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Lindsey Wylie

Wylie, '13, Joins Faculty at University of Nebraska Omaha

12 Jan 2018    

Lindsey Wylie, '13, has joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska Omaha, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Juvenile Justice Institute.

She recently published an article in Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law titled Extraordinary and Compelling: The Use of Compassionate Release Laws in the United States.

Kelsey Heino

Heino, '17, Joins Goosmann Law Firm

03 Jan 2018    

Jeana Goosmann, CEO & Managing Partner of the Goosmann Law Firm, is pleased to announce that Attorney Kelsey Heino has joined the team at their Sioux City, Iowa, law firm location. Heino is a complex litigation lawyer and works to protect clients and their companies during trial, navigating the complex issues of litigation to achieve their goals.

From business and employment litigation to complex divorce and family law matters, Kelsey works with companies, individuals, high liability professionals, banks, finance companies, credit card processors, health care providers and staffing agencies to protect their name and money. Heino joins the firm experience working at a Fortune 500 company as a claims professional, giving her extensive knowledge in negotiating complex issues.

Originally from Carroll, Iowa, Heino received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law. Heino is licensed to practice in Nebraska.

Heino says, “I am excited to join a team that thinks outside of the box and goes the extra mile for their clients. That’s what matters and makes my job worth it.”

The Goosmann Law Firm is a full-service law firm with locations in Sioux City, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Omaha, Nebraska. To learn more about the Goosmann Law Firm, visit their website at or call (855) 843-4531.

Kevin Corlew

Corlew, ’05, Named Chair of Missouri House Judiciary Committee

07 Dec 2017    

Kevin Corlew, ’05, was named to chair the Missouri House Judiciary Committee for the 2018 legislative session. He had previously served as vice chair of the committee.

In appointing Corlew to chair the committee, House Speaker Todd Richardson praised his outstanding service as vice chair of the committee and his legislative efforts to improve Missouri’s court system.

 Corlew is in his second term as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. He represents the 14th legislative district in the Kansas City metro area known as the Northland. In addition to his legislative duties, Representative Corlew is an attorney. His practice involves business litigation at Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Kansas City.

Katie Miller

Miller, '16, Named Research Fellow at Berkeley Law

05 Dec 2017    

Kathleen (Katie) Miller, '16, has joined the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE) as a Research Fellow for the Wheeler Water Institute at Berkeley Law. At CLEE, Katie's work focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to solving current and emerging California water issues. Before joining CLEE, Katie was a part of the Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Bureau at the Nebraska Attorney General's Office, where she primarily worked on water rights cases.
Atwood, Hertz and Nelson Advance to National Moot Court Competition Finals

Atwood, Hertz and Nelson Advance to National Moot Court Competition Finals

22 Nov 2017    

3Ls Jennifer Atwood, Mackenzie Hertz and Morgan Nelson placed second in the Region 9 competition of the New York City Bar Association’s National Moot Court Competition. The team, coached by alumnus Shannon Doering, ’99, will advance to the national competition finals to be held in New York City January 29-February 1, 2018.

A second Nebraska Law team comprised of William Beerman, Tiffany Boutcher and Tara Holterhaus also made an impressive showing at the Region 9 competition, advancing to the quarterfinals.

Teams from the University of Arkansas, Creighton University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Nebraska, University of Oklahoma, St. Louis University, and Washburn participated in the Region 9 competition held at the University of Nebraska College of Law. The semi-final and final rounds were held at the Nebraska State Capitol Building.

The University of Oklahoma College of Law team of Josh Fanelli, Bryan Lynch and Alex Sokolosky placed first in the final round. 

Constance Endelicato

Endelicato, '88, Named to Business Insurance CLM’s List of Women to Watch

10 Nov 2017    

Constance Endelicato, '88, a partner at Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP, was named to Business Insurance CLM’s prestigious list of “Women to Watch.” An accomplished lawyer with over 29 years of litigation experience defending healthcare providers, Endelicato has achieved an incredible unmarred record of trying over sixty jury trials and binding arbitrations, having never been defeated. Endelicato will be honored at the 12th Annual Women To Watch Awards & Leadership Conference December 14-15th at the Grand Hyatt New York, where social humanitarian and actress, Ashley Judd will deliver the keynote address.

“This is truly an honor particularly in light of the fact that the Women to Watch awards is the only recognition program that celebrates leading women from every facet of the commercial insurance industry, said Endelicato. “Since its inception in 2006, it has grown into an educational program aimed at the advancement of women in commercial insurance, risk management and related fields.”

Endelicato’s clients include physicians in all disciplines of medicine, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, surgery centers, and allied healthcare professionals. Her cases range from catastrophic injuries, including birth injury, spinal cord injury, and brain injury, to elder and dependent abuse, wrongful death actions, and mass tort litigation.

Her extensive trial experience has afforded her membership in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, among a nominal number of women in the United States. Endelicato was also nominated into membership of the exclusive International Association of Defense Counsel where she is an active member of the Medical Defense and Health Law Committee.

Additionally, Endelicato was named by the Los Angeles and San Francisco legal newspaper, The Daily Journal, as one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California. She has also been recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers by Los Angeles Business Journal. She was also honored by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Southern California. She also received the designation of Super Lawyer in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine, Super Lawyer in Orange County by Orange Coast Magazine, and Top Lawyer by Pasadena Magazine and also holds an AV-Preeminent Rating which is the highest rating awarded by Martindale Hubbell.

Professor Jessica Shoemaker

Shoemaker's Essay Published in Great Plains Research

02 Nov 2017    

Professor Jessica Shoemaker's invited essay, “Pipelines, Protest, and Property,” has  been published in Great Plains Research. This essay explores fundamental ideas about private property ownership—and what it means to be a region dominated by privately held lands—though the lens of the recent Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipeline controversies. Although the purpose is not to resolve any lingering disputes about the pipelines themselves, the essay does highlight some of the unique land tenure issues that impact Indigenous peoples especially and the potential for more cooperative, land-based reconciliation in the Great Plains going forward. It also concisely summarizes the status of the legal controversies around these pipelines.  

Professor Eric Berger

Berger’s Article Published in Drake Law Review

01 Nov 2017    

Professor Eric Berger’s article Of Law and Legacies was published in the Drake Law Review. The article is an invited symposium contribution. The article abstract is below: 

This contribution to the symposium on President Obama’s constitutional legacy examines the relationship between constitutional law and presidential legacies.  Americans respect or even revere many presidents despite their apparent constitutional violations.  Some unconstitutional actions, though, appear more forgivable than others.  The effect constitutional transgressions may have on a president’s more general legacy turns on a variety of contextual factors, including, among others, the president’s values and vision, the administration’s political successes and failures, political opponents’ principles and behavior, the challenges confronting the country, and the nature of the constitutional norms at issue.  Constitutional law, as articulated by lawyers and judges, is not irrelevant to presidential legacies, but it rarely defines them.  

While some of President Obama’s unilateral executive actions raised serious constitutional questions, it is unlikely his legacy will turn on those measures’ legality.  In most cases, President Obama followed past presidential practices and offered colorable (though admittedly contestable) legal defenses.  Moreover, context helps explain, if not completely justify, many of Obama’s controversial actions.  To this extent, historians and members of the general public are likely to view the Obama presidency through a broader, non-legal lens, considering, inter alia, the challenges he inherited, the policies he helped implement, and, especially, the vitriolic opposition he faced in Congress. 

Indeed, the lead constitutional story from the Obama years will likely highlight not particular executive actions but rather our constitutional system’s deficiencies more generally.  American politics became increasingly dysfunctional during Obama’s presidency, and they have not improved since.  Dysfunctional politics, of course, ought not immunize executive actions from legal attack.  However, the depth of this dysfunction should encourage lawyers to broaden their focus beyond narrow questions of legality in individual cases to more fundamental concerns about the health of our constitutional democracy. 

Professor Richard Leiter

Leiter Publishes Updated Book

23 Oct 2017    

Professor Richard Leiter’s updated supplement to Landmark Supreme Court Cases is now available. The new edition includes new cases from the 2011-2014 terms of the United States Supreme Court, which ended in the summer of 2015.

In those four terms of the Court, forty-six cases were selected as “landmark,” meaning that they are cases that have been featured prominently in scholarship, the press or popular media. Of all the cases, there were a few standouts, such as Obergefell v Hodges, the case that found a constitutional protection for all same sex couples that wish to get married in any state, that had a profound effect on every state and arguably, American society as a whole. Only time will tell if other cases on the list, such as Burwell v Hobby Lobby, will continue to be seen as having as large an impact.

In addition to the cases updating these four terms, the book also added coverage of landmark cases in the field of Environmental and Water Law. Since the majority of landmark legislation regarding clean water, pollution and other environmental issues was passed in the early 1970’s, many of the landmark cases as relatively recent.

Gregg Moran and Brittney Moriarty

Moran and Moriarty Awarded Federal Tax Institute Scholarships

23 Oct 2017    

Gregg Moran, 3L, is the recipient of the Philip Johnson Great Plains Federal Tax Institute Scholarship. The Philip Johnson Great Plains Federal Tax Institute Scholarship was established by the Great Plains Federal Tax Institute in memory of Philip G. Johnson, a lawyer, CPA, and co-founder of the Institute. It is awarded annually to a full-time third year College of Law student who has excelled in tax courses and has a strong interest in a career in tax law.

Brittney Moriarty, 3L, is the recipient of the David A. Ludtke Great Plains Federal Tax Institute Scholarship. The David A. Ludtke Great Plains Federal Tax Institute Scholarship was established by the Great Plains Federal Tax Institute in honor of David Ludtke, a tax lawyer, former tax professor at the Nebraska College of Law and longtime member of the Institute. It is awarded annually to a full-time third year College of Law student who has a demonstrated interest in taxation, business, or related subjects.

Nebraska Law Clinic Students

Clinic Students Participate in Mobile Consular Clinic

23 Oct 2017    

On Saturday, October 21, nine law students, accompanied by Professor Kevin Ruser, provided immigration advice to clients at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Grand Island at a “mobile consular clinic” sponsored by the Mexican Consulate in Omaha.  Omaha Consulate staff periodically travels to various locations throughout Nebraska and Iowa to provide consular services to its constituents.  The types of services provided include producing Mexican passports, national identification cards, and other types of documents required by Mexican citizens.  The Consulate has also asked other organizations to be on hand at these events to answer any immigration questions that attendees might have.  Various organizations were on hand to address immigration-related issues on Saturday, including the Center for Legal Immigration Assistance, Catholic Charities, and Nebraska Appleseed.  This is the first time Nebraska law students have participated in this event.

During the day, the students, under Professor Ruser’s supervision, met with various clients on a limited scope basis to provide on-the-spot counseling and advice relating to immigration questions presented by the clients.  The students also assisted various clients in executing temporary delegation of parental powers documents.  In preparation for this events, the students attended a three-hour training with Professor Ruser that dealt with the types of immigration issues they were likely to encounter at the clinic. 

The nine students who participated in this “walk-in” immigration clinic include the three students currently enrolled in the Immigration Clinic:  Morgan Nelson, Miranda Rogers, and Phong Tran.  The other students who attended the event were Sydney Aase, Paloma Contreras, Shailana Dunn-Wall, Nicole Iraola, Megan Meyerson, and Deanna Pina.  The were ably assisted by Sydnee Schuyler, administrative assistant for the Children’s Justice Clinic and Civil Clinic.

2018 Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Hosted at Nebraska Law Releases Call for Abstracts

18 Oct 2017    

The 2018 Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance (DAAA) conference will be held at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, proudly hosted and sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the College of Law's Space, Cyber, and Telecommunication's Law Program. On Wednesday October 18th conference leadership released the call for abstracts. 

The goal for the DAAA is to strengthen and regularize collaborative relationships and interactions between defense and academic institutions to stimulate new thinking and develop future generations of deterrence practitioners.

This year the theme of the conference is “Thinking Outside the Silo: Creative Problem Solving in Deterrence and Assurance.” Everything you remember about traditional deterrence theory? Challenge it. This workshop will challenge conventional wisdom to address the changing landscape of security threats and war fighting domains. Submissions should think outside the box and use new and innovative methodologies to reassess old problems and address new ones in deterring adversaries and assuring allies.

Abstracts should be 500 to 1,000 words and detail the precise topic, thesis, and methodology to be used in your analysis.

A list of suggested topics is available at  

Deadlines and Submission Information:
15 December 2017: Paper abstracts are due and may be submitted on the website
15 January 2018: Authors will be selected and notified of their invitation to participate in the workshop panels
31 January 2018: The full conference agenda will be publically available and conference registration opens
1 March 2018: Final papers are due
15-16 March 2018: The Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference at the University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln Nebraska

Other conference details are available on the 2018 conference website:

Direct link to the submission form:

Pictured is prior DAAA student participant Rachel Urban speaking on her work at the 2017 Deterrence Symposium presented by U.S. STRATCOM. Ms. Urban was a team leader for a project overseen by UNL Political Science Professor Tyler White. 

State Dept Visitors and Dr. Susan Weller

Magilton Hosts U.S. State Dept Leadership Program Scientists

18 Oct 2017    

Elsbeth Magilton, Executive Director of the Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law program, joined a group of scientists from Curacao, Indonesia, Mongolia, Trinidad & Tobago and the United Kingdom as part of their three week trip across the U.S. this week. The intent of this trip is it to have diplomatic visitors, here for a U.S. State Dept Leadership Program, explore ways to increase the participation of women and girls in STEM fields, examine how women contribute to economic growth, and engage with scientists and engineers around the United States who support and mentor women in STEM. The trip theme was inspired by the film Hidden Figures, and is titled “Hidden No More.”

They were joined by students from the Lincoln Public School’s Science Focus Program and Zoo School, Dr. Susan Weller the Director of the University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History and  Professor of Entomology, Carrie Greenwald who is the Chief Fossil Preparator at the museum, and Lisa Lee the coordinator on behalf of the Lincoln Visitor's Council. The group discussed the research happening at the University of Nebraska as well as the projects these individuals are a part of. 

Clean Slate Project Assists Attendees at Veterans’ Stand Down and Project Homeless Connect Event

13 Oct 2017    

For the second year, the Civil Clinic offered legal services to veterans and homeless at the Veterans' Stand Down and Homeless Connect Event. Supervised by Professor Sullivan, Civil Clinic students Meaghan Geraghty, Katie Lesiak, Brian Lisonbee, Kasey Ogle, Ally Hubbard, and Marissa Curtiss provided legal advice and legal document drafting assistance to attendees, mostly in the area of post-conviction relief (criminal set-asides and pardons), but on other civil matters as well. In total, the team served around 35 members of the community. The Clinic's participation in the event was coordinated by Meaghan and Katie, who are leading the Clinic's Clean Slate Project this semester.

Family Law Project

Family Law Project Assists Attendees at Project Homeless Connect Event

13 Oct 2017    

Clinic students Jon Smith and Patrick Ryan, along with Clinic alum Megan McDowell, provided advice and forms on child support modification at this year's Project Homeless Connect Event at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. In total, the team assisted 29 member of the community. Jon and Patrick are operating the Clinic's Family Law Project this semester, and volunteered to assist Megan at her booth. 

Tenants' Rights Project

Tenants’ Rights Project Provides Information to Nebraska Students Seeking Off-Campus Housing

13 Oct 2017    

Senior Certified Law Students Christian Gobel and Kasey Ogle developed and staffed a booth at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Fall Housing Fair on October 4. Christian and Kasey are working on the Tenants’ Rights Project this semester as part of their experience in the Civil Clinic. The annual Housing Fair is a forum for housing providers in Lincoln to advertise off-campus housing options to UNL students. The Tenants’ Rights Project booth provided students with information about their legal rights as tenants, including a link to a web site created by Christian and Kasey with information about how to request refund of a security deposit, problematic language in leases to avoid, and other general information about tenants’ rights under Nebraska’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Nearly 200 pamphlets were distributed to interested students during the three-hour Housing Fair.

Immigration Clinic Students Present to Undergraduate Class

11 Oct 2017    

On October 5, Immigration Clinic students Morgan Nelson and Phong Tran presented to Professor Regian Werum’s Sociology of Race and Ethnicity class on UNL’s city campus. The focus of the presentation was on the work they are doing as students in the Immigration Clinic. Specifically, Morgan and Phong talked about cases in which they are representing cases in the following areas:  DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), and asylum. They explained to the students in Professor Werum’s class what their role is as students in the Immigration Clinic, the administrative structure of the federal cabinet departments that run the U.S. immigration system, and the substantive and procedural provisions with which immigrants must contend while interfacing with the immigration bureaucracy in the U.S. Their presentation continues a tradition of Immigration Clinic students presenting to Professor Werum’s Sociology class during the fall and spring semesters of each academic year.

Professor Kristen Blankley

Blankley's Article Published in Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution

02 Oct 2017    

Associate Professor Kristen Blankley published the article Agreeing to Collaborate in Advance? in the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.  This article considers the recent phenomenon of including a pre-dispute agreement to solve conflicts through collaborative law, which is a specialized form of negotiation that eschews court involvement in favor of settlement with collaborative attorneys.  The article predicts court reactions to these agreements based on other types of pre-dispute agreements, such as pre-dispute mediation and negotiation agreements.  Ultimately, the article suggests not enforcing these agreements based on collaborative law policy goals and dispute resolution ethics.

DACA Walk-In Clinic

Nebraska Law Hosts Walk-In Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Clinic

26 Sep 2017    

On Sunday, September 24, 15 students participated in a walk-in clinic to help individuals renew their DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. DACA, a program started in 2012, permits individuals who were brought to the United States as children to receive deferred action and employment authorization. The current Administration announced on September 5 that it is discontinuing the DACA Program. Those whose DACA status expires before March 5, 2018 are eligible to apply to renew their status, provided the renewal application is filed before October 5, 2017.

The Mexican Consulate in Omaha approached the Immigration Clinic at the College of Law about hosting a walk-in clinic to help interested individuals renew their DACA status before October 5. Current Immigration students Morgan Nelson, Miranda Rogers, and Phong Tran organized the walk-in clinic.

Students who volunteered to help with the clinic attended a three-hour training on basic immigration law. The clinic on September 24 ran from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and was held in the Schmid Clinic Building. The Mexican Consulate also had a presence at the clinic.

DACA Walk-In Clinic Participants

Students who participated in the DACA clinic are:  Sydney Aase, Kelsey Arends, Paloma Contreras, Meaghan Geraghty, Damon Hudson, Nicole Iraola, Stephen King, Daniel Martin, Megan Meyerson, Adam Onken, Deanna Pina, and David Shea.  Assistant Dean Tasha Everman also participated in the clinic.  

The students who participated in the clinic were authorized to provide legal assistance to clients under a federal regulation that allows law students enrolled in an accredited law school to provide immigration legal services to clients. Such students must be supervised by a faculty member who is a licensed attorney. The students participating in the DACA clinic were supervised by Professor Kevin Ruser.

Professor Steven Willborn

Willborn Publishes Updated Casebook

21 Sep 2017    

Employment Law: Cases and Materials,  sixth edition, co-authored by Steven L. Willborn, Stewart J Schwab, John F. Burton Jr., and Gillian L. L. Lester, has been released.

This edition focuses on important unifying themes in employment law, such as the struggle for authority in the workplace between employers, employees, and the government, the relationship between employment law and labor markets, and the appropriate remedies for employment law violations.

The Sixth Edition carries forward most of the cases and materials that have proven to be good teaching tools to permit a smooth transition for current users. But it highlights emerging new or expanded areas of interest including:

  • Whether Uber drivers are employees;
  • Whether employees can be fired for talking about work on Facebook;
  • Whether sexual orientation falls within Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination;
  • When off-work cellphone use is working time under the FLSA;
  • How to analyze employer promises to provide health care to retirees;
  • The likely effects of efforts to repeal Obamacare on employer-provided health insurance;
  • The constitutionality of severe restrictions in workers’ compensation eligibility or benefits;
  • Whether penalties for OSHA violations should be assessed one per employer violation or one per employee who is subject to the violation;
  • Limits on state efforts to import employee safeguards into the arbitral process; and
  • The problem of aligning the twin goals of compensation and deterrence in remedying employment law violations.