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Jack Beard

Beard Shares Expertise in National Security and Space Law Presentations

23 Oct 2020    

Professor Jack Beard has shared his expertise in national security and space law in a number of local, national and international presentations this semester.

  • August 4, Professor Beard delivered a CLE presentation for the Omaha Bar Association. As part of the presentation, Beard discussed ­­the basics of space law.
  • September 30, Beard co-hosted the US Space Command/US Air Force Academy webinar on Space Law, discussing the topic “Zones in Outer Space.”
  • October 1, Beard participated in a panel discussing “Zones in Outer Space,” as part of a monthly webinar series co-hosted by the United States Space Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and the Law, Technology, and Warfare Research Cell at the United States. the Air Force Academy.
  • October 2, during Nebraska’s Virtual Space Law Week, Beard moderated a panel entitled “Military Space Operations Panel: The Danger of Cross-Domain Analogies (Air, Land, Sea and Cyberspace).”
  • October 8, Beard presented an Expert Level Masterclass on “Space Law 101: dealing with a competitive and contested domain,” for diplomats and other personnel of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (the Foreign Ministry) of the United Kingdom. Beard’s invitation to speak to the Foreign Ministry was based on a strong recommendation by NATO officials.
  • October 14, Beard presented “Military Space Operations Law: Missteps, Misconceptions and Myths about International Law as Applied to Military Space Operations" at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, VA. This lecture was part of a course on “Emergent Topics in Operational and International Law”. The virtual broadcast was viewed at U.S. military legal offices around the world.

Jack Beard is an associate professor of law and co-director of the space, cyber, and telecommunications law program. He teaches courses in International Cyber Security, National Security Space Law, National Security Law, Arms Control and Human Rights & International Criminal Law. His primary research interests focus on public international law and national security law, with a particular emphasis upon outer space, cyber law, arms control, the law of armed conflict, and the international legal implications of modern military technologies. Beard joined the Nebraska Law faculty in 2011.

Jack Beard and Matt Schaefer

Beard and Schaefer Chair Panels for International Law Weekend

23 Oct 2020    

Professors Jack Beard and Matt Schaefer both chaired panels at the American Branch of International Law Association’s International Law Weekend, traditionally held in New York City, but hosted remotely in 2020. The 99th Annual Meeting and International Law Weekend centered around the theme of International Law in Challenging Times.

Schaefer’s panel, held on October 23, entitled "Standard Setting or Outer Space Activities: Choice of Forums and Methods" featured discussion on legal process for space activities. Beard’s panel, held the same day, was entitled "From Accord back to Confrontation: The Return of the Iran Nuclear Crisis." Beard and Schaefer are both long time members of the Association and hold leadership roles on multiple committees.

William Mueller

Mueller, '80, Elected President-Elect of NSBA

21 Oct 2020    

William J. Mueller, ’80, of Lincoln was elected President-Elect to succeed Jill Ackerman as President. Mueller will serve as NSBA President from October 2021 to October 2022. 

Mueller is senior partner and co-founder of Mueller Robak LLC. Mr. Mueller has succeeded in combining a strong legal and political background to become one of the state’s leading lobbyists. He advises clients on a broad range of legislative and government relations matters. Mr. Mueller is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska College of Law. Mueller was elected to membership in the National Order of Barristers and was a member of the National Moot Court Team while in law school.  He was elected Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association and has served as Legislative Counsel to the NSBA since 1984.  He was named a Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation and a Patron Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Mueller has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® and as a Great Plains Super Lawyer in Government Relations Law since 2009. In 2013, 2016 and 2019 and 2021 Mueller was selected as the Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Government Relations practice in Nebraska. Mr. Mueller is a past President of the University of Nebraska Alumni Association.  Mueller and his spouse, fellow Mueller Robak partner, Kim M. Robak, chaired the NSBA's Barristers' Ball and the campaign of the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County.  Mueller currently serves as the President of the United Way's Board of Directors. 

Mueller and Kim Robak, '85, have two daughters, Katherine and Claire. Katherine T. Mueller resides in New York City where she works for a financial services company in their global payments area.  Dr. Claire M. Mueller, M.D., resides in Portland where she is in the second year of her ophthalmology residency.  Mueller's father, the late William P. "Rocky" Mueller of Ogallala, served as President of the Nebraska State Bar Association in 1983-1984.

Jason Grams

Grams, '07, Elected President-Elect Designate of the NSBA

21 Oct 2020    

Jason W. Grams, ’07,  of was elected President-Elect Designate to succeed William Mueller as President-Elect.  Grams will serve as Nebraska State Bar Association President from October 2022 to October 2023.

Jason Grams is a partner of Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP.  Jason advises businesses and individuals in complex litigation matters.  He represents clients in the transportation, energy, agriculture and livestock, insurance and financial, health care, technology, and professional services industries in resolving business disputes, administrative and regulatory actions, state and federal court cases and appeals.  Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to Chief Judge William Jay Riley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and to Senior Judge Lyle E. Strom of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. 

Jason has served the NSBA as a house of delegates member since 2013, is a graduate of the NSBA leadership academy, and a member of the practice and procedure committee and the appellate practice section.  He is the secretary of the Eighth Circuit Bar Association and the Nebraska delegate to the Eighth Circuit Advisory Committee.  He is a member of the executive council of the Omaha Bar Association.  Mr. Grams is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.  He has been a member of the Robert M. Spire (Omaha) American Inn of Court for many years and served as its treasurer from 2010-2014 and its president from 2014-2015.

Jason is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble and is listed in Best Lawyers and Great Plains Super Lawyers for commercial litigation.  He graduated with high distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law (order of the coif, order of the barristers).  In law school, Jason was an executive editor of the Nebraska Law Review, a member of the national moot court team, and winner of numerous scholarships and awards.  Jason and his wife, UNO philosopher Dr. Laura W. Grams, have three children, Elizabeth, Alexis, and Patton. 

Alex Lierz

Lierz, '16, Named to NSBA Executive Council

21 Oct 2020    

Alex Lierz, '16, was began her term on the Nebraska State Bar Association Executive Council representing the Young Lawyers Section on October 13, 2020. 

Lierz is an Associate Attorney at Rembolt Ludtke LLP and a member of the firm’s domestic relations practice group. Lierz is actively involved in the Nebraska State Bar Association as a member of the Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee, the Education Committee, and the Family Law and Women and the Law Sections. She is also proud member of the Robert Van Pelt Inns of Court, the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys, and the Lincoln Bar Association Law Day Committee. Lierz enjoys volunteering, reading, walking her dogs, and working in the garden with her husband and their son.

Susan Sapp

Sapp, '89, Named Chair of NSBA House of Delegates

21 Oct 2020    

Susan Sapp, '89, was named the Chair of the Nebraska State Bar Association House of Delegates during the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Sapp is a Senior Litigation Partner with the Cline Williams law firm, working in Lincoln and Omaha and practicing primarily in the areas of employment, professional negligence and Title IX litigation.  Sapp is the current President of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Nebraska Chapter, and the incoming State Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Kara Brostrom

Brostrom, '16, Receives NSBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

21 Oct 2020    

Kara Brostrom, '16, of Ball, Louden, Ebert, & Brostrom, LLC is the 2020 recipient of the Nebraska State Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is presented to a member of the NSBA Young Lawyers Section who has made exemplary contributions to the community and to public service, who has actively participated in state and local bar activities, and who stands out in the areas of professional knowledge, skill, integrity, and courtesy.

Brostrom has consistently demonstrated her ability to actively and expertly engage in and manage a sophisticated and complex caseload, with compassion and professionalism, while simultaneously contributing to the Nebraska State Bar Association – currently as Chair of the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Section and member of the Women and the Law and Young Lawyers Sections, as well as the Legislation Committee – and participating in other community organizations.

Linda Crump

Crump, '90, Receives NSBA President's Professionalism Award

21 Oct 2020    

Linda Crump, '90, received the Nebraska State Bar Association President's Professionalism Award during the 2020 Annual Meeting. The NSBA President’s Professional Award is presented to a NSBA member who exemplifies the attributes of the true professional; whose conduct is always consistent with the highest standards of practice; and who displays appropriate courtesy and respect of the public, clients, fellow attorneys, and the justice system.

Prior to her retirement, Crump served as the Director of the Office of Equity, Access, and Diversity Programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Crump was the first person of color elected to Chair the Nebraska State Bar Association’s House of Delegates and was the second woman and first person of color to serve as President. In addition to her leadership, Crump is recognized for her role in developing future lawyer-leaders by co-establishing the NSBA Leadership Academy and for mentoring and encouraging countless lawyers, including our current NSBA President, to seek out leadership opportunities with the profession.

Mark Fahleson and Tara Paulson

Fahleson, '92, and Paulson, '10, Receive NSBA Award of Appreciation

21 Oct 2020    

Mark Fahleson, '92,  and Tara Paulson, '10, of Rembolt Ludtke, LLP’s Employment, Labor and Benefits Group were awarded the Nebraska State Bar Association's Award of Appreciation during the 2020 Annual Meeting. The Award of Appreciation is presented to an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding service for creating a better understanding of the legal profession and the administration of justice.

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, as law firms across the state began responding to the pandemic and working to determine their obligations as employers, Fahleson and Paulson made four employment-related webinars available for free to members of the NSBA, providing timely information to lawyers at a crucial moment. Collectively, more than 680 Nebraska lawyers took advantage of those programs and relied on Fahleson and Paulson’s expertise to help guide them through many difficult decisions. Their service to the profession in a time of great uncertainty is deeply appreciated.

Dennis Collins

Collins, '71, Receives NSBA George H. Turner Award

21 Oct 2020    

Dennis Collins, '71, is the 2020 Geroge H. Turner Award recipient. The George H. Turner Award is presented to a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association who has demonstrated unusual efforts in furthering the public understanding of the legal system, the administration of justice, and confidence in the legal profession. Collins, of Jewell & Collins, is recognized for his exemplary service to the legal profession. Collins is a Fellow in the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and active member of the 7th Judicial District Bar Association and the Nebraska State Bar Association. He has spent decades of his legal career sharing his expertise with the legal community by contributing more than 60 law review articles and serving as a CLE speaker at the  Nebraska College of Law’s John M. Gradwohl Estate and Business Planning Program for more than 35 years.

College of Law

Nebraska Law joins national police practices effort

15 Oct 2020    

The University of Nebraska College of Law has joined a number of U.S. law schools and the American Bar Association in the formation of the Legal Education Police Practices Consortium. The group will contribute to the national effort to examine and address legal issues in policing and public safety, including conduct, oversight and the evolving nature of police work.

Organized and housed within the ABA Criminal Justice Section, the consortium will work to advance the widespread adoption of model police practices and initiate other projects designed to support effective policing, promote racial equity in the criminal justice system and eliminate tactics that are racially motivated or have a disparate impact based on race.

Nebraska is one of four Big Ten law schools, and 52 nationwide, participating in the effort.

“Nebraska Law is proud to represent our state as part of such an important initiative,” said Richard Moberly, dean of law. “We strive to develop inclusive leaders — people who will leave the law school and make real changes in our communities. My hope is that while they are here, students will work with the consortium to identify biases and provide opportunities to improve police practices.”

Josephine Potuto, Richard H. Larson Professor of Constitutional Law, will serve as Nebraska’s consortium representative. Potuto is a well-regarded scholar whose work in criminal law, criminal procedure, federal jurisdiction and constitutional law spans more than four decades.

Nebraska Law students will have several opportunities to engage in consortium activities. Potential law student assignments may include:

  • promoting existing ABA policies at the local, state and national levels;

  • developing new policy for potential consideration by the ABA House of Delegates;

  • engaging with police departments and local, state and national leaders on police practices;

  • conducting research to support scholarship related to consortium goals;

  • providing support to public commentary and advocacy (research for op-eds, blogs and articles); and

  • developing model curricula for law schools related to consortium goals.

“Over the next five years, Nebraska Law students will help to reshape police practices in our country and our state,” Moberly said.

Richard Duncan

Duncan’s Article Published in Nebraska Law Review

15 Oct 2020    

Professor Richard Duncan’s article, Seeing the No-Compelled-Speech Doctrine Clearly though the Lens of Telescope Media, has been published in Martin Gardner memorial issue of the Nebraska Law Review.. 

Duncan is the Sherman S. Welpton, Jr. Professor of Law and teaches Property and Consitutional Law at Nebraska. He has a strong interest in writing and speaking about federalism, liberty, religious freedom, and the right to life.

The purpose of the Article is to take a close look at what has become the leading case on the right of expressive wedding vendors to resist speech compulsions—the Eighth Circuit’s decision in Telescope Media Group v. Lucero. Duncan briefly describes the Court’s longstanding doctrine protecting persons against compelled speech requirements and takes a careful look at the holding and reasoning of Telescope Media. Duncan suggests that Judge Stras’s majority opinion in Telescope Media is very persuasive and that the arguments against applying the no-compelled-speech doctrine to commercial wedding vendors are not persuasive.

Professor Brian Lepard

Lepard Publishes Law Review Article in Brazil on Affirmative Action

13 Oct 2020    

In the summer of 2020 Professor Brian Lepard published an article on affirmative action and international law in a prominent Brazilian law journal, the Revista Brasileira de Direitos Fundamentais & Justiça (the Brazilian Journal of Fundamental Rights and Justice). The article was published in Portuguese and was the outgrowth of Professor Lepard’s participation in a conference on affirmative action held in August 2019 at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (“PUCRS”), a highly-regarded law school in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The conference brought together many experts on affirmative action from Brazil and around the world. It was led by Dr. Ingo Sarlet of PUCRS, who has won international recognition for his expertise in constitutional law and human rights law. 

Professor Lepard’s article is entitled “A Legalidade e a Ética de Medidas Especiais para Proteger Populações Vulneráveis sob o Direito Internacional” (“The Legality and Ethics of Special Measures to Protect Vulnerable Populations under International Law”).

Professor Lepard is the Harold W. Conroy Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law and a globally recognized expert on international human rights law.  

Blind Lady of Justice

Alumni Honored as Part of Legal Aid Equal Justice Awards

05 Oct 2020    

The 2020 Friends of Legal Aid Luncheon on October 8 will focus on those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the event, Equal Justice Awards will be given to community partners, law firms, and attorneys for their work to achieve greater and more equal justice for all, especially for low-wage essential workers during today’s COVID-19 public health crisis.

The Attorney Partner Equal Justice Award will be presented to the Tenant Assistance Project volunteer attorneys. 

Legal Aid works collaboratively with the NSBA’s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) and the Nebraska Law Civil Clinic to provide legal services to low income tenants in Lancaster County through the “Tenant Assistance Project” (TAP), a multi-organization effort to provide free legal advice and representation to tenant defendants in Lancaster County Court. The goal of TAP has been to provide legal assistance for every tenant facing eviction proceedings in Lancaster County Court through 2020. Nearly 40 private attorneys, working through the VLP, have volunteered to provide these legal services to tenants.

Attorneys being recognized as part of this award include:

Jamie L. Arango
Terry K. Barber, ’75
Robert F. Bartle, ’76
James A. Cada, ’71
Jonathan S. Camp, ’09
Katherine R. Chadek
David V. Chipman, ’05
Patrick M. Driver, ‘05
Quinn R. Eaton
Christopher L. Eickholt, ’98
Daniel A. Fix, ’95
Eric A. Gerrard
Jennifer Hiatt, ’17
James H. Hoppe, ’78
Brandy R. Johnson
Joy M. Kathurima, ’19
Alex M. Lierz, ’16
Brett T. McArthur
Megan N. Mikolajczyk, ’11
Kala M. Mueller (Nebraska Law Director of Public Interest Programs)
Kasey D. Ogle, ’18
Stephany P. Pleasant, ‘17
Laurie P. Lage, ’09
Sean M. Reagan, ’99
Jon V. Rehm, ’04
Mindy M. Rush Chipman, ’07
Stephen A. Sael
Margaret E. Schiefen
Joy Shiffermiller, ’85
Charles T. Steenson, ’87
Christopher R. Storz
Jennifer L. Sturm, ’18
Ryan P. Sullivan , ’10 (Nebraska Law Clinical Associate Professor of Law)
Audrey R. Svane, ’15
Ryan M. Swaroff, ’08
David P. Thompson
David P. Thompson, ’93
Andrew J. Vinton, ’19
Elaine A. Waggoner, ’78
Brandon M. Warrington
David W. Watermeier, ’82 

Two other Equal Justice Awards will be presented at the October 8 celebration:

  • Community Partner Equal Justice Award: OneWorld Community Health Center; Charles Drew Health Center; Nebraska Medicine (Omaha); Children of Smithfield (Crete)
  • Law Firm Partner Equal Justice Award – Husch Blackwell (Omaha)

More information can be found at www.legalaidofnebraska.org/fola2020.

Portrait of Professor Jack Beard

Beard Featured in U.S. Space Command Panel with Rasmussen, '20 LL.M.

02 Oct 2020    

Associate Professor Jack Beard was a featured speaker in a panel October 1 with Lt. Cmdr. Mark Rasmussen, '20 LL.M., who is curently working at the United States Space Command.

During the panel, Beard and Rasmussen focused on discussing Zones in Outer Space, which is part of a series of monthly webinar series focusing on legal aspects of military space operations with the Air Force Academy, where Lt. Col. Tim Goines, '16 LL.M., is a professor of law.

These webinars are co-hosted by the United States Space Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate and the Law, Technology, and Warfare Research Cell at the United States Air Force Academy.  The intent is to bring the community of professionals practicing in and around the area of space law together as the United States enters a new era of space operations. This series of webinars will culminate in the First Annual United States Space Command Legal Conference, to be held April 7-9, 2021 at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

New law professor photos

Nebraska Law Welcomes New Faculty

30 Sep 2020    

The University of Nebraska College of Law is pleased to welcome three new faculty members. Appointments for Kyle Langvardt, James Fallows Tierney, and Elana Zeide began on ­­­­August 17, 2020.

Kyle Langvardt will join the College as part of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center. Langvardt comes to Nebraska Law from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he taught Contracts, Constitutional Law and First Amendment.  Langvardt’s work focuses on the internet’s implications for free expression both as a matter of constitutional doctrine and as a practical reality. His most recent works have appeared in the Georgetown Law Review, Fordham Law Review and the George Mason Law Review.

James F. Tierney joins the faculty with research and teaching interests in securities regulation, corporate finance and the behavioral law and economics of investment advice and securities markets. Prior to joining the faculty, Tierney was senior counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the General Counsel. In that role, he advised the Commission in resolving administrative appeals of enforcement proceedings and self-regulatory organization action involving all aspects of the federal securities laws, and wrote opinions of the Commission constituting final agency action.

Elana Zeide joins the College as part of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center. Zeide comes to Nebraska Law from UCLA School of Law where she was a PULSE Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Law & Policy. Her work focuses on privacy and how new learning, hiring, and workplace technologies impact education, equality, and access to opportunity. Zeide is an affiliate at Data & Society Research Institute and serves on advisory boards for The Future of Privacy Forum, Macmillan Learning’s Impact Research Advisory Council, and Blackboard’s Taskforce to Develop Framework and Standards for the Ethical and Legal Use of Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education.

“We are pleased to add Kyle, James and Elana to our faculty,” said Dean Richard Moberly. “They come from a variety of backgrounds, and have proven themselves to be wonderful teachers and scholars. I look forward to seeing their positive impact on the College of Law community.”

Professor Rick Duncan

Duncan Discusses Electoral College in Netflix Documentary

29 Sep 2020    

Professor Rick Duncan appears in part 3 of the Netflix limited Series Whose Vote Counts, Explained, in which he discusses the Senate and electoral college.

The documentary, produced by Vox, explores the unique systems in the United States that lead people to believe their votes don’t matter. Case studies, data and leading experts help to tell stories that make the issues and the stakes clear. In part 3, experts explore how America’s systems give some voters a lot more power than others. 

Duncan’s commentary is based on his 2017 article, Electoral Votes, the Senate, and Article V: How the Architecture of the Constitution Promotes Federalism and Government by Consensus. In the article, and the documentary, Duncan explains that there is no national popular election for President, but rather, there are fifty separate state elections for the Presidential Electors from each state.

Whose Vote Counts, Explained, is available on Netflix beginning September 28, 2020.

Langvardt Speaks on Chinese Apps, Section 230 and Tech

25 Sep 2020    

The Trump administration announced its plans to ban the Chinese apps WeChat and TikTok in the United States, along with expressing support to weaken Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech platforms from lawsuits prompted by user-posted content.

Professor Kyle Langvardt gave his thoughts to Brendan Borderlon at the National Journal regarding the recent announcements, and the implications on the first amendment and tech. Read about it here.

Professor Gus Hurwitz

University launches innovative center to study how technology is governed

22 Sep 2020    

A new center focused on the changing relationship between law and technology and its effects on society is launching its first initiatives at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln this semester.

The Nebraska Governance and Technology Center, approved by the Board of Regents in February, will give students and faculty opportunities possible at only a handful of universities across the globe. The center will leverage the university’s breadth of expertise and partnerships across multiple disciplines — law, engineering, business and journalism — to allow scholars to investigate questions at the forefront of technology policy.

In August, the center received a significant gift, of $3.5 million over five years, from the Menard family.

In an open letter to the University of Nebraska community, the Menard family said: “A seminal part of the college experience is hearing from people who have a diversity of viewpoints and track record of creating value for others. At Menards, we want to give more students the opportunity to have that experience and to develop a lifelong love of learning as a result.”

The center will take on issues that arise when laws and technology fail to align, according to its founding director, Gus Hurwitz, associate professor of law.

The first endeavor of the center is called “Tech Refactored,” a podcast series focused on the center’s work and the research it will help facilitate. Many of the initial episodes will showcase center-funded work on closing the rural digital divide and technology’s relationship to agriculture. The center is also working on programs this fall that examine highly interconnected economies and the effects of technology on the First Amendment and the media industry.

“The law today has developed over centuries, largely based around slowly evolving technologies that were limited by our understanding of the natural world,” Hurwitz said. “Today’s increasingly programmable technologies can change rapidly and are limited more by human imagination than by the natural world. This changes how we need to think about the law and changes the relationship between the engineers who develop new technologies, the entrepreneurs who commercialize it and the journalists who explain and contextualize it.”

The new center will be housed in the University of Nebraska College of Law, and legal questions will inspire research and other academic programming.

“Lawyers are deeply involved in finding solutions to existing and emerging challenges — including those driven by technological change,” said Richard Moberly, dean of law. “I’m excited that Nebraska will be leading the way with innovative research initiatives across law and other disciplines.”

One of the core ideas behind the center’s mission is that the challenges of technology governance are fundamentally interdisciplinary. The center has established partnerships with the university’s colleges of law, business, engineering, and journalism — sharing faculty and collaborating with students across campuses.

In Hurwitz’s view, it is time to reframe the way emerging technology is studied and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.

“The impact of new technologies ripples across multiple fields — the traditional, siloed model of study is insufficient to fully grapple with them,” he said.

Preliminary planning for the center started in spring 2020 with a $1.3 million gift from the Charles Koch Foundation.

“Innovation and technology have transformed the way humans live and have expanded opportunities for millions of people,” said Ryan Stowers, Koch Foundation executive director. “We are excited to support the University of Nebraska and its scholars and students as they explore the intersection of law and technology and how that relationship impacts the development of new innovations.”

The Menard family has its roots in the Midwest and a longstanding commitment to seeing the region prosper. John Menard founded his namesake home improvement stores while he still was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Today, Menards has 325 stores and 41 manufacturing facilities in 14 Midwestern states. In Nebraska alone, Menards has 14 stores and four manufacturing facilities.

Other gifts and grants have been received from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which gave $250,000; Richard Varner, an alumnus of the University of Nebraska, and his family; and others.

Learn more about the center’s programs and initiatives.

Professor Anna Shavers

Shavers to Receive Nebraska Bar Association 2020 Diversity Award

22 Sep 2020    

During the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting (October 12-16, 2020), the Association will be recognizing members of the legal community for their exemplary service. 

The 2020 Diversity Award recipient is Anna Shavers, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nebraska College of Law. 

The NSBA Diversity Award recognizes outstanding efforts made by firms, organizations, or individual attorneys in promoting diversity in Nebraska’s legal profession. Dean Shavers was nominated for her contributions to promote diversity and inclusion within the law school and the legal community. In addition to teaching numerous courses related to Social Justice, Gender, Race, and Class and mentoring countless students as faculty advisory to the Multi-Cultural Legal Society and the Black Law Student Association, she has lead the University of Nebraska College of Law’s efforts to promote an inclusive community through sponsoring numerous speakers and faculty workshops on inclusive pedagogy and implicit bias. Dean Shavers also shares her expertise through her leadership, scholarship, and involvement in community, state, national, and international initiatives.

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