearly twelve years overseeing recruiting and marketing for adult and graduate programs at Nebraska Wesleyan University where she also taught courses in composition, communication, and literature.

 Melissa is a past president, former board member, and active member of NOVA Business and Professional Women. She currently serves on the financial development committee of the YWCA of Lincoln. Ms. McCoy can also be heard as an on-air announcer during fund drives for NET Radio, which is Nebraska’s NPR station.