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2013 Annual Report for fiscal year January 1 - December 31, 2013

Nebraska Lawyers Foundation

Volunteer Lawyers Project The Volunteer Lawyers Project is the only statewide pro bono program in Nebraska. The VLP was founded on the belief that all citizens should have access to the legal system. VLP is a program of last resort. VLP thanks you for your willingness to assist our clients over the last 12 months. Our program could not exist without your time and financial contributions. We look forward to working with you in the future to ensure that low income Nebraskans have access to the justice system.

The Volunteer Lawyers Project: Same Mission, New Approach As a result of budget cuts to the Nebraska State Bar Association and specifically, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, support through the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation has never been more vital. Due to a reduction in staff, VLP has worked hard to re-engineer its processes in order to continue serving low-income Nebraskan’s with civil legal needs. Our plan moving forward is: 1. Self-Help Centers: VLP will continue to coordinate and staff the Self Help Desks located in Buffalo, Douglas, Hall, Lancaster and Madison Counties. VLP is working to establish a self-help center in Scotts Bluff County and to formalize a partnership with the Phelps County Bar Association, which started a self-help desk in 2013. In years past, the self-help centers have served over 3,500 pro se litigants. With the expansion of self-help centers in 2014, the NSBA hopes to expand its ability to serve low income Nebraskans.

2. Direct Case Placement: The core of the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) has been matching volunteer attorneys with individuals who need legal assistance on a pro bono or reduced fee basis. VLP will continue to offer direct case placement through its network of pro bono attorneys, but the intake process and referral source has changed. VLP no longer has the staff to operate a separate intake hotline/process. Referrals and intakes will now be received in the following ways: a. Referrals from Self Help Centers: Some clients who visit the Self-Help Center have legal issues/situations where staff would advise them to seek legal counsel rather than proceeding as a pro se litigant. In these situations, VLP staff will conduct a client intake, check for conflicts, and work to place the case through VLP’s volunteer network.

“Because of the lawyers that volunteer here at the Self Help Desk, I was able to get the help I needed to be able to reunite and see my daughter and that makes me very grateful. Thank you all so much.” – from a Self Help Desk client

b. Referrals from Domestic Violence Shelters: VLP has had a long standing commitment to serving victims of domestic violence. When the need for legal services arises, domestic violence shelters will contact VLP directly to complete the intake process. In these situations, VLP staff will check for conflicts, and work to place the case through VLP’s volunteer network.

For More Information on the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Contact Jean McNeil, (402) 475-7091, Nebraska Lawyers Foundation 


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c. Referrals from Legal Aid of Nebraska: VLP will accept 40 referrals a month from LAN. To be accepted by VLP, the referrals must be sent with a completed LAN intake and fall within the VLP priorities. If it has the capacity to do so, VLP will aspire to expand the number of monthly referrals that it can accommodate. d. Referrals from private attorneys where there is not a self-help desk located in their community. In years past, VLP had a placement rate of 38% for clients who finalized the application process (historically, VLP placed around 440 cases per year). While under the new model, VLP will receive fewer requests for assistance, we hope to be able to continuing serving the same number of clients and to enjoy a higher placement rate because the cases referred will have already been reviewed and vetted by an attorney, as a client with a meritorious claim.

“…the saying goes, ‘You get what you pay for,’ so I wasn’t expecting much, but you have definitely gone above and beyond my expectations… and that is putting it mildly.” – from a VLP client

3. Partnership with Nebraska Families Collaborative for Reduced Fee Legal Assistance: The Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC), which provides child welfare support to families in Douglas and Sarpy Counties, serves many clients who need legal assistance in establishing a District Court Order regarding children subject to Juvenile Court Jurisdiction. VLP will recruit a volunteer panel of attorneys located in Douglas and Sarpy Counties who are willing to assist NFC’s clients in establishing a District Court Order regarding children subject to the Juvenile Court Jurisdiction. Once the conflict check is complete, attorneys will be contacted on a rotating basis for case placement. NFC will pay panel attorneys directly (from their funds) at a rate of $500 per case.

Numbers Served in 2013: • 7,818 calls received • 2,091 applications taken • 327 cases placed • 1,422 turned away • 3,595 served at Self-Help Desks

For More Information on the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Contact Jean McNeil, (402) 475-7091, Nebraska Lawyers Foundation 


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Voices of the NLF

Standardized test performance can determine our path in life, and those fortunate enough to receive test-prep tutoring often have a leg up over those who don’t. However, quality prep courses can cost upwards of $1,500. The Minority Justice Committee’s LSAT Scholarship Program has provided opportunities for 46 students who might not otherwise have access to such opportunity. Here are excerpts from a conversation with a recent scholarship recipient, Sara M. - currently a student at the University of Nebraska College of Law. NSBA: Good morning, can you tell us a little about yourself? Sara M.: Sure, I’m Sara. I’m 25 and originally from Alliance, Nebraska. NSBA: Why do you feel you were a good candidate for the program? SM: Well, I was a first-generation student in my family and I really had a lot of drive to go to law school, but there were a lot of financial obstacles. And in the end, it [the prep course] really helped me get into law school.

NSBA: Did you see a noticeable score improvement?

NSBA: Are you aware of any other programs like this in Nebraska?

SM: Yeah, at the beginning you take a diagnostic practice test, and they let you take a couple other practice tests, so you get to see your improvement throughout the course. From my very first test to my final LSAT, my score jumped about six points, which is really helpful for applying to law school.

SM: This is the only scholarship of its kind that I’m aware of. The University does a really good job of helping kids with scholarships once they’re in law school, but I think that the LSAT scholarship program really helps with that first step towards getting admitted.

NSBA: What else have you accomplished since taking the test?

NSBA: How was your experience with the Kaplan LSAT prep course?

SM: Well, I ended up going to the UNL College of Law. I’m in the middle of my second year. I’ve gotten a couple of leadership positions with the Multicultural Legal Society and Black Law Students Association; and was also able to do a summer clerkship with a law firm in Omaha and will be going back there next summer. I’ve had a lot of really great experiences academically and work-wise.

SM: The course was really good. One of the nice things about the program is that they give you all of the materials so you can study individually in areas that you think you need more help. Also, just going through it with a group of people is really helpful – there was a lot of comradery.

NSBA: Sara, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. SM: Sure, no problem.

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Minority Justice Committee By addressing systemic barriers to equity and access, the Minority Justice Committee (MJC) improves the justice system and strengthens public trust and confidence in the courts and legal profession. The number of scholarships awarded annually is dependent on charitable contributions. The scholarship program reaches both traditional and non-traditional students from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. On average, students receive a 7 point increase on their LSAT exam score.

The mission of the Committee is to:

• Ensure equal access to justice for all Nebraskans • Address racial disparities in both the juvenile and adult justice systems • Increase the diversity of Nebraska’s judicial and legal workforce

Revisiting the Rules of Professional Conduct Several states are in the process of exploring and proposing a revision to the comments in the Rules of Professional Conduct (Rule 4.4: Respect for Rights of Third Persons) to specifically prohibit a lawyer from using a third person’s immigration status for the purpose of intimidation, coercion, or to obstruct that person from participating in the judicial process. The Committee is exploring the prevalence of this issue in Nebraska and the extent to which a revision to the comment to the Rules of Professional Conduct would be beneficial.

Contributions to the Nebraska Lawyers Foundation support the work of the Minority Justice Committee. Below are just a few initiatives your contributions support:

Reducing Language Barriers In 2013, the Minority Justice Committee together with the Administrative Office of the Courts conducted an assessment of interpreter services in the Nebraska State Court system. The Committee presented its recommendations to the Nebraska Supreme Court in 2013 for improving the provision of interpreter services in state courts, making the system more efficient and equitable for both litigants of limited English proficiency and court personnel.

Transparency in the Court Appointment Process The issue of bias, perceived or actual, in the court appointment process is of concern to the Committee because it threatens trust and confidence in the fairness of the judicial system and can hinder diversity in the legal profession by limiting opportunities for minority attorneys. Based in part on a study conducted by the Minority Justice Committee, the Nebraska Supreme Court recently adopted rule changes requiring district, county and juvenile courts to establish transparent systems of appointing counsel.

Looking Towards the Future - LSAT Prep Scholarship Program The Committee is working to increase diversity among law school applicants. The LSAT Prep Scholarship Program provides scholarships for Kaplan LSAT Prep courses and covers the cost of LSAT exam fees for recipients who are historically underrepresented in Nebraska’s law schools, demonstrate economic need, and reside in Nebraska.

For more information on the myriad projects of the Minority Justice Committee or to donate, visit

For More Information on Minority Justice Programs, Contact Liz Neeley, (402) 475-7091, Nebraska Lawyers Foundation 


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Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program NLAP is a confidential program designed to assist lawyers, judges and law students through hardship, illness, addiction and other circumstances that may affect their professionalism or ability to practice law.

NLAP Programs • Firm and case management assistance in the occurrence of unexpected death, sickness or disability • Help with aging and retirement issues • Confidential substance abuse/mental health support, consultation and treatment referral • Substance abuse education and prevention Large Firm, Small Practice and Solo Support NLAP maintains a network of support for firms or solo practices that face hardship due to death, severe illness, accidents or disability within the practice. In these instances, management support and case referral and adoption are handled by the NLAP director or veteran Nebraska attorney volunteers. “The Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program saved my life.” - from a Nebraska lawyer

Dealing with Substance Abuse and Depression The Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program offers help to lawyers, judges and law students troubled by substance abuse problems, stress, depression or any other disorder which may impair their ability to perform in a competent and professional manner.

Education and Prevention Education continues to be an important component of NLAP. We believe recognition and prevention are the first line of defense in an effort to assist individuals and avoid harm to the public caused by impaired members of the legal community.

The foundation of NLAP is a statewide network of judges and lawyers who understand. The NLAP director and the network of NLAP volunteers stand ready to assist their colleagues in all areas of recovery.

For assistance or to learn more, visit or call our toll-free hotline listed below.

For More Information on the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program, Contact Rick Allan, (402) 475-6527, NLAP Toll-Free Hotline - 24 hours/7 days a week - (888) 584-NLAP (6527) Nebraska Lawyers Foundation 


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2013 Barristers’ Ball On April 6, 2013 over 400 guests celebrated the evening and helped raise money to support the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Michael J. McCarthy and Janie McCarthy of North Platte served as this year’s co-chairs to the the 2013 Barristers’ Ball.

Individuals recognized for their efforts and support of the VLP were: Visionary Award Winners Michael T. Brogan, Brogan & Stafford, Norfolk Kim M. Seacrest, Seacrest Law Office, North Platte

Proceeds from the Barristers’ Ball support the VLP’s case placement and support with volunteer lawyers and the court house self-help desks in Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, Madison and Omaha.

Margaret M. Zarbano, Zarbano Law Office, Omaha Robert M. Spire Pro Bono Award Winner

This year’s Ball was a success and raised approximately $75,000 to help the VLP assist those who have nowhere else to go for legal assistance.

Adam R. Tripp, Tripp Law Office, Fremont

The following firms and corporations graciously supported the 2013 Barristers’ Ball

• The Daily Record

•L  ieben, Whitted, Houghton, Slowiaczek & Cavanagh, PC LLO • Locher Pavelka Dostal Braddy & Hammes, LLC • Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company • Paychex • Schirber & Wagner LLC • Suiter • Swantz, PC LLO • University of Nebraska College of Law • Walentine O’Toole McQuillan & Gordon, LLP • West Gate Bank • Young Lawyers Section

Beverage Sponsor

Raffle Sponsor

Dinner Sponsor

• ABA Retirement Plan

Dessert Sponsor

• Mueller Robak LLC

Band Sponsor • Marsh Affinity Services

Auction Sponsor • Jackson Lewis LLP

• Mark Edward, private jeweller

Silver Sponsors • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Cash Contributors

Baird Holm LLP Bradford & Coenen, LLP Cassem Tierney Adams Gotch & Douglas Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP Creighton Law School D4 Nebraska Fraser Stryker PC LLO Great Western Bank Hauptman O’Brien Wolf & Lathrop, PC Hightower Reff Law/Thompson Law Office Husch Blackwell LLP Kalkwarf & Smith Law Offices, LLC Kevin O’Donnell Kiewit Corporation Knapp Fangmeyer Aschwege Besse & Marsh Kutak Rock Lamson Dugan & Murray LLP

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ADR Section Agricultural Law Section Banking Law Section Bankruptcy Section Business Law Section Corporate Counsel Section Elder Law Section Family Law Section General Practice Section Koley Jessen PC LLO Labor & Employment Law Section Law Practice Management Section Natural Resources & Environmental Law Section Nebraska Women’s Bar Association Securities Law Section Workers’ Compensation Section

Cab Ride Sponsor

• Hauptman O’Brien Wolf & Lathrop Nebraska Lawyers Foundation 


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2013 Golf Tournaments Tenth Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Tournament The tenth annual Greater Nebraska Golf Tournament was held on June 14, 2013 at the Awarii Dunes golf course in Axtell. Inspired by the great links courses of Ireland, 52 golfers took to the first tee on a beautiful but breezy summer day. With the help of over 20 sponsors, the tournament raised over $8,000 to support the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Proceeds of the event benefit the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the NSBA/NLF’s statewide pro bono legal assistance program helping low-income Nebraskans with civil legal problems. The NLF would like to sincerely thank all participants, sponsors and raffle item donors. Your contributions have made a big difference towards making Nebraska more just and equitable for all.

2014 Greater Nebraska Golf Tournament June 20, 2014 Prairie Club, Valentine

Thank You to the Sponsors of the 10th Annual Greater Nebraska Golf Scramble! CO-Sponsors •M  cGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO

Hole Sponsors • Bacon & Vinton, LLC

• Latimer Reporting

• Tye & Rademacher PC, LLO

• Lindemeier, Gillett and Dawson

• Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO

• Marsh

• Zeilinger Law Office

• McCarthy & Moore • McQuillan Law Office, PC, LLO

• Barney Abstract & Title Co.

•M  cGinley O’Donnell Reynolds & Korth, PC LLO

• Berreckman & Davis, PC

• Mueller Robak LLC

•B  rouillette Dugan & Troshynski, PC

• Norman, Paloucek & Herman

•C  rites Shaffer Connealy Watson & Patras, PC LLO • Felicia and Randy Fair, Attorneys • Inspro, Inc. Nebraska Lawyers Foundation 

•P  arker Grossart Bahensky Beucke & Bowman, LLP • Rehm Bennett & Moore, PC, LLO •S  ennett Duncan & Jenkins, PC, LLO 8

Raffle Prizes

•O  ne Round of Golf for Four with Cart - Donated by Awarii Dunes •H  ole In One Contest - Sponsored by Marsh Affinity Services •P  ro V-1 Golf Balls - Donated by Andy Pollock, Rembolt Ludtke, LLP •  $25 gift card to Scheels – Donated by NSBA

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2013 Golf Tournaments Seventeenth Annual NSBA Golf Tournament The seventeenth annual NSBA Golf Tournament was held at the Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln on August 19, 2013. 44 golfers enjoyed this beautiful Pete Dye designed course and raised over $9,000 for the Volunteer Lawyers Project. The NLF would like to sincerely thank all participants, sponsors and raffle item donors. Your contributions have made a big difference towards making Nebraska more just and equitable for all.

Thank You to the Sponsors of the 17th Annual Golf Scramble!

CO-Sponsors • ABA Retirement Funds Program • Husch Blackwell LLP • Inspro Insurance • Lamson Dugan & Murray, LLP •M  cGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO • Minnesota Lawyers Mutual

Hole Sponsors • Bradford & Coenen LLC •C  assem Tierney Adams Gotch & Douglas • Elllick, Jones, Buelt, Blazek & Longo

• Latimer Reporting •L  ieben, Whitted, Houghton, Slowiaczek & Cavanagh, P.C., LLO • Lincolnland Printing • Mueller Robak LLC • NAI FMA Realty •N  ebraska Court Reporters Association • P&L Technology) • The Daily Record • U.S. Bank Private Client Group • Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO •W  olfe Snowden Hurd Luers & Ahl, LLP

• J ohnson, Flodman, Guenzel & Widger Law Firm

• Hole in One Contest (#6) Sponsored by Marsh Affinity Services • Hole in One Contest (#17) Sponsored by Duteau Chevrolet

Raffle Prizes • 16 sheet shredder - Donated by Office Depot • One Round of golf for 4 with cart – Donated by Firethorn • One night stay at the Hilton Omaha-Downtown - Donated by Hilton Omaha • Pro V-1 Sleeve of golf balls Donated by Andy Pollock

• JS Wurm & Associates

• 6-pack golf cooler, 6 koozies and a box of golf balls - Donated by ABA Retirement Funds

• Kutak Rock LLP

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• $100 Gift Certificates for championship winner donated by Fraser, Stryker PC LLO


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2013 Donors & Event Sponsors The following is a list of donors and sponsors for fiscal year 2013. (January 1 - December 31, 2013) We extend our heartfelt thanks for their generosity. $177,318

d4 Nebraska Kelly M. Ekeler Marsha E. Fangmeyer G. Michael Fenner $5,000-$10,000 James E. Gordon William & Ruth Scott Family Great Western Bank Foundation Deryl and Ramona Hamann Harding & Shultz P.C., L.L.O. $2,000-$4,999 Hauptman O’Brien Wolf & ABA Retirement Plan Lathrop PC Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Hightower Reff Law LLC Gotch & Douglas Robert M. Hillis Cheloha, Leigh Rademacher INSPRO Insurance Fraser Stryker Law Firm Jacobsen, Orr, Lindstrom & Camille R. Hawk Holbrook, PC LLO Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP Kalkwarf & Smith Law Offices, Jackson Lewis, LLP L.L.C. Kiewit Corporation Michael F. Kinney Kutak Rock, LLP Knapp, Fangmeyer, Aschwege, Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP Besse & Marsh Lozier Corporation Kim Knoll Marsh Affinity Services Koenig | Dunne Divorce Law Minnesota Lawyers Mutual PC, LLO Mueller Robak LLC Lieben Whitted Houghton Timothy J. O’Brien Slowiaczek & Cavanagh, PC Erin & James Pemberton LLO The Daily Record Locher Pavelka Dostal Braddy William Tringe & Hammes LLC University of Nebraska College Thomas M. & Joni Locher of Law Charles Maser Wagner, Jeffrey Matzke & Mattoon, LLC, LLO Wooten, Scott M. Michael J. McCarthy McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman $750-$1,999 & Lepp PC LLO Baird Holm LLP McGrath, North, Mullin & Bradford & Coenen Kratz, P.C. Brodkey Peebles Belmont & Hon. Frankie Moore Line LLP NSBA Bankruptcy Section Daniel & Nora Chesire NSBA Business Law Section Cline, Williams, Wright, NSBA Elderlaw Section Johnson & Oldfather, LLP NSBA General Practice Section Creighton University School NSBA Labor Relations Section of Law NSBA Women and the Law A. Eugene & Linda Crump Section Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy

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NSBA Young Lawyers Section R. Kevin O’Donnell Parker Grossart Bahensky Beucke & Bowman, LLP Paychex A. Victor Rawl Jr. Razoo Foundation Rehm, Bennett & Moore Law Firm PC, LLO Aaron William Rodenburg Schirber & Wagner, L.L.P. Jane L. Schoenike Seiler & Parker, P.C., L.L.O. Sennett, Duncan & Jenkins Suiter • Swantz, PC, LLO J. Toger Swanson Thompson Law Office Jennifer Thompson US Bank Amy Lynn Van Horne Walentine, O’Toole, McQuillan & Gordon, LLP Brien & Jacquie Welch West Gate Bank


Anna Bednar Michaela M. Belatti James & Kathryn Bellman Carlson, Schafer and Davis, PC, LLO Crites Shaffer Connealy Watson, Patras & Cullers PC LLO Thomas Dahlk Douglas F. Duchek Robert Jr. Dwyer Engles, Ketcham, Olson & Keith, PC Jodi Fenner Fidelity National Title Group Hon. John M. Gerrard Greenwall Bruner Frank LLC Kim I. Hall

Lawrence F. Harr Hon. Michael G. Heavican Tracy Hightower James Huss Bradley Kalkwarf Kristine Karnes John D. Knapp Koley Jessen PC LLO Larson Kuper Wenninghoff, PC, LLO Latimer Reporting Laughlin Peterson & Lang Lieske Law Firm Deborah A. Macdonald Troy Miller Michael Mollner William J. Mueller Robert W. Mullin Nebraska Women’s Bar Association Karen Nelson NSBA ADR Section NSBA Agricultural Law Section NSBA Bank Attorneys Section NSBA Corporate Counsel Section NSBA Family Law Section NSBA Law Practice Management Section NSBA Securities Law Section NSBA Worker’s Compensation Section Luke Paladino Thomas R. Pansing Jr. Person Law Office Patricia S. Peterson Glenda J. Pierce Hazell Rodriguez Robert F. Rossiter Jr. Mark Schmelzer Julie A. Shipman-Burns Sibbernsen Strigenz & Sibbernsen, P.C. Hon. Richard D. Sievers 2013 Annual Report

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2013 Donors & Event Sponsors $300-$749

Lee Terry Benjamin Thompson Patricia Vannoy Terry Waite Gene D. Watson Welsh & Welsh, P.C., L.L.O. Warren R. Whitted Jr. Allan Williams


Hon. G. Roderic Anderson Ralph M. Anderson Jr. Terry M. Anderson Bacon & Vinton, L.L.C. Dana V. Baker, P.C. L.L.O. Barney Abstract & Title Co. JJ Bemis Penny J. Berger Berreckman & Davis, P.C. Hon. Richard A. Birch Michael S. Borders D.C. (Woody) Bradford III Kristine Brenneis Brouillette Law Office John C. Brownrigg George E. Brugh Charles W. Campbell Joel Carney Chaloupka, Holyoke, Snyder, Chaloupka, Longoria & Kishiyama, PC, LLO Cassidy Chapman Sam Cooper Dale C. Crandall Charles B. Crisman Jr. Virginia F. Crisman Rick A. Damkroger Michael C. Davlin Kevin & Patty Dostal Dudden & Fair, PC, LLO Rod Egger Karen C. Eiten Ellick Jones Buelt Blazek & Longo, LLP Hon. Robert B. Ensz Daniel Epstein Tasha Everman

Chad Garrett Scott Grafton Terry J. Grennan Scott Gropp John M. Guthery Matthew Hammes Douglas W. Hand Keith Harvat Tag Herbek Michael Thomas Hilgers David S. Houghton Christopher E. & Katie Hoyme Hon. John F. Irwin Jon Jabenis Moe Jamshidi Johnson, Flodman, Guenzel & Widger Virgil K. Johnson JS Wurm & Associates Howard J. Kaslow Patrick W. Kennison Jr. Daniel B. Kinnamon Hon. Paul W. Korslund Aaron Kunz Scott K. Kvols Jane Langan Lincoln Community Foundation Lincolnland Printing & Specialties, Inc. Lindemeier, Gillett & Dawson Ross Luzum Jeffrey Mach Nicole Marie Mailahn Craig & Brenda Martin Hon. Stefanie Martinez James M. Masteller Steven F. Mattoon Eileen L. McBride McCarthy & Moore McGinley, O’Donnell, Reynolds & Korth Bryan S. McQuay McQuillan Law Office, PC, LLO Theresa Merithew Andrea Miller Lowell J. Moore Joseph B. Muller

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Michael G. Mullin Robert Mundy Julie E. Myers NAI/FMA Realty Nebraska Court Reporters Association Clark A. Nelson VanMai Hoang Nguyen Jeffrey Nix Eucharia Nnadi Norman, Paloucek & Herman Law Offices NSBA Natural Resources & Environmental Law Section Robert E. O’Connor Jr. Omaha Community Foundation P & L Technology Inc. James E. Papik J. Scott & Mary P. Paul Mark J. Peterson Hon. Michael & Kim Pirtle Janet K. Place Kent E. Rauert Richard & Mary Lynn Reiser Dennis Riekenberg Kendra J. Ringenberg Angela Ripa Ross, Schroeder & George, LLC Karla R. Rupiper Kathleen M. Schmidt Charles I. Scudder Jr. James Seacrest Kim & Eric Seacrest Curtis A. Sikyta Edith Simpson Karine E. Sokpoh David Sommers Jeanette Stull Tim Thalken Tye & Rademacher, P.C., L.L.O. Thomas W. Tye II Larry Vandergriend George G. Vinton Sean T. Wagner Lt Col Thomas (Mick) Arthur Wagoner Jr. James M. Walters Sheldon J. Warren 11

Aric Wenzl Jared Wetovick White & Wulff Bradley J. White Hon. John M. Wilcox Wolfe Snowden Hurd Luers & Ahl LLP John A. Wolfe Woods & Aitken LLP Zeilinger Law Office Darla Zink Timothy S. Zweiback

Up to $124

Larry V. Albers Ingrid Albracht Virgil P. Anderson Samuel Aspnes Evelyn Babcock Caitlin R. Barnes Bartle & Geier Law Firm Robert F. Bartle Ellen G. Batt John Beasley Berkshire & Burmeister Colin Bernard Jack Besse Meghan M. Blinn Amy L. Bowman Lorraine Boyd Michael Boyle Jordan L. Brasch James P. Broderick Thomas E. Brogan, David Bruggeman Bradley K. Buethe Hon. Robert V. Burkhard James Cada Kathleen M. Callahan Susan M. Carlson LaNorma Case Jason Caskey Hon. William B. Cassel Lea A. Coffman Kayla Coleman Andrew M. Collins William F. Colwell Patrick M. Connealy 2013 Annual Report

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2013 Donors & Event Sponsors Up to $124

Charlotte J. Conner Justin J. Cook Jeff T. Courtney David J. Cripe Marianne Culhane Michael L. Curry Brett Daee David G. Dales Linda D. Dammann Hon. Vernon C.R. Daniels Lynette W. Dollison Thomas Donner Steven W. Dowding Vincent L. Dowding Tracy J. Edgerton John F. Eker III Tim Engler Mark L. Eurek Carol J. Farrens Raymond J. Fehringer Seth J. Felton Stacy Ferrel Joseph J. Forman PaTricia A. Freeman Sandra B. Friedman Jerry Friedrichsen Lynne R. Fritz John H. Fullenkamp Jeffrey Gaertig John A. Gale James A. Gallant Theodore Gelt Theresa M. Gerritzen Thomas E. Geu Teri R. Gibbons Gary Gotsdiner Noah Greenwald Robert T. Grimit Kristine Grunander, Avery L. Gurnsey Alison M. Gutierrez Karen A. Haase, Marilyn Joyce Hagberg Halbert, Dunn & Halbert, LLC Lindsey Hale Katherine Hall

Hon. Edward E. Hannon Mary Kay Hansen Stephanie Hansen William A. Harding Troy Hawk Patricia L. Hays Joni Henderson Margaret M. Hershiser James W. Hewitt Hirte, David Hirte Justin Hockenberry Kim Hodges Harold E. Hoff, Benjamin Holliday Robert L. Homan Mark Horvath Joseph L. Howard Robert S. Hume, Marilyn B. Hutchinson Abraham N. Issa Timothy L. James Gregory G. Jensen Kevin Jensen Vicky L. Johnson Amanda Karr Thomas Keefe Kinsey, Rowe, Becker & Kistler LLP Matthew Kivett Christina M. Knowles Susan M. Koenig Sara Kohen David & Cydney Koukol Christopher Lackert William M. Lamson Jr. Arlen W. Langvardt Vic LaPuma Philip J. Lee, Robert Lepp Robert Lindemeier Russell Lovell II Sarah Ludvik David N. Lutton Catherine Mahern Regina T. Makaitis Lori A. Marco Wayne J. Mark

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Sharon Martin Amie C. Martinez Brandon Mason Christine A. Mathews Brooke H. McCarthy Mary Ann McDonald Edmund A. McGinn Tyler McLeod Thomas M. McNeely Me Likee, LLC Joseph K. Meusey Scott & Wendy Moore Stacy L. Morris Nebraska Paralegal Association John E. Nelson Sarah Newell Brian S. Nielsen Valerie Nolan W. Gerald O’Kief Hon. Robert R. Otte Suellen Overton Rose Owhonda Lisa A. Paladino, Rodney J. Palmer, Jenniffer A. Panko-Rahe, Cheryl Jean Peckenpaugh, Arturo Perez, Christopher Perrone, Hon. C. Jo Petersen James M. Peterson Robert E. Peterson John L. Petr Kate Pieper Jeffrey J. Pirruccello James R. Place James Polack Jill & Jason Poole Kay Strong Prather Natasha Preston Timothy J. Pugh Quigley, Dill & Quigley Debbie Radebaugh R. Scott Rager Richard Reinblatt Daniel S. Reynolds Christina Reynoldson Martin C. Ricks,

Hon. William Jay Riley Joseph Risko Lynn Rosemann Patrick R. Runge Michael Scahill Matthew Schaefer Gina Schneider Ronald Schwab Judith A. Schweikart Leonard W. Shefren Wesley Siebert Andrew C. Sigerson Robert Slovek Mary E. Sommermeyer David O. Spinar Hon. Kenneth C. Stephan Craig W. Strong Jonathan Sun Tyler J. Sutton Nancy A. Svoboda Ronald D. Svoboda Russett J. Thompson Thomas Tiehen Hon. Warren K. Urbom Sarah Vajgert Joseph J. Vance Adam Vergne Christopher Vilim Kelli J. Watson Patricia Webb James L. Weisman Thomas J. Wik Alexia Williams Charles M. Williams Kimberly L. Williams Marc Willis Alexander Wolf Lecia Wright Barb Wroblewski Yeagley Swanson Murray, LLC Anthony L. Young Vicki L. Young Spencer Zimmerman Sally A. Zipursky

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2013 VLP Pro Bono Volunteers VLP wants to thank and recognize the following volunteer attorneys for accepting 1 or more cases in 2013. (*Denotes volunteers who accepted more than 1 case in 2013)

Larry Albers* Ashley Albertsen* Avis Andrews* Michael Baldwin Francis Barron Fredrick Bartell Lucinda Bauer* Christopher Bellmore Benjamin Belmont Larry W. Beucke William Bianco Troy Bird* Nicholas Boggy* Kimberly Booth* Woody Bradford* Jason Bruno Hunter A. H. Campbell Linsey Camplin Joel Carney John Carroll Patrick Connealy Brian Davis Jacqueline De Wispelare Douglas DeLair Thomas Delay Dennis Dewald Jefferson Downing Brandon Dugan* Don Dworak Kent Endacott Marsha Fangmeyer* Donald Ficenec Rhonda Flower* Julie Frank

Stephanie Flynn Ronald E. Frank* Nicholas Froeschl Daniel A. Fullner* Paul Galter Christopher Gamm* Stacie Goding Garrett Goodwin Vanessa Gordon* Maurice Green Charles Grimes* Steven Guenzel* Raina Gulbrandson Heidi Hayes Daniel Hendriz Karen Hicks* Tim Hinkle Thomas Holyoke Lynelle Homolka* Christopher Hoyme Mark Jacobs* Jerrod Jaeger Matthew Jenkins* Nancy Johnson Sharon Joseph* Doug Kerns Bilal Khaleeq* Joseph Kishiyama Michael C. Klein Jeanelle Kleveland Luke Klinker* Justin Knight* Melanie Knoepfle Lyle J. Koenig

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Susan M. Koenig* Phillip Kosloske Kendall Krajicek* Jack Lafleur Robert S. Lannin Douglas Lederer Phillip Lee John A. Lentz Jeremiah Luebbe Angela Madathil John Madden* William Madelung Kate Mahern Mark Malousek Alan Martin* Craig Martin* Mark McKeone Andrea McChesney Jason Mielak Derek Mitchell Michelle Mitchell* John V. Morgan* Ann Moshman Monte Neilan Timothey Noerrlinger Melissa Oestmann* Daniel C. Pape Randall W. Paragas* Jeremy Parsley* Forrest Peetz Christopher Peterson* Jennifer Piatt Carol Pinard-Cronin Trevin Preble


Sally Rasmussen Wendy Ridder* Kevin Ruser Alan Schroeder Jane Sebby Shela Shanks* Sarah Smith Amanda Speichert* James Stecker Gail Steen William Steffens Bruce E. Stephens Brent Stephenson* Eric Stott Timothy Sullivan Michael Synek* Hang Tat* Derek Terwey David D. Thompson Cathy Trent-Vilim Anthony Todero Adam Tripp* William Troshynski Jerod Trouba James Truell Anastasia Wagner Jeff Wagner* Kelle Westland Christian Williams Tobin Wolfe William Wroblewski*

2013 Annual Report

Nebraska Lawyers Foundation

2013 VLP Pro Bono Volunteers In addition to the pro bono cases served, 3,595 clients were served at the self-help desks in Buffalo County, Grand Island, Lincoln, Madison County and Omaha. We thank the following individuals for their time. Buffalo County Self-Help Desk Michael W. Baldwin Melodie Bellamy Jack W. Besse John H. Marsh John P. Rademacher Michael J. Synek

Grand Island Self-Help Desk

Marvin Andersen Bill Francis Dorothy Benton Matthew Boyle Kevin Brostrom Hunter Campbell Al Corey John Cunningham Shawn Farriter Stacy Goding John Higgins Dave Huston Jerry Janulewicz Susan Koenig Mike Kneele John McDermott Michelle Oldham Mark Porto Jan Reeves Georgiene Radlick Wagoner

Audrey Rowley Galen Stehlik Mitch Stehlik James Truell Erin Urbom James Wagoner Lori Wilson

Jan L. Einspahr Mark D. Fitzgerald Sharon Joseph Amanda Ann McMahon Hon. Patrick G. Rogers Ronald E. Temple Todd B. Veter Melissa A. Wentling

Lincoln Self-Help Desk

Omaha Self-Help Desk

Dan Alberts Troy Bird James A. Cada Tim Engler Vanessa J. Gorden Ed Hoffman Sally Johnson Dick Knudsen Gerald McCusker Jeffry D. Patterson Shirley Peng Danielle Savington Gail Steen Timothy Sullivan Lea Wroblewski

Beth Ascher Kelly Berens William Birkel Dave Blagg Cassidy Chapman Joe Dreesen Richard Drews Jennay Dunbar John Eker Jessica Feinstein Ross Gardner Winnie Hawkins Mike Huffer Karisa Johnson Peter Kenny Mike Kinney Ronald Krause Diana Liska Amy Locher Timothy Loudon Brooke McCarthy

Madison County Self-Help Desk Frederick Thomas Bartell Joel Carlson Dennis Collins Jason Scott Doele

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Mike Moran Bill O’Neil Darren Pekny Ralph Peppard Jill Poole Justin Quinn Chad Richter Dennis Riekenberg Eileen Rielly Buzzelo Mike Scahill Susan Schneider Judith Schweikart Hon. Steve Swartz Amy Van Horne Brien Welch Ken Wentz Margaret Zarbano

VLP-SO Clinics

Thalia L. Downing Carroll James P. Clements Jr Angela Dunne Philip Benjamin Katz Kendall Kay Krajicek Diana H. E. Liska Patrick Alan Oman Randall W. Paragas Alan Chris Schroeder Karine Sokpoh

2013 Annual Report

Nebraska Lawyers Foundation

2013 Revenue/Expense Summary The Nebraska Lawyers Foundation Program Revenue Summary Annual Campaign Income $22,826.16 6%

Individual/Business Contributions $9,028.18 2%

January through December 2013 Annual Campaign Income Individual/Business contributions Foundation/Trust grants Special events

$22,826.16 $9,028.18 $6,500.00 $168,440.91

(Barrister’s Ball, Food Drive, Golf Tournaments)

State Grants



  Foundation/Trust Grants $6,500.00 2% State Grants $177,218.00 46%

Special Events $168,440.91 44%

The Nebraska Lawyers Foundation Program Expense Summary MJIC Scholarship Program $3,725.00 1%

Other Expenses $3,193.70 1%

January through December 2013 Event Expenses


(Barristers’ Ball, Golf Tournaments, Book & Food Drives) Event Expenses $66,541.41 19%

Grants to NLF Programs MJIC Scholarship Program

$282,364.73 $3,725.00

Other Expenses


(Charitable Solicitation Registration Fees, Books for Book Drive, Groceries for Food Drive)


Grants to NLF Programs $282,364.73 79%

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2013 Annual Report

Nebraska Lawyers Foundation

Board of Directors 2012-2013 NLF President G. Michael Fenner NLF Vice President Steven F. Mattoon NSBA President-Elect Designate Amie C. Martinez House of Delegates Chair-Elect Joel M. Carney House of Delegates Chair-Elect Designate Timothy R. Engler NLF Past President Marsha E. Fangmeyer NSBA Past President Warren R. Whitted Jr. Past Chair House of Delegates James E. Gordon Executive Director/Secretary/Treasurer Jane L. Schoenike

House of Delegates Chair-Elect Designate Robert J. Parker Jr.

Second District J. Scott Paul Third District Todd B. Vetter Fourth District Jill Robb Ackerman fifth District Michael R. Dunn Sixth District Michael J. McCarthy


NLF Past President G. Michael Fenner NSBA Past President Marsha E. Fangmeyer Past Chair House of Delegates Steven F. Mattoon Executive Director/Secretary/Treasurer Elizabeth M. Neeley First District Glenda J. Pierce

NLF President Amie C. Martinez NLF Vice President Joel M. Carney NSBA President-Elect Designate Robert F. Rossiter Jr. House of Delegates Chair-Elect Timothy R. Engler

First District Glenda J. Pierce

Second District J. Scott Paul Third District Todd B. Vetter fifth District Michael R. Dunn Sixth District Michael J. McCarthy

Nebraska Lawyers Foundation

Help Us Make a Difference If every Nebraska attorney agreed to do one or more of the following, our ability to serve the public and legal community would grow exponentially:

• Donate cash equal to one hour of your billing rate - Donate the equivalent of an hour or more of billing to the NLF. You may designate your contribution to any of our signature programs if you choose. • Accept a pro bono case - The need is great. Commit to helping one of our clients navigate the civil legal system. You’ll be glad you did. Call the NSBA at (402) 475-7091 and ask to speak with Volunteer Lawyers Project Director Jean McNeil. • Sponsor an LSAT Scholarship - Make a donation to support our minority scholarship program for LSAT preparation. It’s a great way to promote a more diverse future for our legal system.

• Volunteer at a Self-Help Desk near you - Two hours is all it takes and VLP staff are always at your side to help. Self-Help Desks are located in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Grand Island and Madison.

To Learn More and Make a Donation: go to and click on the ‘NLF’ tab at the top of the page. Nebraska Lawyers Foundation 


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